Parent Previews Podcast

What movies are best for your kids? What will your family learn from movies, media and technology? Want more from all that money and time you spend...
Although many fairy tales and legends have violent roots, we've become used to these stories being made for wide age range audiences. Yet, after researching recent fantasy-based TV shows, that may not be the case.
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Only The Brave is a solid film that provides a glimpse into the life of the brave men and women who fight wildfires throughout our country. It covers the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, located in Arizona, who perished in a blaze during June 2013. Rod and Donna discuss the movie and...
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In this edition of the Parent Previews Podcast we are covering three new military shows. VALOR is from the CW network and centers on a US Army base that is home to an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. SEAL TEAM is about -- you gue...
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In "Happy Death Day" a young woman repeats the same day over and over -- including her late night murder. Built on the Goundhog Day template, this is one of many recent movies to visit the repeating day syndrome. Rod and Donna discuss the appeal of these movies and why many of us enjoy the fanta...
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OTT or "Over The Top" services are Internet delivered content networks like Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu. They used to be known for movies and TV series, but now they produce much of their own programming. We discuss the good and bad of OTT with Melissa Henson from the Parents Television Counc...
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Rod and Donna take a look at three movies releasing this week. While we don't typically review R-rated films at Parent Previews, we felt Blade Runner 2049 was an exception. First, there are many parents who will have seen the original as a teen and may be interested in knowing if this sequel is ...
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Christopher Gildemeister from the Parents Television Council discusses the new TV series The Orville. The show is from comedian Seth MacFarlane. This new series, premiering Fall 2017, combines humor and adventure with a twist of Star Trek. However parents will still want to approach with caution...
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Flatliners is a film with possibly dangerous messages. Mully is the opposite. Rod and Donna discuss both. Read our full review of Flatliners and Mully by clicking the titles. (Our online review of Mully will be available October 2, 2017.)
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Anything good to watch on TV this fall? We talk with Christopher Gildemeister from the Parents' Television Council to discover the best and worst of the bunch. Read Christopher's complete details on the shows we are discussing by reading his complete summary of what news on TV for 2017.
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Rod and Donna take a preview look at LEGO Ninjago and The Kingsman: The Golden Circle. And for those of you looking for an evening in the family room, we offer two good choices.
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It's been a bad year for movies this summer -- and even more so for families. Rod and Donna look at some of the reasons why Summer 2017 has so underwhelming at your local theater. Then they look at what you can look forward to over the next few weeks. Finally, there are a couple of good choices ...
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Home Again is a comdey romance update of a classic female fantasy: One woman with too many men. Rod and Donna take a look at the movie and discuss the positive and negative messages embedded in the story.
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Looking for a way to get kids excited about school? Teachers make a huge difference in our lives and many movies feature true stories about great teachers. And you can click this link and read our full list of great teacher movies.
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The faith-based movie All Saints and the animated Leap! are reviewed by family movie guide veterans Rod and Donna Gustafson.
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Rod and Donna review Logan Lucky, a movie about a group of people who stage a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Why is stealing so glamorous in movies? Listen to find out more...
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Rod and Donna look into The Glass Castle and then take a crack at The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.
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Donna and Rod review The Dark Tower, a film by Stephen King featuring a young protagonist. Even more unusual: It's PG-13.
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Rod and Donna review The Emoji Movie and Gifted, a new home video release. Finally they look at The Boss Baby, also available for home viewing.
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"Dunkirk" and "Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets" are reviewed by Rod and Donna on today's show.
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Rod and Donna discuss the third (and perhaps final) movie of the Planet of the Apes prequels: War For The Planet of the Apes.
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