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Movie review: 'Looking Glass' is an uninspired trip back to Wonderland

When Tim Burton's 2010 live-action version of "Alice in Wonderland" raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, "Through the Looking-Glass," but it proves to be only a suggestion for the film, which arrives this weekend, to a very diminished return. It feels reverse-engineered to fit a release date, with a story that, though it takes wild liberties with the book's plot, manages to feel largely unimaginative and low-stakes.

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Movie review: 'Angry Birds' is silly, frenetic, sometimes-crude toon based on popular app.

Parents need to know that "The Angry Birds Movie" is a loud, silly, sometimes crude - and sometimes funny - animated film based on the popular app. The main character, Red (Jason Sudeikis), is truly an angry bird: He tries to exist in polite society, but his bad attitude won't let him, so he's forced into anger-management class. As you might expect, there are plenty of scenes of birds being kicked, punched, and hurled through the air, as well as explosions. Eggs are stolen from their parent birds and put in peril, and their parents are visibly upset. There's also some drinking (out of coconuts, etc.) and few sexual situations/innuendoes (which will likely go over many kids' heads), including an unpleasant Peeping Tom scene. Language includes "idiot," "weirdos," quite a few "butt" jokes, and cursing stand-ins like "pluck my life." Although there's only one main female character, the movie has some messages about taking responsibility and not judging others. But mostly its goal is to be funny - putting it squarely in the category of movies that kids will like and parents will tolerate.

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If your child has trouble going to sleep, some scientists have a suggestion: leave them alone. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics Tuesday, Australian researchers tested various methods for training children to sleep more easily at night. Three months into the study, babies who were left alone for periods of time after putting them to bed dozed off about 15 minutes faster than the babies in the other test groups.
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