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) Review of Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee tries to infuse his big-screen adaptation of ‘Life of Pi’ with the same thoughtfulness of its source material, Yann Martel’s 2001 novel. But that book’s exploration of religion, faith, and the meaning of life just can’t transfer perfectly to the film medium, even though Lee hits all the right emotional notes…. Read more
2) Review of Rise of the Guardians
‘Rise of the Guardians’ is colorful and energetic and a bonanza of 3-D sequences. But those nearly garish effects detract from the film’s storyline, which encourages children to believe in fantasy and use their imaginations but shortchanges them by creating a too-simplistic, too-busy atmosphere. … Read more
3) Review of Red Dawn
The original ‘Red Dawn’ was a super-jingoistic slice of Cold War America that redeemed itself with a strong understanding of teenage camaraderie and the yearning for independence. Plus, Patrick Swayze! But this remake is ridiculously overdone and poorly adapted—no wonder it’s been shelved for three years…. Read more