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Frankenweenie (access required)

Leave it to Tim Burton to make a movie about a kid who loves making monster movies. You wonder if Frankenweenie, based on Burton’s 1984 live-action short by the same name, is autobiographical in nature...

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INCOMING! (access required)

I have a fear of birds. It’s something that I get grief about all the time, so I figure this is as good a time as any to tell my side of the story...

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Bullying: A new perspective (access required)

My son was bullied and physically assaulted last week on the bus. This wasn’t the first time. I was—and am—enraged. Yet, what makes me even more furious is the reaction I received on my Plain Jane Facebook page about the incident...

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Hotel Transylvania (access required)

When you make a family movie, you don’t want it be so scary that it frightens kids (Monster House), so existential that kids won’t get it (ParaNorman), or so sad that parents weep at the mere mention of it (Up). It’s a delicate balancing act, and Hotel Transylvania got it right...

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Uncle Sir (access required)

It’s fun to be an uncle. Especially when your kids are older and basically self-sufficient and your siblings are running around crazy pulling their hair out because they are dealing with swarms of kids under the age of 10...

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House at the End of the Street (access required)

Remember back when most horror movies were rated R? When if a movie featured a girl running through the woods at night, a murderer with a knife, and a dead body here and there, that it wasn’t recommend for kids aged 13?

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The Verdict (access required)

Last week, I asked for your help on whether or not I should allow my 16-year-old daughter, Grace, to get her ear cartilage pierced...

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