Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" comes to life in a retelling that will have families laughing and singing, and hearts melting.
I was moved. Black Nativity will bring people to tears, many to forgiveness, maybe even repentance, and inspire reconciliation.
The country of Panem is a horrible place, and lots of horrible things go on in this story about it. But it's a fictional reality that serves as a backdrop for sacrifice and heroism.
Marvel's favorite blond Asgardian is back, this time confronting an evil elf who hopes to destroy the universe. Which means hammers will be swung and heroes will be heroic. But will the universe be saved? More importantly, will your family like it? Plugged In weighs in with this review!
I was expecting Chicken Run with a Thanksgiving twist. Instead, I got a mean-spirited tale that left a bad aftertaste.
Despite getting bogged down in details that don’t always add up, one still can’t ignore Ender’s greatest strength, plenty of fascinating big ideas.
A drug dealer discovers the love of his life ... and then the greatest love in the world.
Follow your dreams, teens are told over and over again. But what happens when your dreams don't line up with God's heart? When reaching for the stars means burying your faith? PluggedIn gives us a review of Grace Unplugged.
It's still cloudy, but the chance for meatballs was last week's forecast. Now it's tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons! Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us this review!
While its formula and tone are excessively simplistic, it carries its canned comedy rather lightly on the shoulders of Paula Patton.
Contains likeable characters pulling off jaw-dropping physical feats while teaching some valuable lessons about teamwork, too.
Singer Rebecca St. James is featured in "A Strange Brand of Happy," a faith-based film coming this fall!
May be lacking in many ways, but it does preach the Gospel and remind us that asking the tough questions is important to building faith.
Has a preposterous premise and action scenes that make the audience feel like they’re playing a video game.
In capturing a worldwide phenomenon, Morgan Spurlock clearly highlights the songs and what makes One Direction tick as people.
Cate Blanchett's powerhouse performance as the titular character is what the accolade tour de force is reserved for.
A fictional tale inspired by a real-life White House butler, this Lee Daniels movie steps not just into the racial divide of our country's last century, but also the relational divide between a father and son.
We've already seen chatting cars race like Lightning round and round on the ground. So now it's time to take to the Dusty sky, span the globe and see what's spinning up there.
So poorly executed that it's safe to say all comparisons between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will come to a screeching halt.
What is meant to be a family-friendly comedy sadly becomes a big blue blunder and waste of studio money.
Marvel's infamously ill-tempered, adamantium-clawed mutant slices through another section of his story—and through his enemies. Is it safe for your family? Check out the video review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
Flawed, but it only takes one special element to set a film apart. Here, it's a loony performance from the great Jeff Bridges.
An impossibly cute but decidedly conventional story about striving for the seemingly impossible dream.
What on earth did they do to earn their paychecks, sit around and drink beer all day until they came up with recurring plot points?
The only distinguishing characteristic is that it doesn't have one. The writing and direction lack distinction; the young lead is bland
This Transformers-meets-Godzilla battler is long on apocalyptic mayhem ... but not short brave humans caught up in the carnage.
So how wild is the west in this adaptation of The Lone Ranger? And is it too wild for your little ones? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us a review!
Plain and simple, a kid's movie: lots of fun to watch, the colors are bright, the laughs are many.
Full of explosions, car chases, and high-caliber bullets, White House Down is the intersection of Die Hard meets Olympus Has Fallen.
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Plenty of action, a few amusing moments, a lot of zombies, and a whole lot of Brad Pitt. There are certainly worse combinations.
Not even close to being on par with Pixar's Toy Story sequels, but a genial nature and thoroughgoing inoffensiveness make it palatable.
When compared to most summer blockbusters and superhero movies, Man of Steel offers a superior balance of substance and style.
he filmmakers of Man of Steel hope to bring Superman’s story to a whole new generation of superhero fans who are accustomed to a more gritty kind of hero.
In a summer of bloated blockbusters, this is one of the few movies everyone should see because of the message it sends: slavery is real.
If you can tear your eyes from the geeked-out Google campus long enough to ponder the plot, you’ll realize you've seen this story before.
Plays like a movie equivalent of a CBS procedural: high in concept, production artifice, and plot holes, while low in character depth.
For those who like to celebrate summer with a good action film, this is the place to start: humor, tension, non-stop action and more.
With such a title, the bar is immediately set too high for what’s a fairly conventional good vs. evil battle with spectacular visuals.
There's enough action to enjoy it, but this new Star Trek installment continues to show unfulfilled promise and a lack of strong themes.
Some will find that this fresh-faced Baz Luhrmann/Leonardo DiCaprio movie infuses the classic book with new life. But is it a great Gatsby? Only our PluggedIn movie review team can tell you for sure!
While some comic book movies become lazy and predictable, genuine surprises and character development keep Iron Man 3 from growing stale.
Director Jeff Nichols effectively blends genres, numerous subplots and character dynamics – and does so with emotional weight and power.
Here and there, we see the glimpse of a great movie that could have been, but nothing—beyond the visuals and Cruise himself— are truly memorable.
Addiction is messy business, but deliverance is possible for those who humble themselves and turn to God for help. That's the core message in Home Run, a baseball movie only in construct.
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42 is a compelling portrayal of the life and career of Jackie Robinson, who helped shatter America's color barrier.
If this sci-fi/romance mash-up is representative of the current state of either genre, those genres are in big trouble.
Good intentions aside, Temptation is a racy presentation (complete with marital fallout) of infidelity in marriage. Who in your family can see it? Find out more in our movie review!
Mindless boomery and villainous cartoonery? G.I. Joe is back on the big screen, and Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis lend their brawn to boom this time around.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In has this review!
