Pass the popcorn
Upcoming flicks for the whole family
While the holiday season is a popular time to go to the movies, there are still a couple months of winter left after Christmas and the cold weather is enough to give anyone cabin fever. We’ve wrangled up a list of family-friendly finds that will get your brood out of the house without being forced to brave the brisk temperatures.
Escape From Planet Earth is a 3D comedy made for families. Rated PG, this film, which opens Feb. 14, tells the tale of a risk-seeking astronaut and his nerdy, rule-following brother. In a twist, the do-well brother, Gary, is forced to take over as the hero after his astronaut brother is caught in a trap on a dangerous planet. With Brendan Fraser, William Shatner, Jessica Alba and Sarah Jessica Parker lending their voices to the star-filled cast, the film is meant to captivate children and their parents.
Based on the famous fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk,
Jack the Giant Slayer, starring Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to open March 1. The film, which is not yet rated, is about a young farmhand (Hoult) who accidentally reignites a war between his people and the giants when he opens a gateway between the two worlds. Complete with a princess, a kingdom and an unsuspected warrior, this film has all the ingredients of a classic fairytale. The modern twist? A plethora of special effects and a 3D version of the film, to be released the same day as the 2D version.
Another remake of a classic,
Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, stays true to the themes of the original—the betterment of oneself and the battle between good and evil—but tells the story of a time before Dorothy. When Oscar Diggs travels from Kansas to the Land of Oz, he meets three witches who force him to prove himself as an excellent wizard. Through his journey, filled with fantasy and magic, Oscar becomes the great and powerful Wizard of Oz and a better man, as well. Not yet rated, this live-action film is scheduled to be released March 8.
From Up on Poppy Hill is a not-yet-rated Japanese animated film that explores high school life and the discovering of one’s heritage by telling the story of Umi and Shun, a young couple whose romance has just begun. Set in 1963 Yokohama, the world is changing during another important time in these two young lovers lives: high school. The film explores the relationship of Umi and Shun, staying rooted in the struggles of the times, a country rebuilding itself after World War II while also preparing to host the upcoming Olympics. The film also offers a twist when a past secret emerges that could destroy Umi and Shun’s relationship, an interesting parallel to the historic events of the time period.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated animated films of the year is
The Croods, set to be released March 22. It is a 3D animated film that centers on a family of cavemen and cavewomen. Grug (Nicholas Cage) is threatened when he and his family are forced to leave behind their home and encounter a nomad, Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who introduces the family to some of his inventions, including fire. To further complicate matters, Grug’s oldest daughter, Eep (Emma Stone), is smitten by the newcomer. Grug and Guy struggle to see eye-to-eye as Grug embraces the world he knows and Guy looks to the future.