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AnnaSophia Robb stars as a young woman who accepts a job as a caregiver for an autistic girl in “Jack of the Red Hearts” with Famke Jameson and Scott Cohen.

The 8th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off today in New York City at the JCC Manhattan. Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo will be in attendance to introduce the festival and opening night film MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW. The ReelAbilities Film […]

Becoming Bulletproof is the story of a movie-making group, many with disabilities, that gets together every summer in Vermont. The documentary about them is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

This is a lovely film — highly recommended for all families.

This is progress. Barbie dolls will now come in diverse shapes, skin colors, and sizes, including petite and curvy. And LEGO is introducing disabled characters, including one in a wheelchair. It is wonderful that children will be able to play […]

Sesame Street’s newest resident is Julia, a green-eyed, orange-haired character with autism. There’s already a book about Julia online. It is a wonderful way to teach children not just about autism but about how to think about the best way […]

A new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism documents the vastly over-proportionate portrayals of white males on film and in filmmaking. Their review of 700 top-grossing films from 2007-2014 found: Gender. Only 30.2% of the 30,835 speaking characters […]

I love the way Wil Wheaton sort of plays himself on “The Big Bang Theory.” The characters interact with him as Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: TNG” and star of “Stand By Me” (and “Serial Apeist 2”). But […]

Coming next month on DVD, “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” is the story of a deaf actor (John Maucere) who plays a deaf superhero in a campy television series. But he wants to be a real hero. A beloved […]

“Infinitely Polar Bear” is the term a young girl uses in this film for bipolar disorder, the mental illness that her father struggled with as he cared for his daughters. It indicates that this sensitive, touching story reflects the perspective […]

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