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Michael (2011)

A powerful and dramatic movie that makes you feel uneasy due to its emotive and controversial theme. I would have given it a higher rating had it dealt with paedophilia in an understanding way instead of portraying Michael as a pretty cold character. It also loses out on the DVD's poor extras which consists of only an interview with the director and not a much needed interview with David Rauchenberger.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Midnight Special (2015)

I saw this film on television and didn't think much of it. Jaeden's actual acting requirement was minimal and not very demanding. There was no back story as to who he actually was and how he got from one dimension to another, just lots of violence.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 4 / 10
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The Mighty Celt (2005)

You could say this was simply a run-of-the-mill movie about a boy and his racing dog. In reality it is, but there are some heart warming moments mixed with a smattering of violence. Thank heavens for subtitles is all I can say so that I was able to decipher the broad Irish accents. Tyrone McKenna, who apparently isn't even listed on BA, plays his part well and the whole film is set among the Irish troubles and against the sweeping Irish countryside. Possibly the characters are a bit cardboard with the boy accepting 'O' - what name is that? - (Robert Carlyle) rather quickly as his long lost father with no questions asked. The kennel owner, Good Joe, a real baddy with no redeeming features. But it's light and fluffy so I can forgive the fact Tyrone isn't even interviewed directly on the DVD extras. Interesting to note that when the father engages his son in some friendly talk the boy asks if he's a 'bum bandit'. What a sign of the times!

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Mighty Ducks (1992)

A typical Disney film run to a typical clockwork formula - the underdogs rising up to win in the dying seconds of the game. A game which is farcical to watch and, unfortunately, has the boys grossly overdressed. I agree the boys were cute BUT mainly on the Hawks team! Aaron Schwartz and Joshua Jackson stood out among the plain-janes and fatties. A poor film all round with a stone faced Emilio Estevez obviously not enjoying his part as the coach. Not a patch on the other losers-win-through, much funnier film 'Air Bud' with Kevin Zegers. The kids wore better gear, too, even if we had to put up with the damned dog.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

A film that rests too much on sheer weirdness and special effects while the storyline comes a poor second. Asa Butterfield's American accent seemed unreal as though he had been dubbed by an older actor. A plot with great potential wasted.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Mitt liv som hund (1985)

A Swedish classic with outstanding performance from Anton Glanzelius.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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A Monster Calls (2016)

If you want cheering up this is definitely not the movie for you. A dying mother, missing father, overbearing grandmother, weather that is either dull or never stops raining and bullying at school all combine to make poor Conor O'Malley's life just short of hell. Lewis MacDougall acts his socks off in this film showing all the painful emotions of a boy growing up and beset with these problems. If that isn't enough, a huge monster in the shape of a Yew tree with a very destructive bent blunders into his life. Words of wisdom fall like leaves from this monster while Conor has to face up to the terrible events going on around him. Great acting from Lewis, great photography too but a ray of sunshine provided by his father arriving from America penetrates the gloom of the story.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Morte a Venezia (1971)

A wonderfully shot film with superb period detail and directed by Visconti at a leisurely pace. This is a classic boy film which should repose on the DVD shelf of any worthy collector. Bjorn Andresen is of course outstandingly beautiful most notably in the scenes where he's parading around the beach in his swimwear. I kept wondering when Dirk Bogarde's Aschenbach, the silly old coot, was going to say something to Tadzio. Let's face it, the boy was doing enough to give Aschenbach more than a nod and a wink! A lot of people complain of the film's slow pace but it didn't bother me. Apart from the two main actors, the other highlight of the film was when the singing quartet saunter among the hotel guests and serenade Tadzio who looks most elegant in his uniform. A fine film.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Mostly Ghostly (2008)

Not one of the best boy movies.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Motorama (1991)

BOY ACTOR OSCAR RATING. A film both comical and dark, full of weird characters all encountered by 10 year old Gus driving a car across a mythical United States. Gus is looking to collect cards from gas stations to make up the word Motorama and so win himself a million dollar prize. The whole film rests upon the shoulders of a relatively unknown boy actor, Jordan Christopher Michael. He rises to the occasion with great merit giving a cinematic performance worthy of a BA Oscar. His portrayal of Gus is simply marvellous allowing the character to experience all sorts of situations and make that portrayal believable. It is a great shame there are no DVD extras which meant no interview with this elusive boy actor.

