X-Men: First Class

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X-Men: First Class
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2011
Run Time: 132 minutes
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Cultural ratingpawpaw

This film addresses notions of Othering and also sends the positive message that a person shouldn’t change who they are just to “fit in” to society.

Summary

A group of misfit mutants band together to stop a villain from causing war and taking over the world.

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The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie
Rating: PG
Run Time: 101 minutes
Released: 2014
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Cultural Ratingpawpawpaw

Overall, this film challenges stereotypes regarding masculinity and femininity and engages with a number of other marginalized identities (the body, disability). However, the film does little regarding sexual orientation and race.

Summary:

Emmet and WyldSytle team-up to prevent President Business from taking over the Lego universe.

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The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 
Rating: PG
Released: 2004
Run Time: 87 minutes
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne

Cultural rating: pawpawpaw

Overall, this film does not largely challenge different aspects of cultural identities but does an excellent job of expanding the rigid definition of traditional masculinity.

Summary

After King Neptune’s prized crown is stolen, SpongeBob and Patrick must embark on a dangerous adventure to acquire the crown and save Bikini Bottom.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rating: PG
Released: 2004
Run Time: 142 minutes
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork, this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

During his third year at Hogwarts, Harry comes face-to-face with infamous killer Sirius Black.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Rating: PG
Released: 2009
Run Time: 153 minutes
Directed By: David Yates

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry learns more about Voldemort’s past during his sixth year at Hogwarts.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2005
Run Time: 157 minutes
Directed By: Mike Newell

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament during his fourth year at Hogwarts.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 124 minutes
Released: 2011
Director: Joe Johnston

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall, this film does a good job of challenging gender roles regarding femininity with the lead female character Peggy Carter. However, the film does not engage with many marginalized cultural identities or depict characters who challenge stereotypes regarding marginalized identities.

Summary

Based on the Marvel comic book series Captain America, the scrawny Steve Rogers undergoes a transformation and becomes Captain America.

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Spider-Man

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Spider-Man
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2002
Run Time: 121 minutes
Directed by: Sam Raimi

Cultural rating: pawpaw

Overall, this film does not largely challenge different aspects of cultural identities. However, the film does expand the rigid definition of traditional masculinity.

Summary

After a radioactive spider bites senior high school student Peter Parker he develops spider-like superpowers and becomes a hero who regularly saves the day.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Rating: PG
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Paul Tibbitt

Cultural Rating: paw

Overall, this film does not engage too deeply with cultural issues of identity. However, the film does offer positive messages regarding teamwork and friendship and broadens the conceptions of masculinity and femininity.

Summary

A pirate steals the coveted Krabby Patty recipe, and an unlikely pair, SpongeBob and Plankton, must team-up in order to find the recipe and restore order in Bikini Bottom.

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