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BMX Bandits Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
1980s teen bike adventure with sustained menace, peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
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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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Outlaw Trail Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Unique take on Western legend has gun violence, bullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Rocky Balboa Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Rocky's back, with new energy -- but same story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Beautiful Korean anime with confusing storyline.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Nacho Libre Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Offbeat movie has lots of potty humor, comic action.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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The Miracle Match Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Great game, bad storytelling. Soccer buffs only.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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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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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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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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Rocky III Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Boxing saga begins to go lightweight; violence, racism.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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Rocky Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Boxing Best Picture sets underdog-hero standard; drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1976)
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The Karate Kid, Part III Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Disappointing, often violent sequel is for series fans only.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling tale of family facing racism in '30s Mississippi.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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