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“Sabotage” Movie Review

“Sabotage”:  A Movie Review

 Release Date:  March 28, 2014

MPAA Rating:  R

 Cast:  Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Breacher Wharton, Olivia Williams as Investigator Caroline Brentwood, Sam Worthington as Monster, Joe Manganiello as Grinder, Mireillie Enos as Lizzy Murray, Terrence Howard as Sugar and Josh Holloway as Neck.

 Mom Rating:  While trying to raise children in this imperfect world, I was a little disappointed by the behaviors and habits of the “good guys” in this movie while they were not on the job.  I would not recommend this film for anyone under 18 because of the real world violence caused by both drug usage and drug involvement.

Genre: Crime Drama/Action Thriller

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the part of Breacher who is the head leader of a drug task force and very respected by his team.  He is as cool as Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad and The Ugly!  His task force has the reputation for being the best at what they do, until they lose millions of dollars that was meant for them during a raid.  They immediately know that the missing money was from a leak within their group.  The strength of the team quickly disintegrates because of the mistrust, paranoia and suspicion initiated by the sabotage.

Investigator Caroline Brentwood becomes involved with Breacher when members of his team start dying one by one.  They work together relentlessly to bring down the bad guys.  This is a great who done it, that may leave you surprised in the end.

The message of this movie could be that anyone dealing in drugs can be dangerous because a lot is at stake.  For the bad guys it’s all about making money.  But for the good guys it’s about protecting an entire population…the good guys will do whatever it takes to stop the traffic.

Written by iFamilyKC Mom Squadder Shari Jacobs. Questions about this review? Email us anytime at info@iFamilyKC.com

Snow Fun for Older Kids!

To get started with your snow FUN for older kids,

You Need:

liquid food coloring, any brand–cheap is fine
tap water
recycled plastic spray bottles, any size (ideally with adjustable squirt / spray nozzle)

What You Do:

1. In spray bottle fill with about 2 cups of warm-ish tap water.

2. Add about ten drops of food coloring–more for some colors like yellow and red in my experience (if you want bold color). Mix colors with the kiddos for a Mini Science Experiment (we make orange with 7 drops yellow, then 3 of red). Screw on tops, shake to mix. TIP: spray a bit on a paper towel to check for intensity–if too faint, add more coloring

3. Take the bottles outside in a bag and have a ball painting snow art, snow mazes, or even coloring Mr. and Ms. Frosty! Use the “Squirt” or “Stream” setting for fine detail, and mist settings for larger areas. Experiment with spraying close-up or father away for effect. More Science in color mixing: Spray Yellow on the Blue for Green (even if you made green already), and so on for Orange, Purple, etc.


For best detail work (bigger kids like this) you’ll get nicer results if you can pack and smooth down an area about four feet square

Don’t waste time with oft-suggested squirt bottles (you’ll waste too much as squirts sink in the snow) or paint-brushes-and cups (spills abound, not portable, only works on hard-packed snow–trust me you can get just as much control with the “Stream” pump). If you don’t have any old bottles in the recycle bin Ricky’s is worth a check (they use them for hair goo).

Keri Nichol, Mom Squad Blogger

Courtesy of http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/snow-day-fun-snow-painting.

“Divergent”: Movie Review



Release Date: Friday 21 March 2014

Run Time: 140 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn

“The Hunger Games”, “Twilight”, and “Harry Potter” are all examples of popular young adult novel series turned wildly successful films.  Given the incredible success of its predecessors, it would stand to reason that “Divergent”, which opened in theaters across the nation yesterday, would follow suit.

“Divergent”, the first in a series of three (books), follows the story of Tris Pryor, a sixteen year old living in the futuristic dystopian society that was once Chicago.  After a series of wars and societal problems, the city divided into five factions based on qualities that they believed maintained peace.  At the age of sixteen, children in this society are tested to see with which of the five factions their instincts most closely match.  With their results to guide them, the children must then choose a faction to live in as they become official members of society.  Not everything is as it seems and during her initiation into her chosen faction, Tris’s life is turned upside down.  Conflicts within the city and plans to overthrow leadership put the bravery of Tris, her friends, and her loved ones to the test in a series of twists and turns that keep the audience focused on the story.

