Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

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 […]

Pete’s Dragon (2016 )

“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” – Llona Andrews Pete is a five year old boy at the beginning of Pete’s Dragon. We meet him in the backseat of a car as he and his parents head towards an adventure. However, tragedy intervenes and Pete soon finds himself alone in the forest. […]

Better Together: Because You’re Not Meant to Mom Alone

Being a mom can be lonely, especially in those early years when you are not even sure if you know what the heck you are doing. I never really felt lonely until my first born started walking and when we started going places more often. I joined one playgroup but never clicked with any of […]

Captain Fantastic (Movie Review)

I usually only review family-friendly movies on this site, and with a much deserved R rating, Captain Fantastic is not a family-friendly movie. However, it is a movie about family and the effect that parenting outside of the box can have on both the children and parents. There is not too much I can share […]

Disney’s the BFG (Movie Review and Gobblefunk Word Search)

A new Disney movie is hitting screens around the country. Disney’s The BFG is an animated telling of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. I was invited to attend an early media screening of the movie and I took my daughter, who has read the book, along with me. I have not read the book so […]