John Hammond: “All major
theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!”
Dr. Ian Malcolm: “Yeah, but John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down,
the pirates don't EAT the tourists.”
Dr. Alan Grant (Sam
Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are paleontologists, which means they
study dinosaurs! Dr. Grant mainly studies bird dinosaurs and his theory is that
the dinosaurs just turned into birds that fly on the earth now. Well when well-known
John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) shows up at their site and offers them full
paid expenses for 3 years if they will come and preview and okay his theme
park, they hop on a jet with Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and a lawyer to
head to John’s island, where he has built the coolest theme park in the entire
world… Jurassic Park! This isn’t any normal theme park---instead of roller
coasters, they have live dinosaurs. Back when dinosaurs walked the earth there
were mosquitoes and those mosquitoes would landed on dinosaurs and sucked their
blood. Some of those mosquitoes then landed on a tree and got covered with tree
sap. Over time, the tree sap with the mosquito (with dinosaur blood inside)
gets fossilized. Humans find it and John puts the puzzle together. The
fossilized dinosaur blood mixed with some frog genes, and boom, biologically
cloned dinosaurs! Suddenly it’s possible for dinosaurs to walk on the earth
next to humans. Malcolm can’t believe it; he thinks it’s a bad idea and that
you shouldn’t mess with something that couldn’t beat survival of the fittest.
Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler are amazed, and feeling very proud that most of their
guesses about dinosaurs are proving out to be right! And the lawyer is only
thinking about the money. John has 2 grandkids, Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim
(Joseph Mazzello), who have also come to the island to see the dinosaurs.
Jurassic Park is still
an awesome movie, 20 years later! I wasn’t even born when the first Jurassic
Park came out in 1993, but it’s such a solid movie it still found its way onto
my list of favorite movies. Imagine how great it is to finally see it on the
big screen, and it being in 3D, and on the mega screen! The T-Rex is even
louder and meat-eatingly awesomer and Dr. Ian Malcolm is still charmingly
funny! Real, live, dinosaurs in 3D---heck yes! Imagine sitting in a movie
theater thinking “Hey, the 3D is usually not that good”… NO, THE 3D DINOSAURS
ARE A-MAY-ZING! I’m not big on 3D movies but who doesn’t love that enormous
T-Rex popping out at you? I definitely recommend seeing this movie in 3D on the
mega screen; your 20-years-later experience will be thrilling! My favorite part
is when the T-Rex comes in at the end and saves the day, heroic dinosaur right
I am Lauren, a 2nd generation Jurassic
Park fan, and I rate Jurassic Park 3D …
5 out of 5 freaky sneaky Velociraptors!
“Fee Fye Foe Fumm…ask
not whence the thunder comes…between heaven and earth there is a perilous
place…home to a fearsome giant race…who hunger to conquer the mortals below…waiting
for the seeds of revenge to grow.”
Jack (Nicholas Hoult)
was sent to the castle to sell his uncle’s horse and wagon. While in the
castle, Jack is saving the princess from a group of drunken guys when the
castle goes on lock down to find a monk that stole some beans from Roderick
(Stanley Tucci), who is set to marry the princess. Jack runs into the monk
(Simon Lowe) and the monk makes a trade, Roderick’s magic beans for Jack’s
horse. Jack grew up with the legend of great Eric, the giants, and the bean
stalk so of course he takes that trade! When he gets back to the farm, his
uncle (Christopher Fairbank) is very mad about Jack not coming home with money
and storms out with some of Jack’s parents things. Jack’s Dad (Tim Foley) died
from the plague but it was his dad who used to read him the story’s about the
giants! The princess, Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), doesn’t want to marry
Roderick, she wants to be adventurous and fall in love. So when her father, The
King (Ian McShane), doesn’t approve of her dreams she decides to run away, but
then it starts to rain and the only house she could find was Jack’s, so she
goes in. Jack knew it was her, the girl he saved earlier, but he didn’t want it
to be too obvious. He spilled his magic beans and forgot one that fell under
the house. Everything would have been fine if there wasn’t a hole in the roof
which let water drip onto that bean. A giant bean stalk sprouted up, taking the
house with it! Jack falls down the bean stalk, but Isabelle is still trapped in
the house. Jack awakens to the king and his army staring down at him demanding
to know why Jack has the princess’s bracelet. Jack told them the princess is up
at the top of the bean stalk. The king sends a group of his best men, including
Elmont (Ewan McGregor), Roderick, Crawe (Eddie Marsan), and Wicke (Ewen
Bremner). Jack volunteers to help them, but he really just wants to save
Isabelle and impress her! Roderick knows that Jack has the beans and threatens
Jack’s life, and Isabella’s…and then giants come and capture them all but Jack!
We were expecting a lot
more from this movie; it didn’t really satisfy either romance or action. Jack
is Amber’s favorite character because he is the hero. Lauren’s favorite is
Isabelle because she is adventurous and smart! We love the giant's names! We
like the animation---when the bean sprouts, it is amazing animation! This movie
is in 3D but it isn’t that exciting, so it’s not worth the extra bucks. The
“fight” scene was not what we were expecting, very disappointing! The little
kids in the movie theater kept saying “I shouldn’t have seen that” at some of
the scary parts! We recommend waiting for this one to come out on dvd and only
for older kiddos.
We are Lauren and Amber, fairy tale freaks, but
we rate Jack The Giant Slayer 3 out of 5 pigs in a blanket!
“I love you and I can’t let you go…
there’s no safer place for you than here with me.” ~ Alex
Katie (Julianne Hough) is running
away from her past. She lands up in Southport, North Carolina when her bus
stops for a break, and she just happens to miss the bus. She buys a house deep
into the woods and gets a job waitressing at Ivan’s restaurant. She goes to the
local store to buy some food and meets Lexie (Mimi Kirkland) the shop owner’s
daughter, who talks her into buying yellow paint for her wood floors. The shop
owner Alex (Josh Duhamel) comes out and is shocked to see Katie didn’t leave with
the bus. He is all nervous with getting the yellow paint order. Katie walks
from town all the way to her house and she meets her neighbor Jo (Cobie
Smulders), who is very talkative, and super nice. Alex is a single dad with 2
kids, Lexie who is so outgoing and cute, and Josh (Noah Lomax) who is so quiet
and shy. His wife died from cancer when the kids were little. Katie doesn’t
want to get close to anyone because of her past. But love is stronger than
anyone's past and she becomes friends with Alex, which turns right into love!
Katie loosens up and becomes friends with Jo, and loves her job with Mrs.
Feldman (Irene Ziegler) the owner of the restaurant. There is a detective (Juan
Piedrahita) hunting for Katie and her past is doomed to catch up with her.
Safe Haven is a wonderful
Valentine's Day movie! This movie has drama, mystery, romance and is even a
thriller. Lauren’s favorite character is Lexie because she is so cute, and is a
people person like Lauren. Jessie’s favorite character is Katie because she is
a strong willed person, she is funny, and she's awesome with Alex’s kids. Our
favorite part is when Alex and Katie go canoeing and it rains down hard on
them, and they end up taking shelter in a restaurant/gas station, watch for the
dancing! Get ready guys, because your girls are going to want to see this
We are Lauren and Jessie and we rate
Safe Haven 4 ½ out of 5 water bottles!
"I don't believe that we have
one fate and no choice...we make our own lives." ~Ethan Wate
Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) is one
of the popular kids in the small town of Gatlin. Gatlin is a southern town that
revolves around their church and "You’re either too dumb to stay, or too
stuck to leave." Ethan’s mother passed away in a car accident so Ethan
lives with his depressed dad, and his mother’s friend Amma (Viola Davis)
watches over them. Being a churchy town there are a lot of banned books, which
Ethan loves to read. Ethan is always reading books. The first day back from
school break there is a new girl named Lena (Alice Englert), and Ethan cannot
stop staring at her. When his ex-girlfriend Emily (Zoey Deutch) notices and
gets jealous, she speaks out loud all the bad things she has heard about Lena
and her family, the Ravenwoods, saying that they are devil worshipers. Emily
keeps bad mouthing Lena out loud in class until a freak window explosion shuts
her up… and Lena runs out the door! Kind of obvious, right? After school Ethan
drives to the Ravenwood house to make sure Lena is alright and finds her
sitting in the side yard. That's when they first click, it is destiny and right
then and there they fall in love with each other. Lena’s Uncle Macon (Jeremy
Irons) does not like this one bit, and puts a spell on Ethan to make him look
pitiful in front of Lena. Suddenly it's the next morning and Ethan is
mysteriously back in his own bed as if it had never happened. Since he's
hopelessly in love, he heads straight back to the Ravenwood house. He gives
Lena an antique pendant he had found and when both Ethan and Lena touch the
pendant they see things that really freaks them both out. Lena explains to
Ethan that the rumors are somewhat true and that she has special powers and the
Ravenwood family are Casters (new term for witches). Lena tells Ethan the big
problem is that when she turns 16 her life will either be claimed for the light
or the dark and she has no control over which side. If Lena is chosen by the
dark she will do unspeakable harm and Ethan won't be safe around her. Ethan
refuses to just walk away, but he doesn't realize his dead mother is somehow
entangled in the Ravenwood history and a seemingly unbreakable curse is soon
revealed. Curses are always seemingly unbreakable, right?
Beautiful Creatures is a great
romantic drama! Lauren’s favorite character is Lena because she isn’t afraid to
stand against her family for true love. She is strong and very pretty! LeAnna’s
and Alexis' favorite character is Ethan because he is cute, and stood up for
loving Lena! Our favorite part is when Lena’s crazy cousin drives onto the
football field, right up to Ethan in her awesome red car, and steps out and
just makes out with Ethan right in front of all his friends. This is a perfect
movie for boyfriends to take their girlfriends to; in addition to being a
totally romantic movie, it has some small action scenes. We definitely
recommend seeing this movie in theaters, so head out to the theater and see
Beautiful Creatures, but don’t forget the Vday chocolate and flowers too!
We are Lauren, LeAnna, and Alexis and we rate Beautiful
Creatures 5 out of 5 Civil War Reenactments!
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
"The big four all together! Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy,
Sandman, and...the Easter Kangaroo?" ~Jack Frost
They go by many names and they take many shapes. They bring wonder and hope; they bring joy and dreams. Thier powers are greater than you ever imagined, their job is to protect the children of the world. They are the guardians. When North (voice of Alec Baldwin) gets an unexpected message from The Boogieman/Pitch (voice of Jude Law) threatening to turn all believers into non-believers, he calls the rest of the guardians together---Sandman, Tooth (voice of Isla Fisher), and Bunny (voice of Hugh Jackman). They all listen to the man in the moon, who creates a new guardian to help them defeat Pitch, and that new guardian is Jack Frost (voice of Chris Pine). No one really likes him, and he’s not really that important because none of the kids know about him so they can't see him, unlike all the other holiday creatures. But the guardians realize they can’t protect the kids without him, so Bunny and Santa’s yeti's go and get him. Yeah Santa has yetis, they actually make the toys not the elves, the elves are just messes waiting to happen, but they're really cute!
