Tags: Motherhood

Article: Two Very Different Responses to Parenthood: Chef and Obvious Child

Among this summer’s successful indies were a pair of R-rated comedies — each from a filmmaker serving as writer, director and star — depicting two very different responses to the formidable responsibilities of parenthood.   Read more >

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

D+ | ** | -2| Kids & Up*

The Boxtrolls is so defiantly weird and bleak, so committed to the bitter end to its grotesque aesthetic and chilly story, that even as the film crashes and burns you can’t help being moved by the hardworking stop-motion animators’ devotion to their craft.   Read more >

Article: Top 10 Movie Moms

When I set out to make a list of great movie moms in honor of Mother’s Day, I knew it wouldn’t be easy — but I soon found it even harder than I thought. Let’s face it: Great mothers are in short supply in the movies.   Read more >

Review: The Kid With a Bike (2011)

A+ | **** | +4| Teens & Up

Here is a film that will break your heart, fill it with hope and challenge you to say Yes to God and to your neighbor, all at once.   Read more >

Post: Brave [video]

Brave in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review — plus clips from the film!   Read more >

Review: Brave (2012)

A- | ***½ | +2| Kids & Up*

Among Hollywood animated films, it may be the most positive affirmation of family since The Incredibles and the best fairy tale since Beauty and the Beast.   Read more >

Post: The Kid with a Bike [video]

The Kid with a Bike in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.   Read more >

Review: Tangled (2010)

B+ | *** | +2-1| Kids & Up

We really do accept as normal whatever we’re raised with, don’t we? Like, say you’ve lived all your life alone in a lonely tower in a hidden valley, and your golden hair is 70 feet long, and the only mother you’ve ever known — the only person you ever see — comes and goes using your hair as a rope ladder, and she’s never let you so much as set one foot outside, and your hair does this magic trick when you sing that — well, not to give it away, but that would just be life to you, wouldn’t it?   Read more >

Review: Babies (2010)

A | ***½ | +3| Kids & Up

Everyone should see Babies. Even people who have cats instead of children should see Babies. There are a number of cats in this movie, and some feline moments that must be seen to be believed, especially for cat lovers.   Read more >

Review: The Princess and the Frog (2009)

B | *** | +2-2| Kids & Up*

There’s a villain with magical powers — but instead of Disneyfied magic, like Aladdin’s friendly genie, the film’s New Orleans voodoo is an occult world of terrifying powers and principalities in which the villain himself is at much at risk as anyone. It’s almost Disney’s most overtly Christian depiction of magic and evil at least since Sleeping Beauty, if not ever — though the waters are muddied by a benevolent, swamp-dwelling hoodoo mama in a sort of fairy-godmother role.   Read more >

Review: Ponyo (2008)

B+ | *** | +1| Kids & Up

Although Ponyo seems as disjointed and free-floating as Howl’s Moving Castle, somehow the younger milieu here makes it more acceptable. Or maybe it’s just that there’s more here to latch onto emotionally.   Read more >

Review: Summer Hours (2008)

A | **** | +2-1| Teens & Up*

French director Olivier Assayas’s Summer Hours opens with a glimpse into a world that has already passed away, though not all the characters realize it yet.   Read more >

Review: Juno (2007)

A- | ***½ | +3-2| Teens & Up*

Yet it’s right around this point that Juno, which has been clever and insightful, unexpectedly reveals hidden layers of complexity and depth.   Read more >

Review: Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

B+ | *** | +2-1| Adults

Though not always faithful in small things, Things We Lost is faithful in much. The individual moments are sometimes off, but the large emotional resonances are right.   Read more >

Review: Dumbo (1941)

C+ | **½ | -1| Kids & Up*

Somebody has to say it: Made at the height of Disney’s early brilliance alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Bambi, Dumbo is the odd weak link in the chain.   Read more >

Review: The Incredibles (2004)

A+ | **** | +2| Kids & Up*

The Incredibles is exhilarating entertainment with unexpected depths. It’s a bold, bright, funny and furious superhero cartoon that dares to take sly jabs at the culture of entitlement, from the shallow doctrine of self-esteem that affirms everybody, encouraging mediocrity and penalizing excellence, to the litigation culture that demands recompense for everyone if anything ever happens, to the detriment of the genuinely needy.   Read more >

Review: Little Women (1933)

A | ***½ | +2| Kids & Up

Thus, while Little Women is far from hostile to its male characters, it has a positive feminine character and defines its protagonists not by relationships with men but by moral choices, experiences, and relationships with one another, their mother, and their community. Part comedy of manners, part morality tale, it’s more interested in its heroines "conquering themselves" than in a man conquering their hearts.   Read more >

Review: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

B- | **** | -2| Teens & Up*

A.I. is a science-fiction fairy tale: a terrible, revisionistic revisiting of "Pinocchio," the story of the little manmade boy who wants to be real — as told by a nihilist who condemns Gepetto for creating Pinocchio, the world for laughing at him, and the Blue Fairy for leading him on when he’s better off being made of wood, which will after all be around long after Gepetto is pushing up daisies.   Read more >

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