'The BFG,' 'Cinderella' and 'Finding Dory': 28 movies for families in 2015, 2016 (28 items)

By , Deseret News

This past summer saw several motion pictures released with families in mind, including "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and “Maleficent,” and the rest of the year is scheduled to finish strong with more family-friendly films coming to theaters.

The month of December alone will have four potentially appealing releases: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Annie," "Night at the Museum 3" and "Into the Woods."

But you may not be aware that in 2015 and 2016 at least 28 films your family may enjoy will be released.

Several live-action fairytales, new animated stories and sequels are in the works and already have release dates.

Which of these 28 films are you looking forward to?

(Editor's note: Ratings for most of these films have not yet been released. Consult a film guide, such as OK.com, to determine which releases are most appropriate for your family.)

1 of 28. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"

Release date: Feb. 6, 2015

Starring: Antonio Banderas

Summary: "SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

2 of 28. "Cinderella"

Release date: March 13, 2015

Starring: Cate Blanchett and
Helena Bonham Carter

Summary: A live-action version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Cinderella.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Photo caption: Dave Hollis, executive vice president of theatrical exhibition sales and distribution for Walt Disney Studios, talks about the upcoming Disney film release "Cinderella" during the Disney presentation on the third day of CinemaCon 2014 on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Las Vegas.

3 of 28. "Insurgent"

Release date: March 20, 2015

Starring: Shailene Woodley and Theo James

Summary: A sequel to "Divergent," continuing the story of Tris Prior.

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

4 of 28. "Home"

Release date: March 27, 2015

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin

Summary: "When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet," according to Dreamworks Animation.

Production company: Dreamworks Animation

5 of 28. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"

Release date: April 17, 2015

Starring: Kevin James and Rani Rodriguez

Summary: "The sequel follows James' Paul Blart who attends a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas with his daughter," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Photo caption: A movie poster of the 2009 release "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."
1. Br. Jones
East Coast, MD,
Aug. 4, 2014

At last, a movie of "The BFG"! I loved that book as a kid, and I'm reading it to my daughter now.

2. Heidi T.
Farmington, UT,
Aug. 4, 2014

Can't wait to see BFG! I wish more kids would experience this book today. Such imagination, so clever and fun to read.

3. Chachi
Charlottesville, VA,
Aug. 5, 2014

Memo to Hollywood: If you're so bankrupt for new material that nearly every movie on this list is a sequel (or a "3" or even "5") and at best a remake or book adaptation, here's a suggestion: There's this thing called history. It's really interesting, and has lots of crazy, unbelievable but true stories that haven't ever been told in plays or novels, let alone film. You should really check it out.