Movies worth watching

A list of movies that are, in my opinion, worth the watch.

This is especially meant for families, who might have difficulty finding an appropriate movie to share in this current environment. That's why most of the movies in this list are family movies. Still, I can almost guarantee that whoever you are, you'll love most of these.
NOTE: a few of these movies are not family movies, but if you're an adult, are worth watching.

Each description includes my personal rating, a plot summary, and for family-sharing purposes, warnings where necessary.
Movies in blue are appropriate for all ages.
Green is questionable.
Purple is meant for adults.

I'll do my best to add to this list as ideas or suggestions come in.

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The Lion King (1994)
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Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ Based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, it's the story of Simba, a lion cub born to one day lead the pride. But when his father dies, Simba is convinced that he is responsible. He flees, but learns that the past is something to be learned from, not escaped.

Filled with bright colors, fun characters, and great music, this is truly a Disney classic. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004 Video)
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Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog retell the story of The Lion King, from their own unique perspective. (77 mins.)
Director: Bradley Raymond
“ If you liked "The Lion King", you'll love this. It's a retelling of the story from the perspective of Timon and Pumbaa. Hilarious and full of meaning, you really will laugh and cry. I highly recommend seeing this movie. 10/10 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Toy Story (1995)
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A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ What do toys do when no one is watching? Pixar's first movie, it's the story of a loved cowboy doll Woody, who feels his place in Andy's life is being challenged by a new space ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

Well animated, bright colors, lovable characters, and lots of action make this a favorite among all ages. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Toy Story 3 (2010)
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The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Andy's has grown, and he's leaving for college. The toys end up in a daycare center, but not everything is as it seems.

Toy Story 3 has great characters and all the action of the first film, but the plot has a slightly sadder twist to it, as the toys learn how to accept change. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Dumbo (1941)
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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
“ One of the oldest and first films I've seen. Dumbo is a young elephant with exceptionally large ears. Ridiculed, Dumbo becomes part of the clowns' act. His mouse friend helps him to reach his full potential. 9/10 ” - Lantern_and_compass
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A boy is on trial for the murder of his father. Eleven jurors believe him guilty in what seems to be an open-shut case, but one holds out.

In terms of action, the film is limited; most of it takes place in one room, and the film is in black and white. Don't let this turn you off though. It's filled with drama, and an excellent cast. While there's nothing inappropriate in it, it's not exactly oriented for a family audience. Still, worth the watch, and highly recommended.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
101 Dalmatians (1961)
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When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. (79 mins.)
“ When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Jungle Book (1967)
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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)
“ "Disney animation inspired by Rudyard Kiplings "Mowgli" story. Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce tiger, Shere Kahn, is nearby, they decide to send Mowgli to a local "man tribe". On his way to the village, Mowgli meets many animal characters in this musical tale. When Shere Kahn learns of Mowgli's presence, he tracks him down." ~ Rob Hartill

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ "The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory." ~ Rick Munoz

A classic film with several life lessons. The boat scene may be a bit scary for younger children, but otherwise a good watch. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
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A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire. (116 mins.)
Director: Tonino Valerii
“ "Jack Beauregard, once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace. But a young gunfighter, known only as "Nobody", idolizes him and wants to see him go out in a blaze of glory. He arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history. ~ lonamer"

Great western starring Henry Fonda. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Rescuers (1977)
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Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters. (78 mins.)
“ "When a bottle containing a plea for help from a little girl named Penny makes its way to the Rescue Aid Society, a mouse organization in the basement of the United Nations building dedicated to the rescue and well-being of anyone in need, it is up to the brave mouse Miss Bianca and her chosen partner, the shy janitor Bernard to rescue the girl." ~ Frederick Irizarry

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
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The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. (77 mins.)
“ "Cody, a boy from Mugwomp Flats responds to a distress call about a trapped giant Golden Eagle called Marahute. Freeing her, he gains a close friendship with the bird. However, Cody is soon abducted by the murderous poacher, Percival McLeach, who is after that bird which is of a highly endangered species and therefore an extremely profitable quarry. In a panic, a mouse Cody freed from one of McLeach's traps sends a desperate call for help to the Rescue Aid Society in New York City who assigns their top agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard to the task." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Warning: unlike the previous titles, this movie is not meant for families, mostly due to profanity. But if you're an adult, I think you'll enjoy it.