So Jack doesn’t really want to be a part of the guardians but when he finds out that the Tooth Fairy had his memories of before he was Jack Frost, he agrees to help them defeat Pitch if they will help him get his memories back. Pitch creates fear horses and captures all of the little tooth fairy helpers, and destroys every kid’s belief in the tooth fairy, which cause Tooth to lose her powers. Then next, Pitch goes after Sandman, actually getting rid of him all together, so the kids are all having nightmares. After Sandman, Pitch goes after the Easter Bunny, crushing all the eggs, so there are no eggs for the kids to find, and they stop believing. It comes down to being all up to Jack to save all the kids and to save the guardians.
Rise of the Guardians is super cute and the 3D snow is super cool! This movie is about finding who you are and what you can do for the world; I think it has a great moral! The timing is near Easter so it’s not really a Christmas movie, but over the Thanksgiving weekend, take the family and head out to the theaters to see Rise of the Guardians!
I am Lauren, a true believer in Santa, Tooth, Bunny, and now Jack Frost... and I rate Rise of the Guardians 4 out of 5 Sandman dream swirls!
18 years of being utterly ordinary I finally found I can shine… I was born to
be a vampire.” ~Bella Cullen
(Kristen Stewart) is finally a vampire, and still completely in love with
Edward (Robert Pattinson). Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), their baby girl is part
vampire and part human and she is super cute!! Bella’s vampire power is to be a
shield and that’s why no one can use their power on her. Renesmee, with just
one touch, can show you her first experience with you! Even though Bella
married Edward, super-hot Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is still in the
picture---because he imprinted on Renesmee. Imprinting is something wolves do
with the love of their life. Bella is extremely mad over the imprinting thing,
which gives her a good reason to beat the crap out of Jacob. Being a ‘newborn
vampire’ Bella has some strength against him, but they work it all out and
Jacob becomes Renesmee’s protector, kind of like Edward did for Bella in 1, 2,
3! One day Bella, Jacob and Renesmee are out playing in the snow and one of
their vampire cousins, Irina (Maggie Grace), sees Renesmee and thinks she is an
immortal child and runs to tell the Volturi, particularly Aro (Michael Sheen),
the head Volturi. Creating an immortal child is considered “breaking the
rules”, but Renesmee wasn’t bitten she was born, so the rules weren’t broken on
purpose. Well, the Volturi go on the hunt to kill the Cullen family for
‘creating an immortal child’. Alice (Ashley Greene), like always, sees them
coming. Edward thinks that if they get enough people that know the truth, maybe
they can convince the Volturi to listen. Their search begins, looking for
vampires in the most remote corners of the world, each with their own gift.
Even the wolfpack joins in to help. There was an increasing number of wolves
because they change when vampires are near, and since more and more clans were
gathering at the Cullen’s, more kids from Jacob’s tribe were changing. Everyone
agrees to fight for Renesmee, to fight for their freedom, to fight for love…
Dawn - Part 2 is breathtaking; we were on the edge of our seats in fear, all
watered up in sorrow, and laughing with joy. Amber is a book reader and is very
upset with some parts that were not left unexplained. Lauren, on the other
hand, from the point of a non-reader, loves it all. This is the perfect
adventure, romance, drama, fantasy, and comedy. We love all the characters,
particularly the new ones introduced in this movie. Lauren especially loves
Benjamin, played by Rami Malek! Amber is Team Both, and Lauren is still a true
Team Jacob fan. We recommend everyone definitely go see this movie---perfect
for a Thanksgiving date, or a girl’s night out!
are Lauren and Amber, sad to be finished with the last one, but we rate The
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 … 5 out of 5 Vampire Heads!
“I bet you really have to watch
where you step, in a game called Hero’s Duty!” – Vanellope
Imagine a world where you’re the bad
guy and everyone is scared of you; that’s life for Ralph (voice of John C.
Reilly). Ralph is the bad guy in a video game called Fix It Felix Jr. and every
day he tears down the building in the game, then Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer)
fixes it, then the townspeople award Felix a medal, and then they throw Ralph off
the building. Since he’s the bad guy and he doesn’t have any friends, he lives
alone in a trash pile. All Ralph wants is to be given a medal and have everyone
like him, so he decides to leave his game in search of a medal to prove his
worth. He heads to a modern game called Heroes Duty, where Sergeant Calhoun
(voice of Jane Lynch) doesn’t realize that he’s not one of her regular soldiers
and Ralph causes a ‘game over’ for the player. Ralph refuses to give up, and
goes forward to get his medal. He succeeds, but with his medal, he also gets a
flying psycho bug that he ends up letting loose in another game called Sugar
And while all this is going on,
since Ralph is MIA from Fix It Felix, it gets an out of order sign---Felix
can’t do his job, so he ventures out of the game to hunt down Ralph. Felix
follows Ralph’s trail and meets the love of his life, Calhoun, in Hero’s Duty.
Calhoun is really mean to Felix, but they join forces to find Ralph, and that
deadly bug. Ralph is in this girly game, where he runs into Vanellope (voice of
Sarah Silverman), a so-called glitch in the game. Vanellope steals Ralph’s
medal and uses it to enter herself in a race, and everybody freaks out,
especially King Candy (voice of Alan Tudyk). The other racers bully Vanellope and
ruin her homemade vehicle. Ralph feels bad for her so he decides to help her
win the race to get his medal back. King Candy is after them both, and Felix
and Calhoun are in Sugar Rush trying to find the deadly bug, which has already
laid millions of eggs underground that will destroy the Sugar Rush game.
Wreck-It-Ralph is a great movie!
It’s so funny and has a heartwarming story about being true to yourself and
going against the odds to show your real worth. My favorite character is
Vanellope, because she is so cute, and extremely hyper! You will recognize tons
of fun video games from the 80’s and 90’s and current games too. The whole
family should take a video game trip down memory lane and see this movie in
This is Lauren, a true Flick
Fanatic, and I rate Wreak- It- Ralph…
5 out of 5 homeless Q-berts!
Halloween…all the lame-o’s come to school in costumes. It’s like they have bat
Justice) and April (Jane Levy) get invited to Aaron Riley's (Thomas McDonnell)
Halloween party. Aaron is crazy-hot and he says he’s going to dedicate a song
to Wren. All crazy-hot guys have to be in a band…duh!! But what Wren doesn’t
know is that her Mom, Joy (Chelsea Handler), has plans to go out with her
boyfriend Kevin (Josh Pence) on Halloween and Wren is expected to babysit her
little brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), which means bye-bye crazy-hot Aaron.
So “Dorothy” aka Wren and “Sexy Kitty” aka April, are walking with “Spiderman”
aka Albert. Suddenly Albert just disappears. Wren is freaking out, but April
sees it as a good opportunity to get to go to the party. Albert is on a mission
with Fuzzy (Thomas Middledithc), the gas station clerk, to avenge a broken
heart. Wren needs a car and fast so she turns to Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and
Peng (Osric Chau). While driving around looking for Albert, April is spending
the whole time still complaining about not going to the party, and calling
Roosevelt and Peng the lame-o’s. As they’re searching for Albert, Roosevelt is
trying to get the courage to tell Wren he likes her. Albert is getting into some
trouble himself as he makes enemies with Jorgen (Johnny Knoxville), who
actually kidnaps him… and Wren and April are in a total social suicide moment!
NOT A KIDS MOVIE. We know it’s made by Nickelodeon, but it is rated PG-13!!!
It’s more of a teen movie, so of course we loved it!!! We loved Roosevelt
because he was the nerdy cute guy who got the girl in the end. Our favorite
part was when Wren rejected crazy-hot Aaron Riley after he got done singing her
song. It’s romantic, adventurous, funny, and an overall great movie for teens.
We recommend seeing this movie with all your friends for Halloween to get into
the Halloween spirit!
This is Lauren and
Amber, a fanatical two...and we rate Fun Size 5 out of 5 poopbombs!
Victor Frankenstein (voice of Charlie Tahan) is the smartest kid in the school and he loves science. He doesn’t really have any real friends, but he does have the best friend anyone could ever want---his dog, Sparky! Sparky does everything with Victor; they even made a movie together. His new super cool science teacher (voice of Martin Landau) told his class about the Science Fair and everyone wants to be Victor’s partner because it’s obvious he will win. After school Edgar (voice of Atticus Shaffer) asks to be Victor’s partner but Victor kindly declines. Mr. Frankenstein (voice of Martin Short) wants Victor to join a sport, so in order for Victor to do the Science Fair his dad forces him to play baseball too. His first time at bat, he gets two strikes and on the last pitch, hits an amazing homerun! Best moment of his life that turns into the worst moment of his life---Sparky chases after the ball and gets hit by a car! Sparky dies right in front of Victor! Of course he is super sad, his one and only best friend in the whole world died! So with all his smartness, he decides to bring Sparky back to life. Drum roll please, du du daaaa, he succeeds! His best friend is back and things are great, except Sparky must stay quiet and hidden because Victor knows it will weird people out if they find out he brought his dog back from the dead. When Victor’s at school Sparky gets out of the attic and is wandering around town and gets spotted by that kid who wants to win the Science Fair, Edgar. Edgar goes to Victor and threatens to tell everyone about Sparky if Victor doesn’t show him how he brought him back to life. Victor agrees and brings a dead goldfish back to life for Edgar. Everything seems to be under control, but they don’t realize that something extremely big is about to happen!
Frankenweenie is not our favorite movie, but if you enjoy Tim Burton (like The Nightmare Before Christmas) then you will enjoy Frankenweenie. We don’t think it’s for normal little kids, but if you have weird children they will dig it. It reminds us of Coraline, which we thought was just bizarre and scarey, and not in a good way! We like the character Mr. Rzykruski the Science teacher (voice of Martin Landau). Amber’s least favorite part was when Edgar (voice of Atticus Shaffer) couldn't keep Victor’s secret. There is a cool part when the Asian kid, Toshiaki (voice James Hiroyuki Liao) brings his pet turtle back to life and it turns into a giant that looks like a lizard/turtle, and it’s funny because a giant lizard terrorized Japanese people in another movie! Frankenweenie is funny and sad, but we just did not see the point, it doesn’t take time to build the characters and it really doesn’t have much of an actual story. It is hard to follow, Lauren was very confused in the end. This is one movie where the 3D was absolutely pointless and the black and white did nothing to keep us entertained.
