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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

“National Parks Adventure” playing at Arizona Science Center

Now through Thursday, Feb. 2, catch “National Parks Adventure,” an ode to America’s National Parks, on the Arizona Science Center’s five-story screen in the Irene P. Flinn Theater. Narrated by Robert Redford, this action-packed movie by filmmaker Greg MacGillivray celebrates the 100th anniversary of our nation’s parks by following a trio of outdoor adventurers. The […]

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Keep cool at these summer movie events

There will be plenty of new movies opening in theaters during the traditional blockbuster month of July. But there are also plenty of places to watch fascinating documentaries or second-run films, often at low prices. Some include water fun! Here’s a roundup of cool summer movie events for kids and families: Bugs! 3-D This film […]

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10 best family movies to watch during the holidays

10 best family movies

It’s tough to keep up with every new movie out there these days, but the holiday season is a great time to revisit the best family movies—or catch up on those you might have missed—through the years. If you’re looking for films to watch together in the coming days and weeks, here are 10 ideas […]

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“Room” explores a mother’s boundless love

Film "Room" explores mother-son bond

It’s not your typical holiday movie marked by comedic romps and a sappy, sentimental ending. “Room” is a film for parents interested in a compelling alternative. “Room” explores a mother’s boundless love and the infinite wonder in her young son’s eyes. It raises profound questions that will linger long after you’ve left the theater: What makes […]

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Sneak peek at the Scottsdale International Film Festival

Scottsdale International Film Festival

Think the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival is just for serious, art-minded movie buffs? Think again. The festival, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 5 through Monday, Nov. 9 at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, includes more than 40 feature films from more than 30 countries. Some are perfect for family […]

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“Inside Out” is a must-see summer movie

"Inside Out" summer movies

“Inside Out,” the newest film from Pixar, portrays life inside the psyche of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, where five distinct emotions work together in the “command center” that controls the way she feels. There’s Joy, whose job it is to keep Riley happy—but there’s also Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. Each has a special job […]

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Why teens should see the film “Big Eyes”

Big Eyes starring Amy Adams

It’s billed as the tale of a famous art con—but there’s much more to the new film “Big Eyes,” which also explores the challenges of single parenting, the ripple effects of lying and the destructive toll of emotional abuse. For parents eager to reinforce their teen’s moral compass, it’s a perfect vehicle for starting conversations […]

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“Into the Woods” blends family life with fairy tales

Baker and Little Red in Disney's Into the Woods

The new Disney film “Into the Woods” is a fabulous blend of family life and fairy tales. It’s based on a musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim in which a baker and his wife journey into the woods to break a spell that has left them unable to bear a child. The spell is […]

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Silly “Night at the Museum” has a serious side

Families who have seen the first two “Night at the Museum” films—released in 2006 and 2009—know they’re supremely silly. Museum artifacts from dinosaur skeletons to models of ancient warriors come alive at night. A monkey named Dexter alternates between wreaking havoc and saving the day. A golden tablet that looks like a large cellphone keypad […]

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5 things to know about the new “Annie” movie

5 Things to Know About the New Annie Film

Wondering whether your family might enjoy the new “Annie” movie? Here are five things that may help you decide. It’s fine if you haven’t seen the musical. Families who have never seen a stage or screen version of “Annie” aren’t at a disadvantage. The film’s story line is understandable for folks who aren’t familiar with […]

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