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Family Fun at the Movies: Paddington 2 Review

Winter is my favorite time to catch a movie indoors with my family. We love heading out to our local theater, sharing some hot popcorn, and catching the latest kid friendly flick. We had the chance to send some of YOU along for an early screening of the brand new Paddington 2 movie before it hit theaters nationwide. Liz, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad, was along for the ride with you and shares her thoughts today on the blog AND we’ve got an EXCITING giveaway going on this month over on our website! To enter for a Paddington 2 PRIZE PACK, go to iFamilyKC.com and click on the blue “ENTER TO WIN” box on the right hand side of the page. But first, don’t miss this great review from Liz! Take a look…

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Paddington 2: A Movie Review!

My 3 year daughter and I could not contain our excitement about seeing this movie. And truly, it did not disappoint. The original Paddington has been played many times in our house. I practically know it by heart, so I could not wait to see how Paddington’s future with the Brown family turns out.

Paddington, now happily settled in with the Brown family and a popular member of the neighborhood picks up odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.  The chase to finding the book will have you on the edge of your seat, but the sweet humor and giggles from the little ones around will ease you back into your bucket of popcorn.

No worries if you have missed the first Paddington, which is still sitting in Netflix! The movie takes you back to Paddington’s childhood in Peru and gives a quick summary of all the lives he has touched in London.

This movie is the perfect sequel to the first.  Paddington’s kind and gentle manner will completely steal your heart while forgetting that Paddington is a sweet talking animated bear. Everyone around him cannot help but love the little bear as he finds the good in everyone.

In the words of Paddington, “If we are kind and polite, the world will be right.”

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Pitch Perfect 3 Hits Theaters Nationwide and Audiences are Singing Its Praises!

The Barton Bellas are back but are they better than ever?! We sent iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Ruth to check an advanced screening of Pitch Perfect 3 before it hit theaters nationwide today and she’s sharing her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

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Pitch Perfect 3 Hits Theaters Nationwide

Audiences are Singing Its Praises!

I came into this movie with mixed expectations. The first movie was my absolute favorite. It was witty and full of music. The second movie didn’t give quite give me the same zest that I was looking for but I enjoyed it enough to look forward to the next edition of the series.

The Story

The night of Pitch Perfect 3, I was revved up and ready to go. I waltzed into the theater with my best friend and sat down waiting in anticipation. The movie opened with some drama as Becca (Anna Kendrick) found herself loathing her place of employment. She had made it into the music industry, but it wasn’t quite what she had been banking on when she graduated college.

The scene moved to her apartment where we found some other former Bellas. They all had a similar back story. Some were hanging in limbo waiting for their careers to start. They had odd jobs and not much to look forward to.

An invite to a reunion continued disappointment for the girls but led to a brilliant idea. Aubrey’s (Anna Camp) father is stationed overseas with the military and she had learned of the USO tour. Being the keen eyed girl that she is, an invite to join the tour opened up a new opportunity for the girls to reunite as former Bellas and sing again with a purpose. The girls joined in line with several upcoming bands to tour four countries with DJ Khaled (played by himself). The girls quickly learned that they were not quite up to snuff with the other bands after challenging them to a riff off. Thus the story line began to blossom as the girls met their many challenges head on.

The Flow

This movie screamed with new surprises enough for any fan or newcomer to enjoy. The music was played down as bit as the girls didn’t follow their traditional mash-up sequences. Opportunities to sing were far from few but the story line gave you plenty to think about. I was able to see the characters evolve in a way that enriched the movie only to make it better. Simultaneous varying story lines cut with witty commentary and unexpected action sequences left the auditorium full of laughter.

Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) had the best story line in the film. She developed from the awkward Bella seeking approval to an unexpected savior. Her character took many twists and turns which opened up to her back story and the strained relationship she had with her father over his criminal activities.

In the end, the Bella’s learned a lot about themselves. They are braver and stronger than they thought. The world has its ups and downs but opportunities present themselves under the oddest of circumstances. Becca, though offered an amazing opportunity in the music industry, hesitated with regard to her Bella family. She learned that true friends don’t hold each other back.

Final Thoughts

This movie was written with a great arch and the best story line of the three. It was so much more than a goofy comedy about college kids singing riff offs and challenging each other. The content was taken to a new level, a more mature level. A fantastic way to conclude the series.

