December 18, 2006 12:00 PM

Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts

Okay, so I cried. Fred, 7, my adviser on kids’ movies, didn’t. But he laughed a lot, paid rapt attention and said afterward, “That was a great movie!” (an endorsement he gives most films he sees). Based on the classic tearjerker by E.B. White, Web combines live action, animatronic puppets and CGI wizardry to tell how Wilbur, a pet pig, has his bacon saved by Charlotte (voiced by Roberts), a heroic spider. The movie is mostly true to the book, stressing the importance of friendship, keeping promises and—my favorite—using words precisely. (G)

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