The new family film Inside Out hits movie theaters today and if pre-screenings are any indication, the filmmakers have an instant classic on their hands. The film follows the main character Riley, as her family makes a move from the quiet life in the Midwest to the exciting world of San Francisco. The move creates a mix of emotions for the young character, not unlike many kids, as they enter new schools, encounter new experiences and learn about the world in general. As all parents know, helping kids figure out how to deal with emotions can be difficult. The filmmakers showcase the emotions that she experiences through the talented voices of Amy Poehler (the emotion of Joy), Bill Hader (the voice of Fear), Lewis Black takes on the role of Anger, Mindy Kaling voices Disgust and Phyllis Smith takes on the role of Sadness. As Riley’s emotions take control and either try to help or hurt her, it is up to her to navigate her new world with thoughtfulness and trepidation.
It’s a great movie for kids that are entering their tween years. But, truth be told, at the pre-screening that our crew attended, the first and second graders were mesmerized by the characters and storyline. It’s also a perfect film for kids that are going through a tough family transition such as separation or can help kids learn about empathy for their friends.
Fandango Family Room has created some great DIY projects, to help share the story of Inside Out. One of our favorites is a memory jar. It was originally created as a summer project, but the potential to make this project a family tradition is hard to miss.
Check out our Fandango Family Room Exclusive with Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler.
We Love Movies Daily Sweepstakes – all summer long Fandango is giving away a year of movie tickets every day.
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FiDi Families are invited to a free screening of “Tomorrowland”. We are so excited to extend a great offer to our readers (even if it’s out of the neighborhood)! FiDi Families are invited to attend a free advance screening of Disney’s Tomorrowland starring George Clooney.
Movie Synopsis: From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Date: Monday, May 18th [Read more…]
Tribeca Film Festival for the Family. The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival is happening this month and there are several movies and screenings that you and your kids can check out together. There is a “Family-Friendly” section on their website that includes several short films that you can purchase tickets to. Tickets are on sale now!
Date: April 15th – 26th [Read more…]
Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s! Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show time begins at 7 PM. Admission and snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free. Films are suitable for general audiences – most are rated PG-13.
The next free movie at St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan will be on Friday, March 27. This one is a mid-1980s pre-teen classic about a treasure hunt in Oregon starring Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and others. Movies are mostly rated PG or PG13.
Popcorn and drinks will be served!
Date: Friday, March 27th [Read more…]
Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said
The timeless tale of Cinderella has come to life in the live action re-telling of the classic story of a princess and her prince. The storyline remains true to the animated original. So, there are certainly no surprise endings. And yet, the stellar cast, headlined by the wonderful Lily James, best known for her role as Lady Rose on Downtown Abbey, as well as the wonderfully wicked Stepmother, played by the beautiful Cate Blanchett, seems to breathe new life into the much-read fairy tale. Another standout is Richard Madden, best known for his role in Game of Thrones, as the dashing and handsome Prince Kit. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and he manages to capture the intensity of Cinderella’s dire circumstances, all the while showcasing Cinderella’s kind and forgiving heart. The scenery and backdrop made for a perfect canvas for the telling of this timeless tale.
I was lucky enough to be invited to an early preview of the film and turned the invitation into a date with my daughter. My 4 year old was thrilled that she was able to wear her Cinderella ballet costume to the theatre and couldn’t believe she was able to meet so many other little girls dressed up in their favorite costumes as well. Sharing the movie experience with her, and watching her excitement as the movie was screened was memorable.
I must admit that I didn’t know if my daughter would understand some of the themes of the movie. I was worried it would be too grown up and not true to the original fairy tale. I was able to utilize the Fandango Family Room for a synopsis of the film, which was a big help. But, all of the kids in the theatre seemed to be enraptured with the film. Both my daughter and I noticed the advice given to Cinderella by her mother, on her deathbed. She advises her to “have courage and be kind”. These simple words have really made an impact on her and myself. And, it has struck a chord in the social media world as well, since it has been trending since the debut of the movie. I hear myself reminding my daughter as well as repeating these words to my 6 year old son. This theme is woven throughout the movie and it really was a sweet sentiment that holds true for all ages. She continues to talk about being kind and the importance of saying sorry and treating people fairly. She has also taken it upon herself to spread the message of courage and kindness to anyone that will listen.
I love the fact that my daughter and I were simply going to a movie and walked out with an opportunity to talk about important topics like courage and kindness. The movie was sophisticated enough to attract an audience of grownups, but tame enough to hold the attention of an audience that included children.
With my little kids turning into big kids, I cherish these opportunities to spend time with my kids, enjoying a movie and having a chance to talk about themes that are important for the little kids as well as the big kids! Share your photos with us. We loved Cinderella and its message to have courage and be kind…enough said!
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Cinderella Movie Tickets (FREE) for FiDi Families
Fandango Family is hosting an advanced screening of Cinderella in New York and FiDi Families are invited! The free, advance screening will include free snacks and prizes.
Kenneth Branagh directs Disney’s 2015, live-action take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which stars Lily James as the put-upon young women forced to endure a life of labor at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies unexpectedly (Fandango).