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Stirring docu about heroic WWII pilots who aided Israel. Articulate, warm, proud, funny, and deeply moving, seven of the principal players give testimony that fills the screen with vivid memories of a little-known chapter in the ongoing difficulties in Israel.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Movie Poster Image
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Katniss wakes up disoriented and soon agrees to become the symbolic face of the rebellion. This melancholy sequel is the most political installment, with intense and upsetting violence, but Jennifer Lawrence is hypnotic as the unforgettable heroine.

The Imitation Game Movie Poster Image
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Historical drama explores the role cryptologists and mathematicians played in WWII. Strong themes about the power of persistence and the fact that gender doesn't dictate intelligence or competency. An enjoyable, if flawed, film with an excellent cast.

Selma Movie Poster Image
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This powerful, educational, well-acted drama -- one of the finest films ever made about the civil rights movement -- is a great choice for parents to watch with teens (and even mature tweens).

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Comical coming-of-age mystery about a high school senior who convinces his friends to search for his smart, beautiful neighbor, who's disappeared a couple of weeks before graduation. The supporting young actors make this smart, edgy, funny film.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tip

  • Try some tech togetherness over the holidays. Plan a night of movies and other activities you can enjoy together -- and build in quiet, unplugged time, too.