2017 Family Movies
- -Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a stupid and girl crazy jock (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge becomes a tiny Einstein (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the Planet Earth with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
While first believed to be a reboot of the property, it has been confirmed this is in fact a sequel to the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, with the cast and crew considering it a tribute to the late actor. Whereas the original film was based around a board game, the followup transports its characters into the world of a retro video game they discover. Early reactions to the movie have been very positive, with critics praising the tone and chemistry of the cast. Welcome to the Jungle is the latest in a growing line of “legacy sequels” that looks to capitalize on nostalgia for a well-known brand. The first Jumanji was a big box office hit, grossing $100.4 million at the domestic box office during its run.
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- -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.
Coco is the 19th film released by Pixar Animation Studios, and the company’s first original offering since The Good Dinosaur in 2015. It is noteworthy for its portrayal of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday, with director Lee Unkrich taking great care to make sure the material was handled in a tasteful, respectful manner, bringing in consultants to assist on the project when it generated controversy. The Land of the Dead environment has drawn comparisons to Monsters, Inc.‘s Monstropolis, promising to be another immersive, awe-inspiring world for audiences to explore when the film opens over the holiday season. Disney has also designed a VR experience for the film as a means of promotion.
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- -Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Three emojis (T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris) embark on an epic adventure through a smartphone to save their world from deletion.
- -Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
- -Genre: Animation, Family
A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
An original concept by Tom Sheridan, The Star is another retelling of the famous Nativity story (which details the birth of Jesus), only told from the perspective of the various animals that were present for that event. The film is perhaps most noteworthy for its all-star voice cast, which includes the likes of Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan, Christopher Plummer, Keegan Michael-Key, and more. Despite the A-list talent, The Star received mixed reviews from critics, though most have said it makes for fun holiday viewing thanks to its offbeat approach that never loses track of its original message.
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