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As the days get colder and the nights get longer, snuggle up with the whole family with any of these embarrassment free suggestions. Need more ? Check out embarrassment free under TAGS on the left hand side of our blog and you will find the seven previous installments.

Ratatouille---Pixar just seems to keep getting it right. Academy award winner for best animated feature for 2007, this is a story about a French rat who wants to be a chef. As always the animation is brilliant and realistic---but don't let the thought of a rat in a kitchen put you off---this is great fun.

My dog skip---1940 rural Mississippi coming of age story. Sweet but not gaggily (? is this a word) so. Starring Frankie Muniz from Malcolm in the Middle--- I always enjoy this young man's performances.

Sandlot---this 1993 offering spawned a lot of sequels but as is often the case, the original is still the best. Baseball, best friends, beautiful summer days--- but whatever you do, don't hit the ball over the back fence.

Muppets treasure island ---I have always been a big Muppets fan, and this one from 1996 is good and goofy. A retelling of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale complete with all of your favorite muppets and real-life Tim Curry as the villian. Boom-shaka-laka-laka.

While we are on the topic of Robert L Stevenson try the 2005 Masterpiece Theatre/BBC production of Kidnapped. Better for older children-about 10 and up.

Ladyhawke---1985 with a very young Matthew Broderick. Combination romance, adventure and fantasy story that actually stands up fairly well even twenty two years on. With lovely Michelle Pfeiffer and handsome Rutger Hauer as the love interests.

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