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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,


This Weekend At The Box Office: Despicable Me 3

The highly anticipated third installment of the “Despicable Me” series hits the box office this weekend. Does the movie fulfill the hopes of moviegoers who will be heading out to the theater? We had the chance to send Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to catch an early screening earlier this week. She’s sharing her thoughts with us today on the blog. Take a look…

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This Weekend At The Box Office: Despicable Me 3

Here’s the thing, keep in mind that I have a tendency to be “that mom”. Just know that my opinion is coming from that mind frame. I’m not going to lie, I was a little hesitant at first to see the latest installment for this series. I saw a trailer for it on T.V a week ago and was not pleased. The trailer showed an old lady drumming on a guys behind in swimming attire. I instantly thought, “I don’t want my kids to see that, it is totally unnecessary.” So, when I had the opportunity to screen the movie first so I could see if it was appropriate, I jumped on it.

The Not So Good

I’ve always thought the Despicable Me series were cute little movies but knew they had some adult jokes that go over kids’ heads. I feel like a lot do these days. So I already knew what to expect with them. But this go round, there was just too much for me to really think of this as a kid friendly movie. At least for younger kids.

I won’t go into too many details at the risk of spoiling it for you, but I will say this, there were quite a few suggestive scenes that I just don’t feel comfortable showing my younger kids. One scene in particular when the minions make a joke that includes the word boobs! It’s just something I don’t particularly want my younger kids to joke about.

The Really, Really Good

However, the main villain this go round was PHENOMENAL! My husband and I still can’t get over how funny Evil Bratt was! Evil Bratt, an ex-child actor shunned by Hollywood, is back for revenge. All the while being stuck in the 80’s. CLASSIC! We are hoping that he has a spin off very soon! Every time he hit the screen, I was laughing at everything from his looks to his nostalgic 80’s sayings and dance moves. I really, really enjoyed him!

Gru also finds his twin brother that he was separated at birth from and he tries to build that relationship the only way he knows how. Although they didn’t really elaborate on their story, Evil Bratt fills in all the missed opportunities to really make this story heartfelt.

In Short:

Altogether, I would give this movie a solid 7. I’m pretty sure that as a parent, you will enjoy the 80’s references and music, and I’m sure the kiddos will enjoy the mischievous antics of Gru and company. Just know that if you do have issues with adult jokes or suggestive scenarios, this film has quite a bit.

From iFamily to Yours,


This Weekend At The Box Office: Wonder Woman!

I just love how incredible Summer movies can be, don’t you?! If you’ve been waiting, like we have, for a strong female led super hero movie, you’re in luck! “Wonder Woman” hits theaters nationwide this weekend but does it hit the mark or will it fall flat?! We sent iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Brigette out for a special sneak peek of the film earlier this week and she’s sharing her thoughts with us today on the blog. Take a look…

Two words…. WONDER WOMAN! I have waited for this movie a long time and it is finally here! The newest DC Comic film starring Gal Gadot (“Keeping Up With The Joneses”, “Fast and Furious”), was the tough Amazonian woman I had hoped for! It also Stars Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope) and Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta).

The film starts off in modern day France where Diana (Wonder Woman) takes a trip down memory lane where learn her story and how she trained and grew up on the island of Themyscira before leaving to stop the war in London during the WWI era.

The entire film will have you on an emotional roller coaster. During the telling of her journey to become the heroine she was destined to be, you are thrown through moments of “wow this is so peaceful” to “OMG did they just do that!?”. The director Patty Jenkins, captures everyone’s attention with amazing slow motion scenes, high intense action and that feeling of something getting caught in your throat when you see Wonder Woman and her soldier (Pine) falling in love.

I loved this movie! I could barely contain my moments of excitement when she went full Amazonian woman! I also loved the fact that outside one scene with some adult humor and Pine covering his nude body with his hands, it was clean. A lot of super hero movies tend to show a little more blood and people blowing up these days. And while majority of this film is set during the war, I don’t have to worry about someone’s head being blown off or them screaming from pain. This is definitely a movie I will see again and allow my children to watch!

