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Inside Out – Movie Review

Recently, Joe and Jude went to an advanced screening of Disney Pixar’s new film, Inside Out.

INSIDE OUT REVIEW

Joe’s Review
Inside Out could quite possibly be the best movie that Pixar has ever done.  it’s funny and sad and heartwarming, and it doesn’t speak down to the children in the audience.  It is the most high-concept film that Pixar has done to date, but it contains just enough exposition to explain the concepts without getting bogged down or feeling forced.

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The constructs of the story, personified emotions, help children understand how to deal with emotions and deal with change in the larger context of growing up, which also serves to remind parents that children are growing up and don’t yet have a handle on how to best handle their emotions.

Among the things I liked best about Inside Out are Lewis Black’s portrayal of Anger, and Bing Bong, who has his own theme song and is one of the most unique characters I’ve seen anywhere.

About Inside Out
Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

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Inside Out is now playing in theater across the nation.

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

40 Weeks – Movie Review #40WeeksMovie

As of today I’m 31 weeks pregnant with baby 4. Even though this is my 4th pregnancy nothing about a pregnancy is boring. Each time I’ve been pregnant I am amazed at this creation of new life that is forming within my body and how the female body is designed to transform during this journey.

40 Weeks Movie

The other evening Joe and I watched a documentary, 40 Weeks, which captures the beautiful journey and life changing experience of conceiving, carrying and birthing a baby. The 40 Weeks Movie is produced by Big Belli LLC, the husband and wife team of Christopher Henze and Dominique Debroux which is designed to empower, educate and create a sense of community for expectant moms.

40 Weeks is made for both moms and dads — presenting a beautiful palette of families’ experiences on their journey into parenthood. In the film, universal milestones of pregnancy are presented hand in hand with the personal experiences of the film’s generous and amazing expectant couples. Their diverse backgrounds will resonate with audiences, reassuring any mom-to-be that she is not alone.

This is a great film to watch if you are expecting because it gives a personal look at what pregnancy is like for so many different women. I really appreciated that they covered some of the challenges women face during pregnancy without evoking fear. They also covered a variety of different types of pregnancy and births, showing that each pregnancy is unique and requires decisions made based on specific circumstances. But overall, it captures the awe and beauty of what makes our human existence possible, pregnancy and birth.

To ensure that all health care information in the movie is accurate and current, 40 Weeks’ key partners include the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the world’s largest nursing authority dedicated to the health of women and babies, HealthyWomen.org, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women, and the March of Dimes, the most respected non-profit organization dedicated to helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Screenings Near You

Big Belli is partnering with Gathr to bring screenings to theaters across the country. Gathr’s Theatrical On Demand® is a new and exciting online crowd-sourcing approach that is rapidly changing film distribution.

Hold a 40 Weeks screening in your area or be notified if one is coming near you.

Gathr screenings can only happen if a minimum number of people reserve tickets before a screening request expires. On every screening page you’ll find an update that shows you the number of current reservations, the number of additional reservations needed to tip the screening, as well as how much time remains before that screening request expires. When enough people reserve tickets to a screening before time expires, the screening takes place. If the minimum number of reservations is not met, the screening does not take place and nobody is charged.

#40WeeksMovie Twitter Chat

What: 40 Weeks, a documentary from Big Belli, follows the entire journey of the pregnancy experience, celebrating one of the most powerful things women do. This beautiful, touching and informative film combines personal experiences from expectant mothers with accurate and current information from experts. 40 Weeks helps women educate themselves and feel empowered, supported and connected to each other.

Join this Twitter chat to share your own pregnancy experiences with other moms as we learn more about Big Belli’s movie 40 Weeks, including where to find a screening and how to host your own screenings around the country!

When: Tuesday, November 18 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Twitter – follow the #40WeeksMovie hashtag to track the conversation. View the details and RSVP.

Hashtag: #40WeeksMovie

Prizes: Five prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 gift card and some special products that moms will love! Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Co-hosts: @somethewiser, @brettbmartin, @LittleUsBlog, @simplybeingmom, @TaterTwins, @JennsRAQ, @bkeepsushonest, @CoconutRobot, @kaylaaimee, @OurOrdinaryLife, @SeriousKrystyn, @intheknowmom

 

This post is brought to you by the 40 Weeks movie and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Big Hero 6 – Movie Review

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About Big Hero 6

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Joe and Jude attended an advanced screening of the film and had a great time. Here are Joe’s thought on the movie:
Big Hero 6 is a very exciting, but also touching story about a boy and his inflatable robot, Baymax.  Scott Adsit (Pete from 30 Rock) does an outstanding job as the robot, balancing the fast-paced action scenes with warmth.  The story deals with serious issues such as loss of a loved one, and thus may be a little too intense for very young children.  Also, though they’re not advertising it, this film is based on a Marvel Comics property, so like all Marvel movies, be sure to stay until the very end of the credits.

