I Heard the Bells (Plugged In Online) This film goes back into history to tell the story of Henry Wadsworth Lonfellow, the famous poet, and how he overcame his sorrow and loss to know again the joy and meaning of Christmas.
Journey to Bethlehem (OSV) This is a very different take on a very familiar story. The story of the birth of Christ as a musical? Not what I expected but if you can get paast the feeling that this is irreverent, this is a great new way to see and hear the greatesst story ever told.
Elemental (Common Sense Media) This movie is another hit from Pixar and Disney. It is a touching portrsyal of how differences can work together and even is a commentary on the immigrant expereince. OK for kids 6+.
Transformers (Pluggedin Online) This is one of the films that parents might be hesitant about. Kids love the Transformers series and this one is a pretty good addition. The problem is, despite some positive messages, there is a lot of violence and some language that can be a problem. For families, view at your own risk.
The Little Mermaid (Common Sense Media) Lot's of people are excited about this remake of the Little Mermaid. Is it fine for all ages? How good is it?
Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse (Common Sense Media) This movie has a complicated plot and some action and messageas that may not be suitable for younger kids. Common Snese Med ia gives it a 9+ years evaluation. Check out the parental reviews.
Marvel Movies from A to Z (Common Sense Media) Does anyone know the entire list of Marvel movies and where they fit in order? As a parent, this question stumps me. I've seen a few of them, but didn't realize the number and that they tell a continuing story from one to the next. And are they fit for kids? Here's where Common Snese Media comes in...check out this link for an entire list in consecutive order with reviews and suitability for kids. have fun!
Best Netflix Movies and TV for Families (Common Sense Media) Taking a familiy to the movie theater these days can break the bank. But there is an alternative. Netflix offers a wide range of movies and TV series that families can enjoy in their own home. The problem is that these offerings can be hard to find on Netflix. The follks at Common Sense Media have made it easy with their curated list of these family movies. The popcorn is cheaper too!
Your Guide to Pro-life Films and TV Shows on Netflix and Amazon (America Magazine) This list may not satisfy every pro-life enthusiast but it is valuable for those who are looking for programs that fit the broad definition of pro-life. Admittedly this is from as more liberal source but the suggestions are very useful.
TV about Racism and Social Justice (Common Sense Media) The issues of racism and social justice are all over the news these days. Even my 4 year old granddaughter is aware of it. Why not sit down as a family and watch some television programs that address the issue is a gentle way as a discussion starter? This is just one of the many helpful "best of" lists on Common Sense Media.
Kiss the Ground (Common Sense Media) This documentary on Netflix is special because it offers youth an in depth look at how nature works on the soil underneath our feet. Beyond that it discusses the environmental crisis and that one solution can be found in a better use of the soil that God gave us.
Movies that Inspire Kids to Change the World (Common Sense Media) Common Sense Media is wonderful website that offers parents help and advice on media in general and movies in particular. This is just one of their "best lists." Check out this site for these movies and much more. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix) This documentary honors the work of David Attenborough as a natural historian and broadcaster. He truly loves life on this planet. The documentary shows the serious effects that humanity has had on the natural world and it predicts a dire future if we don't find a way to change the damage we are doing. A great watch for parents and older children, especially teens.
I Am Greta (HULU) This documentary is about the 16 year old girl from Sweden who began the school strikes in protest of the inactivity of political leaders regarding climate change. Greta is for real and she is portrayed in a very human way. This documentary would make for great conversation about this issue.
Busted Halo Busted Halo is a Catholic website for young adults. Spiritual Side of Cinema examines the spiritual side of favorite movies. Take a unique look at the intersection of faith and Hollywood. Parents might find this site helpful when discussing the faith aspects of a movie their kids.
Plugged In Online Focus on the Family sponsors this website which offers faith based reviews of current movies and television programs as well as video games. Sister Rose Reviews the Movies Sister Rose Pacatte offers an insightful faith based review of current movies.