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5 Things Every Parent Should Know 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on Nov 21st 2014 4:48PM
The penultimate page-to-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's "Hunger Games" trilogy hits theaters today in what's expected to be one of the biggest releases of the entire year. Academy-Award winner and media darling Jennifer Lawrence returns once more as Katniss Everdeen, who managed to destroy the Hunger Games during the Quarter Quell, unleashing a revolutionary arrow that struck the Capitol ri... read more

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About 'The Maze Runner'

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on September 09, 2014
"The Maze Runner" is the latest young adult dystopian adaptation to entice audiences with promises of thrills and brave teens overcoming impossible odds. Based on James Dashner's 2009 page-turner, the story is like "Lord of the Flies" meets "The Hunger Games": Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up in an elevator that takes him to a strange world of captivity called the Glade. None of the guys who inhabi...

'If I Stay' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Weepy Romance

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on August 08, 2014
Yes, "If I Stay" is yet another teen romance based on a young adult book. I will disclose that I read and loved Gayle Forman's best-selling book about a brilliant young cellist faced with the ultimate life-and-death decision after her entire family is involved in a devastating car accident. Mia Hall (Chloe Moretz in her first romantic lead role) is an invisible spirit watching over her unconsc...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on August 08, 2014
The heroes in a half shell are back, and this time they are the most realistic looking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever, thanks to Industrial Light & Magic's performance-capture technology. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (but produced by Michael Bay and Nickelodeon), the newest reboot distinctly targets younger viewers but still has a PG-13 rating, mostly due to sci-fi violence and a scar...

Date Movies For Parents: Fourth of July Edition

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on July 07, 2014
The Weinstein Co. Fourth of July evokes memories of fireworks, barbecues, parades...and some of movie history's biggest blockbusters (usually starring Will Smith). Going to the movies has been a holiday weekend tradition in my family since before my husband and I had kids, and sometimes it's nice (and necessary) to have a movie date night that doesn't include transforming dinosaurs or kid flicks...

Kids' Movie Quotes: The Most Iconic, Memorable, and Repeated Lines in Movie History

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Alamy Kids say the darnedest things! Isn't that what Bill Cosby taught us back in the 1990s? Well, the legendary comedian was right, obviously, especially when it comes to memorable movie quotes. We wanted to take a look back through the decades at some of the most hilarious, touching, unforgettable lines said by kid characters (most are live-action, but there are a few animated characters too)....

\'22 Jump Street\' Family Review:

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Sony "22 Jump Street" brings back 29-year-old narcotics cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) for another undercover adventure -- this time at the local state university. Whereas in high school, Schmidt flourished and Jenko floundered, this time college life favors the jockish Jenko while confounding the sensitive Schmidt. But this isn't a relationship drama, it's a comedy, and as...

Young Adult Books Authors Reveal Their Favorite Adaptations

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Fox "The Fault in Our Stars" writer John Green is the latest best-selling YA author to have his novel adapted from page to screen, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. Although not all of his peers have have been quite as lucky, the YA community is filled with writers hoping their work -- which has been optioned, is in development, or is just a month or so away from hitting the big scr...

Young Adult Movies: Why They're Better Off Without the Vampires

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on August 08, 2014
Fox I'm not ashamed to admit that I have read and loved books, particularly young-adult books, about vampires, witches, werewolves, fairies, angels, demons and zombies. Those genre books aren't usually what I'm drawn to, but a compelling story is a compelling story, just like a good movie is a good movie -- regardless of genre. Unfortunately, Hollywood keeps focusing so much of its attention o...

The 10 Best Kids Movies Ever

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Alamy Long before we ever saw a film by Tarantino, Scorsese, Kubrick, or Coppola; or held our breaths during our first horror flick; or held hands with a crush through a romantic comedy, we watched movies aimed at kids. The best kids' movies unite generation after generation of film lovers who know a good story when they see it. Even though this list could've easily contained a completely differ...

'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Family Review: The 10 Most Parent Shocking Moments

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on May 05, 2014
Universal Seth MacFarlane's latest hard-R comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" will undoubtedly appeal to teen (and dare we say tween?) fans of his raunchy-for-primetime animated shows "Family Guy" and "American Dad," but obviously the western is not intended for kids. In case you're wavering on letting your teen see it, here are 10 highlights of the movie's many shocking moments (spoiler...

