Between awards season and winter’s cooler temps, we are all abuzz about movies these days. Whenever we ask our HighScore House users about their children’s favorite rewards, “movie night” ranks right up there. So we figured we’d do the research for you and list the top kid-friendly movies, currently playing at a Cineplex near you.
1) Hugo – starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen
This 3D fantasy film set in 1930s Paris is about a young orphan living within the walls of a train station who tries to unlock a mystery involving his father – and discovers a famous filmmaker of early cinema along the way. It just picked up the “Best Director” Golden Globe for Martin Scorsese, and we can see why. The action sequences will keep you on the edge of your seat while the imagery will take your breath away.
Bonus for parents: You can actually take your kids to a Scorsese flick!
2) The Adventures of Tintin – starring (the voices of) Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis
Based on the Belgian comic strip of the same name (“Tintin” is incredibly popular in Europe and Canada), Tintin is a young reporter who is relentlessly pursuing the next great story – and gets swept up in a treasure hunt along the way. Steven Spielberg worked on this movie for almost 30 years and teamed up with filmmaker extraordinaire Peter Jackson to create an impressive 3D masterpiece.
Bonus for parents: Named “Best Animated Feature” at the Golden Globes, it features thrilling action and stellar choreography. Get inspired and read your kids some “Tintin” comics after the movie to teach them about international characters; the series is considered one of the most popular cartoons of the 20th century in Europe and has been published in over 50 languages worldwide.
3) Beauty and the Beast (In 3D) – starring (the voices of) Paige O’Hara, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach
This Disney classic was re-released last week and although you might have seen it in ’91, the touching and timeless tale about inner beauty is one of Disney’s best – and all the enchanting characters are even more captivating in 3D!
Bonus for parents: Come on, you remember Celine Dion singing the theme song, don’t you? Honestly, the animation is stunning, the music is great, and the message is an important one to instill in your children.
4) We Bought a Zoo – starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford
Perfect for the older kids, “We Bought a Zoo” is the sweet and true story of a single dad who moves to a rundown zoo with his two children and revamps it, while the animals and eclectic staff members become second family.
Bonus for the parents: The chemistry between Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson is charming and sweet. And we’ve always been fans of Cameron Crowe’s knack for great screenwriting.
5) The Muppets – starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper
The lovable Muppets are back, only this time their L.A. theater faces the risk of being torn down by a greedy businessman. Jason Segel and Amy Adams’ characters need to find and reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the clan to put on the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their theater. Hilarity ensues.
Bonus for the parents: All the jokes intended for adults, which your kids are too young to understand!
Honorable mention: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”