Tag Archives: Family Films

Movie Review – Real Steel (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

To start with, because there seems to be some marketing-driven confusion:* Real Steel is a family film. Go ahead and take the kids. They’ll like it, and it’s a nice movie at heart. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Four Baseball Movies for Baseball Fans

by HELEN GEIB

Some baseball movies transcend their genre to reach beyond their natural fanbase. Some baseball movies are just plain bad movies. This post is given to four that occupy the middle ground of good baseball movies made for baseball fans.

Rhubarb (1951)

Ray Milland plays the press agent for a major league baseball team whose new owner is the recently deceased prior owner’s pet cat in this charming family comedy. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of Rango (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Rango is some kind of miracle. An adult-themed Western that’s also geared towards children because it’s 3D animated, it’s the most gorgeous looking 3D animated film I’ve ever seen. Continue reading

Movie Review – Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the very satisfying sequel to 2008’s wholly delightful Kung Fu Panda. The new adventure builds on the foundation laid by the first film, which established the Chinese historical fantasy setting and introduced the heroes. Kung Fu Panda told the “how he got his kung fu” origin story of Po the kung fu panda a/k/a the Dragon Warrior. Kung Fu Panda 2 is the story of Po’s origins. That our hero is the adopted son of a goose, but doesn’t quite seem to realize he’s adopted, was one of the first film’s many good jokes. The sequel explains how a baby panda came to be adopted by the feathered proprietor of a noodle shop. Continue reading

Movie Review – Beastly (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The “beast” of Beastly, a re-telling of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale set in modern day New York City, is a selfish, egocentric high school student. Kyle (Alex Pettyfer, I Am Number Four) is the quintessential popular kid of teen movies: rich, handsome, intelligent, ripped, and vain. Everything changes when his astonishing obnoxiousness ticks off the school’s resident witch Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) and she puts him under a curse. He is transformed into a contemporary version of hideous ugliness; instead of fur and fangs, he gets horrible scars and piercings on his face, prominent tattoos all over, and the skinhead look, all of which together makes him unrecognizable to everyone he knows. He also gets one year to find true love, or he’ll live under the curse forever. Continue reading

Movie Review – Rango (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Rango is a lonely lizard. Or at least so proclaims the armadillo the pet chameleon meets after his glass box house is blown out through a broken rear windshield in a freak highway accident. The armadillo speaks with the voice of authority as one who talks in metaphors, and though Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) doesn’t like to admit it, in his heart he knows that his friends and his life of adventure live only in his hyperactive imagination. All that will change, however, after he finds his way to the desert town of Dirt. Continue reading

Movie Review – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

by HELEN GEIB

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third film in the series based on the popular children’s books by C. S. Lewis. On par with the good parts of the first film and a marked improvement over the second, Dawn Treader is the best of a decidedly uneven series. Continue reading

Movie Review – Tangled (2010)

by HELEN GEIB

Disney’s new animated feature Tangled is a solidly entertaining family film inspired by the “Rapunzel” fairy tale. The animation creates characters with great personality and charming storybook visuals, and the storytelling is lively and fun. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of Toy Story 3 (2010)

by NIR SHALEV

Toy Story 3 is not just the DVD of the week, it’s also one of 2010’s best films. And seeing that its animated competition is a couple of films about childish antagonists and a film that’s very reminiscent of Star Wars but starring owls, it’s also the front-runner for the Oscar. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of The Karate Kid (2010)

by HELEN GEIB

It’s depressing that I’ve almost come to expect that the so-called “family” films that have huge opening weekends will be rude, crude, and not something I’d want my friends’ kids to see. So it made me very happy when The Karate Kid didn’t even come close to meeting my expectations. It’s longer than it needs to be and overly melodramatic in supplying one of the main characters with a tragic back story, but those are flaws that are easy to excuse. This is an entertaining and thoroughly nice movie with wide audience appeal. Continue reading