Family Films for Spring Break


What to Watch in the Theater:
Sherlock Gnomes (PG) is in theaters now. This animated sequel has a lot of fun bits for the whole family, although the plot is somewhat predictable. It’s got some good messages about not taking people for granted, dealing with different personality types, and discovering what’s really important in life.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5


Tomb Raider (PG13) is in theaters now. This reboot delves more into Lara Croft’s backstory, in addition to the requisite adventure. It seems like a blend of some other franchises, like the Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Journey to the Center of the Earth, with the wonderful addition of a kick-butt heroine. Alicia Vikander does a great job with both action and emotion, making us look forward to any sequels that might be on the horizon.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
The Breadwinner (PG13) This animated film about a family facing hard times in their native Afghanistan, is an eye-opener in its details about the treatment of women there. The story-within-a-story aspect lends a nice element of folklore that parallels the young heroine’s adventures, as she pretends to be a boy in order to help her family survive. We see shades of Mulan and Kubo here. Warning – this movie is rated PG13 for a brief depiction of violence against women.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

When We First Met (TV14) This Netflix original is a fun combination of Groundhog Day, Back to the Future and other iconic films, with its own twist. This film, about a guy making changes to get the girl and life of his dreams, has a great cast (especially Adam Devine) that makes the movie even more fun and heartwarming. Netflix has set the romcom bar high with this one.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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