by Kaylin Kaupish
There’s no better way to wind down from a long day than with a bowl of popcorn— and a good movie. Gather round with family and friends to watch these heartwarming films that will help get rid of the last of that winter chill.
Sing and dance along to Netflix’s first faith-based musical. When troubled teen Will Hawkins has a run in with the law, he must choose between juvie and summer camp. It seems like an easy choice but when Will finds out it’s a Christian summer camp, he considers running away. Until he meets Avery, the daughter of the camp owner. Will wants to know her better, but Avery is hesitant. Will he be able to win her heart while keeping his past a secret? A Week Away stars Bailee Madison, Kevin Quinn, Jahbril Cook, and David Koechner.
Joe Gardner is a middle school music teacher with a big dream: being a professional jazz player. But his plans are cut short when he falls down a manhole and finds himself as a soul in a place called the “Great Before.” With the help of another soul named 22, Joe tries to get back to his life and achieve his dream. Soul is a heartfelt adventure that gets to the heart of some big questions, like what makes you, YOU? Soul stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and Angela Bassett.
Enter a reimagined world of all your favorite childhood figures. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Sandman – each of them make up the Guardians, tasked with protecting the children of the world. But when the Boogie Man threatens to make a comeback, the Guardians must enlist the help of Jack Frost, a troublemaker who just wants to have fun in the snow. The Ride of the Guardians stars the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman.
Check out this classic clay animation series that follows a man and his best friend. Wallace, a scatter-brained inventor and his dog, Gromit, go on tons of wacky adventures. Whether they are heading to the moon for cheese or trying to stop a diamond heist with mechanical pants, this dynamic duo is sure to charm your heart and lift your spirits with a good laugh.
Go on a fantasy adventure like no other with two brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot. After losing their father, Ian and Barley set out on a magical quest to spend one more day with him. And who knew their modest accountant father was actually a powerful wizard? Meanwhile their mom is on a quest to bring them home safely with the help of a powerful Manticore. Onward, from the creators of The Incredibles, is a laugh-out-loud family film starring the voice talents of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.
Quiet teen Stanley Yelnats was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was charged with stealing a famous pair of shoes. Maybe it’s bad luck? Maybe it’s his family’s hundred-year-old curse? Stanley is sent to a camp for troubled youth where he and the other boys are forced to dig a whole every day to build character. Or is it for other reasons? There, Stanley uncovers a secret that spans generations. Maybe he wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time after all. Holes is based on the novel by Louis Sachar that won both the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Newbery Medal. It stars Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Patricia Arquette.
Dive into the wondrous story of Sarah Crewe, a young girl who loves her father dearly. When her father is called up to fight in the war, Sarah leaves her home in India for a girl’s school in London. There she makes friends by telling fantastical stories of love and adventure. But the cruel headmistress Miss Minchin doesn’t want the girls’ heads filled with such nonsense. Watch this magical film based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic book and be swept away into Sarah’s world.
Welcome to Zootopia, a fast-paced city where everyone can follow their dreams. That’s exactly what rookie police officer Judy Hopps hopes to do, until she meets Nick Wilde, a con artist with plans of his own. This unlikely duo teams up to solve the case of mysterious disappearances in the city. Filled with adventure and laughs, Zootopia also manages to cover some tough topics like systemic racial, class and gender inequality. The film boasts in impressive cast, with the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, and Shakira.
Nothing says summer like a nostalgic movie about kids playing baseball. But The Sandlot manages to be so much more. This ’90s classic follows a group of friends who meet up every day at their beloved sandlot to play baseball and crack jokes. But things go wrong when a priceless baseball—signed by legend Babe Ruth—flies into the backyard of the meanest man in the neighborhood and his monstrously big dog. Will the gang of friends be able to get the baseball back?
When Hallie Parker from California and Annie James from England go to the same summer camp, they don’t realize how much they have in common. Sure, they look identical and have the same birthday, but they eventually realize they have the same parents! Turns out the twins were separated as babies, each going with one of their divorced parents. When camp comes to an end, they aren’t about to lose each other again. So, the girls hatch a plan to meet bring their parents back together by secretly switching places! This classic tale stars Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson.
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