Noovie's Family Picks: 'The Call of the Wild' and More

Spend some time with the ones you love, plus a great movie or two.

By Chuck Walton


In our new weekly feature we highlight a few great movies you can enjoy and stream with the whole family.

  • The Call of the Wild

    Buck the Dog and Harrison Ford in "The Call of the Wild." © 20th Century Studios / courtesy Everett Collection.

    Buck, a cross-bred St. Bernard and Scotch Collie, takes center stage, in this retelling of the classic Jack London novel. We follow Buck as he's taken from his California home and shipped up north to the Yukon, where he leads a dog team delivery service and later befriends John Thornton (Harrison Ford), who takes him to the edge of the Arctic Circle. Along the way Buck discovers his true self, as he protects his new owner, fends off wolves, and eventually responds to the call.

    Now streaming on: Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

    The Call of the Wild

    Drama / 2020 / PG

    Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime as he ultimately finds his true place in the world.

  • I Still Believe

    K.J. Apa and Britt Robertson in "I Still Believe." © Lionsgate / courtesy Everett Collection.

    Christian music star Jeremy Camp (K.J. Apa) rises to fame and falls in love with his first wife Melissa (Britt Robertson), who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Shortly after their honeymoon, Melissa is given a devastating diagnosis. Their short time together eventually inspires Camp to write his personal song "I Still Believe."

    Now streaming on: Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU

    I Still Believe

    Drama / 2020 / PG

    The true-life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Reese Witherspoon and Storm Reid in "A Wrinkle in Time." © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection.

    After her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) mysteriously disappears, a young girl (Storm Reid), her brother (Deric McCabe) and friend (Levi Miller) are sent on a quest by three magical beings through space and time to find him and the answers to his disappearance.

    Now streaming on: Disney+

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Fantasy / 2018 / PG

    Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

  • Lu Over the Wall

    A scene from "Lu Over the Wall." © GKIDS / Courtesy Everett Collection.

    A lonely, introverted boy is uprooted from his small town, and has trouble adjusting to life in his new school in the big city. As his classmates discover his mastery of the synthesizer, he is invited to join a garage band, where he meets a fan in the form of a mermaid whose magical powers spring forth when she's hearing the band's music and singing.

    Now streaming on: Netflix

    Lu Over the Wall

    Children / 2017 / PG

    Kai is a lonely teenage boy who lives in a small fishing village. One day, he meets and befriends Lu, a fun-loving mermaid whose singing is hypnotic to all who hear it.

  • Babe

    A scene from "Babe." © Universal Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection.

    In this '90s classic, a scrappy little pig escapes becoming the next Christmas dinner and finds his true calling as a sheepherder. "That'll do pig, that'll do."

    Now streaming on: HBO


    Children / 1995 / G

    Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly (Miriam Margolyes) and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy?

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