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This Weekend In The Box Office: Home Again

If you’re planning to get out this weekend for dinner and a movie you won’t want to miss this review!  Megan, from the iFamily Mom & Dad team got a little sneak peek of the movie Home Again, in theaters today!

“Home Again”

 

Release Date:  September 8, 2017

Run Time:  97 minutes

MPAA Rating:  Rated PG-13 (for some thematic and sexual material)

Director:  Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Cast:  Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell,

 

A great romantic comedy for anyone looking for a few laughs! This movie is not appropriate for young children, but a great for a date night or GNO!

A newly separated 40 year old (Reese Witherspoon) moves to LA with her 2 young daughters. A typically conservative mom, who goes a little wild on the night of her 40th birthday. She ends up bringing the party, including three 20 something men, back to her place now finds herself in a dilemma when her mother, charmed by the 3 young men, talks her into letting the 3 starving artists stay in the guest house “temporarily”.

The 3 men end up being nothing but amazing, bringing her pre-teen daughter out of her shell, fixing broken cabinets in her home and being completely charming. But once she begins a romantic relationship with one of them she quickly realizes the strings that are attached to “dating/not dating”.  When her ex-husband shows up and gets into a little tiff with one of the guys things get a slight bit complicated!

This is not a movie for someone looking to see an award winning performance, but more so the perfect movie for girls night, a few glasses of wine and some great mindless entertainment.  A great feel good movie I will definitely watch again with a few girlfriends and a few glasses of wine myself!

From iFamily to Yours,

Megan


The Gravity Of War Comes To Life On The Big Screen: Dunkirk Review

Let’s face it, Kansas City, it’s really (really, really) hot out this weekend and we know a lot of you are looking for fun and exciting indoor opportunities for your weekend. Maybe you’ve got a date night planned or have the chance to sneak away from the kiddos for a couple of hours to catch a film. Regardless of your reasoning, you might be wondering what’s good out in theaters. We had the chance to send Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to see the brand new war movie Dunkirk this week and she shares her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

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A Movie Review: Dunkirk

Two words, Tom & Hans! Okay, so more like two names... Tom Hardy is, by far, one of my favorite actors and Hans Zimmer is my absolute favorite movie score composer. So, I knew when they teamed up again, it was going to be phenomenal!

Dunkirk, starring Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Harry Styles (One Direction) and Fionn Whitehead (“HIM”), is the astonishing true story of the French and British armies that were trapped on the shores of Dunkirk, France. Surrounded by the Germans, over 300,000 men were slowly evacuated home. All the while, being covered by the Air Force and small troops on ground.

From the time this movie started and  to it’s end, I was in utter suspense. I have never, in my entire life seen a movie so intense! In the beginning, it seemed as if only a mere 5 words were spoken, but the intensity level was at a constant high. Even the music added levels of intensity that I have never experienced in a movie.

The acting itself  was incredible but it certainly did not outshine the direction of Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). From aerial views to bomb dropping explosions, Christopher Nolan outdid himself and his talent is purely shown in this film.

To be honest, this isn’t your typical war movie. There is no grotesque moments of men being killed and no foul language. Overall it was fairly a clean movie. Definitely one I will show my kids when it’s time to discuss WWII.

I was beyond pleased with this film, I literally left with the theater with goosebumps! I would rate this movie a solid 10! It is a must see!

From iFamily to Yours,

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10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

Howdy, Kansas City! One of my family and I’s favorite activities is finding new movies on Netflix. It’s such an easy way to navigate and find a film that fits everyones interests for a ridiculously cheap price. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great ideas for family friendly films to check out for your next movie night. Check it out!

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

What is one thing that kids always want but parents hesitate to do? Give up? It’s a family movie night! I hope I’m not the only one that shudders at the thought of watching Air Bud movies for the fifth time in a row, I mean come on…. AGAIN?! And don’t even get my started on ticket and concession prices! You spend all this loot on popcorn, drinks and a movie that you don’t even really want to see, only to end up leaving the theater for potty breaks or a screaming kid. But with 10+ years’ experience and 4 kids later, I’d like to consider myself a master at family movie night!

