Cinema

Women and Children First: “Saving Mr. Banks”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
If you have a well-worn Mary Poppins DVD at home, and chapter-book-reading kids, Saving Mr. Banks may be the perfect movie for your family. (more)

We Deliver the Goods: “Delivery Man” Trailer Exclusive!
Media Darlings is very proud to be one of only 533 bloggers to present the first peek at the trailer for Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn. (more)

The Old College Try: Disney-Pixar's “Monsters University”
Disney-Pixar’s Fourteenth Feature – 2013
Movie Review by Jack Silbert. Let me get a little continuity issue out of the way. (more)

Better Than Good: “The Great Gatsby”
Film Review by Maggie Hames
Books and movies are different in just about every way media CAN be different. (more)

Too Many Irons In This Fire: “Iron Man 3”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
On the off-chance that your family hasn’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, I have a controversial suggestion for you: Don’t go. (more)


Talkin’ Baseball: “42”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
It might still be too chilly to bring the family to the ballpark.



The Crummy and “The Croods”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
I wish I hadn’t watched the credits. (more)


Finally I See the Emerald City! “Oz the Great and Powerful”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
With Great and Powerful comes great responsibility. (more)



Escape to “Escape from Planet Earth”
Movie Review by Maggie Hames
At its essence, Escape from Planet Earth is a sibling rivalry story. (more)

Looks Aren’t Everything: “Beautiful Creatures”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
First of all, they’re not witches, they’re Casters. And not those roll-y things on the bottom of ottomans, either. (more)

From Book to Film: “Beautiful Creatures” Authors Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Profile by Jack Silbert
My friend across the hall refuses to see any movie until she’s read the book that it’s based on. (more)

The Worst Best Pictures
Life is inherently unfair. (more)

Something to Sing About: “Les Misérables”
This is an extraordinary film, well worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of musicals in general. (more)

Good Thing, Small Package - “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
And so we return to Middle Earth, back to an ancient time when Liv Tyler was still famous. (more)

Lincoln, Lincoln, I’ve Been Thinkin’: Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”
Lincoln brings to life our sixteenth president with an uncanny naturalism that is almost disconcerting. (more)

’Tis the Season: “Rise of the Guardians”
Rise of the Guardians by Dreamworks is a fun and frosty treat for younger kids this holiday season. (more)

Late to the Game: Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph”
Disney’s Fifty-Second Animated Feature – 2012
I was literally in the dark when this film opened last week, put in the dark by Hurricane Sandy. (more)

A Boy, His Dog, and Pure Magic: “Frankenweenie”
At its core, Tim Burton’s black and white, stop-motion animated film (in 3D yet!) is a simple, moving tale of the relationship between a boy and his loyal dog. (more)

Welcome to the “Hotel Transylvania”
The Hotel Transylvania is an oasis of sorts. (more)

Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Nemo in 3-D”: Go, Fish!
Disney-Pixar’s Fifth Animated Feature – 2003 (Original Release) 2012 (3-D Release)
About a year ago, Disney announced it would re-release a collection of its most popular animated films in 3-D. (more)

Love Is the Miracle: “The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill”
Film Short Review by Regina Robbins
What’s Millie to do? She’s a pillar of her community, loved and trusted by her neighbors, and especially by the members of her church. (more)

I See Some Very Funny Dead People: “ParaNorman”
You know what’s wrong with this world? According to Norman of the animated film ParaNorman, people just don’t listen. (more)

To Life! “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
The Odd Life of Timothy Green feels like a fable, a fabulous tale set in a storybook town. (more)

This Dog Can’t Hunt, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”
The Wimpy Kid bunch is back for another go at milking the cash cow, er, I mean the bunch is back with another pre-tween/full-on tween “comedy.” (more)

The Amazing Spider-Man
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
Many griped that it was too soon to do another Spider-Man movie series. (more)

A Closer Look at “Brave”
This just in from Disney/Pixar, an Independence Day gift to us fans of Brave: (more)

A New Definition of “Brave”
If you’re alive in the United States right now, you’re aware that Disney/Pixar has released a new film called Brave and it’s already a hit. (more)

Life Is a Circus “Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted”
The Central Park Zoo is a very small, very urban zoo. (more)

Run Away to “Moonrise Kingdom”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
With 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson unequivocally proved he could make a film for children. (more)

