Don't Miss October 2013

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

Donald McDermott

Heroes Galore

Young kids will love being Spiderman, Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, The Hulk and many more in LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes. Created for the PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo DS, and XBOX 360, the action-packed game brings together all of the most well-known heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe. LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes is available in stores and online now.

A Halloween Treat

Just in time for Halloween, The Weinstein Company keeps young audiences on the edge of their seats with The Trick or Treaters. The animated feature focuses on a group of bad guys whose outlook begins to change when they encounter an orphan girl. The Trick or Treaters opens nationwide on October 25.

Beach Bonanza

Two teen surfers are magically transported into an old-school 1960s beach flick in Teen Beach Movie. Audiences of all ages will love the music, dancing and nostalgia as Brady and Mack try to save the day and make their way back home. Including behind-the-scenes footage and bonus features, Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie is available now.

Nightengale’s Tale

Things go wrong for young witch Cassie Nightengale’s family and friends just days before her birthday in The Good Witch’s Destiny. Now Cassie has to rely on her charm to destroy a curse and pull off the party she has always wanted. The Good Witch’s Destiny premieres on the Hallmark Channel on October 26. Check your local listings.

Game On

It’s that time of year again. Basketball season is in the air and NBA 2K14 is in stores. Raising the bar for sports fans and gamers everywhere, the brand-new release features state-of-the-art graphics, amazing features, and all of your favorite NBA stars. Score a slam dunk with your family by picking up your copy of NBA 2K14 today.

Flying Free

Two turkeys from the opposite side of the tracks have to put aside their differences and team up to change the course of history in Free Birds (Relativity Media). The unique, animated buddy comedy follows the birds back in time as they try to get turkey off the holiday menu forever. Go along for the ride with Free Birds, in theaters beginning November 1.

It’s a Snap

Chicago-based software company TIP Solutions is proud to present CallSnap. The free, downloadable app provides users with a chance to communicate by responding instantly to an incoming call with a photo. The innovative app is available to download in the Google Play store. Visit www.callsnapapp.com for more information.

Painting a Picture

Meet 9-year-old Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses, in An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (Universal Studios). Perfect for the brand-new school year, this modern-day story featuring the newest member of the American Girl family is all about facing your fears and finding your own voice. The live-action feature is available now on DVD.

Musical Mischief

Kindie favorites Baze and His Silly Friends celebrate the school year with their third CD, The Best Day Ever! Joining Baze and His Silly Friends on the new release is an all-star kindie lineup, including Lucky Diaz, Kira Wiley, Dave Lambert, and many, many more. A portion of the band’s CD sales will go to help raise autism awareness. Order your copy today at www.mysillyfriends.com.

A Peak Performance

Director Nick Ryan takes viewers to the top of the most challenging peak in the world in The Summit (IFC Films). The amazing documentary explores the physical and emotional ascent of K2, as well as some of the successful and unsuccessful attempts to the top. The Summit opens in select theaters on October 4.

This column appeared in the October 2013 issue.