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Wizard of Oz---I am probably one of the few people on the planet that doesn't like this movie, so why would I recommend it? Because it turns up on every list imaginable as a must see children's classic. I will grant you that Judy Garland is amazing, but the rest of the characters just annoy the heck out of me. Watch it anyway, chances are good you will like it.

Karate Kid--- with the release of the new blockbuster starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith's son), why not skip the lineups and revisit the original from 1984. This stands up well and is full of meaningful life lessons without beating you over the head with these meaningful life lessons. We also have KK 2, which is not as good as the original, but still worth a look. Wax on, wax off.

The Yearling---this has been on my radar forever, but I only just saw it for the first time 3 weeks ago. It is a lovely tender story of a boy and the yearling deer he takes under his protection. Features an unbearably handsome 30 year old Gregory Peck as the father. The cinematography is breathtaking, and in fact won an Oscar.

National Velvet---speaking of unbearably beautiful people, 13 year old Elizabeth Taylor takes the lead in this movie about a young girl who prepares a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes (steeple-chasing). Another Oscar winner.

The Court Jester from 1956 with Danny Kaye. This is good old fashioned silly fun- especially the sword fight.

The Kid---one of Charlie Chaplin's silent masterpieces.

Spirited Away---Don't avoid it because of what you think you know about animation from Japan. This is a beautifully crafted movie, and an Oscar winner from 2003. It is seemlessly dubbed into English.

Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit---two of the most lovable animated characters ever attempt to solve the mystery of what plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.


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