Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a fun and not-too-scary Halloween flick with several messages families can discuss after the movie. Goosebumps 2 does not pick up where the first movie left off, although there is some overlap. Instead, we begin with new characters with their own dilemmas and aspirations. We meet a working single mom, […]

Little Women (2018)

Little Women is a modern day retelling of the classic novel of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott 150 years ago. This is not a remake, of course, as it is set in the modern era. The movie attempts to tell the story we all love with modern sisters, issues, and perspectives. The characters […]

Smallfoot (Movie Review)

Smallfoot is a fun and entertaining story about a Yeti who discovers that the mysterious smallfoot creature exists. When his village’s strict belief system forces the community to rejects his claims, he sets out to prove his story is true. Along the way, he finds allies in unexpected places and is shocked to learn a […]

Healed By Grace II (Movie Review and Giveaway)

Healed by Grace 2: Ten Days of Grace is a sweet movie with a story of family reconciliation and second chances. This movie is a sequel to Healed By Grace, although you do not have to watch the first movie to understand the second. Here is the story synopsis: Jesse is approaching her 15th birthday and […]

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is just what the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs right now. Keep reading for my spoiler-free and family-focused review. Whose side were you on in Captain America: Civil War? I was Team Cap and so was Scott Lang (Ant-Man). Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up two years after the events of Civil War and […]

Incredibles II

Helen is called on to help bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only the Incredibles can overcome together. Keep reading for my spoiler-free and family-focused review. As I sat in the theater waiting for the early […]

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Spoiler-Free Review)

Solo: A Star Wars Story is more than an origin story. It is a gift to true Star Wars fans. Keep reading for my spoiler-free family-focused review. In my opinion, Han Solo is an American icon. I have been watching Solo in Star Wars movies my whole life so when he died in The Force […]

Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-Free Review)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been embedding itself into American culture and modern folklore for the last 10 years. Everything has been leading up to this moment. Keep reading for my spoiler-free and family-focused review of Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War brings together heroes from all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in an effort to fight […]

Paul: Apostle of Christ (2018)

I love movies. Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do. I really love it when I get to watch a biblical movie on the big screen. The upcoming release of Paul: Apostle of Christ looks pretty amazing. I have not been able to screen this movie yet, but I am […]

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

How far would you go to help someone you love?  Would you follow their cry for help across the universe…if you could? A Wrinkle in Time is the family movie you have been waiting for. It is an emotionally stirring journey through the human condition that will energize and captivate you. The movie is a […]

Black Panther

Marvel’s newest movie, Black Panther, is an origin story of epic proportions that thrusts the Black Panther character rightly into the middle of the franchise. Black Panther is more than a superhero movie. It is a lesson in leadership, forgiveness, choices, and integrity. T’Challa becomes king of Wakanda after his father is killed. However, not […]

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. […]