2015 Holiday Movie Guide 4 Kids & Families in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2015 Holiday Movie Guide 4 Kids & Families in Des Moines

The holidays are always an exciting time for movie watchers with several blockbusters hitting the theaters.  Take a breather from the holiday shopping, carpooling and entertaining by heading to your local theater for some much deserved downtime. Following are the top movies being released for kids & families this holiday season.  Links to official movie websites, trailers and release dates are included.

The Peanuts Movie Rated G

Release Date: November 6th
This is the first theatrical Peanuts movie in 35 years.  It is set to be the fifth full-length feature film to be based on the comic. The film will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

Spectre Rated PG-13

Release Date: November 6th
A cryptic message from Bond’s (Daniel Craig) past sends him on a trail from Mexico City to Rome to uncover a sinister organization. While M (Ralph Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The 33 Rated PG-13

Release Date: November 13th
The 33 is the intense but inspiring true story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a test of the human spirit.

My All American Rated PG

Release Date: November 13th
Football fans will flock to this tear-jerking (think Rudy) sports biopic chronicling the little-known story of the late Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), a wiry high school football player who, despite his size, caught the eye of legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart) and played during the Longhorns’ 1969 season before an injury revealed a catastrophic diagnosis.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II Rated PG-13

Release Date: November 20th
Calling all Tributes (which includes my son and me!) After being symbolized as the ‘Mockingjay’ Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.  May the odds be ever in their favor!

The Good Dinosaur Rated PG

Release Date:  November 25th
A Pixar animated film The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo (Lucas Neff), a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a young human boy named Spot.

Victor Frankenstein Rated PG-13

Release Date: November 25th
When the experiments of radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) go too far, only Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe), his equally brilliant protégé, can bring him back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

In the Heart of the Sea Rated PG-13

Release Date: December 11th
In the Heart of the Sea is based on the real-life maritime disaster that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick. In 1820, the Essex whaling ship was crewed by 21 men, including Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), second mate Matthew Joy (Cillian Murphy) and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland). During their voyage, the ship was attacked and sunk by a monstrous sperm whale, leaving the crew stranded.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Rated PG-13

Release Date: December 18th
To say that I’m a little excited and fearful for this movie, all at the same time, is a bit of an understatement!  I’m also very excited to share this movie experience with my son.  We will be watching the original trilogy to prepare.    Oh, come on, Luke (Mark Hamill), Han (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) back on the big screen!?!  And directed by J.J. Abrams!  All I can say is, this better be good!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Rated PG

Release Date: December 23rd
Believing that Dave (Jason Lee) is about to propose to his new girlfriend, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) embark on a quest to stop him.

Concussion Rated PG-13

Release Date: December 25th
Based on a true story, this medical drama is about forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) who discovers chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that causes brain trauma for football players.

Point Break Rated PG-13

Release Date: December 25th
Bodhi and Johnny Utah are back on the big screen.  This is a remake of the 1991 cult classic, but instead of surfers-turned-bank-robbers as in the original, the new Bodhi’s crew are extreme-sports enthusiasts.


˜ Happy Movie Watching!


Whew! Did I miss something?  Is there something your kids are excited to see, that’s not on the list?

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