2018 Family Movies

A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After learning her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother, her classmate, and three astral travelers to save him.

A Wrinkle In Time is based on the book of the same name by Madeline L’Engle, which was originally published in 1962. The novel received widespread acclaim, winning the Newberry Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carrol Shelf Award. It is the first title in the Time Quintet series, which follows the Murray and O’Keefe families. Disney originally adapted the story for a 2003 television movie before green lighting a theatrical version.

This film was originally going to have a production budget of around $35 million, but that changed drastically over time. Director Ava DuVernay becomes the first woman of color to helm a film that costs $100 million or more. DuVernay was hired for the job in February 2016, with high-profile cast members like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña joining months after. Youngster Storm Reid was cast as lead Meg Murry in September 2016. Principal photography began in November 2016 and ran through early 2017.

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

  • Rating: Not Rated
  • -Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

The film is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Disney first announced the film in 2015, imagining it as a sequel set 20 years after the original. The cast came together in 2016, and principal photography started in 2017.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

  • Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

Peter Rabbit (2018)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Comedy, Family

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

This film is based on the children’s stories written by Beatrix Potter. The character of Peter Rabbit debuted way back in 1902 in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. That book spawned five followups that were published between 1904 and 1912. Peter is the world’s oldest licensed character, with the first toy being produced in 1903. In the many years since, there has been a multitude of Peter Rabbit merchandise, including dishes. The 2018 film is not the first time the property has been adapted – most notably there was a BBC series called The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.

The new movie will be a combination of live-action and CGI animation, recruiting an all-star cast that includes James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, and more. Director Will Gluck signed on to helm the project in August 2016 and production began in January 2017. After the release of the first trailer, several outlets criticized the film for not staying true to the source material, feeling it was too low-brow and modern.

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