Back in May, it looked like a promising year for family films. Between the zany joy of "Shrek 2," the critical raves over the third "Harry Potter" film and a large slate of G and PG films set to hit the screen, I had high hopes for quality entertainment the entire family could enjoy.
That optimism fizzled out quickly.
Autumn is the time of year when the studios release the movies they expect will receive award nominations. The good choices for adults are staggering; but there's not much for the kids. I had been looking forward to the release of "A Shark's Tale," only to be disappointed by its lack of a cohesive, human story. It is no "Finding Nemo" or "Shrek 2." However, that hasn't stopped "Shark" from becoming a huge hit, which only confirms my belief that the audience exists for good family fare -- the studios just need to put it out there.