It’s winter and baby, it’s cold outside. One of our favorite things to do is go to the movies. There are so many great family movies out this year that we think it’s time to take a moment and take inventory. The movies listed here are surefire hits, anticipated to be critically acclaimed and commercial hits. Check out movie deals at Bow Tie and Showcase Cinemas. Because isn’t it better with a promo code for movies?
(*Thanks to Google for help for the synopses!*)
We love the idea of Ryan and Emma back together again (remember Crazy, Stupid Love?!). The story of Mia, an aspiring actress (Emma Stone), and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.
Well, hey it’s Will Smith’s annual Christmas debut so it must be good. When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. When his notes bring unexpected personal responses, he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived and how even the deepest loss can reveal the essence of life.
The kids and parents alike are going to love this one. The very smooth Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Fuzzy animals and pop music? Yes, please.
Working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former baseball star (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) dream of playing college football. This is a gripping glimpse of pre-Civil Rights America but more importantly about the complicated family dynamics of the Maxson family and Cory’s inability to reach Troy’s impossibly high expectations.
20th Century Women
Will you look at this amazing cast? Dakota and Annette? Sign me up. In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women — Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor — to help with Jamie’s upbringing.