Storm Boy Review

**Disclaimer: I was given a preview link, a stuffed pelican, and a pelican adopted in J’s name in exchange for this review. The opinions in this review are my own.”

Storm Boy follows the story of successful business man, Mike “Storm Boy” Kingley, as actions of his granddaughter make him recount his secluded childhood with his father on what looks like an Australian coastline. As a child on the coast line, Storm Boy rescues and raises an orphaned penguin. What kind of impression will Mike’s stories leave on his granddaughter? The only way to find out is to take your family to see Storm Boy on April 5th.

Storm Boy is a great film to watch with the family. The story is captivating and the film itself is inspiring. Throughout the film, J was thinking of ways that we could do more to help out wildlife around the world. The cinematography is beautiful and the acting is fantastic. I was so happy that we were thought of for this campaign. The conversations J and I had after watching Storm Boy were amazing. I highly recommend taking your entire family to see Storm Boy on April 5th. After you see the film, share your thoughts with the hashtag #StormBoy.

Find out which theaters are showing Storm Boy and get your tickets by clicking here!

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Holiday Travel with Movies Anywhere

***Disclaimer: I was compensated with digital download codes in exchange for this post. Those codes have no bearing on my thoughts on the Movies Anywhere app. I personally have been using it for awhile and absolutely love the app.***

Tis the season for giving and it is also the season for traveling. Traveling can be fun, but it can also be a stressful time.  The days of I Spy, the license plate game, and other travel activities have been taken over by family members wanting their own space in the car with their devices. These days car rides are filled with the driver listening to music or a podcast while everyone else in the car is playing games or watching movies.

When J and I go on car trips he usually packs some toys, books, and his iPad in his backpack. He usually spends the morning reading books and playing with toys. Once it gets too dark to read in the car, the books and toys go back in the bag and the iPad and headphones come out. The night before we get in the car for our trip, J will go through our vast library in our Movies Anywhere app and let me know which movies he wants me to download for him.

I know what you’re thinking, “why not just use other apps for downloading movies?” With Movies Anywhere, you can consolidate movies from your other movie accounts (iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, Xfinity, FandangoNow, Microsoft Movies & TV, and Google Play). Movies Anywhere compresses the files so that you can download more movies on to your devices. The app also allows you to set up profiles so as a parent, you can set rating restrictions for your younger kids.

Movies Anywhere takes some stress out of Holiday travel and is an app that every parent should download for their families. Movies Anywhere has teamed up with Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, and 20th Century Fox to make consolidating your digital library that much easier. Movies Anywhere has a lot of benefits as well. Every now and again Movies Anywhere will give you free movies just for linking your other movie accounts to your Movies Anywhere.

You can download Movies Anywhere on any iOS or Android device as well as the Apple TV, Roku, Kindle Fire, Amazon FireTV, and Chromecast. With so many device options, you and your entire family can enjoy your digital library from anywhere!!

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Christopher Robin Review

**Christopher Robin has a 104 minute runtime and is Rated PG**

Christopher Robin is a great film to watch with the family. If you loved going to the Hundred Acre Wood through either Winnie the Pooh books or cartoons, then you will love taking that journey with Disney’s Christopher Robin.

Set post WWII, Christopher Robin is an over worked and possibly underpaid manager type who is seems to be getting less and less time with his family. After planning a weekend in the country with his family, he is told he must work through the weekend instead of spending time with the family. What to do, what to do?

Along with his family and work problems, Christopher Robin’s childhood friend needs his help tracking down their other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. What has happened to Eyoree, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, and Tigger? Has the evil Heffalump taken Christopher Robin and Pooh’s friends? Will Christopher get to spend some much needed time with his family? I guess you’ll just have to go and get your tickets today so you can find out the answers to these important questions!

