Tribeca Film Festival: Gotta Dance
Thu May 1
By the time you’re 20 minutes into Gotta Dance, you’ve easily forgotten that you’re watching a group of senior citizens (rather than twentysomethings) cutting loose on the dance floor. The documentary, from filmmaker Dori Berinstein, tells the inspiring tale of the New Jersey NETSationals, the first-ever senior citizen hip-hop dance team. Meet Betty, a 64-year-old kindergarten teacher; Marge, an 83-year-old grandmother and former competitive ice-skater (her granddaughter Marla is a Nets Dancer and the team’s coach); and Joe, 60, the only male member. Older kids and tweens will enjoy watching the behind-the-scenes footage as the group becomes an overnight success—they make appearances on the Today show and get spoofed on Saturday Night Live—and cheer for them as they perform for the first time on the court at Continental Airlines Arena. While the film does have a Bring It On–type feel, keep in mind that it is a documentary: Some younger audience members may have a hard time getting...
Tribeca Film Festival: Terra
Thu May 1
As part of Time Out New York's comprehensive Tribeca Film Festival coverage, the Time Out Kids staff is reviewing the movies most appropriate for families. First up: the sci-fi drama Terra. Terra shows us a world filled with lush landscapes, tadpolish inhabitants that float and fly around, and only a handful of humans fearing for the future of mankind. The movie’s backstory is that generations ago, humans exhausted Earth’s resources and began colonizing other planets. Those planets wanted independence, and a cosmic civil war occurred—leaving humans to live on a round metal structure in the middle of another galaxy. Eventually, humans find Terra and plan on oxygenizing the helium planet (which will destroy its peaceful residents) and making it the new home for the human race. One of the tadpole-like inhabitants, Mala (Evan Rachel Wood), saves Lt. Stanton (Luke Wilson) after an attack on Terra, and the pair work together to help save each other’s universe. This animated,...
Wed Apr 30
Being the baby in the family was usually a pretty sweet deal: My parents were done with their over-protective phases they bestowed upon my sisters, but they doted on my every whim because I was the last of the brood left toddling around the house. There was one drawback to being the youngest, however: hand-me-downs. You know the ones—stained with everything from ink to cranberry juice, faded from dozens of washings and probably emblazoned with some sort of dated logo or saying across the front like “Frankie Says Relax.” Celebrities are bringing new meaning to the stigma of previously used items with an ebay auction of their own children’s wares, benefitting Johnson & Johnson’s Global Charity Program, which supports a number of family-related projects. NYC celeb mom Julianne Moore put up her wooden Stokke high chair for bidding (hovering around $100), Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View offered a Cortina stroller/car seat combo ($225) and Law & Order: SVU’s Mariska Hartigay donated an...
Park Slope TV series
Wed Apr 30
After failing miserably with this season's Cashmere Mafia, Sex and the City creator Darren Star (like so many city parents) is riding the mommy train out of Manhattan and into Brooklyn. And what better nabe to film a mom-com than Park Slope--home of the stroller mafia, philanthropic stripper drama and a dizzying array of toddlers? According to the New York Post, the show remains untitled and uncast, but will feature "a group of affluent characters who live in the upscale Brooklyn neighborhood." How original. Following the SATC/CM formula, we can assume a group of possibly three, but more likely four, main characters. I'm guessing this time, one of them will be a stay-at-home, hipster dad, a type-A Miranda Hobbes mom and a eco-loving couple who will eventually have marital problems (and extra-marital affairs with a nanny). Note to Darren: If you're reading and need some stereotype ideas, check out our parenting type feature! While the SATC girls had the diner, the Park...
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