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Five for Families: 'Cinderella' teaches kindness
Lily James is Cinderella and Richard Madden is the Prince in Disney's live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh. - photo by Whitney Butters Wilde
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

In theaters: 'Cinderella' refers to Disneys recent take on the classic tale as an allegory about living a Christian life in the midst of trials and tribulations, stating, Cinderella is very well produced, with beautiful sets and costumes. The plotline is clear, and the acting is excellent throughout. Best of all, Cinderella has a very strong moral worldview stressing being kind, good and pure. Cinderella does have some magical content, but its set in a traditional fairytale world where magical fairies are real. recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Netflix: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Common Sense Media calls the film a must-see for fans of the original and the show, stating that it contains strong female characters and touching parent-child relationships. The website warns that younger viewers may be upset by a significant characters death and violence between dragons. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Redbox: 'Annie'

Catholic News Services Joseph McAleer wrote that while this recent adaptation departs from the original story found in Harold Grays comic strip, it remains a fun and wholesome movie for all ages with positive messages about love, family and forgiveness. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Prime: 'Spy Kids'

The Dove Foundation praises this film in which the kids are the heroes as one that teaches the importance of family relationships, stating that while the film contains fantasy action and a bit of violence, that the action and different gadgets portrayed keep the kinds interested. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Megamind'

Parent Previews refers to Megamind as a twist to the superhero genre that teaches that although a tiger cant change its stripes, even bad people can do some surprisingly good things when given the opportunity. The film is rated PG for action and some language. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.
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