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Bumblebee Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Better-than-expected Transformers prequel is big on action.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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My Life as a Zucchini Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Animated drama about orphan is touching, unforgettable.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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The Giver Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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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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Ghostbusters Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Four: A Divergent Collection Book Poster Image
age 11+
Short stories about Four are fun if a bit underwhelming.
By Veronica Roth
(2014)
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Jack the Giant Slayer Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Fantasy violence eased by humor in tween-friendly adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Tolkien tale isn't as great as LOTR, but better for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Flipped Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Coming-of-age romance brings light touch to heavy themes.
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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The Underneath Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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Spider-Man 3 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Kids will be dazzled, but the story falls short of No. 2.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Family Ties TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(1982)
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Uglies: Uglies Quartet, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thoughtful sci-fi about the price of beauty.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2006)
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Pride & Prejudice Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Gorgeous Jane Austen adaptation has timeless appeal.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Zathura: A Space Adventure Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi adventure has salty language, peril, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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The Karate Kid Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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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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