Movies for the Pandemic

It’s no secret that I love to watch movies on television. While it doesn’t match the unique experience of seeing a movie in a theater on a big screen, it’s a lot easier. These are some of the movies I have been re-watching during the Pandemic. 

These suggestions represent a wide range of age groups, so one choice may not fit all families. But these are films I watch over and over. 

Kathy’s Movie Criteria

  • I love a happy ending.
  • I don’t mind crying—a little—on the way to that happy ending.
  • I love stories about people coming together to create family.
  • I love talking animals. is my friend.


Walter is a miserable kid whose irresponsible mother sends him to live with his old uncles on a ranch in Texas so she and her crooked boyfriend can rob them. While Walter lives with them, he learns tales of their adventures as young men. He learns family from them as old men. It all comes together with the love of a jungle cat named Jasmine. This movie may be intense for some viewers, with fighting and guns. 


“Coraline” is Neil Gaiman’s novel about a bored girl whose family moves into the creepy old “Pink Palace Apartment House.”  Coraline is sick of adults not listening to her, missing her friends, and getting on her parents’ nerves.  In exploring the Pink Palace, she discovers neighbors including elderly performing sisters and a circus of jumping mice.  While exploring the Pink Palace, she finds another world with an “Other Mother” and “Other Father” who look exactly like her parents.  This excellent stop-motion animated movie is visually exciting, a little bit scary, and always full of humor. “Coraline” may be a little intense for little kids, but parents and kids age 10+ will love it.


Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli is the greatest creator of animated films since Walt Disney.  Sophie is a plain young girl who works in a hat shop.  She is put under a spell that turns her into a very old woman. Howl is a mysterious wizard. His castle (which moves!) is protected by the fire demon Calcifer (voiced by Billy Crystal), who is also under a spell. Their country is involved in a stupid war.  This is a beautiful and creative movie.  Miyazaki’s images include amazing flying machines.  Rated PG.


Akeelah is an 11 year old girl from Los Angeles who discovers her talent for spelling. This movie is about Akeelah’s journey to try to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Along the way, you’ll meet Akeelah’s hard-working mother, her coach, and all the people in her neighborhood who help her train for the bee. There is a lot of spelling in this story of achievement and community.  Watching Akeelah and her competitors is like watching a great sports event. Rated PG for some bad words. 


This is an imaginative re-telling of Roald Dahl’s classic kids’ book about a poor young boy who wins a trip to a fabulous candy factory owned by the fascinating and strange Willy Wonka (played by Johnny Depp).  My favorite part of this movie is the Oompa Loompas, who live and work in the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. They are everywhere and get musical numbers about the other kids on the tour who are rotten and spoiled.  Rated PG.


Carl Fredricksen is an old man who ties a bunch of balloons to his house to fly the house to Paradise Falls and fulfill the dream he and his wife had. Unknown to Mr. Fredricksen, he has a stowaway---Russell, the Wilderness scout.  During their high-flying adventure, they encounter Doug, who is my favorite movie talking dog. The colors in this movie are amazing, as you’ll see in Kevin the bird. There are many funny parts along with some exciting parts that will leave you breathless.  



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