This in my opinion is definitely the movie of the year! So, make sure you grab your popcorn and get ready for a wild, exciting ride with Wonder Woman!

From iFamily to Yours,



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,






Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer

Summer is just around the corner (even though the weather may be saying otherwise), and that means some of you may be looking for some budget-friendly activities for the family. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has some great ideas for cheap ways to enjoy movies this summer. Take a look!

Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer


Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer


If you’re like us, your family was way too busy during the school year to stop and go to the movies. This summer, several places are making it easy (on you and your wallet) for your family to enjoy some movies on the big screen. From passes to pools, this is the ultimate guide for family-friendly movies in KC this summer.

Watching on the big screen

See some new-ish favorites on the big screen without paying a big price.

B&B Theatres Summer Kids Series (Northland, Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, Shawnee): $3 movies (or just $2 for Backstage Members) Tuesdays through Thursdays (June 6-July 27) at 10am and 12:30pm.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Merriam: $1 movies Mondays through Thursdays (June 5-August 10) at 10am and noon. Or buy a 10-movie pass for $5 while supplies last.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Palace on the Plaza: $1 movies Wednesdays (June 7-August 9) at 10am. Or buy a 10-movie pass for $5 while supplies last.


See some real stars

Enjoy a movie under the stars this summer with these outdoor movie events.

Johnson County Libraries: Movies in the Park
Free. May 19, June 10, July 8 and August 12. Locations vary. Family-friendly classics. Local concerts start at 8pm, movie starts at dusk.

Moonlight Movie on the Square (Independence)
Free movies every Thursday (June-early August) at 9pm in the Pharaoh Theater parking lot.

Legacy Park Amphitheater (Lee’s Summit)
Free movies the first Thursday of each month in June, July and August. Gates open at 7pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.

WeekEnder (Crown Center)
Free. July 7, 14, 21 & 28, August 4
Enjoy local bands and food trucks starting at 6pm. Movies start about 9pm. No outside alcohol.


Make a splash

Watch a movie with your feet in the water or the sand.

Dive-In Movie: Moana (Fairway)
$3 per person. July 22, 2017.
Bring your own floatie. Plenty of pool furniture available. Free popcorn included. Doors open at 8:30pm, movie begins at dark.

Sand Cinema (Long View Lake Beach)
$5 per car. June 23 and July 21. Gates open at 7:30pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). Bring your own blanket or chairs for beach seating. No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.


Pro Tips:

• Arrive early for best seats, especially if you’re going in a large group

• For outdoor movies, pack blankets, chairs and plenty of pillows

• For evening movies, dress your kiddos in PJs ahead of time so you can easily get them to bed when you get home

• Create your own movie memories for your family and friends by hosting your own backyard movie night.


Becky Ervin is a mother of three, creative director, and blogs at


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Join In On The FUN: Enter To Win Our Flash Giveaway For SMURFS Advanced Screening Passes!

Good Evening, Kansas City!

We are so excited to bring you inspiring content, fun recipes, and exciting information from our iFamilyKC team of Mom Squad Ambassadors right here on the blog each and every week. This week, we wanted to do something EXTRA FUN and host a FLASH GIVEAWAY where you can enter to win for your chance to see the brand new SMURFS movie, “Smurfs: The Lost Village”, BEFORE it hits theaters nationwide. Getting in on the action is EASY. Simply drop us a COMMENT on THIS blog post and tell us what kinds of posts you like to see on the blog and we’ll enter your name in for the giveaway!

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Winners will be randomly drawn AND notified by email THIS Thursday morning! Good luck! 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team



This Weekend at the Box Office: Land of Mine


Hello, Kansas City! This movie review is a tad different than most. Land of Mine debuted at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, and was just recently nominated for an Oscar. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance to see it recently and gives us her thoughts below. Take a look..