"After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way." ~ Sami Al-Taher

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)
“ A young fox named Tod is taken in by an old woman after his mother is killed by a hunter. Full of mischief, Young Tod befriends Copper, a hound dog pup. As they grow up, however, their friendship becomes endangered by what they have become; Copper is a hunting dog, and Tod is his prey. Written by Amy L. Plack

A touching story of the power of friendship, it's a classic family movie. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. (74 mins.)
“ "In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peglegged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

As a detective fan, I especially liked this, and the music and animation don't hurt either. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Short Circuit (1986)
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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ "Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive." ~ Jean-Marc Rocher

Warning to parents, this movie has a bit of profanity in it, but otherwise is lots of fun. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
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A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Rees
“ A toaster, a blanket, a lamp, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in their cabin in the woods.

Fun movie, especially for families. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ Another Disney classic. Ariel, the youngest mermaid daughter of King Triton, thirsts for knowledge of life above the surface, despite her father's disapproval. When she falls in love with a human, a plotting sea witch named Ursula offers her a chance to go on land, but at a cost.

Warning to families, Ariel, as a mermaid, wears only a shell bra from her waist up, and during the scene when she is given legs, she is briefly nude, though nothing is shown.

Disney's colors, music, and fun characters make this a favorite for many. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Home Alone (1990)
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An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ It's Christmas, and Kevin, the youngest member of the large McAllister family, is accidentally left behind when the family flies from New York to France. As an eight year old with a house to himself, Kevin at first has great fun. But when he learns of two burglars planning to rob his house, it's up to Kevin to protect it.

Home Alone is a fun and touching film, and is great for families. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Aladdin (1992)
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When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
“ The sultan's advisor, Jafar, schemes to get his hands on a magic lamp. However, he needs the help of Aladdin, a street urchin, to get it. Meanwhile, princess Jasmine, the sultan's daughter, is tired of palace life and decides to escape. At the marketplace, she meets Aladdin, and the two fall in love. However, their time together is cut short when Jasmine is discovered and Aladdin imprisoned. When Aladdin ends up with the lamp and discovers the wish-granting genie inside, he wishes to become a prince so that he may marry Jasmine. Jafar, however, has other plans for the genie.

Warning: Jasmine's outfit is somewhat skimpy.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
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Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco. (84 mins.)
Director: Duwayne Dunham
“ The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. On their journey to find their family, the pets face all the dangers of the rugged wilderness.

Good movie for families. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Jumanji (1995)
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When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. (104 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ Based off the book, this is a story of two orphan children living with their aunt who discover a board game that turns out to be magic. They release a man who had been trapped in the game ever since he was a boy, and along with the woman who had played the game with him as a young girl, the four must finish the game in order to be rid of the African dangers that have been released on the city.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Babe (1995)
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Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
“ "Farmer Hoggett wins a runt piglet at a local fair and young Babe, as the piglet decides to call himself, befriends and learns about all the other creatures on the farm. He becomes special friends with one of the sheepdogs, Fly. With Fly's help, and Farmer Hoggett's intuition, Babe embarks on a career in sheepherding with some surprising and spectacular results." ~ Kathy Li

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
A Goofy Movie (1995)
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When Max makes an preposterous promise to a girl he has a crush on, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy. (78 mins.)
Director: Kevin Lima
“ It's the last day of school, and Max, Goofy's son, pulls a stunt to capture the attention of his crush, Roxanne. It works, but when Goofy hears of his son's antics, he decides the best cure is a father-son road trip. Hoping to still impress Roxanne, Max lies about the true destination of the trip: the PowerLine concert. The story of the bonding between father and son, this Disney film has lots of laughs for the whole family.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Balto (1995)
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An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska. (78 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
“ When sickness strikes the small town of Nome, Alaska, attempts to deliver medicine by sea and air are thwarted by bad weather. So the town must rely on the best dog sled to bring the medicine back home. But it's a perilous journey, and it's one that Balto, a half-dog half-wolf outcast, must play a role in to save a young girl's life.