We are Lauren and Amber and we are Fanatical about movies, but not about Frankenweenie…we rate it 2 out of 5 giant sea monkeys!
Mr. Grumpy Gills, ya know what you got to do when life gets you down? Just keep
swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...” ~ Dory
Pixar brought back a great movie and made it into 3D and it is amazing!!! Finding
Nemo never disappoints, every time we watch it we find something to laugh
at. With so much underwater scenery, the 3D is cool, and some of the fishies
even pop out at you. Totally worth the bucks! Before the movie begins, there’s
a short clip about Party Rex from Toy Story which totally gets you pumped for
Finding Nemo 3D!
(voice of Albert Brooks) is a super over protective single parent-fish because
his wife, Coral (voice of Elizabeth Perkins), and all their 200+ baby fish eggs
get eaten by a barracuda. Well, all the baby fish eggs, EXCEPT one...Nemo
(voice of Alexander Gould). On Nemo’s first day of fish school, he is pumped,
but Marlin's not. Nemo’s teacher, Mr. Ray (voice of Bob Peterson), is super
cool and is taking then to a special place in the ocean called the drop-off. Of
course Marlin says, "Heck no!" When Marlin rushes over he finds Nemo
and his new school friends out in the open sea and Marlin freaks out on Nemo,
telling him he's not ready and can’t handle school, so in a fit of rebellion,
Nemo swims out to the boat “butt” and touches it, which makes his dad even
madder. On his way back a scuba diver floats up behind Nemo and snatches him
up, and another scuba diver snaps a picture, blinding Marlin. Marlin tries to
catch up to the boat half blind, and loses track of it, causing him to go down
to the bottom of the ocean where he runs in to Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres),
who claims she knows what direction the boat went, but really doesn’t because
she has short term memory lost, and thus the adventure of "Finding
Nemo" begins. Blowing up sharks, going into the darkest spot in the ocean,
surviving jelly fish forest, chillin' with turtles, and being swallowed by a
love Finding Nemo, it's one of our top favorite movies. We love Dory because
she is hilarious and lovable and she is always either the cause of the problem
or the solution to it! Every family should own Finding Nemo and watch it
snuggled up on your couch with a bucket of popcorn, but if you really like the
movie, go see it in eye-popping 3D right now because Finding Nemo 2 is not
supposed to be released until 2016, that's 4 years to wait! We just hope Dory
will still be singing, "Just keep swimming..."
is Lauren, Amber and Kyra, and we rate Finding Nemo 3D --- 5 out of 5 fish tank
(Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) Green are registering to adopt a
child and the lady interviewing them questions why one of the answers to a
question on the form just says…”Timothy”… they say, “We want to tell you the
and Jim get the bad news that they will never be able to have a kid of their
own, so they go back home to Stanleyville, the pencil capital of the world.
Cindy gets really depressed about the idea of never having a kid, so Jim thinks
of a way, just for one night to pretend to have a kid. He takes out a pad of
paper and he writes “our kid would never give up”. At first Cindy doesn’t want
to do it, but then Jim gets out some wine and they write down everything their
kid would be like. When they couldn’t think of anything else, Jim places the
pieces of paper into a box and they bury it in their garden. Later that night
it rains and thunders and Jim and Cindy get woke up by a huge clap of thunder.
As Jim goes downstairs to check on things, he notices the front door swinging
open. He shuts it, gets a drink of milk, goes back upstairs and climbs in bed
with something other than Cindy. They all freak out and the thing runs out of
their room and into the empty baby room. Cindy and Jim follow and find a boy
covered in mud sitting on the floor. He says his name is Timothy (CJ Adams) and
he came from the ground. Cindy ran outside to their garden and there was a big
hole in the ground and the box is shattered to pieces. Timothy responds to
Cindy and Jim as Mom and Dad, so Timothy is their miracle child. There’s
something very strange about Timothy, he has leaves growing out of his legs.
But he’s super honest, good at meeting new people and really comfortable being
who he is! At a family potluck he first lays eyes on his big crush, Joni (Odeya
Rush), and he gets nailed in the face by Jims crappy Dad (David Morse). What
Cindy and Jim don’t know is that as Timothy fulfills each of the ideas they had
written down, a leaf falls off his legs, and when all the leaves are gone…
movie is so sweet. It’s surprising me how Timothy is grown up and childlike all
at the same time. My favorite character is Joni because she doesn’t care how
weird Timothy is, and she is super artsy and mysterious. This movie shows that
you don’t and shouldn’t have the perfect parents or the perfect kid, it’s okay
to make mistakes. It is very romantic when Cindy and Jim are naming off what
their kid would be like, with their bottle of wine, and good laughs. Warning,
people who can’t, or are close to someone who can’t have kids may cry. The Odd
Life of Timothy Green is appropriate for all ages, I think this is a great
Lauren and I rate The Odd Life of Timothy Green…4 ½ out of 5!
performance art…it’s time for protest art” ~Emily
The question on everyone’s mind is…who is “The Mob”? The Mob is a group of amazing street dancers who want to be heard. They’re actually trying to win $10,000 from a YouTube contest to be the #1 hit. Sean (Ryan Guzman) is the leader of The Mob, and his best friend, Eddy (Misha Gabriel Hamilton), is his co-producer who also handles the entire computer hacking part. Penelope (Cleopatra Coleman) is the sickest DJ in Miami, and Francisco (Claudio Pinto) is The Mob’s artist who makes really cool signature art marking where The Mob has been. Most of The Mob works at a hotel and they go to the hotel beach club even though employees are not allowed. That’s where Sean meets Emily (Kathryn McCormick) and they first show there moves, and then they are just about to kiss…and Emily runs away just like Cinderella. Emily is the daughter of the guy who owns the hotel, but Sean doesn’t know that and he thinks she just works at the beach bar. When he waits her table he’s all shocked and Emily’s just like, “I don’t know you”, because her Dad was around. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) disapproves of Emily’s dream of being a dancer and he wants her to give up that dream and work at the hotel. Sean tells Emily to meet him at an art gallery where The Mob performs. Trying to just inspire her to be a better dancer, instead she decides she wants to be in The Mob. They let her in, but The Mob doesn’t know that she’s Emily Anderson, daughter of the guy who is trying to tear down their homes and jobs to build another hotel. When Emily finds out about it, she goes straight to her dad to try to change his mind, but when that fails she comes up with the idea to fight back…to stand up and be heard.
Dance movies make us wanna get up and dance at
the end…this movie is great!!! It has humor, romance, hot guys and sweet dance
moves. We loved all The Mob’s dances but we especially loved the art museum dance,
it was so cool how they represented the art in there dance, making it art
instead of a disturbance! Amber’s favorite character is Sean because he is
strong and awesome, and superhot! Lauren’s favorite character is Emily because
she isn’t afraid to stand up to her dad for what is right! Amber likes how
Moose (Adam Sevani) from Step Up 2 is in it, and apparently so did a bunch of
other girls---since they all screamed. We don’t like how predictable the
romance scenes are, we prefer edge of your seat romance. Lauren thinks the 3D
is actually good this time, making the dances really interesting. We recommend
seeing this one in 3D for the full experience!
We are Lauren and Amber, at the movies with Nick Gates
and we rate Step Up Revolution…5 out of 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive dancing
Running time: 97 minutes
“As much as I’d love to stay here
with an ape, the Easter bunny, and a giant cup of pudding…I have a family to
get back to.” ~ Manny
Like always, this Ice Age starts
with Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge). He’s trying to stick his acorn into the icy
ground and as usual the ground cracks, but this time it’s a really deep crack
that causes him and his acorn to fall straight down to the Earth’s core. Every
time he moves to try to grab his acorn the core moves, causing more and more
cracks on the Earth causing the continents to separate, and every time he hits
the walls he creates land marks of himself like a Scrat president on Mt.
Rushmore, and a Scrat sphinx.
We find our favorite mammoth, Manny (voice of Ray Romano) being an over protective dad to his daughter Peaches (voice of Keke Palmer). When Peaches sneaks out with her best friend Louis (voice of Josh Gadher) to go meet up with a super-hot mammoth, Ethan (voice of Aubrey Graham), Manny just happens to catch her in the act. Peaches gets into tons of trouble with her father, but when Peaches tries to stand up for herself, she and Manny get into a huge disagreement, and then Peaches says the six words no father wants to hear… “I wish you weren’t my dad!” And right at that moment is when the Earth begins to slip apart and the rock walls start closing in. Manny, Diego (voice of Denis Leary), and Sid (voice of John Leguizamo) end up on one side, with Peaches, Ellie (voice of Queen Latifah) and the rest of the herd on the other. After Manny is separated from them, Peaches realizes she didn’t mean a word she said, and now she believes the Earth cracking is all her fault (even though we all know it was Scrat, haha!). As Manny drifts farther and farther away from the herd he promises that he will do everything in his power to meet them at the Land Bridge.
Manny, Diego, and Sid drift out to sea and come across a huge iceberg ship, and meet Captain Gutt (voice of Peter Dinklage) and his crew. They will only lend a helping hand if Manny, Sid, and Diego join their crew, but that offer is rejected and Captain Gutt doesn’t like to be rejected! As Gutt is forcing them to walk the plank into a swarm of Narwhal, the iceberg ship breaks in two and Sid, Granny, Manny, and Diego get away, making the Captain madder than ever!
We think this is the best Ice Age of
all of them, because of how funny it is… everyone in the movie theater was
laughing. Lauren’s favorite character is Louis because even though Peaches
hurts his feelings, in the end he still comes back to be the hero. Amber’s
favorite character is Granny because she’s so underestimated in the beginning
but pulls through in the end and shows everyone she’s not actually crazy.
We think this movie is good for all ages. The 3D isn’t that great, so
skip that extra expense, but we do recommend piling the kids in the car and
heading to see this movie in theaters, it’s a good family movie!
We are Lauren and Amber and we rate
Ice Age: Continental Drift … 5 out of 5 paralyzing berries!
MPAA rating: PG for mild rude humor and action/peril
Running time: 94 minutes
If you had a chance to change your fate…would you?” ~Princess Merida
Only a first born may compete for
the hand of the fair maiden, Princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald).
