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Nanny McPhee (2005)

An amusing story with the great Thomas Sangster as the eldest child. Good performances all round both from the boy and adult actors.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)

This was a so-so sequel that was decidely without a lot of the charm of the original 'Nanny McPhee'. Asa Butterfield was good but was almost acted off the screen by the amusing performance of the oddly named Eros Vlahos as the posh Cyril.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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The Nature of Nicholas (2002)

A rare film dealing with one boy having a crush on another. I assume the two boy actors were having their debuts here. Intriguing and weird with Nicholas ending up having to do all the things he wants to do with his friend, Bobby, as Bobby slowly rots away. Great film and certainly different.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

One of the boy film classics and, like 'The Cure', one of the few starring two boy actors. Both Barret Oliver and Noah Hathaway are excellent in their parts. A real fairy tale type story well told and directed. I often wonder just how Noah coped with the scenes where he's in the Swamp of Sadness having to plough through all that mud and that. Unfortunately, like so many of the better boy films, there are no extras with the DVD.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Neverland (2011)

What a boring TV two-parter this is. Despite Charlie Rowe's best efforts this floundering prequel attempt at 'Peter Pan' is hopelessly mixed up with scenes suddenly cut in as an afterthought while the storyline lurches from one boring note to another. I give it five because of Charlie and the equally attractive Chase Willoughby playing Nibs.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1999)

This seemed to be a remake of the 'Adventures of Pinocchio' starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas. While there were enough laughs and special effects this film lacked the smoothness of the 1996 version. Gabriel Thomson was good in his part but overall there was a shoddiness about this production.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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The Nostalgist (2014)

One of the better sci fi shorts on YouTube. In a violent, oppressive world I can imagine glasses like those becoming popular. The part of the boys is nicely played by Samuel Joslin, whom I hadn't heard of until seeing this film.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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The Nutcracker in 3D (2009)

A film that cannot be faulted on its production values and special effects. They are tremendous and though Elle Fanning takes the lead, she is ably supported by Charlie Rowe looking very princely in his uniform and Aaron Michael Drozin playing her brother, Max. The film, however, has been absolutely panned by the critics. I agree liberties are taken with Tchaikovsky's music but that is to be expected and it still adds great charm to the film. Possibly might have been better if there had been more sugar to the plot and not having it associated with a fascist second half plotline. A beautiful, peaceful country presided over by Charlie Rowe's prince would do me nicely. A great effort but one which lurches between the magical and sometimes downright obscene.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

As everyone has said, CJ Adams was a beautiful choice for the part of this mysterious boy who looked great in his socks. A light fluffy film with a charming storyline not to be taken too seriously.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1997)

An American boy actor playing Oliver Twist? Whatever next! Well, that was news to me but then there weren't any extras on the DVD that might have bestowed that information.

Alex Trench was quite cute as Oliver and even the great Elijah Wood did passably well as the Artful Dodger trying on the Cockney accent and all. Not the best version I agree.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1948)

Allowing for the time of its production, this is a well made version of the famous book. It omits to show Oliver's journey to London but makes up for it with some good location work made easier in 1948. John Howard Davies is very good as the vulnerable Oliver and looks elegant in his nineteenth century better off boy outfit.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Oliver Twist (2005)

A so-so version of this classic story. Barney Clark gives Oliver a bit more ooomph in this film and, together with Harry Eden as Dodger, they make a good combination. Ben Kingsley is not particularly outstanding as Fagin and Bill Sykes isn't menacing enough. Good period detail and backdrops but no boy actor has ever played the Artful Dodger as well as the late Jack Wild. There are good DVD extras although I got the impression Barney Clark was not very engaging as a person but, then, that might just be me.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Oliver Twist (2007)

Another interesting TV adaptation of Dickens book with William Miller giving a performance of a more up-and-at-'em Oliver and somewhat quite intelligent for his age. However, here the Artful Dodger is played by attractive Adam Arnold who is certainly the best looking Dodger I've seen. So many versions reflective of Dickens genius as a storyteller.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Oliver! (1968)

A real classic and a rare musical okay for the boy film collector's shelf. Mark lester is wonderful as Oliver though he is beaten to the Oscar by the even greater performance of Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger. This film has everything though what Charles Dickens would've thought of this 'chocolate box' version of his story I don't know. After all, he wrote it as a condemnation of Victorian hypocrisy and the scandalous treatment of the poor in workhouses at that time.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Once Not Far From Home (2004)

A nicely filmed short though I could've done without the loud, tinkly music. It reminded me a bit of the cartoon 'Up' but there was little depth in the rendering of childhood to old age in this film. In fact, you knew that was the girl's house after many years but no indication they lived there. Could have been better.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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One Hour Photo (2002)

Though not specifically a boy film, you knew from the start there was a screw missing with Robin Williams's character. Dylan Smith played his limited part well enough.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Oorlogswinter (2008)

Found this World War II movie on a market stall. It seems to be an Anglo/Dutch production with Martijn Lakemeier taking the lead part. His performance was really good as Michiel, an adolescent boy trying to do something for the war effort in German occupied Holland. How come these wartime boy film heroes never work for the local Nazi Youth outfit? An interesting scene was where the boy falls into a frozen river and has his life saved by a German soldier. I noted that he did not even have the courtesy to thank the soldier and the rescue was quickly passed over in the film. Ah well, there's no such thing as a good German soldier is there? Fine acting all round with realistic landscapes.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)

A charming movie from the Phillipines with Nathan Lopez excellent as girly-boy, Maximo. In the DVD extras the Gay director, Auraeus Solito, gives a fascinating explanation of how he came to make the film shot entirely in his own home neighbourhood. Charming and down to earth it deals not only with Maximo's relationship with his father and older brothers but their acceptance of his sexuality. Not only that but the film deals with a boy's awakening love for the young policeman. I doubt whether any British or American boy actor would even be allowed to portray such a situation here.

A highly recommended film and a credit to its director.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Pan (2015)

A reasonable film with fine acting from Levi Miller but he is, unfortunately, overshadowed by the much greater Jeremy Sumpter's performance in the 2003 version.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Pay It Forward (2000)

In a decent world the idea behind 'Pay It Forward' would flourish unfortunately we haven't reached that stage yet. A so-so film with Haley great as always but the ending was rather a tear jerker and a bit too sloppy. What we Brits would call typical American schmaltz.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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