Karate Kid DVDBy Brarbara Beitz – Movie Reviews – Thanksgiving conjures up images of family gatherings, football games, and fun.  What better way to enjoy the family than curling up with good family fun movies?

Thankfully, summer’s hits become fall’s best DVD releases. Keep your eyes open for these family favorites, scheduled to be released in November.

Family Fun Movies:

The Karate Kid

When a boy moves into a new home, he must find the strength to face his bullies. Set on location in China, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan star in this heartwarming remake of the classic 1980’s film. Not only is the topic timely, but the resolution is inspiring.

 

Avatar

Even if you saw this blockbuster in the theatre, this groundbreaking sci-fi about life on a futuristic planet is so packed full of excitement and high-tech action, it’s nearly impossible to appreciate its full impact in one sitting. The artistry of this film is stunning and the evocative visual details will hold the attention of the entire family.

 

Toy Story 3

Toy Story is not just for little kids! The voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen help create a fully believable worlds of living toys, including beloved Woody and Buzz Lightyear. There’s a bit of drama and fear in this movie, enough to keep older kids engaged. Woody’s love and loyalty to his boy Andy results in all the toys trying to escape Sunnyside Daycare. An absolute delight!

 

Romona and Beezus

The classic Beverly Cleary book series is beautifully translated in this sweet film about two sisters. The movie stars the very popular teen actress Selena Gomez as Beezus. Joey King plays Romona. The sisterly relationship feels authentic and the antics in the movie will be familiar to Beverly Cleary fans. The movie is plenty sweet without being too sugary. Although appropriate for the entire family, Romona and Beezus is perfect for a girl’s night event.

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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