COMMON SENSE MEDIA SPOOKY HALLOWEEN MOVIES FOR KIDS

SCARY (BUT NOT TOO SCARY)

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Find out more about how CSM can help you find the perfect family movies in our full post here, check out the full collection of CSM rated Vudu titles here, and read on for some of CSM’s most recommended spooky Halloween titles for kids of different age groups.

CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST (AGE 3+)

Everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey is back in action for a fun-filled fall adventure complete with tricks and treats.

Good for kids of almost any age, this colorful tale has mild spookiness but no real scares (even the central scary story is just a scarecrow who steals hats).

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS MEET THE WOLFMAN (AGE 5+)

Alvin and the gang have their hands full this Halloween with a mysterious new neighbor who may (or may not?) be a real-life werewolf.

The supernatural scares in this story might be too much for kids under 5, but it’s a fun seasonal adventure with good life lessons.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (AGE 7+)

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls galore! this timeless crossover holiday classic is filled with unforgettable songs and handmade charm.

Some of the visuals in this monster-packed musical are undeniably creepy, but it’s all in good fun for kids over the age of 7.

FRANKENWEENIE (AGE 9+)

It’s alive! This revivified pet is still man’s best friend, just with a few new paranormal modifications.

Frankenweenie has a somewhat dark tone and realistic depictions of grief after losing a pet, but kids over 9 will appreciate its warm sentiments and unique look.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN FIVE WORD MOVIE REVIEW

 

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Why haven’t I told you about Justified before?

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Well, I’m telling you now.

I admit I’m a bit of a latecomer to this show, but after a friend recommended “Justified,” I was hooked from the first episode. I couldn’t stop watching this show. I was compelled to start the next episode right after each ended, and was staying up until two or three in the morning a few nights before I realized it. It was like eating potato chips; well written Kentucky-style potato chips. Don’t look for those, they don’t exist.

“Justified” is based on novelist Elmore Leonard’s ‘Fire in the Hole,’ and stars Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Hitman) as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens who, after a shooting incident in Miami, is transferred to his home state of Kentucky. Thrown back to Harlan County and a world he’d been happy to leave behind, Givens soon has to deal with his estranged father, Arlo (Raymond J. Barry), his ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea), and an old acquaintance-turned-bank-robber, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). The Deputy Marshal has to contend with old feuds, corruption, Harlan’s organized crime, as well as the Detroit Mafia who are looking for payback for Miami.

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Women of Character, Courage and Commitment in Film – Week 2

This week we are celebrating exceptional female role models in movies. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favorites. These characters push the limits of their situation, demanding that their lives mean something and that they are allowed to be who they want. Strong and determined, these women and girls are the types of characters that can inspire women to reach for the stars.

Wadjda (2013)

Wadjda – A 10-year old girl in Saudi Arabia does whatever it takes to buy herself a bicycle, in order to race her friend.

Brave (2012)

Merida – The fiercely independent daughter of King Fergus, Merida fights for the chance to make her own life decisions, clashing against the traditional customs of her mother.

Hunger Games (2012)

Katniss – A young woman volunteers in her sister’s place for the Hunger Games and fights for her life with compassion for her fellow Tributes.

The Help (2011)

Skeeter – Determined to be a successful writer, Skeeter secretly starts interviewing the help for a book and gives voices to the women who take care of prominent southern families.

Aibileen – As the first housekeeper to agree to be interviewed by Skeeter, Aibileen mobilizes the other housekeepers to join her in sharing their stories, while she tries to empower the white children she raises.

Minny – Outspoken and strong, Minny stands her ground when faced with a cruel employer, using her revenge to keep the women interviewed safe from retribution.

Mary and Martha (2013)

Mary – An American interior designer turns the loss of her son from malaria into a political campaign to fight the spread of the disease.

Martha – A British housewife who inspires Mary to channel her grief to save other children, as well as dedicating her life to making a difference at the orphanage where her son died from malaria.

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Maggie – Trying to make something of her life, a waitress throws herself into training to become a professional boxer, determined to prove she has what it takes to be the best.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

Martha – Trailblazing war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn, has a passionate romance with Ernest Hemingway, but values her work and the stories she writes so much that she asks for a divorce from the writer.

Which female characters are your role models? Enjoy these movies and be sure to check back next week for more!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to read last week’s installment featuring films with strong female leads from the 1990’s and earlier.

Best Movies of 2013 You Haven’t Seen

If you, like many busy movie lovers, are still playing catch up after this year’s Oscars winners were announced on March 2nd, you’ll find this page useful since it lists all the nominees and winners that we have here at VUDU.

In this blog post I’ll talk about some of these Oscar-nominated films and some other great films from last year that you may not have seen.

 

DOCUMENTARIES

Fans of documentaries were lucky to have many worthwhile titles to see last year. “Cutie and the Boxer,” a moving portrait of a two aging, married artists who live in NYC, and “20 Feet From Stardom,” the stories of the backup singers to some of the biggest names in music, like The Rolling Stones, are two good Oscar-nominated documentaries (the latter won) that deal with the sacrifices and disappointments that can come with a life dedicated to artistic passion.

For fans of Stanley Kubrick and his film “The Shining,” “Room 237” is a godsend–a documentary that proves how much fervor the late director’s dense and mysterious films can generate. This simple, low-budget doc is provocative for the far-flung theories that it gives voice to, matching imagery from the classic horror film to crack-pot theories and deeply subjective analyses from super-fans that could either open your mind to new ways of seeing the film or just make you laugh.

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