Film reviews

Les Misérables

A grand, touching and inspiring tale of love, sacrifice and salvation that comes highly recommended.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson has made Tolkiens' tale of Bilbo Baggins into an action-filled, fun and epic adventure.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Twilight saga reaches its conclusion in a film filled with excitement, romance and drama.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

The story of six year old girl Hushpuppy is a remarkable film that comes highly recommended.

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s most wanted

A great family film, packed with crazy whims, fun characters and action-filled entertainment.

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Hotel Transylvania

This film is a little bit scary but mostly a lot of fun, but the attempt to be 'hip' crashes and burns.

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ParaNorman

Excellent animation, great characters and a decent message, but the script is poor. And the film is quite scary.

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Brave

An excellent film, offering thrills, humour, fun characters and a heart-warming and meaningful story.

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

Spectacular entertainment awaits as continental upheavals lead our friends out to sea and into the claws of pirates.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

This gloomy version of the fairytale aims to be modern and dramatic, but the result is only partially successful. This is quite a scary film, and no children under the age of 12 should be allowed to watch it.

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Men in Black 3

Agents J and K travel back in time to save the world in an entertaining and fun sci-fi comedy; still, the story is quite poor.

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Avengers Assemble

One might assume that a film with six superheroes would be six times better than your average superhero film, but, alas, it is not to be. Despite "Avengers Assemble” being an extremely well-made and action-filled film, it doesn’t stand out as particularly memorable.

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Hugo

Pure film magic from Martin Scorsese. Get ready for an imaginative, exciting, fun and touching film that uses the potential of 3D in an excellent way.

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The Hunger Games

”The Hunger Games” is an atmospheric and well-constructed film; still, the theme of the story, which involves young people killing each other, is a bit tasteless. Be aware that the film contains disturbing scenes, and we strongly advice that no children under the age of 12 are allowed to watch the film.

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Puss in Boots

A visually stunning, action-filled and fun film about the swashbuckling Puss in Boots from the Shrek franchise.

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John Carter

This film provides an entertaining and well made science fiction adventure; though, it's hardly innovative.

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Arrietty

The story of tiny Arrietty is a heart-warming pearl of a film.

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Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

It's great that Star Wars is back at the cinema, but the new 3D version doesn't add a lot to the film.

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New Year’s Eve

This film will please those who enjoy romantic comedies, but the story is predictable and rather corny.

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Arthur Christmas

Get ready for a fast-paced and fun adventure that is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

The first part of the final chapter of the Twilight saga is best suited to the fans.

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Tower Heist

As a 'popcorn movie', Tower Heist is great. However, the story is far from perfect.

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In Time

The concept has potential as a thought-provoking anti-capitalist allegory, but the finished film is an unfocused mix of genre elements.

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

The young reporter Tintin gets entangled in a fun, breakneck and exotic adventure that comes recommended for children from 10 years of age.

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Winnie the Pooh

This colourful cartoon is pure storytelling joy and offers a charming and educational story that comes highly recommended for the youngest children.

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Super 8

Joe and his friends witness an outrageous train crash that marks the start of a series of mysterious and terrifying events. This is an exciting thriller, perfectly suited to teenagers.

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Cars 2

Racing, conspiracies and environmental issues, wrapped in action filled animation, constitutes the main ingredients of ”Cars 2”. The film is entertaining, but the story is not as good as we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

The Harry Potter saga reaches its conclusion in a thrilling finale that will spellbind children and adults alike.

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Mr Popper’s Penguins

Mr Popper, an ambitious businessman, gets the chance to reunite with his family when he inherits six penguins. This is a poor comedy; still, it offers decent entertainment for younger children.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Sam and the Autobots are facing their toughest battle in this spectacular, well made, yet quite unoriginal action film.

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Kung Fu Panda 2

Excitement and spectacular battle scenes are aplenty as, Po, the Dragon Warrior, has to save China from an evil villain. Unfortunately, all the action almost completely drowns out the story.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow is back in an action-filled adventure that offers little new compared to the previous films. Be aware that the film contains some scenes that may frighten children.

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Thor

The myth of Thor, the god of thunder, has been made into an epic, well made and highly enjoyable film.

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Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood has become a young, beautiful woman, and is caught in the middle of a dangerous adventure when a werewolf threatens to destroy her village. The screenplay is poor, but young people might still enjoy this film.

