Parent movie reviews for movies released Nov. 1, 2013

FreeBirds ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReview

Our parent movie reviews let you know which new releases to take your kids to and which ones you may want to hold off on.

1) Family Review of Free Birds

FreeBirds ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating: PG

‘Free Birds’ is a film that will please animal-lovers, as it centers on two turkeys who travel back in time to change the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. But its bizarrely racist equating of helpless turkeys with Native Americans and shockingly short-sighted conclusion about fast food make it a weird fit for younger viewers....Read More




2) Family Review of Ender’s Game

EndersGame ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating: PG-13

The film version of ‘Ender’s Game’ suffers from the same moral relativism as Orson Scott Card’s original sci-fi novel, but also from a number of other problems. In its streamlining of the book, the movie’s version of the story severely loses its impact, decreasing the relatability of the protagonist and making him into too much of a martyr figure.Read More






3) Family Review of Diana

Diana ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating: PG-13

‘Diana’ feels simultaneously enlightening and unnecessary. Supposedly an expose on the late Princess Diana’s love affair with Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan, how much you enjoy the film depends on how much you cared for Diana and how much you believe journalist Kate Snell’s story, both feelings which may be hindered by the film’s overly melodramatic script.Read More







4) Family Review of Last Vegas

LastVegas ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating: PG-13

‘Last Vegas’ gets some mileage out of seeing legendary actors like Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman finally share the screen. But the film’s expected narrative and frustrating treatment of female characters leave a lot to be desired...Read More