For those reasons, the first book was an incredible read.  It was a captivating page turner that kept my attention right until the very last page.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the film.  My biggest complaint about the movie is that the screenwriters diverged (see what I did there?!) a little too much from the book.  They failed to provide any substance to the characters that readers came to know and love through the books, and they put too much on the table taking some of the suspense and drama out of the story.  I cringed at the changes that were made to the plot, the fact that they simplified the story, and that they failed to capture some of the things that were so great about the first book.  Although the movie was mildly entertaining (ignoring the fact that I’d read the books), it was truly disappointing.

Would be fans with a few hours to burn will find that their time is better spent reading the books, which are far superior to the first film.  Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again, I give “Divergent” a 1.39025 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Facepalm”.

Follow Holli Ann’s journey through life and parenting on It’s An Ordinary Blog. You can connect with Holli anytime on Facebook, Twitter, or by email at holli@ifamilykc.com.

“Enemy”: Movie Review


Release Date: Friday March 21st, 2014 (Kansas City Market)

Runtime: 90 minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

Sometimes in life, there are films that are so unique, so intense, and so well done that they become timeless works of art. “Enemy”, which opened in the Kansas City market on Friday, is not one of those. Rather, it is a film with grand aspirations.  Unfortunately, it is a film that just doesn’t quite deliver.  Several weeks ago, when I was looking at upcoming films for review, I took a peek at the official movie trailer for “Enemy” and had chills.  In looking back, the film’s trailer was its best attribute.  It had suspense and a build up that left me nervous and wanting more.  The film itself, however, could not maintain that same momentum throughout its entirety despite its relatively short runtime of only 90 minutes.

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a professor at a local university who lives a relatively mundane and simple life.  Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal plays Anthony, a local movie star who lives a seemingly happy existence with his pregnant wife.  After spotting his exact double in several small local films, Adam becomes weirdly obsessed with uncovering the mystery behind his doppelganger.  Once Anthony discovers Adam’s existence, he, too, becomes awkwardly obsessed.  The two meet up in a dark hotel room (honestly, who just meets a complete stranger an hour away from home in a remote hotel room?! WHO?!) for a confrontation that is supposed to be intense but just falls flat. Afterwards, the plot takes you through a series of twists and turns that seem a little forced and leave audience members more confused than interested before providing an ending that leaves you questioning whether or not the cashier at the concession stand put something in your drink.

“Enemy” has so many twists that it ties itself into a knot it cannot undo.  It asks far more questions than it answers, and I left feeling confused and unsure as to what I had just seen.  A good twist is one that you don’t see coming, but after it happens you feel like you should have.  “Enemy” substitutes needlessly complicated for clever and throws enough at you in hopes that you don’t notice.  Gylenhaal does a fine job in playing two distinct characters, but it is not enough to make up for the shortcomings of the screenplay.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten, where one is the worst, five is the best and ten is the worst again, I give “Enemy” a 1.23574 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of: “Ummmmmm, whhhhaaaaat?!”

Follow Holli’s journey through life and parenting through It’s An Ordinary Blog. You can stay up to date with all of Holli’s posts by connecting with the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page. Questions about this review? Email holli@ifamilykc.com.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Movie Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Release Date: Friday 21 March 2014 (Kansas City Market)

Run Time: 100 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual content, and violence.

Cast: Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law

Happy Friday, Folks!  Director and screenwriter Wes Anderson has done it again in his newest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which hit theaters in the Kansas City market today. Anderson, who is well known for his work on hit films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, (forgiving “The Life Aquatic”) always hits the mark with his quirky, witty films that engage and sometimes mildly confuse audience members.  Going along with that theme, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” does not disappoint.

