by Kaylin Kaupish
Whether you are traveling this summer (finally!) or enjoying a staycation, there’s always time for a movie night —especially with this inspiring line-up of new films from Netflix. From classic romances to action-packed adventures to enduring stories of faith, you’re sure to find something the whole family will love.
When his orphanage in Mexico, called Casa Hogar, is damaged during a storm, Papa Omar (Jimmy Gonzales) is desperate for the funds to save it. With no other options, he decides to enter the world’s biggest fishing tournament to score the cash prize. He enlists the help of Captain Wade Malloy (Dennis Quaid), a bitter but skilled fisherman. Along with three boys from the orphanage, the team sets out to sea with a mission and prayers for a miracle. You won’t want to miss this film that is based on an incredible true story.
Follow Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), a determined journalist who discovers a pile of forgotten love letters from 1965. Each note tells the romantic story between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the unhappy wife of a cruel and wealthy businessman, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner), a journalist who falls for her. Ellie is determined to find the end of the story with the help of Rory (Nabhaan Rizwan), an equally determined archivist. As the story unfolds in two timelines, Ellie is whisked away into a romantic story of her own. Based on the book by New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, this beautiful film will keep you guessing and warm your heart.
“Every family has its challenges. For my family, our greatest challenge... probably the robot apocalypse.” Meet the Mitchells! Rick, a nature-loving dad; Linda, a quirky and caring mom; Katie, an artistic filmmaker daughter; Aaron, a dinosaur-obsessed little brother; and of course, Monchi, the strange but beloved family pug. When Rick and Katie can’t seem to get along, the family decides to go on a bonding road trip. But plans change when a technology company accidentally starts a robot take-over of the world. Now the Mitchells must work together to save humanity! From the people who brought us the Academy Award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, this action-packed family adventure features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman.
In a world where supervillains run amuck, it's up to everyday people to become heroes. Enter Lydia (Melissa McCartney) and Emily (Octavia Spencer), two childhood best friends. After using a superpower serum created by Emily, the old friends reunite to become a dynamic duo once again. They chose to use their newly gained powers to fight evil and protect the innocent. Thunder Force has action, friendship, and hilarious antics; not to mention an all-star cast, including Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, and Jason Bateman.
Brooklyn-raised siblings Pili and Ioane have mixed feelings about spending the summer on their family’s farm in Oahu. But when they hear their grandfather is about to lose his home and land, the brother and sister pair think the answer may be found in an old journal. (A journal that could also lead them to a long-lost treasure!) With the help of their friends, Pili and Ioane are in for the adventure of a lifetime, filled with hidden clues, secret passageways, and perilous obstacles. Will the siblings be able to work together to save the farm and bond as a family? Finding ‘Ohana stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu and Branscombe Richmond.
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. The film also includes a soundtrack of classic Christian songs from musicians such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, for KING & COUNTRY and more.
18-year-old Vicenza has lived happily in a secluded community for her entire life. Except for one thing that she desperately wants to know: who is her father? When her mother leaves for a trip, Vicenza takes the chance to venture into the real world and meet the father she never knew. She follows the few clues she has to find his identity and is shocked to discover there is not one, but two possible men who could be her father. As Vicenza gets to know both of them – one a refined businessman, the other a free-spirited painter – she worries about finding out which one is her real father. This vibrant and touching film stars Maisa, Eduardo Moscovis, Marcelo Médici, Pedro Ottoni, Thaynara OG, Laila Zaid, and Fafá de Belém.
Sick of the daily sexism the girls at her high school have the deal with, shy Vivian finally decides enough is enough. Inspired by her mom’s rebellious past, she and a group of girls create Moxie, an anonymous zine to call out the unfair treatment of girls at the school. Soon the zine sparks a revolution in the halls and the classrooms. This powerful film is all about finding your voice, finding your friends, and standing up for what you believe in. Based on the novel by Jennifer Mathieu, Moxie stars Hadley Robinson, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Lauren Tsai, Nico Hiraga, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Marcia Gay Harden, and Amy Poehler, who also directed the film.
Tired of being locked in a reptile house, a ragtag team of Australia’s deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo. There’s the leader, Maddie, a kindhearted venomous snake; Zoe, a confident Thorny Devil lizard; Frank, a lovesick hairy spider; and Nigel, a sensitive scorpion; and the group’s nemesis, an adorable koala named Pretty Boy. Meanwhile, the friends are pursued by zookeeper Chaz and his assistant who are intent on bringing them back. But nothing’s going to stop these critters. Their destination is a place where they won’t be judged for their scales and fangs: the Outback. Featuring the voices of Isla Fisher, Miranda Tapsell, Guy Pearce, Angus Imrie, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, and Keith Urban, Back to the Outback teaches us that just because something’s different, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful.
After a near-fatal accident leaves her unable to walk, Sam Bloom’s world is turned upside down. Her husband, three young sons, and mother struggle to adjust to the new situation. The Bloom family is in desperate need of some hope, when one day it arrives in the most unlikely way. The family finds an injured magpie who they care for and lovingly name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family and makes a more profound difference than any of them could have imagined. This remarkable true story stars the talents of Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, and Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver.
Allison and Carlos Torres (Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez) are devoted but over-worked parents. They used to be the kind of people that said “Yes” to everything, from traveling to skydiving; but now, they spend their days saying “No” to their three kids, Katie (Jenna Ortega), Nando, and Ellie. The couple starts to wonder, when did “No” become the automatic answer to everything? That’s when they learn about Yes Day, a new trend where parents have to say “Yes” to everything their children want for a whole 24 hours. Can Allison and Carlos handle a whole day of “Yes” and show their kids how fun they used to be? Based on the beloved children’s book by New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Yes Day also stars Julian Lerner, Everly Carganilla, Nat Faxon, Molly Sims, Fortune Feimster, Arturo Castro.
Din is a working-class college student with big dreams when he stumbles on a magical teapot that contains Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes. With a world of opportunities in front of him, Din has one wish: to reconnect with his childhood best friend, Lina. Set in modern-day Shanghai, this hilarious and heart-warming journey forces both Din and Long to answer some of life's biggest questions. Because when you can wish for anything, how do you decide what really matters? From the Academy Award-winning producers of Shrek, this new animated adventure features the voices of John Cho, Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
“The only way to conquer fear is to just go through it. Believe. You’ve got it.” When Prerna, a teenage girl growing up in rural India, is introduced to the world of skateboarding, she knows she has found her life-changing passion. Against the wishes of her family and many in the community, Prerna and her friends refuse to give up and ultimately build a skate park in their small town. Then Prerna must fight the odds to follow her dreams and compete in a national championship. Starring Rachel Sanchita Gupta, Shradhha Gaikwad, Amrit Maghera, and Waheeda Rehman, Skater Girl is a beautiful coming-of-age story that shows us we can be capable of anything if we believe.
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