Villains! Mashing Up Disney and 'Star Wars' Bad Guys (PHOTOS)

Posted By Eric Larnick on May 05, 2014
Moviefone | Dennis Culver We all have a soft spot for villains; they're charismatic, they look badass, and more often than not, they steal the show. Disney -- those guardians of "family friendly" entertainment -- have always done a suspiciously entertaining job at bringing larger-than-life bad guys to the big screen. And now that they guide the future of the "Star Wars" universe, and its Sith lo...

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on May 05, 2014
Fox "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has been called an X-Men crossover, as "The Dissolve" critic Matt Singer says: "Like Days Of Future Past, crossovers in comics tend to be light on character development. But when they're good, the huge stakes and epic scale of the action make them hard to put down" -- and this is precisely that sort of "can't look away" crossover: one that's both entertaining and...

'Mean Girls': Why the Tina Fey Comedy is Still the Best Modern Teen Movie

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on April 04, 2014
Alamy To celebrate today's 10th anniversary of "Mean Girls," everyone should do what I did last night and rewatch the hilarious high-school flick (it's currently available to stream just about everywhere, but I admit to owning it on DVD). There's a reason we're making a big deal about the biting comedy's decade mark. In the 10 years since "Mean Girls" was released, no other realistic teen comedy...

'Hogwarts Collection' Giveaway: Win the Complete 'Harry Potter' on Blu-ray & DVD

Posted By Dana Taddeo on June 06, 2014
Warner Bros. Are you so deep into "Harry Potter" fandom that you've considered getting a lightning bolt tattooed on your forehead? Perfect! Moviefone is giving away the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, a new 31 disc(!) Blu-ray/DVD set complete with all eight films plus hours of bonus features, including the eight-part documentary, "Creating the World of Harry Potter." To enter for your ch...

'Harry Potter' Fandom: 6 Ways It's Like the Mafia

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Getty Some fandoms are temporary. Many addictive TV shows, for example -- "The Sopranos," "Lost" and "Battlestar Galactica" -- have intense followings for the length of the series, but lose steam within a year or two of the series finale airing, leaving only a hardcore group of devotees to debate, draw, discuss the minutia of the characters and plot developments. But some fandoms, they're seemin...

Best Pixar Movies on Blu-ray and DVD (PHOTOS)

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Pixar As we approach Easter and Passover, it's also the end of Spring Break season. Many families throughout the country (including my own) are gearing up for a week away or of "staycation" in their homes. Whether you're going on a roadtrip, plane trip, or just staying close to home, the kids are going to be in the mood for more entertainment, and we can't think of a better set of movies to high...

2014 Summer Family Movie Preview: 'Maleficent,' 'The Giver' and More (PHOTOS)

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Disney It's hard to believe that after one of the coldest winters on record, we're finally headed toward the busiest movie season of the year. As favorite "Frozen" character Olaf sings, "Bees'll buzz, kids blow dandelion fuzz, And I'll do whatever snow does In summer." And we cannot wait for the snow (albeit not adorable talking snowmen) to be but a distant memory and for the high season of popc...

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Marvel Sequel

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Disney If you've seen "The Avengers," you know that Captain America -- Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) -- is pretty much the anti-Tony Stark. While Tony/Iron Man is all smarts and flash and arrogance, Steve/Captain America is about old-school values: honor, loyalty, defending the nation. In this impressive sequel, Steve has to come to terms with who he is when he's not wearing the uniform, and what h...

'Noah' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Religious Epic

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on March 03, 2014
Paramount Darren Aronofsky has been called a visionary director, and he's taken that vision and applied it to one of the most widely known Bible stories: Noah's Ark. "Noah" isn't a verse-by-verse adaptation of the Genesis tale, but it is inspired by it, with some embellishments and alterations that may excite some viewers but upset those who feel any movie about the bible should be a literalist ...

'Divergent' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Dystopic Blockbuster

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on March 03, 2014
Summit Veronica Roth's dystopian thriller "Divergent" s the latest YA best-seller to get the page-to-screen treatment. The movie chronicles life in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, where society is broken into five segregated factions: the Abnegation (known for their selflessness) run the government, the Amity (known for their kindness), handle agriculture; the Candor (known for their honesty) run th...

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