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Disney’s New Cinderella is an Enchanting Retelling of a Classic Fairy Tale

This is a guest post by Emma Kliethermes.

Disney’s live action remake of the beloved fairy tale Cinderella in all was not only a fitting tribute to the animated Disney classic, but also a more developed story that captivates the audience, both young and old.  Kenneth Branagh’s take on the well-known tale is charming and magical thanks to wonderful attention to details and great acting by everyone on screen.
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Interstellar, a 2014 Space Odyssey

This is a guest post by Julie Ellis.

The storyline is not new, for three generations have now lived with Star Trek, Star Wars, and a host of other space thrillers, including the more recent Gravity. Somehow we never lose our fascination with space, and we flock to theatres to see the latest “take” on what modern physics has “discovered.” And the films become less and less fantasy and more within the realm of the possible. The Interstellar scene is set. [Read the rest of this entry…]

My Favorite Show That Will Soon Be Yours: The Office

This is a guest post by Austin Han.

The Office. By far, my favorite show since I started watching it at the start of season two back in 2006. Even now eight years later and a full 365 days since its series finale, I consistently watch reruns off of Netflix every week. The Office, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer all hold a special place in the cubicle of my heart. In short there are five reasons why I’ve been an Office-addict for the past eight years of my life: [Read the rest of this entry…]

Top 10 Kid Movies of All Time

This is a guest post by Eileen Archer.

This is a guide that shows ten of the top kid movies in chronological order, with a mix of genre and interest. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a list of unforgettable classics and ones to watch over and over again…. [Read the rest of this entry…]

7 Animated Movies to See Before you Die

This is a guest post by Catherine Ross.

For most of us, the first childhood movie we watch is a colorful, exuberant animated movie, rich in heart and important life lessons. Animated movies are our gateway to the magic of film; they tell some gripping stories and they appeal to all ages and interests. So even if you aren’t a hardcore anime fan, here are seven animation movies you simply must have on your bucket list.

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Why Everyone Should Instantly Stream Battlestar Galactica Right Now

This is a guest post by Austin Han.

This past week, I began binging on Battlestar Galactica, and let me just say, it’s been fantastic. And, I know what many of you are thinking, “Battlestar Galactica? Isn’t that the show with the aliens, robots, and horrible computer graphics?” Well, it’s not! Granted, there are robots, but there are no aliens and the computer graphics are pretty enjoyable. Battlestar Galactica is not a series to be enjoyed solely by the diehard sci-fi fandom, and I’m here to tell you why! [Read the rest of this entry…]

Disney Movies Gone Wrong

This is a guest post by Ken Myers.

Over the years I have been a huge fan of Disney movies and so when our children were born I was excited about sharing all of my favorites with them. Not only did I want to share the old favorites with my kids but I was excited about all the new movies that were coming out as well.

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Netflix Cartoons for the Adventurous Kid

This is a guest post by Ken Myers.

If you have a kid who is always on the go, then you need cartoons that can match their enthusiasm for life. Here are some great cartoon series options for adventurous kids that are available for Netflix instant streaming: [Read the rest of this entry…]

The Best Children’s Movies Based on Books

This is a guest post by Rachael Cherry.

When it comes to movies, many parents want to not only entertain their kids but teach them as well. What better way to get kids interested in reading than with their favorite movies? Check out some of these movies based on books and see what you can get your child interested in: [Read the rest of this entry…]

Great 1980s Movies for Teens on Netflix Instant Streaming

This is a guest post by Michelle LaRowe.

Teens are hard to keep entertained but these great movies from the 1980s are sure to have them glued to the set. Here are some fun Netflix offerings for your teens: [Read the rest of this entry…]

The 20 Best Live Action Disney Movies Available on Netflix Instant Streaming

This is a guest post by Ken Myers.

When it comes to kids’ entertainment, Disney is the biggest name on the block. That is because Disney movies are consistently high quality shows that you and your children will want to watch over and over again. However Disney makes more than just great cartoons. In alphabetical order, here are some of my children’s favorite live action Disney movies that are available to watch instantly on Netflix: [Read the rest of this entry…]

Top 12 Netflix Instant Streaming Movies for Teens

This is a guest post by Allison.

