Family & Kids Movie Reviews: Family Movie Night!
AXEL by Cirque du Soleil Review (Live Show)
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours (including 20 minute intermission)
Axel packs many exciting and exuberant stunts like most Circque Du Soleil shows. It features stunts not only on the ice but acrobats in many forms.
The show is a journey itself, taking you through Axel’s imaginative mind while he discovers love, as well as his destiny.
Axel is about a teenage boy passionate for graphic arts and rock music. His graphic drawings come to life in this Cirque Du Soleil show. Axel becomes enthralled by his imagination and drawings where he explores his feelings for the girl of his dreams. Together they go on a journey with plans to defeat the evil villian and retrieve what he has stolen.
What did we think:
This was my first Cirque Du Soleil show and it was as impressive as they say. I was on the edge of my seat mesmerized by the skating, stunts, music and lighting. They do a wonderful job combining all of those things to make for a fun show.
The show starts out a little slow but picks up quickly as they add stunts into the mix. I was truly blown away by the performers. I really enjoyed the air acrobats but also glad to see the musicians truly involved in the show and caught myself missing some of the acts because I loved watching them play. It made for a great date night but would also be fun for older children.
If you need plans for the weekend, I highly recommend seeing them before the show leaves town.
The Song of Names Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 53 minutes
The Song of Names (based on a novel) is set between a more modern day and the past and gets a little tricky with all of the flashbacks.
The movie starts in the past with one of the boys (a Polish musician) fails to show for a large audience where he is to perform and his friend not knowing where he has disappeared to. You find out later that the boy from Poland has been sent to live with the other boy and his family so he can better himself in terms of his musical abilities and to be safer.
All of this is happening in London during WWII and the Polish boy’s family was in danger. Throughout the movie, you follow the boy (now a grown man) as he attempts to track down his friend and find out what happened to him.
What Did We Think?
This movie has a lot of interesting pieces to it – music, mystery, and drama. Honestly, for me, it was a little dry and I lost interest towards the middle. But my husband seemed to really enjoy it because he really likes history and found the storyline interesting because of the WWII aspect.
In the end, you find out some interesting information about the boys and what happened on that night the Polish music prodigy disappeared.
Cast of The Song of Names:
Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack, Jonah Hauer-King & more.
The Gentlemen Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 22 minutes
If you’re in the market for a good film for your next date night or parent’s night out – you might be considering Matthew McConaughey’s newest release, “The Gentlemen”, which hits theaters nationwide on Friday, January 24th.
In the midst of award season, you might be wondering if this is a movie that’s worth going out to see…
The movie, which hosts an incredible cast including Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell, shares the story about a powerful drug lord in London who is looking to sell his empire and get out of the business. He and his wife are a power couple surrounded by a network of rich and powerful associates in their area. The story follows his journey in dealing with corrupt a private detective looking to make an extra buck no matter the cost, rivaling gangsters who are out to take control of his empire, and other interesting cast members along the way.
It’s almost impossible to share anything about the movie without giving anything away. Going into the screening, I wondered how everything would unfold. The storyline does a great job at keeping you guessing while taking you on a ride that is both fun and engaging throughout the film.
What Did We Think?
It’s the kind of quirky that made audiences fall in love with “The Kingsmen” with a similar style of combined humor and action. From start to finish, the movie will bring you on twists and turns that will keep you engaged and wanting more. Overall, it’s a great fun option for your next night out with friends. Fair warning, there is a good amount of violence throughout the film so it’s not recommended for children.
Cast of The Gentlemen:
Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunna, Michelle Dockery
The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 22 minutes
I had the opportunity to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker earlier this week, the final film in the Star Wars saga and the last movie that is part of the new trilogy.
Plain and simple, this movie is packed with action. There’s no shortage of action sequences, which leaves a little left to be desired as far as the story is concerned.
What’s left of the Resistance is left to try and take down The First Order, led by Kylo Ren and the return of Emperor Palpatine.
Led by Jedi-in-training Rey, Finn and Poe, the Resistance is outmanned and on the run, looking for a device that will take them to a secret Sith planet where Palpatine has been creating a massive army to take over the galaxy for good.
As Rey continues to grow in her use of the Force, she must try and fight off urges from Kylo Ren and the dark side of the force.
What Did We Think?
I left the theater entertained but also a little disappointed. As a huge fan of the Star Wars universe, my expectations were high for the final film. The first thing that must be said is they tried to jam too much into the 2-hour, 20-minute runtime. For a while it just feels like we’re hopping around from planet-to-planet on a new mission, chasing a different band of First Order bad guys.
