I felt it was my fatherly responsibility to introduce my children to the finer points of geek culture at a very young age.
To the Western world, the mention of "jihad" automatically conjures up images of terrorism, suicide bombers, carnage and chaos. “Timbuktu” is a story of life under jihadi oppression, but its images are more day-to-day, almost tedious, and not nearly as dramatic.
This past holiday season’s movie offerings got a real boost from “Into the Woods,” a clever adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical riff on children’s fairy tales. The PG-rated “Into the Woods” is dark (though the violence is off-camera), but it’s also funny and smart and filled with witty sequences.
The passing of Leonard Nimoy on Feb. 27 has left a hole in the world of pop culture, judging from the outpouring of appreciation coming from fans everywhere, including as high up as the White House.
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
First things first: Kirby's latest adventure is a beautiful-looking game.
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is the kind of movie that wouldn’t work without its cast. It’s an ensemble piece that tries to cram half a dozen storylines into two hours, and the result is a film that feels bloated and thin at the same time.
The latest “Hunger Games” sequel was 2014’s biggest hit, and it finally arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with several other films, including the Oscar-nominated “Foxcatcher.”
"Focus" relies a little too much on style and wildly unexpected twists to carry it through. However, thanks mostly to the charisma of its two stars, it manages to get itself out of obligatory territory - most of the time.
Did you know that March 15 is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day? The holiday was created by Campfire USA to show kids how special they are. Such a day allows parents and grownups to focus on the absolutely incredible kids in their lives.
MUSIC CLASS — When a pen and a desk is your instrument, the whole world is your recording studio, as long as you have a pen and a desk.
ELECTRICIAN SCHOOL — Thanks to Pinterest and HGTV we all think we’re expert DIY pros when it comes to our homes. Quite often we go into our projects with the confidence of a lion only to finish and feel as sheepish as, well, a lowly sheep. You should see the wood floors in my house. Let’s just say the elevation change in my living room is enough to give you altitude sickness.
IROM MAN’S PAD — Whether you love Marvel movies or think they’re the downfall of modern cinema, you can’t deny that you want to be Tony Stark. Go ahead, you can admit it, we won’t judge you.
Several notable vintage titles are being released this week, including several Blu-ray upgrades and some golden oldies making their DVD debut.
Barnaby gets a new partner as the latest season of “Midsomer Murders” comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week.
The latest collection of turkeys being roasted by “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is in release this week, along with five vintage films making their debuts on DVD and Blu-ray.
While I honestly can say I wasn't too impressed with last year's surprise hit "Divergent," its recently released sequel "Insurgent" is a slight improvement. But the series still continues to miss the boat.
So my twin boys recently had a late-night 14th birthday bash, and they wanted to watch a scary movie with all of their friends. But there wasn’t much to choose from since they’re not big fans of horror flicks and anything R-rated was out of consideration from the outset.
Information for parents about the film "Home":
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” could have played out a couple of ways. On paper, it has the potential to be an oddball comedy, and it definitely has its funny moments. Instead, “Kumiko” takes its oddness very seriously, leaving the audience slightly bemused.
ADDINGTON/DROPPINGTON — March is quickly expiring and so are 50 titles from Netflix streaming.
The long post-Oscar winter is drawing to a close, and as spring approaches, the people at Dreamworks have delivered a brand-new animated film for the whole ...
Many role-playing games have come and gone over the years and some might argue their prime has past. But "Pathfinder" is a fantasy RPG published by Paizo Publishing that continues to increase in popularity.
'Insurgent' (rated PG-13) — 3 stars
Three films that opened to great success during the recent Christmas season lead new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
After almost nine decades and despite a few missteps, Disney is still drawing in audiences with animated hits like “Frozen” and “Big Hero 6” as well as Kenneth Branagh’s live-action reimagining of “Cinderella."
THE DANCE FLOOR — Quite often a little kid will do something that is absolutely hilarious and adorable that would just be completely obnoxious and aggravating if an adult did it.
Writer-producer Norman Lear had a string of hugely successful and influential sitcoms during the 1970s and '80s, most notably “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” among others.
Humphrey Bogart’s last B-gangster picture and a pair of dramas starring Fredric March at the peak of his stardom lead these vintage movies on home video this week.
It’s been 30 years since “Clue” first hit movie theaters.