If you see one movie this Thanksgiving, make it Mockingjay

If you see one movie this Thanksgiving, make it...(drum roll) Mockingjay Part 1, the next in the Hunger Games trilogy. The Telegraph reported November 4 that Mockingjay opens November 19 in parts of Europe and Asia and a day later in Great Britain, U.S. movie-goers must wait till November 21.

There's a lot to love about the Hunger Games films, based on Suzanne Collins book series of the same titles. Post-apocalyptic, dystopian, chess-like battles with human lives as pawns, youth-led rebel alliance taking on the superior forces of an enslaving and exploiting Capitol--all make for epic adventure.

If you see one movie this Thanksgiving, make it Mockingjay Part 1 - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Free Printable How to Train Your Dragon Coloring Pages

Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) are hugely popular films based on the Cressida Creswell books. They tell of young Hiccup, a timorous, frail viking-in-training. To save the viking village, Hiccup must learn to fight the dragon. Our hero is less-versed in warfare but very good at dragon befriending and training. Want free printable How to Train Your Dragon coloring pages? Read on! Free Printable How to Train Your Dragon Coloring Pages

Movie Review and Critical Analysis for I am Sam Film

I published a critical analysis of the film "I am Sam" in 2007. This is an expanded critical analysis and movie review. I grant permission for student use as a model to guide university level film reviews. This should not be used extant. Parts may be quoted.

I am Sam (2001, Sean Penn) is the story of a mentally impaired man who fathers and raises a child. The film is used in college sociology, psychology and English classes to explore relationships. I am Sam helps students understand the complex nature of love, parenting, intelligence, disability, what constitutes "normal" and other life themes. Here's my I am Sam movie review with critical analysis. Movie Review and Critical Analysis for "I am Sam"

Best American History Movies for 4th of July

The American Revolutionary War wears many faces. By that I mean that there are many stories, not all of which portray the colonists in the rosy glow we Americans tend to imbue them with. We've been guilty in the US of teaching revisionist and one-sided historical perspectives. We've let our militant patriotism blind us to flaws in our country. Here's a list of American history and Revolutionary War films provides a more honest, multidimensional view. Best American History Movies to Watch for 4th of July

Free Printable Disney Tangled, Rapunzel Fairy Tale Coloring Pages

Watching the previews for the newest Disney princess movie Tangled tells me that this isn't going to be your average boy meets girl, fall in love Disney cartoon. Tangled is not your mother's sweet little fairy tale Rapunzel, no ma'am. This one is tough and savvy; even her hair has an attitude. And the title is so wonderfully farcical: Tangled. Well, I suppose Disney couldn't call it Hair (that's a schmaltzy musical from Great Britain).  Free Printable Disney Tangled Coloring Pages

Free Printable Free Birds, Angry Birds, Chicken Little, Rio, Chicken Run Coloring Pages

"Free Birds"--an avian cartoon of epic fun--is garnering fans of all ages. My 22-year-old son and his girlfriend loved it! Do your nestlings squawk with glee watching Reggie, Jenny, Jake and the chicks try to evade Thanksgiving? Then flap on over for free printable Free Birds movie coloring pages, online games and crafts and other bird-themed goodies. What's not to love about a movie voiced by Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Woody Harrelson and George Takei? Free Printable Free Birds Movie Coloring Pages

Must-See Movies to Watch (or Watch Again) This Summer, 90 Day Film Countdown

One of our summer traditions is to watch a movie at night, when it gets dark. During the hectic school year, we usually can't indulge. Here is my list of must-see or must-see-again films. This list is titled adult films, although some may be suitable for older children. My list covers 90 films: one for every night of summer. The movies aren't listed in any order, nor do these films need to be watched in any order. Genres include action/adventure, chick flicks, drama, comedy, classics, war, fantasy and suspense/horror. Note this was written in 2009 so only includes films up to that point. 90 Days of Summer Countdown: Adult Movies to See This Summer

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