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Finding Entertainment Appropriate for Kids: 'Clash of the Titans' & More

By Germain Lussier on April 2nd, 2010

“Finding Entertainment Appropriate for Kids,” or FEAK, runs every Friday and discusses places – mainly the movie theaters – where parents can look to find things for their kids to watch over the weekend.

Summer has started very early this year at the local cineplex. Last week’s release of “How To Train Your Dragon” was a, no pun intended, monster success and families surely turned out to enjoy the tale of Toothless and Hiccup.

This week, the huge movies keep coming. On Wednesday, Miley Cyrus’s new movie “The Last Song” came out and it’ll surely be something many families will try to see this weekend. We ran a review of the film on Thursday and basically said that young girls will probably like it, but parents will not. Still – it’s appropriate for tweens and up, as long as they are comfortable dealing with death – which features prominently in the movie.

Also in theaters this weekend is the massive, special effects extravaganza “Clash of the Titans.” It’s a remake of a semi-classic, but very cheesy, 1981 film of the same name that shows how the son of Zeus must try to fulfill his own destiny, even though some of the other Gods don’t approve (Sounds a lot like “Percy Jackson,” right?) In this version, that role is played by that film some people might have seen “Avatar’s” Sam Worthington. He’s joined by a very impressive cast such as Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

“Clash of the Titans” is rated PG-13 for “fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality” and I think that rating should be upheld as it’s read. The film has some huge action sequences with amazing creatures, but those creatures will surely be very frightening to younger kids. Plus, no one is really wearing any clothes in the entire film.

Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?” also hits the big screen this weekend. It’s a sequel to Perry’s 2007 hit “Why Did I Get Married?” and is rated PG-13 for “thematic material including sexuality, language, drug references and some domestic violence.” Again, the rating is probably just about right. However, Perry’s films are certainly more for adults – especially the non-Madea one’s like this that deal with relationships. The film has comedic elements, but gets very serious at times too so make sure your child is wise in the ways of life.

Next week “Date Night” is the big movie and, here’s a sneak peak, it’s really funny. More then.

Business watch

Winnipeg Free Press October 27, 2011 | Anonymous Ford stock price drops DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has generated big profits for so long that investors were bound to get spoiled.

The company reported its 10th straight quarterly profit Wednesday but its stock price fell six per cent, in large part because the carmaker decided to hold off on reinstating a dividend to stockholders. Investors were also irked by slowing growth and rising costs in the company’s third quarter. web site ford stock price today

Even though Ford earned $1.6 billion and beat expectations, investors wanted to see more the huge gains from 2010, said David Silver, an analyst with Wall Street Strategies. go to web site ford stock price today

Not guilty: ex-Sachs exec NEW YORK — A former board member of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of acting as “the illegal eyes and ears in the boardroom” for a friend, a billionaire hedge fund founder sentenced this month to 11 years in prison in the biggest insider trading case in history.

The case, built partially on wiretaps used for the first time in insider trading, has offered unprecedented insight into greed at the highest levels of Wall Street. The arrest of Rajat Gupta took it one step higher.

– from the news services Anonymous


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