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Five for Families: 'Megamind' shows everyone can do good
Megamind (Will Ferrell) calls for backup in DreamWorks Animation's Megamind. - photo by Whitney Butters Wilde
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

In select theaters: 'Megamind'

Participating Megaplex theaters are offering a Kids Summer Movies series, allowing participants to see family-friendly films at a discounted rate. This weeks film, Megamind, will be shown at various times July 13-16. Parent Previews says about the film: While it may seem strange to find yourself cheering for the villain, the message of this movie seems to be that although a tiger cant change its stripes, even bad people can do some surprisingly good things when given the opportunity. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Redbox: 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

The film, which is an expansion on Judith Viorsts 1972 childrens book, portrays a family who pulls together in the midst of adversity, according to Catholic News Services Joseph McAleer. McAleer cautioned, however, that the film contains relentless physical gags and some potty humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Netflix: '101 Dalmatians'

This live-action film follows the story of the 1960s animated feature about a group of puppies kidnapped by the fashionista Cruella De Vil. Although the film is rated G, Parent Previews notes that parents may want to be cautious when showing it to children due to pervasive slapstick violence. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days'

The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Family-Approved seal for all ages, praising it for featuring themes of honesty, integrity and understanding why others including our parents may become disappointed in us due to our actions. The film is rated PG for some rude humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Prime: 'Hugo'

Common Sense Media said Hugo contains themes of perseverance and overcoming fears and noted that the film is a good fit for middle-grade viewers. The website cautions that some portions may be too sophisticated for younger viewers to follow. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.