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  • Toy Story Mania

    Video Game ReviewsToy Story Mania

    There has been a lot of Toy Story talk lately with details of the next animated film, Toy Story 3, slinking onto the Internet, despite the veil of secrecy that Disney and Pixar have drawn over it. Suffice it to say, that it’s going to be the entertainment event of next summer. But don’t let all the talk confuse you about the new game, Toy Story Mania, which is not a movie tie-in but rather a video game inspired by the attraction at the Disney theme Parks. This video game features the famous Toy Story characters, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang in carnival style mini-games that up to four people can…

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Family Film ReviewsWhere the Wild Things Are

    Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s beloved 1963 children’s book, this movie begins inside the head of nine-year-old Max (Max Records). As he’s chasing his dog through the house, the shots are close, hand-held, and fast; the soundtrack is percussive and breathless; and the behavior, while energetically giddy and childish, isn’t exactly “good.” Max is both a troublemaker and troubled, missing his absent father (who has left him an award encouraging him to think of the world as his own), resentful of his teenaged sister Claire (Pepita Emmerichs), and devoted to his mother (Catherine…

  • Scribblenauts

    Video Game ReviewsScribblenauts

    This may be one of the most difficult games I’ve had to describe yet because it is also one of the most unique and creative. I’ll start with the basics; Scribblenauts is a DS exclusive that combines elements of classic action games, such as Mario Brothers, with imaginative puzzle solving brainteasers like those found in the Professor Layton games. Players use the DS touch screen to help the game’s character, Maxwell, collect a Starite (a gold star) on each level. Here is where things get tricky. In order to get the Starite, you have to figure out what objects Maxwell will need to use in order to…

  • What To Wear: The Halloween Costume Decision

    Seasonal ProductWhat To Wear: The Halloween Costume Decision

    For your child, the costume her or she chooses is very important. Are you going out to buy a costume, or are you going to create one from home? They might want to wear a costume that's one of their favorite characters, is considered very cool and "in".

  • The Beatles: Rock Band

    Video Game ReviewsThe Beatles: Rock Band

    Who could have guessed that the band my parents (and some of our grandparents) listened to on vinyl records 40 years ago would become one of the most talked about video games of 2009. The Beatles: Rock Band is the latest Rock Band game and gives players the ability to jam along with the Fab Four or, at least, digitally animated versions, through a collection of songs that span the band’s career. Songs include hits from the early small club days in 1963 Liverpool such as “Twist And Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There” to that famous final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop of…

  • Guitar Hero 5

    Video Game ReviewsGuitar Hero 5

    The insanely successful rock video game is back with 85 master tracks featuring some of today’s most popular artists and classic rock legends. All 85 tracks are available from the beginning of the game and include songs from such artists as David Bowie, Coldplay, Tom Petty, blink-182, Billy Idol, Kings of Leon, The White Stripes, Nirvana, Santana, Motley Crue, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and many more

  • Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show

    Video Game ReviewsHannah Montana: Rock Out The Show

    Spoiler Alert! Hannah Montana is actually Miley Stewart! There, I said it. The cat is out of the bag. If you have tween-age girls in your household you probably already knew that Hannah and Miley (both played by Miley Cyrus) were the same person. Something that you might not know is that Hannah Montana is making her PSP debut this month in the game, Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show.

  • Madden 10

    Video Game ReviewsMadden 10

    The original John Madden Football video game was published 21 years ago and has undergone many improvements since then including licensed NFL teams, real athletes, realistic graphics and game announcers. This month, EA publishes Madden NFL 10, which brings your couch closer to the 50-yard line than ever before. Madden NFL 10 scales back on some of the unnecessary bells and whistles of past versions and instead focuses on creating the most realistic football video game to date. The game still features cutting-edge technology, namely Pro-Tak (more on that in a second), but utilizes the tech to deliver an incredibly…

  • Shorts

    Family Film ReviewsShorts

    Shorts is yet another romp through the gleefully childish imagination of Robert Rodriguez. Like Spy Kids, it offers up a family that needs to spend more time together—though the members don’t know it yet. Toby (Jimmy Bennett) is feeling lonely and sad, ignored by his workaholic parents (Jon Cryer and Leslie Mann) and older sister Stacey (Kat Dennings). As Toby—nicknamed Toe—tells it, the story is fragmented and out of order, essentially a collection of short chapters, stitched together as he remembers what he’s left out, fast-forwarding or rewinding as he goes

  • Wii Sports Resort

    Video Game ReviewsWii Sports Resort

    Did you know that Wii Sports is the most successful selling video game of all time? It’s true. By the beginning of 2009, Wii Sports, which comes with the Nintendo Wii, had sold well over 40 million units and passed sales of Super Mario Bros, which formerly held this coveted sales title.