Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of school buses driving off and the 8 a.m. alarm bells ringing after a long summer vacation.
Yes, it’s August, and pretty soon most kids across the country will be back in school, learning math and science, and asking mom and dad for help with homework. But not everything in August has to involve schoolwork, does it? Every family needs a little downtime, and streaming services nationwide are delivering some awesome lineup for family movie night this month.
Here are seven new family movies and TV shows airing in August:
1. Beast from the Sea (Netflix)
A young girl in hiding named Maisie slips onto a sailboat hoping to hunt the sea monsters that have ravaged mankind, only to be swallowed whole by one of them. She survives – thankfully – and soon discovers that the creature has a gentle, friendly side. (It even saves his life.) The Sea Beast has a similar premise to Pete’s Dragon with a cloak-and-dagger movie adventure. Rated PG for minor language. (VidAngel and Clearplay each have filters.)
2. Light and Magic (Disney Plus)
The story of Industrial Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas, is told in this riveting six-part documentary, which reveals how a talented group of filmmakers developed the groundbreaking special effects of 1977’s Star Wars from scratch. The series continues into the 1980s and 1990s and ends with the special effects of Jurassic Park. Rated TV-14 for minor language.
3. Strong fathers, strong daughters (Pureflix)
A young woman becomes engaged with plans to move to Mexico – but in the process breaks the heart of her father, who wanted her to work in his business. This faith-based film has the “happy feelings” of a Hallmark movie and the comedy of Father of the Bride (1991). It’s a funny, smart, and compelling movie that every dad should watch. It is also one of the best religious films of the year. It is based on the book of the same name by Meg Meeker.
4. Luck (Apple TV)
A young woman who considers herself the “unluckiest” person in the world comes out of an orphanage, only to find that she’s also having bad luck in the working world. The film tells the story of Sam, a happy and optimistic woman who goes on an adventure in search of a lucky penny that will change her life and bring good luck to her young friend Hazel, who wishes to be adopted in a ” family forever.” Despite its name, Chance focuses on several biblical themes, including how the “good” can come out of the “bad” times in our lives. (At the end of the film, Sam refuses to rid the world of “bad luck.”) Luck was produced by Toy Story director John Lasseter. Rated G.
5. David (Sight-Sound.TV)
The life story of King David is told in this outstanding Broadway-style musical, which was filmed before a live audience at the Sight and Sound Theaters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sight and Sound – as you may already know – produces epic Bible musicals on a wraparound stage as wide as a football field (300ft). Each production includes special effects, live animals and powerful music. David will broadcast live on September 2, with encore presentations on September 3 and 4. Visit Sight-Sound.TV.
6. Bluey, Season 3 (Disney Plus)
The final season of this exceptional children’s show debuted on Disney Plus this month, following the anthropomorphic lives of a family of dogs: “Bluey,” six, Bingo, four, dad, and “mom.” It’s a series that inspires us to embrace kindness, joy, and love every day. (Bluey’s parents are perhaps the most patient parents on the planet.) It also reminds us of the blessings of children and family. Australian accents only add to the charm. Rated TV-Y7.
7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (home video)
Sonic and his new friend Tails team up to stop an old enemy, the evil Dr. Robotnik, who also has a new friend, Knuckles. It is a sequel to the 2020 movie Sonic the Hedgehog and stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, and Idris Elba as Knuckles. It contains strong lessons about family, responsibility, and forgiveness. Rated PG for action, some violence, crude humor and mild language. (VidAngel and Clearplay each have filters.)
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.