Charlotte's Web (2006, USA) C-97m. *** D: Gary Winick. Starring Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Essie Davis, Louis Corbett, Beau Bridges, (and the voices of) Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, narrated by Sam Shepard. Heart-warming, good-looking remake of the 1973 Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a spring pig and its unusual friendship with a spider, who teaches him a few lessons on life. Good score by Danny Elfman contributes to a fine family-viewing experience.

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