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This Weekend at the Movies: Baywatch

Hello Kansas City! Dwayne Johnson is back at it, bringing a new spin on an old franchise – Baywatch. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, had a chance to get a sneak peek in, and gives us some thoughts below. Take a look!

 

Rating: R
Run time: 1 hr 56 min
Director: Seth Gordon
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Effron, Alexandra Daddario

 

This Weekend at the Movies: Baywatch

 

Imagine if The Fast and the Furious and The A-Team had a baby, shipped it off to the beaches of California and told it to fight crime. This is basically Baywatch. To begin, I don’t think I have ever seen an episode of the original Baywatch on TV except for the references on Friends, but I got the gist of what I needed to know about the show—girls in swimsuits running in slow motion down the beach and fighting crime because the cops didn’t really want to be involved in petty beach theft and drowning victims. A muscled up head lifeguard which led these individuals on wild jet ski and boat excursions to make sure their beach was free of all things from litter to drug dealers. Pretty much the Baywatch movie in a nutshell as well; little more high price action sequences, little more high price talent, a lot more quick one-liners and F-words.

Dwayne Johnson takes on the role as Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff in the original) a devoted lifeguard with the rank of lieutenant (which I am not too sure why he has this title) who leads a group of lifeguards on the Emerald Bay beach. With try-outs coming up to fill three empty positions in the Baywatch group, a cocky Olympic gold medalist, Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron begins to butt heads and start a long an drawn out competition with Buchannon. But they find themselves in the midst of an all-out conspiracy involving drugs, real estate and a mysterious new owner of the Huntley Club, a ritzy location on the beach. Baywatch is rated R for language throughout the movie, crude sexual content and nudity.

To be honest I was surprised; I half expected to walk out of the movie halfway through thinking if I have to sit there and body shame myself because all I am looking at are girls in less than bikinis running down the beach– I have other things to do. My neighbors in the seats around me didn’t help this assumption; their ages ranged from about 17 to 24 year old boys who thank goodness stopped cat-calling the women about 10 minutes into the movie. Ladies, they put in Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in for us I suppose which helped even out the dynamic—but man! How many muscles does one person need; I am not complaining but man!

I ended up liking each character, Dwayne Johnson I have always liked and think he delivers lines (especially comedic ones) very well. I like Zac Efron as well in pretty much anything he does; looking forward for him to take on a more serious role in the future which I think he will do fantastic; but he plays the not-the-sharpest-crayon-in-the-box jock just fine as well. The girl–, CJ, Stephanie, and Summer took supporting cast roles which I think is what made me stick around to the credits since it wasn’t just about running in slow motion; it was more about the storyline. I will say they were typical to the role they were cast and a few times I found myself asking “where the heck are they!?” There were a couple digressions in the storyline that I really don’t know if they needed to be in there, but when I saw my 17 year old friends around me laughing hysterically then I knew it had to have a couple crude humor moments.

Do I recommend? If you want a movie where you don’t have to think, you can just wind down and imagine your future beach trip then yes. Would I go see it again? No. Would I rent it? Probably not. But if it were on the movie channel for free? Yeah I may watch it and laugh a couple times. Honestly the best part of the whole thing was the relaxing reclining chairs and the 3 story movie screen—oh yeah and popcorn for dinner!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 


This Weekend at the Box Office: Logan

Happy Friday AND Happy Opening to the new film, Logan. For anyone interested (…or obsessed) with the X-Men universe, they are back at it again with Logan, focusing on the character of Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman). A special note, that even though this is based on a comic book, it is not recommended for the kids, so maybe consider making this a parent’s night out. Logan is out today, but our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette had a chance at a sneak peek and gives us the low down below. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Logan

 

Rated: R
Run Time: 2hr 17 min
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Logan

 

The title says it all. Not “X- Men,” not some impossible quest, not Wolverine. I wanted this movie to be the highlight of my movie going experience for 2017, but ultimately I don’t think it was.

Logan takes place in the not so distant future and it stars a tired, worn out Wolverine serving as what I’m guessing is an Uber driver. The movie begins a little slow, but picks up more excitement when they introduce a new mutant named Laura. Much like Wolverine she bears pure rage and a set of claws that are not to be taken lightly.

While trying to protect Laura from those “scientists” that created her, Logan finds himself in the fight for his life and those he comes in contact with. I don’t want to say too much more about the story line because I KNOW there will be spoilers lol. But the truth is this, the movie was great… for another character! The storyline was well written and the directing was spot on. But this was not what I was hoping it was going to be!

Also, unlike other X- Men character movies this was overly gory. Sure, it’s a super hero movie and they are killing bad guys, I get that, but I can’t recall any other X-Men character movies that were on this level. From claws ripping through bodies, continuous foul language and even a quick (totally unnecessary) brief nudity scene, Logan is definitely not a family movie!
Overall, I did enjoy the movie, I just wish it wasn’t about Wolverine. I would give this movie an 8/10 for the whole movie but a 1/10 as a Wolverine fan.

