Directed by Stephen Daldry. UK. 2000. 12+. 1 hour 50 minutes. Universal. Digital.
While attending his weekly boxing lessons, 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) wanders into a ballet class taught by burned out instructor Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters). Recognizing talent in Billy, the now-invigorated instructor grooms her reluctant pupil for greatness. But as Billy begins to see his own potential and embrace his newfound passion for dance, his coal miner dad (Gary Lewis) voices his dismay. An inspiring and uplifting . . .
Directed by Harold Ramis. US. 1993. 11+. 1 hour 41 minutes. Sony. Digital.
It’s hard to believe that Harold Ramis’ cosmic comic masterpiece turns 25 this year. It seems like only yesterday since it was released. When vain, arrogant and selfish Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray in his greatest role) is dispatched to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, he believes it’s just a simple, one-day assignment and career stepping stone to the big leagues of . . .
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. 1988. 5+. 1 hour 26 minutes. GKids. Digital.
From acclaimed director Hayao Miazaki, comes this popular animated tale concerning a pair of sisters simultaneously coping with a move to a new house and an ailing mother who’s confined to the hospital. Not long after their arrival, the girls begin to explore their new surroundings. While wandering the nearby forest, they make the acquaintance of giant cuddly creature known as Totoro. Memorable and magical, My Neighbor Totoro is . . .
Directed by Lasse Hallestrom. US. 1993. 14+. 1 hour 58 minutes. Paramount. 35mm.
Grocery clerk Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) has his hands full. Since his father’s death, Gilbert’s mother lives in a depressed and reclusive state which leaves him as the family’s sole breadwinner and chief caretaker of his impaired younger brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio). When Becky (Juliette Lewis), a care-free stranger, moves to town, Gilbert falls in love. But will his family struggles overcome his dreams of finding . . .
Directed by David Bowers. UK. 2006. 5+. 1 hour 25 minutes. Fox. Digital.
From the makers of Wallace & Gromit, comes this delightful animated adventure! When he’s accidentally flushed into the sewer, rich rat Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is thrust out of his posh lifestyle and into the rough-and-tumble world of Ratropolis. Now, Roddy must make his way back home with the help of Rita (voiced by Kate Winslet), a street smart scavenger rat. This fun and funny film . . .
Directed by Steve Zaillian. US. 1993. 8+. 1 hour 49 minutes. Paramount. DVD.
Is winning the only thing that matters? That’s the one of the many questions this insightful, charming true-life story asks children and parents. When sportswriter Fred Waitzkin’s (Joe Mantegna) seven-year-old son Josh (Max Pomeranc) shows a rare gift for chess, he encourages his son’s talents. At first, Max learns from a Washington Square Park player named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) but then a renowned chess . . .
Directed by John Hughes. US. 1985. 14+. 1 hour 37 minutes. Universal. Digital.
On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five vastly different high-school students (wrestler Emilio Estevez, prom queen Molly Ringwald, overachiever Anthony Michael Hall, rebel Judd Nelson and outcast Ally Sheedy) must endure a day-long, in-school detention under the supervision of an arrogant assistant principal (Paul Gleason). Although uncaring and mean-spirited to each other at first, the five teens begin to share their stories as the day drags on . . .
Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1982. 6+. 1 hour 55 minutes. Universal. Digital.
What can we say about this blockbuster family favorite that hasn’t already been said? Thirty-five years after its original release, Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming and awe-inspiring tale of a lonely boy (Henry Thomas) who befriends an alien stranded on Earth continues to make audiences laugh, cry and be full of wonder. Bring the whole family and experience E.T. the way it was meant to be seen . . .