By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
The new animated feature FREE BIRDS is about two unlikely turkey heroes, Jake and Reggie, who travel back in time to 1621 to stop the Pilgrims from putting turkey on their menu. Once arriving in 1621, Jake and Reggie are thrust in the middle of a cat and mouse hunt as they meet a flock of turkeys, who are constantly hunted by a barbaric Pilgrim hunter. Jake and Reggie then hatch a plan to stop the Pilgrim’s planned feast and possibly change turkey history.
While FREE BIRDS does have a fun time looking at history through a different set of eyes, Movieguide® believes the movie could be confusing for children. What’s problematic with FREE BIRDS isn’t the fact that turkeys are time traveling to the past...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
ENDER’S GAME is a highly anticipated science fiction action movie based on bestselling author Orson Scott Card’s award-winning novel. It’s about a 12-year-old genius Ender Wiggin, who’s recruited to train with an elite group of children to defeat an alien race that almost wiped out earth many years ago. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the cast, director, and producers of the movie, including Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld.
Harrison Ford (STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, 42) plays the role of Colonel Graff, Ender’s commanding officer who believes Ender is the only person with the intelligence and skills to defeat the aliens and save earth.
Q: Could you talk...
By Amy Swanson, Contributing Writer
In Hollywood’s never ending quest to bring its ravenous audiences the guts, the glitz and the glory, the industry has developed a strange obsession with concepts they call The Veritas or Verisimilitude. They’re big words that basically boil down to Hollywood wanting to show “how it really is”. . . as if they know. Of course, that means filling a movie with graphic sex, violence and depictions of human suffering. While conservative moviegoers may complain and spend their money elsewhere, a significant portion of the population either enjoys the obscenity or bears it silently because, after all, “that’s how it really is.”
If even liberal audiences draw the line in terms of how much they ...
LINSANITY is a new documentary about Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American who captured massive media coverage by playing some miraculous basketball for the New York Knicks in 2011. Read the Movieguide® review for LINSANITY here.
Here are five things you might not have known about Jeremy Lin.
1. He received no athletic scholarships out of high school.
2. He's really, really smart.
3. He's the first Chinese-American to play in the N.B.A.
4. Jeremy plays the piano.
5. He's a devout Christian.
October 25-27, 2013
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BAD GRANDPA brings slime to the top
Paramount’s demendted BAD GRANDPA finally sent GRAVITY down to earth. The victory stands as a testament to the bad taste of moviegoers and the lack of wholesome competition. The top two were followed by CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE COUNSELOR and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 is the fifth animated family movie to cross the $100 million domestic box office threshold. With Disney’s FROZEN coming out next month we can expect a solid six to cross the line in 2013.
Five Things You Can Learn from Michael J. Fox
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
As I watched the premiere episode of the Michael J. Fox show, I couldn’t help but renew my respect and admiration for Michael J. Fox. As a well-known icon of classic 80s movies such as TEEN WOLF and BACK TO THE FUTURE one of America’s favorite Republicans on TV’s FAMILY TIES, I eagerly awaited for his return to prime time. He didn’t disappoint. Fox’s acting prowess proves once again why he’s so highly respected among the acting community.
Here are five things you can learn from Michael J. Fox:
1. Laugh in the face of adversity.
Like so many of his fans, I watched with a bit of apprehension to see how his battle with Parkinson...
Christian Alternatives to Halloween
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Rather than expose your children to fear and demonic influences on Halloween, why not introduce them to two wonderful Christian holidays that occur at the same time – All Saints Day and Reformation Day?
All Saints Day takes place on Nov. 1. Historically speaking, it has become primarily a day to honor Christian martyrs who gave their lives peacefully to serve their Divine Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the true definition of a Christian martyr, not someone who murders other people as the Muslims have been doing for nearly 1500 years. Theologically speaking, of course, every Christian is a saint set apart by God by being born ...
Movieguide®’s Ted Baehr Teaches Media Wisdom in Greece
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor, and Tom Snyder, Editor
Movieguide® Publisher and Founder Dr. Ted Baehr spoke earlier this month on the importance of teaching children to be media wise at the 11th Annual World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilizations, in Rhodes, Greece.
The Rhodes Forum brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world to protect the spiritual and cultural values of humanity and to create a space for “constructive dialogue” among the major civilizations of the world.
“The United States of America and Europe are on the edge of a cultural...
By Jeremy Carroll, Staff Writer
In this modern climate of ever-changing tastes, interests and caffeinated beverages, sometimes it’s nice to sit down to a simple, safe, yet fun date night movie, more commonly known as the “romantic comedy.” Romantic movies such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Footloose” have been the favorites of couples and women for years. However, in light of the current financial climate of Hollywood, it looks like there will not be a “happy ever after” for the romantic comedy. According to producer Lynda Obst, the genre is simply going extinct.
Obst relayed her distress over the current status of her beloved “rom coms” in a recent interview with Movieguide TV. “Sometimes the new date movie i...
1. Always wear a helmet -- especially when saving the day.
2. Be careful who you drive with.
3. Making jam isn't always easy, you may need a break. . . for ice cream.
4. But really, bananas are better.
5. Be careful when playing dress up.