Category Archive: family-friendly

Oct 12

Tim Burton returns to his roots with "Frankenweenie"

Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) brings his pet dog back from the dead in "Frankenweenie."

Tim Burton’s latest film will fill viewers with warm, fuzzy feelings Victor Frankenstein, the youthful protagonist of “Frankenweenie,” is kind of a weird kid. Obsessed with filmmaking and monster movies, Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is intelligent yet introverted — a shy genius whose constant companion is his pet dog, Sparky. “A boy needs to …

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Sep 25

Comedy, drama, supernatural scares: Fall TV has it all

Fall television season heats up with “Ben and Kate,” “The Mindy Project” If Sunday’s Emmy Awards proved anything, it’s that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences favors the familiar. Aside from a few fresh offerings, including “Homeland” and “Louie,” the list of winners was replete with past winners, such as “The Amazing Race” and …

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Sep 21

This soundtrack rocks!

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood shows off his composing chops in “The Master” Will all the controversy surrounding “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who becomes a cult leader, you might have missed the discussion about the movie’s superb soundtrack. Jonathan “Jonny” Greenwood, best known as Radiohead’s lead guitarist, …

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Aug 03

This August is action-packed

Summer movie season ends with “Total Recall,” “The Bourne Legacy” Summer 2012 will go down in cinematic history as a season of extremes. It’s been a summer of box-office bonanzas and financial failures, of triumph and tragedy. But before you say goodbye to the summer movie season, there’s an entire month of movies to check …

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Aug 02

Watch “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” under the stars

Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction classic screens tonight in San Luis Obispo Remember the sense of otherworldly wonder you experienced the first time you saw Elliott and E.T. cycle across a starry sky? You can recapture that feeling when you watch “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” this Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo. The free screening is part of …

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Jun 23

“Brave” heroine rocks her red locks

In honor of “Brave,” here are a few of my favorite real-life redheads Merida’s hair is as much a character in “Brave” as the Pixar princess herself. Her long, unruly tendrils — the same glowing orange as Frito-Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos – set each frame of the animated film aflame. Radiant red curls spring out …

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Jun 08

Summer movie season is in full swing this month

June brings a bevy of new blockbusters, including “Brave,” “Prometheus” and “Rock of Ages” Between “Battleship,” “The Dictator” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” May was a pretty abysmal month for movies. Sure, that was the same month that brought filmgoers Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” (Well, some filmgoers. “Moonrise …

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Dec 29

TV’s best shows of 2011

Meet the cast of NBC's brilliant community college sitcom, "Community."

Like most “Community” fans, I’ll be heartbroken if NBC decides to cancel this engagingly strange sitcom about a group of community college misfits. However, there’s no denying that the third season of “Community” has delivered more genuine laughs than many an industry stalwart. (I’m looking at you, “Two and a Half Men.”) You have only to watch episodes dealing with alternate realities, monkey gas and Model United Nations to understand why.

Nov 02

SLO County on the silver screen

Cecil B. DeMille filmed 1923's "The Ten Commandments" at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Made in SLO: Hollywood’s connection to the Central Coast As fellow Tribune blogger David Middlecamp noted recently, San Luis Obispo County has been attracting movie crews since the 1920s. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the region boasts sandy beaches, sleepy small towns and rolling hills covered with verdant grapevines and oak trees. …

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Jul 28

Close Encounters of the Cuddly Kind

Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-film reveals that “We are not alone” Whether you believe in extraterrestrial life or scoff at reports of crop circles and flying saucers, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” has an unmistakable charm. Steven Spielberg’s family-friendly blockbuster takes a controversial subject — visitors from the stars — and infuses it with warmth …

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