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Henry Thomas picks his 5 favorite family films

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012 6:51 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this undated file photo, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews watch in amusement as a band of dancing chimney sweeps turn the house topsy-turvy in Walt Disney's musical-fantasy, FILE - In this undated file photo, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews watch in amusement as a band of dancing chimney sweeps turn the house topsy-turvy in Walt Disney's musical-fantasy, "Mary Poppins." (AP Photo, File) (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Henry Thomas was just 10 years old when the role of Elliott in "E.T. — the Extra-Terrestrial" made him a star. With the Steven Spielberg classic finally out this week on a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray, Thomas — now a 41-year-old father of three — was nice enough to take the time to choose his five favorite family films. Here he is, in his own words:

— "The Wizard of Oz" (1939): A great film any way you slice it! The songs are great for kids and the characters really capture the imagination of young and old alike. An excellent performance by everyone, but especially Toto (my favorite).

— "The Terror of Tiny Town" (1938): A classic Western acted entirely by small performers and Shetland ponies. This is one of my favorites.

— "Matilda" (1996): My daughters love this film (a Roald Dahl story directed by Danny DeVito) and we watch it at least once a week.

— "Mary Poppins" (1964): Despite some very bad British accenting, Dick Van Dyke still can't fail next to Julie Andrews and some wonderful supporting actors in this classic.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2010 file photo, actor Henry Thomas arrives at the premiere of the feature film FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2010 file photo, actor Henry Thomas arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Dear John" in Los Angeles. Thomas selects his five favorite family films, which include "The Wizard of Oz," "Terror in Tiny Town," "Matilda," "Mary Poppins," and "The Incredibles." (Dan Steinberg, File, Associated Press)

— "The Incredibles" (2004): A great film that I like to watch probably more than my kids.

Oh, was that five? Don't forget "E.T."!

What are your favorite family films? Tell AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire through Twitter: http://twitter.com/christylemire.

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