Family movies continue strong in theaters but PG content makes it challenging for parents, guardians, and those in loco parentis to choose appropriate movies for the youth under their supervision. Insidious to overt “adult content” in terms of crude humor to scary situations are common in PG movies and in movie previews or trailers for families in theaters. (R-rated movies are clearly not recommended for families, but there is a wide and complex range of issues in PG movies that require careful review before seeing them.) Unfortunately, current G-rated movies in theaters are usually documentaries, typically about the animal kingdom, that are beautiful and wonderful but may not keep the attention of children as well as animated movies usually do. Again, reviews for movies (screened in a range of ways) that are specific and detailed in terms of content but quick to read are invaluable for families today. These include the following and more: Movieguide.org, Dove.org, Sonoma Christian Home.com.
On August 17, Mojo Box Office reports that “Ant-man” and “Shaun the Sheep” (both with some crude moments but redemptive content) are still at the top of the charts along with “Inside Out” in theaters. Out in theaters this week, “Grandma” is an R-rated movie that is clearly not recommended for families. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is also not recommended for families. Movieguide.org issues a strong cautionary warning for this PG-13 movie.
Fortunately, redemptive and family movies that may include some good picks that are coming out in theaters this fall for a range of ages are the following: “Shake off the World,””Adrenaline,” “90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Captive,” “Pan,” “‘Woodlawn,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.”
Next year the following redemptive and family movies due out in theaters that look promising include: “Risen,””Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Ben-Hur,” “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” “God’s not Dead 2,””Miracles from Heaven,””The Jungle Book,” “I Am Not Ashamed: Rachel Joy Scott Story,” “Same Kind of Different as Me,””Finding Dory,” “Providence,” “Left Behind 2,”” 90 Minutes in Heaven,” “Zootopia,” and “The Secret Lives of Pets.”
Further, redemptive and/or family movies in development due for theaters that have not yet announced release dates include the following: “Do You Believe 2,” “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew,” “Ten Commandments,” “King David,” “Apostle Paul’ (with Hugh Jackman), “Pontius Pilate,” “Butterfly Circus,” and HD Texas Movies.
Furthermore, at D23 Expo (exposition for the official The Walt Disney Company fan club) the Disney Company recently has made some major animation announcements. “Jack and the Beanstalk” and will be title “Gigantic.” “Moana,” an animated adventure taking place in the South Pacific Islands is in development. The sequel to “Frozen” and “Toy Story 4” are also in development. Many animated movies that may be appropriate for families are in development, but to date Disney’s Pixar movies have been among some of the best.
What viewers of all ages momentarily see on screens of all types and sizes can remain in their hearts and minds for a lifetime for good or evil, so careful choices are always required. Movie titles, posters, and even trailers can deceive and hide inappropriate content in movies. Good reviews from professional, educated, wise reviewers who have screened entire movies and report specific detailed content issues related what is appropriate according to stages of development, morality, role modeling and more are critical.