 

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Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

Hello, Kansas City! Mamas, this one is for you. No matter how great you are, you will need a break once in awhile! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has a list of 10 GREAT ideas for an ultimate girls night. So, mama, get comfy and find a time to get your girls together for some fun and relaxation. Check out the ideas below!

Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

 

As we have all gotten older, had our families, crazy jobs and just dealing with life in general, I’m sure like myself, you desperately need a night out or in with the girls! So check your calendar, plan for the hubby and kids to spend the night or day out of the house and get ready for your ultimate girls night in our out!

Hey YOU NEED IT!

#1 Potluck

Host a pot luck with your pals! Everyone can bring a dish of their own or if time permits, everyone cook a meal together! Cooking is such a fun bonding moment. Do it up big or just make your favorite finger foods.

#2 Watch party/ Series Binge

Netflix and Hulu are perfect for binge watching! They tend to have most seasons of shows and plenty to choose from. Pick a new one or a group favorite. Don’t forget the snacks!

#3 Spa party

This is probably the most needed among busy moms lol. Head to the Dollar Tree and load up on nail polish, face masks and lotions. Add in some spa essentials like warm towels and cucumbers and you are set.

#4 Pinterest/DIY Night

This could go one of two ways. Either you find out someone’s hidden knack for crafts or you all end up laughing at the failed attempts. Either way it’s a fun way to be creative and destress.

#5 Baking Party

This is always fun! Go crazy and make all your favorite treats. Add some character by decorating them before you enjoy. The ones that are left, make gift baskets for everyone to take home for their families to enjoy!

#6 Games

Pull out a classic or the newest game on the shelf, the amount of games seem to be endless. Cards are always a winner or games where you have to act something out. Either way games are perfect for a little friendly competition or for making complete fool out of yourself.

#7 Makeovers

This is another fun idea. Have your pals bring over their favorite makeup products. Draw names and whoever draws your name you do their makeup. That way everyone gets pampered and not just the resident beauty lover.

#8 Cocktail party

If you are over 21, try a cocktail party! As the host you can whip up light snacks and have everyone bring an alcohol of your choice or theirs. Have fun trying mixing up cocktails with your girls! Don’t forget an awesome throwback playlist!

#9 Chick Flicks

Again, Netflix and Hulu have great options but not every classic. Try VuDu for a wider variety or your local Family Video. Add in some wine and comfy blankets and enjoy!

#10 Slumber Party

Take it back to your teen years and have an old fashioned slumber party! Stay up all night, talk about boys, do hair and eat pizza! Let your inner adolescent self-shine for the night.

 

I hope these ideas will help you plan your next ultimate girls’ night in!

 

From iFamily to Yours,


This Weekend at the Box Office: Split

This weekend brings us a chance to get out of the house and maybe break up the monotony of winter. If you decide to take a trip to the movies, consider checking out Split. While this one won’t be appropriate for the kiddos, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, definitely think it’s worth seeing for the adults! Check out her low down on the film below…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Split

Release Date: 20 January 2017

Run Time: 117 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for dramatic thematic content and behavior, violence and some language)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

 

From the mastermind writer and director who brought us the unusual and plot twisting movies The Sixth Sense, The Village, Devil and The Visit, comes a new film from M. Night Shyamalan, Split. Split stars James McAvoy who plays a man who has 23 distinctly different personalities. In the beginning of the film, he kidnaps 3 teenage girls and holds them captive. Throughout the film we are introduced to many of his (super creepy) personalities as the girls try to find a way to escape. They try to relate to some of his personalities as a plan to break free. His therapist tries to bring out certain personalities to help understand him more, unbeknownst to her, he has captured the girls. M. Night ties in a previous film to this one in an interesting twist.

 

I am a HUGE fan of Shyamalan’s work! Since The Sixth Sense, I have been hooked on his movies! I admit not every one has been my absolute favorite but he is by far my favorite screenwriter and director. His style is uniquely is own and Split did not disappoint! His camera work draws you in and gives a very distinctive and satisfying look into the world of filmmaking.