The Fairest One of All: “Snow White and the Huntsman”
In March when I reviewed this year’s other Snow White film, Mirror Mirror, I mentioned that I completely understand an actress’s desire to play Snow White’s Wicked Queen. (more)

Basic Black: “Men in Black 3”
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
Right off the bat, I must give credit to the filmmakers for the bold retro move of just adding a number to the end of the sequel’s title. (more)

The Avengers
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
The Avengers smashed the all-time box office record for its opening weekend—more than $200 million—so there’s a good chance your kids have already seen this movie. (more)

You Had Me At Arrrr: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
There’s an innocent, wonderfully unawares brand of daftness that operates throughout The Pirates! Band of Misfits. (more)

“Chimpanzee” directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield
Movie Review by Jack Silbert
I dig monkeys. I love monkeys so much that, even though I know I’m really talking about chimpanzees most of the time, I still call them monkeys. (more)

Three Times the Chaos
The Three Stooges by the Farrelly Brothers
I kinda can't believe I'm writing this. (more)

Required Viewing for Parents: “Bully” Directed by Lee Hirsch
The film opens as a father watches home movies of a sweet baby boy who grows into a happy toddler before our eyes. (more)

All Is Vanity. Nothing's Fair: "Mirror Mirror"
If you’ve visited this site, you may already know how much I love and admire Walt Disney’s 1937 classic film, Snow White. (more)

I’m Here to Speak for “The Lorax”
I’m such a fan of the stories of Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, that I’ve lost patience with the stream of film directors who profess to love Geisel’s work as they dance on his grave. (more)

And the Winner Is … !
This is Media Darlings’ first Academy Award season and we’ve begun what we hope will become a yearly tradition. (more)

For Your Consideration: The “Best Pictures” for Families
I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s Academy Awards season. Offered for your consideration: the greatest family films to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (more)

Short But Very Sweet: “Daffy’s Rhapsody”
Cartoon Review by Jack Silbert
I wasn’t planning on seeing Journey 2: The Mysterious Island right away. I hadn’t seen Journey 1, and, you know, didn’t want to get thrown off by the undoubtedly multi-layered plot. (more)

Not In Front of the Kids!
With the success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo—winning a Golden Globe for Best Director and now several Oscar nominations—Scorsese conquered a genre nobody suspected was on his “to do” list: the family picture. (more)

I Give It Five Hurrahs and Twelve Hip-Hips! Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast in 3-D”
Disney’s Thirtieth Animated Feature – 1991 (Original Release) 2012 (3-D Release)
As a woman, a feminist, and as the mother of a little girl, I must say I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast. (more)

Joyful Noise
Film Review by Jack Silbert
It would be entirely too easy to refer to this movie as the “gospel Glee.” (more)

“War Horse” Directed by Steven Spielberg
Film Review by Jack Silbert
In my lifetime, there have been many notable horse movies: International Velvet, Black Stallion, Phar Lap, Sylvester, and Seabiscuit quickly come to mind. (more)

It’s Elmo’s World—And That’s Fine By Me by Maggie Hames
Documentary Review: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey directed by Constance Marks
How does a puppet (and for that matter, a puppeteer) get to be a superstar? (more)

You Go, Marty Scorsese!
Film Review by Regina Robbins
There are many reasons that Hugo is a major film event. (more)

The First One’s Free. That’s How They Hook You by Maggie Hames
My Daughter’s First Trip to the Movies
My local cinema has a summer program: every Wednesday and Thursday, you can bring your kids to the movies—for free. (more)

“The Kids Grow Up” (Way Too Fast!) by Maggie Hames
Documentary Review
A wise woman once told me that for parents, the days are long but the years are short. (more)

Run Away, Bunnies! by Maggie Hames
Film Review: "Hop"
I can make my review of Hop short and sweet: don’t go. Not, “don’t bother to go; it’s lame,” but rather, you should not bring young kids to see this movie. It delivers an anti-merit message that’s disheartening to say the least. (more)

I Liked You Better As a Stick Figure by Maggie Hames
Film Review: "The Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules"
The critics generally agree that the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, is a disappointment. Mind you, it’s currently number one at the box office. The popular book series and first film that grossed over $62 million in 2010 vitually assured an audience for a sequel. (more)