Although many fairy tales and legends have violent roots, we've become used to these stories being made for wide age range audiences. Yet, after researching recent fantasy-based TV shows, that may not be the case.
Only The Brave is a solid film that provides a glimpse into the life of the brave men and women who fight wildfires throughout our country. It covers the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, located in Arizona, who perished in a blaze during June 2013.
Rod and Donna discuss the movie and something parents need to be aware of -- aside from the perils of fighting fires.
Click the link and read our complete family focused movie review of Only The Brave.
In this edition of the Parent Previews Podcast we are covering three new military shows. VALOR is from the CW network and centers on a US Army base that is home to an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions.
SEAL TEAM is about -- you guessed it -- Navy Seals. Four Seals work and train together serving their country in the most dangerous high stakes and clandestine missions around the globe.
Finally, THE BRAVE takes place in the...
In "Happy Death Day" a young woman repeats the same day over and over -- including her late night murder. Built on the Goundhog Day template, this is one of many recent movies to visit the repeating day syndrome. Rod and Donna discuss the appeal of these movies and why many of us enjoy the fantasy of being able to repeat a day until we get it "right".
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OTT or "Over The Top" services are Internet delivered content networks like Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu. They used to be known for movies and TV series, but now they produce much of their own programming. We discuss the good and bad of OTT with Melissa Henson from the Parents Television Council. She has recently completed a study on OTT services and devices that reveals the Over The Top landscape has ups and downs for family viewing. Specifically, programs being produced by OTT services...
Rod and Donna take a look at three movies releasing this week.
While we don't typically review R-rated films at Parent Previews, we felt Blade Runner 2049 was an exception. First, there are many parents who will have seen the original as a teen and may be interested in knowing if this sequel is worth seeing with their own teens. In short, it's an incredible movie but there are reasons it's rated R. That being said, it's not a "hard" R, and with a little less nudity and profanity it would...
Christopher Gildemeister from the Parents Television Council discusses the new TV series The Orville. The show is from comedian Seth MacFarlane.
This new series, premiering Fall 2017, combines humor and adventure with a twist of Star Trek. However parents will still want to approach with caution, especially with younger viewers. MacFarlane's crude comedy is toned down significantly, but it still seeps through in moments.
Read Christopher's complete review and thoughts on The Orville at...
Flatliners is a film with possibly dangerous messages. Mully is the opposite. Rod and Donna discuss both.
Read our full review of Flatliners and Mully by clicking the titles. (Our online review of Mully will be available October 2, 2017.)
It's been a bad year for movies this summer -- and even more so for families. Rod and Donna look at some of the reasons why Summer 2017 has so underwhelming at your local theater. Then they look at what you can look forward to over the next few weeks.
Finally, there are a couple of good choices on Blu-ray and streaming.
Home Again is a comdey romance update of a classic female fantasy: One woman with too many men. Rod and Donna take a look at the movie and discuss the positive and negative messages embedded in the story.
Looking for a way to get kids excited about school? Teachers make a huge difference in our lives and many movies feature true stories about great teachers. And you can click this link and read our full list of great teacher movies.