I loved almost everything about Christopher Robin. It had a great balance of humor mixed with elements of drama and a hint of action. I loved the look of the characters from the Hundred acre wood. They all looked like real stuffed animals and not so much like scary CGI monsters. For the most part the timing seemed solid, but there were a few scenes that seemed a little long winded to me. The cast and voice actors were brilliant, the scenes looked beautiful and the story was lovely.

J (7) and I (32) had the chance to take my mom (54) to see Christopher Robin and we all enjoyed the movie very much. This really is a movie for people of all ages. So, gather the family together and go see Christopher Robin today!

 

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Review

***Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is rated PG for action and rude humor and has a runtime of 93 minutes. ***

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is a fantastic movie to see with the kids. The movie brings in the same humor from the Cartoon Network show, while throwing in some amazing Easter Eggs that every DC fan will love. There’s even some pretty amazing Marvel Easter Eggs throughout the movie as well.

I would recommend showing up on time for this one. There is a pretty amazing Batgirl short that kicks off your movie going experience. I thought the short was well done, but think that it would have been better if it had more of the Shea Fontana feel of DC Super Hero Girls.

In the movie, the Teen Titans, seeing every other hero with their own movie, are trying hard to a movie of their own until they realize that it won’t happen without having their very own archenemies. The Teen Titans think they find their archenemies in Deadpoo…I mean Deathstoke. Will the Titans get their own movie? Will they save the day? I guess you’ll just have to see for yourself!!

As far as end of credits sequences, there is a mid credit scene that fans of the Titans will go wild for, and there is an Avengers-esque shawarma end credit scene that maybe lasts for a second. I’d stay for the mid credit scene, and then maybe wait until the home release to see the end credit scene.

With a killer soundtrack and deep pop culture references Teen Titans Go! To The Movies has a little something for everyone. If the style of Teen Titans Go! is not for you, then I at least recommend watching this one when it becomes available for home release. Parents, be warned there are a plethora of butt and fart jokes that will have your kids (and probably you) laughing for days.

J and I both give Teen Titans Go! To The Movies two thumbs up and personally I think that this movies is one of, if not the best animated super hero movie in existence. Really a fantastic job to everyone who worked on this movie. Check out our YouTube review to hear what J thought in his own words.

The News with J: March 10, 2018

***This week’s episode is sponsored by Watchtower Cafe. If you’re in the Salt Lake City area, stop in for an amazing geeky atmosphere with some amazing drinks as well.***

In this episode, J talks about The Grinch, A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, comic books and more!!

Coco

From the opening Disney title screen to the end, Disney/Pixar’s Coco had me running the gauntlet of emotions. The movie opened with a mariachi rendition of the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” and I was immediately hooked, and the movie held J and I all the way through the message telling people to learn more about Dia de Los Muertos.

Coco follows Miguel Rivera (voiced by the talented Anthony Gonzales) as he embarks on a journey to become a famous musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. The catch to this tale is that Miguel’s family of shoe makers are not very fond of music or musicians. Miguel’s family wants him to continue the family legacy as a shoe maker, and his abuela tells him that his family will show him how when they visit from the land of the dead on Dia de los Muertos. How will Miguel live his dreams? I guess you’ll have to get your tickets and find out.

Coco is a beautiful film directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina that Disney/Pixar fans of all ages will love. The design of the land of the dead is beautiful and the music (composed by Michael Giacchino) was excellent. The casting department did such an amazing job with this cast. With Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Jaime Camil, Renee Victor, Alanna Ubach, John Ratzenberger (it is a Pixar), and more, this almost fully Latino cast brought the metaphorical house down. That being said my favorite voice actor had to be Ana Ofelia Murguía. The way she voiced her character brought a lot of emotions up in me. Mainly because she reminded me of my abuela who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

The story is fantastic, and is one that people of all ages will love. Coco felt like home. There were so many comparisons I was making between the film and my own life. Many of the characters in Coco that reminded me of my own family, especially Miguel’s chancla throwing abuela. The family shoe business reminded me of my grandma’s breakfast burrito/tamale delivery business. Seeing Miguel’s abuela’s tamales reminded me of all the hours that my brothers and I spent tying little strands of husk around tamales that would be devoured in seconds. Hearing Miguel’s abuela say, “you’ll feel better after you eat,” brought back even more memories.

