Another round of movies that the whole family can watch without worrying about the young kids having to cover their eyes or ears, the parents drifting off due to boredom, or your teens rolling their eyes so hard you can actually hear them.
As if high school is not hard enough, imagine going to one where everyone has a super power... except you. To make matters worse your parents are the ultimate super heroes and it looks like you might be relegated to be a (gasp) - sidekick! Starring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston as the parents, and lots of teens with very quirky abilities. An engaging storyline and fun special effects.
Based on the story by the wonderful children's author, Roald Dahl, this is about sweet little Matilda and the absolute worst parents in the world (Danny DeVito/Rhea Perlman). When she is finally allowed to go to school, she finds that the only thing worse than her parents is the principal. With help from a kind and sympathetic teacher, Matilda overcomes her challenges, thwarts the awful Miss Trunchbull, and reaches her full potential.
March of the Penguins2005
Most of you have probably heard that it is the male penguin that hatches the egg, but you simply will not believe what they must endure while doing so. And it's not like the females are exactly sitting around taking it easy during this time. This multi award winner has camera work that defies belief and tells such a magnificent tale of survival you will want to watch it more than once. You must see this movie -- all of you -- everyone!
Night at the Museum2006
Ben Stiller is right up there with Jack Black and Will Ferrell when it comes to doing bizarre movies (in fact they often do them together) but this is one that the whole family can watch without flinching. Stiller plays the new Night Guard at the Museum of Natural History where plenty goes on when the lights go off. There's something for everyone - dinosaurs, cowboys, historical figures, even Roman centurions with catapaults! A fun way to spend 2 hours.
Spy Kids2001 Spy kids 2: the island of lost dreamsSpy kids 3-D: game overThree offerings in this franchise- the last one in 3D, but the first one is still my favorite. With plenty of recognizable adult faces (Antonio Banderas, Teri Hatcher, Alan Cummings, Tony Shalhoub), the story is really about the children and their adventures. This time it's not super heroes but super spies, and their children are the ones that must figure out the clues, foil the bad guys and save the world.
Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2005
Now that the sequel (Prince Caspian) has just been released to DVD and is piling up the holds, why not watch episode one? If you haven't seen it yet it will bring you up to where you need to be for Caspian and if you have already seen it you know it is worth revisiting. Mythical creatures, heroic children, the never ending struggle between darkness and light, this story is deservedly a classic. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien were contemporaries and friends, and the two stories bear many similarities. However Narnia is considerably less dark and graphic than the Lord of the Rings (especially as envisioned in the Peter Jackson films). Your young ones might get nightmares from LOTR, but should be delighted with Chronicles.