THE MONSTER SQUAD
1987, Lionsgate, 82 min, USA, Dir: Fred Dekker

Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The only souls daring enough to stand in their way? Our heroes, the Monster Squad! With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s Monster) and Duncan Regehr (as Dracula).


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.


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