During these dreary times, movies have the magic to make us feel better. Here are my picks for the top five feel-good movies for families.
5. "Sing Street" (2016)A small treasure of a movie about a group of private school kids in Ireland in the 80s starting a rock band. The movie is pure joy, especially if you're a fan of pop music from that era.Available on the Roku Channel, Vudu
4. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)Writer and director Wes Anderson's first animated movie has a dynamite cast of voice actors including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.It's about a community of animals forced into a kind of quarantine to band together to figure out a way to fight off a threat. Yeah, this is a perfect movie for right now.Available on Redbox, Amazon, Apple, GooglePlay
3. "Roman Holiday"(1953)The classic romance with Gregory Peck and then-newcomer Audrey Hepburn about a touring princess who escapes with a news reporter is beyond charming. Itgot 10 Oscar nominations, winning for Dalton Trumbo's screenplay and Helpburn's debut performance.Available on Amazon Prime, STARZ
2. "The Princess Bride"(1987)This movie really has it all: romance, action, adventure, magic and laughs.Director Rob Reiner's fantasy romance has aged nicely since its release in 1987 and keeps growing its fan base because it's one of the all-time feel-good movies.Available on Cinemax app, Amazon
1. "That Thing You Do" (1996) The movie that never fails to put a smile on my face is "That Thing You Do," an ode to the one-hit wonder radio hits of the early 60s.Tom Hanks wrote, directed, stars and even contributed some songs to the soundtrack. The title song was written by Adam Shlesinger from the group Fountains of Wayne, who died last week of coronavirus. This movie will always be a lovely tribute to his talents, but it's also just a fun, bright movie dripping with nostalgia and showing music's power to bring people together - something we all need right now.