Tag Archives: children’s fiction

Family Night: ‘Ramona and Beezus’ true to Cleary’s books

9 Nov

Rated G for some thematic elements (appropriate for all ages)

Run time: 104 minutes Directed by: Elizabeth AllenWritten by: Laurie Craig, Nick Pustav  Starring: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Josh Duhamel, Sandra Oh Continue reading

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DVD Showcase: Strong, vibrant cast bring ‘Inkheart’ to life

23 Jun

inkheart

 

June 23rd,2009-

cinemagrade b- I have to admit up-front, I was surprised by Inkheart. I’ve never read this particular fantasy series, but I am familiar with some of German author Cornelia Funke’s other works like The Thief Lord. Funke combines elements of high adventure and Victorian mystery when creating her detailed fantasy worlds and although children are always at the heart of her stories, she frequently gives her readers strong and worthy adult characters. When Ian Softley’s film version was released back in January, I thought it looked rather generic and uninvolving; another Brendan Fraser vehicle with plentiful fx and scenery but no substance. When I watched Inkheart to review it for the site, the first twenty minutes or so did nothing to suggest I had been wrong. Continue reading