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  • Bandslam

    Family Film ReviewsBandslam

    Bandslam is an energetic, often clever high school musical sort of movie. It tweaks the formula just enough to seem original. As the movie begins, Will Burton (Gaelan Connell) and his mother Karen (Lisa Kudrow) move to Lodi, New Jersey, where he’ll be facing yet another new set of classmates. It’s a routine Will knows too well, feeling lonely and like a misfit. This time, he meets two intriguing girls right away: sweet, well-read, and gothy Sa5m (Vanessa Hudgeons), who informs him “the 5 is silent,” and boisterously self-confident former cheerleader Charlotte (Alyson Michalka). Immediately…

  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

    Family Film ReviewsPonyo on the Cliff by the Sea

    Hayao Miyazaki’s delightful new movie follows the unusual relationship between five-year-old Sosuke (voiced in this English language version by the Jonas Brothers’ younger brother Frankie) and a goldfish named Ponyo (Miley Cyrus’ little sister Noah). Normally, Susuke spends his days at preschool or visiting with the clients at the senior citizens’ home where his mother Lisa (Tiny Fey) works. They live in a house that overlooks the sea, where Sosuke sails a toy boat that looks like the cargo ship piloted by his dad (Matt Damon). One morning, he saves Ponyo, who has her oddly human-looking head…

  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    Family Film ReviewsG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a late-summer thrill ride that brings one of the quintessential American toy lines to vibrant life. The story, which is more based on the Joe from the 1982 “Real American History” era than any other era in the Joe legends, tells the story of a top secret, elite fighting force whose existence is only acknowledged at the highest levels of government—The Joes—with one simple task: save the world from the uber-evil Cobras

  • Julie & Julia

    Family Film ReviewsJulie & Julia

    As its title suggests, Julie & Julia is two movies in one. In one, Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and her diplomat husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) make themselves at home in Paris, 1949. Searching for “something to do,” she tries hat-making and bridge before she settles on her passion: cooking. Frustrated by the rudimentary women’s classes, she enrolls at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, where her fellow students are mostly men. Undaunted, she spends hours at home practicing (one afternoon, Paul opens the door to a kitchen full of onion fumes: Julia’s been practicing chopping for hours).…

  • The Munchables

    Video Game ReviewsThe Munchables

    The company that introduced the world to Pac-Man has a new game for us to sink our teeth into, called The Munchables. This game is wacky Japanese fun at it’s best and follows the story of Don Onion—a walking, talking, evil onion—who leads a band of space pirates on an invasion of a peaceful planet populated by a group of small creatures with voracious appetites know as the Munchables

  • Back to School

    Seasonal ProductBack to School

    Can we really be talking about Back to School already? Well, depending on where you live, this is coming as no news to you. For those living in states such as Florida or South Carolina, school starts in early August, while for most of the country, kids go back around the first of September.

  • G-Force

    Video Game ReviewsG-Force

    This month, G-Force, the 3D, animated/live-action film from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films arrives in theatres. The movie follows the adventures of an elite group of secret agents, equipped with high-tech gadgets and specialized talents, on an adventure to save the world. Oh… did I mention that the agents are guinea pigs?

  • G-Force

    Family Film ReviewsG-Force

    Most obviously, it’s Transformers with guinea pigs. (Or, Alvin and the Chipmunks with killer robots.) G-Force pits a team of highly trained and awfully cute furry creatures against a plot to take over the world. When his lab faces defunding by the U.S. government, the team’s human leader, Ben (Zach Galifiankis), sends the rodents—who use high-tech gizmos and speak English via a super-duper mini-translator—to gather information on home appliances magnate Leonard Saber (Bill Nighy). When their findings are compromised and the FBI decides to shut them down, the self-named G-Force must prove…

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Family Film ReviewsHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    The sixth film based on J.K. Rowling’s books is more grown-up than earlier installments, from the first scenes showing violent attacks on London streets to Harry’s increasingly difficult decisions. As Voldemort hovers above the action in the form of a very grim cloud, the Hogwarts students struggle against frightening forces, by discovering long-held adult secrets and negotiating their own adolescence and, in Harry’s case, his notoriety as “The Chosen One.” While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is again punctuated by glorious special effects —including the requisite…

  • LEGO Battles

    Video Game ReviewsLEGO Battles

    LEGO Battles should come with a Surgeon General’s warning because this game is highly addictive. In fact, my summer reading list has been suffering ever since it came into my life. The game takes LEGO’s three most popular building themes—Pirates, Space and Castles—and turns them into an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game, where the player has to build structures, armies and vehicles then engage in numerous battles through a series of stories and Acts (levels)