Speaking of bad guys, without going into too much detail or to risk spoiling anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, the return of Palpatine is somewhat confusing and at times kind of strange. He’s an iconic character but it almost felt like a rushed decision to bring him back without a good enough story behind why.
But there was plenty to like. The Rey-Kylo story has been at the crux of this final trilogy and, as it was in Episodes VII and VIII, I though it was handled quite well. Their relationship and the conclusion of that storyline felt very satisfying.
As I mentioned before the action and fight scenes are fun to watch. While I would argue there are maybe a few too many, they are well done. There are definitely a handful of fan service moments throughout the film, but I tend to eat that stuff up. Give me plenty of Chewbacca, C-3P0 and R2-D2, and I’ll be happy.
Overall, I was entertained and enjoyed good chunks of the movie. Some of decisions that were made I found to be a bit baffling. I think for some it might be hard to look past those decisions, but I believe most people will leave the theater thinking that was a very solid conclusion to the Star Wars saga.
Cast of The Rise of Skywalker:
Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher
Little Women Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 14 minutes
For those of us who grew up reading and loving the book Little Women, or enjoying at least one or two of the movie adaptations–the one with Wynona Ryder is my favorite, you might be rolling your eyes and saying “this again?’ But let me tell you, the latest adaptation of Little Women is definitely worth seeing.
This movie catches all the elements that make this classic story great, the female dynamic and competition in a house full of sisters, the unrivaled love that you feel for your siblings, the spirit of generosity and giving the March family is built on, and of course the heartbreak and loss that life can sometimes bring.
What Do We Think?
What I loved most about this new movie (and I loved a lot of things) was the comedy that was woven in throughout. Meryl Streep is brilliant as Aunt March, saying the most blunt and terrible things in a way that makes the whole theater laugh out loud.
And Jo March is spirited and spunky without being overly so. In my favorite scene she has a comical and empowering conversation with a book editor about payment and copyrights that was all about girl power.
For those of you who might be new to Little Women, the story follows the 4 March sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth as they grow up after the Civil War. The girls are very different, but their love for each other is unyielding. They battle gender roles and poverty and their own jealousy throughout their coming of age. This movie has a little bit of everything, love, family, loss, and history.
The movie is fantastic. Its heartwarming and spunky and warm without being sugary or cutesy.
Spies In Disguise Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 42 minutes
This weekend, I took one of my kiddos to see Spies In Disguise and he thought it was SO funny! If you’ve seen the previews, you’ll know this movie has some big name actors and it is definitely worth seeing in theater! There were a lot of awesome theatrics and hilarious movie lines that had the whole audience laughing!
Spies In Disguise is about a big time spy named Lance Sterling (voice of Will Smith.) Lance is known for always doing his own thing and miraculously everything always works out despite making people mad at times for not following directions. One day, Lance is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and suddenly has to pair up with an unlikely side kick, Walter.
Walter is a socially awkward scientist that most people ignore – unless his gadgets are wrecking havoc (which is pretty common!)
Lance reaches out to Walter to help him clear his name but in order to do so, he wants to become invisible. Unfortunately, Walter hasn’t been able to come up with a potion for that just yet and ends up turning Lance into a pigeon!
A good majority of the movie is spent with Lance as a pigeon and Walter sharing lots of pigeon facts about why being a pigeon is going to help them track down the bad guys and clear Lance’s name from the crime!
What Do We Think?
These two unlikely partners make a great team in the end and end up saving the world in an unlikely way…
While this seems like a weird combination of spy pairing and pigeon-ness, you are bound to leave the theater with a smile on your face and a happy heart!
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours
The Cats movie brings to life the musical Cats, which centers around a group of cats who must make a choice about which cat will be returning to a new life.
There is lots of singing, dancing and big names in the film.
What Did We Think?
I thought the CGI cinematography was beautifully done. The choreography was executed with precision and all the musical numbers were entertaining, including Jennifer Hudson’s solo of “Memories”.
While, visually the movie was pleasing, I found the plot and individual character story lines a bit confusing to follow. However, the undertone of empathy, compassion, sense of belonging and value of life all transcend from cat to human audience.
Cast of Cats:
Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Jason Derulo and Taylor Swift all made this tribe of Cats! worth the hype!
Bombshell Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 48 minutes
This movie follows real-life events that happened at Fox News. It is a different kind of thriller, but definitely worth a watch!
The story follows 3 female Fox News anchors and their journey in the male-dominated TV industry. There are allegations of sexual misconduct and varying opinions on how to handle the situation. It is definitely a glimpse into the world we live in today from a unique perspective.
