Plugged In Movie Awards 2019: And The Winners Are …

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PIMA 2019

Nearly 900 movies were released in North America in 2018. (About as many as Netflix put out singlehandedly.) Seems like we here at Plugged In watched most of them. Oh, we couldn’t get to all of them, of course. But for the most part if you’ve heard of a movie, we saw it, reviewed it and told you all about it.

And sometimes, we really liked what we saw.

The Plugged In Movie Awards are about honoring what we feel are among the year’s best movies—not just aesthetically, but inspirationally and ethically as well. And for the past few weeks, we’ve invited you to play along.

So without further ramblings, let’s jump into our hostless awards ceremony and get to the winners, shall we?

Best Movie for Kids
The Nominees: Christopher Robin; Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; Incredibles 2; Paddington 2; Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Plugged In’s Pick: Paddington 2
This was more than just a cutesy kid movie about a raincoat-wearing bear. This was the best-reviewed movie of the year, scoring a rare perfect 100%”freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and delighting the millions who saw it. Paddington—an unfailingly polite but rigorously ethical hero—seems radically countercultural for our shrill, angry age, which makes him all the more important.
Your Pick: Christopher Robin
Bruin-fronted films swept the Plugged In Kids category this year.While I’d love to stick in a pun of some sort (“Christopher Robin just bearly won”) truth is, it wasn’t even close. Disney’s sweet take on a middle-aged Christopher Robin whose priorities are all out of whack ran away with your vote, doubling up its nearest competition (Incredibles 2). Not bad for a bear of very little brain.

Best Movie for Teens
The Nominees: Black Panther; Little Women; The Miracle Season; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Tomb Raider 

Plugged In’s Pick: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Never mind that Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Forget that Avengers: Infinity War had some of us working through the five stages of grief. According to Plugged In, the best superhero movie of the year—and the best movie for teens—is this surprisingly rich animated charmer that practically swung out of nowhere. Welcome your friendly neighborhood winner.
Your Pick: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man swept the teens awards, just narrowly beating out Black Panther in your vote, too. Clearly, Spidey wielded great power pretty responsibly this time ’round. Many a reader lamented the absence of Infinity War. But few voiced much love for Tomb Raider, which was practically skunked in the voting.

Best Movie for Adults
The Nominees: Leave No Trace; Mary Poppins Returns; A Quiet Place; Searching; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Plugged In’s Pick: Leave No Trace
Look, I understand that very few people saw this flick (it earned just $7.6 million in theaters). That’s a crying shame. This film earned better reviews than any of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees (like Paddington 2, it score a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes), and I think it could’ve well received Oscar nods for its two main players, Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt. It’s a deeply impactful story about a struggling father and daughter that, remarkably, is almost completely free of problematic content. (It’s rated PG.) Want to watch it? It’s free with an Amazon Prime account right now.
Your Pick: A Quiet Place
Plugged In readers loved them some Emily Blunt this year, given that she starred in this category’s top two vote-getters: The gripping, touching A Quiet Place just squeaked past Mary Poppins Returns for the win. While some readers might’ve been surprised to find a “horror” movie on our list of “bests” this year, A Quiet Place won’t just cause you to shut your eyes: It’ll maybe make you shed a tear or two from them, as well.

 

Best Christian Movie
The Nominees: God Bless the Broken Road; God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness; I Can Only Imagine; Paul, the Apostle of Christ; Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Plugged In’s Pick: Paul, the Apostle of Christ
This powerful, history-laden drama takes viewers back to the power and peril of ancient Rome, where Paul was living out his final days. James Faulkner makes for a compelling Paul in this rich, inspiring story. And for those who sometimes feel the biblical accounts of the early Church can be a bit dry, this film will help bring them to life.
Your Pick: I Can Only Imagine
This pic, which tells the story behind Bart Millard’s massive CCM hit of the same name, became the year’s biggest Christian blockbuster, clearing a staggering $85.4 million. I’ve talked with people who’ve seen the film repeatedly and cried every single time. No surprise that the vote wasn’t too terribly close here, with Imagine outdistancing runner-ups Paul and Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 8 months ago
These awards are clearly rigged! It clearly should have been this...

Best Kid's Film: Into the SpiderVerse

Best Teen's Film: Into the SpiderVerse

Best Adult Film: Into the SpiderVerse

Best Christian Film: Into the SpiderVerse

Academy Awards for Best Picture: Into the SpiderVerse

Best Film of All Time Period: Into the SpiderVerse

For everything else: There's MasterCard (and also Into the SpiderVerse...)

-Evan
Anonymous 8 months ago
it's the Russians!!! -
The Duke of Popcorn
Anonymous 8 months ago
It's always the Russians....

-Evan
Anonymous 8 months ago
Maybe Bobed was right to leave here when he did, despite being tragically wrong about Inside Out and Finding Dory.
Anonymous 8 months ago
What did our good friend and favorite contrarian have to say about Inside Out?

(I shudder to think about what he would have said about Into the SpiderVerse...)

