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  • Despicable Me 2

    Family Film ReviewsDespicable Me 2

    “Papples!” Yes, the minions are back. Yellow and goofy and be-goggled, the minions haven’t changed much from the first time you saw them, in Despicable Me. They’re still wearing blue overalls, following orders from the supervillain Gru (Steve Carell), and performing massive manual labor in the basement.

  • Monsters University

    Family Film ReviewsMonsters University

    Monsters University is set years before Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) are hardworking monsters at the factory in Monsters, Inc. Because they’re animated monsters, though, they look and sound just the same as before. Or... after.

  • Man of Steel

    Family Film ReviewsMan of Steel

    You know the story: a scientist named Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his doting wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer) realize that their planet, named Krypton, is about to explode, and so they send their infant child Kal-El in a space pod to earth. Here the baby will be found, renamed Clark, and raised by a farmer in Smallville, Kansas, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), and his wife Martha (Diane Lane). He will grow up to be a sturdy fellow (played by Henry Cavill, with super-defined abs and, for a period of time, a super-manly beard), devoted to his human parents but also suspecting that he’s not like other kids.

  • Epic

    Family Film ReviewsEpic

    Mary Katherine, or M.K. (Amanda Seyfried), is miserable at the start of Epic. Following the offscreen loss of her mother, the teenager is headed to a ramshackle house in the woods, where her father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), has lived alone for years, pursuing a fantastic-seeming notion only he believes, that a population of tiny beings dwell in the forest. As he tries every day to see these people, with a collection of cameras and monitors, as well as a contraptionish helmet with thick-lensed goggles, he barely sees what’s in front of him at home, which now includes his daughter.

  • LEGO City High Speed Chase

    Real ReviewsLEGO City High Speed Chase

    Oh, LEGOs! How I love thee! I sat down with my oldest son after dinner and let him put together the first of three build included in the LEGO City High Speed Chase. He could follow the instructions without much help from me, though he was quite meticulous in making sure they were the correct pieces for each step. The first build was the police motorcycle, and the simplest of the three. After building it, he played with it all evening!

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Family Film ReviewsStar Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness begins with a proverbial bang: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is on the run from a group of bipeds, chalky-faced and primitively dressed, while Spock (Zachary Quinto) is lowered into a volcano. Each faces his crisis as he is wont: Kirk dashes and leaps and barks orders into his communicator, Spock sets up the super-high-tech contraption with which he means to stop the volcano before it destroys the very population who is now chasing after Kirk. The Prime Directive is at stake.

  • Twister Rave Skip It

    Real ReviewsTwister Rave Skip It

    Twister Rave Skip It game by Hasbro. It is a skipping game that features flashing lights that strobe through multiple colors as you advance levels.

  • Cars Stunt Racers Dinoco Stunt Show Stunt Set

    Real ReviewsCars Stunt Racers Dinoco Stunt Show Stunt Set

    This stunt set is easy to assemble and took me about 15 minutes to completely set up with decals and all. Once assembled you can put the Gray launching crank on any of the 3 tracks.

  • Iron Man 3

    Family Film ReviewsIron Man 3

    Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is once again feeling anxious as Iron Man 3 begins. As much as he enjoys being Iron Man, which is to say, being a celebrity, commercial product, and superhero, he’s also worried that the suit is yet imperfect, as is his commitment to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), longtime girlfriend and CEO of his company, Stark Industries. Now that they’re living together fulltime, in a gigantic house on a cliff over the Malibu surf, he’s worried. He can’t say why exactly, but he does show symptoms of trauma, presumably owing to the considerable beatings he took in The Avengers.

  • Nerf Weather Blitz Football

    Real ReviewsNerf Weather Blitz Football

    The moment I got this football in the mail I hoped for snow so that the kids could try it out in the snow because the football is made for all types of weather.