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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Disney's take on Christmas classic is colorful but intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Interesting tale of plucky WWI dog has some war violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Refugee Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
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Imba Means Sing Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Vibrant, uplifting docu about African children's choir.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Backstage TV Poster Image
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age 8+
So-so Fame-esque kids' show raises relevant issues.
Network: Disney Channel
(2016)
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Little Boy Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Young boy's faith pulls heartstrings in sentimental drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Wind Rises Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Lovely, contemplative tale of famed aeronautical engineer.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Belle Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Important, affecting, engrossing drama for tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Croods Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Gorgeously animated adventure has intense themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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42 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Inspiring Jackie Robinson biopic has great messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Secretariat Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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Amazing Grace Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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One Night with the King Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Brave heroine risks it all in biblical epic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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The Greatest Game Ever Played Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Predictable but inspiring family sports movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Mad Hot Ballroom Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Finding Neverland Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Emotional J.M. Barrie biopic has some mature themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Boy stands up for sister with autism in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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Chariots of Fire Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1981)
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The Prince of Egypt Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Animated feature tells story of Moses; some violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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