There's young MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd) son of Lord MacGuffin (also
voice of Kevin McKidd), young Macintosh (voice of Steven Cree) son of Lord
Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson), and Wee Dingwall (voice of Callum O’Neill)
son of Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida does not like this, she
is an adventurous archer, with her mind set on being free. Her mother Elinor
(voice of Emma Thompson) the queen, wants Merida to be a petite young woman, so
she's very strict on what Merida can and can't do, and most of Merida's time is
spent studying how to be a lady. Merida's
father Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) is nicknamed The Bear King, because of
his historical fight with a very large and scary bear. Merida tries to rig the
competition so she won't have to get married, but it only messes things up with
her mother … they have a huge fight and Merida runs out. She follows whispers
to a hut deep in the woods, and inside is an evil witch (voice of Julie
Walters). Merida asks the witch for a spell to change her fate. The witch makes
a little cake that will change her mother. What Meredith doesn't know is
exactly what the spell will do, and how drastically her life will change.
Brave is by the same people who made
Nemo and Wall-E, two really great animated movies. Unfortunately, Brave is not
as good, and left me disappointed. I like Merida's three little brother's, they
are so cute and make really cute bear cubs! I do like how adventurous and
independent Meredith is and it's very funny how the King relies on his wife for
so much help. The bear is very scary and I heard some of the little dudes
crying, so I think 7 and up is a good age. The 3-D is not worth the extra cost,
which seems to be common lately with these 3-D flicks. Is the 3-D not that
great or are we just used to it so it's never breath taking anymore?
This is Lauren and I rate Brave only 3 out of 5 greasy turkey legs!
MPAA Rating: PG for scary action and rude humor
Running Time: 100 minutes
“Just because a black guy has a nice car and suit doesn’t mean he stole them…well besides right now.” ~Will Smith as Agent J
Men In Black III begins 40 years ago, when Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) shoots off the arm and locks up an alien criminal named Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement). Boris’ girlfriend (Nicole Scherzinger) brings him a cake, which leads to him breaking out of his imprisonment on the moon. Boris goes back in time to 1969 and kills young Agent K before K can shoot off his arm. When Boris kills the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) he alters the timeline, which changes the Agency and places the Earth in danger. Agent J (Will Smith) is the only one that can go back in time and set things right. When Agent J is back in 1969 his only mission is to kill Boris before he kills agent K, but Boris gets away and young K meets up with J and almost puts him in this giant zapper thingy, until J tells K the truth about why he’s there. Then J and K head out to kill Boris. While hunting down Boris they have to save some people including this really cool alien named Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg). Griffin’s planet was destroyed by Boris and other aliens like Boris, so he wants to help save earth. Griffin gives young agent K this protector thing, but it must be placed into outerspace. The first launch to the moon is how K is going to get it into space. But what they don’t know is that Young Boris and Boris have met up and made a plan to stop and kill young K before he can protect the Earth!
This movie is downright amazing! Lauren says better than MIB 1 and 2, but Alyssa thinks nothing can beat the first MIB. This movie has action, comedy, and is even sad...Lauren almost cried at the end. Lauren loves the part when young Agent K, Griffin, and Agent J are at the Mets Stadium and Griffin has the ability to look into the past and the future! Lauren loves Griffin, she likes his personality, he is so truthful, and funny! We’d watch MIB 3 a million times, because Will Smith is in it and we love how they fit everything in, even things from the first 2 movies. We think Josh Brolin makes a good Young Agent K. We like how MIB 3 explains why K chose J. We do recommend seeing this one in 3D on the mega screen and this is definitely the best movie to see over Memorial Day Weekend!
This is Lauren and Alyssa, a Fanatical Twosome…
and we rate Men In Black III --- 5 out of 5 Cute Little Alien Fish Thingies!
MPAA Rating: PG13 for sci-fi action violence
Running Time: 103 minutes
“Witch, you cursed me to be this
hideous creature! You may strategically place your wonderful lips upon my
posterior and kiss it repeatedly.” ~Banabas Collins
Back in the 1700's, the Collins family is cursed. Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) grows up believing the accidental death of his parents is really the work of dark magic…so he becomes deeply obsessed with dark magic. Barnabas meets Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and falls in love with her, but he doesn’t realize one of his maids, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), is a witch and she curses Josette to walk off a cliff. Barnabas is heartbroken so he jumps off to die with her, yet he doesn’t really die, he comes back as a vampire. Angelique convinces the townspeople to turn on Barnabas and bury him alive, in a box. 200 years later, in the 1970’s, workers find the box, open it, and Barnabas jumps out and kills them all. He heads straight to his old home where he turns Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) into his servant and demands he take him inside. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) doesn’t believe it is really Barnabas Collins until he shows her a secret passageway that leads to a lot of $$$. He promises not to harm any of the people in the Collins house, so she agrees to let him stay. Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Grace Moretz), Elizabeth’s 15 year old daughter, thinks Barnabas is totally weird. David Collins (Gulliver McGrath), who recently lost his mother and is very unstable, admires Barnabas. Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote) is David’s governess. Barnabas sees that Victoria looks like Josette and can’t help falling in love with her. Barnabas is taking control of the family business while Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), the family’s live-in psychologist, is discovering what Barnabas is. Angelique is still around and still wants Barnabas and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants, and she can do a lot, because she is a witch!
Dark Shadows is not a kid flick … its romantic, dark, and a little scary. All the funny parts are in the trailer, so be warned this is not really a comedy. Dark Shadows is still a very enjoyable story and we think Johnny Depp is super hot in this movie (even though we know he is really old, lol!). We all love the part when Barnabas rises from his grave and thinks the McDonald’s sign is a demon and we think any Johnny Depp fan will LOVE Dark Shadows!
We are Lauren, Jessie, and Amber, a trio
of Flick Fanatics... and we rate Dark Shadows 4 out of 5 groovy red
MPAA Rating PG13 (comic horror violence, sexual content, drug use, language, smoking)
Running Time 113 minutes
“I still believe in heroes.” ~Nick Fury
The world is under attack from Loki (Tom Hiddleston), an ex-god wanting the power to rule the world! Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) and agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) are part of a program called S.H.I.E.L.D. and they are there when Loki comes through a portal from space. He comes to Earth to steal an energy source to build a giant portal for his army to come through and destroy the human race. Loki puts a powerful spell on some agents, including Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Professor Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and they help him escape from S.H.I.E.L.D’s base with the Tesseract (blue energy source), destroying the base. After that, Fury and Agent Coulson decide to bring in the Avengers!
The Avengers- a group of the world’s six top superheroes! The Avengers include Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downy Jr.), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanuff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Clinton Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The Avengers were created to fight the battles that S.H.I.E.L.D can’t handle.
Bruce Banner, with his personal understanding of gamma radiation, is asked to track down the Tesseract. The team finds Loki at a party where he is stealing something to build his portal thingy. Captain America is sent to kick his butt! All of a sudden you hear Iron Man’s theme song and…Iron Man shows up and really kicks Loki’s butt. They capture Loki, but they don’t know that Hawkeye got away with the Tesseract. When Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow are transporting Loki to the new baseship, it gets all thunderstormy and…Thor punches through the plane and takes Loki. Loki is Thor’s stepbrother. Iron Man dives out of the plane, then Captain America grabs a parachute. Black Widow suggests Captain America sit this one out, because those guys are basically gods, but Captain America with his old fashioned values, says, “Ma’am, there’s only one God and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.” and jumps out to join the fight. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America battle and in the end captain America wins…his shield against Thor’s hammer! Bruce is still trying to find the energy cube, while a surprise attack by Hawkeye blows out one of the baseship’s engines. Iron Man and Captain America are out in the air fixing the engine, Bruce is turning into The Hulk and chasing after Natasha, and at the same time, Thor is tricked by Loki and ends up imprisoned. Loki is on the verge of pushing a red button that drops Thor straight to his possible death, someone really important gets killed, and Iron Man is pushed to his limit.
WOW, this is the best action movie!!! The Avengers is action-packed-funny, jaw-dropping-awesome, and edge-of-your-seat-amazing! I loved all of the Iron Man movies and he is my favorite Avenger. I like Mark Ruffalo and I wish he had been Bruce Banner in his own movie! Everyone should stop what they’re doing right now and go see The Avengers! PS...Stay til the very, very last credit…you won’t be disappointed!
I am Lauren, a true Flick Fanatic…
and I rate The Avengers … 6 out of 5 “Arrows to the eye” (from Hawkeye)!
MPAA Rating PG-13
Running Time 142 minutes
"I laugh in the face of danger!"
The Pirate Captain (voice of Hugh Grant) is probably the worst pirate in all the seas! There’s a Pirate of the year award, the winner is the pirate with the biggest booty, or stolen loot. The Pirate Captain has entered every year and never won, so he thinks this must be the year he will surely win. He’s running up against Peg Leg Hastings (voice of Lenny Henry), Cutlass Liz (voice of Salma Hayek), and Black Bellamy (voice of Jeremy Piven). Black Bellamy wins every year and Pirate Captain just ends up getting made fun of. After all the other pirates laugh at him he heads off to collect more booty. While hopping from ship to ship he comes across Charles Darwin (voice of David Tennant). Charles is a British scientist trying to find the rarest animal. Of course all pirates have a parrot, but Pirate Captain's Polly is not a parrot, it is actually a Dodo bird---one of the last surviving Dodo birds! Charles freaks out and mentions a science fair where the prize is untold riches! Pirate Captain gets the money signs in his eyes and they head to England in search of untold riches. The Pirate With a Scarf (voice of Martin Freeman) reminds him that Queen Victoria (voice of Imelda Staunton) HATES pirates! So the pirate captain and his crew disguise themselves as girl scouts…very funny! They bunk at the home of Charles Darwin, where they meet Mr. Bobo (the monkey), who greets them at the door. Still the Pirate With a Scarf is uncertain about Charles and thinks it’s a bad idea being there. But Pirate Captain doesn’t listen...and bad things always happen in a kids movie when the main character doesn't listen!
This movie is goodish. Little dudes will love it, but their parents may fall asleep…mine did. It’s a goofy kid movie in 3D, but the 3D stinks! Laurens favorite character is the Albino Pirate (voice of Anton Yelchin) and Alexis’s favorite is Mr. Bobo because she likes how he uses cue cards to speak. There is an obvious use of the word @$$, that we think don't belongs in a kids movie, but we don't know if any of the kids even noticed. We totally recommend this high seas adventure as more of a rental movie.
We are Lauren and Alexis and we rate The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2 ½ out of 5 snoring parents!