From iFamily to Yours,



“Coco” A Movie in Review

Disney Pixar’s new film Coco, which opened in theaters nationwide for Thanksgiving, is sure to capture your families’ heart this holiday season. The music transports you into a new world of colorful fantasy. We sent Liz, from our Mom Squad team, along with several of you who did our movie pass enter to win to see an advanced screening of the film before it was released in theaters. Check out what Liz has to say about the movie today on the blog. Take a look…

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CoCo: A Movie In Review

Colorful, vibrant, charming and feel good magic! My heart was completely filled with excitement after seeing this movie and I could not wait to share my thoughts on this movie with everyone!

About the Movie

The film starts with young Miguel who has aspirations to play the guitar like his music hero Ernesto de la Cruz.  Because of a family curse he is forbidden to have any part of music. Family traditions are an utmost importance in this film especially the Day of the Dead, where families gather in cemeteries to celebrate their deceased relatives. On this day, Miguel sneaks out of the house to compete in a local talent show but instead ends up in the Land of the Dead!

In the upcoming events Miguel is surrounded by his late ancestors as he sets out  to find his musical legend Ernesto in hopes he will bless his ambitions and send him back to the living. Miguel’s journey takes him around the vibrant Land of the Dead with his cute dog, breaking into energetic Spanish songs and teaming up with a new friend Hector as mysteries of his family are revealed.

If you are wondering how scary the skeletons are for younger kids I would honestly say not scary at all. The first time the skeletons appeared my daughter was a little taken back but the lively dressed skeletons are such a huge part of the movie you don’t even think twice. The Land of the Dead is a warm, energetic and enchanting.

Final Thoughts

This movie is full of fun and lighthearted humor.  With its focus on family and traditions it is the perfect way to start off the holiday season. I cannot wait to relive this film again!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The weekend is finally here and we’re excited to share an exciting movie review for “The Justice League” which hits theaters nationwide today. We sent Brigette from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team to catch one of the advanced movie screeings in Kansas City this past week. She’s sharing her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…


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“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The other day I had the opportunity to screen a movie that I have been waiting a really long time to see! “The Justice League”!  I mean honestly, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and other iconic heroes in one film has greatness written all over it. I have this unwritten rule that I follow when it comes to movies… if there are too many stars in one movie, I avoid it like the plague! The only exception I make is for super heroe movies. The Justice League stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jason Mamoa ( Game of Thrones), Ray Miller (Cyborg) and Ezra Miller ( The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

About the Movie

Ok, so let’s talk about this movie – I am really on the fence with it. When the movie first starts it kind of had this “old school” Batman feel. Really cheeky banter and kind of forced dialogue. I felt at one point the director kept bouncing around too quickly between the characters. I understand when telling a story that there needs to be character development or some sort of back story, I just feel it was all jumbled and told at once.

However, once the characters were known and united, I did enjoy the movie a lot! I thought the graphics were phenomenal and of course Wonder Woman was kicking butt and taking names. Another thing I really enjoyed was Flashs’ ( Ezra Miller) scenes. The director really did a good job with the slow motion effect and really made his character come to life. A few jokes here and there were great but mostly it was the world on it’s death bed. Again. I really did love all the action packed scenes between the league and Steppenwolf.

Final Thoughts

I was overall a little disappointed with the ending. The entire time the league is trying to figure out what they can do to defeat Steppenwolf, and when all hope is lost *****spoiler alert**** they bring back Superman. Once he returns, the ending takes a crash landing. It simply just didn’t live up to what one would expect. It really was just a Superman saves the world and the Justice League all together.

Overall I would rate this movie a solid 5. It’s not terrible and it’s not awesome. Would I watch it again? Probably to see Wonder Woman, Flash and really cool graphics.

Do you plan on seeing Justice League? Let us know what you think about it!

From iFamily to Yours,


Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

Happy WINsday, Kansas City! We’ve got a FUN giveaway for “Cars 3” which made a pit-stop on DVD this past week! We are SO excited to be giving away digital download copies of the DVD just in time for the holidays. A digital copy of the movie will make PERFECT stocking stuffer idea for your little auto enthusiast! Grab details and enter to WIN below – But HURRY, the giveaway won’t last long (winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 12th).

Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

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“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!” Written by Pixar

Get your own copy of the film by entering our FLASH giveaway RIGHT HERE!

Did you know that, in addition to this fun giveaway, we’ve got enter to win opportunities available to you through our website, at iFamilyKC.com, on our social media pages (find the iFamilyKC Facebook page here and be sure to follow us on our iFamilyKC Instagram page as well) every single week?! Join us and help spread the word – – and the fun! Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways INCLUDING an enter2win opportunity for circus tickets, advanced screening passes, and so much more!

From iFamily to Yours,

The iFamilyKC Team

 

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My Little Pony: The Movie-A Movie the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

The much anticipated My Little Pony movie is finally out nationwide. Are your kids excited?! We sent Ruth, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team to catch an early screening last weekend. She shares her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

My Little Pony: The Movie-A Movie the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

This weekend I got to experience the world of Equestria. Five little ponies and their friend Spike took on an epic adventure to save their land from a new villain. The ponies left their home to seek help after their city was imposed upon. During the movie, the ponies learned to lean on each other in a time of need. Visiting new lands in search of the Hippo Queen led them down an interesting road of ups and downs while still being pursued by The Storm King’s crew and their leader Tempest.

Along the way, they helped a band of swashbuckling pirates that had lost their free will and were now forced to carry villain merchandise for sale. This act of bravery landed them some new friends and bought them a little time when they needed a quick escape. The movie had a few twists additional twists and turns, happy moments and more acts of friendship until finally ending on a sweet emotional note. Friendship truly is magic.

My Little Pony: The Movie rose above my expectations of the animated television show that I knew and loved as a child. The new adventure not only caught my attention but delighted my girls as well. I found lots of humor in this movie with discreet references to other movies and shows from my childhood through quick one-liners that mostly 80’s and 90’s kids would recognize. Be sure to listen closely when you go see the movie!

I was impressed with the way things took a turn and became a slightly darker film with more action and villains that I bet would intrigue little boys. I even heard a few laughs from my husband. The film added a bunch of new characters but still carried the same important message of friendship. Director Jayson Thiessen took some creative liberties with this film and invented a new and fascinating story line. Overall, I was impressed by the wit in this film and I would definitely watch it again! Be sure to check out this film. It officially opens in theaters on October 6th.

I want to give a big shout out to the Cinemark 20 Theater in Merriam for hosting the screening, providing quality seating but also had a selection of pony kiddie combos and stuffed toys for purchase. This completed our movie going experience.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle” In Review!

Happy Friday, Kansas City! It’s looking like it’s going to be a hot weekend here in the metro area and, like many of you, I’m looking for a few ways to escape the heat during date night with my husband. What better way to relax than inside the air-conditioned theater taking in a brand new box office hit. “Kingsman” was an unexpected blast the first time around but does the sequel live up to its predecessor? We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to catch an early screening of the film and she shares her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

I was really looking forward to seeing this sequel which stars the original cast Taron Egerton (“Sing”),b Mark Strong (“Imitation Game”), and Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and new characters featuring Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street”) and Halle Berry (“X-Men”). “Kingsmen” is a modern day James Bond style film with tons of action, plot twists and secret agents.

This sequel starts off in the UK, but when their headquarters are destroyed, the Kingsmen find themselves traveling halfway across the the world to the good ol’ USA. They meet up with their “cousin” allied agency and set out to save the world… again.

As a spy movie, you expect several things, handsome men, beautiful women, bad guys and nice suits. Julianne Moore (“The Big Lebowski”) plays the evil genius that causes havoc on the world in a surprisingly entertaining way.  But one thing about this series that makes me love it is the endless one liners, puns and hilarious jokes. “Kingsman” really is a perfect mix between action and comedy.

While I did feel The Golden Circle was lacking a tad in action scenes compared to the first installment, there are plenty of perfectly choreographed fight segments. I did, however, feel that one scene which contained adult situations, without giving too much info, was totally unnecessary. But they were able to quickly draw away from that with light-hearted jokes and more action.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and I would definitely watch it again. This is definitely not a family movie, but would be a great movie for you and friends to catch. I would rate this installment a 7.5 out of 10.

From iFamily to Yours,

 

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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,

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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,

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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,

 

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