In Love & War (2001)

After a mission has gone wrong, British solider Eric Newby (Callum Blue) is captured in WWII Italy.  When Italy is about to be liberated, he and his fellow captives are set to be moved but he injures his ankle and is left behind. He is then taken under the wing of the Italian citizens who hide him. Their kindness and courage in helping him changes his life, as does the love of a lovely Italian girl.

Based on a true story.

1hr. 38min.

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Selfish Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) has it all, but when he fires his advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) she takes her revenge. Through a complicated turn of events, instead of being poisoned, Kuzco is turned into a llama and found miles away from his palace by a pesant named Pacha (John Goodman). The two form an unlikely alliance, as they make their way back to the city.  Along the way they must overcome the elements and each other.

1hr. 17min.

Follow the Stars Home (2001)

Dianne (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is swept off her feet by suave Mark (Eric Close) but their marital bliss is cut short when they find out the baby they are expecting is going to have major health issues.  Mark leaves Dianne to have the baby on her own.  Dianne is assisted by her mother and David (Campbell Scott) in raising her daughter Julia.  She also finds an unexpected friend in young Amy (Alexa Vega) who is the only one able to communicate with Julia.

This poignant drama has a lot to say about love, forgiveness and what truly makes a family.

1hr. 43min.

UP (2009)

Carl Fredrickson has lived a full life and now doesn’t seem to have much to look forward to after the sudden death of his wife and childhood sweetheart Ellie.  But he soon realizes he might have one more adventure in him, when contractors decide that they will take his house from him.

Rather than let unscrupulous developers bulldoze his house, he attaches hundreds of balloons to it and sails away.  His plan is to get it to Paradise Falls in South America, where he and Ellie had wanted to go to since they were children.  It’s smooth sailing until he realizes he has an accidental stowaway; the Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

1hr. 36min.

WALL-E (2008)

In the future, Earth has been overrun with garbage, so humans have fled the world on giant spaceships and left behind Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth class or Wall-E to clean it all up.  After years, only one Wall-E is left continuing his job, while also entertaining himself with what he finds.  Soon after he finds a plant growing, a ship deploys an EVE probe and it’s love-at-first-sight (for Wall-E anyway).  Just as she’s warming up to his quirky ways, Wall-E shows her the plant and everything changes.

Winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Wall-E was also nominated for Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

1hr. 38min.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

All his life Po (Jack Black) knew he was destined to be a Kung Fu master, the only problem is that he’s a Panda.  Not exactly Kung Fu material.  Then he’s chosen by Grand Master Oogway to be the Dragon Warrior and his peaceful existence as the son of Mr. Ping (a goose) who owns and runs a noodle shop, is forever changed.  Just as he begins his training it is learned that Tai Lung, who once sought to be the Dragon Warrior (and was denied) is on his way to fight him.

1hr. 35min.

Ratatouille (2007)

When young Remy is separated from his family and finds himself alone on the streets of Paris, he (through a series of events) decides to pursue his dream of being a chef.  The only problem is that he’s a rat!  Teaming up with unassuming human Linguini, they make a dynamic duo, taking the cooking world by storm.  This is to the chagrin of Chef Skinner (Ian Holm), who wants to keep from Linguini that he is heir to a famous restaurant, and head food critic Anton Ego (award winning actor Peter O’Toole) who doesn’t believe the motto that “anyone can cook”.

The film was winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

1hr. 51min.

August Rush (2007)

A modern retelling of Oliver Twist, this story follows young Evan (Freddie Highmore) as he searches for his parents in the streets of NYC.  Along the way he encounters the enigmatic “Wizard” (Robin Williams) who is the leader of a group of kids who are street musicians.  When Wizard realizes Evans’ musical gifts, he is eager to make a profit, but through a run in with the police they are separated.  Evan finds his way to a mission that takes him in.  When they too discover his gifts they decide they must be shared, much to Evan’s delight who feels that this way his parents will be able to find him.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell co star in this touching and uplifting film.

1hr. 53min.

Enchanted (2007)

Animated Giselle (Amy Adams) is following the “fairytale formula”, of meeting a prince (James Marsden) and getting married the next day, when his stepmother Narissa (Susan Sarandon) sends her to a place “where there are no happy endings”; the human world of NYC.  There she meets divorce attorney Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan.  While she learns about the problems of the real world, Giselle teaches them that sometimes ‘happily ever afters’ do happen.

Three of the songs were nominated for the Academy Award.

1hr. 47min.