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MALEFICENT: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

Written by Katherine McNamara    Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:05   
  1. Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara review MALEFICENTMaleficent upends a classic fairytale and Disney animated classic. Does the switch up work? We asked our Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest):

"Every Briar Rose has its thorn - Angelina Jolie is both as the title character in Maleficent, the latest retelling of the original "Sleeping Beauty" story. In this retelling, the formerly evil Maleficent is not all that malevolent. If you expect anything similar the original tale of Princess Aurora and the spinning wheel, you will be very surprised - this new take gives the backstory of this beloved villain and adds new twists to the classic tale. The special effects were stunning and quite well done in the film. Jolie was completely transformed into the dark yet beautiful fairy. Also, the fight sequences are incredible, in particular Maleficent's flying is quite phenomenal. Jolie is by far the standout performer in the film giving her character a never before seen depth and light despite the darkness of the original. This retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story is about self-sacrifice and redemption. It's a wonderful family film for all ages. 3 stars."

After you see Maleficent, Crix It by adding your own review - just click HERE and then click on User Reviews.

Joel and Kat have several movies coming out in 2014 like Sins of Our Youth, Little Savages and Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn...but you'll see them regularly on the small screen this fall. Kat stars in MTV's "Happyland" and Joel stars in the CW super power show "The Messengers." Follow them on Twitter @Kat_McNamara @Joel_Courtney and follow us @KidsPickFlicks!


May the Odds Be Ever on Your Smartphone with THE HUNGER GAMES

Written by Dave B.    Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:02   

The Hunger Games has moved from book to big screen, and now it's headed to your screen in an all new mobile adventure!

The Hunger GamesGet ready to aid your very own District with your smartphone with the brand new game from Kabam and Lionsgate. In this card-based, role-playing game fans will build their alliance and free their District from the government's icy grasp all to help bring Freedom to Panem.

This mobile game comes straight from the studio that brings you The Hunger Games, so you know you're getting the true Hunger Games experience!

Can you feel that? The hype for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is building, and we can't wait to be in the thick of it. May the odds be ever in your favor when the movie heads to theaters on November 21!


ANNIE Takes on New York in a New Trailer

Written by Dave B.    Friday, 30 May 2014 09:48   

ANNIEThis Christmas, one little girl will be showing some bigwigs in New York that you can't push your way to the top unless you show maybe a little kindness.

William Stacks is a determined, hard-working man whose goal is to become mayor of New York. Although a bit one-track minded, Stacks does have some goodness in his heart, and it shows after he rescues a little orphan girl named Annie.

Annie could very well be the sweetest girl in the world. After news of her rescue becomes public, Mr. Stacks wants to do everything he can to be seen with the little girl. But is it just to help boost his campaign, or is Annie taking effect on Ben Stacks, and becoming something more of a daughter to him?

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis are the stars of this upcoming retelling of a classic tale. You can check out the latest trailer for Annie down below. We can't wait to check out this one when it premieres on December 19, will you be there??



New INSURGENT Casting!

Written by Dave B.    Friday, 30 May 2014 09:19   

With the recent announcement of Insurgent in it's early stages of shooting, we knew it was just a matter of time before casting details would be making headlines, and this week, two names were finally dropped!

Suki WaterhouseSuki Waterhouse is a name you probably haven't heard just yet. The young actress has been picked to play the character Marlene, a 16-year-old Dauntless-born who befriends Tris and helps her fight against the Erudite faction.

Jonny Weston, an actor who has appeared in surfing flick Chasing Mavericks, has also signed on this week in an unknown role.Jonny Weston

Okay, so this is it. The news is finally creeping out. After casting details it's images, after images it's trailers, and then before we know it, it's March 20, 2015! We are so ready for Insurgent to head to theaters!


MALEFICENT's Elle Fanning & Sis Dakota Have a Way to Deal with Paparazzi

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:24   

Elle Fanning at the Maleficent premiereIn Maleficent, Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora who is cursed by the evil fairy to prick her finger on a spinning wheel before her 16th birthday which will put her into a deep death-like sleep. As Aurora grows up, she is aware that someone is watching her from the shadows. It seems a little close to home to Elle's life - since both she and her sister Dakota Fanning are successful actresses living in the Los Angeles area, does she feels similarly stalked by photographers?

Elle told me, "When my sister is at home, they wait outside our home. It becomes this weird game [between us] of who can spot the car with the paparazzi!"

Aurora looks at it a little differently, though, Elle says. "It's weird because Aurora doesn't feel like she's being stalked, it's more 'this lady is a part of my life, she's kind of like my mom.'"

Maleficent like Princess Aurora's MOM??? What??? Find out what Elle means when Maleficent opens in theaters Friday.


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