Fairest of Them All

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Julia Roberts. In college I loved her chick flicks. Pretty Woman. Steel Magnolias.So it felt a little odd to take my daughters to see a Julia Roberts flick. It was even stranger to realize that in Mirror, Mirror, a comic take on Snow White, Julia is, um, not the Pretty Woman. Yes, she is still beautiful, but she plays the aging beauty—the stepmother who is losing her powers. And, oh yeah, she’s just a little bit older than me.Ouch.I admit as a child I was not much of a critical rea … [Read more...]

Team Bella or Team Katniss? It’s Not Even Close

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The Hunger Games series -- about a girl taken from home to participate in annual games which will result in almost certain death -- have been called the “new Twilight.” Both of these movie franchises come from best selling books aimed at teenagers, both have female lead characters, both have love triangles, and both have parents wrangling with suitability for their kids.However, I said no to Twilight and yes to Hunger Games for my kids, and here’s why.First, our culture needs more Katni … [Read more...]

Lorax: Anti-Capitalist and Dubiously Environmental?

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If you're thinking about taking the kids to this new movie, Rebecca Cusey gives us a heads-up over on Tinsel.  After reading her piece, I went to the movie's official website.  Here's what I found. … [Read more...]


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