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Travel Guide: Ideal movies to bring during a family road trip

The traveling family should always choose age-appropriate films to bring during road trips. Making a family road trip fun doesn't have to start by the time people arrive at their intended destination. The long drive should be a fun time on its own. From young kids to adults, travelers can bring a variety of portable gadgets to make their getaway a more enjoyable one. With a single film that can entertain travelers on the road for about two hours, bringing anywhere

Oscar-nominated movies to watch on Father’s Day

Spending quality time with dads in celebration of Father's Day can be most fitting when watching movies that particularly touch on father-child relationships. Dads and their children have varying tastes and interests when it comes to movie genres. Yet, choosing from a diverse list of the best Oscar-nominated movies with memorable father characters can be quite ideal, especially when trimming down options or looking for interesting themes for movies to watch on Father's Day. "Big Fish" On a personal note, "Big Fish"

Movies for Mother’s Day: Musicals with memorable mom characters

While it is expected that movies for Mother's Day should primarily feature likeable mom characters and stories about a mother's love, going a little more festive and distinct can actually add a more special appeal to the celebration. Choosing fun or heartwarming musicals for a Mother's Day movie marathon or for a movie night to cap off a pleasing family day can make the occasion even more vibrant, touching, and memorable. With the many ways to celebrate Mothers' Day from fine

Blu-ray Review: ‘Wreck it Ralph’ Collector’s Edition

"Wreck It Ralph" Collector's Edition houses a two-disc set containing the film's Blu-ray and DVD copies, along with a couple of extras. This is Disney's well-received 52nd animated feature that brings a heartwarming identity-crisis tale set in sprawling hub-worlds and video game locations. The story revolves around the supposedly villainous Ralph who simply wants some appreciation and self-worth. He ventures outside his '80s-era game to try to look for his ticket to heroism and happiness. However, he soon wrecks everything

Conceptualizing and creating special effects for home movies

Today's technology already makes it practical to create special effects work even for home movies. This typically requires generating graphics and animation in image-editing, video-editing, special effects, and animation programs. Many of these effects are combined with live-action footage to produce shots that are not practical, too expensive, or impossible to shoot. Some of the most popular effects include big explosions, blizzards, tidal waves, space backgrounds, magical or surreal environments, and morphing and shape-shifting elements. Format and Software Requirements The format

Blu-ray Review: ‘Heaven’ (2002)

Tom Tykwer's 2002 critically acclaimed film "Heaven" releases on a single-disc Blu-ray package via Echo Bridge Entertainment. This art-house offering is based on the screenplay co-authored by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, the esteemed filmmaker behind the opus "The Three Colors Trilogy." As a brief history, the untimely death of Kieslowski halted the supposed new trilogy to be called "Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory." Nevertheless, "Heaven" managed to get produced with Tykwer at helm, and two other acclaimed directors, Anthony Minghella and

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Atomic Kid’

Releasing on a single-disc Blu-ray package, the 1954 sci-fi comedy "The Atomic Kid" features a frenetic slapstick farce based on the story of filmmaker Blake Edwards. This film directed by Leslie H. Martinson revolves around a young uranium prospector's fate after surviving the radiation exposure in an atomic bomb testing site. It stars Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss, and Elaine Devry. The story begins with a uranium search in a remote part of Nevada. Coincidentally, when a man gets caught up in

Blu-ray Review: ‘Men in Black 3’

This third installment to the "Men in Black" series shines as a fan-pleasing offering. A surprising success to a relatively aging franchise, it returns to the screen as a strong compliment to the sci-fi action and comedy brand. "Men in Black 3" comes out on a two-disc set consisting of a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. This home video release contains the film's HD, SD, and UV digital copies, as well as a handful of supplements. This highly entertaining sequel helmed by

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Descendants’

"The Descendants" releases on a two-disc set consisting of a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. The package houses the HD, SD, and digital copies of this Oscar-winning family drama by Alexander Payne. Based on the novel of the same title by Hawaiian author Kaui Hart Hemmings, this 2011 film explores the ups and downs in the lives of an American family living in Hawaii. It stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, and Beau Bridges.

Blu-ray Review: ‘The Hangover Part II’

"The Hangover Part II" releases on a two-disc set, which houses the film's Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies. This 2011 sequel to the blockbuster comedy "The Hangover" moves from Las Vegas to Bangkok as the Wolfpack gets into another pre-wedding, post-blackout misadventure. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, and Ken Jeong reprise their roles in this popular black comedy offering. Visuals "The Hangover Part II" is as hot and humid as its shooting location. The warmly saturated images for