Based on a true story, Balto will inspire and captivate. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City. (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ "James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York." ~ Jeremy Perkins

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
A Bug's Life (1998)
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A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. (95 mins.)
“ Another Pixar great. It's the tale of a colony of ants, who, every year, gather food for a gang of grasshoppers in return for their "protection". When the bumbling ant inventor Flint messes things up, he volunteers to venture outside and get help to rid themselves of the grasshoppers. However, Flint has to come up with a Plan B when it turns out his "warriors" are anything but.

As usual, Pixar's computer animation and fun characters make this a great movie for everyone. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Mulan (1998)
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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)
“ "This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

As usual, another Disney hit, with a great story, music, and characters. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Iron Giant (1999)
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A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. (86 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ A giant robot lands on Earth and befriends 9-year-old boy Hogarth Hughes. A government agent whose job it is to inspect the landing is suspicious of the robot's existence. In order to protect his new friend, Hogarth manages to hide the robot in a junkyard, but it's only a matter of time before the robot is discovered.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
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Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
“ One of the funniest movies I've seen. It's the story of a selfish emperor named Kuzco, who plans to demolish a village to build a waterpark for his birthday, despite protest from the village leader, Pacha. When Kuzco fires Yzma, his advisor, for overstepping her place, she plots to poison him. However, things don't go as planned, and Kuzco is turned into a llama. Now Pacha must get llama Kuzco through the jungle and back to his palace.

Lots of laughs in this movie, great for families! 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Chicken Run (2000)
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When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
“ At the Tweedy farm, the chickens are forced to lay eggs or become dinner. The rebellious Ginger tries to lead the chickens to freedom, but without success. That is, until she sees a rooster named Rocky fly in over the fence. Determined to escape, she strikes up a deal with Rocky: teach them how to fly, and they'll keep him hidden.

Clay-animated and filled with action, this is another film sure to be enjoyed by all. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Remember the Titans (2000)
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The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ "Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations, in sight of the Washington Monument over the river in the nation's capital. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other." ~ John Vogel

There's some language and other stuff in this movie, but the story is good. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
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In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ Ever wondered what's hiding in your closet? In this Pixar film, monsters power their city, Monstropolis, by collecting children's screams. However, they are just as frightened of children as they are of them, and when one little girl enters their world, top scarer Sully and his friend Mike must get her back home. However, it turns out to be a task much more easily said than done.

Great computer animation, touching plot, and fun characters make this another Pixar great. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Monsters University (2013)
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A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
“ A prequel to Monsters, Inc., it's the story of how Mike and Sully first met, and how an unlikely team-up became a great friendship. If you liked Monsters, Inc., you'll like Monsters University. It's got more fun characters, and Pixar's spectacular animation and color. A great film for all!

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Shrek (2001)
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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ When ogre Shrek's swamp home is literally swamped by fairy tale creatures, he learns that Lord Farquaad, who wants to be king, has banned them there. In order to get his swamp back, he, with the assistance of an annoying, talking donkey, must rescue the Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a dragon.

This movie pushes the PG rating a bit, so be warned. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Recess: School's Out (2001)
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TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever. (82 mins.)
Director: Chuck Sheetz
“ Based off the TV show, it's the end of the school year for TJ and his friends, and more importantly, the beginning of summer vacation, the ultimate recess. But TJ's plans are ruined when he learns that his friends will be going to camp for the summer. Bored and angry, TJ is biking past the school when he sees a mysterious green glow. When Principal Prickly is unable to help, it's up to TJ to get the gang together again to figure out what's going on in their school. What they find is more than they imagined. 10/10 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Stuart Little (1999)
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The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him. (84 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
“ Stuart is a mouse who gets adopted by the Little family. Stuart has trouble adjusting to his new life, not to mention winning the acceptance of his brother George and the family cat, Snowbell. But just when he seems to get the hang of things, a knock on the door makes Stuart and the Little's question and discover the true meaning of family.

