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Movies - Feb 14, 2018

Eight awesome family-film classics to watch with your kids

Share the movies you grew up on with a whole new generation

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like everything was better when you were a child? TV shows, music and, of course, movies. So why not share some of those amazing vintage films with the kids in your life now? Here are eight must-see picks for your next family movie night.

1. The Black Stallion

Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel – about the unbreakable bond that develops between a shipwrecked boy (Kelly Reno) and his lone companion on a deserted island, a wild Arabian horse – is beautifully brought to life in this 1979 drama from producer Francis Ford Coppola.

Available on Rogers On Demand.

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Nominated for nine Academy Awards® and named the 24th Greatest Film of All Time by the American Film Institute, director Steven Spielberg’s heart-tugging sci-fi classic follows a gentle little alien stranded on Earth, who’s befriended by a group of children (Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton and a pint-sized Drew Barrymore).

Available on Rogers On Demand.

3. The Goonies

A group of plucky, determined kids (including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton) find a tattered map and embark on an exciting booby-trap-laden quest to track down a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure in this 1985 Indiana Jones-esque adventure-comedy.

4. Labyrinth

Director Jim Henson and executive-producer George Lucas combine their considerable talents for this wildly inventive 1986 fantasy film the follows a teenaged girl (Jennifer Connelly) on an adventure to a magical land to save her baby brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Available on Rogers On Demand.

5. Mary Poppins

With a sequel coming to theatres in December 2018, now is the “practically perfect” time to revisit this marvelously magical musical – which earned five Oscars® – about everyone’s favourite nanny (Mary Poppins), who floats into the lives of the stuffy Banks family in 1910 London.

Available on Rogers On Demand.

6. The Muppet Movie

This charming and funny 1979 musical-comedy boasting a slew cameos from A-list celebrities of the day (including Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Mel Brooks) is the Muppets’ origin story, as Kermit sets out on a cross-country road trip – joined along the way by Fozzie, Miss Piggy and Gonzo – from Florida to Hollywood.

Available on Rogers On Demand.

7. The Princess Bride

Before she was House of Cards’ ruthless Claire Underwood, Robin Wright was Buttercup, the ethereal titular heroine – embroiled in adventure with a knave (Mandy Patinkin), a wrestler (Andre the Giant), a criminal (Wallace Shawn) and a masked hero (Cary Elwes) – in director Rob Reiner’s hilarious and heartfelt comedic fairy tale.

8. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Before you introduce your kids to Rey, Jyn, Anakin or any of the more-recent entries into this storied film franchise, go back to where it all began: this iconic 1977 out-of-this-world epic, the first film in the original trilogy, which finds a ragtag group of rebels (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) looking to destroy the Death Star and thwart Darth Vader.

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