This movie takes place in a time when the Earth is slowly failing to support life, and where people are running out of options. It follows the life of an ex-astronaut who is forced to embark on one last trip, as it is the planet’s only hope. He must leave behind his home and family to embark on an unknown quest in search of an inhabitable planet. His journey in space is perilous, but he is determined to find a habitable planet so that his children can survive. This movie is action-packed, and the themes of family/determination, coupled with suspense, makes the movie unforgettable. Viewer discretion is advised because of language and intense scenes of action.
2. The Space Between Us - Rated PG-13
This movie follows the life of Gardner, the first baby to be born on Mars. He only knows the 14 astronauts that live with him in the small community, none of which are family - and his only friend on Earth is a girl named Tulsa, who he chats with online. After living on Mars for 16 years, he gets permission to go to Earth. Once there, he decides to run away and find first Tulsa, and then his father (his only known relative). His trip across the country with Tulsa and his subsequent health issues make the movie riveting, and it is an interesting take on the traditional love story.
3. We Are Marshall - Rated PG
It is 1970, and a college football team is taking a plane home from a big game. Unfortunately, the plane crashes right before reaching its destination, and kills every player and coach that is on board. Only one athlete is left alive after the crash, and it is because he was home injured at the time (Nate Ruffin). With the whole University in shock, Ruffin pushes the community to support the hiring of a new coach and the formation of a new team. The team must overcome many setbacks in their quest to reform the team and make a name for themselves, and their determination and strength is very empowering.
4. The Blind Side - Rated PG-13
This movie is based on a true story, and follows the life of a white Southern family who adopts a black homeless boy. There is some racial tension with neighbors and friends at the beginning, but Michael Oher fits in well with the family, and is encouraged to obtain a good high school education and get into college. Oher joins the football team, and, after showing his skill, works towards getting a full-ride scholarship to college. It is amazing to see his transition from being homeless to attending college, and to appreciate the difficulties that he went through to make it there.
5. The Mighty Ducks - Rated PG
As a child, Gordon Bombay missed a shot that would have won his team the championship hockey game. This caused him to lose the approval of his coach, and he constantly thinks about that shot ever since then. After he is charged with drunk driving as an adult, he is forced to coach the worst peewee hockey team in the league. At first, Bombay does not take his situation well - however, he gains the children’s respect and they soon become a very competitive team (The Ducks). The final conflict is when the Ducks must face off against Bombay’s old coach. Both teams are determined to win, making for an excellent ending to the inspiring movie.