Friday's Top Five: Funniest parenting movies
January 13th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Funniest parenting movies

Now that the initial media blitz over their daughter Blue Ivy has begun to subside, the reality of parenthood should be sinking in for Mr. and Mrs. Carter (a.k.a., Jay-Z and Beyonce). These realities may include sleepless nights, lactation 101, and perhaps even poop that squirts.

But as much of an adjustment as parenthood is, it also offers plenty of comedy - as evidenced by this week's list. These funny parenting films are reminders that coaching little league, carrying around a copy of  Dr. Spock and making homemade applesauce are all part of the wondrous adventure of having kids - even when you're a celebrity.

Hopefully, the latest pair of famous parents can find some time to sit down and enjoy one of the films in this week’s round-up and have a good laugh. What movies would you recommend?

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Friday’s Top Five: Motivational movies
January 6th, 2012
09:30 AM ET

Friday’s Top Five: Motivational movies

Is anyone struggling with their resolutions yet? It’s tough, I know; post-holiday blues and stress can be powerful, distracting forces.

If you need some inspiration, try watching any of the following films. Their messages of hope, persistence and hard work will push you back in the right direction.

What movies motivate and inspire you? (And Happy New Year!)

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Friday's Top Five: New holiday classics
December 23rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: New holiday classics

For most of you, it's not the holidays until you've indulged in a seasonal movie marathon.

Films like "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "White Christmas" are obvious choices, but this week’s list celebrates new holiday classics.

To distinguish between old and new, let’s say that "new" refers to memorable films that have been made in the last 30 years. Without them, our collective imagination would be missing the tales of Red Ryder and his BB gun, instances of excessive exterior illumination, juvenile lessons in home security, and holiday parties gone awry.

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Friday's Top Five: Mall movies
December 16th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Mall movies

There are only 8 shopping days left to find holiday gifts, and less than that if your family will be frying latkes.

As a result, your local shopping mall may be terrifyingly packed, and for many Americans, the thought of parking lots, bypassing kiosk salespersons, and dining at the food court isn’t high on the to-do list.

Next to high school, the shopping mall is probably the most popular setting in the suburban genre. So if you’re set on fighting the crowds and can tolerate the offers to floss your eyebrows, I’d recommend watching some movies that have featured these suburban jungles.  At least then you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into before heading out.

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Friday's Top Five: Thanksgiving movies
November 25th, 2011
09:33 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Thanksgiving movies

Turkey Day is officially over for most Americans, but the holiday has only just begun in my household.

I have another Cajun-injected, deep-fried turkey waiting to be carved, a slew of great football waiting to be watched, and my favorite Thanksgiving movies to extend the celebration.

Of course, we still have some weeks left before really having to confront the annual post-holiday season depression. But to keep the spirit of excess and thankfulness from fading, take comfort on Black Friday with this week’s list. It’s dedicated to movies related to carving the turkey.

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Friday’s Top Five: Chick flicks
November 18th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Friday’s Top Five: Chick flicks

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn" is poised for a big opening weekend, but this is the newest chick flick that I will not be attending with the Mrs.

I’m actually forbidden to attend any of the "Twilight" pilgrimages because I would inevitably grunt, hiss and guffaw my way through the excruciating drama that unfolds from Forks. And if I'm being honest, that sums up my reaction to many of the movies that fall into the so-called "chick flick" category.

But the best ones in this group are heart-warming, romantic, and may make you cry.  Here's my take on the top five chick flicks - let me know your list in the comments:

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