Movies 4 Kids & Families in 2016 -

Movies 4 Kids & Families in 2016

Going to the movies is always a great way to keep the kiddos occupied for a couple of hours. Before taking kids to the movies, it’s always a good idea to check out the trailers and research what’s worth seeing and paying for.

Here are the top movies being released in 2016 for kids and families.  Links to trailers, websites and release dates are included, where available. Please note that this information may change based on production schedules, especially for movies released later this year.  Also, there were several movies that had not been rated at post date.

Norm of the North

Rating: (PG); Release Date: January 15, 2016

A polar bear of many words, Norm’s (voiced by Rob Schneider) greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.

The 5th Wave

Rating: (PG-13); Release Date: January 22, 2016

In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Rating: (PG); Release Date: January 29, 2016

When Po’s (voiced by Jack Black) long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Rating: (PG-13); Release Date: February 5, 2016

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

Zoolander II

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: February 12, 2016

The movie is set 10 years after the original, taking place primarily in Europe.  Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) have been forgotten. Since, nobody knows who they are, they are no longer relevant in the fashion world.  They must re-invent themselves to save their reputations and business, as an opposing company attempts to take them out.

Gods of Egypt

Rating: (PG-13); Release Date: February 26, 2016

The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.

Eddie the Eagle

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: February 26, 2016

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.


Rating: (PG); Release Date: March 4, 2016

Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde(voiced by Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: March 18, 2016

Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

The Little Prince

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: March 18, 2016

The story centers on a pilot who crash-lands in the Sahara desert and comes across a little boy who says he is a prince fallen to Earth from his home on an asteroid. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince regales him with stories about his home and the foolish inhabitants of nearby asteroids.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Rating: (PG-13); Release Date: March 25, 2016

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: March 25, 2016

After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding – this time, even bigger and fatter.

The Jungle Book

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: April 15, 2016

Based on a collection of fables, Disney’s The Jungle Book, is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves, whose friends are a bear (Bill Murray) and a panther (Ben Kingsley), and whose enemy is a tiger (voiced by Idris Elba).

Captain America: Civil War

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: May 6, 2016

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability.  This political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.).

Angry Birds

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: May 20, 2016

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (voiced by Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (voiced by Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: May 27, 2016

Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) was worshipped as a god. He was the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, and amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: May 27, 2016

In Disney’s, Alice Through the Looking Glass, an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 3, 2016

The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat. More adventures with turtle crime fighters Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Michelangelo (voiced by Noel Fisher), Donatello (voiced by Jeremy Howard) and Raphael (Alan Ritchson).

Finding Dory

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: June 17, 2016

Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), Nemo (voiced by Hayden Rolence) and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) life.

The Legend of Tarzan

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 1, 2016

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

The Secret Life of Pets

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 8, 2016

Set in a Manhattan apartment building after the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day. The head hound, Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). They end up on the streets of New York and have to put their quarrels behind them when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart) is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.

Ghostbusters 3

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 15, 2016

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Bergman (Melissa McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book suggesting that ghosts are real. A few years later, Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Bergman and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and try to save the world.

Star Trek: Beyond

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 22, 2016

The third installment in Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise.  The Enterprise sets out on its intrepid five-year space mission. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), and friends head out to explore the final frontier that is space. Captain Kirk described the goal of the mission in the original series through a now famous quote “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Ice Age: Collision Course

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: July 22, 2016

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Suicide Squad

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 5, 2016

A mix of well-known and unknown villains Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.

Pete’s Dragon

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 12, 2016

Set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest. Pete (Oakes Fagley) is a boy whose parents died in car crash, and has been subsequently raised by Elliot, the ostensible dragon in the threatened forest. Figuring into the proceedings are a forest ranger  who finds the boy, the young daughter (Bryce Dallas Howard) of the mill owner (Robert Redford) and the greedy brother of the mill owner.

Max Steel

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: August 26, 2016

The origin story chronicles the adventures of 16-year-old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth and fight the mysterious forces threatening their world.


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: September 9, 2016

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), a pilot for more than four decades, is catapulted to fame after birds fly into the engines of flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, crippling the jet. He lands the plane safely on the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers on board.


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: Spetember 26, 2016

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: October 7, 2016

Based on the book by James Patterson, a quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian (Griffin Gluck) has a wild imagination and is sick of middle school and the rules that have been put before him. Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) have come up with a plan; break every rule in the school hand book and as you expect trouble follows.


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: November 4th, 2016

The film, which will be a grand scale musical comedy is an origins story for the beady-eyed, fuzzy-haired Troll dolls.  Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick have both signed on to voice characters.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: November 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an upcoming trilogy of films based on the companion books to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures. Scamander meets Tina, short for Porpentina (Katherine Waterston), a witch who works her magic in the U.S. The story takes places seventy years before Harry Potter reads Newt’s book in school.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: December 16, 2016

Rogue One, a standalone story, takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films, but will include familiar elements to the Star Wars universe. Following the formation of the Galactic Empire, a rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans


Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: December 25, 2016

A remake of the classic Robin William’s film, two kids play a magical game and release a man trapped for decades in it, as well as, many dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rating: (Not Yet Rated); Release Date: December 25, 2016

From director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel. When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.


̴Happy Movie Watching!


Whew!  Is there something your family is excited to see, that’s not on the list?  Let us know!


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