Even though Coco has heavy themes surrounding family, I feel that the biggest theme is about remembering. With the track “Remember Me” being everyone in the town’s favorite song and with the movie focusing so much on the land of the dead, it’s hard not to notice it. It can feel like the theme is being hammered into your brain, but I feel like this is a theme that needs to do that every now and then.

Do not forget that this is a Pixar film, and that usually means you will need a Costco size box of tissues to make it all the way through Coco. There are so many happy and sad moments in Coco that I can’t really explain without spoiling the film, so I’ll just say that you need to be prepared to cry.

While there is Spanish dropped here and there, you don’t need to know the language to fully enjoy Coco as context will help you understand. I loved that the writers sprinkled Spanish in the script. I felt like it made some of the scenes pop more than if they just used the English equivalent. While the movie is based around traditions of Dia de los Muertos, Coco is not an educational film. It is meant to get people who may not know the customs interested, hence the disclaimer at the end of the credits.

My one negative comment actually has nothing to do with Coco, but with the Olaf short film in front of Coco. It was way too long and it seemed like Disney put it in front of Coco to get the white audience interested in seeing Coco. Just don’t leave after the Olaf feature. Stay for Coco. I promise that you will enjoy it.

Coco is Rated PG for thematic elements. Coco was written by Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina, and was directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.

“Spoiler-Free” Justice League Review

DC fans rejoice, the team up movie we’ve been waiting for has finally come. Well, rejoice might be a strong word. It’s no secret that I am not s Zac Snyder fan. I think his movies have an interesting look, but the editing is always choppy and the movies tend to be longer than they need to be. While Justice League suffers from some of the same choppiness as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, one of things the movie doesn’t suffer from is its length. At just under 2 hours, Justice League is a movie you can sit through without worrying about having to take a few bathroom breaks throughout. Justice League has some pacing issues, but I felt that the story was more solid than anything Snyder did with Man of Steel or Batman v Superman.

The cast was great. I was worried that the studio would make Flash a darker character in order to fit him more into this cinematic universe that DC and Warner Bros have created. Luckily, they chose to have a closer to comic version of Barry Allen. Ezra Miller did a fantastic job as the scarlet speedster. Batfleck did a great job and still holds his spot close to the top of my favorite Batman portrayals. Ray Fisher was a good choice for the cinematic version of Cyborg, I was hoping for more of a Khary Payton “Teen Titans” Cyborg, but that would not have fit this universe. Gal Gadot did a fantastic job reprising her role as Wonder Woman, although I wish Patty Jenkins would have directed Gal Gadot’s scenes. Then there was Aquaman. What can I say about Jason Momoa’s Aquaman? It was a fresh take on the King of Atlantis, and I loved it! Because of Momoa’s performance, I have a new found respect for Aquaman.

I think all that I can say without getting into spoiler territory is that Justice League is a good movie that people should see in theaters at least one time. If you were a fan of Snyder’s previous DC films, you will love Justice League. For everyone else, I think that Justice League is enjoyable. If you are thinking about taking your kids, just know that there are scenes that might scare the young ones. There are also long scenes that might bore younger children. If your kids were able to sit through Man of Steel or Batman v Superman, they should be able to sit through and enjoy Justice League.

Keep your eyes peeled, there are quite a few easter eggs that will make all the DC fans smile from ear to ear. Be prepared to sit through the credits because you get a mid credit and an end credit scene that you do not want to miss. Because of the choppiness of film, I would say Justice League sits at a “B-” from me. There were scenes that I personally thought could have been shorter and some that even seemed unnecessary.

Let me know what you think about Justice League. Comment here or on any of our social media pages.

Justice League is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.