Thanksgiving week is upon us, which means the kids will get a short break from school, you’ll likely get a short break from work, and you’ll undoubtedly have a chance to spend lots of quality time with friends and family. “Quality time” meaning stuffing yourself to the max with pies, mashed potatoes, turkey and/or all of the other traditional Thanksgiving fixings.
Once you sense everyone falling into a food coma, it’s time to rest, relax and enjoy a movie together. And it’s totally OK if you nod off for a bit — we won’t tell.
Here are 5 wonderful movies — including two that are brand new to the Box and Redbox On Demand — that relatives, friends and guests of all ages can enjoy.
Angry Birds 2 – Nope, you honestly don’t need to know anything about this popular mobile game — or its cinematic predecessor — to enjoy this sequel about warring tribes of birds and greens pigs who come together to defend their lands against a new and mysterious enemy. Bonus: it has one of the best kids film soundtracks that I’ve heard in years, stuffed with popular hits from across the decades. I found it to be a clever and pleasant surprise.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold – This one is a no-brainer for anyone whose family enjoyed the Nickelodeon cartoon series Dora the Explorer that this movie is based on. Dora (Isabela Moner) has to juggle the pressures of being in high school while also worrying about how rescue her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) after they’ve gone missing in Peru while searching for a hidden Incan city.
The Lion King – If you have a crew that loves to sing along to musicals, then this live-action adaptation of the ‘90s animated Disney classic is your best bet. Just know that you’ll be competing against Beyoncé (the voice of Nala) during certain songs…
Toy Story 4 – I remain convinced that the latest installment in the Toy Story franchise is actually meant for adults, even though kids won’t realize it. They’ll be too distracted by the funny new characters (Forky! Bunny! Ducky! Duke Caboom!) to realize that you’re deep in thought, pondering the meaning of your existence.
Spider-Man: Far from Home – While this one is a little too scary and mature for younger viewers (it’s rated PG-13), if you’ve got some tweens and teens in your brood who’ve seen the other MCU movies, Spidey’s adventures in Europe is an excellent pick that’ll be sure to wake you up from your tryptophan slumber.
Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!