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How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

Definitely one for the kids! The kids are all cute as hell though Luke Benward gives a good performance. The film is obviously catering for what kids like namely awful gooey stuff and downright foulness.

The DVD extras are interesting and even the director's commentary involves some of the child actors.

One of these so-so films that just about deserves a place on a BA member's shelf.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Hugo (2011)

From the point of view of breathtaking cinema this film was magnificent; but as the 'Telegraph' critic wrote, it had a 'largely immobile plot'. Asa Butterfield was, of course, heartwarming as Hugo and looks better now he's a little older. We had to put up with the ubiquitous Chloe Grace Moretz who played her part well enough but do any other girl actors get a look-in when she's around? I thought the plot tended to meander and go off track especially with regard to the station inspector who was a complete idiot and didn't come across as all that funny. The set of the station clock was excellent with all it's whirring cogwheels and pendulums. I award my stars for that and Asa's wonderful performance. However, the combination of those cannot overcome this film's lack of coherent plot.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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I Am David (2003)

Another of those films that rests squarely on the shoulders of its main boy actor. Ben Tibber, who plays David, does a decent job though not a performance that would grant him an Oscar! It is a journey film of a boy who escapes from a camp in Bulgaria and makes his way to Denmark. The plot is implausible and Tibber's posh accent implausible as well in the context of the plot but that doesn't mean you can't sit back and enjoy this film. It portrays the enduring spirit of a child in a world that is strange to him. This was Ben Tibber's first big role and he rose to the occasion with merit.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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I Am Gabriel (2012)

Just watched this on YouTube so who is Gavin Casalegno? An extremely good looking boy actor who didn't have to do much in the way of differing facial expressions but starring in a lot of religious nonsense. Nothing was explained on a scientific or biological basis just bland acceptance. The only good thing about 'Heaven', apparently, is that it has some gorgeous looking boy angels.

I give it 5 only because of Gavin Casalegno, the film being a load of superstitious rubbish.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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I Declare War (2012)

This film tried to imitate 'Lord of the Flies' and 'War of the Buttons' but fell short. I mainly rate it from the boy actors performances which were quite good however, it badly needed more action and less talking. Then it lost a point by bringing in a ... girl ... a sure sign the plotline will suffer. It should have had lots more boy extras to make it a real war movie with lots of battle scenes. A notable film in that it was a rare example of child only actors taking part. A good point were the many DVD extras.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Idi i smotri (1985)

A typical Russian movie - dramatic and grim. Florya, the boy partisan, is a demanding part for young Alexei Kravchenko but he gives an outstanding performance. In fact, his face physically ages during the film after all the horrors of war he witnesses. Definitely an actor worthy of an Oscar nomination.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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The Impossible (2012)

I agree the acting of Tom Holland was very good but the film lacked any true sense of the appalling disaster in relation to the many thousands of others who suffered. It concentrated only on one family which, after all, lost no one whereas others lost much more. Had it not been based on a true story I would've thought the plot was too contrived with everything falling neatly into place. An okay film but nothing great.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

An interesting film with a fine performance from Albert Henry Hugh Scardino as the boy with the magic cupboard. A real laugh when things start to get out of control. One film critic said that there were too many close-ups of Hal's face!

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002)

This was a very dramatic movie exposing what lengths corrupt police will go to obtain a confession. It required a high standard of acting from Mark Rendall to which he aspired with great merit.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Io non ho paura (2002)

A marvellous Italian film with the lead boy, Giuseppe Cristiano, looking every inch your typical Italian boy. He plays Michele who finds the kidnapped son of a rich couple in a deep hole in the countryside. The twist in the tale really brings you up with a jolt and you fear, at first, how this will affect the relationship between the two boys. Filmed in the beautiful Italian landscape of cornfields and expansive blue skies it is a delight to watch. The ending might appear a little too 'Hollywoodish' but that doesn't detract too much from the overall plot.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Is Anybody There? (2008)

A good performance from Bill Milner - as always. Unusual storyline but Milner holds his own against the great Michael Caine.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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It (1990)

'It' is unusual in that it features several boy actors in a horror movie with some quite scary moments. I can only give it six as the ending was a complete cop out.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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It (2017)

Having recently acquired the DVD I can say this version is not as good as the original. The kids said their lines at such a machine gun rate they started to sound like speeded up chipmunks. Although I had the subtitles on they went off too quickly for me to read all what was said. The F word was used far too much and sometimes the boys acted like a bunch of pussies so I wasn't surprised Pennywise came to Derry so often. The film's saving grace was that it dealt better with the ending than the original which had a big spider as the monster which was a cop out.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Ivanovo detstvo (1962)

The opening scenes are beautifully shot with Nicolai Burlyayev looking great in his shorts and sun filled surroundings. After that the film drags a little and is only too representative of an innocent child suffering from the banal adult war propaganda and wanting to kill Germans. Good acting from Nicolai.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Jack and the Beanstalk (2009)

An enjoyable watch with Colin Ford playing the part of Jack very well indeed. Nice fairy tale atmosphere even if Gilbert Gottfried's whinging got a trifle wearisome at times.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Jack Frost (1998)

Just made for Christmas with a loving tale of a boy who's father dies and comes back as a snowman. Far fetched? 'Fraid so. Joseph Cross saves the day by giving an engaging performance as the son, Charlie. You have to roll along with the absurd plot but it's a pleasant film nonetheless. The DVD has no extras - boo.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Jack the Bear (1993)

One of those slightly weird movies but some great acting by relatively unknown Robert J Steinmiller. I had hoped Gary Sinise's dark character would be somehow redeemed but not so. I reckon this would be Miko Hughes's first appearance.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Jaws (1975)

'Jaws' a boy movie? Well, I suppose if you stretch a point it could be classed as that. However, this is still only a semi-boy film as it is mainly acted by adults. The film itself is a classic and worthy of 9 stars but, as this is a BOY actors forum, it cannot be awarded more than half the stars at 5. This is one of the classics of cinema though the boy parts are reduced, in one instance, to ending up in hospital with shock and, in another, providing the shark with a tasty meal - poor Jeffrey Voorhees.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Jet Boy (2001)

One of the few films actually dealing with a boy hustler without moralising. Branden Nadon's performance is outstanding and the developing relationship between him and the man, Dylan Walsh, is well handled. The plot is gritty with no punches barred even though the boyloving men are portrayed as dismissive of any affection and coercively brutal.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

Good to see an unknown boy actor, Sam Huntington, getting a chance to strip down to loincloth and take part in an interestiing movie. Huntington is elegantly boyish in the part of Mimi Siku (interpreted to mean 'cats piss'). The film is a good romp with some endearing scenes like when Mimi thinks his father is only obligated to him.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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