Based on the children's book, it's a great movie for all ages! 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Treasure Planet (2002)
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A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders. (95 mins.)
“ "A futuristic twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Treasure Planet follows restless teen Jim Hawkins on a fantastic journey across the universe as cabin boy aboard a majestic space galleon. Befriended by the ship's charismatic cyborg cook, John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance and shows the makings of a fine shipmate as he and the alien crew battle a supernova, a black hole, and a ferocious space storm. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Silver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny on his mind." ~ Anonymous

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
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A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. (85 mins.)
“ On a faraway planet, Experiment 626 is an illegal genetic creation of the evil scientist Jumbaa. Jumbaa is imprisoned for his crime, but 626, with strength, intelligence, and near indestructibility, escapes. 626 crash lands in Hawaii, Earth, and is adopted by local girl Lilo, who nicknames her new "dog" Stitch. Meanwhile, Jumbaa is offered his freedom if he can recapture Stitch, and with the aid of Earth expert Pleakley, sets out to find his experiment.

It's a Disney story of the meaning of family, with fun characters and lots of action. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Ice Age (2002)
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Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
“ "Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a stupid sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age." ~ Ana

A popular film with Pixar's usual humor and fun characters. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
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When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (94 mins.)
“ When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him under the guidance of one-eyed weasel Buck.

Lots of action and laughs, great for families but popular among all. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Finding Nemo (2003)
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After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ One of the best movies ever and hugely successful. When his son is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin, a cautious clownfish, must leave his Great Barrier Reef home to find him. With the aid of forgetful Dory, the duo face the ocean's many dangers and will not stop at any length to get Nemo back home.

Pixar really outdo themselves this time. Stunning animation, music, great characters, action, and a touching story make this movie worth the watch. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Boundin' (2003 Short Film)
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A sheep dances proudly in his southwestern landscape, until one day his wool is sheared and he is left naked. He's depressed and shy, until a cheerful jackalope comes along and shows him how to leap proudly and not to be ashamed. (5 mins.)
Stars: Bud Luckey
“ "In the not too distant past, a lamb lives in the desert plateau just below the snow line. He is proud of how bright and shiny his coat of wool is, so much so that it makes him want to dance, which in turn makes all the other creatures around him also want to dance. His life changes when one spring day he is captured, his wool shorn, and thrown back out onto the plateau all naked and pink. But a bounding jackalope who wanders by makes the lamb look at life a little differently in seeing that there is always something exciting in life to bound about." ~ Huggo

It's only a short animation, but Pixar's skill and a rhyming narration make Boundin' a fun little clip. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Holes (2003)
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A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason. (117 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ Based off the book but even better, it's the story of unlucky Stanley Yelnats V, whose family's curse runs back generations. When Stanley is accused of stealing a pair of shoes, he's sent to Camp Green Lake, where delinquents dig holes to build character. During his sentence, Stanley strikes up a deal with "Zero", the best digger in the camp: he'll teach him how to read, in exchange for help on his holes. But the lake's history holds a secret with ties to the Yelnats' curse. 10/10 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
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Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ "This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made." ~ lexter

This movie is rated PG13, mostly for violence, but is hugely popular for its action and adventure. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ "Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world's greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and live a "normal life" with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction." ~ Anthony Perevra

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
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SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown. (87 mins.)
“ "There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it look like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best pal Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krab's life." ~ Sujit R. Varma

Hilarious, and except for a brief scene where Patrick is streaking, mostly clean. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Chicken Little (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After ruining his reputation with the town, a courageous chicken must come to the rescue of his fellow citizens when aliens start an invasion. (81 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
“ "After Chicken Little causes widespread panic--when he mistakes a falling acorn for a piece of the sky--the young chicken is determined to restore his reputation. But just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head. Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending the town into a whole new panic." ~ Anonymous

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Pacifier (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ "The film is the story of an undercover agent who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns the man's family is in danger. In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of the man's children only to discover that child care is his toughest mission yet." ~ Risin' Outlaw