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Justin Bieber: Never say Never

Justin Bieber sold out Madison Square Garden in 22 minutes. This film consists of the story of Bieber’s childhood, a documentation of the days before the giant concert, and footage from the concert itself.

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Alpha and Omega

"Alpha and Omega" provides decent entertainment, but is by no means innovative.

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I am Number Four

Fantasy is a popular genre nowadays, and this film clearly aims to be the starting point a new science fiction saga. The result isn’t hopeless; though, the film is unoriginal and easily forgettable.

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Gnomeo & Juliet

With a better screenplay, ”Gnomeo & Juliet” could have been a great film; however, despite its great graphics and exciting concept, this is a mediocre film.

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Scream 4

Everybody’s a suspect. Anyone can be the next victim. These are the rules that apply in ”Scream 4”, a film that offers decent horror entertainment; still, it’s nowhere near as good as the classic first film. This film is not suitable for anyone under the age of 15.

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Rango

This original and entertaining film uses the potential of computer animation in an excellent way. Still, be aware that this is no film for children under the age of eight.

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Rio

In wonderful Rio, Blu experiences the adventure of a lifetime. This is a charming and fun film, suitable for the whole family.

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Just go with it

In this ridiculous film, Danny, a plastic surgeon, gets caught in a web of lies when he tries to “get lucky” with a young woman.

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Hop

Due to poor actors and a mediocre story, we can’t recommend this film, even though it offers decent entertainment for children.

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Gulliver’s Travels

Just when you think this film possibly can’t get any worse – it does, which is quite amusing.

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Tangled

Disney’s version of the story of Rapunzel is a beautifully made film, which has been given a nice modern twist. This excellent adventure comes highly recommended.

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Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear is back in an entertaining, but quite cliché filled comedy.

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Easy A

Olive likes the attention when a false rumour about her sexual behaviour spreads through her school. She seizes the opportunity to raise her social status, but as the rumours get worse complications arise. This is an entertaining comedy, although the quality is not the best.

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Megamind

The ingenious plans of the super villain Megamind, usually go wrong, and when he creates a new superhero, catastrophe ensues. This film provides excellent entertainment, and it is well suited for school-age children.

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Arthur and the Great Adventure

Arthur returns to the land of the Minimoys, only to discover that the evil Maltazard has made a vicious trap for him. This is good entertainment, but the story is too thin.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Another exciting adventure in the magical land of Narnia awaits. The third film in the popular franchise is well made and offers a great film experience.

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Due Date

When two very different individuals travel across the US, problems arise as they crash cars, break laws, quarrel and, gradually, become friends. This comedy is quite inappropriate for children, and so-so in terms of quality.

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Tron: Legacy

Sam Flynn is pulled into a digital world, meets his long lost father and finds himself in the middle of a merciless battle. This high-tech adventure is visually stunning; however, the story seems uninspired.

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Fair Game

In this well-made drama, we get an insight into how powerful forces in American politics manipulated the truth in order to justify the invasion of Iraq, and how this affected single individuals. The film is based on a true story, and comes highly recommended.

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The Other Guys

The first 15 minutes of “The Other Guys,” builds an expectation that this might be one of the best action comedies in recent years. However, even though it is a very funny film, the quality drops as the story progresses.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The first part in the final instalment of the Harry Potter saga is an exciting and well-made film. This autumn’s highly anticipated cinema release builds up to a whopping finale next summer.

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Jackass 3D

The Jackass concept, where a bunch of ‘never-grown-ups’ try to bend or break all limits, is starting to wear thin. The film has an 18 year age limit, and should not be watched by young people.

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The Social Network

A film about the origins of Facebook. This is an entertaining, interesting and incredibly well-made film.

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Despicable Me

The story of Gru. The man who wants to be the greatest villain of all. Fun, simple, heartwarming and recommended for the entire family.

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Legend of the Guardians - The Owls of Ga'Hoole

This animation film has incredible graphics and amazing detail. However, the construction of the story would have benefited from the same attention.

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Grown Ups

It’s quite remarkable that a film with so many talented actors can be as bad as this.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim has to defeat seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win his dream girl. The film’s universe is a mix of film and video games, and will probably appeal to many video game enthusiasts. However, it’s not really a film for children under the age of 15.