The film follows the life and adventures of Gustave H, played by Ralph Fiennes (well known for his role as Lord Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series), the most attentive and incredible concierge who ever existed and his trusted friend and lobby boy Zero Moustafa (played by Tony Revolori).  The two join together after the death of a wealthy hotel guest and lover of Mr. Gustave who leaves some of her fortune to her favorite concierge.  The adventures that follow and the people they encounter along the way will leave moviegoers laughing right until the very end.

If you enjoyed the weirdness of “Moonrise Kingdom”, you’ll surely not be disappointed by this film.  Overall, it’s an enjoyable ride with beautiful scenery, a fun and easy to listen to score, and a cast that plays together nicely.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie rating scale from one to ten where one is the best, five is the worst, and ten is the best again I give “The Grand Budapest Hotel” a glowing 9.3546 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “That was seriously enjoyable!”

Follow iFamilyKC staffer and writer Holli Ann in her journey through life and parenting on It’s An Ordinary Blog. You can connect with Holli anytime on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about this review?! Email holli@ifamilykc.com.

Top 5 Gift Ideas For Expecting Parents

Happy Friday, Everyone! If you’re visiting here after viewing this morning’s segment on Fox, welcome to the iFamilyKC blog! We hope you’ll stick around a bit and discover what our little book with big resources is all about. Our goal here at iFamilyKC is to connect you with all of the wonderful events, opportunities, and businesses available to you across the Kansas City metro. We are so excited to have the opportunity to work with Fox 4 to share some great gift ideas for new parents. Don’t worry if you missed the show, all of our ideas and product descriptions can be found on this post. All that said, here are our top five favorite products for the Spring of 2014.

#5- Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin 

I vividly remember when I was pregnant with my daughter how fearful I was of that “dirty diaper stench”. I think that’s why I think diaper pails make such great gifts for new parents. The Arm & Hammer Diaper pail by Munchkin is an award winning, patented system that locks in odors. Coming in at just under $35, it’s an economical choice for any new and expecting family. Here’s what the company has to say about this great product:

Dirty diapers: the great parenting equalizer. But while nobody can escape that offensive smell, you certainly don’t have to live with it (and neither does your sweet, unsuspecting babe). Enter the Arm & Hammer™; Diaper Pail by Munchkin®, the award-winning diaper disposal system with the odor-busting duo of Arm & Hammer® baking soda and a patented, self-sealing lid to capture odors and lock them away.

Preferred by moms two to one over Diaper Genie® Essentials, the Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin® relies on the time-tested power of baking soda to absorb that dreaded dirty diaper smell. It offers dual defense: each time you insert a diaper, a sprinkle of baking soda is dispensed onto the bag. The self-sealing lid locks the bag and keeps it locked when you reopen – preventing that familiar burst of foul air emitted by other pails. The disposable refill bags hold up to 30 diapers and snap shut for easy tossing without letting odors escape, while the side door allows for quick and convenient removal. 

And talk about the baby gift that keeps on giving: the pre-filled, vented baking soda dispenser continuously absorbs and eliminates odors even when your diaper pail is not in use, so your nursery smells sweet, like babies should. Ah, the joys of parenting.

#4- The Shade from Imagine Baby

As the warmer months approach, parents of infants will be looking for those great products that help protect their bundle of joy from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Children under the age of two are especially susceptible to ultra violet rays and since sunscreen isn’t an option before six months of age, products like The Shade from Imagine Baby really come in handy. This car seat canopy retails for under $40 making it a great gift choice for expecting moms. Here’s what Imagine Baby has to say about their product:

The Shade by Imagine Baby is an award winning infant carrier canopy that protects baby from outside elements and germs.  It also provides baby with a shaded place for napping when on the go. Made from a soft, stretchy micropoly/Lycra material The Shade provides baby with UPF 50+ protection from the sun’s harmful rays and fits easily on most infant car seats.

