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"Casper' is great; "Pocahontas' is just okay

X-Press critic Jackie Russell checked out the films Casper and Pocahontas for us. Jackie, 12, just finished the sixth grade at Tarpon Springs Middle School.

Movie: Casper

Plot summary: It's about a sad and lonely ghost who wants a friend, and a girl who travels a lot with her father, a ghost psychologist. They move into the house where they ghost lives, and nothing will ever be the same.

Rating: PG

Would you recommend it to a friend?: Yes!

Worth the ticket price?: Yes!

Comments: I really enjoyed the movie _ it's good and makes you laugh.

Movie: Pocahontas

Plot Summary: North America has been invaded by the British. The Native Americans and the British are ready to go to war when Pocahontas, a Native American princess, and John Smith, a British captain, meet. She teaches him about the respect her people have for the land, and the two fall in love. Then they help forge friendships between her tribe and the Englishmen.

Rating: G

Would you recommend it to a friend?: No

Worth the ticket price?: Yes and no; it depends on the age of the person seeing it.

Comments: On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it an 8. It's a short movie, and not a real bad way to spend the afternoon. It is a good movie for little kids, but I don't think I would see it again. It was okay, but not great.

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