Diane Howard, Ph.D., Family & Redemptive Movie Journalist, picks her Top Ten Family Movies for content, artistry for 2017

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1. The Star (2017)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Director: Timothy Reckart | Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 4,388 | Gross: $40.85M

2. Wonder (I) (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

66 Metascore

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts

Votes: 98,294 | Gross: $132.42M

3. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 171,472 | Gross: $174.34M

4. The Stray (2017)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Family

A young father takes his nine-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son's friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning..

Director: Mitch Davis | Stars: Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum, Pluto

Votes: 727 | Gross: $1.58M

5. Ferdinand (2017)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Director: Carlos Saldanha | Stars: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Jack Gore

Votes: 35,534 | Gross: $84.41M

6. Cars 3 (2017)

G | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

Director: Brian Fee | Stars: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion

Votes: 53,036 | Gross: $152.90M

7. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 6,928 | Gross: $5.68M

8. Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

The relationship between writer AA Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, and how this became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Vicki Pepperdine

Votes: 17,281 | Gross: $1.74M

9. Despicable Me 3 (2017)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

49 Metascore

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon | Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove

Votes: 83,747 | Gross: $264.62M

10. Disney's Newsies the Broadway Musical (2017)

PG | 149 min | Musical

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as "Jack Kelly," Kara Lindsay as "... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Calhoun, Brett Sullivan | Stars: Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser, Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Votes: 1,322



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