  • UPF 50 + sun protection
  • Water resistant
  • Year round use
  • Breathable
  • Flexible fit on most infant car seats
  • Easy care – machine wash cold, line dry
  • Fits into any size diaper bag

#3- Finn + Emma  

I cannot get enough of Finn + Emma’s wonderful products. Browsing through their catalog *almost* makes me want to have another baby but that’s not why I love the company so much. I really love that Finn + Emma have such a strong focus on sustainability. They’re not kidding around when they say they care about outfitting adorable babies in clothing that also happens to be environmentally safe.  Finn + Emma’s product line of gender neutral clothing makes for great gift ideas for parents who are waiting to reveal whether their sweet baby is a boy or a girl. Take a look at what the company has to say about themselves (I dare you not to love them after reading this):


Welcome to the land of Finn + Emma, where we live in the balance of stylish and sustainable, whimsical and sophisticated, classic and

contemporary. With fresh prints, modern colors, and heirloom quality construction, we are creating a new world for the organically grown baby.

One where boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past, and adorable, wearable, remarkable organic cotton is abundant!
Sustainability is bountiful too. You grew your little one organically, so why add chemicals now? Only the finest 100% organic cotton, eco friendly

dyes, and all natural wood will do for your little munchkin, and we’ve got plenty. And on top of that, our garments and accessories are produced in

fair trade settings that focus on social and economic independence for local people, women especially, working to provide for their families in a

safe and fair environment.
We love style as much as we love sustainability, and in the land of Finn + Emma, there’s no reason to choose between the two.

#2- La La Lounger 

Some of the best gifts you can give to new and expecting parents are those that can grow with their children. Transitional items like the bouncers that can be turned into toddler chairs or this La La Lounger really offer a bigger bang for your buck. I especially love the La La Lounger because of it’s ease of use. This is a great way to provide comfort to infants and small children while keeping them ground level. As the parent of an older toddler, I love that the La La Lounger can be used as a floor cushion for reading, relaxing during movie nights, or snuggling up with siblings (or parents :)). With a retail cost of under $100, it’s a great gift that can be used for years and years. Take a look at what the company has to say about this product:

This LaLaLounger is made from one of our 100% cotton designer fabrics. Choose your favorite fabric and the LaLaLounger will be made from it. Although the upholstered LaLaLounger can be spot cleaned or dry cleaned, we recommend purchasing a slipcover to protect it. Purchase a slip cover of the exact same pattern, a coordinating one, or a completely different pattern. It’s all up to you!

#1- Shapes Discovery Boxes by Lakeshore Learning

Rounding out our list of gift ideas for expecting parents we have the Shapes Discovery Boxes by Lakeshore Learning. Even though this particular item is geared towards older infants, I believe educational gifts are great for expecting parents. These discovery boxes, in particular, are fun because they come in an assortment of colors with soft, washable toys inside each box that match the shape they belong in. This is another great transitional gift idea that we’re confident new parents will just love. Here’s what Lakeshore has to say about their product:

Tots just open up our inviting boxes…and get a super-appealing introduction to basic shapes! Each 5″-tall box contains 4 irresistible items that share the same shape, including a labeled beanbag, an abstract shape and 2 everyday objects. Tots explore shapes one at a time as they open up the boxes to discover a round cookie, a triangular pizza slice and more! 4 surface-washable vinyl boxes and 16 shapes.

We’d love to hear from you so tell us: What are your go to gifts for new and expecting parents? Connect with iFamilyKC anytime online, on Facebook, and on the go by picking up our little book across the metro!

Did You Know Diabetes Symptoms Can Mimic the Flu?

You may have seen one of those recent social media “joke” posts that’s been going around featuring a math homework assignment about 29 candy bars.  The student was focused on the fact that too much candy isn’t good for you and answered the math problem with a comment about too much candy causing Diabetes.  While the intent of whoever originated the post was most likely innocent, when we shared the joke on our iFamilyKC Facebook page we were reminded that Diabetes is a very serious issue.  Sadly, Diabetes is on the rise and it’s important to be aware of the facts.  We deleted the post as the conversation was brought to our attention; we certainly don’t want to make light of a serious issue.  The post parlayed into an opportunity to learn, discuss and educate.   One of our awesome iFamilyKC readers, Katrina Huckaby, is the Executive Director of the Kansas City Type One Diabetes Foundation and was kind enough to share this educational article with us so we can pass it on to our readers.  Please take a minute to read and share. This is valuable information that we all can benefit from.  There are several web sites and resources listed in case you need more information or have questions.

“Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.  Blood glucose is the main type of sugar found in your blood and your main source of energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat and is also made in your liver and muscles. Your blood carries glucose to all of your body’s cells to use for energy.

Your pancreasan organ, located between your stomach and spine, that helps with digestion—releases a hormone it makes, called insulin, into your blood. Insulin helps your blood carry glucose to all your body’s cells. Sometimes your body doesn’t make insulin or the insulin doesn’t work the way it should. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Your blood glucose levels get too high and can cause diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. As a result, the body cannot produce insulin and glucose stays in the blood, where it damages all the organ systems, only about 5-10% of the people living with diabetes are diagnosed with Type 1, The far more common type 2 diabetes which occurs in both children and adults as well is a disorder in which either the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin. Similar to type 1 diabetes, type 2 causes a build-up of glucose in the blood which damages the body’s organ systems.

Various factors may contribute to type 1 diabetes, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses. Although type 1 diabetes typically appears during childhood or adolescence, it also can develop in adults.

When a person is diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes they are now subjected to multiple blood sugar checks a day to check their blood glucose levels, in Type 1 diabetes the individual is also now subjected to 24/7 insulin therapy via syringe or insulin pump. The treatment for Type 2 diabetes varies per patient as sometimes diet and exercise may help keep blood sugar levels in range, some people may need to take pills to help regulate blood sugar levels along with diet and exercise, and others may need insulin therapy with dietary changes and exercise, this treatment plan can change for the Type 2 diabetic as well.

The symptoms for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are similar and include but are not limited to:

  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision

The symptoms for Type 1 diabetes will come on quickly and the person will continue to become sicker and sicker. Type 1 diabetes is often misdiagnosed for the flu. The symptoms for Type 2 diabetes may show up slowly and could go undiagnosed.

Please consult your doctor if you notice any diabetes signs or symptoms

Diabetes is a serious illness that requires daily monitoring and, if left untreated, can lead to many other complications including death.

Despite active research, diabetes has no cure, although it can be managed. With proper treatment, people who have diabetes can expect to live longer, healthier lives than they did in the past.

If you or someone you know has Type 1 Diabetes the Kansas City Type One Diabetes Foundation (www.kansascitytypeone.org) would love to network with you and offer you LOCAL SUPPORT TODAY! If you would like to learn the basics of Type 1 Diabetes we will be offering a Diabetes101 class in July please check out website often for date and time of the class.”

Resources for the Kansas City community:

Kansas City Type One Diabetes Foundation: http://www.hopeforaly.weebly.com/
JDRF: http://kansascity.jdrf.org/
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/

Submitted by Katrina Huckabay
Kansas City Type One Diabetes Foundation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KansasCityTypeOneFoundation
Website: http://www.hopeforaly.weebly.com/


Health & Safety Spotlight: Let’s Talk About Head Lice

Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal

I love getting cozy with my toddler for movie nights and snuggling up with her to read. She’s three and has been enrolled part time in a great preschool program a few days each week.  I won’t deny that the idea of all the germs that toddlers and young children seem to pass around has, from time to time, crossed my mind and caused those little hairs on my forearms to raise.  Head lice is one of those threats that gives me the heeby jeebies. But here’s the thing: Head lice happens. I was surprised to learn just how common it really is.  Most everyone has either been affected or known someone who has been affected by head lice.  Like the flu, head lice is something that needs to be treated quickly and effectively in order to fully get past it.

Unlike the common cold, flu, or other ailments that can be easily treated with remedies purchased at the local Target, head lice is a stubborn mule.  Ineffective over the counter products combined with the common consumer’s (which I fall into the category of) lack of knowledge and expertise about the life cycle of lice, necessitates multiple treatments that may or may not work without the help of a professional.

