On August 24, Mo jo Box Office reveals that PG movies suitable for families for a range of ages remain in theaters at the top of the box office such as: “Ant-Man,” “Inside Out,” and “Shaun the Sheep.” It is also interesting to see that redemptive and family films remain at the top in all movie sale categories around the world.
The latest data for movies available in a range of forms domestically to worldwide show that redemptive family movies remain at the top of sales, such as “Ant-Man,”and “Inside Out.” Further, the top ten DVD and Blue-Ray sales to date include redemptive and family movies such as “Home” (#2), “Do You Believe” (#4), and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (#6). The top DVD and Blue-Ray rentals to date also include “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”
To date the top ten VOD (video on demand) movies include family movies “Home” (#2) and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (#6). The top DVD and Blue-Ray rentals to date also include “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Finally, the top twelve digital movies to date include “Home” (#1), “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (#8), “Selma” (#9), and “McFarland” (#19).
Fandango.com reports that this week “War Room”is out in theaters. All of these redemptive and family movies that are top in sales in all categories are good picks for families, but parents and guardians must see reviews by professional educators and family film pros, such as on Movieguide.org, Dove.org, or Sonoma Christian Home.com to determine what is appropriate by age and quality for the youth in their care.
Many of these and other artistic films are marked by good cinematography, skilled acting most importantly by captivating storytelling. Good stories have multi-dimensional characters who develop over time as they overcome great jeopardy in conflicts within themselves or with other multi-dimensional characters and/or environments. Good stories start at a point of tension and intensely build to climatic turning points before they are resolved and ended on strong points without extraneous events. Effective stories on film are presented primarily by action and minimal dialogue. They also have engaging music and sound effects.
Something is “redemptive” when it makes something positive and worthy out of something or someone despite their former negative states. Redemptive films present realistic, naturalistic, and honest stories in which the characters go on ultimately edifying journeys that lead them towards positive results from that which was originally negative, toward reconciliation, and toward Truth. Redemptive films have edifying stories that reveal universal ideas and lift viewers from negativism, cynicism, and/or pessimism to what is positive, renewing, and hopeful. Although, redemptive movies present honest, difficult struggles, they turn what is paralyzing, degrading and debilitating to what is freeing, beautiful and eternal.
Further, redemptive artistic films have the following elements: universal Truth and appeal, use of the unexpected, thought-provoking content, rich use of language, human interest, and heart-felt scenes. Further, they have tightness of story with jeopardy or intensity that builds to the climatic turning point that is resolved in meaningful albeit unexpected ways. Such movies can make constructive and positive imprints for lifetimes on the minds and hearts of viewers.
Therefore, the top picks for redemptive family films in theaters the last week of August are the following: “War Room,” (for older children and adults), “Ant-Man,” (some crude elements but redemptive and generally suitable for teenagers and adults), “Inside Out,” (all ages), and “Shaun the Sheep” (some crude elements but redemptive and generally appropriate for all ages).