2016 Oscar-Nominated Films

The 2016 Oscar nominations are full of family-friendly films. From Pixar's latest hit, Inside Out, to the hugely anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the romantic period drama Brooklyn, families will find movies to enjoy together with even the youngest kids. Check out our reviews to see what fits for your family. (The 88th Annual Academy Awards telecast airs February 28, 2016, on ABC.) For the 2017 nominees, click here.

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

age 5+

Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Cinderella (2015)

age 6+

Easy-on-the-eyes fairy tale promotes kindness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Inside Out

age 6+

Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.

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Boy and the World

age 7+

Poignant hand-drawn story promotes family, environmentalism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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When Marnie Was There

age 9+

Beautifully animated but slow tale about unique friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

age 10+

Epic Star Wars sequel delivers great performances, action.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Martian

age 12+

Excellent space thriller mixes peril, charm, real science.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Bridge of Spies

age 13+

Cold War thriller focuses on tension over action.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Creed

age 13+

Feel-good Black-led film continues Rocky saga; has violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Brooklyn

age 14+

Poignant immigration drama is romantic, thought-provoking.

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Joy

age 14+

Inspiring but uneven drama about Miracle Mop inventor.

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Spectre

age 14+

Fast-paced thriller is high on action, lighter on emotion.

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Steve Jobs

age 14+

Compelling portrait of Apple genius has lots of swearing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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45 Years

age 15+

Quietly powerful drama about marriage and memory.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Hunting Ground

age 15+

Grim docu shines much-needed light on campus rape epidemic.

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Spotlight

age 15+

Powerful, intense film about Boston church abuse scandal.

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Amy

age 16+

Devastatingly compelling docu about talent gone too soon.

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The Big Short

age 16+

Finance dramedy turns complex ideas into gripping cinema.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Carol

age 16+

Moving, beautifully acted '50s-set drama about secret love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Mad Max: Fury Road

age 16+

Postapocalyptic action is excellent but extremely violent.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)