Are creating a generation of wussies by not letting our young children watch scary movies? Here are three groups of people would prefer kids NOT be brought to movies that are too scary for them.
While TV is reflecting the new family dynamics and, in doing so, making "alternative" families more accepted, "family films" haven't been as progressive. Next weekend's new release, Chasing Mavericks, looks to change that.
Kids don’t watch black-and-white movies. This may present a marketing challenge for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, a movie whimsically made in black and white in the spirit of horror movies of the past.
What would you do if you encountered a vampire or a werewolf in real life? Movies seem to be on a mission to humanize monsters and make them unfrightening.
John Hughes is dead. Cameron Crowe grew up. Without a voice summing up the modern high school experience, today’s teens are lacking a generationally defining movie. So maybe The Perks of Being a Wallflower can be that movie?
If there’s any doubt that kid cinema is taking over the multiplex, just take a look at what's coming out this fall. Normally when kids go back in school, the family film extravaganza known as the Summer Movie Season ends and all is quiet until Thanksgiving. This year, however, the turnstile never stops spinning. In other words, start planning now.
As an avid moviegoing mother of a 2-year-old, I am ecstatic about new release The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. This is the rare Mommy and Me movie that is actually made for tots.
Bringing kids to see a scary movie (even one made for them) is risky, but if they emerge unscathed they’ll feel stronger for it. The question for parents is, looking ahead at 3 a.m., is that a risk you’re willing to take?
Opening new worlds in the way professions are portrayed onscreen is one of the undervalued components of movies. Kids can get a glimpse of what it might be like to work as an astronaut, an architect, a superhero or a spy.
In a summer full of superheroes and studly Olympians, it’s easy to forget that people love an underdog. Never fear, Hollywood is here to remind you. It’s satisfying to root for dorks and screw-ups because, deep down, most of us see ourselves in the same light. We know our own most awkward moments and, of course, the most awkward age is tweendom.
Generation Meh’s embrace of the superhero movie is starting to get under my skin. The superhero movie is always about one man/god/alien whom the entire country relies upon to protect, defend and save them. If the pulse of a generation can be ascertained by the media it consumes, then our country may well be in trouble....
Marijuana depicted as a tool to strengthen relationships isn’t a new idea but it is usually rare in the PG-13 world. This Friday’s People Like Us features a scene where the strained relationship between a mother and her son is healed as the two smoke the family’s late patriarch’s medicinal marijuana together. How is glamorizing illegal drug acceptable for teens?
Much has been made of Brave’s "warrior princess," who marks the first female heroine in Pixar history, but I must say Merida is much more Ariel than Joan of Arc. Surely there are better examples to share with our daughters. Here are five characters from the Disney vault.
The bread and butter for Adam Sandler isn't in being a versatile actor, it’s being a comic with a point of view that carries over from film to film. The result is that his mature-content films may not be directly advertised to kids, but his sheer presence is, in essence, marketing to the tween fanbase he's cultivated. At least with That’s My Boy, you’ve been forewarned.
From Cabin in the Woods to The Avengers and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, the summer is full of Chris Hemsworth... and that's not a bad thing.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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