Common Sense Media Scores Kids’ Movies’ For Kindness – Betsy Bozdech reports

Raising a kind kid takes a lot more than showing them good movies, but the films Common Sense Media has selected can spark conversations about kindness and why it’s important. From learning to appreciate differences to seeing the importance of friendship, acceptance, and tolerance, these movies might help inspire random acts of kindness in your kids.

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Horror Movies and Kids: A Scary Combination — Betsy Bozdech, Brandy McDonnell, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow and Liz Whittemore comment

It’s not realistic to expect that we can shield kids from scary or gory content forever. And, in fact, it can be counterproductive to prevent children from seeing any kind of conflict, loss, or trauma on screen. Far better to use these moments, when they come, as opportunities to help them through hard stuff in a safe place. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 27: THE DANCER

motw logo 1-35Stephanie Di Gusto’s drama illuminates the life of the immensely gifted Loie Fuller who dreamed of sharing the art of dance with the world. With lush cinematography, compelling acting, and gorgeous dance performances, “The Dancer” makes good on Fuller’s ambitions. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 21: BOMBSHELL – THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

motw logo 1-35Alexandra Dean’s engaging biodoc reveals that the Hollywood siren was as brainy as she was beautiful. The gossip columns, never let the public know Lamarr’s world class inventions helped the Allies win World War II and are the foundation of modern wireless technology. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 17: THE BREADWINNER

motw logo 1-35The hardship of being female under Taliban rule is agonizingly clear in The Breadwinner, an engaging and heartwrenching animated tale about a girl who must pretend to be a boy so she can provide for her impoverished and beleaguered family. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 3, 2017: 11/8/16

motw logo 1-35Whether your Democrat or Republican, left or right wing, this election day documentary challenge you to think about how we make political decisions and the consequences of decisions we make. Beautifully edited, shot by a consortium of documentary filmmakers working simultaneously across the nation, 11/8/16 is a compelling, patchwork overview of our cultural landscape and political process. A must see. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: October 27: NOVITIATE

motw logo 1-35Writer/director Margaret Betts’ first feature is a compelling drama that tells the sometimes-bleak story of Cathleen, an earnest young woman who decides to take the veil in the early 1960s, as Vatican II reforms dictated changes in the cloistered lives of women religious. Novitiate is a stunning eye-opener. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 20: THE DIVINE ORDER

motw logo 1-35 Petra Volpe’s charming political dramedy shows unstoppable women in rural Switzerland challenging political and religious leaders who cite ‘the Divine Order’ as reason to keep women in their place. The Divine Order is a heartfelt tribute to suffragettes who demanded their right to an equal voice. Continue reading…

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