What to Watch for Family Night

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For many households, family movie nights are an important time for families to bond, laugh, and share the grandeur of storytelling in movies. With all the movies available to stream, choosing the perfect movie can be a difficult task.

Optimum has a compiled a list of 18 movies sure to delight and entertain every member of the family from children to parents, and even grandparents.

So, dim the lights, get some popcorn and snacks, and let the festivities begin!
 

18. Making Waves (Hallmark)

When a music label executive goes to a festival on the Outer Banks to beat out the competition for an elusive new band, she discovers that the group is fronted by her childhood summer sweetheart. Stars Holland Roden and Corey Cott. Premieres Sat Aug 5 8/7c, part of Hallmark’s Summer Nights. Rated TVG.


17. RV (STARZ)

What can go wrong when dad rents an ugly green RV for his dysfunctional family’s mountain vacation? How about no breaks, unruly septic tanks, and being stuck with yodeling traveling companions! Rated PG.


16. Despicable Me 3 (Movies on Demand)

Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters, and the Minions are back in the comedy blockbuster where one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. Rated PG.


15. Napa Ever After (Hallmark)

A lawyer inherits a family vineyard. While on a sabbatical from work to restore the vineyard, she finds a love like she’s never known before. Stars Denise Boutte, Colin Lawrence, and Tiffany Yvonne Cox. Premieres Sat Aug 26 8/7c, part of Hallmark’s Summer Nights. Rated TVG.
 


14. Teenage Kraken (Movies on Demand)

High school gets even more awkward when shy teen Ruby Gillman learns that she comes from a royal family. Starring Jane Fonda and Toni Collette. Rated PG.


13. Jumanji: The Next Level (STARZ)

A team of friends returns to Jumanji to rescue one of their own and must brave parts unknown in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. Rated PG-13.
 


12. Ghoulies (AMC)

A young man and his girlfriend move into an old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a desire to control ancient demons. Rated PG-13.


11. Kicking and Screaming (STARZ)

A vitamin salesman and his overly competitive father go head-to-head as coaches of children’s rival soccer teams. Rated PG.
 


10. Frozen II (Movies on Demand)

Elsa journeys into the unknown to uncover truths about the past. Starring Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. Rated PG.
 


9. Beetlejuice (BBC)

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. Rated PG.
 


8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (STARZ)

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Rated PG-13.


7. Moana (Movies on Demand)

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Rated PG.


6. The Lego Movies (MAX)

Emmet -- an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure -- is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person (the MasterBuilder) and the key to saving his LEGO world. He's drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Now the fate of the world is in his tiny yellow hands. Rated PG.


5. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Movies on Demand)

Follow Mario and Luigi on a whirlwind adventure through Mushroom Kingdom to defeat Bowser. Starring Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor-Joy. Rated PG.


4. Tom & Jerry (MAX)

One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of "the wedding of the century," forcing the event's desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story's Tom & Jerry. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. Rated PG.


3. The Little Mermaid *Original* (Movies on Demand)

In this 'half-fish' out-of-water animated adventure, a mermaid princess makes a bargain with a sea witch. Starring Steve Guttenberg and Dee Wallace. Rated PG.


2. Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! (MAX)

Animated elephant Horton finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the speck, Horton discovers the tiny city of Who-ville and its residents, the Whos, which he can hear but cannot see. Horton forms a friendship with the mayor of Who-ville and promises to transport Who-ville to safety. However, Horton encounters opposition from his jungle neighbors, who don't want to believe in the existence of Who-ville. Rated G.


1. Coraline (MAX)

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life. Rated PG.
 

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