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The Last Airbender

It’s not easy being a young boy with exceptional skills who also has a responsibility to restore peace in the world. Apparently, it’s not easy making it into a good film either.

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Toy Story 3

Woody, Buzz and all their friends are back in a heart-warming film that offers drama, excitement and lots of humour. If you want a cinematic experience that will delight the whole family, "Toy Story 3" comes highly recommended.

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The Karate Kid

Dre has trouble adapting when he and his mother move from Detroit to Beijing. He realises that there is only one thing he can do to gain respect - he must participate in the local Kung Fu competition.

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Shrek Forever After

This time it's Shrek’s ego that creates problems in the fairy-tale kingdom of Far, Far Away. This is a surprisingly good film with a great message that is suitable for children from 6 years and above.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The third film in the immensely popular saga offers drama, suspense and, not least, romance as the story of Bella and her relationship with vampire Edward and werewolf Jake continues. This is a well-made film that will please the fans.

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StreetDance 3D

This film is not much more than a filmed dance contest. But what does that matter, when the dancing and music is so good that you feel like making some dance moves as you leave the cinema?

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Furry Vengeance

Dan Sanders experiences the wrath of the animal kingdom, when he becomes the supervisor of a project that is going to replace a beautiful nature reserve with a large housing development. This is a funny comedy with an eco-friendly message that is recommended for children from 6 to 12 years of age.

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Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang

Nanny McPhee is back in an imaginative comedy perfect for school-age children. This time, Nanny helps Mrs. Green and her children save the family farm.

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Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time

The heroic prince Dastan must save the Persian Empire in this fast-paced, but oh so ordinary action-adventure, suitable for children from 12 years and older.

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Robin Hood

The story of how the legend of Robin Hood was born is an extremely well made, entertaining and intelligent action film, but it lacks that little extra it takes to become a true classic.

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The Last Song

It’s really quite misleading to think that “The Last Song” is supposed to get teenage girls to think that this is the best film they've seen in a long time. This film doesn’t deserve that honour.

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The Runaways

The rebel queens of the legendary girl band “The Runaways” become rock stars as 15-year-olds with all that entails of ups and downs. This is a fresh drama with lots of good music, but as a biography the film lacks depth.

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Clash of the Titans

Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus, must save humanity when the wrath of the gods strikes down. The high level of action makes this a fun adventure, and it is quite easy to forget how mediocre this film really is. Parents should be aware that the film contains a number of frightening scenes.

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How to train your dragon

The Vikings on the island of Berk must constantly fight hordes of dragons. Hiccup, a Viking teenager, does not fit in with the others. He will not slay dragons. This is an exciting and at times very dramatic film suitable for children from 9 years.

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The Princess and the Frog

Disney is back with a new feature-length cartoon. In traditional style this film offers exciting, musical and fun entertainment for the whole family.

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Welcome

This acclaimed and multi-awarded French movie manages in a brilliant way to create sympathy and understanding of the life situation of illegal immigrants. The film is recommended for everybody over the age of 15, and it is perfect for educational purposes.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

This stop-motion animated film is an original and entertaining interpretation of the famous children's book by Roald Dahl. It isn’t a typical family film, and will perhaps have the greatest appeal among adults, but the film is good and is recommended for children from 8 years.

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Where the Wild Things are

When problems become too big, Max flees into a fantasy land, but it’s not easy to create happiness there either. This film has great depth, and gives excellent insight into a child’s psychology.

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Moon

Three years alone on a lunar base has led Sam Bell to the brink of madness, and strange events causes him to question his own identity. Sam Rockwell is impressive in the lead role, but the film does not succeed in revealing its surprises in a good way.

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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

The young and ambitious Flint Lockwood invents a machine that make it rain food, but when the machine runs wild, he must save the world from a storm of giant meatballs. This is an entertaining film that is recommended for children from 7 years.

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Alice in Wonderland

When Alice falls down a hole and enters Wonderland, a journey starts that will change her destiny forever. This is a great film version of the classic children’s books, but be aware that the movie contains a few scary sequences.

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Planet 51

The life of 16-year-old Lem is turned upside down when the astronaut Chuck lands in his home town on Planet 51. This animation film has a good concept and offers decent entertainment, but the story is full of clichés and poor dialogue.

