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The Giver Earns Heartland Film Award

The Giver Earns Heartland Film Award

Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver is the latest young adult fiction to come to theaters. The movie, set to release August 15, tells the story of a young boy who lives in a seemingly ideal world where everyone conforms to the rules of society. It is a world without war, ...

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Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace?

Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace?

In the context of a car commercial, it’s a brand promotion. In the context of the latest Disney/Pixar animation Planes: Fire & Rescue, it’s a swear word—or at least a substitute swear word. And it’s not the only iffy word to show up in this ...

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Celebrating America’s Immigrants

Celebrating America’s Immigrants

Are you looking for a way to help your children feel more patriotic this Fourth of July? Well you might want to start by reminding them of the words of poet Emma Lazarus, which are found on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

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A Dozen Films for Father’s Day

A Dozen Films for Father’s Day

Once a year we take a day to honor fathers, those men who lead, guide and provide for the family. Theirs is a tough job—and often an unappreciated one. So if you are looking for a way to say thanks to the ordinary hero who lives at your house, ...

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Mother’s Day Movies

Mother’s Day Movies

Flowers, perfume, hand drawn pictures—and sometimes even pots and pans, are all ways we try to say, "Thanks Mom." Yet these things are mere trinkets when compared to a mother’s gifts of hard work, endless love, and patient faith that someday we’ll amount to something.

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Easter Movie Ideas

Easter Movie Ideas

Whether you are looking for a deep personal religious experience, a solid egg of inspiration, or something as sweet and light as a chocolate bunny, we hope you find something in our basket of Easter movie suggestions that will suit your family’s taste.  

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10 Summer Movies for Families

10 Summer Movies for Families

Look outside and it might be hard to believe the summer movie season is only weeks away. But Hollywood has already lined up a parade of films they hope will be blockbusters this summer. Whether you are sunbathing or still dealing with snow, we have 10 movies your family will want ...

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5 Tips for a Common Sense Approach to Parenting

5 Tips for a Common Sense Approach to Parenting

When it comes to parenting, Richard Greenberg believes in a common sense approach. He’s the voice behind Common Sense Dad and he comes with over 30 years of experience as a husband and father.

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12 Family Friendly Movie Heroes

12 Family Friendly Movie Heroes

Get ready to honor movie heroes at the 2014 Oscars. According to the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, this year’s gala will give the nod to big-screen movie heroes of all types—real-life, super, popular and even animated.

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6 Great Books on the Big Screen

6 Great Books on the Big Screen

Every author of young adult fiction likely hopes his or her book will be the next big box office success. Until that happens, here are six movies based on great books you can read with your kids.

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Best Halloween Movies for Kids

Best Halloween Movies for Kids

Halloween is around the corner, and the kids want a party. Chances are someone has mentioned watching a scary movie as the perfect close to a frightful evening. But if you have ever attempted to scare up a film for your child's Halloween get-together, you have likely discovered how difficult ...

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Memorial Day Movies

Memorial Day Movies

The last Monday in May is the day set aside for Americans to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country. Dating back to the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day now includes all conflicts ever engaged in by the United States. Over ...

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R Doesn’t Always Rule at the Oscars

R Doesn’t Always Rule at the Oscars

When it comes to the Oscars, R-rated movies may seem more likely to triumph with six of the last Best Picture winners flaunting the higher rating. But movies with lower ratings haven’t been overlooked. While most of them have come with a PG-13 rating, a few PG films and ...

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Cuddle up with one of these classic romance movies

Cuddle up with one of these classic romance movies

Tired of vampires (Twilight) and zombies (Warm Bodies)  as the only option for a love interest? Maybe this year it’s time to push aside current offerings in favor of a classic romance movie.  

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Making Some Great Summer Television

Making Some Great Summer Television

Television is a tempting distraction during the lazy hazy crazy days of summer… especially when the kids are lounging about with nothing to do. Rather than succumbing to a smorgasbord of reruns intermixed with situation comedies deemed unworthy of the fall schedule, take control and become your own program ...

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