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Social Distancing Movies: Week 9

With most jurisdictions slowly taking steps to reopen their economies, we’re all looking forward to spending more time away from home. But for those days when you need family-friendly entertainment, here’s our ninth weekly list.

G-Force: Size is no barrier to saving the world. A group of talking guinea pigs, who happen to work for a federal agency, take on a nefarious villain who is trying to weaponize household appliances in G-Force. Fun for kids and even occasionally for adults, this is a corny kids’ action flick with great messages about persistence, ingenuity, and loyalty. PG, Grade: B

Castles in the Sky: With Nazi Germany stockpiling weapons at an alarming rate, the British defense establishment is desperately trying to develop a “death ray” that will kill German pilots. Luckily, a Scottish meteorologist named Robert Watson Watt has a more practical idea – developing a way to track incoming aircraft so they can be shot down before reaching their targets. This historical movie about the development of radar comes with themes of duty, loyalty, and persisting in the face of challenges. Unrated: Grade: B

The Imitation Game: The second movie in our educational doubleheader also focuses on the technical challenges of defeating the Nazis in World War II. Determined to crack the German’s Enigma cipher, the British government hires Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, whose work lays the foundation for modern computers. This film is an absorbing story of a scientific achievement and a tragic account of the consequences of prejudice. PG-13, Grade: B+

Alpha: If you want to find some edu-tainment for your older kids and teens, this story of a boy and his dog/wolf might be what you’re looking for. Set in the Ice Age, Alpha tells the story of a young man who is believed dead and is abandoned by his clan. He befriends a wolf and the pair help each other survive in the wilderness. Beautifully shot in stunning locations in Canada and Iceland, this movie will appeal to kids who enjoy nature documentaries or who love animals. PG-13, Grade: B+

Annie: Whether or not you enjoyed the original film version of this hit Broadway musical, we recommend that you give the 2014 remake a whirl. Filled with unforgettable sing-along music and positive messages about optimism, resilience, hope, and love, this story of the irrepressible orphan is fun for the entire family. Remember: “The sun’ll come out tomorrow!” PG, Grade: B

Coach Carter: Trying to motivate teens who are tired of online studies? Pull a fast one and run this basketball movie. Coach Carter tells the story of a high school coach who locks his team out of the gym until their grades improve. Based on a true story, this is an inspiring tribute to teachers and the power of education. PG-13, Grade: B-

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium: Gentle, magical family movies are hard to find and worth watching when we come across them. The story of Mr. Magorium, owner of a shop filled with magical toys that come to life is one such tale. Filled with wonder, kindness, and whimsy, this is a lovely movie for viewers of all ages. G, Grade: A-

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