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Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

Ancient Greek gods are very alive, the hero is young and beautiful, and the assistant is his beautiful and divine friend. The movie is beautifully shot, however, the first film about Percy Jackson isn’t convincing.

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Ponyo

The magical and cute goldfish princess Ponyo longs to be human. This is an imaginative and great film which is recommended for children from 6 years.

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Avatar

This magnificent science-fiction adventure is visually spectacular. Unfortunately, the story is not on the same level. Nevertheless, the film is good entertainment, and it is recommended for children from 12 years of age.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

It´s time for a new chapter in the Twilight-saga, and this time a broken heart causes the drama. This is the autumn’s movie hit for teenage girls, and they most likely won’t leave the cinemas disappointed.

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Fame

The musical from New York High School of the Performing Arts will probably achieve high numbers at the box office, with factors like music, dance, gorgeous boys and girls and big dreams. But the movie won't live forever.

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Up

The 78-year old Carl Fredricksen attaches thousands of balloons to his house and flies to South America to fulfil his lifelong dream. "Up" is a brilliant film, which continues to surprise with exquisite story telling, wonderful humour and fun characters.

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Ben X

"To get people to react, for a change to happen, someone always has to die first" states Ben's mother in the opening scene of this Dutch movie, which tackles important problems like digital bullying and suicide.

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G-Force

A group of specially trained rodents put highly advanced technology into use in their attempt to save the world. It may sound fun, but this is a very poor film, which is full of clichés.

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Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

This is the sixth Harry Potter movie, and gives you top class entertainment and excitement. Even so, parents should be aware that it's quite scary, and that it's not suitable for children under the age of twelve.

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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The third Ice Age movie has more action, more adventure, more relationship trouble (there has to be when Sid is present) and more characters. Even though this means there is less space for the excellent plot and the well-known characters...

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Sam, Mikaela and the Autobots have to save the Earth once again when the evil Decepticons return. This is an entertaining action adventure, but the movie contains many violent scenes and is not suitable for children under twelve.

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17 Again

What would you do if got the chance to live the best years of your life a second time and correct the mistakes you made?

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Bob the Builder: Race to the finish

Bob the Builder is assigned to build Sunflower Valley's new sports stadium, but it soon turns out to be easier said than done. This is a nice and educational movie for the youngest children.

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Fly me to the moon

Did you think Neil Armstrong and his men were alone when they landed on the moon in 1969? In this animation movie three flies, hungry for adventure, accompany them.

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Night at the Museum 2

The former night guard Larry has to sort things our when an evil Egyptian pharaoh teams up with Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon and Al Capone to conquer the world.

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Coraline

Coraline discovers a secret door, and she soon finds herself in an alternative reality where her parents have buttons for eyes and an evil witch rules.

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Star Trek

This is the dramatic story of how Captain Kirk and Spock started their careers on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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Hannah Montana; The Movie

Hannah Montana, the phenomenon from Disney Channel, takes on the big screen in a movie tailor-made for children up to twelve years.

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Hotel for dogs

Siblings Andi and Bruce love dogs, and when they stumble upon an abandoned hotel they get a brilliant idea. How about creating a hotel for homeless dogs? This movie is suitable for the whole family.

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Monsters vs. Aliens

On her wedding day Susan is hit by a meteorite and grows to be over 15 metres tall. Not long after the earth gets attacked by aliens.

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Bedtime Stories

Skeeter the handyman entertains his niece and nephew by telling them bedtime stories. The following day the story becomes reality.

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Bolt

Bolt the superdog is the star of a popular TV show. He is convinced he has superpowers, but in the real world he's just like everyone else.

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Slumdog Millionaire

This is a fast, dramatic and entertaining movie that contains everything a good story should have - love, longing and betrayal, as well as a fascinating view into another culture.

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Inkheart

What would happen if everything you read became reality? Twelve-year old Meggie experiences the adventure of a lifetime when she has to save her mother from barbaric fantasy characters.

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The Spirit

The Spirit is the hero who protects Central City against the evil Octopus. The movie tries to be "crazy" and cool, but the result isn't a good one. This is a weak movie that isn't suitable for children.

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It’s a Free World

Single mum Angie has good intentions when she starts her own company, but a ruthless business, ambitions and shortage of money soon lead to problems. This is a strong movie that is recommended for young people over 15.

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