There are many good movies for families available in theaters for the Fall Festival, October 24rd Weekend. “23 Blast” opens October 24th. This entertaining, redemptive movie for youth and families is an inspiring true story about a high school football player who becomes blind but has a chance to come back and play on the team.
There are many other good family movies still out in theaters. “The Giver ” is a powerful redemptive movie for older youth and families. Jeff Bridges has produced and performed in this timely movie that challenges the dangers of micromanagement, totalitarianism, and over control of governments, organizations, families… Many elements of the movie are outstanding: cinematography,acting, music and more. Adults and older youth will appreciate this movie due to its themes that address many current personal to global issues.
The top-grossing “Guardians of the Galaxy” is still in theaters. It is a delightful spoof that uses unexpected twists and turns to engage audiences and keep them laughing from beginning to end . The leading characters develop in this movie in redemptive ways. This movie entertains older children and adults of all ages.
Also still in theaters for older youth and adults is “When the Game Stands Tall. ” This movie features Jim Caviezel as legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. They were undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons. The movie’s tagline is “It’s not how hard you fall, it’s how you get back up.” TriStar Pictures (Sony Pictures) and Production Co. Affirm Films produced this movie about the legendary Texas team.
Further, still in theaters is “The Good Lie .” It is a moving film about Sudanese refugees who are brought to America to start a new life, after making it through extreme trials. Reese Witherspoon plays the leading role of Carrie, who supports the refugees in their new lives and challenges to find jobs in America. This inspiring movie is based on real events and the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan. The movie refers to Sudan’s second civil war and the stories of a few of the thousands of orphaned and displaced children. “The movie’s tagline is “…Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing…” A primary theme in the film relates to giving what you have for someone else due to hope, which is a concept connected to the title of the movie.
Uplifting movies for families wth children and youth are still in theaters. For families with children and/or youth, “Dolphin Tale 2” can also still be seen on theater screens. This film picks up several years after young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Henry Connick Jr.), rescued the dolphin Winter. They were able to save Winter’s life with the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin. Now Winter’s surrogate mother, the elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. Further, due to the loss of Panama, Winter, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone because dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Dolphin Tale 2 tells another true story that Winter’s life inspired and involves a new baby dolphin named Hope, who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the first film and returns in Dolphin Tale 2 along with Hope, who plays herself in the sequel. The movies tagline is “Winter’s amazing true story… now has Hope.”
Further, good family animated movies are still in theaters. Another top box office hit that is still in theaters is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” In this family-friendly film, mutated warriors confront an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York. The fast-paced, action CGI sequences with the larger-than-life, animated, mutant turtles with their indiviudal personalities are amazing and inspiring as the Ninja turtles teach lessons of teamwork, sacrifice, and humility. Other good themes for young people include the following; taking responsibility, obeying the rules, giving forgiveness, respecting others, sacrificing oneself… This is an action thriller that is appropriate for young viewers.
The loveable characters in The Boxtrolls movie that is also still in theaters teach lessons of service and caring for others, as well. In this entertaining, quirky, animated movie, a young orphaned boy is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors. In this lightly edgy film that teaches moral values and lessons, the boy tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.