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Upcoming Movies for Kids & Families


Movies are a great family date-night opportunity, check out these upcoming releases:

The LEGO Batman Movie, coming February 10th
Rock Dog, coming February 24th
Beauty and the Beast, coming March 17th
Saban’s Power Rangers, coming March 24th
The Boss Baby, coming March 31st
Smurfs: The Lost Village, coming April 7th


Monster Trucks | PG
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp, a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Description courtesy of MonsterTrucksMovie.com.


A Monster Calls | PG-13
Release Date: December 23, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 12+

Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel, 12-year-old Conor attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Description courtesy of Focus Features.


Sing | PG
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once- grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist- okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel- who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Description courtesy of Sing, The Movie.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Rating Coming Soon
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 11+

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings tighter ordinary people who choose to do to extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Description courtesy of Lucas Films.


Moana | PG
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master Wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | PG-13
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 12+

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplace magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beats, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and the No-Maj worlds. Synopsis courtesy of Warner Bros.


Doctor Strange | PG-13
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 12+

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place- a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange- armed with newly acquired magical powers- is forced to choose whether to return to hi life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Synopsis courtesy of Marvel.


Trolls | PG
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in the stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps- trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. Synopsis courtesy of Dreamworks.


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life | PG
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 9+

Rafe’s epic imagination and slight problem with authority collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Raft and Leo, his scheming best friend hatch a creative plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. What they don’t expect is for Principal Dwight to strike back, causing chaos both real and imagined. Synopsis courtesy of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.



Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children | PG-13
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Tix: AMC | Regal | Cobb | Alamo | Bow Tie | Rave | Fandango
Common Sense Media Review: 12+

When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.


Storks | PG
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery story, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.


The Wild Life | PG
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Genre: Family & Kids
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on a hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats). Description via: http://www.thewildlife.movie/.


Pete’s Dragon | PG
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the wood of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill. Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.


Ice Age: Collision Course | PG
Release Date: July 22, 2106
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. (Description via: iceagemovies.com).


The Secret Life of Pets | PG
Release Date: July 8, 2106
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

For their fifth fully-animated feature film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment, and Universal Pictures present a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.


The BFG | PG | 117-minutes
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Kids
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers — Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg — finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Description courtesy of the official movie website.


Finding Dory | PG | 103-minutes
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Genre: Family, Kids
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows | PG-13 | 112-minutes
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy
Common Sense Media Review: 11+

As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang. Description courtesy of IMDB.


Alice Through the Looking Glass | PG | 108-minutes
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Common Sense Media Review: 9+

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.


Angry Birds Movie | PG | 95-minutes
Release Date: May 20, 2106
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

The movie takes us to an island populated entire by happy, flightless birds- or almost entirely. In this paradise, Ted, a bird with a temper problem, Speed Chuck, and the volatile Bomb, have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.


Ratchet & Clank| PG | 94-minutes
Release Date: April 29, 2106
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 7+

Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “Lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.


The Jungle Book | PG | 111-minutes
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 9+

The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. Buy Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned stern mentor Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interest at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.


The Little Prince | PG | 108-minutes
Release Date: March 19, 2016 (US)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animated

The Little Prince, based on the French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, tells the fable-like story of an aviator who crash-lands in the Sahara desert, where he meets a tiny prince who hails from an asteroid. The film introduces a child known only as The Little Girl, who lives in a world consumed by order, efficiency, and which shuns childlike things. The Little Girl’s perfectionist mother holds her to a regimented schedule, which is disrupted when an eccentric elderly neighbor and former aviator, befriends her. He recounts to her the story of meeting a tiny prince in the desert. As history unfolds, The Little Girl is swept along with it.


Zootopia | PG | 108-minutes
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 8+

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together- a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.


Kung Fu Panda 3 | PG | 95-minutes
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Genre: 
Animation, Adventure, Action, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible — learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!


Norm of the North | PG | 86-minutes
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Genre: 
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business, and a big identity crisis to save the day.


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip | PG | 86-minutes
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Common Sense Media Review: 6+

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.


The Good Dinosaur | PG | 100-minutes
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Genre: 
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media review: 7+

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.


The Peanuts Movie | G | 93-minutes
Release Date: November 6, 2015
Genre: 
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Common Sense Media review: Age 4+

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day.


Jem and the Holograms | PG | 118-minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Genre:
Fantasy/Drama
Common Sense Media review: age 9+

Teenager Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) is an extremely shy but talented singer-songwriter whose dreams of stardom come true when she forms the group Jem and the Holograms. Other members include her younger sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) on keyboards, drummer Shana (Aurora Perrineau) and bassist Aja (Hayley Kiyoko). With help from Rio (Ryan Guzman), the son of the CEO (Juliette Lewis) of Starlight Music, the four young band members find their own voice while taking the world by storm.


Goosebumps | PG | 103-minutes
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Genre: 
Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Horror
Common Sense Media review: age 9+

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange…he is a prisoner of his own imagination — the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts, and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.


Pan | PG | 101-minutes
Release Date: October 8, 2015
Genre:
Action/Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Common Sense Media review: age 9+

From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny — to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.


Hotel Transylvania 2 | PG | 89-minutes
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Genre:
Action/Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Common Sense Media review: age 7+

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny — and in for a major cultural shock of her own — “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne, and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old-school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood — and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania — things are going to get batty!


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