February 24, 2018

Earth to Echo is mere echo of ET

Earth to Echo

Julie Samrick   Rated PG Overall Kid Focused grade: B- Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes   Three childhood friends Tuck, Alex, and Munch are on a mission to save their suburban neighborhood from having a freeway built through it in Earth to Echo. On the last night before demolition begins and their families are… Read more

‘Maleficent’ tells her side of the story


By Julie Samrick Maleficent is a well-intentioned fairy, a protector of her kingdom in the moors until her heart is hardened when she’s betrayed by the human world. She seeks revenge, taking her fury out on an innocent baby, Princess Aurora, thereby setting up the Sleeping Beauty story we know so well.   Like the… Read more

“Frozen” movie review


Meet the latest Disney princesses: sisters Anna and Elsa of the Nordic-inspired kingdom of Arrendale.  When it’s discovered Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) has the powers to freeze everything she touches, her parents, the King and Queen, hide her away much like Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty was sequestered for her own safety. Yet when Princess… Read more

Catching Fire movie review- not as violent as original

Catching Fire

By Julie Samrick Every once in a while a movie sequel is better than the original. This is the case for Catching Fire, the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy based on the books by Suzanne Collins.   The heroine of the story, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) struggles to readjust to normal life after… Read more

“Oz the Great and Powerful” Alternates Between Scary, Boring

oz the great and powerful

By Julie Samrick In “Oz the Great and Powerful” Professor Oz (James Franco) is a shady, traveling magician, scraping by while performing his con-man show across the “dusty podunks” of the Midwest.  When he returns to Kansas, an ex-girlfriend, Annie (Michelle Williams) tells him John Gale has proposed to her, reminding the viewer of Dorothy… Read more

Best to the Worst Kids’ Films of 2012


By Julie Samrick It’s hard to compare the kids’ films of 2012 that are aimed toward older kids to ones that are for the under 7 crowd.  Still, in 2012 there were a few movies that had such strong stories they’re sure to be remembered as classics suited for the whole family.  Only G, PG… Read more

“Frankenweenie” Pays Homage to Classic Horror


By Julie Samrick “Science isn’t good or bad, but it can be used for both,” warns a schoolteacher to his eager student in Tim Burton’s latest dark film Frankenweenie.  Set in the 1950s when kids’ recreation meant undivided time for lots of imagination, young outcast Victor Frankenstein’s world is shattered when his one true friend,… Read more

Now Out on DVD- Madagascar 3

Madagascar 3

By Julie Samrick Running away with the circus and many more adventures have the Madagascar friends shrieking, soaring, and train hopping across Europe, their third continent in as many movies.  In hot pursuit of them is the officer of animal control, and she’s hungry to mount their heads as trophies on her already full wall.   The… Read more

Little Kids Shouldn’t Check-in to “Hotel Transylvania”

hotel transylvania

By Julie Samrick In a Romeo & Juliet dilemma two star-crossed lovers are kept apart, but to make the chasm even deeper, Johnny is a 21-year-old mortal in love with Maevis, a 118-year-old vampire.  Her father, Count Dracula (played by Adam Sandler), loathes humans so much he’s built a gothic “Hotel Transylvania” for all monsters… Read more

We See too Much of Katy Perry in “Part of Me”

Katy Perry

By Julie Samrick “I look 16, and I act 16, but I’m not 16,” Katy Perry says at one point to a young fan in her 3D documentary concert movie, Part of Me, where cameras follow her over the course of her 365 day world tour in 2011.  That’s just what I was thinking- the… Read more