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What You Need to Know About “Roma”

A girlfriend sent a text to me this weekend that made me snort-laugh in the middle of Kroger. It said:
“I just noticed that Roma is on Netflix. Am I gonna like it or is it too artsy-fartsy?”
I think the world is filled with people who are asking that same question right now, since Roma is on Netflix and readily available to so many of us.
So, is this foreign-language film, which has garnered so much Oscar-buzz and three Golden Globes already, something that the general Dwayne-the-Rock-Johnson-loving public will appreciate? Or should they just skip it and binge watch Great News again?
I’ve seen Roma and believe that it IS something anyone could enjoy, but there are a few things you should know going into it. Continue reading →

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Mommy Movie Review: Is “Bohemian Rhapsody” OK for Kids?

My 14-year-old daughter is the biggest Queen fan I know, but my whole family was excited about seeing Bohemian Rhapsody. I was even able to talk my husband (who normally avoids screenings) into watching Freddy Mercury’s rise to fame with us, but I walked out of the theater with extremely mixed feelings. Continue reading →

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: “Pacific Rim: Uprising” The FAMILY Movie You Didn’t See Coming

There are a few things you should know about Pacific Rim: Uprising from the start.
It’s the follow-up to to 2013’s Pacific Rim, but without the benefit of Guillermo del Toro in the Director’s Chair. This means that it lacks the depth of story and emotional heft that made Pacific Rim a surprising hit. It also means that Uprising has the freedom to be the goofball monsters-versus-robots tale it always wanted to be and that it’s a full 20-minutes shorter than the original. These two important changes might not make Pacific Rim: Uprising a better movie, but it does make it one that KIDS will enjoy. Continue reading →

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- Is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” OK for Kids?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about four high-school students who get pulled into a video game, where they become their avatars. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black as game characters who must figure out clues and save the island, or possibly die in the process. Along the way, they meet Nick Jonas’ Seaplane McDonough, who has been trapped inside the game for twenty years.
Look, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is goofy and about as substantial as a handful of popcorn. It’s also surprisingly engaging and a load of fun. Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: “The Secret Life of Pets” Looks Strangely Familiar

Have you noticed that Kids’ Movies are starting to look like each other? Maybe it’s because they’re all made by the same studios, writers, and animators, but the characters and storylines are becoming interchangeable. The Secret Life of Pets comes from Illumination Entertainment, the same people who did The Lorax and Despicable Me. It looks so familiar, you’ll be waiting for a Minion to pop up. That doesn’t mean it isn’t also extremely fun to watch. Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: What My Girls Thought of “The BFG”

I watched The BFG with my daughters last night and we had very different opinions of it. In fact, they got a little angry with me for my critique! When Roald Dahl meets Steven Spielberg and Disney, could anything possibly go wrong? Listen below to find out!

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Mommy-Movie-Review: “Finding Dory” Reviewed by My Girls


I finally saw Finding Dory with my daughters last night, so I know what you’re thinking. It probably sounds like this: “PLEASE let it be as good as Finding Nemo! Please oh please oh PUHLEEEEEEZE!!!
Well, is it?
Just take a listen to the podcast below and see what my kids had to say. Oh, and you might want to take some Kleenex. I may or may not have gotten a bit weepy…twice.

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PODCAST: Kids Review Jennifer Garner’s “Miracles from Heaven”


Christy Beam and her family were living in Burleson, Texas when one of her daughters became gravely ill. It was the start of a long and difficult journey for the Beam family, and one that ended in the most unexpected way. Miracles from Heaven is the film version of their story and it stars a fantastic Jennifer Garner.

There are a few things you should know before you see Miracles from Heaven. It’s a faith-based film so it might makes those who don’t appreciate religious messages a little uncomfortable. Miracles from Heaven goes beyond that though, and makes the point that people are capable of small miracles every day.

Miracles from Heaven is also about kids, but it might not be appropriate for the more sensitive ones. It’s difficult for grown-ups to watch suffering children, but it was almost unbearable for my 11-year-old. She cried and asked to leave more than once, but stayed when I promised her there was a happy ending.

We saw Miracles from Heaven with a group of kids so I decided it’d be more fun to hear their thoughts on the movie. Check out their review below and thanks to Emma, Lucy, Madison and Wyatt for being Film Critics for a Day.

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “Eddie the Eagle” Bad Glasses & Spirit Saves the Day

Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) as the underdog hero of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Eddie began his ski-jumping career later in life and trained with no sponsorship, though he was repeatedly told he’d never compete on the world stage. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s rebellious coach, Bronson Peary, who was an Olympian himself before losing focus and falling into the bottle. Together, they take on the world of Olympic Ski Jumping and win the hearts of sports fans everywhere.

I had honestly never heard of Olympic Ski Jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards before this movie. That probably handicapped me because I couldn’t tell if Taron Egerton was seriously hamming it up or properly portraying Eddie Edwards. His awkwardly placed glasses, bizarre mannerisms and bushy mustache were a distraction but once I got home and researched Eddie, I realized Egerton NAILED IT. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “The Good Dinosaur”- Pixar Has Us Crying In Our Popcorn AGAIN

My daughters think they are EXPERTS when it comes to Kids’ Films. They see every Kid Flick that comes out and since I write about movies, I usually interview them afterwards. My girls also spend time (more than I’m willing to admit here) on TV channels that are devoted to kids, so they’ve seen all the Made-For-TV Kid Flicks as well. They have a broad point of reference and are quicker to voice their opinions about movies that I ever was at that age. That is why I listen closely to their reviews, because they usually mirror what other kids their ages will say.

That said, Emma and Lucy were not excited about seeing The Good Dinosaur. Lucy thought the animation looked rote and Emma said The Good Dinosaur was derivative of better movies, like Ice Age and The Land Before Time. Okay, those weren’t the exact words they used but you get the point. Continue reading →