For kids - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"The Croods": I get it: An animated movie about uncouth cavemen, starring Nicolas Cage, isn't the most appealing prospect. But this Dreamworks cartoon adventure is quite funny and, at the end, maybe even tear-inducing.
"Despicable Me": Sure, the sequels are nowhere near as good – and boy, are we tired of the minions after three movies and one spin-off of all minions, all the time – but the original "Despicable Me" is actually very funny, visually quirky and quite sweet as well.
"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation": Summer vacation may have come early for kids around the country – but I'm talking about this "Hotel Transylvania" sequel, which is a goofball cruise trip into the Bermuda Triangle. All hail Blobby.
"Hugo": Yes, the guy behind "Goodfellas" and "Casino" made a kids movie – and a very good one at that, a whimsical story about a young Parisian orphan living in a train station who gets embroiled in a mystery involving his dead father and his incredible machines.
"The Incredibles 2": The Parr's are back to save the day in this Pixar superhero sequel, which finds the whole super-powered family still trying to figure out how they can return to the world once bereft of caped crusaders. (Pardon me, non-caped crusaders – because NO CAPES!) (Available until July 29)
"Ralph Breaks the Internet": Everyone's favorite delightful video game villain (sorry, Wario) presses start on another adventure in this Disney sequel, this time trying to save the Sugar Rush arcade game by adventuring into dangerous territory: the internet. God help him ...
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse": I'm just saying that this is quite possibly the greatest superhero movie ever made. With gorgeous and inventive animation that constantly gives your eyes something new to see, a whip-smart script with equally exciting comic book-esque action and a surprisingly strong beating emotional heart, "Spider-Verse" is outstanding.
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory": A timeless kids movie classic with a whimsical sense of wonder, an iconic performance from the late great Gene Wilder, creative candy fun and, of course, the tunnel boat scene's ability to ruin childhoods and inspire nightmares. The remake, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," is also on Netflix now, but nobody needs that. (Available until July 31)
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