Monthly Archives: December 2013

The 2013 Movies4Kids Awards!

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The end of the year is almost nigh, so it’s time for the Movies4Kids 2013 Awards! Movies4Kids are pleased to announce the winners of the best kids and family movies (and performances) shown in the UK during the year… and it was tough to choose as there have been some great ones. Have a look – are your favourite movies award-winners? And if not, comment below and let us know the films for kids and teens that had you laughing, crying and sitting on the edge of your seat in 2013…

(click on each movie’s title for a link to the original Movies4Kids review)

 

BEST MOVIE FAMILY: The Croods

The prehistoric, loveable and very funny Croods kept us laughing throughout their cute movie.

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BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE: Captain America (Chris Evans) in Thor: The Dark World

We don’t want to spoil it too much for those who haven’t seen it, so all we’ll say is look out for Evans’ brief appearance in Thor: The Dark World, as it’s cracking.

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BEST BLOCKBUSTER SEQUEL: Iron Man 3

A vast improvement on Iron Man 2, and funnier than the first movie, Iron Man 3 was so good it made us all hope Robert Downey Jr doesn’t hang up the metal suit for a long time to come.

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BEST PERFORMANCE (grown-up): Matthew McConaughey in Mud

A tough choice to make in a year with great performances from a host of actors and actresses, including Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks and Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell in The Way Way Back, but McConaughey deserves the award for his mesmerising performance as the mysterious fugitive in Mud.

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BEST PERFORMANCE (child): Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas in The Selfish Giant

Both newcomers Chapman and Thomas stunned in this British drama loosely based on the Oscar Wilde short story, so rather than single out one or the other of these two bright young actors, the award deservedly goes to both of them.

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BEST TEEN MOVIE: The Way, Way Back

Because this is really what teen life is like. Embarrassing parents, awkward situations and a summer that turns out quite differently than you imagined.

 

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Let It Go, from Frozen

Sung by the marvellous Idina Menzel and written by Book Of Mormon songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, this is a four-minute slice of Disney magic, a Broadway musical-style song that stays with you long after the movie’s end credits.

 

 

 

 

TURKEY OF THE YEAR: Free Birds

Yes, a movie about turkeys is the obvious choice for Turkey Of The Year, but this animated comedy really deserves the thumbs-down award for lack of laughs, lack of fun, lack of coherence and even lack of holiday spirit. Even the trailer was laugh-free.

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BEST SIDEKICK(S): The Minions from Despicable Me 2

It had to be these pill-shaped yellow guys who stole the show in Despicable Me, delivered all the best sight gags in 2013’s Despicable Me 2 and get their own movie in the summer of 2015. They’re friendly, too…

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BEST SUPERHERO: The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman flexed his muscles once again as X-Men’s Wolverine, but this time got to deliver some fun one liners and kick loads of butt while he was at it.

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BEST PRINCESS: Elsa and Anna in Frozen

Hurrah to Disney for bringing us not one but two kick-ass princesses in their twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella seem like simpering girlies next to these two tough chicks, one who can turn the world to ice, the other who charges up a mountain to save her big sis from herself. Surely no parent would mind their little girl playing with dolls based on these bright and brave belles. (And we’re rather fond of Elsa’s icy thigh-split dress, too – do they come in adult sizes?)

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BEST BADDIE: Loki from Thor: The Dark World

He’s sarcastic, rather handsome and totally evil – just three of the reasons to secretly love Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. And if that wasn’t enough, Hiddleston delighted fans at September’s Comic Con by appearing in character and declaring to the crowd: “Humanity, look how far you’ve fallen!”

 

 

 

And finally, the award for BEST FAMILY MOVIE OF 2013 goes to:

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Christmas TV viewing for the family – sorted!

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Merry Christmas! (and don’t forget to visit next week for the Movies4Kids awards for family films of the year)…

 

SUNDAY 22nd

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PICK OF THE DAY 11.25am ITV2 The Iron Giant

3.25pm BBC2 Nativity!

5.15pm BBC1 Alice In Wonderland

 

 

MONDAY 23rd

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10.05am BBC1 Ella Enchanted

1.40pm BBC1 The Santa Clause

PICK OF THE DAY 4.30pm BBC1 Toy Story

 

 

TUESDAY 24th CHRISTMAS EVE

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1.30pm BBC1 The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe

3.50pm C4 The Grinch

PICK OF THE DAY 5.55pm BBC1 Finding Nemo

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25th CHRISTMAS DAY

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12.30pm BBC1 The Princess And The Frog

3.20pm ITV1 Tangled

3.20pm BBC1 Toy Story 3

PICK OF THE DAY 4.35pm C4 The Muppet Christmas Carol

 

 

THURSDAY 26th BOXING DAY

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PICK OF THE DAY 1.05pm ITV1 Casper

2.25pm BBC1 Alice In Wonderland

4.05pm BBC1 Cars 2

5.15pm C4 The Wizard Of Oz

 

 

FRIDAY 27th

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PICK OF THE DAY 2.35pm BBC1 Enchanted

4.10pm BBC1 Megamind

4.10pm C5 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

 

 

 

The Movies4Kids family Christmas gift list!

There are just 15 shopping days to Christmas, but there’s still time to get some cool gifts for the family. Here are just some of our suggestions:

 

It’s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and if you’ve got a fan in the house they probably already have a toy tardis, sonic screwdriver or talking dalek. But have they got a t-shirt based on one of the Doctor’s iconic costumes? (£16.99 each, forbiddenplanet.com)

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One of the big movies of the Christmas holidays is, of course, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. You could buy a Tolkein fan the book, or the first movie on DVD… or you could get them this plush Gandalf! (£8.99, forbiddenplanet.com). And there’s a scary Gollum, too…

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Or if it’s a Hobbit fan you really, really want to treat this Christmas – how about getting them their very own Hobbit hole home? It’s a snip at $2225, but the make-at-home houses are currently only available in the US at http://hobbitholestore.com

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Movies4Kids’ favourite seasonal movie of the moment is Frozen and since it’s a Disney movie you can be sure there are lots of tie-in toys. Little girls will love the Elsa and Anna dolls while little boys can ask for a cuddly snowman Olaf. Prices from £16.99 for the dolls (there are colour-changing ones for £19.99 and singing ones for £30) and £6.99 for Olaf, www.toysrus.co.uk

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Fans of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movies will be after the latest book in the series written by Jeff Kinney – Hard Luck. It’s currently £ on Amazon, and you can pick up a box set of the previous seven books there, too. www.amazon.co.uk

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Thor fans, meanwhile, can pick up their own Asgaardian hammer, complete with light and sound effects (apparently the hammer head itself is soft, which is probably a good thing since the toy is aimed at kids five and over) for £27.99 at Amazon, but we think younger kids will  be more impressed with the Despicable Me 2 Fart Blaster that lights up and makes realistic fart sounds! From £30, also at Amazon.

 

 

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Of course, there are lots of new DVDs in the shops, too. They’re all reviewed over at Movies4Kids, and here are just some of the ones everyone will be adding to their Christmas lists:

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Happy shopping!!!!