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Son Of God: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

18 April 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It's Easter weekend so no better time to see the story behind the holiday! KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) review Son of God:

"Son of God stayed true to the storyline of the Bible even to the point of being painfully realistic during Herod's slaughter of the innocents and during the Crucifixion. One difference between Son of God and other biblical films is that this one begins with the creation account in Genesis and ends with the book of Revelation. The cinematography is quite majestic creating a beautiful film and a feeling of reverence toward the story being presented. One of the most outstanding performances came from Diogo Morgado as Jesus. He embodied the essence of a traditional interpretation of the warm, loving Jesus presented in the Bible and his pain during the Crucifixion sequence was especially excruciating. This is a »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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First featurette for Disney’s Maleficent

17 April 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a little over six weeks to go until its release, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first featurette for Maleficent, Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg’s (Alice in Wonderland) live-action reimagining of the animated classic Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the Mistress of All Evil and Elle Fanning (Super 8) as Princess Aurora. Check it out below… From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, »

- Gary Collinson

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier -Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

13 April 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The Captan America sequel is here - and already Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the biggest movie of 2014. Does it live up to the other Avengers films? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) say oh-yeah:

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a character-driven action movie perfect for Marvel's first venture in 2014. Some of our favorite characters return as fantastic as ever including Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and, of course, Chris Evans as Captain America. There is never a dull moment as the film has a steady flow of action from beginning to end. The amazing fight sequences certainly do not disappoint, and the computer graphics were visually stunning. This is a great film for the family but may be a bit intense for younger children. 5 stars"

What did You think about Captain America: The Winter Soldier? »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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New images from Disney’s Maleficent

13 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, Walt Disney Pictures has released a batch of fourteen images from its upcoming live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, which sees Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland) directing Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the iconic Mistress of All Evil. Check them out here via Stitch Kingdom….

From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ is Returning to the Skywalkers’ Tatooine Home

9 April 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Leave it to J.J. Abrams to begin production on Star Wars: Episode VII before making any official casting announcements for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster. The Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness director has managed to keep a lid on most of the movie’s secrets, though of late small details have been sneaking through the cracks. (As Princess Leia observed, “The more you tighten your grip Abrams, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” Yes, that’s the correct quote.)

Disney Chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that Episode VII picks up more than thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, with a storyline that features three young leads alongside “very familiar ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Daniel Craig Drops out of Courtroom Drama The Whole Truth; Charlize Theron in Talks for Sean Penn’s The Last Space

9 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have a bit of casting and anti-casting news for you this morning.  First up in anti-casting, Daniel Craig has unexpectedly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth slightly a week before filming was set to begin.  Although plot details are scarce, Craig was set to play a district attorney and star alongside Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso (Super 8).  Danny Huston and other actors were in talks to co-star, but according to THR, Craig's exit has put these negotiations in limbo.  The production is now scrambling to find a replacement, and the start date might be pushed back three weeks.  Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct a script by Nicholas Kazan (Fallen).  It will be interesting to find out why Craig exited the project so close to the start date. Hit the jump for news on Charlize Theron possibly joining Sean Penn's new film. »

- Matt Goldberg

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First Full Trailer & Image For Extraterrestrial Adventure ‘Earth To Echo’

4 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn have received the first trailer for kid-based family adventure Earth To Echo, and it looks pretty interesting if you like an unexpected Alien-type adventure…both young and old!

At the end of last year, we saw the first teaser trailer for this and that set us up nicely. The first look gave a number of Thn writer’s flashbacks to the likes of Flight Of The Navigator, E.T. and, due to the found-footage style, a touch of Chronicle more recently. I also loved J.J. Abrams Super 8 for so many reasons, from nostalgia to the great concept, characters and storyline, it felt like a look back to those classic films from the 80s but completely updated and relevant for audiences today – who doesn’t love a bit of escapism and imagination?

On a basic level, Earth To Echo focuses around a group of friends who are sent a series »

- Dan Bullock

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New Banner Hits For ‘Maleficent’

3 April 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Yahoo! Movies released a new banner for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Muppets Most Wanted: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

2 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Muppets make their first action thriller in Muppets Most Wanted, but is it still funny? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) give us the low down:

"Muppets Most Wanted brings back some of the most beloved characters from the seven previous Muppet movies. Kermit is kidnapped and replaced by his evil doppelgänger, Constantine, who plans to carry out his master plan by framing the Muppets. The musical numbers will warm your heart and bring back childhood memories of classic Muppet entertainment. The leading ladies of the cast, Tina Fey and of course Miss Piggy, stole the show with their performances. Brilliantly placed cameo appearances from some of your favorite entertainers will constantly surprise you as to who will appear next! The film keeps you in stitches from beginning to the very end. The whole family, young and old, will love this movie. 5 stars »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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Noah: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

30 March 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It's just a few weeks until Easter and Passover - the perfect time to dive into your faith and see the story many American kids grew up with: Noah's Ark. Check out KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) review - here's an excerpt:

"One thing we can say about Noah is that there has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. For our purposes, we are choosing not to take sides in the debate and focus on the film itself. Overall, the film itself was good. The cast gave outstanding performances, the standouts being Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Douglas Booth. The special effects team did a fantastic job of augmenting the epic landscapes to create visually stunning scenes - one of note being the scenes with the animals boarding the ark. The sound design of the film was brilliant as well »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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New ‘Maleficent’ TV Spot