A clean, fun family film. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Madagascar (2005)
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Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar. (86 mins.)
“ "At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild." ~ Anonymous

This movie is very popular, and I especially liked it. Fun animation, moving music, and great humor. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005 Short Film)
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The penguins of the Central Park Zoo have an adventure in the city on Christmas Eve. (11 mins.)
Director: Gary Trousdale
“ "During the holiday season, when the animals of the Central Park Zoo are preparing for Christmas, Private, the youngest of the penguins notices that the Polar Bear is all alone. Assured that nobody should have to spend Christmas alone, Private goes into the city for some last-minute Christmas shopping. Along the way, he gets stuffed into a stocking. His fellow penguins venture after him after noticing his absence, and try to save him." ~ Joe Patrick Doyle

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The animals try to fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African wildlife refuge, where Alex is reunited with his parents. (89 mins.)
“ Things don't go as planned when the Madagascar friends try to fly back to New York. Instead, they end up in a reserve in Africa, where Alex the lion is reunited with his family, and the animals begin to enjoy being with their own kinds. However, conflicts begin to arise.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
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Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. (93 mins.)
“ Terribly homesick for New York, Alex, Martin, Melman, and Gloria are determined to get back to the zoo. But how do a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo move through Europe without attracting unwanted attention?

With all of the characters of the first film (plus some new faces), Madagascar 3 is a fun movie for everyone!

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Cars (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. (117 mins.)
“ Hot shot race car Lightning McQueen is headed to California to compete in the final race of the Piston Cup. However, he is waylaid in a small town called Radiator Springs, and is forced to repair the damage he has done to their road. Despite his initial resistance, McQueen eventually warms up to the locals, and vice versa. As the day of the race draws nearer, McQueen must question his values and ask himself what's really important.

A great film by Pixar loved by all. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Cars 2 (2011)
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Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. (106 mins.)
“ Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Over the Hedge (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself. (83 mins.)
“ A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.

Great animation and lots of laughs. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Flushed Away (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life. (85 mins.)
“ The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life.

The clay animation makes for fun characters and an action-filled plot. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Curious George (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Man in the Yellow Hat is an oddball museum employee who looks after his pet monkey - an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose enthusiasm often gets the best of him. (87 mins.)
“ "Ted Shackleford works at a natural history museum that's fallen on hard times. The museum director's son wants to turn it into a parking lot, but Ted offers to bring back a mysterious idol from Africa that's guaranteed to pull in crowds. Unfortunately, the idol turns out to be three inches tall. But Ted accidentally brings back a lonely yet irrepressible monkey, soon dubbed George. They set off on a non-stop action, fun-filled journey through the wonders of the big city toward the warmth of true friendship." ~ Anthony Perevra

The lighting in this movie is incredible; it practically glows. Along with the adorable George, this is a great movie for everyone. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Night at the Museum (2006)
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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. (108 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. He's going to have to learn a little history if he wants to keep his job, and more importantly, his son's respect. 10/10 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
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Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. (95 mins.)
“ Lewis is an inventive boy who was left at the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. Frustrated after a failed Science Fair project, he meets a strange boy named Wilbur who claims to be from the future. When Lewis is skeptical, Wilbur proves it, but ends up crashing his father's time machine in the process. It's up to Lewis to fix it, but there are forces that oppose him.

This is a computer animated film about faith, persistence, and a wacky family. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Ratatouille (2007)
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A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
“ "A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down." ~ Orange

Very popular movie. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
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Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. (86 mins.)
“ "One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small."" ~ Griffin84

This is a computer animated movie based on the Dr. Seuss book. Filled with color and fun characters, it's a favorite among many. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Iron Man (2008)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ "Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile, he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit", but there are those who want to misuse his research. ~ John Vogel

Warning to families, this move is rated PG13 for some violence and suggestive scenes. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Bolt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. (96 mins.)
“ When a scientist fears that dark forces are after him, he genetically alters the family dog to give it the super powers it needs to protect his daughter. Or at least, that's what the dog thinks. Having never known anything other than the studio set of the action TV show, Bolt truly believes he has super powers and will do anything to protect his girl, Penny. But when Bolt gets separated, his journey to find Penny leads him to find friends, truth, and acceptance.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Po is a heavy weight panda who works in his father's noodle restaurant but dreams of learning kung fu. When a strange turn of events lands him in the Jade Palace, where kung fu is taught the the legendary Furious Five, it is up to the kung fu master Shifu to teach Po what he needs to know to become the Dragon Warrior, though Shifu is reluctant to accept Po. Meanwhile, a dangerous warrior escapes from prison...

