Family fun over the holidays - The survival list of good film choices at the theatres and at home

It is that time of year. The Christmas holidays. Everyone is excited about presents and celebrating the birth of the Saviour.  

Then it happens... You want to watch a film with the family. How do you choose? What film is good for the kids and one that parents can enjoy, too?

Russelling Reviews has put together a list of family-friendly films that should help picking films this holiday season. These are options in theatres and on DVD. We will provide a short list of films to avoid this holiday season. 

Most film titles have a link to a review that will give you details about the film and help you to discern if it is right for your family. 

We will include some Christmas classics for the sake of enjoying the season and to remember the reason for the season. 

In Theatres: 

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (For children over 13 years of age)
2. The Peanuts Movie - as of Boxing Day (26 December)

On DVD: 

  1. Oddball
  2. Antman: for children over 8 years of age (PG rating)
  3. Minions - not great, but not bad
  4. Shaun the Sheep - The Movie 
  5. Paddington
  6. Cinderella
  7. Paper Planes - not to be confused with Paper Towns
  8. Big Hero 6
  9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  10. Boxtrolls
Classic Christmas fun:
  1. Elf
  2. The Nativity Story
  3. It's a Wonderful Life
  4. Miracle on 34th Street
  5. The Santa Clause
  6. Home Alone
  7. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  8. The Polar Express
  9. A Christmas Carol (Jim Carrey Animated)
  10. The Grinch who stole Christmas
  11. Some may want to recommend Die Hard, but it may not be for family viewing! A classic none the less...
Films to avoid this holiday season:
  1. Pixels
  2. The Good Dinosaur
  3. Annie
What do you think?

The Russelling Reviews & Reel Dialogue teams wants to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and thank you for your support in 2015. 

We look forward to serving you in 2016 with reviews and commentary on the latest films. 

Thanks to The Hughes and Rouse Hill Bible Church for the queries and the discussion
Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews