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Film Mom: How Do You Determine Too Much Movie Violence? When You Know, Tell Me

By: Tara McNamara on May 2, 2013 at 5:51PM Comments

As the Fandango Film Mom, I should be aware of the amount of violence, death and body counts – which, as Pepper points out, is considerably higher in  Iron Man 3 than Tony Stark's previous outings. What exactly determines too much violence for the developing minds of young viewers?


Film Mom: They Don’t Make PG Movies Like They Used To!

By: Tara McNamara on April 29, 2013 at 9:56AM Comments

This Wednesday Cinemark Theaters will show a PG classic: The GraduateYep, the "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" flick received the rating that parents today read as "okay for 8-year-olds." They sure don't make PG-rated movies like they used to.


Film Mom: The Must-See Movies of Summer

By: Tara McNamara on April 18, 2013 at 11:53AM Comments (26)

Find out what the most anticipated kid and teen movies of summer 2013 are and tell us which ones you're planning to see!


Film Mom: 'Jurassic Park: A 3D IMAX Experience' – for Kids, or Not?

By: Tara McNamara on April 5, 2013 at 9:56AM Comments (1)

Still debating as to whether or not you should take your kids to see Jurassic Park 3D? Our Film Mom offers up nine reasons why you should and one reason you shouldn't.


Film Mom: 'The Host' Makes for Good Easter Weekend Entertainment

By: Tara McNamara on March 28, 2013 at 3:54PM Comments (1)

This weekend, The Host not only entertains, but also fits right in with the spirit of Easter Sunday. What's the connection? Our Film Mom explains.


Film Mom: Worth the Price of 'Admission'

By: Tara McNamara on March 21, 2013 at 10:26AM Comments (1)

Our Film Mom challenges parents to watch Admission and not see a little bit of themselves in Tina Fey's character.


Film Mom: When Movies Make Magic -- Literally

By: Tara McNamara on March 14, 2013 at 11:25AM Comments (1)

Kids love magic so don’t be surprised if this year’s run of magic movies leads to your young one asking for their own magic kit. Here are just a few magicial films coming to theaters.


Film Mom: Should Kids See the Original 'Oz' Movie Before the New 'Oz' Prequel—or After?

By: Tara McNamara on March 7, 2013 at 10:50AM Comments (55)

As Oz the Great and Powerful lands in theaters, our Film Mom answers the question of whether your kids should see the original The Wizard of Oz before or after Disney's prequel.


Film Mom: Why That New Movie Feels Familiar

By: Tara McNamara on February 28, 2013 at 10:38AM Comments (1)

Take one look at the hottest directors in Hollywood and you'll notice the guys making movies that will resonate with Gen Y and Gen Z are solidly middle-age. So it's not a surprise that they're really trying to tell fresh verseions of movies from their youth.


Film Mom: The Best Movie of the Year According to Kids

By: Tara McNamara on February 21, 2013 at 1:03PM Comments (6)

With more than 31,000 votes cast, this year’s KidsPickFlicks.com PICK Movie of the Year Award goes to...


Film Mom: How to Host an Oscar Party with Kids

By: Tara McNamara on February 14, 2013 at 1:34PM Comments

Children are, by nature, equal parts eruptive and disruptive. They also tend to be less interested in movies about senility, terrorism and musical renditions of failed political uprisings of the 19th century; therefore, here are some fun things for kids to do in the other room.


Make a Valentine’s Day Movie Date--with Your Kid. Plus, Vote in the Annual Kids PICK Awards

By: Tara McNamara on February 7, 2013 at 12:13PM Comments

Valentine’s Day. In homes across the country, it means boxes of chocolates, love notes and a very special day. But V-Day also marks something else: the end of the family film drought!


Film Mom: Could Two Upcoming Movies Be the Next 'Twilight'?

By: Tara McNamara on January 31, 2013 at 10:49AM Comments (8)

Warm Bodies and Beautiful Creatures will arrive in theaters this month but will either movie be able to capitalize on the Twilight crowd?


Film Mom: 'Hansel & Gretel': How Dark Is Too Dark?

By: Tara McNamara on January 24, 2013 at 3:40PM Comments (24)

Hansel Gretel: Witch Hunters is rated R. Such "reimaginings" may bring the fright factor – and perhaps the fun - to these tales, but I fear what might get lost is the author’s purpose: to teach children the moral of the story.


Film Mom: Top 6 Most Anticipated Family Movies of 2013

By: Tara McNamara on January 17, 2013 at 11:43AM Comments (27)

Last year featured a lot of great family films, so the expectation level for 2013 is high. Here are the Top 6 Most Anticipated Family Films, as voted by Fandango users. Do you agree with the results? Is there a family film missing from this list?


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