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Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns
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Fans of the original might have their doubts, but Emily Blunt soars as the magical nanny who returns to give a new generation of Banks children a spoonful of sugar as they try to save their house on Cherry Tree Lane in London. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars in the 2018 film—plus, the amazing Dick Van Dyke returns for a cameo as well. Your furry friend will love these best dog movies to watch with your pooch.

Best for: Ages 6 and up

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures
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This inspiring tale of the little-known contributions from the black female mathematicians who helped send American astronauts into space in the 1960s is boosted by humour. It’s the perfect lead-in for older kids to learn more about racism and sexism, but the film tempers its messages with an ultimately uplifting story of triumph. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer star in this 2016 movie.

Best for: Ages 10 and up

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride
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Actors like Billy Crystal and Mandy Patinkin don’t just chew the scenery – they swallow it whole in this charming and side-splitting 1987 fantasy-comedy. A little blood and some kissing, not to mention the ROUSes (Rodents of Unusual Size), have made this one of the best funny family movies of the last few decades. Plus, it’s got some of the best movie lines you’ll want to say over and over. Have fun storming the castle…and introducing your kids to a classic!

Best for: Ages 8 and up

The Sandlot

The Sandlot
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It’s got baseball, summer love, carnivals, and a massive dog known as “the Beast” who steals a ball signed by Babe Ruth. After watching this 1993 flick set in 1962, kids will want to get out and play, and you’ll be full of nostalgia for the good ol’ days.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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You may never look at your yard (or your neighbour) the same way again, but this zappy 1989 comedy delights anyway. A scientist dad (Rick Moranis) working on a shrinking machine unknowingly shrinks his kids, who then go on a hilarious adventure navigating the giant world around them. It’s one of those funny family movies today’s parents may remember watching when they were kids.

Best for: Ages 6 and up

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
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Take your family on a fun cinematic adventure with this 2019 live-action movie based on the beloved animated character Dora the Explorer. When her parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Peña) are captured in the Peruvian jungle while looking for the hidden city of Parapata, teenage Dora (Isabela Moner), her cousin Diego, and friends must save them.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Some will prefer the 1970s version starring Gene Wilder, but this 2005 Tim Burton reimagining retains the edge of the original story while losing the abundance of creepy menace from the first film. A bubbly performance from Johnny Depp and the goofy songs should hook any viewer.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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Possibly closer to an “adult” movie that kids can enjoy as well, this 1988 cartoon/real-life mash-up is completely unique and practically indescribable. Ever wondered what would happen if Looney Tunes characters were alive in the human world and set in a detective story with shades of noir? Here’s your answer.

Best for: Ages 10 and up

Zombies

Zombies
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This “infectious” Disney musical will appeal to both kids and their parents. When half the town get zombified, a strict policy of segregation is implemented – but years later, the zombies (who act like normal humans, thanks to a digital device called a Z-band that keeps them under control) fight for integration at the local high school. The movie is really about prejudice and accepting others’ differences, but it’s also smartly scripted with enough laughs to draw in the whole family. Bonus: The sequel has werewolves.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

The Goonies

The Goonies
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It’s perfect for kids who wish they could go off on an adventure on their own if only they weren’t, well, kids. In the 1985 film, a ragtag group of youngsters goes looking for a pirate treasure, with crooks hot on their heels. There’s a bit of gunfire, and a dead body, so it’s best for older children.

Best for: Ages 10 and up

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