The fall and holiday seasons are always great for family movies, but 2018 has a better crop than any other year in recent memory. There are family-friendly superhero and horror options, three Disney films, and a new take on a childhood Christmas classic.
Here are the best family-friendly movies to see for the rest of the year.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
When a young friends Sonny and Sam accidentally wake the demonically evil ventriloquist’s dummy, Slappy, they find their town is being turned into a wild and wooly Halloween nightmare. The duo has to shut down Slappy’s plan to amplify his own evil, while also keeping their lives on track. (October 12)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
A lavish, colorful adaptation of the Nutcracker with an all-star cast headlined by Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and Mackenzie Foy. When young Clara finds what she thinks is the key to a gift from her late mother, she’s pulled into a world divided into four Realms: the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers, and the Land of Sweets. And then there’s the mysterious Fourth Realm, ruled by a tyrant who wants nothing more than control over all four kingdoms. Clara might have to help out people of the Realms before she gets to open her mother’s parting gift. (November 2)
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
The classic holiday tale of envy and irritation is retold in this 3D animated film. The grim Grinch, with his dog Max, seeks to ruin Christmas for all the Whos in Whoville. But the innocent Cindy Lou Who has a plan of her own, and she steps all over the Grinch’s celebration-crushing caper. (November 9)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Wizarding World expands further as the dark wizard Grindelwald, having escaped custody, sets out to recruit other witches and wizards to rule over all Muggles. A young Albus Dumbledore joins forces with Newt Scamander in order to stop Grindlewald’s dire plot. (November 16)
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Wreck-It-Ralph thrived after an adventure in his local arcade, and now he and friend Vanellope von Schweetz venture out into the wide, wild world of the internet in search of a replacement part to keep Vanellope’s game in working order. When their first e-commerce experience leaves them in debt, they’ve got no choice but to raise money, fast. Naturally, they end up embroiled in the world of online gaming, and in the unpredictable spotlight of viral fame. Oh, and Vanellope meets all the Disney princesses, in one of the year’s most clever scenes. (November 21)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
This is a very different Spider-Man movie — an animated one! — in which the Peter Parker we know is only part of the story. Peter is bounced into a parallel dimension in which Miles Morales, a kid from Brooklyn, has become Spider-Man. Together, they run into a whole host of other variations on the superhero — including, um, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. No, really. (December 14)
Mary Poppins Returns
Disney brings Mary Poppins back to the big screen, with Emily Blunt taking over the role of a wise and magical nanny from Julie Andrews. Mary floats back to London to nudge the now-grown Banks children back towards a vibrant, imaginative life. Features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, and Angela Lansbury. (December 19)
The Transformers movie series is rebooted (we think) with this 1980s-set story of the friendly Autobot Bumblebee, who befriends a teen girl (Hailee Steinfeld) on Earth. While there are glimpses of robot conflict far from our planet, the focus of the film is on the unlikely friendship between a young woman and wide-eyed robot. (December 21)
Get tickets for Goosebumps and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms now!