What Did We Think?
I really enjoyed this film. I felt the narrative was heavier on the side of Megyn Kelly and would’ve preferred to understand more of Gretchen Carlsons perspective.
It really pulls back the curtain of how rampant sexual harassment has occurred in male dominated industries for years, if not decades and how the shame and paranoia of retaliation is what bought the silence of all victims.
Cast of Bombshell:
Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow
Movie Review for “A Hidden Life”
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 54 minutes
I had the opportunity to see A Hidden Life this week with a friend. This movie is a great reminder that so many heroes in history have gone unrecognized.
Our history books talk of many names, but sometimes changing the world is a result of the fight of more than just those big names. As much as love the main idea of this movie, it wasn’t really my cup of tea.
“A Hidden Life” shares the story of a man (Franz Jägerstätter) who resisted against joining the Nazis and the effects it had on him and his family. Franz and his family are from a small town in the mountains of Austria. Franz attends basic training, but after being sent home for a short period, is called back to help in the war. After refusing to help and follow the requests of the Nazis, Franz is placed in jail and eventually receives his final sentence.
Meanwhile, his wife (Franzika), mother and three children are holding the household together and the farm work continued. They also end up dealing with disappointment from locals in their town.
The story ends with Franz and Franzika both deciding if fate is worth standing up for what they believe in.
What did we think?
I have always been a fan of movies based on real events. To see life through the eyes of another- things that others have endured, fought for and how they have changed the world- is always interesting to me. Unfortunately, this three-hour movie definitely felt like a three-hour movie. It moved slow and was very drawn out. The flow of the movie is a bit choppy at times, quickly jumping from one scene to the next, but this method of filmmaking is described as “poetic” by other reviewers. To each their own. Despite the main idea of the movie being a very positive one (unknown heroes fighting for what they believe in), I felt a bit uninterested at times. If you’re looking for a uplifting movie with a happy ending- this is not it.
Cast of A Hidden Life:
August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Bruno Ganz
Jumanji: The Next Level Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hour 3 minutes
I had the pleasure of having a mini date night earlier with week with my husband to see the new Jumanji movie – Jumanji: The Next Level. If you are looking for a funny date night movie, I highly recommend this one!
This movie could also be a fun night out with the kids, too (it is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language.)
If you haven’t seen the first Jumanji, I would recommend seeing it as this is a sequel and it will be a lot less confusing if you know some of the background with the characters.
Jumanji: The Next Level brings back the same characters as before: Martha, Fridge, Bethany and Spencer as well as some new faces like Spencer’s grandpa and his grandpa’s old business partner, Milo. One surprising fact about them getting back into the game is that they don’t all end up with the same game character as they did in the last movie.
This makes it pretty funny when the players are trying out their new bodies and learning their new skills. (Spoiler alert: The Rock is played by Spencer’s grandpa and it is pretty funny watching him pretend to be an old man!)
The movie starts out with finding out that Spencer kept the Jumanji video game pieces and has attempted to repair the game in his basement. When his friends can’t find him, they look in the basement and enter the game to save him.
The game is pretty similar to the last movie – trying to find a new stone and having to defeat different obstacles along the way. This allows the players to test out their new characters in different environments… from a dessert being chased on ostriches to a town filled with bad guys to an open cliff-like area with rickety moving bridges and more.
What did we think?
Despite the sad-ish ending, I think you’ll really enjoy this movie! It is full of action and comedy and the cast is great! They say sequels aren’t as good as the original movie… but my husband and I couldn’t decide which one was better!
Cast of Jumaji: The Next Level
Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas…
Richard Jewell Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 9 minutes
Clint Eastwood’s newest film follows the true life story of the bombing of Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA during the 1996 Olympics and the would be hero turned bombing suspect, Richard Jewell.
Jewell is a simple man with a dream of becoming a police officer but is mostly an outcast among his peers. Jewell lands a job working security for the concert sound booth in Centennial Park, where he discovers a suspicious back pack and sends off a high alert. When the backpack is confirmed as a pipe bomb and subsequently detonates, Richard is hailed a hero by the community and national media.
When the FBI initiates their investigation, Jewell is considered a person of interest due to his involvement but is quickly categorized a suspect when pieces of Jewells past come back to haunt him. The media craze quickly ensues and Richard and his mother’s sheltered world is turned upside down and inside out.
Richard Jewell is a poignant film that drives home the old adage of “no good deed goes unpunished.”
Cast of Richard Jewell:
Olivia Wilde, Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Jon Hamm.