 

For years now I have voted, picked numbers and made deals when it comes to family movies and I must say there are always a few hidden gems or classics that parents and kids can agree on! So instead of loading the car up for your next family movie night only to see something you could care less about, check out these family movies that the kids and you will enjoy, plus they are available on Netflix now!

 

#1 Penelope

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This cute story about a young girl cursed with the nose of a pig, lives a lonely life until she meets someone that can change all that.

 

#2 Annie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The story of a young orphan girl that gets adopted by a rich Daddy Warbucks.

 

#3 Parent Trap

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Twins separated at birth trying to reunite their parents and scare off their dad’s fiancé. This movie is such a cute family movie full of laughs!

 

#4 Honey I Shrunk the Kids

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A CLASSIC and favorite in our house! Four Kids accidentally shrink themselves with their dad’s one of a kind inventions!

 

#5 Honey We Shrunk Ourselves

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is the 3rd installment of the hit franchise. This may not be as funny as the first one, but it is definitely a family favorite!

 

#6 Harry and the Hendersons

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Two words.. BIG FOOT! This classic film is about a small suburban family with an unlikely house guest.

 

#7 Daddy Daycare

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is definitely my husband’s top choice! A dad down on his luck, does what he can to support his family and make sure his son has the time of his life!

 

#8 Paulie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

I normally steer clear of talking animal movies, but how can you resist this cute little girl and unique bird.

 

#9 Flubber

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The late Robin Williams is a mad scientist that creates a one of a kind invention, but what happens when everyone wants it?

 

#10 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman story

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A true example of will and determination. This true story will leave everyone inspired!

 

I hope this list of family friendly movies will make your next family movie night more enjoyable for everyone! What are some movies that you and your family enjoy watching together?

 

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: 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,
holli_ifamilykcteam

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Bleed for This

If you’re looking for a chance to get out with some friends or your significant other before all the festivities of next week, why not check out Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller? Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, had a chance to see it a few days before opening and gives us the rundown of what to expect. Check it out…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Bleed for This

This Weekend at the Box Office: Bleed for This

Release Date: November 18, 2016
Run Time: 1 hr 56 min
Rating: R
Director: Ben Younger
Cast: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart

 


Man oh man…. Where do I begin with this movie!? I am going to do my absolute best at not giving away too much or any spoilers, so if I do… sorry!

 

I truly love a great underdog or comeback story and this one is definitely one of the best! Miles Teller (Whiplash) stars as world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a tragic accident that nearly left him paralyzed, defeated the odds and was able to become a legendary boxer. This true story movie leaves you in awe of the human nature to never give up.

 

I must admit I have been wanting to see this movie for a while and I am so glad it lived up to my expectation! Outside of the occasional nudity and constant foul language (not a fan of it), I was constantly engaged and excited to see his next move! I even found myself worried and afraid at times that something awful was going to happen to Vinny. Every time he challenged himself or someone, my heart would sink! The story is beyond inspiring and the acting its self pulls its own weight!

 

Another thing I loved about this movie was the footage. I loved the fact that they showed home videos and actual recordings from his fights. It made you feel even more connected to Vinny and those around him. I could go on and on about Vinny’s will power, brute strength and courage to do what he did. But honestly you will have to take my word for it and GO SEE it! I highly doubt you will be disappointed! I know I wasn’t!

 

I would gladly rate this movie a 8.5/10!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

brigettev8

 

 

 

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This Weekend at the Box Office – Arrival

Happy Friday, Kansas City! After a long week, the movies are one of my favorite activities to enjoy on the weekend. This weekend, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a new movie out, Arrival. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette was able to get sneak peek and gives us the highs and lows. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office - Arrival

 

This Weekend at the Box Office – Arrival

 

Release Date: November 11, 2016
Run Time: 116 min
Rating: PG-13
Director: Denis Villenueve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

 

Let me start by saying this, I have a tendency to over excite myself about things and sometimes it pays off and other times I just get an even bigger let down!

