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Five Things About the Ender's Game Movie

Ender's Game | Summit Entertainment

My son and I saw an early screening of Ender’s Game. The movie is based on a book (by Orson Scott Card) with the same name. I have not read the book, but my ten-year son has. We both enjoyed the sci-fi action film, but my son said they changed the ending. Ender’s Game (Summit Entertainment) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn five things about Ender’s Game.

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Six Things You Should Know About Monsters University

Monsters University | Disney Pixar

The kids and I saw an early screening of Monsters University earlier in the week. We loved it and thought it was better than the first Monsters, Inc movie. To be honest, I’m not sure if that’s because we saw the first film a million times already and we’ve only seen Monsters University once. The film is funny, entertaining, and doesn’t seem to have a slow moment. The new animated movie is about 110 minutes long and is rated G. Monsters University (Disney Pixar) opens today at a theater near you.

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Seven Super Things You Should Know About the Man of Steel Movie

Man of Steel | Superman (Warner Bros. Pictures)

My son and I saw an advance screening of Man of Steel earlier in the week. It’s not a perfect film, but we loved it. Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman series. Clark Kent is still a baby that crash landed on Earth from the planet Krypton. But in the reboot, Clark Kent isn’t the golly gee whiz klutz that we are use to seeing. He’s a reflective person that is trying to act like everyone else even though he’s burning inside to save everyone he can. A lot of the Superman storyline has been changed, but it’s refreshing to see a different take on Superman. Man of Steel (Warner Bros. Pictures) opens today in theaters everywhere on Earth and in the Phantom Zone. Read on to find out about the seven things you should know about the new Superman movie.

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Movie Review: Oz The Great and Powerful – it's not a Wicked musical

Oz The Great and Powerful - Disney

My oldest daughter and I saw an early screening of Oz The Great and Powerful last Monday. As you can probably guess, the movie is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz. In a way, Oz The Great and Powerful is an origin story. The film reveals how a Kansas magician became the Wizard of Oz, and how a good witch turned into a wicked witch. The story is a little predictable (especially if you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz), but there are some unexpected twists in the movie. Oz The Great and Powerful (Disney) opens in theaters on Friday.

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Movie Review: Escape from Planet Earth

Escape from Planet Earth film ~ The Weinstein Company

My youngest daughter (age seven) and I saw Escape from Planet Earth (The Weinstein Company). The animated movie is about an alien astronaut who comes to Earth because of a SOS signal. But instead of rescuing someone, the alien ends up getting captured. My daughter loved the film. I enjoyed it too, but I think this is one of those movies that children will enjoy more than parents will. Escape from Planet Earth is out in theaters now.

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Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises – can you make a good Batman movie if the Batman isn't in it?

Batman ~ The Dark Knight Rises ~ Warner Bros.

[Update: Condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Batman cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado.]

My daughter and I recently saw a screening of the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight Rises. We loved the movie. It’s a great story and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. However, some people might be disappointed if they’re expecting to see a lot of action scenes with the Dark Knight. The Batman is actually not in a good portion of the movie. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) opens in theaters today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of The Dark Knight Rises.

The 411 for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

The story Batman returns to Gotham after eight years of retirement
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for children, but there are some profanity, intense action scenes, and implied sex
Positives
  • Great hero story
  • Surprising revelations caught me off guard
  • Nice special effects
  • It’s stunning in IMAX (no 3D as far as I know)
Negatives
  • Batman is missing in most of the scenes
  • The villain is a little hard to understand at times
Release date July 20, 2012
Rating Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
Runtime 164 minutes
Genre Drama, action

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-man – he really is amazing

The Amazing Spiderman (Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment)

My son and I saw a screening of the Amazing Spider-man last night. It’s a reboot of the last three Spiderman movies. This time around, the villain is the Lizard. My son and I both enjoyed the movie. My son love this version the best, but I like the original series better. The Amazing Spider-man (Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment) opens in theaters today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of the new Spider-man movie.

The 411 for The Amazing Spider-man

The story It’s an origin story featuring Spiderman and the evil Lizard
Appropriateness for children There’s a few scenes with bad language. Some of the action scenes were also violent and intense.
IMAX 3D effects Really sharp
Positives
  • Good special effects
  • The Green Goblin isn’t in it
  • Loved Stan Lee’s latest cameo
  • Denis Leary stood out
Negative
  • Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy didn’t have the same chemistry as the original couple
Release date July 3, 2012
Rating Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence
Runtime 136 minutes
Genre Action, fantasy

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Movie Review: John Carter – did you know a Martian princess could lay an egg?

John Carter ~ Walt Disney Pictures

My son and I saw a screening of John Carter (Walt Disney Pictures) last week. It’s one of the better films we’ve seen this year. According to the press material, the movie is based on a novel, A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of John Carter [Facebook | Twitter].

The 411 for John Carter

The story A former Civil War soldier ends up in the middle of a civil war on Mars
Appropriateness for children No sexual content, but there is violence (not bloody) and some mild bad language (hell and damn). In addition, the movie might be a little too long for very young children.
3D effects Typical, nothing gimmicky
Positives
  • Interesting story and fascinating story idea
  • Good special effects
  • Strong female role
Negative
  • Well into the story, the main character still thought he was on Earth even though it’s obvious he’s not
Release date March 9, 2012
Rating Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Runtime 132 minutes
Genre Science fiction, action, adventure

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Movie Review: Big Miracle – it's based on a true story

Big Miracle movie ~ Universal Pictures

My youngest girl (age six) and I saw a screening of Big Miracle (Universal Pictures) last Saturday. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review.

The 411 for Big Miracle

The story The film is about three trapped whales and how a group of people tried to save the whales
Appropriateness for children No sexual content or bloody scenes, and I don’t recall any bad language. However, the movie is a drama and might be a little boring for very young kids.
Positives
  • Interesting story (based on a true story)
  • Good special effects — the whales were not real, but they looked real in the movie
  • Film is better than the trailers
Negatives
  • Humor is a little forced
  • Predictable — especially if you remembered the story when it was in the news
Release date February 3, 2012
Rating Rated PG for a little tension
Runtime 107 minutes
Genre Light drama

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Movie Review: The Darkest Hour – the aliens are invisible, so’s my interest

The Darkest Hour

I saw a screening of The Darkest Hour (Summit Entertainment) last night. It’s a sci-fi movie about a bunch of invisible aliens invading Earth. Bottom line: the film looked promising when the aliens invaded within the first 15 minutes of the story. But then the movie became predictable and there was very little suspense. If you want to see a recent movie about aliens invading Earth, you’re better off watching Cowboys & Aliens on DVD. The Darkest Hour opens on Christmas day. The 89-minute movie is rated PG-13 for violence and language.

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