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Product Type: Videos
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Feature-Length Films

 


2002 Award
Miracle at Midnight
(Disney, Disney $19.99 Score:) Based on true events in Denmark during World War II, this is the heroic story of the Danes who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by hiding them and helping them to escape to Sweden. A stellar cast includes Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Remember the Titans
(Disney Home Video, Disney $22.98 Score:) A great movie that says some important things about the civil rights movement and the struggles of a newly integrated football team in a small town in the South. It deals with how kids put aside their differences and became a team. It's also about kids who become leaders, not just followers. An outstanding family film starring Denzel Washington.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2004 Award
Agent Cody Banks
(MGM $22.98 Score:) Our boy viewers would have loved the James Bond aspects of this film, but couldn't get past the boy/girl storyline. Hilary Duff fans will be thrilled.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
What a Girl Wants
(Warner Bros. $19.96 Score:) Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) gets on a plane in search of her dad, a British aristocrat (Colin Firth). She tries to fit into his stuffy lifestyle, and, of course, the moral of the movie is that you need to be yourself. The dad's evil fiancée and her teenage daughter get theirs, and Dad is reunited with Daphne's mom. Sugar-sweet, á-la-Cinderella ending. So while you think that this may just be a girl's flick, it's really a great father-daughter movie. All such pairings in the theater were hugging by the end of the movie! 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2003 Award
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Warner Bros. $26.99 Score:) Our Harry Potter fans were more than satisfied with the first movie installment of J. K. Rowling's best-selling books. They were very concerned that the movie be faithful to the book. The film will be enjoyed most by school-age children (and even then our row of 9 year olds covered their eyes on occasion). The final showdown between Harry and Voldermort was pretty intense. The DVD version also has some extra "never seen before" footage for kids who can't get enough Harry!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
The Rookie
(Disney $22.99 Score:) This is family entertainment at its best. Based on the true story of baseball player Jim Morris, it's a movie about hope, family, friendship, and dreams. We applaud the G rating and the absence of bathroom humor (except for a funny diaper-changing scene). Having sustained an injury, Jim Morris leaves his big-league dreams behind and becomes a high school science teacher and baseball coach. His "bad news" high team challenges him to try out for the majors again if they win the state pennant. Dennis Quaid's portrayal appeals to both kids and parents. A home run of a movie! (127 mins.)

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Stuart Little 2
(Columbia Tristar $24.95 Score:) This sequel is much less dark than the original and, while there are a few chase scenes that young viewers covered their eyes for, the scariness factor has been turned down a notch. Here Stuart (Michael J. Fox) brings home a wounded bird (Melanie Griffith) who turns out to be a con artist sent to steal Mom's (Geena Davis) jewelry. A Fagin-like falcon (James Woods) plays the heavy, while Snowbell (Nathan Lane) provides wonderful comic relief. Best suited for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Santa Clause 2
(Disney $22.99 Score:) Tim Allen is back as Santa Claus. While he now has fully embraced the joy of being Santa, he is presented with a new dilemma. He must find a Mrs. Claus or give up the red suit gig. Our viewers enjoyed Allen's romp through dating before finding his true love. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Cheaper By the Dozen
(Fox Interactive $29.98 Score:) Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt star in the latest remake of the classic book about a family with 12 kids. In one of the best casting moves, the older siblings are played by Hilary Duff and Tom Welling ("Superman"); and Asthon Kutcher aptly plays the oldest sister's easy-to-despise boyfriend. Martin's performance is funny but tempered, and with the collection of teen stars, this is a movie that will appeal to a wide range of family members. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Ella Enchanted
(Mirmax / Buena Vista $26.99 Score:) Ella (Anne Hathaway) is cursed at birth to be obedient. Hathaway is known and beloved by girls and 'tweens from "The Princess Diaries." Unfortunately, Ella was not enchanted with a great screenplay. The movie drags and there just isn't the spark you would expect from what should have been a clever romp. Our group of 11-year-old viewers thought it was cute enough, but thought it would be best enjoyed by the "7–9 crowd."

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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