This Weekend at the Box Office: Land of Mine


Rated: R
Run Time: 1 hr 40 min
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Starring: Roland Moller, Louis Hoffman, Joel Basman

This Weekend at the Box Office: Land of Mine


I was asked to screen and review Land of Mine, a foreign film that debuted in 2015 at the Toronto Film Festival. In a sea of movies about war, this film sets itself apart by telling a tale about what happens after the war is over. After World War II, German POWs in Denmark, had to rid the country of the 2.2 million landmines the German army had buried along Denmark’s coast before they could return home. Nearly half of those soldiers were killed or terribly injured.
Of these POWs, many were boys. I don’t mean ‘boys’ like they haven’t had time to start a family, I mean ‘boys’ like they couldn’t have driven a car. I looked it up and in Germany, boys could enlist at the age of 16, but it is known that the Nazi’s occasionally took boys even younger than that. This film centers on a Dutch sergeant who is tasked with overseeing a group of German soldiers clear a beach of 45,000 mines. He is surprised at the group of soldiers he gets and he struggles between hating them for their nationality and sympathizing with them for their situation. The boys are told if they clear the mines, they can go home. They struggle though, with starvation, illness and trauma taking tolls.
This movie is violent, and heart-breaking and one of the most haunting films I have seen. Perhaps I have been subsisting on too many children’s movies- I kept waiting for a Disney-like finale where these terrible men get what’s coming and the boys make it out unscathed. However, this is not a movie for children and I had to be happy with the bits (and I mean BITS) of courage and hope that shine through.
As I sobbed my way through the film, I couldn’t help but feel a little sympathetic for all involved. The Dutch HATED the Germans; and following WWII, who could really blame them. Yet you also felt so badly for these children, being starved and traumatized as a country took out their hatred on some of those least deserving. Of course, if this was a movie about men who had been running concentration camps clearing a beach, there wouldn’t be much of an emotional journey to ask of the audience.
In the film, a woman lives nearby with her young daughter. She wants her daughter to stay away from the soldiers and she is cruel towards the boys. At first I was offended on the boys’ behalf. How could a mother treat someone else’s child like this? But then I put myself in her shoes. Living with a small girl while soldiers had been going through the country doing terrible things to women and children. What had happened to her husband? I suppose I would have been fearful and hateful too. The film doesn’t explore the history of its characters, so their motivation is open to interpretation and musings. I think this was quite brilliant as it washed away everything that had built up to this moment. You don’t know why the characters feel as they do (although you can guess), so you are left to judge and interpret only their actions in this moment. It casts things in a different light.
Land of Mine has spectacular acting, a beautiful setting and will be a movie that tugs at my heart whenever I think of it. I can’t tell you that you will enjoy it, but is a fantastic film and deserves to be seen. I applaud Martin Zandvliet, who wrote and directed this film, for telling one of the most difficult stories to come out of such a bleak moment in history with honesty, integrity and heart. While during the movie I kept thinking that it was about hate, but I think it really is about humanizing the enemy. It is about finding compassion and forgiveness when perhaps none is deserved. I definitely recommend this film; but know that you are in for a good cry.


From iFamily to Yours,





This Weekend at the Box Office: Kong : Skull Island

Hello, Kansas City! This weekend, there’s a new film hitting theaters – Kong: Skull Island. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, got a chance at a sneak peek and has a great review below. It is rated PG-13 and as Brigette mentions, this may be better for the older kids and adults. Take a look…

This Weekend at the Box Office: Kong : Skull Island


Rated: PG-13
Run time: 2 hrs
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson


This Weekend at the Box Office: Kong : Skull Island


Let me start by saying this, “Kong is King”! If you are like me and enjoy movies about adventure, Sci-fi, fantasy creatures and laughs, then you will enjoy this installment of King Kong!
This film takes place in the 70’s with a two “truth seekers” looking to find answers about a mysterious uncharted island. After rallying a troop of service men, a photographer and other scientists they venture off into the unknown.
Starting off this movie was a little slow. I don’t know if I was just anxious to see Kong back on the big screen or if there was just…. Well, slow to start because of all the science talk and looking for partners to join them.
However, the real adventure starts from the moment they approach the island! I was drawn back to my seat pretty much the whole movie! With a whole cast of top tier celebs like Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Samuel Jackson (Avengers), John Goodman (Monsters Inc) and Brie Larson (21 jump street). In my opinion the true star of the movie (outside of Kong) was John C. Reilly! He kept the laughs coming, even when the director had you in in awe of the all the action.
This movie is visually entertaining and exciting! There are a few cuss words and at times it can get pretty graphic. Overall, I think it is a good family movie for the older kiddos!
I would rate Kong : Skull Island an 8/10!

PS: See it in IMAX 3D!!


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5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty and the Beast Viewing

Bonjour, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC are so excited for the upcoming Disney live action version of Beauty & the Beast. It’s set to hit theaters on March 17th, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great ideas to add a little extra magic to your viewing experience. Take a look…

5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing


5 Creative Ways to Add Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing


Hear that collective squeal??? It’s Disney fans across the country getting excited about the nearing release of The Beauty and the Beast. Eeeeh! Disney films have been receiving top-notch, live action make-overs and I am loving it. As a mom of two girls, and heck, just someone who grew up on Disney movies, I can’t wait for the new Beauty and The Beast. It stars Emma Watson and comes out in just a couple weeks. It has been 2 years since the live-action Cinderella was released, and when it did, I decided to make a special day of it. Our ‘Cinderella Day’ was such a hit that I had many mom friends copy the plan with their own kids. Now’s our chance to do it again!
When Cinderella came out, I bought the tickets ahead of time and started the day with a fancy brunch at the Majestic downtown. Afterwards, we went home for a wardrobe change. My kids love to dress up in their fancy clothes and almost always have a dress on. Me, not so much. My tiny fashionistas like to often tell me that I should wear heels and skirts more often. So, I let them play fairy godmother and pick out my outfit for the day. An old cocktail dress and my most sparkly shoes were what they picked out for me.
Once we were all dressed for a ball, we headed out for blow outs (in addition to fashion deficiencies- I am also terrible at hair). This was the first time the girls went to a salon and they were apprehensive. Afterwards though, they loved their fancy up do’s. We then met a friend for manicures and pedicures, followed by the movie.

5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing
Sure, we got some looks rolling into that theater, and I wasn’t super comfortable in my outfit. But we had a fantastic day and we never do anything so extravagant. It was certainly a memorable day for us all. I had a couple friends who loved the idea, but didn’t want to spend the money. They did hair and manicures at home and the moms didn’t participate.
Cinderella obviously called for a make-over, but Beauty and the Beast is a bit more flexible. Here are my top 5 ways to bring a little extra magic to your Beauty and the Beast viewing.

#1 French food

This time our itinerary includes going to Aixois. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, so although it is usually more or a date spot, I had to add it. If you’d rather skip a restaurant, you can make crepes for breakfast or a snack. Bon Appe ́tit!

#2 Books

You can visit the library, or read a book at home together. We are stopping by Rainy Day Books, our favorite ‘village’ bookstore.

#3 Beautify

While we won’t be doing the whole makeover shebang this time, I did pick up some Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps. The Beauty and the Beast ones are too cute and the products and 8 free (meaning they don’t contain Formaldehyde and other toxins many nail polishes do).

#4 Save a Beast

Why not take this movie as an opportunity to feel like storybook heroines? You too can save a ‘beast’ by adopting a new friend at a local shelter, like KC Pet Project or Wayside Waifs.

#5 Invent Something

Help your kiddos brainstorm something new! If you have time to work on it, fantastic, but this could even just help entertain you all while you wait for the movie to begin.

I’m a big fan of adding a touch of magic where I can and I will certainly be looking forward to March 17th.


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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