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Film Mom: The Five Most Anticipated Family Films of 2014

When "Auld Lang Syne" begins playing at the stroke of midnight on January 1, it’s the signal to start looking forward to all the positive possibilities of the new year, including all the new movies on the horizon. Of course, no one gets more excited about movies than kids who then talk about it to their parents (that’s you). So, get ready, here are the five most anticipated family films of 2014 as voted by Fandango users:

1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13). The original comedy delivered on every boy’s fantasy: a dorky Viking kid makes a pet of the most dangerously cool creature ever and becomes a hero.  Of COURSE we need a sequel!

2. Maleficent (May 30). Turning the tables on Sleeping Beauty to see the situation from the villainess’ point of view turns the classic good-vs.-evil storytelling method on its head. Genius. Casting the brooding and mysterious Angelina Jolie as Aurora’s foe elevates this project from enticing to downright bewitching.

3. Muppets Most Wanted (March 21). In 2011, the world was reminded that it may not be easy being green, but it sure is funny. And lovable.  And full of fun cameos. The newest film maintains the same strategy while upping the likeability factor with Tina Fey and Modern Family's Ty Burrell playing opposite Kermit and Miss Piggy.

4. The Lego Movie (February 7). Lego has successfully mastered adapting movies into video games better than any other entity in Hollywood. Now, the trailer promises big laughs with clever humor that satirizes Hollywood movies and Legos themselves.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (May 16). These pizza-loving turtle vigilantes from the 1980s will never die, they just transformthis time with an intriguing assist from Transformers visionary Michael Bay.

Personally, I’m also looking forward to March’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman (I’m on board with any movie that makes history fun), April’s Rio 2 (please tell me is in charge of the soundtrack) and next Christmas’ Into the Woods (which brings all the fairy tales together in a musical comedy).

That’s what we can look forward to, but for right now, here are three movies to see with your family this weekend:

Frozen. Two singing royals, one handsome prince, one manly mountaineer, one silent but communicative reindeer and the world’s most adorable snowman come together to make one phenomenal film about the importance of family relationships.

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D. If you have a budding paleontologist in your home, this CGI marvel is your must-see movie of the year.

Justin Bieber’s Believe. For Beliebers, it’s a rewarding look behind the scenes at Bieber’s life from the business side. For all the kids who dream of being famous, it’s a big lesson that the pitfalls may outweigh the fun. 

What do your kids think about these films? Have them tell the world by writing a review at, where all kids are movie critics.

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