It’s summertime, which means you can finally round up the entire family and spend some quality time together. But when you have a large family, pleasing every member can be challenging—half of your kids may want to spend time doing outdoor activities while the others might be divided amongst indoor toys, games, and crafts. One activity that’s sure to entertain the entire family is watching a great film together. Plan a movie night at home or head to the local cinema to enjoy these top family film picks:
At Home—Toy Story 3
If your family hasn’t seen Toy Story 3 yet, make it a top priority. This 2010 animated Disney Pictures/Pixar Studio flick has something for all ages. Your older children will fondly remember the first two films and be anxious to see how the story ends for their favourite characters—Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the crew—when Andy heads to college. The storyline is simple enough to follow for younger children who have not seen the previous movies, and they’ll fall in love with the old gang as well as this film’s new additions. If you have an entire evening, make it a movie marathon so your family can watch all three films together.
At Home—Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Gather all your little Muggles around the television for a screening of the very first Harry Potter flick. The film is great for kids of all ages. Those who are too young to read will be introduced to J.K.’s Rowling’s enchanted world of Quidditch, talking pictures, and the magical Platform 9-3/4. Kids who have started reading the series or who’ve finished it already will be anxious to see their favourite Hogwarts trio—Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint)—in action. Screen the rest of the films over the next several weeks to fill your family’s summer with the gang’s unforgettable supernatural adventures.
There are several noteworthy animated flicks in theatres this summer—Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Ice Age: Continental Drift, ParaNorman—but our pick for the top animated family flick this summer goes to latest film to come from masterminds at Pixar, Brave. The story follows the fiery redhead Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a Scottish princess whose defiance of tradition leads to curses and chaos in her homeland. Merida is sure to be any little girl’s new favourite heroine. Older children will identify with this coming-of-age story about the search for identity and meaning of true bravery. Sell unwanted DVDs with musicMagpie to get some extra spending money to take the entire family to the theatre; the price of tickets and popcorn for the entire clan really adds up!
In Theatres—The Amazing Spider-Man
Introduce your children to superheroes on the silver screen this summer by taking them to see The Amazing Spider-Man. Under the direction of Marc Webb, this popular Marvel Comic gets a fresh start this summer with a brand new Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), a new villain, Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and even a new love interest, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Your older kids may be familiar with the ’00 franchise, but if they’re fans of the comics, they’ll probably prefer this film’s depiction of a lankier, more socially awkward Peter Parker. The film has crime-fighting and suspense for teenagers, cool 3D animation for the preteen crowd, and romance and adventure for the adults.
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