Kung Fu Panda is an immensely successful movie and rightly so. Recommended to all. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008 Video)
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Ordered to teach a martial arts class of rambunctious bunny kittens, Po tells stories of each of the Furious Five's pasts. (25 mins.)
Director: Raman Hui
“ "With Po's status as the Dragon Warrior proven to all, Master Shifu has a new challenge for him; teaching Introduction to Kung Fu class to a bunch of a rambunctious bunny children. After getting the class to come to order, Po teaches them that fighting is only part of kung fu, while its true meaning is "Excellence of Self." To explain this philosophy, Po tells stories of each of his comrades, The Furious Five, and how they faced formative challenges in their youth that helped define them as true masters of kung fu." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

A cute video filled with life lessons. I very much enjoyed it. 10/10.
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
“ When an enemy develops a powerful new weapon, Po and the Furious Five seek the help they'll need to overcome it. But for Po, it's also a journey to learn where he's from and who he is.

Just as good as the first Kung Fu Panda, I highly recommend seeing this movie. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Gruffalo (2009 TV Movie)
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A cunning mouse goes for a walk in the forest, and outwits a succession of predators. (27 mins.)
“ An animation of the children's book, this simple film is sure to make you smile. It's the story of a hungry mouse, who on his trip to find food, discourages predators by telling them of a monster called a Gruffalo, which is just fiction. Or is it?

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

Another Pixar great and very popular. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
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A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him. (97 mins.)
“ A modern Disney classic. "The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams." ~ The Massie Twins

Awesome music and fun characters, it's a Disney movie worth the watch. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
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A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth. (94 mins.)
“ "When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction!" ~ Anthony Perevra

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. (90 mins.)
“ Based on the children's book, it's the story of Flint Lockwood, an inventor whose creations are never as successful as he'd like. Because his town's only food product is sardine, Flint invents a machine that makes food from water. Things don't go as planned when the machine is launched into the atmosphere, but it becomes an unexpected stroke of luck for him and a budding meteorologist named Sam Sparks when food begins to rain down from the sky. Flint becomes very popular, but then the machine begins to malfunction...

Great animation and fun characters, families will love it! 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ "When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her." ~ Claudio Carvalho

Warning to parents, while there is a scene where two women are scantily clad, the main reason this may not appeal to younger children is because it's a bit spooky. Still, I liked it. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ "After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler." ~ The Massie Twins

Warning, not a family movie, but as a detective fan, I think it's great for adults. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
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Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. (129 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ "With Dr. John Watson about to marry and end their partnership, a disconsolate Sherlock Holmes occupies his time investigating the schemes of his archenemy, Professor James Moriarty. However, when Moriarty warns that he considers the Watsons a legitimate target for his retaliation against the detective, Holmes must save them and get John involved in one last case..." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

A great sequel to the first movie, and sure to be popular among adults and detective fans. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
“ "Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Tangled (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
“ "After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life."

Beautifully animated with fun songs, families will love it. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Despicable Me (2010)
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When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
“ Gru is a villain with a big dream: to pull the biggest heist in history. But when his plans to get a necessary shrink ray go awry, Gru must enlist the help of three orphan girls to get the ray back. Although he only plans to use the girls, he begins to grow fond of them. But the time comes when he must make a choice.

