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.
Hollywood is in the throes of an alien invasion. Summer’s only just started, and this weekend’s Men in Black 3 is the third alien movie in four weeks. Why, exactly, do filmmakers love making movies about extra-terrestrials?
Battleship is this summer's Transformers, and I mean that literally. Not only do both feature aliens with metal-like machinery which changes from mode of transportation into active weaponry, but they are also Hasbro toys turned into over-the-top, profanity-laden action films aimed at teen boys.
Director Tim Burton and movie star Johnny Depp may be middle-aged men but their movies indicate they have the souls of teenagers. Find out three of their movies that kids can enjoy as well as a trio of movies you should see in theaters this weekend.
The Avengers, which is the ultimate superhero movie – is a film fanboys, moviegoers, kids and parents can all love without reservation. Director Joss Whedon manages the impossible: he puts all of these unbelievable characters of lore into our modern-day world in a way that’s believable, but not realistic – an important distinction to parents.
No school for three months means parents have to find ways to entertain bored kids. Luckily, the movie industry is here to help. Check out Fandango’s Summer Movie Calendar for Parents – make plans now...
Although pirates in the movies can be murderers, rogues and true criminal miscreants, somehow through the years they have also become kid-friendly rascals who are just as funny as they are adorable.
Filmmakers are learning what is entertaining to kids versus adults. Every year, the movies are getting better. Disneynature's Chimpanzee about a baby chimp trying to find his place in his tribe should be the new standard for nature docs. What are some of your favorites?
"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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