21 Bridges Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 31 minutes
If you love cop thrillers, 21 Bridges is your kind of movie.
Even when I thought I had things figured out, the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the movie. 21 Bridges is also full of chase scenes, if that’s your kind of thing- in the car, in the subways and on foot.
It’s an action packed thriller that’s sure to keep your attention- despite a few cliche things here and there.
Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) has found himself with just a short amount of time to catch two cop-killers.
He decides to close all 21 bridges in Manhattan in hopes to trap and capture them. The movie follows Davis and his narcotics partner, Frankie Burns (Sienna Miller),as has they chase the two killers and discover a much deeper conspiracy.
What did we think?
Overall a good movie if action packed cops and robber thrillers are your thing. The movie doesn’t go too deep into any background stories, but is fast-paced and kept us entertained. The acting by Boseman and Miller was solid.
Although I wouldn’t put it on my list of favorite movies, it’s entertaining and definitely worth seeing with a friend or a date.
Cast of 21 Bridges:
Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch
Frozen 2 Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 43 minutes
When the first installment in the “Frozen” series was released, audiences across the globe were captivated by its charm and progressive plot line.
Frozen promotes a love between two sisters ahead of the traditional love stories we’ve come to know in classic Disney films over the years. So, naturally when plans for the sequel were released, moviegoers became excited to see what Disney had in store for us next.
But does the movie live up to the expectations?
Picking up not long after the first film left off, “Frozen 2” drops us back into the lives of our beloved friends Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf. Life in the kingdom of Arendelle is every bit as beautiful as you’d expect it to be (and the animated scenery brings it to life in a truly magical way).
Everyone seems happy and carefree. Except for Elsa, who hears a distant voice that calls to her and leaves her longing to do more with her life…and her gifts.
The movie follows Elsa’s journey in discovering who the voice belongs to, the purpose of the call and how answering it will change the future of Arendelle (and its neighboring Indingenous people) forever.
More so, the movie further empowers young girls to be strong, capable, and to do the right thing…even when it’s difficult.
What Did We Think?
What I loved best in watching this movie was perhaps the message that it sends to our children.
As Anna and Elsa navigate their way through the story line, audiences learn about the dark history of Arendelle. Anna and Elsa are both left with choices to make that will impact not only their kingdom but also the neighboring indigenous population nearby.
Left with the difficult choice and unsure of what that means for the future of all the people, the movie teaches us a valuable lesson on integrity and righting the wrongs of the past.
It also shows us, once again, the powerful bond of family and the importance of surrounding yourself with loved ones in life. It’s a beautiful movie that will be loved and cherished by many for years to come.
Don’t go in expecting the movie to be exactly like the first. I think it would be difficult to replicate the magic that we all experienced when “Frozen” came out…
Understanding that, the second movie has its own unique storyline, beautiful imagery, and sound track that are every bit as wonderful as you’d expect from a Disney film. Overall, “Frozen 2” is a win and I highly recommend taking the kids to enjoy it when it comes out.
Cast of Frozen:
Playing with Fire Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 35 minutes
This weekend I had the pleasure watching a sneak peek of Playing with Fire.
This movie, staring John Cena, is everything you think it will be – funny, tear-jerking, and absolutely adorable! If you havn’t seen the previews for the movie yet, I’ll give you a little synopsis of what you’re in for!
John Cena (Jake Carson) plays a superintendent to a squad of fire jumpers (NOT fire fighters!) He was raised by his father (who was also a fire jumper in the same depot) and knows nothing but fighting fires and being a tough guy. The depot is home to handful of men that basically live/work together so they are super close – like a family.
These fire jumpers are exactly what you think they are – men jumping out of helicopters and rescuing those in need while fighting fires. This, of course, is a super challenging career in itself but during one rescue mission, the men find three children in a burning cabin that they have to rescue.
What the men don’t know is that these three kids are going to change their lives forever!
What Did We Think?
The movie frequently compares children and fires saying they are both wild and unpredictable. As a mom of five, this couldn’t be more true!
The children completely turn the lives of these fire jumpers upside down with their shenanigans and constant humor – I promise you’ll laugh throughout the entire movie! (The diaper changing scene was a personal fave!)
If you’re looking for a fun movie for the kiddos (or yourself!) this is definitely one you should consider!
Cast of Playing with Fire:
John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key
Toy Story 4 Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 21 minutes
If you don’t have anything else planned with the family this summer, then definitely plan to see Toy Story 4!
I was lucky enough to screen Toy Story 4 this week and the only thing that was missing was ushers passing out boxes of tissue for everyone watching.
