Category - Film

FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies
10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie
5 Thoughts About Pete’s Dragon
7 Things to Know About ‘The BFG’
10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’
2016 Family Friendly Disney Movie Lineup
Minneapolis Film Society Presents ‘Fantasia’
Twin Cities Cheap Flicks: $2 Movies at Riverview Theater + More Discounts
‘Inside Out’ FFTC Review of the New Disney Pixar Release, Opening Today
Ramsey County Movies in the Park Schedule

FFTC’s Guide to Free and Cheap Summer Movies

Summer movies are a classic choice to enjoy together — especially outside in the parks where they are free! And for an indoor option to beat the summer heat, movie theaters with free or bargained price summer programs are also scattered around the Twin Cities.

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10 Things for Parents in “Moana” Disney’s New Animated Feature Movie

Disney does it again with Moana.  We have been singing “How Far I’ll Go” non-stop for three days now.

Kids are going to love this film, but that’s to be expected.  I know you want to know if you will.  Here are 10 Things for Parents to Enjoy.

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5 Thoughts About Pete’s Dragon

Pete's dragon

“You’re the bravest boy I’ve ever known.”

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon opened today, and my family was invited to preview the film.  To say it was a good movie would be a complete understatement.  We loved every minute of it.

Here are five thoughts I had about the film.

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7 Things to Know About ‘The BFG’

Disney The BFG“Dreams are so short,” Sophie commented
“On the outside but not on the inside,” BFG replied.

Our family was invited to check out The BFG a couple of days before the movie released and we were all pleasantly surprised.

Scratch that.

For most of my kids, who had been counting down the days to seeing the movie, the film met all expectations.  There was only one who said he didn’t like it. He gets anxious pretty easily, and there were some intense parts.  However, after the lights came up, he continually listed the scenes he loved.

The BFG is not a movie for young kids.  It starts out a bit spooky and is a little slow moving at times.  We brought all our kids, ages 6-11, and by far, the 9 and 11 year olds were the ones who loved it the most. Read More

10 Things for Kids ‘Finding Dory’

Finding DoryFinding Dory premiered on Friday, June 17, and it is a delight. I took my boys to the media preview (thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing Minneapolis) as a surprise and we were not disappointed. 

It was full of emotions, and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions. While it had some sad parts, the sadness was nowhere near the level of Up or Inside Out.

Here are 10 things your kids will love in Finding Dory.

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2016 Family Friendly Disney Movie Lineup

Disney MovieThe 2016 Family Friendly Disney Movie schedule has been released. There are quite a few good films planned this year. Several are based on classic books. A long-awaited sequel is on this list; and there is a remake of a guilty pleasure for some of us grown ups.

Check out the list below:

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Minneapolis Film Society Presents ‘Fantasia’

Family Fun Twin Cities is proud to partner with the Minneapolis Film Society.

Celebrate the anniversary of​ ​a timeless​ ​animated​ ​classic with the whole family!​

​Mickey Mouse’s silent Sorcerer’s Apprentice returns to the theater 75 years after his initial debut for a special presentation of Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece, Fantasia​.

Bonus content includes a​ ​newly recorded behind-the-scenes look​ ​at the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was responsible for the film’s groundbreaking original soundtrack​​. ​


Tuesday, November 10,   7 pm

Wednesday, November 11,   7 pm

Saturday, November 14   7 pm


General Public $15

Film Society Member $10

Student (with ID) $10

Children (ages 12 and under) $6




Twin Cities Cheap Flicks: $2 Movies at Riverview Theater + More Discounts

Riverview Theater - One of our favorite cheap flicks venues

As a family of six we have attended one — count it, one — movie together in an actual movie theater. After factoring in even matinee ticket prices, a jumbo tub of popcorn and a box of Milk Duds, it’s just too tough to justify the splurge when we can cozy up at home with Netflix and a couple bags of microwaved ‘corn.

Cheap Flics at Riverview Theater - FrozenI am not immune, however, to the somewhat throwback charm of the big screens. I spent half of high school selling tickets and popping corn at a second-run cineplex and loved (almost) every minute of it. So between the nostalgia and the obvious need for a bargain, when our family members head out to the movies, we look no further than the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. You can’t beat the ticket prices ($2 for matinees, kids 11 & under and all ages Tuesdays and only a buck more for adult evening tickets – cash only) or the fresh popcorn with real butter! The prices for treat deals will make a large family cry tears of joy, as well. Plus, the ambiance — 50’s era living room decor and an enormous screening room with comfy stadium seating — is half the fun.

Cheap Flicks at the Riverview

Other Twin Cities Movie Houses with Cheap Flicks

Here are some other movie houses around town where you might catch a bargain or otherwise more kid-friendly flick with your young ones:

  • Hopkins Cinema 6 | Matinees, child admission & Terrific Tuesdays all just $2.50; $3 evenings
  • St Anthony Main Theatre | Minneapolis – Tuesdays: $5 tickets and $3 soda or popcorn
  • Marcus Theaters | Elk River, Hastings, Oakdale, Rosemount & Shakopee – Super Saver Day programs: $5 tickets for all on Tuesdays, for students on Thurs & senior matinees on Fri. Join their rewards program for concession specials.
  • Plaza Theater | Maplewood – all shows $3, Tuesdays only two bucks
  • Emagine Theaters | Delano, East Bethel, Lakeville, Monticello, Rogers, Waconia, White Bear & Willow Creek (Plymouth) – many theater locations offer $5 matinees or showings all day, all ages
  • Woodbury 10 Theatre | Matinees just $5 daily, children & seniors always $5 tickets
  • New Hope Cinema Grill | Tickets always $3-$4/pp and only $2 on Tuesdays
  • Showplace Icon West End | St Louis Park – $5 ticket Tuesdays
  • St Michael Cinema – All matinees $5, all ages daily

Have any to add to the list? Drop us a line and let us know!




‘Inside Out’ FFTC Review of the New Disney Pixar Release, Opening Today

A great way to discuss emotions with your kids and a great reminder to enjoy your kids’ current stage of life is Inside Out, Disney/Pixar’s new release, opening today.  


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FFTC received tickets to attend a prescreening of Disney/Pixar’s new film Inside Out.

And make sure you get there in time to catch Lava, Pixar’s new short.  You will love it!


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Ramsey County Movies in the Park Schedule

The Ramsey County Parks are among the many parks offering free outdoor movies this summer.  As with most of these parks, there is no fee and no registration.  Just show up before dusk with a blanket and your insect repellant and get comfortable. Movies are shown on a 20-foot screen.

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