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor and language
Running Time: 88 minutes
THE LUCKY ONE
should be kissed… every day... every hour… every minute”
(Zac Efron) is a soldier… a photo of a girl saved his life. He promised himself
that if he got out alive he would find that girl and thank her. When he gets
home from the war in Iraq, Logan heads to North Carolina to find the girl in
his photo. When he finds out her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and that she
owns a dog kennel, he goes there to thank her, but he ends up getting a job
working with her. They fall in love and her son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart)
opens up to him, and her grandmother Ellie (Blythe Danner) likes him. It’s all
perfect except she doesn’t know that he came there specifically to find her and
that he thinks she is his lucky charm. Her ex-husband Keith (Jay Ferguson) is a
jerk and has serious jealousy problems, and her brother, Aces recently died in
Efron is amazing in this movie and his character, Logan, is the perfect
guy…sweet and caring, but strong and brave! I think they should have found a
different girl though, Taylor Schilling just doesn’t seem as perfect as Zac.
The Lucky One is the perfect romantic and sad love story for anyone 15 years
and up. There is a very steamy sex scene…they don’t show any body parts, but
it’s still a little awkward watching it in a public theater. It seems like more
than I’ve seen in other PG-13 rated movies.
I’m Lauren and I rate The Lucky One 5 out of 5 dog tags!
Running Time: 101 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
I read so many stories where the Prince saved the Princess, it’s about time we change that ending...
Once upon a time there was a kingdom with a King and Queen and a beautiful baby princess. Skin white as snow and hair dark as night, they named her Snow White. The Queen died and the King wanted a new Queen to be a mother to Snow White. The King fell in love with a new Queen (Julia Roberts), but she was an evil woman and only wanted his power. The King married the new Queen and then a dark magic fell upon the land and the King left the kingdom to fight the dark magic, never returning home. Snow White (Lily Collins) was left with the evil Queen, who kept her locked away in the castle. On her eighteenth birthday, Snow receives a very interesting gift from one of the castle servants (Mare Winningham)---the King’s dagger, and she tells Snow to go into the town and see for herself what the evil queen has done to the people. On her way into town, walking through the forest, Snow finds two men stripped of their clothing and hanging upside down. She agrees to help them, but not until they said “Please.” At first one of the men refuses, but then says the word. That man, Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer), is lovestruck when he sees Snow White. The men are traveling north and she is going south, so they bid an awkward goodbye. When Snow arrives in town, she is shocked to find everything dark and sad. It is nothing like she remembers it from when she visited as a child when people were happy and dancing. Snow goes straight back to the castle to confront the evil Queen. Are you thinking this is not how you remember the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? Well, let’s just say this ain’t Disney, Snow White ain’t so gullible, and the dwarves in this movie aren’t so cute and cuddly!
I love Julia Roberts in the role of the evil Queen, she’s so sarcastic, but I wish she acted a little more psycho. The romance between Snow White and the Prince is adorable. Julia Roberts and the dwarves are worthy of a “Princess Bride” comparison, but the rest of the characters, and the story itself, fall short of that amazing classic. But, it’s still very entertaining so go ahead and enjoy this movie with your family!
This is Lauren and I rate Mirror, Mirror…5 out of 5 Giant Dwarves!
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 106 minutes
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), Pod (voice of Will Arnett), and Homily (voice of Amy Poehler) are all borrowers. They live under the floor of a house and survive by borrowing things humans wont notice missing, like soap, sugar, and cookies. They are never supposed to be seen by humans, and they have a rule that if they do get seen, they have to move, because humans are just too curious to let them be. Arrietty is a young girl and on her first official borrowing mission with her Dad, Pod, she is seen by a human boy named Shawn (voice of David Henrie). Arrietty is really disappointed about being seen and her first borrowing being messed up, so she heads to the outside to chill. The boy tries to contact her and after some time, Arrietty and Shawn become friends, and she learns that he moved in with his Aunt to rest before he has a heart operation and that he may die. There’s an annoying housekeeper, named Hara (voice of Carol Burnett), who is suspicious about the little family living under the floorboards and she tries to capture them, and even calls in a pest exterminator!
We like The Secret World of Arrietty. We think it is very cool how Arrietty and Shawn become friends, because of their size difference. Lauren and Jessie think Hara is hilarious, she’s the perfect crazy lady. Leanna likes Shawn because he’s so cute and kind. We all think this is a really sad movie because of the whole “Shawn may die” thing. The songs are kind of depressing. This is a good movie for grandparents to take the grandkids to, since all the adults kept laughing out loud at the things Hara said, recognizing the Carol Burnett voice! Jessie and Leanna say see it in theaters, but Lauren says wait for it to go to DVD.
This is Lauren, Jessie, and Leanna…
we rate The Secret World of Arrietty 3 out of 5 teeny, tiny tea cups!
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 94 minutes
Sean (Josh Hutcherson)
is struggling with lots of teen anger and missing his Dad when he intercepts a
radio signal and becomes obsessed with breaking the code because he is certain
it is from his grandfather, Alexander (Michael Caine). It turns out Sean’s step
dad, Hank (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) can solve the code using his Army skills.
It’s a riddle leading them to 3 books, which leads them to 3 maps, then to one
big map of a mythical island written about by Jules Verne---The Mysterious
Island! They have this big father-son moment and Hank says they can go to the
coordinates in the message and have some more of that father-son thing! They
fly off to some exotic place and try to get a tour guide to take them to the
coordinates. They are told, “That’s the deadliest part of the ocean.” Hank
offers to pay $1000, and that’s when Gabato (Luis Guzman) comes into the
picture and jumps right up saying he can take them in his helicopter. Gabato’s
daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) refuses at first, but caves in when she
realizes the trip can help pay for her college. So, the four set out to find
The Mysterious Island. When they reach the coordinates, all they see if a big
hurricane, which ends up pulling their helicopter in and they go spiraling out
of control. Then the whole screen goes black…
We will tell you the island is real and Sean’s grandfather is there, but that’s all we're telling you because you MUST go see this one for yourself!
Journey 2 is some of the best 3D we’ve ever seen. We are talking Avatar good! The effects are amazing, lots of slow motion action. It’s the kind of movie where you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for what’s going to happen next, and you can‘t leave even if you gotta pee really bad! We love Josh Hutcherson because he’s really hot, but we think Vanessa Hudgens should have covered up! Her tank top was tight and always pulled up, and her short shorts were way too tight! Grossness! We like how The Rock and Michael Caine bounced off each other and Luis Guzman's laugh out loud funny. It’s obviously not believable, but you will get so carried up in the fun story and characters, you will be very entertained! Our favorite part is the Pec Pop Of Love, where Gabato throws berries at Hank’s pecs and the berries shoot way out into the audience. We think the person in front of us actually got hit by one! (Remember, we said it’s really good 3D) This movie is a hilarious comedy with heart warming moments, and tons of action! All ages will find something to laugh at and enjoy.
We are Lauren and Amber and we rate Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 4 ½ out of 5 Popping Pecs!
Love at first
sight---Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams). But just one moment
changes their life forever. Paige is into art, well sculpting, and Leo owns his
own Music Studio and they get married in an Art Museum! How sweet! On the way
home from a movie, they are parked at a stop sign and Paige unbuckles her
seatbelt to lean over and kiss her husband, and BAM… a truck hits the back of
their car and Paige (in slow motion) goes through the front windshield. Next
thing you see is them both at the hospital. Leo ends up being okay, but it
doesn’t look so good for Paige. She is in a coma, and the doctors are waiting
for her brain to heal. So, like any husband, Leo is freaking out, he’s worried
soooo much! When the doctors take her out of her coma she’s very confused, and
she talks to Leo as if he’s her doctor. She lost her memory of Leo, of their
marriage, of their friends, of why she hasn’t seen her family in 5 years, of
everything. She remembers being engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman) and living with
her parents, Bill (Sam Neill) and Rita Thornton (Jessica Lange). Her parents
show up at the hospital trying to take Paige home to their house. Leo loves her
and she can’t remember a thing about him! So sad!
This is a cute love story, but not really a dreamy love romance (not like The Notebook). Did you know that it is based on a true story? I think that’s cool. I love Leo because he is a nice guy, and you can tell he truly loves Paige because he never stops trying to get her to remember. I feel bad for the boyfriend’s who are taking their girlfriend’s to this movie for Valentine’s Day, because they will be asleep 5 seconds into the movie. There’s a bit of cussing, they show them asleep in bed “together”, and they show Channing Tatum’s naked booty, so it’s not really for younger girls, and boys will be bored and most of the old people in the theater hated it, but it’s definitely for teen girls because they will think it‘s adorable.
I think this movie showed that you should always wear your seatbelt…and that you should cherish every moment you have, because you don’t know when something like this could happen, something that could change your life forever.
I rate the vow 4 out of 5 awkward hugs!
(Helicopter pilots eye gets frozen shut) Adam- “Come
here, let me lick your eye.”
Adam (John Krasinski) is doing a news report in chilly Barrow Alaska and he zooms in on some gray whales. Turns out that there’s a Momma, a Daddy, and a baby and they are trapped in a little open area surrounded by solid ice that blocks them from getting to the ocean to swim south for the winter. To add to their stress, the ice is slowly freezing over and the hole they are breathing out of is closing! The people of the town want to go ahead and kill them for food! When it broadcasts to the world, everyone is hypnotized by the images of the whales on TV, and Adam’s ex-girlfriend Rachel (Drew Barrymore) who’s a tree-hugger sees him on TV and calls him, mad that he didn’t call her to help save the whales. Everyone is trying to come up with a way to save the 3 whales, who are named Fred, Wilma and Bambam. The U.S even turns to the Russians for help when their first idea fails! All the major news stations send people to the little town in Alaska to cover the exciting story.
This movie is based on a true story that happened back in 1988. It is a heart touching, very sad movie and I almost cried a couple of times. I think it was drug out a little too long, and I didn’t like the character Drew Barrymore played. I did really like the guy from The Office. There’s some good morals that shine through in the story. They are, never give up, and you should do the right thing just because its right, and cooperate with people you disagree with and you can still solve your problem. This is a great family movie with some really likable characters. Leave your littler ones at home, they’ll get restless, but parents and kids will both love this story!
I rate Big Miracle 4 out of 5 Ice Defrosting machine thingies!
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 107 minutes
You don’t need a lot of knowledge to run a zoo, all you need is a little heart.
Six months ago Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), lost his wife to cancer. His two kids, Dylan (Colin Ford) and Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), lost their mom. When Dylan gets kicked out of school and Benjamin quits work they set out for a new adventure. Their new adventure involves a really pretty house…the only problem is that the house is a zoo! The house is on a piece of property that is located inside a zoo and whoever buys that house is the new owner of that zoo. Crazy, right!?! Of course Rosie, being seven years old is super excited, because living in a zoo is every little kids dream! Dylan’s not very happy with the idea since he’s a teenage boy having to leave all his friends behind when they move. The zoo comes with a zoo crew. There is Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), Lily (Elle Fanning), Rhonda (Carla Gallo), Robin (Patrick Fugit), and Peter (Angus Macfadyen) and the zoo is supposed to open to the public on July 7th. Benjamin and everyone else are racing to get the zoo ready, but the zoo inspector, Walter (John Michael Higgins), shows up on a surprise visit and gives a whole list of to-do’s that still need to be done. On top of that stress, the tiger Spar, is really old and is on the verge of dying.
