Home » Family Flick Picks for Fall 2017
School is in full swing across the Tennessee Valley, and with Fall Break coming up and many weekends ahead, consider taking your kids to the movies!
The summer season was brutal to Hollywood – revenues were significantly lower than previous years. The Fall season is typically a slower time for films, but this year sees a good mix of blockbuster franchise films, standalone films from respected studios like Pixar, and dramatic films that could surprise and move your family.
Take a look and see which films pique your interest, and look under “Also Recommended” for other films/books/games you might enjoy. We also like to look up movies before we go see them on Common Sense Media – they offer a great breakdown of almost every aspect of a movie from language, violence levels, and other questions parents might have.
Finally, we’ve compiled a list of theaters in Huntsville and more about the benefits of enjoying movies together as a family.
LEGO Ninjago Movie
In Theaters September 22, Rated PG
Summary: From the makers of The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman, the popular LEGO toy series gets its own movie. Jackie Chan as Master Wu trains Green Ninja Lloyd to battle his evil father.
Also Recommended: Ninjago TV series, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman
My Little Pony: The Movie
In Theaters October 6, Rated PG
Summary: The popular franchise gets a new feature length movie with an all-star cast including Emily Blunt and Zoey Saldana.
Also Recommended: My Little Pony the TV series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Goodbye, Christopher Robin
In Theaters October 13, Rated PG
Summary: A look at the life of writer A.A. Milne, his son C.R. (Christopher Robin) Milne, and the creation of the famous and beloved character Winnie the Pooh.
Also Recommended: The Winnie the Pooh cartoons, books, and movies.
In Theaters October 20, Rated PG
Summary: Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, two deaf children run away from home, one in 1927 and one in 1977. They both end up in the American Museum of Natural History and a surprising connection between the two children is discovered.
Also Recommended: Selznick’s previous novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and its film adaptation Hugo.
In Theaters November 3, PG-13
Summary: In the third Thor film, the all-powerful Hela threatens Asgard as Thor teams up with Hulk and Loki in hopes of averting the end of the world.
Also Recommended: The previous Thor films and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daddy’s Home 2
In Theaters November 17, PG-13
Summary: In this sequel to 2015’s Daddy’s Home, Brad and Dusty (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) must deal with their vastly different fathers during the holidays. Pro wrestler John Cena co-stars.
Also Recommended: The original Daddy’s Home.
In Theaters November 10, PG
Summary: Based on the Nativity of Jesus, a small but brave donkey and his band of animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
Also Recommended: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
In Theaters November 17, Not Yet Rated
Summary: DC Comic’s answer to The Avengers is finally here as Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg form the famed superteam the Justice League. Despite his apparent death in Batman v Superman, Superman is credited to appear as well.
Also Recommended: Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman
In Theaters November 17, PG
Summary: Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play the parents of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences, who tries to fit in at a new school and show everyone that he is just an ordinary kid.
Also Recommended: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
In Theaters November 22, Not Yet Rated
Summary: The latest from Pixar; a young boy named Miguel dreams of being a musician. He finds himself in the Land of the Dead and sets out to solve a mystery from his family’s past, leading to a extraordinary reunion.
Also Recommended: The Book of Life
Miss Kiet’s Children
In Theaters Dec 13, Not Yet Rated
Summary: Migrant and refugee children from Syria are educated in a Netherlands classroom by Miss Kiet in this heartwarming and poignant documentary.
Also Recommended: Spellbound, School of Rock
Star Wars The Last Jedi
In Theaters Dec 15, Not Yet Rated
Summary: The Star Wars Saga continues with Episode 8, as Rey takes the next steps in her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Master Luke.
Also Recommended: Star Wars The Force Awakens , Star Wars Rogue One
In Theaters Dec 15, Not Yet Rated
Summary: Ferdinand the Bull has a big heart but is mistaken for a dangerous beast and locked away. He assembles a team of misfits and attempts to reunite with his family.
Also Recommended: Rio, The Peanuts Movie
Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
In Theaters Dec 20, Not Yet Rated
Summary: A sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams movie, four teenagers discover an old video game and are literally drawn into its world. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars.
Also Recommended: the original Jumanji
In Theaters Dec 22, Not Yet Rated
Summary: Will Smith stars as a cop in a world where magic exists and humans coexist with fantasy creatures. He teams up with an Orc cop and, during a routine patrol, find a weapon of immense power.
Also Recommended: Chronicle, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Pitch Perfect 3
In Theaters Dec 22, Rated PG-13
Summary: After winning the world championship, the Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour.
Also Recommended: the previous Pitch Perfect movies
The Greatest Showman
In Theaters Dec 25, Not Yet Rated
Summary: An original musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the man who created the Greatest Show on Earth, the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Also stars former and current Disney favorites Zac Efron and Zendaya.
Also Recommended: La La Land, Chicago
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Sam Chow was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. A 5th grade field trip to Space Camp started his lifelong love of technology and engineering. He juggled working in Huntsville while studying for his engineering degree at Mississippi State and moved here full-time in 2001. He and his lovely wife Connie were married in 2006 and currently have a five year old and a two year old, a dog, and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys training and watching mixed martial arts, watching old foreign films, reading, and video gaming.