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Best family movies of 2016

What are the best films for families in 2016? Read on.
What are the best films for families in 2016? Read on. The Associated Press

Families had a lot to choose from in 2016. It’s the year audiences were introduced to a new kind of princess, a blue tang fish found her inner voice and Captain America got deep.

Here’s what topped my list for family entertainment.

10. The BFG

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Ruby Barnhill and the Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country, voiced by Mark Rylance, in a scene from ‘The BFG.’ Uncredited Disney

Author Roald Dahl’s beloved tales have always related to young readers. The BFG is no exception. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Disney’s film adaptation of the 1982 book imaginatively captures both the pensive moments of a 10-year-old’s bedroom fears and the frolicking fantasyland of Giant Country. Read original review here.

Recommended for: 8 and older

Rated: PG (action/peril, some scary moments and rude humor)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader

Rated: PG (action/peril, some scary moments and rude humor)

Running time: 110 min.



9. Trolls

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‘Trolls’ DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox DreamWorks/20th Century Fox

Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? His toe-tapping animated musical is a sweet and humorous take on the pursuit of happiness that won’t let you forget JT’s catchy summer hit: Can’t Stop the Feeling. Read original review here.

Recommended for: 6 and older

Rated: PG (for some mild rude humor)

Directors: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Zooey Deschanel

Running time: 100 min.



8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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New droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) has his say with Rebel fighters Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in ‘Rogue One.’ Disney - Lucasfilm 2016 Disney-Lucasfilm

The “Star Wars” back story will satisfy fans of the sci-fi world and appeal to those who know nothing about the franchise at all. Families can root for the ragtag bunch of renegades that include a young female hero, a handsome rebel and a witty new robot, K-2SO. Read original review here.

Recommended for: 10 and older

Rated: PG-13 (extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn

Running time: 133 min.



7. The Secret Life of Pets

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Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and Katie (Ellie Kemper), from left, in ‘The Secret Lives of Pets.’ Uncredited Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

The Secret Life of Pets is cute, charming and a little hyper — just like a new puppy. The animated film has a fair share of LOL moments. And while you won’t find any revelatory insight into the mind of your pet, parents and children alike will fall for this fun, fast-paced furry tale. Read original review here.

Recommended for: All ages

Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Kevin Hart

Rated: PG (action and rude humor)

Running time: 90 min.



6. Zootopia

zootopia‘Zootopia’

Zootopia introduced us to an evolved Eden where animal species — predators and prey — live in a melting pot in a modern mammal metropolis. The animated film is a witty, wondrous buddy-cop film that allows parents to bring tough topics to the dining-room table — topics such as bullying, stereotyping and inclusiveness.Read original review here.

Recommended for: 6 and older

Rated: PG (thematic elements, rude humor, action)

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Running time: 108 min.

In this animated movie out March 4, 2016, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (courtesy - Walt Disney Pictures)

5. The Jungle Book

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Mowgli (Neel Sethi) and Baloo the bear (voiced by Bill Murray) in ‘The Jungle Book.’ Disney Disney

The coupling of Ben Kingsley’s noble narration and wide-eyed Neel Sethi’s endearing performance as Mowgli provides the heartfelt base of an imaginative and adventurous remake of Disney’s 1967 animated film.Read original review here.

Recommended ages: 6 and older

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken

Rated: PG (scary action and peril)

Running time: 105 min.

An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther. Walt Disney Pictures is bringing this classic tale to the big screen in April 2016.

4. Captain America: Civil War

captain americaSteve Rogers (Chris Evans) in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’

Captain America: Civil War surpassed expectations to become one of the better Marvel films so far. The myriad superheroes must dig deep to find their own answers to whether their violent actions justify the results. A top pick for teens. Read original review here.

Recommended for: 11 and older

Rated: PG-13 (extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem)

Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie

Running time: 146 min.



3. Kubo and the Two Strings

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Focus Features Focus Features

From its captivating narration and first stormy scene, Kubo and the Two Strings lured audiences into its vivid storytelling and exquisite execution of stop-motion animation.Read original review here.

Recommended for: 8 and older

Director: Travis Knight

Cast: Voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei

Rating: PG (thematic elements, scary images, action and peril)

Running time: 101 min



2. Finding Dory

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Hank (voiced by Ed O’Neill), left, and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) in ‘Finding Dory.’ Pixar Disney/Pixar

The visually stunning animated film Finding Dory swam upstream just enough for families to want to return to the characters that stole hearts in 2003’s Finding Nemo. Read original review here.

Recommended for: All ages

Rated: PG (mild thematic elements)

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Cast: Voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

Running time: 97 min.



1. Moana

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Disney’s ‘Moana’ Disney Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney Animation redefined what a princess is all about with Moana. The CG-animated musical film about a headstrong teenage daughter of a Pacific Island chief got a boost from a sweeping score and musical arrangements thanks, in part, to Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda. Read original review here.

Recommended ages: 6 and older

Rated: PG (peril, scary images, brief thematic elements)

Directors: John Musker, Ron Clements

Cast: Voices of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement

Running time: 103 min.



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