Like every animal movie, Thomas Haden Church has to be in it! We loved him in George Of The Jungle and we love him in this movie!! He is Lauren’s favorite character, but Dylan is Amber’s because she thinks he’s pretty hot!! There where tons of bad, bad words in this movie! We think they were trying to target teens and little kids…but they failed miserably! We still think it’s funny and cute and a good movie to see for Christmas, but not for any families trying to protect little ears!
We are Lauren and Amber and we rate We Bought A Zoo
4 out of 5 wild snakes!
MPAA Rating: PG for language
Running Time: 124 minutes
Four hundred years ago a pirate named Red Rackham (voiced by Daniel Craig) attacked the Unicorn, causing it to sink and the mystery hidden cargo with it! Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) and his dog, Snowy find an awesome looking model of the ship and buy it, but right before he buys it this weird guy shows up saying not to buy it that it will cause a lot of trouble, and then the mysterious weird guy runs away. Very strange! Next a man named Ivanovich Sakharine (also voiced by Daniel Craig) comes up and offers to buy the ship for twice what Tintin paid for it. Tintin refuses and goes home. When he gets home he is puzzled and decides to check it out. Tintin is a reporter so this is like really cool to him. He heads down to the library to research the Unicorn and he finds out that it is a model of a ship that sank with a secret cargo on it. And only the last Haddick will be able to solve the mystery! When Tintin gets home he finds that his home is completely trashed, and the model ship is stolen. He sneaks into the Haddock Estate to get back his ship, but all of a sudden he is kidnapped and put in a cage on a ship, where he meets Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis), the drunken Captain! They escape from the ship and are on the way to find the third model ship, while being hunted down by Sakharine's crew!
This movie is supposed to be a really amazing film, because Steven Spielberg produced it… it’s not. We think Tintin needs to stay in the comics! The movie was predictable and got very boring all through the middle. Good movie for little boys, but anyone else may be snoozing. We do love how the animation looks so real, but the 3D is less than thrilling.
We are Lauren and Amber and we rate The Adventures of Tintin
2 ½ out of 5 alcohol filled burps, ewwww!
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 107 minutes
They’re back for one last show!
The Muppets is about a kid/Muppet named Walter (voice of Peter Linz) and he grows up with Gary (voice of Jason Segel) a human, and Gary was been with Mary (voice of Amy Adams) for 10 years! Well on there 10th anniversary they’re going to Hollywood to go site seeing, and guess what production studio is in Hollywood… THE MUPPETS!!! Walter is like a super mega fan, and when he gets invited to go with Gary and Mary to visit the studio the 3 of them have like a little musical all the way down there! But when they get there the studio looks like a ghost town and they go on this really creepy tour, until Walter sneaks into Kermit’s office and overhears Tex Richman’s (voice of Chris Cooper) evil plan and runs out of the studio and is screaming all the way to their hotel. When he tells Gary and Mary what he heard, they decide to find Kermit because he will know what to do! Well when they do find his house, its gated so Walter wants Gary to throw him over. Too bad they didn’t know it was an electric fence! When Kermit shows up they go inside and tell him what Walter heard, and the only way they can save the studio is to get the gang back together for one last show to earn 10,000,000 dollars!
We think that this movie is okay in the beginning, then super boring in the middle, and then at the end when the Muppets are actually doing their show it gets really good! We think it reaches out to all ages because the adults will remember when the Muppets first came out and the kids will think its really funny! We all laughed at some parts of the movie, it was funny and enjoyable to watch. Amber liked how they used familiar famous faces like Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, Rico Rodriguez, and Zach Galifianakis. Kyra really enjoyed the moments when the muppets would talk to the camera. Lauren just loves the Muppets, especially Animal!
We are Lauren, Amber and Kyra…
and we rate The Muppets…
3 ½ out of 5 Cee Lo Green Singing Chickens!
Dasher, Dancer, Ba…Ba…Bambi?
Have you ever wondered how Santa delivers all those presents to all those kids??? Well, first you’re going to need the boss Santa (voice of Jim Broadbent), then you’re going to need the brains Steve (voice of Hugh Laurie), some ninja-like elves, a red and green Star Trek spaceship, and finally Arthur (voice of James McAvoy), oh and a crazy Grandsanta (voice of Bill Nighy)! Arthur works in letters, reading mail sent to Santa and writing back to hopeful kids. During an emergency with a “waker” when one of the children wakes up while Santa is in their house, everyone is focused on the emergency and nobody notices a present on the assembly line gets pushed off to the side. Later that night, after Santa is back and the operations are shut down for the year an elf named Bryony (voice of Ashley Jensen) finds the overlooked present and brings it to Steve. Arthur overhears that a child was missed and is freaking out because it is the pink twinkle bicycle with stabilizers Gwen (voice of Ramona Marquez) asked for! Arthur decides the present must get to Gwen before sun up or she will be devastated thinking Santa doesn’t care about her! So Arthur, Grandsanta, and Bryony head out the old fashioned way, on an old sleigh with magical reindeer, hoping to make it to Gwen’s before dawn.
This movie belongs right beside The Polar Express! The Grandsanta is really funny and makes jokes that adults will enjoy! Laurens favorite character is Grandsanta because of how crazy he is! Alexis’s favorite is Arthur, because he will inspire everyone to get into the Christmas spirit! We think the age group for this movie is…everyone! It’s an awesome family movie! Before the movie there is a music video of Justin Beiber’s new rendition of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town. Alexis is a Justin Beiber freak so I was listening to her scream, but with his haircut he is pretty cute. Plus the song is really great! Great movie for Thanksgiving weekend to get everyone thinking about Christmas!!!
This is Lauren and Alexis and…
we rate Arthur Christmas 4 out of 5 Sneaky Ninja Elves!
“The wheels on the bus go… BOOM BOOM BOOM!"
When 5 seniors get killed in a car accident after a dance all the parents in the town of Bomont go crazy and decide to make a bunch of laws that seem unfair to teens. The laws are that you have to be home by a certain time, and that you can’t dance in a public place except for church or an extremely supervised school dance. Three years after the accident, people have changed, like Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough) who was a nice girl, but is now a bad, bad, nasty girl. It makes things worse that she is Rev. Shaw Moore's (Dennis Quaid) daughter. Haha!!
There’s a really hot guy, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) and he comes to live with his Uncle in Bomont after his mom dies of leukemia. When Ren gets there, he fixes up this yellow Volkswagon Bug, and when he gets it running, he takes it for a spin. But he doesn’t know about the laws about disturbing the peace and all that crap, so he blares some Quiet Riot and gets pulled over by a cop! The next day at church he meets Ariel and Rev. Shaw and learns that he already has a bad reputation. His first day at school he meets Willard (Miles Teller) and they become friends. Ren decides to try to change the laws so that teenagers can dance when they want to and not get a ticket!
We like this version even better than the 80’s one! No one can beat Kevin Bacon, but the new guy sure puts up a good fight. This one is fresh and it reaches out to our generation. Lauren and Amber are both in love with Willard because he’s funny and really white, your normal southern guy. Alexis loves Ren because he always speaks his mind and she likes that in a guy…plus he is hot. Not like Taylor Lautner hot, but still hot! They changed some good parts from the old one but then added some good parts to the new one, which made the movie interesting again, so it’s not like you're seeing the same exact movie.
This is Lauren, Amber, and Alexis and we rate Footloose 4 out of 5 dancing shoes!
“…and sometimes they crap on your car!"
Definition: A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area.
Meet 3 of the biggest bird nerds, ever---Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) the one who is last years champion of “a big year”, Brad Harris (Jack Black) the one who is an expert on bird songs, and Stu Preissler (Steve Martin) the one who has dreamed of doing “a big year” but never has because of work! Bostick is doing a big year again to beat his record from last year and to make it impossible for anyone else to beat. He is so obsessed with it that he will miss a really important doctors appointment for his wife just to see an owl. Wow, that‘s bad!!! Brad can tell any bird from its “song”. He is doing a big year because he is just a big bird nerd. His dad thinks that he is wasting his life. Stu is really good at his job and every time he tries to retire to do a big year his coworkers make him feel guilty and he ends up going back to work, but he is finally going to do it! These three bird nerds search for birds all year…sounds kind of boring! Brad and Stu end up becoming friends/partners, while Bostick is going completely crazy trying to set the new record!
The Big Year is completely boring for anyone under the age of 30! My parents say it is okay, but my grandparents will probably LOVE it. Jack Black is better than anything else he’s done lately, Owen Wilson is not bad, but not great, and Steve Martin is as good as he ever is. But, three amazing actors don’t make the story more interesting! Unless you’re a bird nerd then I would recommend not seeing it in theaters. Maybe Redbox, but only if you‘re old!
I rate The Big Year 2 out of 5 Pink-Footed Geese!
“Champions aren’t born…they’re made!"
Real Steel is about fighting robots, kinda like the Rock Em Sock Em Robots game…but way, way more exciting! The story is, Charlie Kinton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a great boxer, until robots replaced humans. The public became so addicted to violence that they had to start using robots so they could deliver what the people really want, a fight to the death. Now Charlie’s in the business of robot fighting and owes a lot of money to a lot of people. The first robot fight in the movie is at a county fair and it’s Charlie’s robot against a bull, and in the end it doesn’t look so good for Charlie’s robot! That night Charlie finds out that his ex-girlfriend has died and that he has to go sign papers for his 11 year old son, Max (Dakota Goyo). Max’s Aunt Debra (Hope Davis) is married to a really rich dude, Marvin (James Rebhorn), and she wants to adopt Max. Charlie makes a deal with Marvin to let them adopt Max, after he spends the summer with him, and everyone’s happy. Well, everyone except for Max. Max knows that Charlie “sold” him to Marvin. How mean!!!
