Those of us with kids are about to spend a whole week with them at home and you know how that goes. They spend extended periods of time on their chosen devices until parental-guilt kicks in and you HAVE to take them somewhere. This is a great time to catch up on the movies you’ve missed and fortunately, there’s some fun stuff currently in theaters. I put together a list of the Julie Says So Top 5 Movies to See Over Spring Break, but these are primarily for kids 13 and under. If you have older kids (or just kids who like movies for older kids) I would add Logan and especially Get Out to the list. Both of them are rated R and contain hefty portions of violence and profanity, but they’re also GREAT! The following five movies would be great for older kids too, they just won’t gleefully chant your name for suggesting them.
5. My Life as a Zucchini doesn’t sound like a good film for your kids, with all the subtitles and, let’s be honest, that stupid name. It IS, however, an exceptional story about orphaned kids and how they look out for each other. This one is perfect for tweens who’d appreciate subject matter that’s a bit more mature and who don’t mind reading subtitles. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce them to foreign films. See if it’s playing in your area by clicking HERE.
4. No one is going to call Kong: Skull Island a GREAT movie, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t loads of fun. The traditional King Kong concept has been refreshed with an Apocalypse Now vibe and killer special effects. The cast is solid as well, with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and those are just the big names. Kong: Skull Island is rated PG-13 and is better suited for older kids who don’t mind a bloody battle. Also, only take the ones who can handle a Monster Movie because here, there DEFINITELY be monsters.
3. One of the great things about Hidden Figures is that it’s rated PG, meaning you can take the whole family. It also offers excellent history lessons about the Space Race and the Civil Rights Movement. Your kids will be too busy cheering on Taraji P. Henson to realize they’re actually learning something, though.
2. So, you’ve already seen The LEGO Batman Movie three times? Well, it’s still better than most movies in theaters right now AND the best Batman movie I’ve seen in ages. See The LEGO Batman Movie again, but at a matinee somewhere if you’ve already been twice.
1. Beauty and the Beast doesn’t open until March 17th, but it should still be at the top of your Must See Over Spring Break list. I adored this movie (read my review HERE), so I’m a bit shocked that some critics didn’t. Also, if you are worried about the so-called Homosexual Characters in Beauty and the Beast, you can relax. I never saw anything that could be considered outwardly offensive to anyone. And since you’ve already seen the trailer a million times, here’s a clip from the actual movie. Look at that adorable Lumiere! Buy advance tickets to Beauty and the Beast HERE.
Have a wonderful SPRING BREAK and remember to check the Free Movie Passes page for those early screenings!