From the beginning of this installment, my emotions were already on edge! The classic opening song, “you’ve got a friend in me” quickly recaps the emotional highs and lows of the previous films, instantly making you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
The entire Toy Story crew is back with a few new friends and they are even funnier than before! Come along with Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and a super special new friend, Forky as they venture on one wild road trip in this newest film!
What Did We Think?
Toy Story 4 will have you laughing, crying and thinking back to a time when you were younger and how much you loved your toys. This movie is definitely a great summer movie choice for everyone so make sure you add a trip to see this on your calendar!
Toy Story Cast:
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn
Aladdin Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 8 minutes
Let me start off by saying that I have loved the original cartoon movie Aladdin since I was a little girl. I went into this movie with excitement, knowing that my childhood favorite was being brought to life in a live action film.
Let me say it did not disappoint!
The Aladdin Storyline
The film follows a very similar plot line to the original Disney favorite. The movie flows are well driven by familiar songs and lovable characters. In addition, they blended in some music from the Broadway musical of Aladdin. It was a nice addition to the film and gave it a new voice and a comedic aspect.
Leading actors Naomi Scott (Jasmin), Will Smith (Genie) and Mena Messoud (Aladdin) did a fantastic job filling the shoes for their individual roles. You can clearly see how much work was put into bringing the film to the big screen. They were engaging and mesmerizing.
The role of Jasmin was filled with a girl power message and she set the stage as a positive and caring role model for other girls. Aladdin and the Genie were a great pair that drove the storyline as they conquered obstacle after obstacle.
How is the New Aladdin?
I am definitely impressed with how the film turned out.
The only critique that I might add, would be that the conflict with Jafar was abbreviated and wasn’t the big battle that I remember. It seemed to end a bit abruptly. Nevertheless, the movie is nothing to shake your head about. I observed kids in awe of the magic happenings and parents seemed to be just as engaged in the film.
At the end of the movie kids were dancing in the aisle! If you have the opportunity to see this movie, I definitely would. I will be adding it to my home movie collection – I may even purchase the soundtrack too!
Cast of Aladdin:
Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad, Navid Negahban
Poms Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 31 minutes
I recently got to see the new movie, Poms, which was absolutely adorable!! The old cheerleader in me loved this movie for so many reasons! It isn’t just about the cheerleading aspect, but it also tugged on my nurse heart with the storyline of the movie, too.
I didn’t realize how many familiar faces were in the movie – from Diane Keaton to Rhea Perlman to Jacky Weaver! This movie was definitely one I’d recommend if you’re looking for something funny with a little bit of an old school twist.
The Story line of Poms
The movie starts by introducing us to Martha. She moves to a retirement community after finding our about her cancer diagnosis. Martha hopes she can be left alone at the retirement community; however, that isn’t the case.
She moves next door to Sheryl, the known “party girl” in the community. They do not hit is off. When she tries to befriend Martha, they eventually bond over their joint interests in cheerleading – a fun past time for them.
In order to be admitted into their community, you must be a part of a club. Typically community members joined bingo club, golf, or another leisure club. But these ladies don’t want to participate in just any old club… They want their own club – a cheerleading club.
After they assemble their cheer squad, they decide to compete against other high school cheer squads – you know, like HIGH SCHOOL aged cheer squads. Naturally, you can imagine how well that goes!
What Do We Think of Poms?
I was pleasantly surprised at how well these older ladies did in comparison to their competition! The cheer squad had some cute uniforms, awesome dance/cheer moves and a funny story line.
In the end, I think anyone who sees this movie will be entertained at the funny moments and saddened by the ending. I know I did! Whether you were a cheerleader or not, it’s a super cute movie that all ages would enjoy.
Cast of Poms:
Jackie Weaver, Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Alisha Boe, Celia Weston, Rhea Pearlman, & others.
Mary Poppins Returns Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes
We can all agree, we remember the charming story from our childhood.
The original Mary Poppins film, released in 1964, has become a beloved movie for generations.
So, it comes as no surprise that fans are excited for the return of Mary Poppins.
The new movie picks up at the same sweet house on Cherry Tree Lane where grown up Michael Banks lives together with his two children.
His sister, Jane, lives in a nearby flat and remains an active part of the family. After suffering a loss and several hardships over the previous year, Michael finds himself in at risk of losing his home.
Just as everything seems to be falling apart in his life, Mary Poppins returns. This movie, in true Disney spirit, is quirky and fun. The lively music and beautiful imagery will keep audiences captivated throughout the film.
Moviegoers who fell in love with the original film will undoubtedly appreciate the references sprinkled in during the movie.
