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The Secret
rating:3.2

The Secret

1992Runtime:0 minutes
On the surface, it seems as if Mike Dunsmore (Kirk Douglas) has it all. He has a loving family, has built a successful business and is running for political office. But nobody knows his secret: He's dyslexic and illiterate. He would've gone to the grave with this information had he not suspected that his grandson (Brock Peters) shares his problem. But in order to help the child, Mike must reveal his disability to his son (Bruce Boxleitner).

Directed by:

  • Karen Arthur
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Wee Sing: Grandpa's Magical Toys
    rating:3.2

    Wee Sing: Grandpa's Magical Toys

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Join Grandpa and his magical toys for this colorful, Wee Sing musical treat. Peter and his friends spend an adventurous day at Grandpa's, where Peter finds himself reduced to the size of a toy! Filled with upbeat music and cheerful images, the Wee Sing programs are sure to brighten up a dreary day. The program features live action and special effects, and invites children and adults to sing along with more than 20 well-known tunes.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Shadburne
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    You're Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley's Favorite Parties
    rating:3.2

    You're Invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley's Favorite Parties

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Tween twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen picked their three favorite party videos -- "Fashion Party," "Costume Party" and "Campout Party" -- for this collection, which includes plenty of singing, dancing and fun for the whole family. The girls dress up for a real-life runway show, travel back in time to groove to the music of different eras, and go on an outdoor adventure full of hiking, fishing and more.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Daoust
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Super Mario Bros.
    rating:3.2

    Super Mario Bros.

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi (John Leguizamo) are about to be shut down by a shady construction company, and when the firm's henchmen see that Luigi has fallen for a young student named Daisy (Samantha Mathis), they kidnap her -- and take her to another dimension. Vowing to track her down, the boys soon find themselves trapped in a bizarre parallel world ruled by a dinosaur-like despot named King Koopa (Dennis Hopper).

    Directed by:

  • Annabel Jankel
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    A Plumm Summer
    rating:3.2

    A Plumm Summer

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a true story, this family film set in late-1960s Montana tells the tale of the Plumm boys (Owen Pearce and Chris Massoglia), two young brothers from a hardscrabble background who set out to solve the kidnapping of their favorite TV puppet, Froggy Doo. Though the intriguing FBI-caliber search for a missing marionette is great fodder for adventure, equally compelling is the theme of repairing familial rifts as a part of coming of age.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Zelder
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Hero of Color City
    rating:3.2

    The Hero of Color City

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    When they aren't working for the kids at preschool, a lively group of crayons enjoys relaxing in their magical home of Color City. But when a wicked villain threatens to destroy their special world, the crayons must band together and take a stand. Directed by Becky Bristow, this colorful computer-animated adventure features the vocal talents of Craig Ferguson, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Arsenio Hall.

    Directed by:

  • Becky Bristow
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Dr. Dolittle
    rating:3.2

    Dr. Dolittle

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Funnyman Eddie Murphy portrays the titular San Francisco doc who regains his childhood gift for conversing with critters when he hits his head on the windshield of his car. Soon, his new ability leads to a business opportunity. When word spreads throughout the animal kingdom, his clinic turns into a virtual zoo overrun with sheep, horses, birds, rats, dogs and a suicidal tiger -- all suffering from an array of mostly comic maladies.

    Directed by:

  • Betty Thomas
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands
    rating:3.2

    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this special episode of the popular Nickelodeon series, Nat, Alex and the rest of the group enter into a charity-sponsored band competition and find themselves taking on Bobby Lowe and the L.A. Surfers, one of the coolest bands around. If that weren't bad enough, now Nat has learned that the love of his life, Rosalina (Allie DiMeco), is falling for dreamboat Bobby, a situation that Bobby plans to exploit to the fullest for the competition.

    Directed by:

  • Polly Draper
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Christmas Do-Over
    rating:3.1

    Christmas Do-Over

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When jingle writer Kevin (Jay Mohr) travels to a remote town to spend Christmas with his son Ben, ex-wife Jill (Daphne Zuniga) and her parents, he finds himself living the very same Christmas Day over and over again -- giving him a chance to win back his family. But blocking his path to redemption are a pair of ornery ex-in-laws and Jill's seemingly perfect new boyfriend -- not to mention Kevin's own abundant shortcomings.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Cyran
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid
    rating:3.1

    Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Aspiring 9-year-old reporter Roxy Hunter (Aria Wallace) stumbles upon a whale of a story when she encounters a mute young girl (Ashleigh Rains) who seems to come from nowhere. The mystery deepens when Roxy discovers that the girl is actually a mermaid. But before she can write the story of her young career, Roxy must help her new friend get back home. Demetrius Joyette co-stars as Max, Roxy's faithful best friend.

    Directed by:

  • Eleanor Lindo
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    New York Minute
    rating:3.1

    New York Minute

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Twins Jane and Roxy Ryan (Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen) couldn't be more different: Jane is a straight-A student, while Roxy's a punk-rock rebel. But when they accidentally land in the middle of a criminal operation, they'll have to work together to get themselves out of trouble. Throw in a couple of cute guys, a bungling truant officer (Eugene Levy) and a hit man posing as a limo driver, and you've got one madcap New York adventure.

    Directed by:

  • Dennie Gordon
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Sesame Street: Elmo Visits the Doctor
    rating:3.1

    Sesame Street: Elmo Visits the Doctor

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    When upbeat Muppet Elmo comes down with a nasty cold, it's time for his very first trip to the doctor's office -- but the fuzzy red monster needs some reassurance from his friends to get over his fears. This musical journey helps prepare preschoolers for a visit to the pediatrician through catchy songs and animated and live-action segments that cover the basics, including check-ups, medical implements and even proper hygiene.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Saks
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Blue's Clues: Blue Talks
    rating:3.1

    Blue's Clues: Blue Talks

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    The popular "Blue's Clues" series introduces the whimsical joys of puppetry to its young audience and reveals a secret: Blue speaks. But how did that all begin? According to Luna, the Moon Fairy, there's a legend that can explain it all. The night before the first blue moon shone over the land, a blue puppy was born with a gold key that unlocked its gift of language. Includes two episodes: "The Legend of the Blue Puppy" and "Love Day."

    Directed by:

  • Koyalee Chanda
  • Elizabeth Holder
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Frankie and Hazel
    rating:3.1

    Frankie and Hazel

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Girl power turns their families and the city upside down in this warm, fun and witty comedy as 12-year-old best friends Frankie (Mischa Barton) and Hazel (Ingrid Uribe) conspire to make their mark on the local community. One excels at ballet and baseball and battles a sexist coach for a spot on a Little League team, while the other devours politics and decides to run for mayor.

    Directed by:

  • JoBeth Williams
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Jacob Have I Loved
    rating:3.0

    Jacob Have I Loved

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the Newbury Award-winning book by Katherine Paterson, this coming-of-age tale centers on plain 16-year-old Louise Bradshaw (Bridget Fonda), who's been eclipsed all of her life by her beautiful twin sister. In their small fishing community in Chesapeake Bay, Louise dreams of escaping her family's business and discovering her own life. When she begins a friendship with an old sea captain, Louise must reconsider what matters most to her.

    Directed by:

  • Victoria Hochberg
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    'Twas the Night
    rating:3.0

    'Twas the Night

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Tinsel and toys, lights and noise, shopping and cooking and many other colorful distractions often shield the true meaning of the holidays. Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and reflect on their importance through the eyes of children in this collection of musical performances, animated features and more.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Schatz
  • rating:3.0 3.0 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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