If you like Harry Potter
... for its magical elements, try:
Stardust: Based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, this fantasy laces the action (a race to find a fallen star, played in human form by Claire Danes) with a dose of humor. Scene-stealers include Robert De Niro as a pirate on a flying ship. Rated PG-13. Ages 11 and up.
Willow: George Lucas's story features a dwarf who teams up with a hunky swordsman. Their cheer-worthy quest? To save a baby princess from a conniving queen. Rated PG. Ages 9 and up.
If you like Home Alone
... for its slapstick comedy, try:
Big Fat Liar: Frankie Muniz, as a compulsively fibbing teen, and his pal are out for truth (and revenge) after a movie producer steals the boy's class paper to adapt for the screen. Rated PG. Ages 8 and up.
A Night at the Opera: The Marx Brothers hit many a high note as they take on society snobs in this droll black-and-white classic. Not rated. Ages 6 and up.
If you like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
... for its sweet story, try:
Dumbo: The tender animated tale of a little elephant with enormous ears packs a powerful antibullying message. Rated G. Ages 4 and up.
The Gruffalo: A mouse in search of a nut must outsmart predators in this sumptuously animated, Oscar-nominated short film. Rated G. Ages 3 and up.
If you like Indiana Jones
... for its thrilling action and adventure, try:
The Adventures of Tintin: Director Steven Spielberg imaginatively adapts the famous Belgian comic about a globe- hopping boy reporter, filling the screen with animated chase scenes and virtually nonstop action. Rated PG. Ages 8 and up.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad: The pre-CGI special effects in this iconic, thrill-filled swashbuckler were groundbreaking for their time. Favorite scene: Sinbad and a skeleton duel up a spiral staircase. Rated G. Ages 7 and up.