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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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Girl Power: 5 Popular Kids' Movies Where Girls Rule

17 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In 1977, Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star; in 2015, Daisy Ridley's Rey kicked Kylo Ren's butt so hard, it rocked the galaxy. In a world where girl power is enough to awaken the Force, pink dresses and bubblegum Barbie worlds just aren't cutting it anymore -- our girls want lightsabers, bows and arrows, superpowers, and estrogen-powered role models with both brains and muscles. And why shouldn't they?

So let your girls rule flag fly high with five movies that are happy to oblige, and happy to empower.

1. 'Frozen' (2013)

You probably saw this one coming. "Frozen" packs crazily striking visuals and catchy-stuck-in-your-head melodies that helped win it the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2014, but it's the movie's emotional themes – not just its musical ones – that make it award-worthy for girls of all ages. Anna (Kristen Bell) absolutely refuses to give up on her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel »

- Dan Ketchum

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The Bfg: new trailer and poster

15 May 2016 10:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A new trailer lands for Steven Spielberg's take on Roald Dahl's The Bfg...

One of the most eagerly awaited movies of the summer? We’d argue it’s director Steven Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s The Bfg. The film reunites Spielberg with Mark Rylance, with a cast that also includes Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall.

The film has just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and the early reaction hasn’t been overly positive. In fact, the first swathe of reviews seem to have been particularly critical. We’ll find out for ourselves just how the film measures up, when it lands in July.

Ahead of that, though, we’ve got a new trailer for the film, along with a new poster and synopsis. We’ll do them in that order.

Trailer first, then:

Then the poster…

And finally the synopsis… »

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Disney's The Bfg Trailer #3 Brings a Literary Giant to Life

15 May 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Over the weekend, Disney held the world premiere for its long-awaited adaptation The Bfg at the Cannes Film Festival, ahead of its release in theaters on July 1. Last week, we showed you a new video where director Steven Spielberg was asked trivia questions about his own movies by The Bfg's young star, Ruby Barnhill, although that video didn't include any new footage. If you've been craving another sneak peek at this adaptation of Roald Dahl's literary classic, then you're in luck, because today we have a new trailer and poster.

The new trailer, which debuted on the Disney Movie Trailers YouTube page today, which gives us our best look at the massive giant yet, portrayed through motion capture by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), and breakout star Ruby Barnhill, who makes her feature film debut in The Bfg, after starring in six episodes of the TV series 4 O'Clock Club. »

- MovieWeb

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Cannes Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Bfg’

14 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Let’s say for the sake of argument that giants really exist. That they galumph around London, ’round about the witching hour, plucking kids from orphanage windows as a late-night snack. That one among them has misgivings about all this “cannybullism” and might actually make a pretty good friend, if given the chance. Wouldn’t you like to know about it? That’s the beauty of Roald Dahl’s “The Bfg,” as brought to life by recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance: You believe. No matter how fantastical the tale (and it gets pretty out-there at points), this splendid Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history, resulting in the sort of instant family classic “human beans” once relied upon Disney to deliver.

Dahl’s widely read and nearly universally revered novel began »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch Bfg Star Ruby Barnhill Stump Spielberg on His Own Movies

13 May 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Later this summer, director Steven Spielberg will bring one of author Roald Dahl's most beloved books to life on the big screen for the first time with The Bfg, arriving in theaters July 1. However, those attending the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this weekend will be the first audience to see this adaptation. Steven Spielberg and the cast of The Bfg have arrived in Cannes for the film's World Premiere at a gala screening at the Palais des Festivals on Saturday, May 14. To celebrate this event, Disney has released a new photo with Mark Rylance's title character, and Ruby Barnhill, who makes her feature film debut in The Bfg as Sophie.

