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Five movies for families: 'Monkey Kingdom' teaches positive messages
Maya and Kip in Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom. - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

In theaters: 'Monkey Kingdom'

This nature documentary release by Disneynature features a group of monkeys in southern Asia. Common Sense Media notes that the film contains strong positive messages about motherhood and sacrifice, and thanks in part to Tina Feys narration humor and laughs for the whole family. And on an educational note, everyone will learn a good deal about Sri Lankan macaques. The website warns that a few scenes depicting tense moments may frighten young viewers. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Netflix: 'Stardust'

Parent Previews refers to the film as a wild, swashbuckling adventure that unfolds as a quirky comedy. Parents should note that the film is rated PG-13 and includes frequent and sometimes graphic portrayals of murder and a few moments of bawdy humor, according to the website. recommends the film for viewers ages 11 and older.

Amazon Prime: 'Madeline'

This film is based on the childrens book series about a group of young girls at a boarding school in Paris. Parent Previews calls the film a rare gem that combines warmth and imagination without depending on slapstick violence and pie-in-your-face humor. It is rated PG for momentary language. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Netflix: 'Robin Hood'

Common Sense Media refers to Disneys portrayal of the legendary outlaw as a heartwarming tale about having compassion for those who are less fortunate. The website notes, however, that some examples of bad behavior, such as greediness, gullibility and, in Robin's case, stealing are portrayed. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Enchanted'

The Dove Foundation referred to the film as a fun-filled family fantasy and praised it for its wonderfully produced and ably performed music and occasional scenes using exquisitely rendered 2-D animation. The website notes that the film is rated PG and contains a fair amount of peril. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.