What Do We Think About Mary Poppins Returns?
Although the movie couldn’t possibly live up to its predecessor, it’s one that will likely be appreciated for many years to come. Emily Blunt does a marvels job at capturing the personality and mannerisms that Julie Andrews brought to the character before.
The storyline, although clearly a continuance of “Mary Poppins” does stand alone on its own for fans who haven’t seen the first movie. If you’re looking for a fun film to take the whole family to this holiday break, check out “Mary Poppins Returns”.
Overall, I give it a solid A rating.
Cast of Mary Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, and Colin Firth
Smallfoot Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 36 minutes
Smallfoot is a charming movie who a fun twist. The movie is filled with catchy music, adorable characters, and a great moral story. There are more than a few comedic scenes, but my favorite was the goat. Yes, I said goat…
It was slow to start but finished strong & entertaining. If you have little ones, older ones or anyone – go see this cute movie!
The Smallfoot Storyline
There’s a big myth-understanding!
As the story goes, Migo is a BIGFOOT, otherwise known as Sasquatch or the abominable snowman. His civilization has been living in the mountains way above the clouds for many generations. They have heard myths of a smallfoot (human), but until now no one had proof of their existence. Migo, a young Bigfoot that thinks outside the box, spends the movie trying to find his place in the world. Until one day…
He…discovers…. a…SMALL FOOT.
It’s a shock and no one believes him. His community has been taught to question nothing and push curiosity aside. Disappointed and shunned out of the community for daring to believe, Migo goes on a quest to prove the existence of smallfoot.
Down below the clouds is the smallfoot civilization. They know of the Bigfoot myth and believe Bigfoots are dangerous. The Bigfoot artwork shows vicious scenes of interactions with humans, and no one questions it.
Percy, a smallfoot, is an adventurer and a nature enthusiast. He has a show on television but ratings are sinking. He is looking for a new way to boost his show.
What Happens Next…?
Losing his integrity, Percy devises a plan to con the world by filming a Bigfoot for live TV, using a costume prop. Little does he know, he is about to come eye to eye with the real deal!
Migo, the curious Bigfoot decides to venture down beyond with clouds with the help of his friends. He and the SES are determined to prove smallfoot existence together.
teWhen Migo lands in the human world, he comes face to face with the smallfoot Percy. They both have been taught that the other is a vicious monster, so their guard is up and every move is misconstrued as they are also unable to communicate. A turn of events leaves Percy immobilized for a time and Migo snatches him up to take him home so he can prove that he has truly seen a smallfoot.
The Bigfoot world is in an uproar at their arrival, and the leader (The Stonekeeper) is less than thrilled. As time goes on, the crazy situation turned a little less bleak as Percy and Migo become friends and get to know each other. Percy spends a good bit of time in the Bigfoot civilization and gets to know what Bigfoots are like. They both realize that they have many things in common.
The situation again turns dicey as The Stonekeeper explains to Migo, the reason the two worlds don’t co-exist. Migo becomes fearful of the smallfoot civilization and some of his worst fears are brought forward as he rushes to rescue his friends that have ventured down the mountain.
Can humankind and a Bigfoot society, co-exist?
You will have to watch the movie and find out!
Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, Lebron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, & more famous stars.
This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy together! It is heartwarming and often funny! Check out more info on the official Smallfoot website.
A Star is Born Movie Review
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 16 minutes
This film brings the audience into behind the scenes of Hollywood.
A Star is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, engages the audience from the very first scene.
Imagine yourself at a live concert in the front row. The sound envelopes the room and reverberates off every corner in the theater.
Jackson Maine (Cooper) and his opposite Ally (Lady Gaga) have a happenstance meeting with an instant connection. Maine is a musician nearing the end of his career with an alcohol and drug addiction. Ally is a waitress that sings occasionally at a drag bar as the only female vocalist – invited solely for her talent.
One chance meeting and their relationship begins. Maine learns that Ally is a talented singer/songwriter, so he coerces her to go on stage in an impromptu live concert with him. Together they begin to tour and perform as their relationship grows. Ally is then discovered by a talent agent, which takes her career to the next level. She begins to lose her sense of self.
Maine spirals into his addictions but none the less, she stands by him until the end.
Was A Star is Born Good?
This film may be a remake of two predecessors, but I won’t bat an eye. Impressed by the content and the music, I was engaged from the opening scene to ending credits. This movie stands well on its own and could arguably be considered an epic romance. I loved watching the two characters oppose each other.