 

I give Split a solid 8 out of a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best. Intense, creepy and crazy exciting, true to Shyamalan’s style. There is a definite turning point in the film that I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and had to look away! And I have to agree with the film’s PG-13 rating and actually thought it could have easily earned an R rating. It is better suited for a more mature audience. If you’re looking for a thrilling, edge of your seat horror movie, check this one out! Split is in theaters January 20th.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

Happy Saturday, Kansas City! The newest comedy to hit theaters is Masterminds, starring Zach Galifinakis, Kristen Wiig, and an all-star comedic cast. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance to check out a sneak peek, and gives us a few thoughts on the film. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run time: 94 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Jared Hess
Cast: Kate McKinnon, Zach Galifinakis, Kristen Wiig

 

 

 

Masterminds is a comedy based on a real-life bank heist. Zach Galifianakis plays a kind, unsuspecting guard who gets talked into stealing millions of dollars by the woman he is in love with (Kristen Wiig). He is just a pawn to “Geppetto” (Owen Wilson) who takes all the money and leaves Galifianakis on the lam in Mexico with no help. Jason Sudeikis is also in the film, playing a sadistic hit man. Out of all the performances, only Wiig seems to bring any real emotion to her character.

 

The movie works on paper. It has a ‘dumb criminals’ angle, an awkward family photos moment, and some huge comedic talent. However, the movie never seems to get off the ground. I chuckled throughout the film, but never got a good laugh out it. The funniest part of the movie is the blooper reel at the end. Be sure to watch that! Jared Hess, who also directed Napoleon Dynamite, directs the film. In that same vein, not all comedies have to be laugh-out-loud to work, but this one misses the mark. It doesn’t play to the strengths of the cast, which I think could have made this a better comedy.

 

I wouldn’t run to the theaters to see Masterminds. It’s worth a watch, but there’s a lot of competition at the movie theater right now, and there are better films to spend the money on.

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Deepwater Horizon

Hello, Kansas City! Anyone ready for a movie night this weekend? If so, check out Deepwater Horizon, out tonight, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and more. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, got a sneak peek at the new film inspired by true events, and gives us her thoughts below. Check it out.

This Weekend at the Box Office: Deepwater Horizon

This Weekend at the Box Office: Deepwater Horizon

 

Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run Time: 107 min
Rating: PG-13
Director: Peter Burg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson

 

 

 

Deepwater Horizon is a movie about the offshore drilling rig that exploded in 2010 filling the Gulf of Mexico with millions of gallons of oil. Its awesomeness entertains as well as gives audiences a grim view of oil corporations and drilling. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez and John Malkovich, this is one hell of a disaster movie.

 

It follows Mike Williams (Wahlberg) as he leaves his family to go out to the rig where they are behind schedule and bogged down in complications. As he and Mr. Jimmy (Transocean’s Installation Manager- played expertly by Kurt Russell) try to keep things safe on the rig, BP executives constantly push to begin drilling. John Malkovich plays his role as the top BP man there to perfection.

 

There’s not a lot to spoil here, as we all know about this spill- the largest man-made disaster in history. It is incredible to see though. Explosion after explosion, this movie had me nervously biting my nails and jumping out of my seat throughout. I was moved by the heroics of these people, as they were trust into a living nightmare. The film does a good job of recognizing those true men and women who risked and gave their lives to help others.

 

I haven’t liked a disaster movie this much since Armageddon, although this felt much more somber to me. Acting, effects, storyline- this has it all (baring an Aerosmith rock ballad). There is a lot of information to digest, as the film tries to help the average theatergoer understand the mechanics of what exactly happened. However, whether you understand it all or not, the movie is incredible. It is out this weekend, September 30.

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Looking for a movie to check out with the girls? You’re in luck because Bridget Jones is back at it with Bridget Jones’s Baby. It opens today (September 16th), and brings back some old loves, as well as some new eye candy. Our Mom Squad Ambassador got to check out a sneak peek and gives us the low down. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Bridget Jones's Baby

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Bridget Jones’s Baby

Release Date: September 16, 2016
Run Time: 2 hr 2 min
Rating: R
Director: Sharon Maguire
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

 

Bridget Jones is back with her usual shenanigans. In the third installment of Bridget Jones, Bridget and Darcy are apart and have pretty much gotten back to where they were in the first film. All of Bridget’s old friends are married with children, which makes it even tougher on Bridget to be alone at 43. Luckily, she has found an outrageous new best friend whom encourages Bridget to, well, sleep around.

 

Bridget ends up pregnant and doesn’t know if it’s Darcy’s or an American billionaire named Jack’s. After seeing the needle for the amniocentesis, Bridget freaks and refuses to do a DNA test before the baby is born. This leaves both men competing for Bridget’s affection and a role in the baby’s (whom they both want to be theirs) life.

 

Bridget Jones movies are like Bridget herself. Unapologetically unrefined, good-natured, extreme, and humorous. Spectacular pieces of cinema they are not, and there are more twists and turns then could ever be remotely believable. But they are good natured and fun romantic comedies. If you liked the first Bridget Jones movies, you will enjoy this one. It gets a bit fantastical like the second film did- but not so much so.

 

I feel like this is a good movie to rent, I wouldn’t rush to see it in the theaters. Unless of course you’re absolutely in love with Mr. Darcy, like the woman seated next to me last night was. But then, you probably already have your ticket.

 

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