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Family

Is there such a thing as ‘good’ screen time?

Posted January 29, 2015 by andrea tomkins

I’ve written a lot about screen time, here on the Fishbowl and over on the MediaSmarts blog. I think I can summarize my feelings thusly: I’m not against TV, video games, iDevices etc. I do however, worry about the effect these things are having on our brains and attention spans and I believe there should be […]

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Entertainment

Movie Review: Does CAKE Live Up To The Buzz?

Posted January 23, 2015 by Sonya

Rumours buzzed before the Oscar nominations came out and they were all saying the same thing: Jennifer Aniston for her role in CAKE. However, the entertainment world rippled (a bit) when she was snubbed for her role. There’s no doubt […]

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Canada

Ryan Reynolds heads to Vancouver to film Deadpool

Posted January 19, 2015 by Jes

Ryan Reynolds is going to be back in Vancouver reprising his role as Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Deadpool will begin filming in the stars hometown in March.I’m not sure if you recall how that movie ended, but Reynolds went from hawt…

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General

Netflix Strikes Up Some Literature Inspired Titles for January: #StreamTeam

Posted January 15, 2015 by Jodi Shaw

My son loves to read. He is in grade three and has just started learning a love of books and wonderful tales that can transport him to far away places. That’s why I’m super excited that Netflix is showcasing Literature inspired titles for kids this January.  Puss in Boots arrives on Netflix January 16th, and … Continue reading Netflix Strikes Up Some Literature Inspired Titles for January: #StreamTeam

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General

The Year of Strange Luck

Posted January 1, 2015 by James Bow

Erin once said to me that she had “strange luck”. Strange luck is neither good nor bad, but it is unusual. Things happen. They may be good, or they may be bad, but they’re not boring. And soon after…

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General

The Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of documentary (TRAILER)

Posted December 24, 2014 by Jes

If you went to the Backstreet Boys tour this year – you will have already seen clips from the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary…but if you didn’t*, here is the trailer.It will probably the best thing that will hit theatres in 2015. (Jan 30 in Nort…

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General

The boys are back – first look at the Entourage Movie (TRAILER)

Posted December 24, 2014 by Jes

I am pretty excited for this movie to come out. My life was lacking some serious asshole sans Ari Gold and I just couldn’t find a suitable replacement.A couple things I would like to point out:Turtle isn’t fat anymore – as is also pointed out be a girl…

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Entertainment

First Look: The Little Prince Movie

Posted December 19, 2014 by Sonya

The first look at the trailer for “The Little Prince” is now out and it is as sweet as the classic book. This is the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s iconic masterpiece. At the heart of […]

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Cartoons

Cartoons For Kids Are More Violent Than Adult Dramas

Posted December 18, 2014 by Guest Author

Nemo. Bambie. Tarzan. These are just a few of the characters whose parents come to a violent end in top animated children’s films. A study published in the British Medical Journal’s special Christmas issue this week found that two-thirds of […]

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Entertainment

Attention Star Wars Fans: The New Trailer Is Here!

Posted November 28, 2014 by Guest Author

Heads up, moms of Star Wars fans (and moms who are Star Wars fans)! The trailer for the controversial seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is out today. I think it’s safe to say that after the, um, non-excellence […]

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Books

The Machine Stops

Posted November 23, 2014 by James Bow

Maybe it’s kismet, but as I write The Curator of Forgotten Things, I’ve been encountering more and more references to E.M. Forster’s Edwardian science fiction novella, The Machine Stops. This story, written in 1909 (and in the public domain; the…

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Entertainment

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Is Smart and Squishy Fun For Families

Posted November 7, 2014 by Sonya

In theatres now, Big Hero 6 is the newest Disney Animation movie to grab our attention. And with 3 ten-year-old kids in tow to the advance screening  last week, I can assure you that this is one that you must […]

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Entertainment

The Countdown Is On For New Minions & Toy Story Films

Posted November 7, 2014 by Anonymous

It is a big week for blockbuster animated films it would seem. On Tuesday we got our first look at the new Despicable Me spinoff, Minions. The trailer tells us, they have been on this planet far longer than we […]

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Entertainment

Why Do White Disney Princesses Make More Money?

Posted November 5, 2014 by Anonymous

While we won’t be seeing another Disney princess of colour until 2018 when Moana, the Polynesian princess, makes her debut, it seems that we really aren’t seeing that much of the Disney princesses that aren’t, well, white. The graphic below, created by Jody […]

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Entertainment

Movie Review: LEFT BEHIND

Posted October 6, 2014 by Sonya

My list of must see movies in theatres is very LONG. But this one has me thinking… a lot. The world seems to keep challenging us in many ways and far beyond many of our imaginations and understandings. While we […]

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General

Movie Review: Gone Girl

Posted October 3, 2014 by Jes

As soon as the credits started rolling on the movie, the old lady beside me in her Northern Reflections circa 1997 sweatshirt stood up and said,”F*ck right off.”…and then left the theatre.I’m with that lady. That lady knows what’s up…about the movi…

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Entertainment

Off With The Box! Here Comes The Boxtrolls!

Posted September 30, 2014 by Sonya

Making films for kids and families is a big business and technology has allowed for many great visual escapes. The Boxtrolls will be in theatres this weekend  and there’s something quite beautiful about this particular film. The stop-motion animated method […]

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Entertainment

Classic Halloween Movies To Watch With Your Kids

Posted September 26, 2014 by Anonymous

It feels like fall just started, but Halloween is on its way. Your kids are probably already planning their costumes and eyeing the candy displays in the grocery store, so help them get into the spirit (you see what we […]

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Canada

Movie Review: Advance Style (CIFF 2014)

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jes

You don’t often hear people talking about a desire to be old. As a society we generally associate being old with being closer to death and the inability to do things you once could. We love old people, we just don’t want to be them……until we get co…

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Calgary

What to Watch: CIFF 2014

Posted September 14, 2014 by Jes

The Calgary International Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting this Thursday and running until September 28, 2014, CIFF will bring us films from all over the world in all different genres.Here are my picks for the movies to watch in this years lin…

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Film

“Her” and the future of empathy

Posted January 16, 2014 by Darren

“Her” is both a love story and a ruminative critique of how we use technology. Yet, it’s also a meditation on empathy.

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