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Gabriel & Me (2001)

Personally, an interesting film as the pier scenes near the end were shot near where I live. Sean Landless played his part well though some might have found his accent somewhat repetitive. Nicely filmed with Billy Connolly popping up in a boy film - again - just as he did in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', 'Fido' and 'Muppets Treasure Island'.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Le gamin au vélo (2011)

The boy was great but why would a young woman take such an interest in looking after him? Was it me or did this movie just come to an abrupt end?

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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George's Island (1989)

A fairly good film with a host of eccentric characters in it. Nathaniel Moreau was good, of course, but Maury Chaykin, playing the man from Children's Services, was also good. Comical and at times heart rending, 'George's Island' is a pleasant watch but no more than that.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Geppetto (2000)

A fine performance from Seth Adkins in this delightful film. His infectious laugh and overall cuteness mixed with a bit of boyish daring make him an ideal Pinocchio. The songs are passable, though one might not say that about Drew Carey's singing. A good take on the story from a different angle, namely how Geppetto puts up with his little wooden 'son'. A good supporting cast with Brent Spiner playing the villain and Rene Auberjonois as the professor who makes kids to order. I thought Christopher Marquette who played his son did well in his relatively small part. Very brief appearance by Anton Yelchin.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Germania anno zero (1948)

Either I'm used to modern film making or this isn't the 'golden oldie' others believe. The scenes were sketchy and abruptly joined though the DVD I saw wasn't remastered. I understand the director's difficulty in making such a film in such dreadful circumstances but the overall effect was still patchy. Edmund Moeschke was beautiful in his shorts and did a good job considering he was not a professional actor. I must presume he was a German boy from his surname so was he dubbed into Italian? A good storyline but insufficient development of the characters marred the production. I give the film 5 for Edmund.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Getting Even with Dad (1994)

An interesting and funny movie with Macaulay Culkin excellent as the know-all Timmy who busts in on his Dad's crime caper. Good support from Gailard Sartain and Saul Rubinek as the bumbling crooks. Lots of laughs with the occasional heartwarming relationship between father and son.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Gladiator (2000)

A sweeping, glorious movie with gore and blood which one would expect from its title but lots of emotion and adventure as well. Spencer Treat Clark is fine, too, when he's on the screen. He doesn't have that big a part as the Emperor's son. I was half expecting 'Gladiator' not to be listed as it barely counts as a boy film but I'm glad it had been included.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Go Fish (2014)

Just watched this short film on YouTube, very moving yet sad.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Good Boy! (2003)

Liam Aiken is charming as Owen the boy who befriends the know-all dog from another planet. Obviously appealing to doggy lovers the film does, at least, get away from the usual sentimental schmaltz of so many boy/dog films. This one injects humour into its canine stars and this, coupled with Liam's great acting, saves the day as it were.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Nobody reviewed this boy film classic? It is a tender story if possibly a little sentimental for today's taste. A teacher inviting boys in for tea and cake might be regarded as suspect but this was the days when such stupid attitudes, fortunately, didn't exist. Robert Donat is wonderfully aged as Mr Chipping and Terry Kilburn is the perfect cheeky schoolboy of those times.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998)

A touching and engaging made for TV film with wonderful performances from Nick Robinson as young Willie Beech and John Thaw as the grouchy old man. In those days you had a boy foisted on you whether you wanted one or not! It was good to see the developing relationship between man and boy handled well although the plot had its dark side. Thomas Orange was good in the supporting role as Willie's friend, Zacharias. Interesting but trivial was the scene supposedly at a London railway station which was, in fact, Loughborough Station on the preserved Great Central Railway.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Great Ghost Rescue (2011)

I had never heard of Toby Hall before this film. It could have been a good storyline but suffered from poor editing and jagged direction. It was difficult to follow all the characters but good to see that Toby was given lots of screen time. No DVD extras - boo.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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La Guerre des tuques (1984)

A pleasant child movie with two gangs of kids fighting it up in the snow.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

A delightful film with Danny Kaye at his best. Joey Walsh was great as the young apprentice and looked good when he stripped down to his braces. The plot flagged a bit during the ballet scenes but there were some famous songs in this film.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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Hansel & Gretel (2002)

Could have been better with a bit of editing of the Sandman scenes. He started to become a bit of a bore after a while. Jacob Smith was good as Hansel. Interesting to note that the cover picture posted above has Jacob Smith to the fore and rightly so, of course. My DVD front cover has no such thing and Jacob isn't even credited although Dakota Fanning is. Well really. Also the DVD has no extras - boo.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Once Daniel Radcliffe put on his glasses he was made for this part. Along with Rupert Grint, as his friend and sidekick, this is a wonderful boy film and must be one of the most famous. However, Tom Felton playing the nasty Draco was also rather noticeable with his attractive blond hair. It would have been good to see him and Harry Potter having a young wizard battle with their wands and magic. A well made film although Radcliffe came under criticism for a somewhat wooden performance. However, I was so enchanted by him I failed to notice.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

Great acting from Anton Yelchin as the boy, Bobby Garfield, befriended by the mysterious lodger (Hopkins). Just who or what the man, Ted, is isn't often very clear. Neither are the shadowy figures wandering around. The story is set in the sixties when the mother's ridiculous reaction to Ted helping the young girl when she has been injured just wouldn't have happened.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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The Hole (2009)

I didn't think much of this movie at all despite Nathan Gamble's presence. The Hole plot had possible potential at first but soon developed into a B horror flick with lots of questions left unanswered. Who was the little ghost girl and just what was supposed to be going on when the older boy finally got to the bottom of the Hole? Nathan must do better though I don't suppose he worried too much when he was passing his nice, big cheque across the bank counter!

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Hoot (2006)

A bright and breezy film in typical American style and complete with a message about animal conservation. In this film we are doubly rewarded by not only Logan Lerman but barefoot Cody Linley as well! The plot is the familiar new-boy-at-school theme who meets interesting mystery boy of Nature and the girl interest (of course!) is provided by the boy's sister (Brie Larson). There are plenty of laughs along with the time worn message of how kids on their own can stand up to and beat the big property developer ... well, at least in films anyway.

The DVD extras are among the most I have ever seen. There is an interesting director and writer's commentary as well as how the film was made and behind the scenes features. Logan seems in awe of long-time actor Robert Wagner.

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

You can't beat Bruce Willis for an all action movie even if the plot does get somewhat convoluted. I thought Jimmy Bennett had a very short part until I realised it was unfortunate Jimmy Pinchak who died at the beginning. Good acting from Jimmy Bennett.

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