-Evan
Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Probably he would have said that Spider Verse is only loved because it stars a non white dude.

He'd be wrong though. I enjoyed the movie and I'm white.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Yeah, he probably would have. My friends and I are white as well and we loved it. In fact, one of my friends (who leans a bit more conservative than I do) said it was his favorite superhero movie of all time.

-Evan
Anonymous 7 months ago
He basically said Inside Out was Godless saying that Riley's emotions just appeared without any type of spiritual content to them, and psychologically the movie had it all wrong as well. I don't remember every little thing about why he hated the movie, but he definitely couldn't stand it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It does seem like in his day there was more substantive discussion about the appropriateness of mature content in movies and TV -- which I think is what this site is all about.

-- The Kenosha Kid
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Anonymous 8 months ago
He needs to bribe them with a Pizza Ball and ranch if he wants to get back in...

-Evan
Anonymous 8 months ago
@First Comment Guy

I'm dying with laughter!!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

EDIT:

Well, it looks like it got taken down... Now the latecomers will never know how funny your joke was.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It figures that Incredibles 2, God's Not Dead 3 and Won't You Be My Neighbor got zero love from everyone on here, including the Plugged In Staff, but come on? Christopher Robin for best kids movie, and Imagine for best Christian film? Just goes to show you that I'm completely out of touch with you guys here. I seriously question your taste in movies around here, among other things.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I mean, I loved The Incredibles 2...
Chuck Anziulewicz 7 months ago
What do you mean? "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" got PLENTY of love. It was one of the sweetest, most touching movies I've ever seen. I was gushing about to all my friends, and I say that as someone who were never part of Mr. Rogers' target demographic. He was very easy to parody and make fun of, and people my age thought he was impossibly SQUARE when we were teenagers. But I sure wish there was someone who could fill his shoes TODAY! We need him now more than ever.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Sure it got nominated, but it ultimately didn't win from the Plugged In staff or from the people on here who voted. For some strange reason they thought A Quiet Place and Leave No Trace were ultimately better films.


I Personally thought Won't You Be My Neighbor? was the second best film I saw last year after Bohemian Rhapsody, but in the category it was nominated for it didn't win. I know some people think it's an honor just to be nominated, but I think it would have definitely showed just how much we at Plugged In loved the movie if it had actually ended up winning, instead of coming in at the very least third place.

Anonymous 8 months ago
I agree with PI on the Best movies for Kid's and Teens. Thoroughly enjoyed both Paddington 2 and Into the Spider-Verse. 

I agree with our pick for the Adult's category. I really enjoyed A Quiet Place! Very scary, but the themes and plot were well done. It was hard to unsee John Krasinski as Jim, but what can you do? 

Sorry, but I don't really care about the Christian category as I've not seen (nor do I plan to) either film.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 months ago
Hahaha! Yeah, It was hard not to see Jim! I have the same problem watching 13 hours because of Krasinski as well lol.

Not surprised about Tomb Raider not getting any love. I mean, I understand why they nominated it, but I still don't think it was a good choice.
-David the Clown
Anonymous 8 months ago
I haven't seen 13 Hours yet! I really want too. Just haven't.

About Tomb Raider. I agree, no surprise. I haven't even tried watching it. Nor will I be watching it. Just another trashy video game movie.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 months ago
Oh yeah. I have friends who are vets and they say that 13H is very realistic to actual combat.
-David the clown
Anonymous 8 months ago
13 Hours is a brilliant war film, just brilliant.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

@A-Non-Mouse

Didn't you say the Tomb Raider movie was awful? How can you say a movie is awful if you haven't seen it yet?
Anonymous 8 months ago
@first comment guy

Instinct 
-David the Clown
Anonymous 8 months ago
@David the Clown sums up my defense with one single word.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

@A-Non-Mouse
It just seems weird how you told another commmeter (who had seen the movie) that the movie was awful when you yourself haven’t seen the movie.
Anonymous 7 months ago
@First Comment Guy.

You can usually get a good feel for films by their trailer, reviews, and ratings. Could I be wrong and Tomb Raider is a fantastic film? Sure. But I doubt that I am
-David the Clown
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

@David the Clown
I get that. And speaking as someone who did see the film, you're not wrong.

I just seems odd for A-Non-Mouse to stomp on someone else's opinion for saying they loved a movie when A-Non-Mouse didn't see the movie himself. It's not what I would call a 'good' film (it's very meh tbh), but it's not awful or trashy.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Let me be clear. I don't want to see Tomb Raider and from the views and opinions expressed by most, it is a movie worth skipping. If someone out there enjoys the movie, good for them. But I'm not going to waste my time on it when I'm about to start an MCU rewatch. 

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 months ago
Go Spider-man. I just saw that movie over the weekend, and it was amazing. Definitely will be watching again when it comes on dvd.

-some guy
Anonymous 8 months ago
First Comment!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 8 months ago
Aw man. :'( Congrats @A-Non-Mouse
-Anon-O-Miss