I recently had the privilege to spend some time getting to know Cherie and Susan, the owners of Heartland Healthy Heads in Olathe and I have to say that I was fascinated to learn about lice in their resource center.  I was also happy to learn that Heartland Healthy Heads offers multiple solutions to help everyone impacted by lice. While they offer head checks, professional treatment, and support for families and children, they also now offer prevention kits and at home treatment kits (with all of the support, knowledge, and phone support you could ever need) for people who might prefer to deal with lice at home.

I love the idea of their at home treatment kits.  Each kit includes lice logic shampoo and nit spray, a professional grade terminator comb, combs and clips for sectioning hair, instructions for combing, and a head lice cycle and identification card along with the support and guidance of their professional staff and discounted head checks 1 week after treatment to make sure it was successful. Take a look at this great video, which outlines everything they have to offer:

Head Lice Home Treatment Kit

Looking for more information about head lice and how you can treat it? Connect with Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal in Olathe anytime online, on Facebook, or in person at their adorable salon! Be sure to tell them iFamilyKC sent you when you say “hello!”

CLAWS!!! New Exhibit at Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City!

We just love our friends over at Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City and we are thrilled to be able to share their newest exhibits with each of you. I recently had the opportunity to spend an evening over at Sea Life to check out their claws exhibit, which will run throughout the year. One of the things that I love most about Sea Life is that, with the exhibits they bring in, there’s always something new to explore and discover each time you go. Claws is no different. Included in your paid admission to the aquarium, Claws brings you face-to-face with different species of crustaceans including Fiddler Crabs, Coconut Crabs, 14-foot Japanese Spider Crabs, and many more! We had a great time exploring the new exhibit, which includes interactive activities and videos for guests to discover all about these amazing creatures.

You can see pictures from our trip and a coupon for discounted admission for your own Sea Life Kansas City adventure by visiting the iFamilyKC Facebook page.

Have you been to the new exhibit yet?! Tag us in your photos and posts by using the hashtag #ifamilyKC #sealifeKC so we can follow along!

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, opened in April 2012, will transport you into the amazing underwater world. SEA LIFE Kansas City takes visitors on an enthralling two hour journey from the fresh waters of the Missouri River, into the mighty Mississippi River then out into the warm blue coral strewn waters of the Caribbean Sea, ending in the deep dark abyss of the Atlantic Ocean. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. In addition, a stunning centerpiece is a huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!  For more information, visit visitsealife.com.


“Non-Stop” Movie Review


Release Date: February 28th, 2014

Run-time 106 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references

Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore

Liam Neeson has been a well respected and talented actor for decades, but it is only in the last few years that he has hit his stride as an action star.  It is too his credit that it does not seem weird or forced for a man in his late fifties (now early 60s) to suddenly begin starring in action movies left and right.  Neeson is able to pull it off and has the strength and presence to be a believable hero.

“Taken”, “Taken 2”, “Unknown”, and now “Non-Stop” all share similar Neeson performances, He is confident and capable and trying to figure out what is going on.  This has led my husband and I to describe these similarities as being “Liam Neeson-y”. His name may also be used as a verb or whatever works in the context.  For now, this is done mostly as a compliment.  Forteen more of these movies and he will move into the Nicholas Cage zone.  No action star wants to be in the Nicholas Cage zone.

With all that said, Liam Neeson goes Liam Neeson all over this movie.  Neeson portrays Bill Marks, an Air Marshal who receives a text while on a flight saying that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes until $150 million is deposited into an offshore account, which, as it turns out, is in his name.  The remainder of the film follows Marks as he tries to uncover the truth, prevent catastrophe, and make sense of the events unfolding around him.  The best parts of the film, besides Liam Neeson going all Liam Neesony on the bad guys, are the great chemistry between Neeson and his co-star Julianne Moore the plot twist at the end which moviegoers will likely not see coming.

Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again I give “Non-Stop” a 3.482 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Did he just open a can of Liam Neeson on them?!”

Questions about the review? Contact iFamilyKC staffer Holli Ann anytime through email at Holli@ifamilykc.com