Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016! With only new R-rated movies coming out this week, here are our recommendations for movies already in theaters that you should see instead. Revisit parent movie reviews for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” and “Daddy’s Home.” Find out which movies to take your kids to and which are best for the adults in the house.
1) Family Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ infuses its story with so much nostalgia that you would think the much-hyped sequel isn’t truly that original. But how the latest in the franchise both respects and rearranges the series’s mythology into something new is invigorating and reassuring....………..……Read More
2) Family Review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ is soulless and joyless. Skip this for your sanity....………..……Read More
3) Family Review of Daddy’s Home
‘Daddy’s Home’ pairs Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as dads whose parenting styles contrast in every single way. Their weird chemistry provides occasional laughs, but the film recycles more tired gender clichés than it offers up memorable humor.................……Read More
Interested in another previously released film? Read our reviews of films already showing in your local theater.