| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Violence isn’t the only problem with violent movies aimed at younger audiences — they also tend to glamorize risky activities you might not want to encourage among kids, according to a new study.
“We know some teenagers imitate what...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Violence and risky behavior are permeating Hollywood's most successful movies and bringing a message to young people that violence is acceptable, this according to a new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:21 AM
One year and several hundred films later, I confess my mind isn't over-full of vivid memories of director Peter Jackson's first "Hobbit." It did the job, in its leisurely, fill-out-the-trilogy fashion, albeit looking like clinically detailed crud when...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:30 PM
When President Obama spoke on the campus of DreamWorks Animation last month, his only note of admonishment to Hollywood came when he mentioned gun violence, in which he said that "we have got to make sure we are not glorifying it."
He mentioned that in...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Researchers have discovered that the amount of gun violence in some PG-13 movies is now greater than in R-rated films.
PG-13 movies are “the ones that target children, and the violence that is shown contains guns,” according to Brad Bushman,...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:13 PM
They say if you want something done right, do it yourself. That approach just worked for Cameron Diaz, who represented her upcoming movie "The Other Woman" and successfully appealed the MPAA's Classification and Rating Appeals Board to overturn its...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Young children tend to live in suspended animation regarding Oscar-nominated films — as in, if it's not “Frozen,” “Despicable Me 2” or “The Croods,” it's not on their screen.
For parents interested in...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:00 AM
"Pompeii" is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. Director Paul W.S. Anderson, taking a break from cranking out "Resident Evil" movies, has a strong command of CGI technology and 3-D effects, and the movie is so grand...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:11 AM
Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the "RoboCop" remake doesn't really believe its own poster. The tagline "Crime has a new enemy" suggests little more than point and shoot — the same old cyborg song and dance. While nobody'd be dumb...
| May 22, 2014
| 1:01 PM
A team of mutant heroes may claw its way to the biggest box-office opening of the year this weekend.
Director Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" could gross more than $100 million in ticket sales from the United States and Canada through...
| May 12, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Case in point: Universal's "Neighbors," the dirty-minded comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron that debuted to a glittering $49 million domestically this past weekend.
"It's escapism, and when it works -- and 'Neighbors' worked --...