The best family films on TV this Christmas season (2018)

Our Christmas gift to our fans

Reel Dialogue has put together the top five films to watch at home over the Christmas holidays.

We were asked what some of the best films on streaming or online services that people could watch as a family.

Honourable mentions: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Isle of Dogs, Ladies in Black, Ant-man & The Wasp

Top Five

1. Incredibles 2 

If you have not seen this, watch it tonight. If you have watched it, get the family together and watch it again. 

Rarely does a film get close to surpassing the original film. Director Brad Bird is back in form and this is a must see for all the family. 

Edna Mode would expect nothing less. 

2. Paddington 2 

Another bear to add to the Christmas mix…Paddington 1&2 are perfect choices for the family bing watch of a fantastic franchise. The Amazonian bear that is adopted by the Browns of London is a great adventure. Family fun at its cuddly best

3. Christopher Robin

Winnie the Pooh for the parents as much as it is for the kiddos. Christopher Robin has grown up, but it proves that we all still need a bit of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and the gang in our lives. 

4. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

This one is for a Mum & Dad date night. Hollywood does not make films like this anymore and it could be swapped out with Ladies in Black 

A beautifully filmed historical romance set on the islands off the coast of England after WWII. Great for a cuddle with your spouse and if the kids sneak in to watch, you won’t be embarrassed by these film, unless you are kissing on the lounge. 

5. Ready Player One

We haven’t forgotten the teens (Toss up with Solo: A Star Wars Story)

What a combination: Nostalgia, great chase scenes, Steven Spielberg + the Iron Giant.

Great for parents to enjoy a film with your teens. You don’t have to tell them what was cool when you were a kid, but there is something in this film for multiple generations to enjoy. 

If you do go to the cinema:

If the family is looking to get out to the cinema over the Christmas holidays,  here are the top ‘in theatre’ choices for families:

  1. Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse – A surprise favourite this season
  2. Mary Poppins Returns – Do not listen to any naysayers, this film is great
  3. Bumblebee isn’t half bad
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a great choice for the younger set. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix the tried and trusted formula.

Merry Christmas from the Reel Dialogue team

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.