Max is a kid who knows everything about robot boxing…think WWE, but John Cena and Randy Orton are robots. Max is amazed to walk in and see Noisy Boy, a really famous robot. Max insists on going on the road with Charlie and Noisy Boy, but Charlie ends up ruining Noisy Boy in the very first fight. With no money to buy a new robot, Charlie takes Max to a junk yard looking for robot parts, and after a heart racing scene with Max falling off a cliff, Max comes across a whole robot buried in the dirt. Max claims the robot as his own, names it Atom, and begs Charlie to get him a fight. Atom is an early generation sparring robot, with a rare shadow feature where he does everything he sees you do. He is definitely not one of the real fighting robots, but he was built to take hits…like a steel punching bag! Even though Charlie thinks Atom will come home in pieces, he get Max a fight. Atom ends up not only lasting through the first round, but demolishing his opponent. Atom’s first fight, at the zoo is very entertaining---he kicks robot butt, wins $2000, and starts earning a reputation. The robot fights continue and Max is one determined kid.
Who wouldn’t love a movie about robots fighting? Lauren loves Noisy Boy because of his very cool paint job and Josh’s favorite is Twin Cities because of the two extreme gaming nerds controlling him. Real Steel is a touching story about a kid and a father bonding where Hugh Jackman plays a loser that you love and Dakota Goyo totally steals the movie. The kid throws out a couple curse words and normally we would think kids shouldn't be cussing, but in this case it makes his character seem tougher and actually makes the story stronger. The robot violence is totally fine for even the littler ones. The 3 funny little girls at the county fair are really sisters, they're the director's kids. Definitely go see Real Steel in the theater, because the fight scenes are AWESOME! The theater exploded in applause, people were rooting for the underdog robot, and it has such feeling, Josh compares it a little bit to “Rocky”.
We are Lauren and Josh, another Fanatical Two, and we rate Real Steel 4 out of 5 jawbreaking uppercuts!
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (some violence, intense action, brief language)
Running Time: 127 minutes
“Must have tried 20 different formulas and you know what? If the dolphin fish don’t like it, I'm putting the tail on and swimming with it myself!”
Dolphin Tale is about a young boy, Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) who finds a dolpin on the beach one day, on his way to summer school. A long lasting friendship begins when Sawyer uses his handy dandy pocket knife to free her from the trap she is caught in. His cousin, Kyle (Austin Stowell) gave him the pocket knife as a gift before he went away to war. Rescuers who help stranded animals are called and they take her back to their animal hospital. The next day, instead of going to summer school, Sawyer goes to the animal hospital to check on the dolphin. The place looks deserted, but he wanders around back and sneaks in through the backdoor. He runs right into Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), a girl about his own age and she remembers him from the beach rescue. Hazel, her Dad Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), and her Grandpa Reed Haskett (Kris Kristofferson) all work and live at the aquarium. When Sawyer approaches the dolphin, now named Winter, it becomes clear the dolphin has a special connection with the boy. Sadly, the rope she was caught up in injured her tail so badly that it became infected and Dr. Clay had to remove her tail to keep the infection from killing her. If you don’t know a lot about dolphins, they can't swim without a tail! Somehow, Winter learns to move whats left of he tail side to side, and everyone's cheering until it they realize that if she can't move her tail up and down, it will hurt her spinal cord and cause her to die. Sawyer gets an idea while visiting his cousin, Kyle, in the hospital. His cousin got hurt in the war and has to wear a brace and is in a hospital with lots of other war heroes that lost legs or arms. A prosthetic tail, like a prosthetic foot or arm! Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) builds the prosthetic parts, but dolphins have extremely sensitive skin and Winter has a lot of trouble accepting a fake tail. Sawyer has to deal with his cousin's mood because of his disability and hoping Winter survives, and then Dr. Clay announces that all the animals are going to new homes and the aquarium is shutting down. When a really bad hurricane hits, it seems like Sawyer won't be able to handle the pressure.
This movie is based on a real story, and in the dolphin is played by Winter, herself! That’s so amazzzzzzzing! I love this movie, it's a nice family flick and I especially enjoyed Morgan Freeman---he's funny!
I rate Dolphin Tale 4 out of 5 little rubber duck rings!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is about Harry and his friends and their everlasting battle against evil…
but now it is not so everlasting because everyone’s favorite book and movie series has come to an end. Part 2 picks up exactly where Part 1 leaves off. Just like in Part 1 Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) are searching for Horcruxes to destroy. Two of these Horcruxes are in impossibly hard places to get to. One is in Bellatrix Lastrange's (Helena Bonham Carter) Vault and the other is at Hogwarts. The vault is in the heavily armed Gringott’s, and Hogwarts is under Snape's (Alan Rickman) rule---and they are not welcome in either. They manage to get into both and neither goes as planned. In Gringotts they narrowly escape with their lives. While trying to get to Hogwarts they have to be rescued, but lucky for them they are rescued by Aberforth Dumbledore (Ciaran Hinds). Our favorite trio does get into Hogwarts through a secret passage led by Neville (Matthew Lewis). But once they are in, everything goes downhill; people turn on each other, multiple battles break out, and many people we have grown to love die. Did I mention that the whole time they are trying to collect the 3 Deathly Hallows before Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes)?
This movie is, and I only use this word with a loss of any other, EPIC. There truly is never a dull moment. But while I watched it I had a bittersweet feeling, something that had been in my life for so long, something I always had to look forward to…ended. At the same time it ended! It's over! It was amazing! I have to say that the 3D on this movie was pretty disappointing, probably one of the worse 3D effects I have seen in a while. I expected more from Harry Potter. I don't suggest seeing it in 3D, not worth the extra money. I suggest this movie to everyone, fan or not, you NEED to see this. If not for the battles, adventure, and romance, then go for Luna Lovegood. Who doesn't love Looney Luna?
This is Kyra, a Harry Potter aficionado, and I rate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ... 6 out of 5 Horcruxes!!!
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Harry, Ron, and Hermione are still searching for Horcruxes and trying to destroy them. As each Horcrux is destroyed, Lord Voldemort (the creepy guy with no nose) becomes weaker. The journey takes the trio back to Hogwarts, but they try to go in on the down low because Professor Snape is an enemy to Harry. Voldemort demands the school give up Harry or they will all die! The kids and professors at the school decide to stand together and help Harry!
Since I’m not big into reading books, I will just say I think that reading the book spoils the ending! This movie is way, way, way better than Part 1...and all the other HP movies! It has exciting action, romance, funny parts, and it has so much story in it, it’s just so good! The 3D is terrible, so don’t waste any money on that. Now I’m wishing I had actually watched every HP movie, because I did get a bit confused at parts, but I still loved every minute of it!
This is Lauren, not a big Harry Potter fan, but I rate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 the movie … 5 out of 5 giant slithering snakes!
Just like every other normal day in the Hundred Acre Woods Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) has a grumbling tummy and needs some honey. While searching for honey, Pooh discovers that Eeyore's (Bud Luckey) tail is missing! Everyone sets out on a search for a replacement tail, the person with the best replacement wins a jar of honey. While searching, Pooh just so happens to find a letter from Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter), but Pooh can't read! So, he heads to Owl's(Craig Ferguson) to get Owl to read the letter. After Owl reads the letter and they learn that Christopher Robin was taken by a "Backson"! A Backson is a terrible beast that has a blue furry chest, red shaggy hair, and horns. He puts holes in your socks, wakes up babies, breaks your toys, eats your honey, and scribbles in all your books. They set a trap for the Backson, and well, things don't go exactly as they planned.
This movie is super cute and it reminds us of watching Winnie the Pooh when we were little, all of our favorite characters are there! We both agree that the songs are very catchy, and hard to get out of your head. Kyra's favorite character is Eeyore, she even wore an Eeyore shirt and brought an Eeyore bag to the theater! Lauren's favorite character is Piglet, even though she thinks Piglet is a girl...Kyra had to set her straight! We both think that it is super cute that the movie is in the form of a book being read. There are times when Pooh will fall or pull on something and the letters will tumble down on the characters. We both also agree that the quote above describes Lauren---soft, sweet, full of honey, and confused by big words.
Winnie The Pooh is a movie for really little kids, and unless your kid is dying to go to the movie theater then we suggest waiting for it to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray, but we do rate Winnie The Pooh 4 out of 5 FULL jars of honey!
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 69 minutes
Zookeeper starts off with Griffin (Kevin James) proposing to Stephanie (Leslie Bibb) in a big way, and Stephanie turns him down cold...because he’s a zookeeper. Five years later he is the best zookeeper ever and has thought of Stephanie every single day! All the animals love him, so when they catch wind that Griffin is thinking about quitting, Mollie the giraffe (voice of Maya Rudolph) calls a meeting. The animals agree to help Griffin get his girl back. After trying to make Griffin look like a hero, but failing, Joe the Lion (voice of Sylvester Stallone) gets furious and breaks the code. The code is an agreement all animals have to not talk to humans. This opens the gates for a whole new way of helping, all the animals begin talking to Griffin and giving him tips. His brother convinces him to quit the zoo and do whatever it takes to change himself into a man Stephanie would want to be with.
Zookeeper is laugh out loud funny. We absolutely loved the crow (voice of Jim Breuer), always trying to fit in with the zoo animals! Ken Jeong is a crazy zookeeper named Venom and Donnie Wahlberg is Shane, a bad zookeeper who abuses animals. They used some pretty cool voices for the animals---Adam Sandler is a cute monkey, Nick Nolte is a lonely gorilla, and Cher is a lioness. The actors are all really likable and the talking animals are done very well. We thought this was going to be a kids movie, but this movie is definitely not for little dudes because it has adult humor. It’s actually kind of like an Adam Sandler movie.
For 10 and up, we rate Zookeeper 4 out of 5, but we don‘t think adults will want to see it in the theater and Momma‘s aren‘t gonna want their little ones to see it at all, so maybe just wait fo! r the DVD!
MPAA Rating: PG for rude and suggestive humor, and language
Running Time: 104 minutes
Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 has lots of action, romance, and comedy! The little town Radiator Springs, where in the first Cars movie, Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) meets Tow Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) and they become BFF’s! In Cars 2, Lightning McQueen is returning to Radiator Springs for summer, ready to hang out with his best friend, Mater. Well Mater calls into a talk show and ends up on the phone with Francesco Bernoulli (voice of John Turturro) and bets him that Lightning McQueen can beat Francesco in the World Grand Prix. Mater, Luigi (voice of Tony Shalhoub), Guido, Sarge, and Fillmore go on the trip around the world with Lightning McQueen to race in the Grand Prix. While they are in Tokyo at the first race, Mater meets Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer), who are undercover spies on a mission to find out what is going on between the “lemons” (old, old cars) and the world! McMissile and Holley mistake Mater for an undercover American spy. They keep complimenting him on how perfect his disguise as a dumb tow truck is working! It gets pretty funny! There’s even a Queen of England Car and a Pope Car! I don’t care who you are…that there’s funny!
