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Five for Families: 2015 films to enjoy with the family
"Cinderella" - photo by Caresa Alexander Randall
There were some great family movies that came out in 2015, covering a wide array of subjects from emotions to dinosaurs to one of America's most-beloved comic strips. Here are five family friendly films released this year for families to consider:

Amazon Instant: 'Inside Out'

Disney-Pixars "Inside Out" gives viewers a glimpse into the emotions of a young girl named Riley. Parent Previews says the essence of the story is to appreciate all of our emotions and that life is full of a mixture of sentiments. The website adds that while the message will likely go over the heads of little ones who will be more entertained by the colorful animation and slapstick antics, the film can spark conversation about the importance of giving voice to all of our feelings for older children. The website notes moments of peril that may bother young viewers. The film is rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

In theaters: 'The Good Dinosaur'

A young dinosaur, Arlo, becomes separated from his family. He befriends a young boy and the two embark on an epic journey to find the dinosaurs family. Common Sense Media notes the stunning visuals, moments of clever humor, strong messages about loyalty and bravery" but also cautions that "many scenes of danger, trauma and peril may frighten young viewers. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

In theaters: 'The Peanuts Movie'

Snoopy pursues his nemesis and Charlie Brown seeks to beat the odds stacked against him. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove Family-Approved seal for all ages, calling it a delightful and charming film that the whole family can enjoy that is clever, funny, and remains true to the original characters in Charles Schulzs comic strip. Enjoy the slapstick moments, the humor, and those lovable characters, the website adds. recommends the film for viewers ages 3 and older.

iTunes: 'Paddington'

The Dove Foundation awarded Paddington its Family-Approved" seal for all ages, stating, A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. This film is filled with laughs and the heartwarming feeling that home is not just a roof over ones head, but rather being part of a family who cares. The film is rated PG for mild action and rude humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Redbox: 'Cinderella' (2015)

This recent version of the well-loved fairy tale tells its familiar story with particular emphasis on the title characters courage and kindness despite her unfavorable circumstances. In addition to its positive theme statement, Parents Television Council praised the film for its lack of objectionable content, adding, Filled with luscious visuals, action, comedy and above all romance, Cinderella deserves to be seen by every family who wants to introduce their children to classic (and classy) fairy tales. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.
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