Great animation, adorable characters, and a touching plot made this film very successful among all ages. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. (98 mins.)
“ Gru is back in the game! While adjusting to life as a father, Gru is asked by the Anti-Villain League for his assistance. An entire lab has been stolen with a chemical that could fall into the wrong hands, and the AVL needs Gru's help as an ex-villain to find the culprit. With his eccentric partner Lucy Wilde, his three girls, and his many Minions, Gru goes on his biggest adventure yet!

A fun sequel to the first and great for family entertainment. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Megamind (2010)
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The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
“ After defeating superhero Metroman and taking over Metro City, evil genius Megamind finds himself bored and lonely. So he creates a new hero that he can defeat, but gets more than he bargained for.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Warning to parents, this movie really pushes the PG rating. A headless, nude Barbie doll (there's nothing below the waist) is seen several times in the beginning; the humor is very crude, and there's some profanity. If you don't mind any of that and love westerns, this is a movie for you. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Rio (2011)
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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
“ Blu is a blue macaw chick who, after being stolen from his home in Brazil, winds up in a small town in Minnesota, and is adopted by a little girl named Linda. Years later, a nerdy and domesticated Blu is living a cozy life in Linda's bookstore when an ornithologist arrives with news that Blu is the last male of his kind, and asks that Blu come to Rio de Janeiro to save his species. When Blu and Jewel, a fiercely independent female macaw, are kidnapped from the bird sanctuary, they must escape the poachers and return to their homes.

Warning to parents, near the end of the movie, there are many women dressed in skimpy outfits for the Carnival. Except for that, this is a great movie for families. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
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The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. (84 mins.)
Director: Kelly Asbury
“ Based off Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it's the story of Gnomeo, one of the blue gnomes, and Juliet, a red gnome. Despite the constant feud between the blues and reds, Gnomeo and Juliet manage to meet and fall in love. But how long can they keep their love a secret?

A fun movie for all ages. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
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Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues. (184 mins.)
Director: Manmohan Desai
“ "A ex-convict must flee his mob boss, leaving his family to fend for themselves. His wife goes blind and his children are abandoned. They are adopted by a Hindu policeman, a Muslim tailor, and a Catholic priest. The Hindu-raised son becomes a policeman in his turn; his Muslim-raised brother becomes a singer; and the last son, played by Amitabh, becomes a happy-go-lucky Catholic who lives on the edge of the law. The boys meet again and their lives become entangled in an incredible plot full of unlikely coincidences and furious action sequences interspersed with songs. In the end, the grieving mother recovers her sight, the evil mob boss is punished, and the family is at last re-united." ~

Even if you're not a Bollywood fan, I recommend seeing this movie. It's plot has more twists than a bag of pretzels! The film is in Hindi but has English subtitles, and is available here on IMDB. It's also clean enough for families to share. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Phineas and Ferb (2007 TV Series)
Episode: Summer Belongs to You! (2010)
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Phineas and Ferb plan to travel around the world in one day. (15 mins.)
“ Inventive brothers Phineas and Ferb always have an adventure planned for summer. When the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, arrives, they know they've got to do something special. They plan to travel around the world before the sun sets; things are made interesting when local bully Buford bets against them. Soon, the whole group is on their way!

If you love Phineas and Ferb, you'll love this too! If you haven't seen any Phineas and Ferb episodes, you might want to do that first. Great TV show, and a great movie. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011 TV Movie)
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Phineas and Ferb discover that Perry is a secret agent, and they all get stuck in an alternate dimension where Doofenschmirtz is the ruler of the tri-state area. (78 mins.)
“ "Perry's worst fear comes true when Phineas and Ferb finds out that he is in fact Secret Agent P, but that soon pales in comparison during a trip to the 2nd dimension where Perry finds out that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is truly evil and successful." ~ smcarter1966

Lots of laughs and a great movie for all P&F fans. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Puss in Boots (2011)
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An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Miller
“ "...the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty. Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss' doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant's castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss' name." ~ Mr. Top Hat

You don't have to be a Shrek fan to love this movie. A tale of friendship and betrayal, with some feline humor thrown in for good measure, makes this movie fun for kids and adults alike. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
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Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ "Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor."

