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Just Ask For Diamond (1988)

An interesting takeoff of private eye films. Colin Dale is not the best of actors as his delivery is somewhat stilted. He's almost laughing at his own jokes before he says them. The plot is interesting though drags in places and I think it would have been better without the older brother. Good support from quite a number of well known British actors.

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The Karate Kid (2010)

A poor remake of the far superior 1984 film starring Ralph Macchio sadly missing from the BA listings.

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King of the Hill (1993)

A great film both heart rending and comical and with a fine performance from Jesse Bradford. This film would have gained 8 stars but for the implausibility of part of the plot wherein the 12 year old Aaron Kurlander is left for months by his wayward father in a hotel room to fend for himself eventually almost starving to death. No way to treat a son even in hard times.

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Kisses (2008)

Shame on you, 'Young Arthur', I thought this was quite a good film. The acting of the two kids was really gritty making them come across as typical products of dysfunctional families. Obviously made on a low budget, the director did well getting the girl and boy to act as well as they did. The boy, especially, appeared as much a handful offset as he did the character he was playing!

Although only next door countrywise, it's not often you come across boy films from Ireland.

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L.I.E. (2001)

A fine movie made all the better because it deals with the controversial subject of man/boy love. Paul Dano and Brian Cox are superb in their respective parts although, of course, the 'nasty' boylover has to die in the end ... [groan]

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Lady in White (1988)

A horror story with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. Great performance from Lukas Haas, as always, and a pretty dramatic ending. At least the killer was correct about one thing, Lukas is "A beautiful boy".

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Last Action Hero (1993)

Although Austin O'Brien isn't the most commonly seen of boy actors, he does excel in 'Last Action Hero'. The whole fantasy set up is marvellously done with lots of cinematic tricks making this picture a gem and an unusual one at that. Schwarzenegger and O'Brien are ably supported by British smoothie, Charles Dance and even a cameo performance from Ian McKellen. Even the way all American films telephone numbers begin with 555 is made a joke. The action and the growing relationship between the fictional hero and the boy are well managed by the director.

A must for any boy film collector's shelf.

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The Last Airbender (2010)

One of those boy films that falls with a thud. Noah Ringer is cute but the American accents don't fit in to the story somehow. The direction is abrupt between scenes and some of the karate prancing about looks almost comical. The sets and special effects are good but the overall acting is hammy - except for Noah of course. It seem M Night Shyamalan has never recovered from his success with 'The Sixth Sense'.

I only bought the DVD because the market stall was selling DVDs 3 for 50p. Thank heavens I did as the DVD extras are disappointing with Noah not even being interviewed. The four points are for him alone ... another boy actor of whom I have not heard.

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The Last Day of Summer (1984)

Good film with the beautiful Graham McGrath. He was a notable British child actor of the 1980s who was also good in 'Lent'.

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The Last Legion (2007)

Okay, it's not historically accurate but then I wouldn't expect that in a sword and hero romp like 'The Last Legion'. The way the story of the boy emperor, Romulus, tied in with the King Arthur legend was neatly done. Thomas Sangster, as always, did a great performance and as long as you went with the flow, as it were, it was an entertaining film. One drawback was the woman warrior played by Aishwarya Rai who looked like she had just stepped out of a beauty parlour. The opening shot of Sangster standing on the shoulder of that gigantic statue was wonderful. The computerised Hadrian's Wall may have looked a bit artificial but then we have no exact records of what the wall looked like in its heyday. If you have to be a bodyguard like Colin Firth then you can't do better than being one to the delectable Thomas Sangster!

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Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

This is one of those movies that would be great even if it wasn't a boy movie! Kare Hedebrant is outstanding as Oskar a role he plays with innocence and charm but still able to put on the character's aggressive side when he wants. The opening scenes in the bedroom where Oskar wanders around in his undies testifies to the Swedish broadmindedness. The scene at the end in the swimming pool is really horrific. What a waste of two nice Swedish boys! I guess you wonder if Oskar is destined to become another run around for Eli, the vampire. I hope not.

