Four new movies to stream with the family this holiday season
The winter holidays are usually a time for blockbuster movie releases. The coronavirus pandemic has caused quite a few movies -- including Marvel's "Black Widow" and Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" -- to be pushed to the spring, when it could be safer for crowds to gather in theaters.
But this holiday movie season isn't a giant lump of coal. We've found a few movies for you to consider. They are live action or animated, familiar stories or original. And there's a compelling advantage of these at-home screenings: The audience can watch in pajamas.
Forest Whitaker stars as a once-visionary toymaker who loses his joyful spirit in Netflix's "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey."
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'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey'
Onetime visionary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle loses his joyful spirit after an apprentice steals his prized invention and book of designs. He also loses touch with his daughter. Decades later a granddaughter he has never met comes for a Christmas visit hoping to reunite the family. The movie, packed with upbeat song and dance, is a treat for kids of all ages, especially those who love musical theater. (On Netflix, rated PG.)
Keira Chansa, left, David Oyelowo, Reece Yates and Jordan A. Nash star in "Come Away," available on demand.
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Siblings Alice and Peter spend a summer filled with imaginative play -- fancy tea parties and pirate ships -- at their 19th-century cottage in England. A family tragedy leads them to travel to the bustling city of London to sell a family treasure. Their journey home involves adventures from the pages of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan." Despite its fantasy elements, the story includes death and addiction, making it best for older children. (Streaming on demand. For providers, check comeawayfilm.com/watch-at-home, rated PG.)
A new Disney+ adaptation of "Black Beauty," starring Mackenzie Foy and streaming Nov. 27, moves the classic tale to the modern-day American West.
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Anna Sewell's classic novel about a horse growing up in England is set in the modern-day American West in this adaptation. The wild horse is taken from her family and ends up at a rescue organization, where she meets Jo, a lonely teenager. Jo bonds with the feisty horse, which she names Black Beauty. When the two must separate, Jo is devastated. She vows to find a way to bring the two back together. (On Disney+ Nov. 27, rated G.)
A band teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) falls down a manhole and winds up in a place where new souls get their personalities in the Disney+ movie "Soul."
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Middle-school band teacher Joe Gardner dreams of being a professional jazz pianist. The day he gets an opportunity to play at a top New York City club, he falls down a manhole. Joe escapes death but ends up as a glowing blue blob in "the Great Before," a place where souls develop a personality before being paired with a human body. He's asked to mentor "22," a new soul who is stuck there because she has no interest in becoming human. Joe gives her a preview of Earth living, and in doing so gains a new appreciation for his old life. (On Disney+ Dec. 25, rated PG.)