On January 4, Box Office Mojo provides a current update on the many entertaining family movies in theaters. It reports the following according to current box office standing on January 4: Number One, “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” Number Two, “JOY,” Number Ten, “THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2,” “THE GOOD DINOSAUR” Number Eleven, “CREED” Number Twelve, “IN THE HEART OF THE SEA” Number Nineteen, “THE PEANUTS MOVIE” Number Twenty-One and more.
Movieguide.org advises, “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS combines some old familiar faces with some new ones in a story about a hunt for Luke Skywalker, who has disappeared but is desperately needed to train some new Jedi warriors to fight a new threat to the peace of the galaxy. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS provides nearly constant, inspiring fun in a new battle of good versus evil, but it’s marred by a little too much New Age paganism and unbiblical monism.” This is a PG-13 movie, most appropriate for teens and adults.
“JOY” is an entertaining movie about a devoted, divorced mother trying to provide for her family. She invents a new kind of mop, but experiences obstacles in marketing it. It is an inspiring PG-13 movie that is most suitable for teens and adults. It has positive Christian content but also brief foul language and some dysfunctional behavior.
“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2,” PG-13 is also most appropriate for teens and adults. It has intense excitement and dazzling visuals with good character development. The movie has a moral worldview. It has scenes of violence, but it has no foul language or lewd content.
“THE GOOD DINOSAUR” is PG but is appropriate for children and adults. This entertaining movie has beautiful animation and a moral worldview. It may be scary for younger children. It has good family content, but there are some references to evolution.
“CREED” is a PG movie that is most appropriate for teens and adults. It has a Christian, moral worldview. Prayer and forgiveness are major themes. However, the lead character sleeps with his girlfriend before marriage although the girlfriend confronts him and saying she needs more commitment. They then decide to be more serious. There is bloody violence in the boxing scenes and foul language.
“IN THE HEART OF THE SEA” is also PG-13 and most suitable for teens and adults. This movie has a Christian, moral worldview. It shows consequences of egotism. It has some prayer and references to God with the two main characters discussing God and His grace. The movie also has intense action, killing of whales, and references to cannibalism.
“THE PEANUTS MOVIE” is the best intergenerational, family movie of 2015 and for the first week of January 216. Movieguide.org says, “THE PEANUTS MOVIE is one of the best family movies in recent years! The 3D animation is beautiful and inventive, yet still feels old fashioned. Fans won’t be disappointed. Most refreshing is the movie’s positive Christian, redemptive, moral worldview as Charlie is rewarded for being compassionate, honest, selfless, and brave…. it honors the original comic strip….”
This week, “THE MASKED SAINT” opens in theaters. Movieguide.org say the following about this PG-13 movie that is most suitable for teens and adults, “THE MASKED SAINT is well done, with a very uplifting Christian, moral worldview. The storyline is somewhat unorthodox, but the dialogue and acting are quite good. The movie is entertaining and uplifting overall, without being too preachy, though it could be better. Despite a positive Christian worldview, caution is advised for older and younger children, because of the large amount of wrestling and action violence during THE MASKED SAINT, and some references to prostitution….”
“THE LETTERS” about the profound work of Mother Teresa is still in select theaters. This movie is one of the top inspirational movies of 2015 that is still available on the big screen in 2016. It is a PG movie that is appropriate for older children through adults.
“WOODLAWN,” the top family and redemptive movie of 2015 is still in select theaters also. It is a PG movie that is suitable for families. It is based on the remarkable true story of the redemption and reconciliation in a high school football team, during racial and violent turmoil in Birmingham, Alabama, and how this high school football team led their rival team to the same kind of redemption and reconciliation. It has been produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey with renowned actors
The top pick family and redemptive movies in theaters the first week of January are the following: “WOODLAWN,” “THE LETTERS,” “THE PEANUTS MOVIE,” “THE GOOD DINOSAUR,” and “THE MASKED SAINT.” Make sure to read valuable reviews and more on Movieguide.org and or to find helpful information, trailers and more on Sonoma Christian Home.com. Also, go to the safest and most secure theater. Enjoy a good movie at the cinema that is entertaining but also edifying.