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Hardflip

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Living with his overburdened single mom, teenager Caleb Jones uses skateboarding as the outlet for his anger and his dreams in this earnest drama. When his mother’s illness transforms his situation, Caleb decides to seek out his long-absent father. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)

Year Released: 2012

Rated: PG-13

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Thor

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In this Marvel Comics-inspired action flick, thunder god Thor finds himself banished by his father, Odin, and forced to live among humans on Earth to learn humility. Can Thor regain his powers and return home? (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★ (3/5) (NK)

Year Released: 2011

Rated: PG-13

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Dadnapped

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After planning for some long-overdue one-on-one bonding time with her father, Neal (George Newbern), a best-selling author of novels featuring teen spy Trip Zoome (Jonathan Keltz), young Melissa (Emily Osment) finds her plans thwarted when kidnappers snatch away her dad. Now Melissa and some of her father’s biggest fans must think like the fictional Trip and rescue her imperiled pop. Paul Hoen directs this family-friendly adventure. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★ (1/5)

Year Released: 2009

Rated: TV-G

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Official website: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/originalmovies/dadnapped/

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Knockout

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This action-packed family film stars Steve Austin as Dan Barnes, a former pro boxer who retired after growing weary of his violent existence. Now a school janitor, Dan tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller (Daniel Magder), who is being targeted by bullies. While Matthew learns how to box and stand up to his tormenters, one of whom is the school boxing champ, Dan’s newfound role as a teacher helps him come to terms with his tumultuous past. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★ (2/5)

Year Released: 2011

Rated: PG

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Saints and Soldiers

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Based on actual events, Saints and Soldiers tells the gripping story of a small band of Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines with information that could save thousands of American lives. Outgunned and ill-equipped, they battle a frigid wilderness and roving German troops in order to smuggle the critical intelligence back to Allied territory. Stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne, Lawrence Bagby and Peter Holden. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★★ (4/5) (NK)

Year Released: 2003

Rated: PG-13

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Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure

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Strangely, although the director and cast are basically the same, we found this movie to be a step down in quality from Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (which we had enjoyed). Everything just seemed a little worse… the acting, the script, the props, etc. Our kids still really enjoyed it, and didn’t seem bothered by anything. If you haven’t seen the first Mandie movie yet, I’d recommend watching that one instead. If your kids like the first one, they’ll like this one too.

Plot:

Living on the 19th-century American frontier, Amanda Waters (Lexi Johnson) reunites with her beloved mother (Hayley Mills) as a teen, after many years of separation. Soon after, mother and daughter are drawn into an old family drama. In a saga that involves lost treasure and a map that could guide them to it, Mandie and mom set off on a fateful rail journey in this second film based on Lois Gladys Leppard’s beloved series of children’s books. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★ (1/5)

Year Released: 2010

Rated: G

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The Count of Monte Cristo

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In this beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic Alexandre Dumas story. Edmond Dantés’s (Jim Caviezel) life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) are shattered when his best friend, Fernand (Guy Pearce), deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate (Richard Harris) and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★ (3/5)

Year Released: 2002

Rated: PG-13

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River’s End

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When 17-year-old Clay (Sam Huntington), grandson of Sheriff Buster Watkins (Barry Corbin), goes into a downward spiral after his father’s death — making trouble at school and committing petty crimes — the lawman decides it’s time for some tough love. Given the option of jail time or a 60-mile wilderness trek, Clay chooses the latter but may come to regret it when he encounters more than a few surprises along the way. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★ (2/5)

Year Released: 2007

Rated: NR

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Miracle at Sage Creek

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This movie portrays racism toward Native Americans in the old “wild west”. This was a good middle-of-the-road movie for us. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was good. We enjoyed it. There was some coarse language (no profanity), and some shooting, but is a very clean movie. We were worried that it was going to delve too deep into Native American mysticism toward the end, but it stayed on a track that was compatible with our Christian faith in a God who heals.

Plot:

Sometimes, the most wondrous miracles occur when you least expect them. A solid cast headlines this heartwarming, redemptive tale of two families that struggle to overcome prejudice and tragedy in 1888 Wyoming. Their efforts seem futile until the special titular Christmas miracle saves the life of a small boy. Rance Howard, David Carradine, Billy Drago, Wes Studi and Martin Kove star. James Intveld directs. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★ (2/5)

Year Released: 2005

Rated: PG

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Lord of the Rings

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When people ask me, “what is your favorite movie?” Lord of the Rings is always near the top of the list.

This includes all three films in the trilogy:

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This trilogy was a ground-breaking and record-breaking movie-making feat for humankind in a variety of ways. While it came just barely on the cusp of digital technology (we’ve come a long way since then), the quality and effects were incredible. A massive amount of money was spent on these movies, and it showed. We’ve combined the epic writing of J. R. R. Tolkien, with the most epic movie making that had ever been done at the time. The result is a masterpiece.

In the Christian community, there is some debate over the value of LOTR, as it contains a lot of magic and fantasy type of stuff… and is not-so-much a Christian allegory (compared to say the Chronicles of Narnia). Nevertheless, it clearly portrays a battle between good and evil, and I believe the discerning Christian can draw many applicable lessons from these movies.

It’s too mature for young kids (including some serious violence), but we’re looking forward to ours being old enough for us to take them on this journey. It’s rated PG-13, and we’re thinking 13 might be an appropriate age (we’ll evaluate the kids on a case-by-case basis).

Plot:

The Fellowship of the Ring

From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, director Peter Jackson has created a world that surpasses the expectations of J.R.R. Tolkien purists as Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron. The movie — which nabbed 13 Oscar nominations — is superbly cast with actors such as Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), and stays remarkably true to the book. (From Netflix)

Our Overall Good Clean Movies Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)

Year Released: 2001-2003

Rated: PG-13

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