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Five for Families: 'Cokeville Miracle' has faith-affirming theme
Children and teachers huddle together during a crisis in a scene from "The Cokeville Miracle," directed by T.C. Christensen. - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

In theaters: 'The Cokeville Miracle'

Deseret News reporter Trent Toone wrote that The Cokeville Miracle is the true story of a man and his wife taking an elementary school full of children and teachers hostage with a bomb in 1986 and the incredible events that unfolded and quoted director T.C. Christensen as saying that the film shows that God still does miracles today and his hand can be in our lives. The film is rated PG-13 and contains scenes with explosions and one scary image of a woman engulfed in flames, Toone wrote. recommends the film for viewers 12 and older.

Redbox: 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Parent Previews wrote that although the first 45 minutes of the film doesnt have a lot of football as it sets up the characters and storylines, the film is remarkably inspiring as it shows a football coach who makes all the difference to the team. The film is rated PG. recommends the film for viewers 10 and older.

Netflix: 'Chicken Run'

Pluggedin calls the film charming, praising it for its use of stop-motion animation that gives characters a distinctly different look from other animated films. A smart script ... makes this a movie sure to entertain adults as well as children, the website states. recommends the film for viewers 6 and older.

iTunes: 'October Sky'

Common Sense Media calls the film a moving drama about a tense father-son relationship, stating that its main theme is following your dreams. The film is rated PG, but the website notes that it has a few instances of some surprisingly strong language and a few mild sexual references. recommends the film for viewers 8 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Despicable Me' refers to the film as a very witty, heartfelt film, stating The ending to Desipcable Me is so uplifting and redemptive that it overshadows some of the action violence, slapstick comedy and light scatological references. Minions, a spin-off of Despicable Me, hits theaters July 10. recommends the film for viewers 7 and older.
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