Family Films

June 19, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Brave'

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.

June 12, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

The Central Park Zoo escapees’ third outing tops the box office … but parents may want to think twice before they ‘move it’ to theaters with the kids.

June 12, 2012

DON'T read reviews of Pixar's 'Brave'!

The trouble with spoilers … and the magic of discovery.

June 1, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

The year’s second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that’s long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.

April 26, 2012

SDG Reviews ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’

New movie offers swashbuckling, stop-motion silliness from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.

April 20, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Chimpanzee'

Amazing documentary footage highlighting the winsome and wild sides of chimp society is undermined by pedestrian narration.

March 30, 2012

SDG Reviews 'Mirror Mirror'

Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning Snow White movie is a revisionist fairy tale that blends sweetness with occasional rude humor.

March 9, 2012

Register Radio: Morally-Tainted Products and Family Films

Technologist Rebecca Taylor and Film Critic Steven Greydanus

March 2, 2012

Are the Borrowers thieves?!

March 2, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Lorax'

Middling cartoon tries to honor Dr. Seuss's eco-fable, but can't capture its heart.

February 21, 2012

Parents: Your kids can do better at the movies!

February 13, 2012

SDG Reviews 'The Secret World of Arrietty'

There’s a world of wonder under the floorboards in this gentle, wholesome family-film delight.

January 31, 2012

Which Disney Villain is the Most Evil?

November 22, 2011

SDG Reviews 'The Muppets'

It's time to play the music: The Muppet magic is finally back in this refreshingly old-school family film.

November 22, 2011

Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Happy Feet 2, Descendants: In 30 Seconds!

November 21, 2011

SDG Reviews 'Happy Feet Two'

Darkness falls on Antarctica: The dancing-penguin sequel is the grimmest animated film in years, a global-warming disaster movie rife with problematic themes.

October 28, 2011

Puss in Boots, Anonymous & The Three Musketeers in 30 Seconds!

October 28, 2011

SDG Reviews 'Puss in Boots'

The Shrek spin-off offers an entertaining blend of spectacle, energy — and surprising heart.

October 26, 2011

Broken Family Films

How family films reveal or obscure the realities of divorce and brokenness — and how literal a “broken home” can be in films like Zathura, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Monster House and Up.

October 12, 2011

Girls Rule, Boys Drool? Stereotyping the sexes in family films

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