Along with this photo, the official Bfg Facebook page debuted a new video from Cannes, where Ruby Barnhill tries to stump Steven Spielberg in a game of trivia dubbed The Big Fact Game. The young actress asks her »

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Mara Wilson on Her Return to Acting for Broad City's Homage to Mrs. Doubtfire: 'This Movie Did a Lot for Me'

8 April 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mara Wilson has been out of the spotlight for some time, until now. The actress, known for her roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, made her return to acting with a small (but significant) cameo in Wednesday's Broad City. Wilson, 28, portrayed the waitress at the restaurant where Abbi runs between Ilana's parents' anniversary dinner and a secret date with Trey. Of course, that scene paid tribute to the one made famous by Robin Williams in the 1993 comedy which Wilson starred in when she was age 6. And fun fact: the cameo was actually all Wilson's idea! Although she was a tad »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Mara Wilson on Her Return to Acting for Broad City's Homage to Mrs. Doubtfire: 'This Movie Did a Lot for Me'

8 April 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mara Wilson has been out of the spotlight for some time, until now. The actress, known for her roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, made her return to acting with a small (but significant) cameo in Wednesday's Broad City. Wilson, 28, portrayed the waitress at the restaurant where Abbi runs between Ilana's parents' anniversary dinner and a secret date with Trey. Of course, that scene paid tribute to the one made famous by Robin Williams in the 1993 comedy which Wilson starred in when she was age 6. And fun fact: the cameo was actually all Wilson's idea! Although she was a tad »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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How Broad City Convinced Mara Wilson to Get Back Into Acting (With a Mrs. Doubtfire Twist)

8 April 2016 8:08 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

After starring in two of our all-time favorite '90s flicks—Mrs. Doubtfire and MatildaMara Wilson decided to step out of the spotlight and focus here career on other dreams. However, much like most of us, her love for Comedy Central's Broad City could not be subdued. In fact, it convinced her to hop back in front of the camera one more time. This season of the hilarious show is dedicated to paying homage to many of our top childhood films, from Sister Act to The Sandlot, and it wouldn't be complete without an episode dedicated to Mrs. Doubtfire, too—which is exactly why Wilson got on screen again. In an interview with the blog Brokelyn, the child star explained how she met the »

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The Bfg trailer; Spielberg’s latest magical masterpiece?

6 April 2016 12:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Bfg trailer: Our second look at Steven Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic tale.

The Bfg trailer has landed. This is the second promo for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, which will be released in cinemas this summer.

Our second look at the movie gives us more than a glimpse of Mark Rylance‘s title character, and Ruby Barnhill‘s Sophie in the film, which arrives in cinemas this coming July.

The Bfg” is the exciting tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.  Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “The Bfg” (Big Friendly Giant) was published in 1982 and has been enchanting readers of all ages ever since.  Dahl’s books, which also include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” are currently available »

- Paul Heath

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Watch Fantastical Trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'The Bfg'

5 April 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The magical world of Roald Dahl's classic book The Bfg is further unlocked in the new trailer for the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation. The Disney film will hit theatres on July 1st.

The book and film tell the tale of an orphan named Sophie who is whisked off by the Bfg, voiced by Academy Award-winner Mark Rylance. The Big Friendly Giant and Sophie become friends, and he explains to her why he took her from the orphanage: "Because I hears your lonely heart." Trouble ensues as the treacherous »

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'The Bfg' Trailer #2 Introduces Spielberg's Big Friendly Giant

5 April 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg, finally unite to bring Roald Dahl's beloved classic The Bfg to life. Walt Disney Studios is thrilled to share the latest trailer for "The Bfg, which includes new, never-before-seen footage of the Bfg (Big Friendly Giant) in action. The film hits theaters nationwide&#160on July 1.&#160And be on the lookout for the next trailer, which will have even more of the The Bfg as well as the other giants from Giant Country!

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Disney's The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, »

- MovieWeb

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Oddball to open 2016 Tiff Kids Festival

31 March 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Oddball.

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Australian family film Oddball, starring Shane Jacobson, is set to open the 2016 Tiff Kids Festival.

Australian feature film Blinky Bill: The Movie and short films Riceballs, Junction, Cinema Dhors, The Trophy Thief and The Supermarket will also be premiering at the festival, which is now in its 19th year. .

Oddball is a comedic feature based on a true story about a chicken farmer, his granddaughter and their mischievous dog saving fairy penguins from extinction in an Australian seaside town..

