Three new movies hit theaters this weekend and they all have potential for families.  Perhaps the biggest film, but also with the least potential is The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The movie follows the end of Bilbo’s travels with a large part of the film occupying, you guessed it, a battle.  There’s a lot of war type violence including multiple beheadings of orcs, so Bob could only give it a 2 1/2 out of 5 for family friendliness. But he also said despite that score for violence, if you have older teens there are great lessons about honor, faithfulness and friendship to be found here as well, so your mileage may vary depending on your kids’ ages and what you’re comfortable with.

The new rendition of Annie is also in theaters this weekend. The story follows an updated Annie story where she’s actually a foster child as opposed to an orphan.  Jamie Foxx plays Will Stacks, a mayoral candidate who saves Annie from an almost car accident and then uses her as a way to boost his ratings as mayor.  Annie in turn uses him as a way to find her parents. But in the end…well, you know the story.  This one includes the songs you’re familiar with and some new ones as well. Bob gave this one 4 out of 5 for family friendliness.

And finally, the last Night at the Museum hits the big screen as well.  The film continues to follow the adventures (and misadventures) of the residents of the museum as they try to discover how to fight the corrosion on the magical Egyptian tablet that lets them all come to life. One of Robin Williams last film roles before his death, Bob said Robin gives an (in character) farewell that becomes much more poignant knowing his passing off screen.  This one got another 4 out of 5 for families.

You can check out longer reviews at the Plugged In website and listen to our conversation below.

Reviewing “The Hobbit” and more

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