Don't Miss November 2013

Family-friendly movies and games everyone's talking about.

Donald McDermott

Holidays with Hallmark

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas is back and bigger than ever with more than 1,200 hours of holiday-theme programming. Beginning November 2, families can gather together to enjoy original holiday creations such as Snow Bride, A Very Merry Mix-up, Window Wonderland, Fir Crazy, Let it Snow, and The Christmas Spirit. Check your local listings for times.

What’s Cookin’?

Just in time for the holidays, The Manischewitz® Recipe & Holiday Guide App contains kosher recipes that are perfect for Jewish holidays and everyday! Notable chefs, cookbook authors, and home cooks submitted hundreds of recipes that cover everything from holidays and Shabbat to side dishes and desserts. The innovative App is ready for download to all Apple® and Android™ Devices.

Even More Thor

The adventures of Earth’s mightiest Avenger continue in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. In the aftermath of Marvel’s smash hit The Avengers, Thor battles an ancient race to save the world and restore order across the cosmos. Don’t miss out on all of the action when Thor: The Dark World arrives in theaters on November 8.

Let it Snow

When the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, it’s up to her sprightly sister Anna to save the day in The Snow Queen. The latest animated release from Pixar Studios follows Anna as she teams up with a mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. The Snow Queen opens in theaters nationwide on November 27.

Family Fiesta

Mister G, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning artist, proudly presents ABC Fiesta. Offering the perfect way to introduce your little ones to a second language, the irresistible, literacy-themed CD includes a collection of original songs celebrating Mister G’s first loves, music, and reading. For more information or to order your copy, visit www.mistergsongs.com/shop.

Make the Jump

Domo, the fuzzy character that has become an international icon, leaps into the App Store for his latest, high-flying adventure. Domo Jump from Konami and Kung Fu Factory allows players to collect gems, diamonds and more as they advance from level to level. Domo Jump is available free for all IOS devices.

Something Super

Choose from more than 100 of your favorite heroes and villains in LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes. Fly through the air, save the day, or leave a path of destruction while playing as Iron Man, The Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and others in the Marvel Universe. Rated E for Everyone, LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes is available for the XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Playstation 3 game systems.

Super Buddies

The fur is sure to fly when a new breed of super hero is born in Disney’s fun-filled, epic adventure, Super Buddies. Filled with laughter, action, and delightful characters, the DVD release takes you along for the ride as five canine buddies discover mysterious rings that give them each a unique super power. Pick up your copy in stores and online today.

Pocket-Size Perfection

Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville, is an adorable, new, animated DVD based on the popular series of pocket-size pet toys. Entertainment One invites families to travel to Pocketville, where beautiful kitty Princess Ava matches lucky children looking for a friend with new pets! Copies are available in stores now.

Luigi Goes Solo

With Mario nowhere to be found, Luigi takes center stage in his first starring role in New Super Luigi U! The Nintendo release offers a variety of fun features for players of all ages as they travel across 80 uniquely created courses. Super Luigi U is available now for the Nintendo Wii game system.

This column appeared in the November 2013 issue.