The festival wraps with its closing night film, the Canadian premiere of Little Door Gods, an animated 3D film from first-time feature director Gary Wang that was inspired by Chinese folklore..

The festival features a total of 139 films, comprising 28 features and 111 shorts hailing from 35 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Philippines, France, India, South Korea, and many more.

All screenings and events take place at Tiff Bell Lightbox »

- Staff Writer

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A Real-Life Version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory Will (Kind Of) Exist Soon

18 March 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

For readers of a certain age, Roald Dahl's books played a wonderful role in their childhood. He captured the anxiety and beauty of children in stories as varied as James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, Matilda and The Bfg. Dahl turned to the movie world in the late 1960s, writing the scripts for the James Bond spy thriller You Only Live Twice and the children's fantasy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but his experience in adapting his own book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was not very satisfying. The wildly popular book, first published in 1964, was inspired by Dahl's own brief time as a chocolate taster, and went on to sell more than 13 million copies worldwide. After penning the first draft of the screenplay, David Seltzer (The Omen) came on...

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical Headed to Broadway in Spring 2017

17 March 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Willy Wonka fans, rejoice: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Broadway bound! Warner Bros. Theater Ventures will be staging the musical, Variety reports, and it's slated for a Spring 2017 debut. Jack O'Brien, who has directed and produced musicals like Hairspray and The Full Monty, will be at the helm of this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1964 children's book. The musical Charlie debuted on London's West End in 2013 under Sam Mendes' direction. Per Variety, Mendes cited other commitments as his reason for not directing Charlie when it heads to Broadway, but he will remain on as a producer. Another adaptation of Dahl's work, Matilda the Musical, has been »

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Tim Minchin brings hit musical home in Matilda and Me

8 March 2016 7:55 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tim Minchin and cast.

Matilda and Me tells the story of Matilda the Musical and its composer Tim Minchin as he brings the global hit home - or at least to Sydney's Lyric Theatre, where the musical's Aussie production opened last year.

The documentary, airing on the ABC April 3, is narrated by Minchin.s sister Nel, who co-directed with Rhian Skirving (Rock n Roll Nerd)..

.Anyone who has a brother or sister knows what it.s like to grow up so close to someone, and yet still be surprised at who they turn out to be,. said Nel.

.It was a chance for me to go back in time and piece together how my brother Tim became .Tim Minchin. right before my eyes..

The program features the original Aussie cast as they prepare for the Australian premiere, as well as Minchin himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Roald Dahl.s wife Felicity, »

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Peach perfect by Jennie Kermode

29 February 2016 1:01 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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Saturday, the penultimate day of the Glasgow Film Festival, began with something for younger viewers – a special tribute to Roald Dahl. Both Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda. There were special activities for kids who wanted to get creatively involved, and one boy went all out to show his enthusiasm, wearing a fox t-shirt, making a badge with a fox on it, and bringing his fox best friend along to see the films. There was a giant fox picture on the wall and also a giant peach – or so it was claimed, though it looked more like a stumpy carrot. Matilda fans, meanwhile, were making giant piñatas of the fearsome Miss Trunchbull, which they could later attack. Some of them had vicious pointy teeth that more closely resembled something from The Enormous Crocodile, and could compete with any of the horrors of Frightfest. »

- Jennie Kermode

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You'll Never Guess What Duchess Camilla Dreamt Last Night (Hint: Think Small and Furry)

16 February 2016 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What does a royal grandma dream about when her head hits the pillow at night? Red squirrels of course! That's what was on the mind of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall when she joined in some fun with a group of youngsters in London on Tuesday. And it will certainly get the approval of her husband Prince Charles. He is a passionate protector of the species of furry rodent. Camilla, 68, joined a tour highlighting the whimsical world of author Roald Dahl. In a workshop based in part on Dahl's book The B.F.G., she was asked to place her dream »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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First Poster For Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg Arrives

22 January 2016 7:36 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The Bfg” to life.

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »

- Michelle McCue

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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

20 January 2016 5:22 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention. »

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