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'DUNE: PART TWO'

Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

What it’s about: The sequel to the epic "Dune" follows Paul Atreides on Arrakis as he becomes one with the Fremen and accepts his destiny.

The kid attractor factor: Older kids and teens will be drawn to the big sci-fi spectacle...Read more

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Commentary: Investing in kids pays, even if Mom is on drugs

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For too many American children, the future is already written. Their parents’ income broadly predicts what their earnings will be in adulthood. For those in poverty, the chances of breaking out are dwindling — resulting in a less prosperous, increasingly ossified society.

If today’s presidential candidates wanted to rewrite that future, ...Read more

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'ORDINARY ANGELS'

Rated PG for thematic content, brief bloody images and smoking.

What it’s about: The true story of a community rallying around a young girl in need of a liver transplant, and how helping others is the best way to help ourselves.

The kid attractor factor: Not much, this is more of an adult family drama.

Good lessons/bad ...Read more

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'MADAME WEB'

Rated PG-13 for violence/action and language.

What it’s about: This comic book movie follows a New York paramedic as she discovers her psychic powers, derived from a powerful spider bite.

The kid attractor factor: It's a superhero movie! Kids will be drawn to the action and adventure.

Good lessons/bad lessons: You are so much ...Read more

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'LISA FRANKENSTEIN'

Rated PG-13 for violent content, bloody images, sexual material, language, sexual assault, teen drinking and drug content.

What it’s about: A spin on the Frankenstein myth finds a teenage misfit falling for a reanimated hunk.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be drawn to the style, material and stars.

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Why youth sports drive parents crazy and 10 more lessons from a mom who's been through it

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This column is the second installment in a series on parenting children in the final years of high school, "Emptying the Nest."

A while back, I sat in the aggressive discomfort of the bleachers at my youngest daughter's high school basketball game and vibrated with rage. After nearly 20 years of watching my children play youth sports, I thought...Read more

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'ARGYLLE'

Rated PG-13 for strong violence and action and some strong language.

What it’s about: An anxious spy novelist gets swept into one of her own stories when it turns out her books are eerily prescient about real-world espionage events.

The kid attractor factor: Perhaps some appeal for teens who like silly action-comedy.

Good lessons...Read more

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'MILLER'S GIRL'

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some teen smoking and drinking.

What it’s about: A student and teacher become embroiled in an inappropriate literary affair

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an erotic adult thriller, but some younger teens might be interested in Jenna Ortega's presence.

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A play group for the kids -- but also for the parents

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Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group in Auburn, Washington, created by immigrants from the Marshall Islands and nonprofit Childhaven, met last Wednesday for the first time since a holiday break.

Wandering toddlers and bouncy 5-year-olds wished each other a happy new year, practiced coloring shapes and blew bubbles under the patient instruction of ...Read more

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'I.S.S.'

Rated R for some violence and language.

What it’s about: Russian and American crew have to navigate their shared space and relationships aboard the International Space Station after war breaks out on Earth.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult thriller, not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Peace is ...Read more

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California moves closer to becoming first state to ban tackle football for kids under 12

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The proposed bill is striking in its brevity. Sure, the single sentence is a bit rambling, but California Assembly Bill 734 leaves no doubt about its directive:

"On and after January 1, 2026, a youth sports organization that conducts a tackle football program, or a youth tackle football league, shall not allow a person younger than 12 years of ...Read more

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'MEAN GIRLS'

Rated PG-13 for sexual material, strong language, and teen drinking.

What it’s about: An adaptation of the musical based on the 2004 high school comedy.

The kid attractor factor: Teens and kids will go gaga for the high school setting and musical factor.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't be Regina George, just be yourself.

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Florida may pass laws to protect kids from online porn, social media

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Florida lawmakers are considering new laws that aim to keep children away from sexually explicit websites and harmful social media posts, joining a movement gaining momentum in state capitals across the country.

One proposal (HB 1) would restrict access to social media platforms for anyone under age 16. Another measure (HB 3) would require ...Read more

Steak bites man, a meaty tale of brotherly love

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LOS ANGELES — When man bites steak, nobody cares. But when a steak bites back (in a manner of speaking) the world pauses, as it should, to take notice.

That's essentially what happened when a Northern California man died in early December — a demise that his brother archly and elegantly recounted in an obituary published in The Times.

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US child care costs at $40,000 force parents to get second jobs

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A dramatic increase in child care costs since the pandemic is forcing parents to find new ways of making ends meet, from working part time at a daycare for a discount to driving for a ride-share service on weekends.

In a sign of how extraordinary the financial pressure has become — at a time when housing, groceries and other everyday items ...Read more

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'THE COLOR PURPLE'

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual content, violence and language.

What it’s about: This adaptation of the stage musical of the beloved book and movie follows the story of Celie, a Georgia woman separated from her sister in the early-20th century.

The kid attractor factor: Kids may be drawn to the high-...Read more

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'MIGRATION'

Rated PG for action/peril and mild rude humor.

What it’s about: A family of ducks takes a family migration to Jamaica, and discovers adventure — and themselves — along the way.

The kid attractor factor: It's animated, funny, cute and aimed right at kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Find growth through adventure.

Violence: ...Read more

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Holiday joy meets panic and food insecurity as parents brace for long winter break

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LOS ANGELES -- Just looking at the winter calendar sends Michelle Homme into a panic.

Monday marks the start of 2½ weeks with no child care, when her 3-year-old son's Pacific Palisades preschool shuts down for the holidays. For Homme, a single mother and self-employed interior designer, that means 18 days of almost no time to earn the money ...Read more

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'WONKA'

Rated PG for some violence, mild language and thematic elements.

What it’s about: This is the magical musical origin story of mischievous chocolatier Willy Wonka.

The kid attractor factor: This is a sweet and whimsical kid-friendly fairy tale.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Every good idea starts with a dream; fight for the little guy, ...Read more

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Review: A YouTube celebrity panics when her star/child disappears in novel 'Kids Run the Show'

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Here's an eye-opening statistic cited in "Kids Run the Show": One-third of children already have a digital life at birth.

I'm guessing it's not something author Delphine de Vigan made up, anymore than she invented the performative online existence depicted in her book: "This staging of the self, of one's family, one's everyday life, the pursuit...Read more