2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Adults

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All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for KidsBest Movie for TeensBest Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie.

These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but morally and content-wise, too. Our selection isn’t a stamp of approval, of course, so link to our full reviews and read them carefully before deciding to see anything we’ve listed here.

In February we’ll pick our winners. But you can do it right now! To voice your thoughts and vote for your favorite nominee for the Reader’s Choice award in each category, post a comment on this blog or on our Facebook page.

BEST MOVIE FOR ADULTS (NOMINEES)

Unbroken (PG-13): Based on the best-selling 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand, this Angelina Jolie-directed war movie tells the remarkable—and brutal—true story of WWII airman Louis Zamperini. Surviving 47 days in a life raft in the Pacific after his B-24 Liberator went down would have been a stoically heroic tale in its own right. But when Zamperini and one other survivor are “rescued” by Japanese soldiers, it’s the beginning of another season of ever greater degradation and torture. But Zamperini—still years away from finding God—is determined to survive. And that makes for an inspiring if sometimes excruciating cinematic journey.

Selma (PG-13): Great art. Great performances. Great messages. Selma is saturated with all three. It focuses on the 1965 Civil Rights marches in Selma, Ala., led by Martin Luther King Jr., showcasing a critical moment in the American journey toward peace and equality between races. Foul language and scenes of historical violence feel pretty visceral at times, and the film doesn’t overlook King’s flaws (some of them sexual). But neither does it disregard his Christian faith or the sacrifices he and others were willing to make in their long, dangerous drive toward becoming free at last.

Interstellar (PG-13):Forget saving the world. It’s already dying. But there’s still a chance to save some of the folks in it, and it’s up to a space cowboy named Cooper and a band of intrepid scientists to do it. Fifth-dimensional musings in the movie’s third act are a bit extraterrestrial, but Christopher Nolan’s geeked-out space adventure is a titanic visual—and surprisingly spiritual—achievement. Though it strives to rigorously adhere to the bizarre world of quantum physics, it also posits that love is the most powerful force in the universe—something that the Apostle Paul made a point of once upon a time as well.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG): A family of immigrants opens up a boisterous Indian eatery in France—right across the street from Madame Mallory’s prim and prestigious fine-dining restaurant. Time for a food fight? You bet. But when a gifted Indian cook from one side of the street longs to cross the divide and learn from the other, he helps bridge the gourmet gap, leading to healing, reconciliation and even love. The Hundred-Foot Journey is a rare PG movie made for adults—a sweet and savory rumination on the cultural differences that can keep us apart … or draw us together.

Into the Woods (PG):In Stephen Sondheim’s musical (originating way back in 1987), all roads lead into the woods. Jack, Red, Grandma, the Wolf, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Prince Charming are all there. As is a curious cow and that Other Prince, along with the Baker and his Wife. They all have hidden dreams and wishes that, it seems, only the Witch and those quirky—sometimes dark and tangled—woods can make come true. But will they? Lots of fractured fairy tale fun to be found here, but also some pretty amazing messages about how much children learn from what their parents do (more than what they say), and the very Grimm fact that wishes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. The real-life choices we make, the movie mutters, matter more in our happily ever after than we might at first think.

A Movie Nights discussion guide is available for Interstellar.

 Movie summaries written by Plugged In reviewers Paul Asay, Bob Hoose and Adam Holz.

Who wrote this?

Steven Isaac served as editor for Plugged In’s NRB- and EPA-award-winning website for more than a decade, orchestrating, managing, scheduling, shaping and tweaking at least 750 reviews and articles annually. He’s a husband and a father of a teenager.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am I the only one who saw Into the Woods and thought that the Big Bad Wolf assaulted Little Red Riding Hood, that something inappropriate happened between Jack and the giant's wife, and was appalled that Prince Charming cheated on Cinderella????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Into the Woods was appropriate, though not really with a Christian message.  It was more a moral, that you should be careful what you wish for. Temptations were a part of that, but weren't carried through that I could see. Such a song is 'said' by Little Red Riding Hood.  She actually admits the temptations that she had not been aware existed before her encounter with the BBW.  Message of Prince Charming and Cinderella?  What little girl hasn't at one time dreamt of meeting her prince charming, only to be dealt a blow that he was not who he seemed (charming, yes, but sincere, NOT!)….he said it himself.  Great moral message. 
Nolan Ryan More than 1 year ago
Into the Woods for sure! Despite a few parts, I felt there was a lot of good things to take from it.
Michelle Heumann More than 1 year ago
The only one of these I saw was Into the Woods, and I wouldn't recommend it...
GordonRoedding More than 1 year ago
The 100 Feet Journey was too intimate and character driven to appeal to broad audiences so it probably won't win, but it's the only one on the list we intend to own in order to show friends. Absolutely every character grows in some way during the film without one false note. Christian filmmakers take note!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't go to movies that abuse Jesus name in any way....So I would have to go with Into the Woods...
Scott Aven More than 1 year ago
The best movie for adults is The Remaining. 
Scott Aven More than 1 year ago
I would never vote for a movie that abuses Christ's name I can't believe some of movies on this list. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interstellar: Not only the best movie on the list, but the best movie of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intersteller
I didn't see Unbroken, so I can't vote for it.
Anna_Rose_M More than 1 year ago
Unbroken although Into the Woods and Intersteller were both good as well. 
Caleb Milbrath More than 1 year ago
Interstellar, most definitely!  Everything in this movie was stunningly well made.  The visuals, the storyline, the acting (esp. by McConaughey), and one of the most beautiful and riveting soundtracks I've ever heard; all this wrapped into a gigantic adventure that is not just my favorite movie of last year, but one of my favorites of all time. 
Nate Warrick More than 1 year ago
Into the Woods
Scott Jamison More than 1 year ago
Into the Woods for me.
Daniela Waddell More than 1 year ago
I LOVED The Hundred Foot Journey!  
Wesley Javorsky More than 1 year ago
Unbroken. Haven't seen Selma yet, and interstellar ruined itself from otherwise being an awesome movie with one too many plot holes
Kaitlyn Brown More than 1 year ago
Interstellar.... loved it.  The story telling and artistic way the story merged with the soundtrack was awesome. I love Christopher Nolan's work because of his characters, they feel so real even amidst his fantastic plots. And maybe it's unbiblical with all these "end of the world" movies, but these movies actually remind me that our future is far better.  We're not going to starve and have to start a colony on another planet, we've got heaven :)
Carlton DeLéon More than 1 year ago
Interstellar for me.  Although somewhat flawed, it was by far the best theater experience I've had in a long time.  I'm pretty sad that you didn't include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on this list though... 
Sarah Meyers More than 1 year ago
unbroken
Jonathan Langford More than 1 year ago
Interstellar!! Amazing movie. Unbroken just didn't do enough justice to Zamp's story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interstellar was majestic to be sure, and my second choice, but The Hundred-Foot Journey is my #1 pick. How I wish there were more excellent movies such as that.
Brian Cutting More than 1 year ago
Unbroken - though I wish they had shown more of Louie's story.
Nathan Sexten More than 1 year ago
Interstellar all the way.

I don't really think of Into the Woods as a kid's movie though... teen movie at the least.

James OSullivan More than 1 year ago
Why is Into the Woods an "adult" movie? But, since it's the only one on this list I liked, I have to vote for it.
Robyn Jones More than 1 year ago
The Hundred Foot Journey
Perry Cononge More than 1 year ago
Interstellar by far