2014 Holiday Movies: Family


I would really think there would be more family movies coming out around the holidays, but it is just a few. Most of them are animated, but Annie squeezed in there.

This robot hug is the cute, cuddly kind and not the terrifying, won’t-let-go kind.

Big Hero 6

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jaime Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Maya Ruldoph, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

A robotic prodigy turns his super fluffy nursing robot into a warrior when a villain attacks his city of San Fransokyo.

My Take: I fell in love with the super fluffy white robot guy.

Grade: Watch


Morning tai chi?

Penguins of Madagascar

Release Date: November 26, 2014

Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, Peter Stormare

Director: Simon Smith, Eric Darnell

The penguins are actually spy penguins and they have to join an elite undercover organization to go after an evil octopus.

My Take: It looks silly, but amusing.

Grade: Watch

That ball is broken.


Release Date: December 19, 2014

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, and Cameron Diaz

Director: Will Gluck

Remake of Annie updated where she lives with a foster mom instead of an orphanage and Daddy Warbucks is now a New York mayoral candidate.

My Take: The original movie has not held up as anything that I want to revisit as an adult so I have no desire to watch a remake of it.

Grade: Skip

Get out of here, creeper.


Release Date: December 25, 2014

Cast: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi

Director: Paul King


Based on the children’s books where a family takes in a lost bear.

My Take: I loved Paddington as a child, but this one looks way too creepy. I think it’s best just to view the Creepy Paddington Tumblr instead. 

Grade: Skip

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