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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Feature-Length Films

 


2005 Award
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(Warner Bros. $26.99 Score:) We had a very strong division of opinion about the third Potter movie. While most adults enjoyed director Alfonso Cuaron's liberties with J. K. Rowling's book, our kid viewers didn't think it was right! Even with that criticism, they gave the movie high marks for being entertaining and we can't wait for the next one! As Harry gets older, the movies get darker and are not appropriate for younger viewers. The dementors and the werewolf scene are particularly intense and make the Wicked Witch of West look like Mary Poppins! 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
The Miracle
(Disney $22.99 Score:) In the tradition of "The Rookie" and "Remember the Titans," this is the latest feel-good sports movie from Disney. While most of the current family movies revolve around teenage starlets, "Miracle" is one of the few films that will keep your sons engaged. It's also fun to revisit a moment most parents remember vividly. Kurt Russell stars as Coach Herb Brooks, who dared to believe that the amateur US team could win the Gold Medal in Hockey. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Shrek 2
(Dreamworks $22.99 Score:) Can you live happily ever after? Shrek and Princess Fiona put the famous fairy tale ending to a test when they go home to meet Fiona's parents, played by Julie Andrews and John Cleese. The anxiety-ridden premise of meeting your in-laws appealed to the grown-ups in the audience. Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots got high marks from both young and older viewers. An engaging sequel that will be playing in living rooms, over and over again. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Pollyanna
(WGBH $19.95 Score:) Anytime you need a good old-fashioned three-hanky movie, Pollyanna awaits! A Masterpiece Theater production starring Amanda Burton as Aunt Polly and Georgina Terry as her orphaned niece. Taught as a child that one can always find a good side to any adversity, Pollyanna teaches everyone the “glad game” and manages to cheer just about everyone but her dour aunt who has been unhappy in love. But when disaster befalls Pollyanna, a silver lining does appear! Beautiful to look at with a fine supporting cast! 100 min. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
The Incredibiles
(Disney $29.99 Score:) We first reviewed “The Incredibles” in a packed New York City movie theater. Parents and kids found aspects of the movie that especially appealed to them. Kids loved the fast-paced adventure and were big fans of Dash’s speed. While siblings could identify with the tension between Dash and his big sister Violet, parents identified with the everyday problems and frustrations of the middle-aged former superheroes. Unlike many family films that are tolerated by adults, “The Incredibles” is truly family entertainment. The adult humor is there but not in an over-the-top way that would make you or your 10-year-old uncomfortable. The DVD’s extras are worth a look.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Ice Princess
(Disney $29.99 Score:) How about a movie about a super-smart math and science student who becomes a great skater applying what she knows about physics to her own skating? While it may take a leap of faith to get the same girl to the Nationals, it is a fun leap. Michelle Trachtenberg (of “Harriet the Spy”) is allowed to be smart and beautiful. Kim Cattrall plays her coach and Joan Cusack plays her mother (and they make her look upsettingly matronly). The behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat world of figure skating may be eye-opening to many young skaters. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Wallace & Gromit:The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
(Dreamworks $29.99 Score:) We are big fans of Wallace (the inventor) & Gromit (his canine sidekick) and their latest film is wonderful. Together they run the Anti-Pesto pest control company and when prized veggies start disappearing prior to the big local veggie competition they are called into action. They’re inventive and always fun to watch. Not intended for very young children.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Cars
(Pixar $ Score:) From the team that brought us The Incredibles and Toy Story, Cars delivers both stunning animation and an engaging story. A very ambitious race car, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) finds himself in the forgotten Route 66 town of Radiator Springs with such notable car characters as Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), a VW van (George Carlin), and Sally (Bonnie Hunt). A little long in places, but it delivers a solid message that family and friends are more important than celebrity or fortune. Humor, amazing graphics, and heart challenge the Hollywood myth of the go-it-alone macho-man, giving us a new kinder, gentler, hero.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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