Books and Movies - Celebrating Family

Dora and The Lost City of Gold

Dora and The Lost City of Gold brings a beloved childhood favorite to the big screen. But is it worth a visit to the theater? Every parent loves at least one of their children’s cartoon shows more than they would publicly admit. One of those shows for me was Dora the Explorer. I loved the […]

The Farewell (2019)

The Farewell is a story about family, tradition, change, and culture. It centers around one family’s decision to keep a family member’s terminal illness secret from her. When a much-loved family matriarch falls ill, her family rushes to China to be with her. She has been given a short time to live, although she does […]

Toy Story 4

I cried at the end of Toy Story 3. I felt the end of Andy’s childhood was the perfect end to the Toy Story series. It spoke to me as a child now grown, but more as a mother of a son. When I heard a new Toy Story movie was on the horizon, I […]

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix is the newest installment in the X-Men movie franchise and centers on Jean Grey’s growing power and her struggle to control it. If you think this story sounds familiar, you are right. Jean Grey’s struggle to control her power was at the heart of X-Men: The Last Stand. That struggle ended with Wolverine killing […]

Avengers: Endgame | Spoiler-Free Review

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of nearly two dozen Marvel films and its release has been highly anticipated. The events of Avengers: Infinity War left audiences shocked and wondering exactly how the story would be finished. I have heard many theories about how the tragic events of Infinity War would be resolved in Endgame; every […]

Captain Marvel: Spoiler-Free Review

Captain Marvel is the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie gives audiences the origin story of Carol Danvers, soon to be known as Captain Marvel. As with most MCU movies, the movie is based on the comic books, but is not an exact retelling of those storylines. We meet Carol Danvers while […]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

All good stories come to an end. With movie sequels, that end is often unsatisfactory and contrived. The final installment in a trilogy often feels forced and not like part of a consistent and compelling story arc. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World does not fit that pattern. The third movie in the […]

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

If you watched the first LEGO Movie, and I am sure you did, you know the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. Little sister was given permission to play with the LEGO world, and it looked like she joined with a vengeance! The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part picks up right were the […]

CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible (Review and Giveaway)

Most of us are used to reading the Bible in the way it has been organized for generations. The books are presented in categories: law, history, wisdom, prophets, the Gospels, and so on. However, I took a chronological Bible study a few years ago and really loved it. A chronological Bible presents the events of the […]

The Kid Who Would Be King (Movie Review)

Chances are, you have seen many King Arthur inspired movies and TV shows. Though they may present differing variations of the legend, they typically look the same. The Kid Who Would Be King is a modern day King Arthur inspired movie that builds on the legend you know well, but in a way you have not […]

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 […]