Much of the film seemed real & raw when they were together, rather than a staged movie. It did, however, jump between scenes somewhat quickly. This may have been due to the length of the film. Running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, so there is a lot to fit in.
The music carries the film in a way that had me ready to hunt down the soundtrack. The music is fantastic-minus the hit song that she sings a ‘pop artist’. I won’t give it away, but you will know it when you hear it! Even Maine, can’t stand that song. Haha!
The Cast of A Star is Born:
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott
I will say that if you are looking for a girl’s night out or a great date night movie. This is the show of the month to see.
If you want to learn more about the film or the actors, visit the A Star is Born official website.
Instant Family Movie Review
Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
I had the opportunity to reflect on a personal message while watching, “Instant Family”, which hit theaters nationwide this weekend.
Instant Family Story Line
“Instant Family” is based on the true story of the screenwriter and director.
A married couple, that is very settled in their ways, decides to become foster parents rather quickly.
While you’re watching, you’ll discover what it’s really like (and I can attest to this, having been through it myself) to welcome foster children into your home.
It’s a movie that will literally keep you laughing and crying (in a good way) throughout the entire journey.
The Movie Resonates with the Audience
My family knows from experience that fostering a child is a lot of work, but it is entirely worth it.
The love that you feel for a child when you embrace them as they are and welcome them into your home is tremendous.
It impacts you just as much as the child. You are all forever changed.
I think that’s why I loved “Instant Family” so much. The movie depicts what it’s like to foster and adopt a child in a way that is so real and raw that it resonated with me nearly instantly.
How was Instant Family?
“Instant Family” is easily my favorite movie I’ve seen in years. It’s raw, real, genuine, and overall really well done. The story line, the cast, the acting all work so well to create a great family movie to see this year. It really is perfect for all ages.
As we take time to reflect on all we are thankful for this holiday season, I personally encourage you to see Instant Family. You will love the feel good story and you’ll learn a lot along the way too.
Cast of Instant Family:
Aquaman – An Exciting Movie for All Ages
Running Time: 2 hours 23 minutes
Check out the Aquaman site to learn more!
Arthur is a product of two worlds that are at odds. He is learning his way, while learning to love and care for all.
He has a deep connection with both ocean life and the human world. His mother, the Queen of Atlantis escapes an arranged marriage and meets a light house keeper. Together, they create a family and fall deeply in love. Years later, we meet Arthur again.
He is charming and trained in Atlantian combat. He seeks out people to help and becomes dubbed ‘Aquaman’. He is then greeted by a princess of Atlantis, Mera. She leads him on a series of adventures to save to the kingdom from ruin at the hand of his half-brother.
This leads him to fulfill his destiny. The film villain, Manta is a great opposite character to face Aquaman but isn’t the driving force of the film. He is a dark side line to the film that helps to push things forward.
What Did We Think?
This movie brings out the best of lead actor Jason Mimoa. He shows off his physical prowess, unique tattoos and gruff charm. His character is a bit of a twist from the original comic, and instead the movie features the actor’s true heritage and ties in elements throughout the movie.
In the film, he is able to live between life and the fantasy world with unusual monsters that pop off the sea. As he dives into the ocean, the sea life and scenery surround him leaving the audience to feel as though they have submerged with him.
It. is. awesome!
The visual effects carried throughout the movie really bring the story to life. Overall, I have to give this movie a great rating.
It peeked my interest from beginning to end and had me jump out of my seat a couple times. I have been looking for another adventure to embrace and this one really caught my eye. This movie is definitely a must see!
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison
CoCo: A Movie In Review
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Disney Pixar’s new film Coco, which opened in theaters nationwide for Thanksgiving, is sure to capture your families’ heart this holiday season. The music transports you into a new world of colorful fantasy.
Colorful, vibrant, charming and feel good magic! My heart was completely filled with excitement after seeing this movie and I could not wait to share my thoughts on this movie with everyone. Take a look…
About the Movie
The film starts with young Miguel who has aspirations to play the guitar like his music hero Ernesto de la Cruz. Because of a family curse, he is forbidden to have any part of music. Family traditions are an utmost importance in this film especially the Day of the Dead, where families gather in cemeteries to celebrate their deceased relatives. On this day, Miguel sneaks out of the house to compete in a local talent show but instead ends up in the Land of the Dead!
In the upcoming events, Miguel is surrounded by his late ancestors as he sets out to find his musical legend Ernesto in hopes he will bless his ambitions and send him back to the living. Miguel’s journey takes him around the vibrant Land of the Dead with his cute dog, breaking into energetic Spanish songs and teaming up with a new friend Hector as mysteries of his family are revealed.