Full of adventure, mystery, and humor, this film follows Tintin, from the classic comicbook series, as he uncovers the story of the ship The Unicorn. A great movie for everyone, complete with incredibly detailed animation. I highly recommend it.
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Water Horse (2007)
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A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend. (112 mins.)
Director: Jay Russell
“ In Scotland during WWII, a lonely young boy named Angus MacMorrow awaits the return of his father, who has gone to fight in the war. One day, while combing the shores of a lake, he comes across an egg that is destined to change his life.

A good film for families and adults alike. Also fun if you like listening to Scottish accents. ;)
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (2006 Video)
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Get ready for all of the laughs, adventure and hip-hopping good times in this all-new imaginative and... (71 mins.)
Director: Byron Vaughns
“ "Get ready for all of the laughs, adventure and hip-hopping good times in this all-new imaginative and modern retelling of Uncle Remus' best-loved tales. Parents and kids alike will delight in the escapades of the most mischievous and clever Brer Rabbit as he gleefully outwits Brer Fox, Brer Bear and a whole cast of other critters! With irresistible and toe-tapping new songs...The Adventures of Brer Rabbit is sure to be a family favorite for years to come! Written by USHE"

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Lorax (2012)
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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. (86 mins.)
“ Based off the book, it's a story of 12 year-old Ted, who is searching for the object that will win the affections of his crush, Audrey. To do so, he travels outside of Thneedsville, a very plastic town where people pay for fresh air, to hear the Once-ler's story about where he can find the object he's looking for: a tree.
True to the book, "The Lorax" teaches the importance of taking care of the environment, and the consequences that may occur if we don't. I highly recommend this to young and old alike. A great story with catchy songs to boot.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Robin Hood (1973)
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The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (83 mins.)
“ Expert archer Robin Hood uses his arrows and his wits as he and Little John rob King Richard of his ill-gained wealth and give it back to the overtaxed people of Nottingham.

 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)
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Rikki is a young mongoose who is adopted by a human family after nearly drowning in the river. He returns...
“ "Rikki is a young mongoose who is adopted by a human family after nearly drowning in the river. He returns the favour by protecting them from two murderous cobras." ~ Kenneth Chisholm

Wonderful narration and cute animation. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
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The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ "The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel."

Based on the book, it's a nice story of how Mr. Popper learns what's really important in life. A very good family film. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
The Avengers (2012)
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Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ "Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army."

Whether you like the comics, superheroes, adventure, or just the actors, The Avengers is an action-packed film popular among many and worth watching. Rated PG13, mostly for some violence. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village. (181 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ "In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home."

A popular musical and great story. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
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Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. (91 mins.)
“ Count Dracula runs a hotel where monsters can be themselves, away from the human world. But when a boy named Johnny discovers the hotel, Dracula must protect his hotel's reputation by keeping the boy's identity a secret from the guests, but is also overly protective of his daughter Mavis and any affection she may feel.

Great for showing on Halloween! 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
“ Wreck-It Ralph is an arcade game villain, and good at what he does. But unlike Fix-It Felix, the game hero, Ralph gets little recognition. Wanting to prove himself worthy, he goes out in search of a medal. Things spiral out of control, and Ralph finds he must work with a little girl named Vanellope if he wants to get his medal back.

Great animation and familiar characters make this a fun film to watch. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
“ Wonder, hope, light, dreams...the essence of childhood. But all are threatened when Pitch Black returns. Now the four Guardians (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sand Man, and the Easter Bunny), must fight to protect the children who believe in them, with the help of a new recruitment, Jack Frost, who struggles to know his purpose.

Nice story and animation. 9/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass
Hoodwinked! (2005)
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Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, the Woodsman, and Granny all tell the police the events that lead up to their encounter. (80 mins.)
“ "The candy recipes of the goody shops have been stolen by the Goody Bandit, and many animals are out of business. While the police are chasing the criminal, there is a mess at Granny's house involving Little Red Hiding Hood, The Wolf, The Woodsman and Granny...and each accused gives his/her own version of the incident." ~ Claudio Carvalho

A hilarious twist of the original story, you're sure to love it. 10/10
 ” - Lantern_and_compass