Movie Reviews

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    The Contender: Rio
    Release Date: April 15
    The One-Two Punch: It’s made by the same people who came up with Ice Age and features the diverse talents of Anne Hathaway, The Social Network...

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    The Contender: Born to Be Wild
    Release Date: April 8
    The One-Two Punch: Morgan Freeman narrates a compelling story with super cute baby elephant and chimpanzee protagonists.
    The Premise: After...

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    The Contender: Hop
    Release Date: April 1
    The One-Two Punch: Just in time for Easter, who doesn’t love cute animated bunnies?
    The Premise: For anyone who’s wondered how the Easter...

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    Plugged In Online is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand,...

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    The Contender: Mars Needs Moms

    Release Date: March 4, 2011

    Rating: PG

    Starring: The voices of Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Mindy Sterling and Tom Everett Scott

    The One-...

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    The Contender: Beastly

    Release Date: March 4, 2011

    Rating: PG-13

    Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Justin Bradley, Mary Kate Olsen and Peter Krause

    The One-...

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    The Contender: Rango    

    Release Date: March 4, 2011

    Rating: PG

    Starring: The voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina and...

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    The Contender: The Adjustment Bureau    

    Release Date: March 4, 2011

    Rating: PG-13

    Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery and Anthony Mackle


  • promo image for Red Riding Hood

    In the first of several fairy tale updates, Red Riding Hood is part love story, part action/adventure and very moody, thanks to Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

    The Contender: Red Riding Hood


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    By Christa A. Banister, senior editor,


    The Contender: Gnomeo and Juliet

    Release Date: February 11, 2011

    Rating: G

    Starring: The voices of...

  • You Again

    For many people, there was no worse time in their lives than high school, and You Again, a charming romantic comedy with Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth and Jamie Lee Curtis, explores all the angst and awkwardness that results when you...

  • The Karate Kid

    While it would’ve been more accurate to call the reboot of the famed '80s classic The Kung Fu Kid, there's still plenty to like. Not only do leads Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan have fantastic onscreen chemistry, but the dialogue on...

  • VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life, a lesson in being content

    With a wink and a nudge to that movie everyone watches every Christmas (yeah, you know the one), the Veggies you already love wrestle with what's more important in life – family or fame – in what's ultimately a relevant...

  • Waiting for Superman education documentary

    A thought-provoking documentary on the state of public education, Waiting for Superman forgoes the usual pie charts and boring fact regurgitation and takes a more personal approach to the issue. Zeroing in on five students vying for a shot...

  • Secretariat 2010 horse movie

    Move over, Seabiscuit, there's a new horse movie in town, and trust me, this one won't put you to sleep. Based on a true story, Secretariat features one feisty racehorse and her equally spirited owner, played by Diane Lane. Both...