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Flicks for Our Families

Three movies we can't wait to see this holiday season.



The Princess and the Frog
Our little girls, who have idolized the blonde, blue-eyed Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, will delight in Disney's first African-American animated princess. The Princess and the Frog--a twist on the classic fairy tale--is set in New Orleans' French Quarter in the 1920s. Beautiful Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) encounters a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. After their fateful kiss--surprise!--Tiana turns into a frog herself. The two travel on a fun adventure through the mystical bayous of New Orleans to find a woman who can undo the spell. Oprah Winfrey provides the voice of Tiana's mother. The musical comedy is in classic Disney hand-drawn animation. In theaters December 11.

The Blind Side
This film tells the remarkable true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless African-American teen from a broken home, who was adopted by the Tuohys, an affluent white family (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw play the parents). Oher works hard in school and on the football team, and he becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. There's a real-life happy ending for Oher, too: He was drafted by the NFL's Baltimore Ravens last spring, and will play for the team this season. We'll be watching! The film is based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis. In theaters November 20.

Precious
Though not about adoption, the movie offers a look at the difficulties a pregnant teenager faces, and her struggle to overcome them. It is not for kids--it's rated R. The film follows Precious (Gabourey Sidibe), a teenage girl in Harlem, who is pregnant with her second child, the product of incest and rape. She can't read or write, and her classmates tease her about her weight. Her mother (Mo'Nique) keeps her imprisoned in her home, and is verbally abusive. But when Precious is accepted into an alternative school, a new teacher helps her take charge of her life. The movie is based on the novel Push, by Sapphire, and won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival. In theaters November 6.

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