Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ musical sequel is frothy, escapist fun

Parents need to know that "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is the sequel to 2008's hugely popular romantic musical Mamma Mia!, featuring more earworm-worthy ABBA songs. This time, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who's mourning the unexpected death of her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), re-opens a Greek hotel in her mom's honor. The movie also flashes back to a young Donna (Lily James) meeting the three men who become Sophie's potential fathers. Like the original, the sequel is frothy fun, with some innuendo and sexual activity (fans already know Donna had three sexual encounters in the same month). But it's mostly limited to kissing, dancing, and flirting. Characters drink in pubs, restaurants, and at parties, sometimes acting drunk. Language is infrequent but includes "son of a bitch," "crap," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). The movie values strong friendships, open communication, and following your dreams; themes also include empathy and gratitude.


App review: Gorogoa, artistic mind-bending puzzle game

Parents need to know that Gorogoa is a puzzle game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players examine a series of hand-drawn art panels, zooming in and layering them in particular ways so that they interact with one another, and progress to the next challenge. The game relies on the intuition and deduction of the player, with very little help to guide players along through the journey. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.


Game review: ‘Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker,’ fantastic puzzle adventure the whole family will enjoy

Parents need to know that "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker" is a puzzle adventure game for the Nintendo WiiU and Switch. It features simple controls and a very easy learning curve for players of all ages. There's no inappropriate content, although it has some light violence, such as throwing turnips at creatures, who disappear in a puff of smoke when hit. Some levels are based on older Mario titles and could possibly raise interest in purchasing these games.


5 tips to help tweens and teens clean up their social media feeds

You know that girl from TV – the one whose Instagram always looks perfect even with #nofilter? Or what about that amazing singer on musical.ly whom you can't believe is only 14? And then there's that kid whose Snapchat stories of Coachella got 500 views. Your kids may be following people like this right now. Obsessing. Over. Every. Detail. And starting to feel kind of crappy about it.


Social Security: Here for people like you

All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds – they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and passions create one of the most unique societies in the history of the world.


Parents’ ultimate guide to ‘Roblox’

Gamers are a loyal bunch. Some are devoted to "Fortnite." Some love "Minecraft." And around the world, some several million are majorly into "Roblox." Offering both intense multiplayer gaming and a sophisticated game-building tool, "Roblox" delivers variety, creativity, competition, and socializing – much of it for free. You can even make money on "Roblox."


Parents @ Play: ‘Round and ‘round we go

Whether it's sports, vehicles, or just the circle of life, we can't get enough of round things – wheels, balls, etc. Here are a few fun games that get you and your family on a delightful roll toward having fun together.


Living with Children: Let’s revisit ‘psychological thinking’

I call it "psychological thinking," referring to the tendency among parents of the last fifty years or so to attribute bad behavior on the part of a child to so-called "issues" that are thought to be causing emotional tensions of one sort or another. That is, in fact, precisely what my graduate school professors taught; to wit, that misbehavior was nothing more than a symptom of such tension, and for that reason, punishment would only make matters worse.


Ex-etiquette: How to handle manipulative ex’s bad-mouthing

Q: My ex had an affair and we divorced as a result. It was humiliating when he married the woman, and not long after I met her ex for coffee. We married a year later. So, essentially, we've traded partners. My ex is incredibly manipulative and has bad-mouthed me so badly that my husband's middle school-age daughters will not even come to visit. He's made it look like we were the ones who had the affair and the girls despise me. I try to be accepting and do special things for them on their birthdays and around the holidays, but it doesn't seem to matter. Should I continue? What's good ex-etiquette?

Five safety concerns parents should ask child care providers about

Finding good child care can be difficult. Here are five safety concerns parents and guardians should talk about with child care providers.