Top Picks for Family Flicks

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The holiday season provides a great chance to get the whole family together to go to the movies. Look at our list of suggestions:

"Rise of the Guardians"

Rating: PG

What it's about: What happens when Santa, the Easter Bunny and Jack Frost team up to take down a bad guy named Pitch, who wants to steal children's dream? The movie is done with computer-generated animation and features the voices of actors your parents probably know, including Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Rating: PG-13

What it's about: This is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's story of a nervous hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who must go on an epic quest with a bunch of dwarves and Gandalf the Grey to recapture Lonely Mountain. For many readers, this book served as the introduction to Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It should be full of magic, but its length (21/2 hours) and its rating (PG-13) means it's for older kids.

"Monsters, Inc. 3D"

Rating: G

What it's about: Yes, this is a movie you have probably seen on DVD, but the adorable story of what monsters actually do when they're not scaring little kids is a classic worthy of a family trip to the theater.

"Parental Guidance"

Rating: PG

When it comes out: Dec. 25.

What it's about: When grandparents take on the long-term job of babysitting their grandchildren, they discover that parenting has changed a lot. This comedy is likely to be funny in different places for kids, parents and grandparents.

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