Bryan M. Knight, MSW, PhD
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|Movies for Kids|
Some movies can be therapeutic for children. The make-believe of a movie can allow a child to be transported in his or her imagination to a place where such things as loneliness, not-belonging, peer pressure, identity or sexuality questions can be answered.
Who better than a child to review such movies? Enter Avery Frenkel. Twelve going on thirty :-)
"Hi, Iím Avery, the author of the kid report. I love playing video games and of course watching movies. I love swimming, skiing and Karate. I live in Montreal with my sister, my parents and my dog. This is my first time writing about movies that are going to be released to the public and will release my reviews a.s.a.p. Iím going to high school and Iím so excited for the experience."
Starring: Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon Barsinister, Jason Lee as Underdog, Amy Adams as Polly Purebred, Patrick Warburton as Cad.
Underdog is about a regular beagle that gets fired from the bomb squad for not smelling a bomb. A mad scientist takes dogs and does experiments to find the perfect dog and underdog is his next victim. Underdog manages to get away but is hit with chemicals that change him into a super hero. During the whole movie the mad scientist and his sidekick try to dog nap Underdog to recreate his powers in an effort to make the perfect dog.
At the end of the movie Underdog smells a bomb and he ďdefusesĒ it. That teaches you that you can do anything you put your mind to.
This movie is an adventure movie with some romance thrown in. I think that itís appropriate for all ages but thatís my opinion. Yours might be different.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort and Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore.
This movie is the fifth of seven movies based on the novels by J.K.Rowling. The star of the movie Harry Potter fights his mortal enemy Voldemort for the fifth time. Sadly, Voldemort narrowly escapes being caught.
Near the end of the movie Harry, Ron, Hermione and the other fifth year students are writing their O.W.L.S (exams). Ronís brothers barge into the room and start a fireworks show in front of the new teacher and they burn a list of rules that restrict almost everything. That teaches you to stand up for yourself and to believe in what you want to.
If you have seen the other Harry Potter movies or read the books, then you should see this movie. If you get scared very easily donít see this movie because there are scary parts in the flashbacks. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a mystical sort of film with some dueling thrown in and a pinch of romance.
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Alvin and the Chipmunks
Starring: Jason Lee as David "Dave" Seville, David Cross as Ian Hawke, Justin Long as Alvin Seville (voice), Cameron Richardson as Claire Wilson, Matthew Gray Gubler as Simon Seville (voice), Jesse McCartney as Theodore Seville (voice), Jane Lynch as Gail, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. as Alvin (singing voice), Steve Vining as Simon (singing voice) and Janice Karman as Theodore (singing voice).
This movie is about three chipmunks that follow this man home and they get really famous because they have really good singing voices.
Throughout the movie there is a man who is their manager. In the middle he sort of takes the chipmunks away from their dad. The manager makes them think that their dad doesnít like them. At their last show the dad shows up and they try to get to him but the security guards stop him. In the end they get to the dad.
The moral of this movie is not to believe everything someone says.
I rate the movie for ages four to one hundred and four (I went with my four year old friend) but itís really rated PG. If you like music and emotional stories, this movie is for you.
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