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Big Hero 6 opens in 3D, Disney Digital 3D and RealD 3D on Friday, November 7
Rated: PG
Run Time: 108 minutes

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

alexander-terrible-horrible-very bad day The other night Jude and I went to a preview screening of Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” I had some reservations about taking my 6 year old to see this movie but ultimately we both really enjoyed the film.

I thought the film would be one of those hard to watch comedy of errors that makes you cringe and while there are a series of bad events that occur throughout the film they weren’t too painful to watch. I also feared that some of the content might not be appropriate for a young child but there were only a few moments of extremely mild sexual references (They say the word “boobs” and “butt” but it’s not really in sexual reference, there are also a few images of super models in bikinis and referenced male strippers.) I think most of these references would just go over a young child’s head. I also worried that Jude (6) would be bored but he thoroughly enjoyed the film and was completely engaged the throughout the entire film.

Overall, I thought it was a very fun movie the whole family can enjoy. I really liked that they portrayed both of the parents as intellectual counterparts both working for the good of their family. There were moment some pretty funny moments that would make even the parents laugh out loud. The child actor who plays Alexander, Ed Oxenbould was adorable and very fun to watch and I think perfectly fits the roll of the Alexander I read in the book. In the end you are left with a happy-go-lucky feeling and realize that, “you gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days.”

REVIEW from my 6 year old son.
Jude’s favorite part of the film – The crocodile.
Jude’s least favorite part – The bumblebee got broke. It was so very sad.

Opens in Theaters on Friday, October 10th.

SYNOPSIS
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

 

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day #Giveaway

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Opens in Theaters on Friday, October 10th.

Giveaway
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Movie Review – Planes: Fire & Rescue

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the first Planes movie. It was entertaining for the kids but I sort of felt let down as I was expecting Cars level material and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. So going into this new Planes movie, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” I had pretty low expectations.

I was pleasantly blown away by this film. It was far superior to the first Planes movie and had a very compelling and engaging story that was entertaining for children of all ages. Not only was the story great but it the cast yielded some great names such as Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Fred Willard, Patrick Warburton and Erik Estrada!

Jude really enjoyed the action packed movie that left you feeling great and had some funny moments scattered throughout the film.

The film seemed appropriate for most children. I think my 3 year old would have enjoyed the movie. There aren’t any scary or intense scenes that might be overwhelming for young children. The overall story of the film tells what it means to be a true hero and pays tribute to real life heroes.

SYNOPSIS
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.
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I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.

The Grand Budapest Hotel – DVD Review

I’ve been a Wes Anderson fan for many years so I was very excited about his newest release, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Not unlike other Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a beautifully artistic film with a compelling story that fully engages the audience from start to finish.

What I love about this film is how Anderson doesn’t manipulate your emotions. There are happy, sad and humorous moments throughout the film but they are presented as facts and not in an overly emotional way. It’s almost like reading a book, the information is presented to you and you decided how to emotionally connect to the content.

The Grand Budapest Hotel has a very engaging story and stays true to Wes Anderson’s style. There is the typical use of miniatures, intentional color palates, and appearances of some of Anderson’s favorite actors.

Anderson always provides a fun and captivating film experience and The Grand Budapest Hotel does not disappoint.

Synopsis
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis – all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

I received the featured Blu-Ray in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are not influenced by the company.

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Movie Review

A few weeks ago Jude and saw How to Train Your Dragon 2. We loved it.

how to train your dragon 2 We saw the 3D version which was pretty impressive but I was most amazed at the depth of the story line, especially for a kids movie. I will warn that if your kids are sensitive this might be a little overwhelming for them. Jude didn’t seem phased by some of the more dramatic scenes and I could actually see him connecting emotionally with the characters and understanding the plot of the story.

Without giving away too much of the movie this is a story of a young man, Hiccup and his journey to discover what makes him strong and unique. He discovers that what he thought was the definition of strong wasn’t necessarily true. It’s a beautiful written script about self discovery and embracing what makes each person unique and special.

I think this is a great movie for elementary and older age children since there are some more intense scenes and concepts that might be difficult for younger children to understand.

SYNOPSIS
The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.  The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.