We’re all waiting for the latest movie in a certain franchise that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, (you’ve probably got “DECEMBER 18” circled in red on your calendar, and may have stood in line for advance tickets - kudos to you, mama). Once you have ridden the Millennium Falcon again (and maybe once more for good measure), what else will you do with those long days of winter break? Here’s the schedule family-friendly releases for those days when a movie seems like a really, really good idea.
For Littler Ones
The Peanuts Movie (already released) - with luck you could see this one at your local second-run theatre, if you can hold off the begging to “see it right nowwwww”. Charlie Brown and his crew are back as we’ve never seen them before, but the Little Red Haired Girl still plays an important role in Charlie Brown’s world. Rated G.
The Good Dinosaur (Release date 11/25/15) - a sweet offering from Pixar that imagines what the world might be like if the dinosaurs had never been wiped out and humans had gone through time with giant reptilian pals. Judging from the preview, this one looks like it might have been meant to be a direct-to-video, but hey - there’s no movie theatre popcorn at home. Rated PG.
For Teens (or you)
Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2 (Release date 11/20/15) - the thrilling conclusion in the series that launched J Law into the star stratosphere sees Katniss finally confronting President Snow while a revolution unfolds around and because of her. Rated PG.
For the Kids
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip (Release date 12/18/15) - Remember when Jason Lee used to seem cool and slightly dangerous? As my mother would have said, even Jason Lee has to eat. This fourth outing for the updated Chipmunks says what it does and does what it says. For this child of the eighties, the computer-generated Chipmunks left their charm on the animation cells, but my kids will want to see it. And I might take them, because: popcorn. Rated PG.
Sisters (Release date 12/25/15) The best part about the holidays is that unsuspecting relatives are in town - send the kids for a visit with their cousins/grandparents/family friends and take yourselves to Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Pohler as two sisters who throw a last blow-out house party when they find out Mom & Dad are selling their childhood home. Rated 14A.