More Minions, More Humor Fills Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 movie review on BeTween Talk

My family and I loved Despicable Me. It had all the makings of a great family movie – super villains, wild gadgets, silly sidekicks and a lot of heart. The transformation of despicable criminal Gru from an angry, lonely, unhappy bad guy to a lovable and warm adoptive dad of three wraps the movie nicely. His child-like sidekicks, the Minions, along with a goofy rival villan gives the movie a lot of humor to go along with the heart. The {Read More}

Rise of the Guardians – Forget What You Know About Childhood Legends and Believe

Rise of the Guardians Movie Review

Rise of the Guardians is one of the most beautifully stunning animated films ever. The scenes and the characters pop off the screen as a cherished Christmas storybook comes to life. This isn’t your average 3-D animated film with cartoon characters and make believe. There is plenty of make-believe, but the animation looks more hand-drawn than computer-animated. This is one of the only recent animated films that also makes great use of the 3-D. It isn’t 3-D to be 3-D: {Read More}

‘Life of Pi’ with a 7-year Old

Life of Pi Movie Review for Between Talk

As my 7-year old and I were walking into the theater to see ‘Life of Pi’ she was telling me alllll about what she’d read in school about how desert plants grow. I was watching the parking lot traffic for us both.  All the way to our seats,  as we sat waiting for the movie to start; right up ’til the lights dimmed she kept going on and on about stuff she’d learned in school. To be honest, I was {Read More}

Wreck-It-Ralph a Hit for HD Kids and Their 8-Bit Parents


My girls, ages 11 and 7, have been anxiously awaiting Wreck-It-Ralph to show up in theaters since they saw the trailers for it this summer. They have been counting the days and when a trailer appears on TV, they stop and watch it yelling, “WE have to see Wreck-It-Ralph! Wreck-It-Ralph!” Both love their Mario Bros, Kirby and more. When the opportunity to see some of their beloved game characters come to life on the big screen, they were all over {Read More}

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – Perfect for Tweeners


My 10-year-old has been a fan of the Wimpy Kid series for the past year. She has read all of the books, so we were excited to see this latest installment in the movie series. The Dog Days picks up at the end of Greg’s 7th grade year as school gets out for the summer. Greg is determined to have the best summer ever, which for him means lots of video games and turning his friendship with Holly into something {Read More}

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Escape the Summer Heat and Chill Out

Ice Age Continental Drift Movie Review

My kids are fans of the Ice Age series. We own all three previous movies, with Dawn of the Dinosaurs being our hands down favorite. Sure there are dinosaurs chasing mammals during the Ice Age, but the writing and humor are worth looking past paleontology. Ice Age: Continental Drift starts with Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel who is forever chasing an acorn, looking for a place to hide his treasured nut. It escapes, and he chases it to the center of {Read More}

Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D – An Inspiration for Tweens, Teens & Adults

Katy Perry Part of Me 3D Movie Poster

I took my 10-year-old daughter to see Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D this week. The movie opens today, July 5th, across the country. Both of my daughters are big Katy Perry fans and were excited to see the movie. I wasn’t sure if my 7-year-old would be mature enough for the content. Knowing Katy’s sex kitten persona, I was also concerned about my 10-year-old. Part of Me received a PG rating, making it only the second MTV Films movie to {Read More}

Brave – The Perfect Mother-Daughter Date


Brave, Pixar’s newest release, opens this Friday, June 22nd. I’m going to start out by saying I wasn’t super excited about this movie. From the trailers and hype, it looked like a movie about a girl who revolts against her parents wishes and kingdom’s rules. Another movie about childhood angst, not listening to your parents and falling in love. Basically, another princess movie. Not that the Disney princesses are bad, many are just a little stale. My girls were very {Read More}