Finding a movie that everyone can sit down and watch is more difficult than you’d think. Once you eliminate as much violence and nudity as you can (I mean, think of the children), then you’re left with what feels like a pretty limited selection. It’s not as fraught as you think though. Put down the remote and steer away from that tenth rewatch of Pocahontas (shoutout to “Colors of the Wind”) because there’s more on the table to choose from. You want musicals? We got them. You want a thoughtful biopic? Got that, too. Netflix is your oyster. You just have to know where to find the pearls.
Jackie Robinson was one of the early pioneers leading the equality charge in sports. In 42, the harrowing story of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) comes to life after Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) breaks the rules and signs him to his baseball team.
Ant Man & The Wasp
Disney’s Christopher Robin
The Edge of Seventeen
Good Will Hunting
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars as a brand will be around for as long as Disney continues to make billions of dollars on it. So, might as well introduce your kids to it sooner rather than later. Thankfully, Episode VIII does an admirable job of introducing complex emotions that kids can understand and enjoy, while also getting dazzled by space battles.
West Side Story
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time didn’t quite get the critical acclaim that its novel counterpart did, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Ava DuVernay’s film is visually stunning and technically gorgeous. Plus you get Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey in one place. You can’t beat that.