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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The 10 best, most family-friendly films of 2018

Let’s face it: It can be difficult to find a movie that the whole family can watch. Thankfully, though, there were quite a few family-friendly films released in theaters in 2018. Here are my favorite 10:

REVIEW: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is marvelous

Mary Poppins was popular because it reminded us of everything that is wonderful about childhood: imagination and innocence and fun.

REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a family-centric superhero flick

Spiderman has one coarse word (h-ll) and also plenty of violence -- more than the Incredibles series but less than a live-action superhero film -- yet that doesn’t distract from the film’s core

Awe-inspiring ‘Blue Planet II’ leads December streaming lineup

King David likely would have enjoyed watching nature documentaries on television. After all, he’s the one who told us “the heavens declare the glory of God”

REVIEW: ‘Buttons’ is a fun, feel-good musical

If Dick Van Dyke is singing and dancing in a movie, then you can guarantee I’m ready to watch it. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance...

REVIEW: ‘Creed II’ soars with solid fatherhood message

I now have a new entree into my Top 10: Creed II. And I don’t even like boxing.

REVIEW: ‘Instant Family’ has a great message about foster care, even if it’s not...

Instant Family conveys the gamut of emotions that a foster/adoptive family experiences -- including fear, anxiety and, most importantly, joy -- but tells the story through the lens of laughter.

Wonderful ‘Wonder’ leads November’s streaming lineup

This month on Amazon Prime and Hulu, one of the best films on the subject of bullying -- 2017’s Wonder (PG)

REVIEW: ‘The Grinch’ is an instant Christmas classic

I’ve lost count at the number of “children’s films" that contained questionable adult content. But there are exceptions, and a new movie in theaters this weekend -- The Grinch (PG) -- stays firmly in family-friendly territory while giving us a few positive messages, too.

REVIEW: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ is a movie with a great message...

The best family movies do more than entertain. They also include a positive message or two that children will easily catch -- and that mom and dad can discuss on the ride home from the theater.
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