If you are wondering how scary the skeletons are for younger kids I would honestly say not scary at all. The first time the skeletons appeared my daughter was a little taken back but the lively dressed skeletons are such a huge part of the movie you don’t even think twice. The Land of the Dead is a warm, energetic and enchanting.
This movie is full of fun and lighthearted humor. With its focus on family and traditions, it is the perfect way to start off the holiday season. I cannot wait to relive this film again!
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Movie Review
Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Let me start by saying I’m a complete Christmas crazy person.
Like, full blown, leave my trees up until well into January, sing Christmas carols in November, bake all the cookies Christmas crazy. So a new Grinch movie?!?! Sign me up! And Benedict Cumberbatch? I love him!
The Grinch Movie has the same visual effect as the Lorax, which I love. And with lots of camera movement and animation trickery, you feel as if you’re in the movie at points, without any 3D effects. Winter wonderland in a movie theater, again, sign me up!
We all know the story of the Grinch. It’s a classic, so I won’t even talk plot points with you. What I loved about this new movie is their version The Grinch.
In the short animated version we’ve all seen 1,000 times, he’s mean, and rotten and kinda scary and gross. In Jim Carrey’s version, more of the same. He eats glass and garbage and all of that.
The Grinch Storyline
In this version, Benedict Cumberbatch makes a much more human Grinch.
Instead of scary, he’s lonely and sad. Instead of cruel he’s hurt. And it’s easy to love him. In this version the relationship between Grinch and his dog Max is played up quite a bit and it’s endearing and charming, especially to a dog lover like myself.
Cindy Lou Who is less obnoxiously sweet in this version and more relatable.
Rashida Jones is the perfect actress to voice her calm and overworked mom. That was the other plot element I enjoyed in this version.
It explored the relationship between an overworked single mom and her small children. The appreciation and love in that dynamic was evident and contagious.
There were plenty of times while watching that I was tickled by the chuckles and flat out belly laughs of children in the theater watching, mine included. My 6 year old particularly liked the bit where Grinch steals pickles out of a basket at the grocery store, spits it out and then puts the jar in someone else’s basket.
What Did We Think?
The movie does a great job of appealing to kids sense of humor.
My favorite part of this version of the Grinch was that it was not afraid to be totally cheesy. The Grinch is chased through town by carolers and hugged by a man known as the jolliest man in town.
The very last line in the movie made my night.
“Her kindness changed my life. Kindness and love are what we need most of all.” (Or something very close to that.)
I constantly hope and try to teach my children to be kind. To sit with the lonely kid at lunch and play with the kid at recess that is by themselves and to just be kind humans who give second chances and grace. So that line sealed the deal for me; this new Grinch movie is Christmas movie royalty.
…I should know,
I’ve seen them all!
Cast of The Grinch:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, & Angela Lansbury
Avengers Infinity War Review
Running Time: 2 hours 29 minutes
Have you ever been to a movie where you experience every major emotion possible? …Yea?
Well let me forewarn you that Avengers Infinity War is that and so much more… MUCH MORE!
Marvel Movies = The Best Movies
If you are a Marvel movie fanatic then you have probably been waiting a very long time to see this movie. Believe me…the hype is real!
Often times we see superhero movies that tend to lack emotion. Filled with lot of explosions, cheeky jokes and a hidden love story or political message. But Infinity War is different!
Yes there is a lot of fighting & blowing things up, amazing jokes, and that infamous love story but what sets this apart from other superhero movies is the fact that the writers and directors were able to really balance the cast of A- List supers and create a story line that really draws us in.
Focused on the Story Line
I have a theory about movies which contain too many big names or A-list actors, and that is that they always flop. They have too many story lines trying to connect in some forced way and it usually ends up a mess.
Well…the writers of Avengers Infinity War proved me wrong!
They perfectly connected each character from where their own stories/movies left off and how they are now, depending on each other, to conquer Thanos, the villain of all villains! I’m sure by now you have seen many, many trailers and promos going around to know a little backstory and what the basis of this movie is so I won’t bore you with too much else about the story.
Plus I want to avoid any possible spoilers! So…should you go see it? Yes!
It’s a Must See Movie!
All in all Infinity War is an absolute MUST SEE! It came out May 27th and I have already seen it twice! I seriously had the same reactions both times. I was excited, shocked, happy, sad and pumped for the second half!
If you don’t have any plans this weekend, day or evening.. GO SEE INFINITY WAR!
PS: in true Marvel movie fashion, wait until the credits roll! You won’t want to miss a preview of what’s to come!