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Family Filmgoer’s best family films of 2012

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is available for home viewing. (DreamWorks Animation/DREAMWORKS ANIMATION)


• “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (PG). Funny, inventive.


• “Hotel Transylvania” (PG). Corny, but amusing.

• “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (PG) Neat adventure.

“Frankenweenie” will be released on DVD on Jan. 8. (Disney)

• “Frankenweenie” (PG). Boy named Frankenstein reanimates dog.

• “ParaNorman” (PG). Boy sees dead people, zombies, but it’s okay.

• “Brave” (PG). Medieval Scottish princess rebels.

• “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (PG). Riotous animated fable.

• “Big Miracle” (PG). Droll live-action dramedy about saving whales.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is currently in theaters. (James Fisher)


• “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (PG-13). Long, but enthralling.

“Lincoln” is currently in theaters. (DREAMWORKS)

• “Lincoln” (PG-13). Best of the best.

• “Marvel’s The Avengers” (PG-13). Big action, silliness.

• “Trouble With The Curve” (PG-13). Sweet father-daughter story.

• “Premium Rush” (PG-13). Neat action thriller — on bicycles.

• “Snow White and the Huntsman” (PG-13). Fairy tale re-imagined.

• “Les Miserables” (PG-13). Major musical dramatics.

• “The Hunger Games” (PG-13). Grim but thrilling teen adventure.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is available for home viewing. (Jess Pinkham/JESS PINKHAM)

• “Pitch Perfect” (PG-13). Funny college kids singing.

• “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (PG-13). Teen angst as art.

• “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (PG-13). Extraordinary indie.

• “Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13). Offbeat and funny.

• “Argo” (R). R for language; terrific story, based on fact.

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