Apart from this film I have only seen Jordan appear in a bit part in one of the 'Saved By The Bell' episodes.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

A light hearted romp with Mr Bean whose films I would normally avoid. However, on this occasion, Max Baldry was present and, despite Mr Bean's sometimes over-the-top face pulling, this was still a pleasant film to watch. Baldry was bouyant and engaging in his part as Stepan the boy who becomes lost from his father due to Mr Bean's dithering. Rowan Atkinson keeps up the funny moments and the scene where he holds the boy while miming to an operatic aria is most notable. The film is then nicely rounded off with a beach scene set to Charles Trenet's classic 'La Mer'.

I wonder if Max Baldry got the part because he comes from Russia originally and could speak the language?

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

A good performance from Zack Mills as the young boy helping to run a magical toy store. I liked his relationship with the accountant (Jason Bateman) who ends up playing games in the boy's bedroom. Light hearted fluff that makes an easy watch.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

Nice acting from Bill Switzer and Richard de Klerk as the dying boy with cancer. How did David Bowie get involved with this? A film of sad emotion combined with a bit of the supernatural.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Mud (2012)

A fine film with some good acting and good photography. As with most American teen boy movies, there has to be girl characters though in 'Mud' they were thankfully inconsequential. Tye Sheridan's acting was good but not good enough to warrant a BA Oscar nomination. He delivered his lines okay but possibly more facial expression might not have come amiss.

Had I been Mud I couldn't think of two better persons to come to my assistance on the island. Definitely most welcome. At least there was a featurette on its DVD when both Tye and Jacob Lofland were interviewed.

Yes, teenage boys can be caring.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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La Mugrosita (1982)

It is rare to see a boy film from Mexico and a musical one at that. This is a charming film in its own right even though my DVD has no subtitles so I had to guess at the plot as it went along. Pedrito Fernandez is wonderful as the poor boy who, every now and then, bursts into typical Mexican songs to woo his girlfriend. A pleasant film with amusing, humorous situations between the two rival gangs. Possibly a bit too much musical background on the soundtrack sometimes but overall 'La Mugrosita' is well worth watching.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Mummy Returns (2001)

Another of these good adventure films only this sequel to 'The Mummy' has Freddie Boath to entertain us. Boath is a relatively unknown cute moppet of a boy actor who bounces around the screen, playing his part as Rick O'Connell's son with ease. A good romp and wonderfully watchable.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

A delightful combination of the Muppets and Kevin Bishop as Jack Hawkins in a classic story ... what more could you want? Kevin plays his part with gusto in a film with plenty of laughs and good musical numbers. Trouble is Hawkins never goes for a swim.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Mystic River (2003)

Another semi-boy film in which boys play men in their childhoods. Even Clark and Murphy only had minor parts. Good thriller with fine performance from Sean Penn but as this is primarily an adult acted film it cannot be awarded more than half the stars, that is 5 .

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens (2008)

Oh dear. How not to make a kiddy film is all here in this Canadian production. The whole thing is directed and, to a certain extent, acted amateurishly and makes you appreciate boy films done by a competent director. While the acting is passable, the film scenes are disjointed and the viewer isn't always able to follow who all the characters are. The special effects are mostly laughable.

I give it 3 stars but that's only because cute Dalton Mugridge is in it. This is a boy film to avoid.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed Star 3 / 10
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Nanhe Jaisalmer (2007)

This is a bright, cheerful film with lots of Indian music in it and a young boy who is almost too good to be true. Interestingly, it deals with the friendship formed between a boy and the adult male superstar he adores. Their relationship is treated with great humour and affection, something you wouldn't see in a British or American movie! It is also interesting inasmuch as not many Indian films get onto DVD. There are plenty of DVD extras, too, though without subtitles unfortunately.

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