Intelligent Family Films For the Holidays​

Jan 1, 2021 | Newsletter

“It’s not how much you give but how much love you put in the giving.”

Mother Teresa


You probably noticed: there are countless lists of recommended films to see during the holidays. It’s part of every season when families get together and imbibe. For many, seeing a movie after exhausting celebrations is a wonderful way to utilize the time. 

I’m putting a different wrinkle to my list of movies to consider this holiday season. I’m recommending movies that are not only highly entertaining, but are intelligent and educational. And, more importantly, movies that are terrific for both children and adults—the entire family.

Here are six good ones:

The Biggest Little Farm​

John and Molly Chester followed their dream. When they were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment because their dog…


Apollo II

Producer Todd Douglas Miller and his production team, with the assistance of NASA and the National Archives and Records…


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

A true story about William Kamkwamba, a young schoolboy, living with his family in an impoverished farming village…


The Elephant Queen

The title character is the 50-year old elephant Athena. She has the responsibility of taking care of her family, daughter Princess…


Central Park

Central Park is an animated musical comedy about the quirky Tillerman family who lives in a rundown castle in New York’s…



This is a funny, romantic drama about Wadjda, a spirited 10 year-old Saudi girl living in the capital city of Riyadh…


Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Dec 25, 2020: Disney+​. Soul. The pandemic-delayed film from Pixar about a school band teacher who falls down an open manhole and ends up separated from his soul.
Dec 2021: Platform TBD. West Side Story. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway classic. 
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
March 2021: Amazon Prime. Coming 2 America. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones– back again.

Samuel Goldwyn, also Known as Mr. Malaprop.
A few examples:

Gentlemen, include me out…I had a great idea this morning but I didn’t like it…A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on…We want a story that starts with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax…I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong…If Roosevelt was alive, he’d turn over in his grave…Give me a couple of years and I’ll make that actress an overnight success…Never make forecasts, especially about the future…Modern dancing is so old-fashioned…If I look confused it’s because I’m thinking…A wide screen just makes a film twice as bad…They stayed away in droves…Tell them to stand closer apart…You fail to overlook the crucial point.

Lest you think from the above that Samuel Goldwyn was a bit of a boob, know that he produced such classics as The Best Years Of Our Lives (Oscar winner), ArrowsmithDodsworthDead EndWuthering Heights, and The Little Foxes.


My best,



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