THE GOONIES
1985, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

Sean Astin, Ke Huy Quan, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman embark on a daring adventure that somehow weaves dirt bikes, bank robbers, pirate maps, James Bond-esque gadgetry, Joe Pantoliano and a super-powered mutant named Sloth into a fantastically fast-paced movie! The screenplay by Chris Columbus (GREMLINS), based on Steven Spielberg’s story, does not talk down to kids.


UP
2009, Walt Disney Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Pete Docter

Rather than get shipped off to a retirement home, Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) attaches balloons to his house and takes to the skies. He’d promised his late wife that someday he would follow in the footsteps of their favorite explorer, and so winds up in South America - but with a young stowaway aboard. Together the pair encounters a rare bird, a talking dog and the famed explorer - whose ambitions wind up threatening them all. An Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, this Pixar hit offers more than enough humor, action and heart to delight audiences young and old.


CLIFFHANGER
1993, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: Renny Harlin

Mountaineer Gabe Walker (Sylvester Stallone) is asked to return to the 4,000-foot abyss where he lost his friend a year earlier, this time to rescue a group of so-called stranded people. When it turns out that these climbers in crisis are actually looking for three cases of copious cash, Gabe becomes their guide. With John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner.


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