While most of the marketing suggests that it’s a charming romantic comedy with two likeable leads, that’s really only half of the story.
You wouldn't want to live with the Croods. But spending a couple hours with them? That might actually make for a pretty nice visit.
Unfortunately, this little comedy doesn't have a lot of incredible up its sleeves. Is it safe for your family? Find out with this review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
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This is not your grandma's "Wizard of Oz"! That's the refrain being sung about this non-musical reimagining. But could there possibly be more to this one than there is to that one? And is that "more" most obvious in good ways...or bad?
Dwayne Johnson turns in his "Tooth Fairy" wings to tackle the violent world of the underground drug trade...and the way our justice system interacts with it. Is this stretch for the actor family-friendly? Check out our review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
The premise is well-worn and far from original, but the execution of this family-focused story has a few flashes of brilliance.
Nicholas Sparks stirs up the sweet and sinister in a story that morphs from sappy romance to taut thriller.
We're all about parental guidance. Hollywood
typically isn't. So we were pretty curious about what would happen onscreen in
Parental Guidance, a Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us this review.
Actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks discuss Les Miserables' most poignant line: 'to love another person is to see the face of God.'
If Crowe and Jackman's characters were allowed to communicate through dialogue, rather than song, it probably would've worked better.
The monsters are back in 3D this time, and it's good 3D. So what's not to love?
Tom Cruise plays yet another action hero with panache, but the timing is awful for a film with so many gun-related fatalities early on.
This mother-son road trip movie hits its share of potholes and almost swerves off the road a time or two. But what's that we spy on the horizon?
Likely to leave fans hesitant and uncertain about the upcoming films, while newbies will wonder why this story is so beloved
A charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star returns home to put his life back together. Focus on the Family's Plugged In tells us whether Playing for Keeps is good sport for your family!
So, how do you weave Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost together to create something entertaining and moral? We asked Focus on the Family's Plugged In for a review!
No stilted caricature, Spielberg humanizes this beloved leader without placing him on too high of a pedestal in the process.
Bond, James Bond comes back from the "dead", buries the
hatchet with M and enlivens, once again, his lethal service to God and
After 50 years of Bond flicks, we know what to expect from 007. SkyFall is all that, but a bit grittier and scarred.
The level-ups in this animated arcade game send-up are messages encouraging friendship, love, and self-sacrifice. But there are a few in-game "extras" that serve as obstacles along the way.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In reviews Wreck it Ralph
SECRET OF THE WINGS is a made for DVD fairy story featuring Tinker Bell meeting her winter fairy sister Periwinkle as the result of an act of disobedience. The beautifully-animated, G-rated movie has no foul language or violence but receives a caution for showing children’s rebellion leading to long-term good.
The true story about young surfer Jay Moriarty tackling the mythical Mavericks surf break. Will this movie get you feeling amped, or leave you axed? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us the scoop!
Fighting Government Tyranny, ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II is a riveting potboiler promoting free market capitalism and liberty in the face of tyranny and corruption.
Tyler Perry moves from playing the profane, overbearing grandma (Madea) to a leaner, meaner action star. But is the determined crime-buster he portrays in this gritty graphic thriller closer to Sherlock Holmes or Rambo? Find out if Alex Cross is safe for your family
Kevin James gets pounded in this MMA-inspired comedy. But underneath all the flying feet and fists we see something else: a really-strong, good heart. Focus on the Family's Plugged In explains...
Liam Neeson's back, but so are his foes. This time they take his ex-wife. So is this action thriller family friendly? Focus on the Family's Plugged In weighs in.
There are much better animated stories about overcoming fears and superficial differences which are far more family-friendly.
Two Women -- a parent and a teacher-- fight to turn their failing school around. Not everyone will like how they do it. But will your family like the movie?
Samantha Crawford's life is a storybook life until her husband Billy is senselessly killed. But healing comes as Sam watches her friend Joe care for kids in his under-resourced neighborhood.
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Film uses melodrama to ponder the injustice of young soldiers sacrificing their lives overseas while our religious freedoms get flanked here at home.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us their take.
Wants to deliver a moral about choosing real life over living a lie, but the point comes across as tepid rather than deeply resonant.
From the man behind the "Teletubbies" comes an interactive
and whimsical and sometimes consternating live-action-meets-puppet movie aimed
directly at the ants-in-their-pants set.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us a review!
How many traffic close calls and bad words can you pack into one movie? "Premium Rush" tries to push the limit. Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us a review.
There’s a relevant message tucked inside this piece of stop-motion animation, but it's more geared towards adults than kids.
More than "Whitney Houston's last movie," Sparkle is Jordin Sparks' moment to shine, and she definitely makes the most of it.
The film pushes its magicality almost to disbelief's breaking point, but thanks to a gifted cast, the movie’s message goes down like a spoonful of sugar.
It’s not too far-fetched to suggest that this film could genuinely help couples, and even save some marriages
Despite pushing the PG-13 boundaries, the film is a balanced thrill ride: dark but not depressing, gritty but not grimy, sometimes slick...
There's a new super-assassin fighting and fleeing the government, with a new girl to help him. But none of that can keep this movie from feeling very Bourne again.
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School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Focus on the Family's Plugged In let's you know if his activities are family-friendly.
The Step Up dance card expands to flash mob scenes and community protests. Is it family friendly though? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us their take.
A group of strangers—each at a personal crossroads—grows from taking a journey they never expected when they stay at this hotel.
Marvel’s The Avengers reminds that summer movies—even overstuffed ones—can still provide a heavy dose of good old-fashioned fun.
October Baby deals with profound and deeply significant subjects: the inestimable value of human life and the horror of abortion, the difficulty parents have letting go, the importance of friendship, and the desperate need we all have to give and receive forgiveness.