Given how hyper most Hollywood features for children are, one of the happiest events of the year is the BAMkids Film Festival, on March 4 and 5. The four programs of shorts are routinely crammed with jewels, and the features are refreshingly not-in-your-face. I’ve seen two: the German slapstick fantasy My Brother Is a Dog, and the lovely and moving Swedish adventure Misa Mi, about a cranky 10-year-old city girl, grieving over the death of her mom, who discovers Mother Nature in the Laplands.
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Directed by Rachel Boynton. Koch Lorber Films. Not Rated.
Directed by Richard Donner. Warner Bros. PG-13.