| Nov 1, 2012
| 9:59 AM
"Wreck-It Ralph," the exhaustingly dazzling new Walt Disney Animation Studios feature, qualifies as the most manic baby sitter in town, clever and detailed in its kaleidoscopic depiction of the private lives, seething resentments and yearning dreams of...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 8:35 PM
"Frankenweenie" is just what one might expect from Tim Burton; an enjoyably creepy stop-motion animation full of spindly characters and gloomy backdrops.
Young Victor Frankenstein is an aspiring scientist, far more comfortable with his beloved dog...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 8:44 AM
I’m never thrilled when attending animated films. Often times they’re like Shrek or the last one I saw – Brave. Great graphics, great voices, weak story and ultimately a kids movie. Imagine my surprise when I brought my friends kids to...
| Aug 22, 2012
If you haven’t already seen it, watch the video of kids crying their eyes out after seeing the half-star atrocity “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” a movie Disney has promoted as “feel good” despite a sad ending—...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:49 AM
"ParaNorman" is one of those animated kids' movies that's filled with dark, deathly subject matter. At various points we see ghosts, corpses, zombies and all manner of gruesome stuff in between.
Yet, there's no mistaking that this qualifies as family...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 7:31 PM
"Robot and Frank" may be the first buddy movie between a robot and a senior citizen.
Frank (Frank Langella) has increasing memory lapses, and his son (James Marsden) is worn out driving hundreds of miles each week to clean up after him. He buys his dad...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 12:16 AM
This is the type of movie critics are going to rip apart. They’re not going to pull their punches as they have at it. Perhaps it’s because I went in with low expectations that I kind of had fun with it.
I did wonder something about Joe Rogan,...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 2:32 PM
Why does our culture treat pirates as kid-friendly characters? They're violent criminals with notoriously bad hygiene.
At least classic children's literature such as "Treasure Island" and "Peter Pan" had the decency to portray them as bad guys....
| Jun 7, 2012
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"is one of the fanciest, most carefully assembled cartoons ever put on the screen. The jokes come so fast that they're nearly subliminal. Plot points whiz by, and when things threaten to blur, there's a crazy musical...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 9:16 AM
Two new 3-D films each debuted with $50 million or more at the box office this weekend, jumpstarting ticket sales at the multiplex after weeks of lackluster business.
The weekend's winner was the animated "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted,"which opened...
| Jun 12, 2012
| 7:50 AM
Summer Family Fun in Chicago
Young Eagles Program – Free Airplane Rides for Kids
Young Eagles is a FREE program offered by the EAA (the Experimental Aircraft Association is a community of enthusiasts who fly, build and restore recreational...
| May 3, 2012
| 12:53 PM
The success of the 2008 remake of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" yielded this sequel, which fans of another Jules Verne story - "The Mysterious Island" - will recognize many elements from.
Young Sean (returnee Josh Hutcherson) is joined by his...