Top 10 Movies for Families from 2015

SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
In SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, Plankton’s plans to steal the secret Krabby Patty recipe are foiled just before it mysteriously vanishes, and he must team up with SpongeBob to find the recipe and save the town of Bikini Bottom from destruction. SPONGE OUT OF WATER has some questionable comic content, but the movie’s random humor and lighthearted story mostly provide a fun, goofy adventure into the depths of underwater mayhem, with some positive lessons along the way.

PADDINGTON

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
PADDINGTON is based on the beloved children’s books about a friendly talking bear from “deepest, darkest Peru” who comes to London to find a new home and gets into all sorts of comical and exciting adventures. PADDINGTON is a pure delight. It’s also very funny, winsome and absolutely charming, with some minor questionable elements, but nothing salacious.

WAR ROOM

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children and adults
WAR ROOM is a very emotional, compelling Christian movie about spiritual warfare, in a story about a married couple having problems. Although the topic of prayer seems to be elusive as a major plot, the filmmakers of WAR ROOM do a great job of making prayer very exciting.

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is an entertaining animated comedy about a sheep who wants to have the day off from doing regular farm work, but loses his shepherd when he conspires with the other sheep. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is an adorable family movie with a strong Christian, redemptive, moral worldview.

MAX

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
MAX is a heart-warming, yet heart-wrenching story about a young boy who is forced to take on the responsibility of his deceased brother’s army dog, Max. MAX is fun and witty, while also pulling on the heartstrings of every dog-loving American citizen with strong Christian, moral and patriotic values. Some war scenes, explosions and mild dog fighting may scare younger children.

INSIDE OUT

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
INSIDE OUT is an animated comedy about a young girl who has a wonderful life, until her family moves to San Francisco and her emotions get out of control. INSIDE OUT is a well-made, delightful movie with a great plot line, excellent animation and a strong moral worldview.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Quality:
****
Age:
Children to adults
THE GOOD DINOSAUR is an animated adventure from Pixar and Disney about Arlo, a timid dinosaur who goes on a big adventure to find his family. THE GOOD DINOSAUR has beautiful animation, many entertaining moments and a strong moral worldview, but it feels a little long in parts.

CINDERELLA

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
CINDERELLA is Disney’s live-action version of the classic fairy tale where a girl has two loving parents who instill in her the message that if you are kind and good then you will be happy, but when her parents pass away, she’s put in a position where kindness and goodness are not always easy. CINDERELLA has a very strong Christian, moral worldview of loving and serving others before yourself, but it does have some magical thinking set in a fairytale world.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
THE PEANUTS MOVIE is a wonderful animated movie based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Schulz, wherein Charlie Brown falls for the new girl in town and tries to make a good first impression, despite his poor reputation. THE PEANUTS MOVIE is a lovable, funny, entertaining animated movie for all ages that teaches positive lessons of compassion, honesty, and selflessness, with only some slapstick and minor perilous scenes that might scary sensitive, very young children.

HOME

Quality:
****
Age:
Children to adults
HOME is a funny, lovable animation about a clumsy alien creature relocated to planet earth with the rest of his species, who turns the life of a little girl and humankind upside down. HOME has a strong moral, redemptive worldview celebrating sacrifice, family, hope, freedom, doing the right thing, truth, and pursuing justice.