In our weekly feature we highlight three good movies for the entire tribe, now available for streaming.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Based on the ever popular Nickelodeon tv series "Dora the Explorer," this well-reviewed and successful 2019 feature follows the adventures of teenager Dora (Isabela Moner), who's transplanted to Los Angeles while her explorer parents continue to seek the lost Inca city of gold Parapata.
Kidnapped, though, by mercenaries, Dora and her cousin and teen friends find themselves back in the jungle. They manage to escape but are compelled to seek out Dora's missing parents and see if the legend of Parapata is actually true.
Bolstered by a great performance from Moner and lots of thrilling action-adventure, "Dora's" an update that not only does justice to the source material, but in many ways surpasses it.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The sequel to "The Lego Movie" finds eternal optimist Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) having trouble convincing his fellow citizens in what's now called Apocalypseburg (after a Duplo alien invasion) that "everything can still be awesome."
Things are further complicated when Emmet's friends are taken and transported to the "Systar System." Teaming with new guy Rex Dangervest (also voiced by Chris Pratt), our hero embarks on a dangerous mission to save his friends, sabotage the wedding of Systar's Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish) to Batman, and restore order to the universe.
There's a few more curveballs and surprises, though, in store, on the way to what will hopefully be a peace between all legos in the end.
While the film didn't quite nab the box office numbers of previous "Lego" movies, or their critical acclaim, it still ended up in the green and it's a fun entertainment where things are still pretty awesome.
Followed up by no less than five more "Despicable" movies, the animated franchise kicked off in 2010 with this tale about a supposed villain named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) who decides to adopt three young orphan girls in a ruse to sneak past his nemesis and obtain a ray gun that will allow him to shrink the moon.
However, he slowly becomes attached to the girls, and beyond the moon eventually growing back to its normal size, Gru experiences a change of heart – one also that affects his band of iconic yellow minions (the subject of two sequels themselves).
It's all silly animated fun from studio Illumination Entertainment and ready to provide laughs and smiles for all ages.