LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Oscar winning director Ang Lee is back with Life of Pi about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. It's got amazing visuals and an amazing story. It's also rated PG so it will be something that the whole family can watch but having seen several of Ang Lee's other films, I wonder if it's something that will bore a younger crowd.
Thor (Chris Hemwsworth) stars in the remake of the '80's Soviet invasion film (which shares the same name) Red Dawn. North Korea invades the United States (and somehow wins) and it's up to a young Marine (Hemsworth) and a group of teenagers to take back their town. I won't even begin to entertain the possibility of a successful North Korean invasion and I won't even go in to the politics of the original film and why it may or may not have been meaningful at the time. This is a movie that I strongly believe will be terrible and should only be seen by the family if you're trying to bond with your 14-year old son.
Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Jack Frost team up in Rise of the Guardians who must protect the innocence and imaginations of children all over the world. This has a very good voice cast including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, and Hugh Jackman and is a Christmas-ish film that should be great for the whole family. It's looked better to me with every trailer I've seen for it. It's from Dreamworks Animation, the studio behind the Kung Fu Panda franchise, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon so it has potential to be really good and enjoyable for the whole family.
You should also check-out the latest James Bond film Skyfall; it's clean enough at PG-13 that I'd take my own kids (9 & 11) to see it and not feel uncomfortable. It's a case where they truly do see worse on TV and in their video games. Lincoln is the biopic of Abraham Lincoln that's getting a lot of Oscar buzz. I don't think I'd take the kids to see it since it's a historical drama. Another one for the whole family if Wreck-it Ralph, which my wife and I took our 9-year old to see and we may have liked it more than him. The old school video game references where pretty slick. Then there's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. I've told every male who's asked me about it that if you are a male being dragged to a Twilight film; this is the one you want to be dragged to.