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This The Weekend In The Box Office: The Nut Job 2

Happy Weekend Kansas City!  If you’re looking for something to do this weekend as you’re getting into ‘Back to School’ mode, check out The Nut Job 2!  Erin, from our iFamily Mom Squad, had a chance at a sneak peek and shares her thoughts with us below. Take a look…

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”

Release Date:  11 August 2017

Run Time:  95 minutes

MPAA Rating:  PG (for mild action and rude humor)

Director:  Cal Brunker

Cast:  Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan

Surly and his crazy crew from The Nut Job are back at it again in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. After their current home, the nut factory, goes up in a puff of smoke, they go in search of a new home.  They find the perfect home in a beautiful park.  Unfortunately, they are up against the evil money hungry Mayor of Oakton City!  He plans to bulldoze the park and build a gigantic rundown amusement park in it’s place.  The animals join together to try to save their beloved home.  There are a few new characters are introduced in this sequel to the 2014 movie.  A sweet-looking but tough little mouse, Mr. Feng, voiced by the hilarious comedic Kung Fu legend, Jackie Chan.

My kids, ages 2 and 7, enjoyed the movie and the wild and crazy antics of the animals provided some laughs!  At 1 1/2 hours, it was the perfect length to keep their attention.  I think children over 10 might be a bit bored with the simplistic plot.  To be honest, maybe waiting for a Netflix release might not be a terrible idea for anyone older than 8.  We saw the first one in theaters 3 years ago and honestly I don’t remember much of it and neither did my oldest child.  Even so, the kids wanted to check out the sequel and you don’t really need to see the first one to understand this one. Might be the perfect movie to check out at the drive in for a double feature before school starts!  In theaters August 11th!

From iFamily to Yours,

This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana

Thanksgiving is a great time to catch a flick, and Disney holiday fashion, they’ve released their new animated movie, Moana. So, after eating all that turkey, and catching a few Zzzz’s, why not head to the theater and enjoy this family movie. Check out Holli’s review and insider look of the new film below. Happy Thanksgiving!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana



This Weekend at the Box Office: Moana


Release Date: November 23, 2016
Run Time: 103 min
Rating: PG
Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, Chris Williams
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson



Thanksgiving is, for me, a time not only to appreciate life’s incredible blessings but also a time for reflection. One of my favorite childhood memories, and a tradition that I carry on with my own daughter, is experiencing the new Disney movie that comes out around Thanksgiving each year (like “The Santa Claus” in 1994 and “101 Dalmations” in 1996). This year, Charlotte and I had the chances to celebrate early at the advanced screening of Disney’s latest movie “Moana” and we were not disappointed.

“Moana” follows the story of a special little girl who feels called to the sea. As she grows and learns about her community, she feels compelled to do something different from what is expected of her from everyone she knows. Her father, the Chief, has long rooted beliefs that the sea is not a safe or friendly place for their people and that fear drives him to forbid Moana (and her tribe) from passing the reef located just off of their island.

Even when their food supply begins to diminish, his overwhelming fear of the unknown keeps him from venturing away from home. Moana, however, was chosen by the sea for an unforgettable journey that will restore her island and her people’s long rooted history with the ocean. Along the way, she encounters struggles and situations that force her out of her comfort zone and into the woman she was meant to be.

What I loved most about this movie is the message that it sends to little girls across the world – To be who you are and to not be afraid of the challenges that you might face along your journey. Disney has done it again and moviegoers can expect to fall in love with the stunning animation, fun characters, and incredible sound track throughout the feature film.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the digital short before the movie – It’s a good one!

From iFamily to Yours,



This Weekend at the Box Office: The Wild Life

Summer blockbuster season may be over, but there are still plenty of films to check out. This weekend, The Wild Life opens in theaters, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, gives us a run down of what to expect. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: The Wild Life

This Weekend at the Box Office: The Wild Life

Release Date:  September 9th, 2016

Run Time:  90 minutes

MPAA Rating:  PG (for mild action, peril and rude humor)

Directors:  Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen

Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin


I had a chance to check out this film last weekend so I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on it.  The Wild Life is the story of how Robinson Crusoe ended up stranded on a deserted island with several wild creatures.  The story is told from the point of view of a silly parrot who Crusoe names Tuesday.  It begins with Tuesday trying to find a way to prove there are other worlds out there besides just their little island.

I thought this movie was just okay to be honest.  I think small children will be entertained by the silly animals, and a few action scenes throughout the film’s 90 minutes.  Some animated movies have a little humor thrown in for the adults that goes right over children’s heads. This is not one of those movies.  I found it to be quite boring, but it did seem to entertain my 6 year old, for the most part.  When I find myself not really caring too much about the characters, that’s when I know it’s not that great of movie.  It reminded me of those knock off movies they put in the Redbox that look like the real movie but aren’t. I found myself wondering if the real movie was out there somewhere.

I think if I had a choice to see it in theaters, I would check it out during the cheaper matinee times. Or better yet, just wait until the Redbox/Netflix release.  I give it 4 stars out of 10, 10 being the best.  I think the length of the movie is perfect and it would be for children 7 and younger to check out.  Other than that, The Wild Life left me cold.

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Ice Age : Collision Course

Our favorite prehistoric friends are back at it in Ice Age: Collision Course. The highly successful franchise just released their newest film, and one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, Erin took her kiddos to check it out, and gives a review of what to expect. Take a look!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Ice Age: Collision Course

This Weekend at the Box Office – Ice Age: Collision Course

Release Date: July 22nd, 2016

Run Time: 100 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG (for mild rude humor and some action/peril)

Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu

Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo


Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth installment of the highly successful Ice Age series of movies. Manny, Diego and Sid are at it again in this cute children’s flick. This time they are trying to save the world from a giant meteorite that could destroy the planet. There are several side stories in the movie, including Manny’s daughter and his future son-in-law. Of course we can’t forget Scrat, that crazy squirrel who’s always trying to protect his acorn.

I thought the movie had some good laughs, keeping my children entertained for most of the movie. It was the first time my 18 month old had been to a 3D movie, and it actually kept his attention for about an hour (the movie is only an 1 hour and 40 minutes so I think that was great!) My daughter laughed and had a good time until she rubbed popcorn salt in her eye. Luckily that was toward the end! I think the movie would be a great one to rent and have a movie night in the comfort of your own home. I give it 7 out of 10, 10 being the best. I think the Ice Age series has probably run it’s course with Collision Course.

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