I should probably be embarrassed by how many times I watched 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet with my kids. That goofy little flick about garden gnomes (James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) from two feuding tribes who fall in love was just sweet enough to pull me in. It had the benefit of a great Elton John soundtrack as well, and was (sadly) my kids’ first introduction to Benny & the Jets. Plus, I’m so sweet on James McAvoy that just his voice is enough to make me swoon. Gnomeo & Juliet didn’t end like the classic it’s based on, so our star-crossed lovers are back and this time, they have to solve the mystery of missing garden gnomes. Johnny Depp joins the cast as Sherlock Gnomes and, even better, Elton John is back to Executive-Produce and help with the soundtrack. So, who want passes to see Sherlock Gnomes EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
If your kids are anything like mine, they’re probably begging to see Marvel‘s newest superhero movie, Black Panther. This one tells the story of T’Challa (the Black Panther), who returns to his home of Wakanda and prepares to take over the throne after the death of his father. If that doesn’t ring any bells for you, consider watching Captain America: Civil War again so you’re all caught up.
I’ve seen Black Panther and can tell you that it undoubtedly lives up to the hype,
but is it something you can share with your kids? Continue reading →
Most people in the movie industry DREAD the idea of being called a Neanderthal right now or, even worse, a Cave Man. The folks at Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit) don’t really see it that way, though. In fact, the hero of their latest release, Early Man, just happens to be a Cave Man who has to save his tribe from the evils of the Stone Age. It has a stellar cast of voice-actors too, including Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Eddie Redmayne. Even better, I have passes to see Early Man EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
I usually spend my Mommy Movie Review time explaining why a movie is or is not appropriate for your kids, but I’m not doing that today. No, today I’m going to tell you why you need to see Paddington 2, because I know you have absolutely NO interest in it.
How do I know this?
Well, I know because I gave away FREE MOVIE PASSES to Paddington 2 and no one took them. OK, a handful of you took tickets, but only after I reminded you to (and begged, just a little). I usually run out of free passes pretty quickly, so I was surprised that no one wanted these. I’ll admit to a wave of apathy when I watched the Paddington 2 trailer, and that I brought extra candy to the screening, in case my daughters started to complain.
They didn’t complain. In fact, we were all swept up in the magic and utter sweetness of Paddington 2 as soon as it started. Continue reading →
Ferdinand the Bull is like a member of our family. We’ve been reading that book at bedtime since my nieces, who are now old enough to legally drink with me, were so little you couldn’t understand what they were saying (Seriously, one of them kept asking for Tah-tahs and Tagga Milk and we had NO idea what she was saying. She wanted Pop-Tarts and Chocolate Milk, of course). Now one of my nieces is reading Ferdinand to her own little girl, who can’t wait to see him on the Big Screen! And how appropriate is it that the big-scary-bull-who’s-actually-a-softie is played by John Cena? Even better, I have Family 4-Packs to give away, so you don’t have to pick a favorite kid to see the movie with! Continue reading →
Thanksgiving is a great time to see family, show gratitude for the blessings in our lives, and eat until we positively hate ourselves. It’s all of those wonderful things, but Thanksgiving is also a ticking time bomb. You know it’s only a matter of time before the toxic cocktail of wine, food and years of simmering tension boil over so what should you do? Head to the movies, of course! And here’s a list of my TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE OVER THANKSGIVING, to help you out. Continue reading →
It’s officially Christmas, now that Halloween has passed.
I know this for a FACT because I went to the mall today and they were already putting up Christmas decorations. True story. I also know it’s officially Christmas because I just got a bunch of free passes to a holiday movie called The Star. This one stars Tyler Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, and Steven Yeun and tells the story of Dave the Donkey, who apparently saved Jesus somehow. Look, you could overthink it and fight the onslaught of Christmas OR you could just trade that Pumpkin Spice Latte in for a Peppermint Mocha and roll with it. Continue reading →
There was a time when My Little Pony reigned supreme in my home.
The show was watched over and over again, while little girls played with their plastic Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash toys. They’d brush the horses’ manes and sing the theme song, but then they got old and stopped believing that “Friendship is Magic.”
My Little Pony is no longer on repeat in our home and the fancy horse figurines live in the back of our closets, but my girls still got excited when I told them a My Little Pony movie was coming out. They were really jazzed when I told them it had an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and especially Zoe Saldana, whom they ADORE as Gamora. Then my girls and I agreed that we HAD to see the My Little Pony movie, and that we might even bring some of their cooler friends with us.
If you know some little (or not-so-little) kids who’d love to see the My Little Pony movie EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →
Look, I’m not going to pretend like I know what Ninjago IS. I know that it’s a TV show my kids like to watch and joke about. I also know that they are planning to dress as Ninjago characters for Halloween and that they about lost their minds when I told them I had free passes to this movie. So, do YOU know someone who’d like to see The Lego Ninjago Movie EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
I took my kids to see Despicable Me 3 the other night, but I had to bribe them. The girls were so disinterested in Gru and the Minions this time around that they’d only see it if I smuggled brownies into the theater (sorry AMC!). I also had plenty of things that I’d rather do that night but I had to go because I am a Film Critic and Film Critics see movies. Even the ones they don’t want to see.
Fortunately for all three of us, Despicable Me 3 is far better than expected. It has all of the things we enjoyed in the earlier pictures (great animation, a sweet family story and Minions for DAYS) but this DM3 offers something even better.
It has what is quite possibly the BEST onscreen villain I’ve seen since Goldfinger:
The Brat. Continue reading →