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Lauf junge lauf (2013)

A sometimes funny but mostly harrowing film of a young boy on the run in wartime Poland. I never realised twins were playing the same boy even if the character names, Srulik and Jurek, were different. The acting from the brothers is very good and the film keeps up a steady pace with one situation developing after another.

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

I am a big fan of Liam Aiken, too, but in this film his performance is rather muted. The special effects are well done but Liam needed a more animated character than Klaus to show off his acting talent.

The only other Liam film I have on DVD is 'Good Boy!' in which he is very good. I also have 'Road to Perdition' but his part in that was so small as to not warrant attention.

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Lenny the Wonder Dog (2004)

Sammy Kahn, he of the perfect teeth and freckles, plays his way through this film with ease creating a lot of laughs on the way. Such a good looking boy actor is ruined by the baggy clothes he wears but Andy Richter's witty voiceover as the dog compensates. While the credits roll, outtakes are shown and it's funny to see the British actor, Michael Winslow, making Sammy Kahn laugh his lines.

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Let Me In (2010)

Great acting from Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz. Kodi plays Owen with such intensity of acting he could be BA Oscar nominated. As only to be expected from puritan USA, Kodi didn't parade around his bedroom in quite the same stylish undies as his Swedish counterpart. Even when doing his weight lifting he had to wear a T-shirt!

However, the interaction between the vampire girl and Owen was played out wonderfully. The director did wonders getting the atmosphere right between them. The bullies were depicted as typical up to when they have Owen in the pool. For a group of boys to push a kid underwater for three minutes is not bullying it's murder. You still had the nagging worry that Owen was going to end up another 'father' to the girl. It's a true saying that familiarity breeds contempt.

An accomplished film if only lacking slightly the horror of the Swedish 'Let The Right One In'.

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Life During Wartime (2009)

Boy films released on DVD under 'Artificial Eye' are usually of a good standard but not this one. 'Life During Wartime' is definitely in the 'arty farty' category. This could have been an intriguing film of family relationships but never seems to get anywhere. Freckle faced Dylan Riley Snyder is good in his part of Timmy who seems to have paedophiles on the brain. However, the nonsense told him by his mother about never letting a man touch him is amply demonstrated by the ridiculous scene near the end of the film where a man does just that and the boy screams his head off. Also one of those movies that finishes up in the air with no proper ending. With only a trailer for extras there is no interview with Dylan. Boo.

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995)

An excellent version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story. Michael Benz is outstanding as the young lord and Truan Munro puts in a good performance as his American shoeshine friend, Dick. A TV series can always dramatise a book in more depth than a movie. The character of Fauntleroy is, therefore, more demanding on a young actor but Benz rises to the occasion with aplomb. Apparently in the horse riding scene with George Baker, Benz's horse bolted and was only stopped by George galloping after it!

A wonderful production by the BBC and a worthy addition to any boy film shelf.

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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

Freddie Bartholomew was born to act the part of Little Lord Fauntleroy. He does so in this film with posh voiced aplomb. A host of wonderful supporting actors make this version a fine vintage example.

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Little Manhattan (2005)

This is one of those boy movies that never really caught on with me. The usual story of cutesy kids falling in love and a boy whose whole life seems to revolve around this girl. Josh Hutcherson looks too young to be completely taken up with such things and, anyway, boys his age have more boyish problems to worry about. Like getting run over in Manhattan or having his scooter pinched. Josh Hutcherson was also a rare boy actor inasmuch as he wasn't particularly good looking being a rather chubby plain-jane. Of far greater beauty but unjustly relegated to a minor role was Anthony Laflamme who played his karate opponent, Tim Staples. Here was an example of gross casting injustice when Laflamme should have had the main part then the girl would have had REAL boy beauty to send her little heart a-fluttering.

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The Little Prince (1974)

A mediocre film with outrageous singing by Richard Kiley who is not helped by the poor songs in the first place. However, Steven Warner gives an enchanting performance as the Little Prince. The DVD, though not recommended for the devotee of the boy actor's shelf, also lacks any extras. It's main importance is the fact it seems to be the only boy film that Steven Warner starred in.

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