28 March 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Walt Disney Pictures released a new TV spot for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie. The TV spot features more footage from the film.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Divergent: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

26 March 2014 12:19 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Everyone's talking about Divergent, but is it worth seeing? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) give the lowdown:

"Based on the first installment of the best selling book series, Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago where citizens are must choose one of five groups based on what they feel the most important trait is for a person to possess: kindness (Amity), honesty (Candor), intelligence (Erudite), selflessness (Abnegation), or bravery (Dauntless). What if a person displays more than one of these traits? They are the Divergent. The film is a cautionary tale about how ultimate power can corrupt even the best of intentions. It is also an inspiring story of how people can find passion, joy, and even love in the face of a seemingly impossible odds. Top notch performances by Theo James (Four), Jai Courtney (Eric), and Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews) really »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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Help Us Cast the Inevitable 'Breakfast Club' Remake

25 March 2014 | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

  In honor of the fact that the events featured in The Breakfast Club took place 30 years ago today (thanks to Badass Digest for the reminder), we're revisiting this piece from last year in which we recast the movie with current stars in the event of its inevitable remake. At some point those of us who grew up in the 1980s will have to come to terms with the fact that Hollywood will eventually remake all of our favorite movies from that era. It's just inevitable, especially as that generation continues to grow into pivotal roles throughout the entertainment industry. It's probably why we've seen an influx in coming-of-age movies that harken back to films like Stand by Me or E.T., in the case of J.J. Abrams' Super 8. The people who grew up with those...

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- Erik Davis

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Japanese Trailer for ‘Maleficent’

24 March 2014 10:14 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Walt Disney Pictures released a new Japanese trailer for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

22 March 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Mr. Peabody & Sherman has flown through time: it was a cartoon back when your grandparents were kids and now it's landed in 2014 so you can enjoy them, too. But, does the concept still work? Check out KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) have to say:

"Hop inside the Wabac and fasten your seatbelt for a very endearing retelling of a beloved classic cartoon. The film brings back the charming Mr. Peabody, a genius dog who invents time travel to teach his adoptive son, Sherman, about the past. Trying to impress a new friend, Sherman goes back in time for some fun, but makes too much of a mark on history, forcing Mr. Peabody to fix it before the rip in time is irreparable. The movie is quite fast paced with constant jokes for adults and kids alike. With an all-star cast featuring Ty Burrell, »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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Evil is Complicated in new TV spot for Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie

22 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coming hot on the heels of this week's new trailer [which you can see here], Walt Disney Pictures has debuted a TV spot for its upcoming live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, which sees Angelina Jolie taking on the role of the Mistress of All Evil; take a look below...

From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent »

- Gary Collinson

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New Extended TV Spot for ‘Maleficent’

20 March 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Walt Disney Pictures released a new extended TV spot entitled ‘Evil is Complicated’ for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Earth To Echo Trailer Feels '80s Kid Adventure In The Best Way

20 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Remember when movies about kids felt genuinely scary? Like Goonies, where its child heroes could be murdered by criminals? Or E.T., where the U.S. government was out to hurt an adorable extraterrestrial buddy? The stakes felt terrifyingly high and the heroes felt relatable and familiar. They could have been us. Well, this is precisely the feel of the upcoming Relativity adventure Earth to Echo, as shown in the trailer here. Co-written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay, and directed by Dave Green, Earth to Echo centers on a trio of young friends whose lives are thrown into spin when they meet an alien visitor. Rather than an homage to '80s-set Amblin like J.J. Abrams' earnest but flawed Super 8, this sci-fi adventure is set in the contemporary Us, and employs the popular horror-movie trope of found footage to unfold its out of this world tale. The official »

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Trailer for ‘Earth to Echo’ Channels ’80s Sci-Fi Films by Way of Found-Footage

19 March 2014 5:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of 80′s cinema, which is one of the reason’s I love Super 8, the J.J. Abrams love-letter to 80′s sci-fi/fantasy-kid-adventure films. And so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I am excited for Earth to Echo, a throwback to such movies as Mac and Me, Flight of the Navigators, The Goonies and yes, E.T. The Extraterestirail. After being originally slated for release this spring, Relativity Media decided to delay the Spielberg-style, found footage, sci-fi adventure to a summer release. That could mean two things: either they needed more time to polish the film, or they are confident the film is strong enough to compete during the busy season. While the first time feature from Dave Green doesn’t try to hide its Spielberg aspirations, it does come with a surprising twist; a found footage twist. Earth to Echo »

- Ricky

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Earth To Echo Theatrical Trailer with Alien Footage

19 March 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here is a full trailer for the great looking found footage sci-fi thriller Earth to Echo. This movie oozes 1980s Stephen Spielberg and Amblin film aspirations. One of our readers also suggested that the movie looks like a mix of Super 8 and Chronicle. It was directed by Dave Green and stars Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt. It looks like it has the potential to be very fun and entertaining. I love sci-fi adventure movies like this. 

After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. »

- Joey Paur

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