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7 Family Movies for Heat Waves

2013-06-03

There’s the lazy days of summer, and then there’s the crazy hot days of summer. On the steamiest days, when even the slightest movement seems like more trouble than it’s worth, we’ve been known to surrender and embrace the great (air-conditioned!) indoors.

Here’s a few of our favorite movies guaranteed to help the whole family beat the heat:

1.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (PG, 2005)

A journey to snow-covered Narnia, frozen by the White Witch’s eternal winter spell, is the ideal antidote to scorching temperatures in the real world.

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2. Cool Runnings (PG, 1993)

A fun and inspiring underdog tale, loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican national bobsled team’s debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

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 3. Ice Age (PG, 2002)

Hilarious animated animals caper in a world of snow and ice. Grab some popsicles from the freezer and settle in for some laughs.

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4. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (PG, 1980)

A vicarious trip to the ice planet Hoth is just the thing to make you forget the scorching reality outside your house. The second Star Wars movie released, and the fifth chronologically, The Empire Strikes Back was selected in 2010 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

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5. White Fang (PG,1991)

Based on Jack London’s classic tale of the enduring love between a boy and his wolf-dog, this film is set in the Alaskan wilderness during the Klondike Gold Rush. Extreme winter conditions, plus lots of adventure and plenty of emotional moments.

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6. March of the Penguins (G, 2005)

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, this gorgeous film follows the Emperor penguins of Antarctica on a daunting journey through their cycle of life. Stunning scenery and irresistible penguin personalities.

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7. Miracle (PG, 2004)

Based on the true story of the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics, when the U.S. men’s ice hockey team pulled off a stunning victory over the seemingly unbeatable Soviet team, and went on to win the gold medal. Sports fan or no, there’s plenty of icy excitement to be had.

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