Teenagers can be hard to please, especially when it comes to entertainment. They always want the latest and the best, and that is where Netflix comes in handy. With a great selection of teen and family friendly films, you are sure to find a great show to watch instantly through Netflix Instant Streaming. Here are some of the best teen movies available to watch instantly: [Read the rest of this entry…]

The Best Disney Cartoons Available on Netflix Instant Streaming

This is a guest post by Christine Maddox.

We all recognize the Disney name for one reason: Disney makes the best kids’ cartoons! My children love almost every Disney movie, so it is hard to pick what their favorites are. However, in alphabetical order, here are a few of their favorite Disney cartoons that are available to watch instantly on Netflix: [Read the rest of this entry…]

7 Must-see Summer 2013 Releases

This is a guest post by Eddie D. Shackleford.

Summer isn’t just for hours by the pool, time at amusement parks and a break from school and routine. It’s also when Hollywood pulls out all the stops with its summer releases. Here is a break-down of the top summer movies you should make a point to see in 2013. [Read the rest of this entry…]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This is a guest post by Lea Uthe.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming of age story centered on Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, an awkwardly shy high school freshman trying to find his place and dealing with a lot of emotional trauma. He is welcomed “to the island of misfit toys” by Sam, played by Emma Watson, and her stepbrother Patrick, Ezra Miller, two seniors who, through the course of the movie, help Charlie embrace his inner self. [Read the rest of this entry…]

Fans Will Give “42” a Standing Ovation

This is a guest post by Emily Kesel.

Throughout Major League Baseball today, a remarkable ballplayer will be remembered, but more importantly, a great man’s legacy will be celebrated. Never has Jackie Robinson Day been more in the minds of baseball fans than now because of the recently released “42: The True Story of an American Legend.” On the face of it, the latest Jackie Robinson biographical film is a baseball movie. Robinson is obviously known as the legendary ballplayer who broke baseball’s so-called “color barrier” in 1947, but this film proves that he was, and can still be, a hero to all.

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The Charlie Chan Series

This is a guest post by Jason Miner.

I am a huge fan of classic films, and murder mysteries are one of my favorite genres. However I prefer a little humor with my murder. That is where the Charlie Chan series comes in. This humorous take on the mystery genre is full of Asian stereotypes and fortune cookie speaking from the non-Asian lead actor Sidney Toler. The tale of an Asian-American police detective defied the ‘yellow devil’ stereotypes that Asians of the 1930s and 1940s frequently fell into and the films are often funny and thrilling to watch. [Read the rest of this entry…]

If You Want Blood, You Got It: Violent Movie Milestones

This is a guest post by Marie Sumner.

Who doesn’t love a good action movie?  Guys and gals blazing away with a gun in each hand, punching and kicking the living daylights out of each other, blowing some stuff up real good—now that’s my idea of entertainment.  Movies like Hard-Boiled, Kill Bill and The Raid: Redemption didn’t just pop up out of nowhere, however.  They’re part of a long line of melodramas that have shocked, stirred and delighted audiences over the years.  Here are a handful of American films that helped pave the way for the screen violence of today. [Read the rest of this entry…]

Ten Worst Movie Accents

This is a guest post by Zack Mandell, who is a movie enthusiast and owner of and writer of movie reviews about movies such as The Departed. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.

Back in February of this year, Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for her stunning and incisive portrayal of controversial former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” The reviews for the film, which came out in December 2011, were decidedly mixed, and criticized the film for its pretentious approach and inaccuracies.

The reviews for Streep, however, were once again unanimous raves. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “Streep’s performance is so true and so uncannily accurate, so full and so complete in its understanding that she is fascinating every second she is onscreen.” Most critics also pointed out her uncanny mimicry of Thatcher’s storied accent, but of course, Streep is used to critical praise for her mastery of accents.

Indeed, all three Oscars she has won have been for performances in which she used different accents. She nailed Thatcher’s accent for “The Iron Lady,” her Polish accent was impeccable in “Sophie’s Choice,” and she had an American accent in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (admittedly, that one probably wasn’t too difficult for her). Yet while Streep is notoriously astounding at accents, she has many colleagues in the acting field that, well, are not.

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The Best Christmas Movies For Kids on Netflix Instant Streaming

Santa and kids pictureLooking for some good Christmas movies for your smaller children on Netflix? Look no further! Listed below are 23 kid friendly Christmas tales that will delight your little ones and help put them into the Christmas spirit. And the best part? They are all available right now on Netflix Instant Streaming! [Read the rest of this entry…]