Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

  I love road trips and I grew up in a family that loved road trips. My memories of these trips are full of singing, snacking, game playing, and memory-making. Of course, we should all be thankful that time sums up events and leaves us with a general picture because if I time-traveled back to […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I knew almost nothing about Marvel characters until I had a son and my husband started sharing Marvel with him. I was drawn in and once the Avengers movies hit the big screen, I was hooked. When I watched the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie I was surprised at how different it was from […]

Is Genesis History? (Movie)

I was given the opportunity to screen the movie Is Genesis History to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I am a Christian but even when I was an atheist, I did not believe in evolution. I have read a lot on the subjects of the Bible, evolution, Noah’s flood, and what any of […]

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast is hitting theaters this month with beautiful cinematography, familiar characters, a message of love, adventure, and more than a little controversy (I will address that later).  This live action iteration of a familiar fairy tale is pleasantly true to Disney’s animated version and includes songs from the […]

Doctor Strange (2016) Blu-Ray Extras

When Doctor Strange hit theaters in 2016, I said it was a fantastic journey with a compelling story-line, jaw-dropping effects, and a hero you can (eventually) root for. Doctor Strange is now available on Blu-Ray and the journey is even better. The Blu-Ray includes many special features including deleted scenes, the gag reel, and an exclusive look […]

The LEGO Batman Movie

I have a confession to make. I have never really been a big Batman fan. Batman has always seemed gloomy and dark to me. I first met LEGO Batman in the instant classic, the LEGO Movie. I was quite surprised when he quickly became my favorite character in the movie. He was clever, sarcastic, compulsive, and […]

Matilda the Musical

Matilda the Musical is playing at ASU Gammage February 5 through February 12. Click here for other tour locations. From the opening scene, Matilda the Musical reels you in and takes you on a journey through the difficulties of childhood in a dysfunctional family. Based on the classic Roald Dahl children’s book, Matilda, the musical tells […]

The Space Between Us (Movie Review)

The Space Between Us is a coming of age story like no other. The movie tells the inspirational story of a boy raised on Mars who falls in love with a girl on Earth, struggles with his identity and purpose, and seeks a sense of belonging. Although the story is unique, the issues he faces […]

Sing (2016)

My daughter and I enjoy watching singing competition television shows. We especially love hearing the contestants’ backstories and enjoy cheering on the underdogs. When my daughter saw that there was going to be an animated movie based on a singing competition she was excited. When I saw the list of names in the movie’s all-star […]

Rogue One

I have grown up watching and loving the Star Wars movies and am even among the few who likes Episodes I-III (with the exception of Jar Jar, of course). Episode VII was amazing and continues the story we all know and love. However, I was not sure what to think about Rogue One and its […]

Doctor Strange (2016)

The superhero movie genre is strong and ever-present these days. The Marvel movies are dominating the scene and who isn’t enjoying that? However, as good as the modern superhero movie trend is, it can become a little formulaic and familiar. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but when a superhero movie comes along that […]

Kubo and the Two Strings

I thoroughly enjoy movies that tell stories with twists and turns and a little magic thrown in. Legends, myths, magic, and danger are necessary ingredients for true adventure. Focus Feature’s new film Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautifully animated movie that tells the story of one boy’s unusual adventure and the lessons he learns […]