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Last updated September 29, 2022

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The Measure of a Man

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

During the Depression, teenage Donald leaves home and sets out to make his mark on the world. Forty years later, during the final moments of his battle with cancer, Donald's daughter Elizabeth recalls pivotal moments in her courageous father's life.
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Angel Dog

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Jake has to learn how to live again after he loses his family in an accident. His inspiration to move forward comes from somewhere Jake never would have expected: a lovable pup who was the only survivor of the tragedy.
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Second Chances

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

It's been a dark year for Sunny (Kelsey Mulrooney), a 10-year-old girl who lost her father and the use of her legs in a car accident. But hope shines on Sunny when she and her mother move into the horse ranch next door and the girl befriends a crippled horse named Ginger. Watching over Sunny's journey of healing is the ranch owner, a former rodeo star named Ben Taylor (Tom Amandes). This family-friendly heartwarmer is based on a true story.
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Heidi

1993 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In this lavish version of Johanna Spyri's Swiss Alps tale, the irrepressible, orphaned Heidi wins over her crotchety grandfather and then is whisked away from him to the city, where she becomes the companion of an invalid girl.
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Heidi

1993 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

The orphaned Heidi wins over her crotchety grandfather and then is whisked away from him to the city, where she becomes the companion of an invalid girl named Klara. The girls become fast friends, but Heidi longs to return to the Swiss Alps.
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The Christmas Bunny

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

The holiday spirit warms forlorn hearts in this touching family drama about Julia, a young foster child who finds a wounded rabbit on Christmas Eve and takes it to the Bunny Lady, a lonely woman who runs an animal shelter on her farm.
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Sophie and Sheba

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Growing up at a zoo owned by her family, aspiring ballerina Sophie has always loved animals, but none more than her pet elephant, Sheba. When her parents are forced to sell Sheba to a traveling circus, Sophie joins the show to get the pachyderm back.
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Horse Crazy Too

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

After criminals steal a valuable foal, the animal's owners will lose their ranch unless the young horse is found and returned. So the family's two kids and their teenage babysitter embark on a quest to track down the thieves and recover the pony.
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All I Want for Christmas

1991 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

The only thing that siblings Hallie and Ethan are hoping they get for Christmas is the reconciliation of their divorced parents, and they're convinced that all it will take is getting Mom and Dad in the same room at the same time.
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One Magic Christmas

1985 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

A young mother, disillusioned with Christmas, finds its approach one more pressure to an already stress-filled existence. But her spirit of hope and Christmas is rekindled through a miraculous yuletide experience.
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Hugo

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo's destiny.
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All I Want for Christmas

2007 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When all her son, Jesse, wants for Christmas is a new father, Sarah half-heartedly agrees to go out with several different men. But it looks like a bleak holiday when Jesse warms up to one potential new dad -- and Sarah falls for a different one.
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A Home of Our Own

1993 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Wanting to trade the dangers of 1960s Los Angeles for a simpler life in the country, a widowed mother of six packs up the kids and heads to rural Idaho, where she finds a place for her brood to live in exchange for work.
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Charlotte's Web

2006 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Hollywood A-listers give voice to E.B. White's beloved barnyard characters in this retelling of the classic children's tale. When Wilbur the pig discovers he's destined for the dinner table, kindly spider Charlotte hatches a plan to keep him around.
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Fluke

1995 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

A father headed for a reunion with his family is killed in a car crash and reincarnated as a dog named Fluke in this offbeat adaptation of the seriocomic novel by James Herbert. Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of "Rumbo," and sitcom fans will recognize Comet, the dog from "Full House," as Fluke. This was the first American film for Italian director Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent).
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Heidi

1937 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When young Heidi is orphaned, she's sent to the mountains to live with her stern grandfather and gradually warms his heart with her charm. But on her eighth birthday, she is taken away by her conniving aunt to serve as a disabled girl's companion.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1996 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, this Disney film brings to life the adventures of Quasimodo, Notre Dame's gentle, crippled bell ringer. Rescued by fellow outcast Esmeralda, Quasi soon finds himself battling to save the city he loves.
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Summer Eleven

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this family drama from director Joseph Kell, 11-year-old best friends Lizzie, Jess, Vanessa and Peri share an eventful summer before they head to middle school in the fall. As the girls lean on each other through crises -- including a newfound interest in boys and Jess's parents' divorce -- they help each other begin the journey out of childhood.
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Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Living on the 19th-century American frontier, Amanda Waters (Lexi Johnson) reunites with her beloved mother (Hayley Mills) as a teen, after many years of separation. Soon after, mother and daughter are drawn into an old family drama. In a saga that involves lost treasure and a map that could guide them to it, Mandie and mom set off on a fateful rail journey in this second film based on Lois Gladys Leppard's beloved series of children's books.
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The Black Stallion Returns

1983 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

The Black Stallion Returns, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Farley, continues the magical tale of a young boy, Alec, and his noble horse, Black. A band of thieves have stolen Black, and Alec must race through the Sahara to find him.
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Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Orphaned Kirra lives with her grandfather Gus (Beau Bridges) at his Australian water park, where a baby orca whale washes ashore. Enchanted by the whale, Kirra champions him when the curmudgeonly Gus threatens to get rid of him. Aided by her friends, Kirra races to return Willy to a life of freedom in the open sea. Bindi Irwin, daughter of Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, makes her film debut as Kirra in this charming family film about wildlife preservation.
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Long Road Home

1999 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Upon the death of his widowed mother, 12-year-old Seth is sent to live with his grandparents in rural Utah. While his grandmother welcomes him with open arms, his grumpy grandfather, Murdock, is not looking forward to raising another child.
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Wilderness Love

2000 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Doubting that their divorced parents, Jesse (Jeffrey Nordling) and Susannah (Valerie Bertinelli), will reunite of their own accord, three cunning siblings from Alaska place an ad in a regional personals magazine on behalf of their father. Among the many responses is a letter from "Sarah," whom the kids hope is none other than Susannah. Brittney Irvin, Michael Welch and Emily Tennant play the trio of scheming youngsters in this made-for-TV tale.
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A Cat in Paris

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this Oscar-nominated animated feature, little Zoe discovers that her cat, Dino, moonlights as the companion to Nico, a burglar with a heart of gold. Soon Zoe is drawn into a thriller filled with gangsters, jewels and the rooftops of Paris.
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The 12 Dogs of Christmas

2005 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this heartwarming holiday tale set during the Great Depression, irrepressible 12-year-old Emma sets out to treat her down-and-out community to an inspiring Christmas pageant starring some spirited canines.
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