The other night I had the opportunity to preview “Arrival” starring Amy Adams (love her), Jeremy Renner (Avengers) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland). When I first seen the preview I just knew this was going to be a groundbreaking movie! Great actors, unique story line and not to mention Sci-Fi! But as I watched “Arrival” and even as I’m typing, I find myself baffled.

 

The story line is not like your typical alien movie. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will let you know this…. If you are looking for an “end of the world, doomsday suck out our brains” kind of movie, you will be disappointed. After a foreign air craft appears in several locations around the globe, a crafty team of military personnel and scientists around the world try to none the less communicate with Earth’s new visitors.

 

Outside the fact that the movie starts off a little slow, the suspense is phenomenal! It will have your mind rambling dozens of questions, trying to figure out the aliens next move, and whether or not the humans can act fast enough before going into full blown war! With a few plot twists and the occasional cheeky humor, I could not help but constantly wonder what will happen next?!

 

But, I have to be honest…

 

What did eventually happen next was not that great. I’m talking about the ending. With so much suspense and visually intriguing scenes, the ending did not live up to the same standard as the rest of the movie. I felt “let down”. It kind of seemed like it just ended. It was as if the writers had written something so crazy and the only way for it all to make sense was to just throw a curve ball that did nothing really.

 

If I had to rate this movie I would give it a 3.5 /5 simply because they lift you up so high and then drop you at the end.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

brigettev8

 

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Date Night At The Movies: “Inferno” Review

This weekend a lot of us will be busy with our families doing Halloween activities. If you and your significant other find yourselves needing some adult time (and who won’t) a movie date may be in order. Hitting the box office this week is Inferno and it could be just what you’re looking for. Take a look…

“Inferno”

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are back with another film adaptation of another one of Dan Brown’s wildly successful novels. Inferno is the third movie where Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, a famous Harvard professor and symbologist. Langdon wakes in a hospital with amnesia and immediately jumps into action with the aide of his ER doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to find a virus that will wipeout half of the world’s population. With pain and horrifying visions due to a head trauma, he takes off to remember what he’s doing in Florence and to save humanity while racing the clock and outside forces.

Like every Dan Brown novel, this story is a maze and a calculus problem wrapped in a riddle and played out scavenger hunt style. However, the film did a good job of connecting the dots for viewers who may be a little behind on their Dante (like me). I had read Dan Brown’s Inferno years ago, and I only remembered a bit of it. My friend who joined me had not read the book at all. We both really enjoyed the film, and ignorance may have been key as many other moviegoers were griping about the inconsistencies. Even if the movie didn’t mirror the book’s storyline, it was still enjoyable.

The plot had many twists and it was fast paced, but it had to be to get the large novel into a two-hour film. The locations were beautiful. Most of it was filmed in Italy and it served as a reminder that I need to travel more. The movie is rated PG-13, but it is gory. There were a lot of disturbing images. It is about Dante’s Inferno after all. I think the Halloween release was a wise one, though maybe it should have come out a little sooner. This would be a great date movie for people who are tempted to do a spooky movie, but don’t really want a horror film. This did toe the horror line at times- especially in the beginning, but it is a true thriller, and it worked for the material.

The cast was good, which it really needed to be as there were a lot of people and organizations at play and they did not get very thorough backstories. Diverse and strong actors kept this enigmatic roster of characters easy to keep track of. Tom Hanks was amazing, as always. He even provided a bit of comic relief- a nice break in an otherwise heavy two hours. Overall I give a B. I would go see it in the theater, but I wouldn’t buy it.  

From iFamily to Yours,

Darcy

Inferno Review from Darcy of the iFamilyKC Mom Squad

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How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

There are few things better than October, in my opinion! It’s a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has some great tips to throwing an outdoor movie night! Grab some blankets, a projector, and movie of you choice and enjoy your family and neighbors this weekend!

 

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night 

 

The days are shorter. The nights are cooler. The bugs are gone. There is no better time of year to host a backyard movie night in Kansas City than October. It’s one of the easiest parties to host and it’s fun for all ages so it’s perfect for a neighborhood hang. Bonus: You don’t have to clean your house. 

