Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is a family-friendly movie that succeeds at doing what most sequels only dream of doing: being better than the original. Keep reading for the full review. I liked the first Paddington movie, but found it a little over the top. I was actually quite surprised when I heard a sequel was being released. […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the Jumanji experience in a new direction. Keep reading to find out if the movie is worth seeing, how it compares to the first movie, and if it is okay for the kids to see. I am a big Jumanji fan so when I heard a new Jumanji movie […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free Review)

The conflict between good and evil and dark and light is a conflict that is as old as time itself. Stories centering on this struggle have intrigued mankind for generations. This conflict shows up in religion, literature, and in our movies. Maybe that is why the Stars Wars franchise has been so successful. The story […]

Disney-Pixar’s Coco

Miguel was raised in a family with a generations-old ban on music. Despite this, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. Seeking a chance to prove himself and win his family’s approval, Miguel makes a choice that sends him to the Land of the Dead.  Along […]

Same Kind of Different As Me (Movie Preview and Ticket Giveaway)

A new family-focused movie, Same Kind of Different As Me (based on the book), is going to hit theaters October 20 and I am excited to tell you about the film and give you a chance to win two Fandango codes to go watch it. The movie tells the story of Ron and Debbie Hall, a married […]

Leap! (Movie Review)

Félicie dreams of going to Paris and to become a famous dancer. Her best friend Victor wants to become a respected and famous inventor. Together, they take a leap of faith, running away from their orphanage to chase their dreams. However, they soon find that dreams require work, and maybe a little luck. Leap! is a fun, family-friendly movie […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-Ray Extras

Like most people who watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I really enjoyed it. The characters from the first movie return and there are some surprises in the character development and story lines of many of them. The movie has a lot of action and violence, but it is also one of the funniest movies […]

The Nut Job 2

I was surprised when I heard a sequel to The Nut Job was being released. I’ll be honest, I did not like the first movie much. Contrarily, my daughter was “nuts” about the movie (sorry, I couldn’t resist). When she heard about The Nut Job 2, she was very excited and was happily looking forward […]

All Saints (Movie Review)

There is a lot of noise and negativity in the world these days. I am trying to make a concerted effort to focus on the positive and make changes where I can. One easy change is supporting movies with a positive message. The movie All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of Michael Spurlock, a […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I know what you are thinking. Spider-Man has been done, and done again so why should you go see this latest iteration? You should see this movie because this Spider-Man is unique. Not only because it is the result of a partnership between Disney and Sony, but because it is an entirely new take on the character […]

Cars 3

The Cars franchise has grown tremendously since the first movie raced onto the scene in 2006. Lightening McQueen is a household name and Cars Land is a dream destination for kids everywhere. The Cars movies appeal to racing fans and non-racing fans alike. But Cars 3 is not just another racing movie. In fact, I would […]

Megan Leavey (Movie Review)

We have all watched personal accounts of war experiences shared on the big screen. These movies always move us and often leave us feeling a little shell-shocked. Megan Leavey is a war movie that is unlike most of the war movies you have seen. It is based on the story of a real-life Marine who […]