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How Social Media Turns Us Into Fools How Social Media Turns Us Into Fools (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…When the usual Twitter email landed in my inbox an hour ago with a daily tweet that some computer algorithm calculated would be important to me, I had my finger poised on the delete button. However, after the milliseconds of attention I granted to the email I paused for a…

Home Video Releases for November 25 Home Video Releases for November 25 (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…This week The Boxtrolls roll onto home video shelves. This story of a human boy raised by an underground group of box-wearing creatures is full of characters that are tough to warm up to. The characters are also often creepy and their conduct borders on inappropriate for the movie’s intended…

This New Doll Defies Body Image Expectations This New Doll Defies Body Image Expectations (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…If you haven’t heard of the Lammily doll yet, I’m beginning to think you soon will. It’s one of those ideas that, the moment I saw it, I thought, “Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?” Good thing Nickolay Lamm did.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Is Set to Release This Friday The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Is Set to Release This Friday (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…If you are a Hunger Games fan then you know it is only three more sleeps until The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 releases. This continuing saga follows Katniss Everdeen who has become a symbol of rebellion after her part in sabotaging the Capitol’s Hunger Games.

Home Video Releases for November 18 Home Video Releases for November 18 (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…This week there is a cornucopia of new home video releases arriving on store shelves—everything from animation and action to an old classic. The Wind Rises is an animation from Director Hayao Miyazaki that draws a story of hope and creativity while glossing over the real purpose behind the arms…

New Videos Include Penguin Shake Lesson New Videos Include Penguin Shake Lesson (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…We’ve been working hard to provide the latest clips and trailers for the latest movies we are covering here at Parent Previews. We hope the video content will help parents have a better idea of a movie’s content and theme. Even better, we are receiving a greater number of “featurettes”…

Does “Dumb and Dumber To” Go Too Far? Does “Dumb and Dumber To” Go Too Far? (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Humor is one of the most subjective emotions. What makes you laugh may be absolute tedium to me—and vice versa. I often see this in a crowded movie theater where some people are laughing while others appear bored, confused or perhaps even offended.

Bette Midler Wants A Hocus Pocus Sequel Bette Midler Wants A Hocus Pocus Sequel (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…If a comeback is good enough for Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To, then it is understandable that the ladies from Hocus Pocus should want a reunion as well. Two decades after the Disney movie about a trio of witches hit the big screen, Bette Midler,…

Home Video Releases for November 11 Home Video Releases for November 11 (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Hold onto your dragon saddle. How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies into stores today. In this sequel, Hiccup sets out on another adventure where he makes a most unexpected discovery. But his father is eager for his son to stay home and assume the leadership of the town where…

What These Two Very Different Robots Can Teach Your Kids What These Two Very Different Robots Can Teach Your Kids (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…A story element in the opening scenes of Big Hero 6 has a young character battling robots. It was an ironic circumstance that had this movie, featuring a marshmellow-like robot named Baymax, ended up head-to-head with Interstellar, another sci-fi where a robot called Tars plays a critical role in the…

Star Wars VII Has An Official Title Star Wars VII Has An Official Title (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Movie franchises (and computer operating systems) are a funny thing. Creators try to give them impressive names, but many of us (and especially George Lucas) want to simply serialize them with numbers. Today Lucasfilm (now owned by Disney) has left the impression that episode numbers are no longer a priority…

Toy Story 4 On Its Way! Toy Story 4 On Its Way! (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Rumor was that Pixar put the toys into the attic on a permanent basis after the finale of Toy Story 3. Now in a statement released yesterday (November 6, 2014) it appears the creators may be missing Buzz and Woody as much as we are.

The Academy Awards’ Love Affair with Biopics Is Good News for Eddie Redmayne The Academy Awards’ Love Affair with Biopics Is Good News for Eddie Redmayne (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Eddie Redmayne has set himself on a trajectory for an Academy Award next year or at least a nomination. The 32-year-old actor takes on the challenging role of cosmologist Stephen Hawkings in the movie The Theory of Everything. In it, he depicts the slow and painful deterioration of Hawking’s body…

4 Crime-fighters Right-Hand Helpers 4 Crime-fighters Right-Hand Helpers (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…Bruce Wayne may be the man wearing the black suit and saving the day but who bails out Batman? His butler Alfred Pennyworth, of course. Every composed, Alfred serves as Bruce Wayne’s caregiver, confidant, assistant and in some depictions as a surrogate father for the orphaned child who grows up…

Furious 7 Wraps Up With Some Help from Paul Walker’s Brothers Furious 7 Wraps Up With Some Help from Paul Walker’s Brothers (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…The death of Paul Walker in November left a big hole in a franchise that along with fast cars celebrates family. While mourning the loss of the actor, the studio had to decide if and how it could complete filming for the movie Fast & Furious 7—now simply called Furious…

Home Video Releases for November 4 Home Video Releases for November 4 (The Big Picture, Last Update Nov 2014)

…After a dearth of family friendly options for new home video releases, today is flying high with movie choices for home theaters. Blu is back for another family adventure in Rio 2. He seems content to settle into his new domestic life with his wife and kids in the Brazilian…

Are Halloween Costumes Going Too Far? Are Halloween Costumes Going Too Far? (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…Walk down any Halloween costume aisle this week and you’ll probably see a pattern—gruesome or provocative. Oh there might be the occasional fairy princess or cowboy among the costumes. But more and more it seems that even young children’s costumes are increasingly edgier.

Home Video Releases for October 28 Home Video Releases for October 28 (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…Three R-rated movies release to home video this week. In the film Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff plays an aspiring actor waiting for his breakthrough role. Meanwhile, with his wife eking out what she can as a cubicle worker at a utility company, Braff’s character decides to home school…

First Fast and Furious 7 Trailer Releases Nov. 1 First Fast and Furious 7 Trailer Releases Nov. 1 (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…Fast and Furious fans have to wait only a few more days to see the unveiling of the first trailer for the next addition in the action series. Universal is hosting a huge event to showcase the trailer on Saturday, November1 in Los Angeles. With the death of one of…

Why Movies Ignore Women Why Movies Ignore Women (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…You don’t have to see a lot of movies to recognize that women take a back seat at the cinema—and I’m not talking about the audience. As a critic of over two decades I can attest that on the big screen females are far less likely to play…

Home Video Releases for October 21 Home Video Releases for October 21 (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…Store shelves might be stocked with Halloween candy and costumes but they have slim pickings for families when it comes to new home video releases this week.

Brad Pitt Will Let His 13-Year-Old See Fury Brad Pitt Will Let His 13-Year-Old See Fury (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…Fury has been called a “face-first plunge into the blood, guts and terror of combat”, “the nauseating exhilaration of combat” and a “bleak and savage story of a World War II tank crew.”

Explore Our New Clips and Featurettes Explore Our New Clips and Featurettes (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve added hundreds of new trailers and movie clips to our database over the past few weeks. Why? Well, first of all, it’s usually fun to see sneak peaks of what a movie may have to offer. But this is Parent Previews and we know…

Home Videos Releasing October 14 Home Videos Releasing October 14 (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…This week’s home video releases feature talking dogs, time traveling mutants and Egyptian mummies…

Is Box Office Mojo Really Dead? Is Box Office Mojo Really Dead? (The Big Picture, Last Update Oct 2014)

…All I needed was box office earnings for Mr. Peabody and Sherman. What I got was a surprise.

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