The 2015 Holiday Season is almost upon us! When you’re done celebrating with huge feasts and football this Thanksgiving and Christmas, consider taking your family and loved ones to the cinema! This quarter sees several remakes/updates/sequels of popular franchises, a new original film from Pixar, the final film of the Hunger Games trilogy, and of course the NEW STAR WARS FILM!!
We’ve even put together a list of local movie theaters you can visit to see any of our Family Flick Picks below.
Winter Family Movie List
The Peanuts Movie
Releases 11/16/2015, Rated G
Summary: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang finally make their return to the big screen after 35 years. Charlie Brown attempts to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl while Snoopy tangles with his nemesis The Red Baron.
Also Recommended: Any of the Peanuts TV specials, ex. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Love the Coopers
Releases 11/13/2015, Rated PG-13
Summary: In this comedy, four generations of the Cooper family come together for a Christmas celebration with unexpected visitors and unlikely events.
Also Recommended: One of my favorite Christmas films, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Releases 11/20/15, Rated PG-13
Summary: The final film of the Hunger Games trilogy as Katniss and friends battle President Snow in a full-scale revolutionary war to liberate Panem.
Also Recommended: Binge watching/reading the previous Hunger Games movies/novels
The Good Dinosaur
Releases 11/25/2015, Rated PG
Summary: Pixar’s latest feature is set in an alternate Earth where dinosaurs never became extinct. A young Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an epic journey with his human caveboy friend.
Also Recommended: Any older Pixar release, The Land Before Time series
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Releases 12/18/2015, Rated PG
Summary: The fourth installment of the film series sees Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, believing Dave plans to get rid of them after proposing to his girlfriend, embark on a road trip to stop the engagement.
Also Recommended: The 80’s Alvin and the Chipmunks TV series, or the previous three installments
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Summary: THE BIG ONE. J.J. Abrams directs episode seven of the Star Wars saga and introduces new characters and old faces return many years after the original series.
Also Recommended: The original and prequel trilogies, in machete order. Also: the TV series Star Wars Rebels.
Releases 12/25/2015, Rated PG
Summary: A mild-mannered executive (Will Ferrell) who tries to be a good stepdad to his wife’s two kids, but when their father (Mark Wahlberg), arrives he finds himself in a competition for the kids’ affection.
Also Recommended: Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Norm of the North
Summary: A displaced polar bear (Rob Schneider) named Norm winds up in New York City as a mascot for a company tied to the fate of his homeland.
Also Recommended: the Ice Age series
Kung Fu Panda 3
Summary: Po (Jack Black) reunites with his biological father and must train a village of clumsy pandas to become a team of Kung Fu Pandas.
Also Recommended: Ku Fu Panda 1 and 2
Sam’s Top Pick: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, of course.
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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 nine 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.