 

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Here’s what you need (and some things you don’t, but why not?):

 

A projector

If you don’t own a projector, hopefully there is someone on your invite list who you can borrow one from. If not, check CraigsList. You can find one that’s plenty good for this once-a-year event for about $100. If you’re ready to make the investment, The Wire Cutter has a good review on the best cheap projectors.

 

Laptop or DVD player

If you’re streaming your movie (test your Wi-Fi signal out in the yard ahead of time) or downloaded the movie, you’ll want to hook the projector to a laptop. If you’ve got a DVD, you can bypass the laptop with a DVD player.

 

Speakers

We actually put old speakers in our Goodwill pile and pulled them out when we realized they would be perfect to keep around for our outdoor movie nights. You can be as high-tech as you want to be, but we had great sound with just speakers on either side of the screen and a center one below the projector.

 

Screen

This can be as simple as the side of a house or garage, or an ironed bed sheet that you hang off the deck. Since outdoor movie night is a tradition we want to keep up, we bought our own 144” screen that folds up flat and can be stored easily the rest of the year.

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Movie

To appeal to both kids and adults I suggest going with a classic family movie from the 80s. To be fair, my answer to everything is the 80s, but if it’s new for the kids and a great throwback for adults, how can you go wrong? Our pick was E.T.

 

Tables, plates and napkins

Save your recipes for another party. Have everyone bring an app, side dish or dessert to share. Done!

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Chairs, blankets and pillows

Have everyone bring their own. There’s no such thing as too many covers and pillows so bring out as many as you have.

Movie Candy

You can get movie-sized candy at the dollar store. Prepackage an assortment of candy for each family to hand out before the movie starts. If you can, do a theme with the snacks. Reece’s Pieces would have been really fun to hand out, but we avoided anything with peanuts due to allergies.

 

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Glow Necklaces

These are a big hit with the kids but the reason why I like them is because they make it easy to keep tabs on any little ones who may get up and wander slightly in the backyard before they settle back into their seats.

 

Hot Chocolate

Our neighbor brought this and it was a great addition for the chilly night. She even had coffee lids which worked out perfectly for the kids to drink without spilling while bundled in their blankets.

 

Hotdog roller

This is a really easy way to turn a movie into dinner and a movie. No need for someone to man a grill all night. This baby can feed a crowd quickly, cooking 30 hotdogs at a time in a matter of minutes and keeping them warm until you need them.

 

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Popcorn cart

Popcorn is essential to any movie night. You can pop it all ahead and bag it. We did that last year and it took forever. This year, we have our popcorn cart that not only pops a ton for each batch, but the sight, sounds and smell of having the cart in the backyard add to the ambiance of movie night.

 

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

Cotton candy cart 

Why not? I’m pretty strict about sugar with my kids but at this point it’s like Christmas in October, so pile it on.

 

E.T. Movie Review

 

I last saw E.T. when it was released in theaters in 1982 so I was fuzzy on just how scary or sad it really was to today’s standards. I prepped my kids (6, 4 and 3) for it by talking about the premise ahead of time: A friendly but scared alien was accidentally left on earth. The kids became friends with him and wanted to help him, while the adults were afraid of him and not very nice to him because he was different (there’s a life lesson in there).

How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night

 

We also watched the trailer on YouTube together a few times, so their first exposer to the alien was way less intimating on a much smaller screen and during the day. Outside of a little language (which flew over my kids’ heads) I think E.T. is a great choice for younger and older kids and the PERFECT choice for an October outdoor movie night because the movie takes place in October so the weather in the movie matched the weather in the backyard perfectly.

 

Backyard Movie Night Pro Tips:

 

  • Start the event about an hour before sunset. Plenty of time to eat, run around and socialize before the movie begins.

 

  • Put a kitchen mat over the extension cords running from the speakers to the projector so no one trips on them after dark.

 

  • Dress your kids in their PJs and slip on shoes. The movie will end after bedtime so if they’re already dressed for bed, it makes life just a little bit easier. Slip on shoes help because they are easy to get on and off as they play ahead of time and then bundle in the blankets.

 

  • Include a poll with a few movie choices with your invite and have people vote with their RSVP, revealing the winner the night of the event.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdBeckyV2


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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.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


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