This movie is good in 3D, but it doesn’t really stand out enough to pay the extra for it. At the beginning, the audience is hit with lots of great spy action and you will think you’re in for a great movie. Sadly, the middle gets boring and it seems to drag on forever, but at the end it kicks back to action and gets interesting again! I did like this one better than the first Cars, but if you’re not a gearhead or if you don’t have a little dude with you, you will want to skip it!
This is Lauren, betting on Lightning McQueen because “Francesco is soooo getting beat today!” and I rate Cars 2 ... 3 out of 5 super secret spies!
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 113 minutes
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is about Mr. Popper and his six adorable penguins...
Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) is a very serious lawyer guy who works at a place where they buy buildings from people. He is really good at talking people into doing whatever he wants, so his bosses say they want him to get the Tavern on the Green restaurant owned by Mrs. Van Gundy (Angela Lansbury). Mrs. Van Gundy turns him down because she doesn’t want her restaurant to go to just anybody, it must be somebody special. Popper is determined to get this deal and become a partner in his company, no matter what he has to do. Mr. Popper has two kids, one little boy named Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton) and a teenage daughter named Janie (Madeline Carroll), but he stinks as a dad and they don’t want anything to do with him. Their Mom (Carla Gugino) is really nice and does a lot to help him be a better dad. With the help of a surprise “souvenir” he inherits from his father, he may just end up being the best dad ever! The “souvenir” is six penguins! Weird, huh? On top of going after the Tavern on the Green deal, making his son like him, and understanding his daughters boy problems, he has six penguins running loose in the house…it gets really crazy and very funny!
The penguins are the stars of the show. There is Captain (the first one he got), Bitey (as name implies, goes around biting people), Nimrod (the “special” one), Loudy (the extremely loud one), Stinky, (the one that toots a lot, gross), and Lovey (the one that’s extremely cute and cuddly)! I think that I would want Lovey because I like animals that are cuddly! This movie is really cute and those penguins are extremely cute! I like all the actors, especially Jim Carrey. Yes, I wish he did more dramatic faces, like he did as Ace Ventura, but he is still very funny! This movie is good for all ages…a perfect flick for little dudes to take their Daddy to for Father‘s Day weekend!
I rate Mr. Poppers Penguins 4 ½ out of 5 flying penguins…but the flightless birds will need a kite!
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 95 minutes
“Supermegatotally thrilladelic”… crazy, not real words I would totally say!
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is about Judy (Jordana Beatty), this 3rd grader who is out of school and has a plan to have the ultimate summer with her friends! She came up with the “Judy Moody Mega-Rare Not Bummer Summer Dare“, and every time Judy and her friends complete a dare they get 10 thrill points! But, she wasn’t expecting her best friend Rocky (Garrett Ryan) to leave for Circus Camp, and her other friend Amy (Taylar Hender) to go to Borneo to help discover a lost tribe. She is left behind with Frank (Preston Bailey), a loyal friend who will go anywhere and do anything with Judy, but fails at all of the dares. When Judy’s parents announce that her Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) is going to come stay with her and her brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller), Judy gets into one of her “moods”. Stink is obsessed with catching Bigfoot, Frank can’t do anything right, and Rocky and Amy are getting more thrill points! Aunt Opal ends up being super cool and helps Judy have the best supermega summer ever!
I think Judy Moody is thrilladelic! My favorite character is Aunt Opal cuz she’s just so creative (she has her own art trunk she travels with) and she is kinda like me…but so is Judy! She never wears matching clothes, she’s completely random, and I love all the big made up crazy words in this movie! There are no real boring parts so kids will stay interested. If you are a Bigfoot fanatic or a crazy random girl, this movie is a must see!
See if you can figure out where they will find Mr. Todd (Jaleel White)…good luck! Then go home and youtube Steve Urkel and laugh at your parents!
I rate Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer…
3½ out of 5 SuperMega-Rare Dares!
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 91 minutes
Kung Fu Panda 2 is even better than the first! More action, more romance, and a whole new adventure for Po (voice of Jack Black)! This one is about Po and the Furious Five’s mission to save China. The brave Furious Five includes, Tigress (voice of Angelina Jolie), Crane (voice of David Cross), Mantis (voice of Seth Rogen), Viper (voice of Lucy Liu), and Monkey (Jackie Chan).!
The story begins long ago, when Lord Shen (voice of Gary Oldham), the son of the old rulers of China receives a fortune from the soothsayer (voice of Michelle Yeoh) that “black and white” will defeat him. Lord Shen leads a war to kill all the pandas in the world…well, almost all of them! Po slips by without notice, but Po doesn’t know that so shhh, keep it quiet! Years later, when Master Shifu (voice of Dustin Hoffman) gets a message that the greatest Kung Fu Masters are disappearing, he suspects it is the work of Lord Shen. Shifu sends Po and the Furious Five to stop Lord Shen, and save China. What they don’t know is that Lord Shen has a powerful weapon that could end the world of Kung Fu and Po is destined to defeat Shen!
Lauren’s favorite is Tigress because she is just amazing and truly shows that girls rock! Kyra’s fave is Mantis because he is awesome. Did you know a praying mantis is the only insect that can look over its shoulder? Po’s adoptive father, Mr. Ping (voice of James Fong) is so crazy and sweet and the trio of elder Kung Fu Masters, Thundering Rhino (voice of Victor Garbo), Master Oxen (voice of Dennis Haysbert), and Master Croc (voice of Jean-Claude Van Damme) are hilarious!
We think Kung Fu Panda 2 is GREAT for little dudes! All the little dudes watching with us were laughing out loud all the way to the end. Parents will enjoy all the famous voices, the action is gripping, the 3D is intriguing and you may even get a little teary eyed. We are definitely going back, and taking Kyra’s little brother!
We are Kyra and Lauren, saying “Get ready for Po and his mad Kung Fu Ninja Skills"
and we rate rate Kung Fu Panda 2...
5 out of 5 SKADOOSH’s!
“Flying is not what you think up here (points to head)… its what you feel in here (points to heart)…and when you feel the rhythm in your heart, you fly."
Rio is about a bird named Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg), who is one of the only 2 blue macaws left in the entire world. The movie starts with a baby Blu being captured from his natural home in Rio and the box he is being transported in drops out of the back of the truck in Minnesota. A little girl, Linda (voice of Leslie Mann), finds him and keeps him as a pet. Linda and Blu grow up together and have a comfortable life running a bookstore. A bird specialist tracks down Linda and asks her to let Blu go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to meet the only other blue macaw, named Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway). Blu gets stuck in a room with Jewel, at first she goes all ninja on him but then she settles down and wants him to help her escape. That night a white bird, Nigel (voice of Jemaine Clement), is there pretending like he is injured (the place is like an animal hospital) but he is really the “bad bird” pet of a “bad guy” who steals birds and sells them for money. Nigel helps a street boy capture the 2 blue macaws. Jewel and Blu end up chained to each other and shoved into a cage. After they escape, Jewel finds out that Blu can’t fly and since they are still chained together, they have to walk on the ground. Blu wants to get back to Linda and Jewel just wants to get free. They meet a cockatoo, Rafael (George Lopez), who takes them to a slobbery mechanic bulldog Luiz (Tracy Morgan), trying to get the chain cut. All this time, Linda and the bird specialist are searching for Blu and Jewel and the “bad guys” with their “bad bird” are still after them too!
This movie is awesome!!! It is funny, like when Nigel is singing about his life and he says “I poop on people and blame it on pigeons” Hahahahaha!!! It has great music (songs by Will i Am, Jamie Foxx, and Taio Cruz), and awesome voices of awesome actors. Jane Lynch and Wanda Sykes voice a couple of funny geese outside Linda’s bookstore. My absolute favorite characters are Nico (voice of Jamie Foxx) and Pedro (voice of Will i Am). The bird vs. monkey scene is hilarious… but just so you know, if it wasn’t scripted the monkeys would have totally won because everybody knows monkeys are way better than birds!
I rate Rio 5 out of 5 fancy floats in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival!
MPAA Rating: PG for mild off color humor
Running Time: 96 minutes
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is about Greg and Rodrick’s Mom trying to get them to bond as siblings. When their Mom gets a job writing a column for the daily newspaper, she ends up writing about her bonding tricks that work and other mom stuff. Greg Hefley (Zachary Gordon) is getting back from summer vacation and heading back to middle school as a 7th grader!
He, and his buddies, Rowley (Robert Capron) and Fregley (Grayson Russell) are happy to be back and not be little 6th graders! Oh, and there's a really cute new girl Greg is crushing on. Rodrick (Devon Bostick) wants to enter a talent show where he can win a lot of money, so he gets his band, Loaded Diaper, all ready...even gets the best guitar player ever (a really laid back hippy sort). Of course, he gets in trouble for throwing a party when his parents (Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn) weren’t home and his punishment is that he can’t play in the talent show. Since Greg is the one who ratted Rodrick out, Rodrick is super upset and is 10x worse to Greg than normal. So Rodrick and Greg go from almost liking each other to hating each other and then their mom makes them go to the talent show!
This movie is ok, but to me it seemed really long and I got a little bored. My Dad and Mr. Karl like it, and I heard lots of adults laughing. It must be a “parenting joke” or something. The first Diary movie is better than this one. I think they were trying to get more age groups with this one.
I rate Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules…
2 ½ out of 5 fake patches of puke!
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and mischief
Running Time: 96 minutes
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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never starts with Justin's childhood, then moves on to how he got started playing the drums, guitar and singing. It is all about him being discovered and all about his career, his tour, and his performance at Madison Square Gardens. The 3-D is amazing! When he is up on the stage singing and he points his hand you can really see him reaching for you---so awesome! Our favorite part is how much the girls in the theater freaked out about Justin. Kyra was asking herself why those girls care so much, while Amber must be confused cuz she kept screaming every time Usher came on the screen. We were all singing along to the songs we know!
Before the movie, Kyra and I totally did not like JB at all and Amber was a big fan. We were haters, mostly making fun of Justin. But after seeing Never Say Never, we are now JB fans! His story was so sweet, and touching. It made a big impression on us when his grandfather started crying while talking about Justin. Lauren’s Dad actually saw the movie with us and he came out saying he really liked it…wow! We don’t know if normal adults will like it, sorry Lauren’s Dad! It’s pretty entertaining watching girls be all “AAAAHHHH ITS JUSTIN BIEBER, HES SOOO HOT!"
We think Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is fantabulous!!! (Amber says it needs more Usher, haha!) We are Lauren, Kyra, and Amber, falling in love with Justin Bieber!?!…and we rate it 4 out of 5 cute boy hair flips!
Pssssssssst….stay after till the screen goes completely black cuz as the credits pass, there’s more cute pictures of JB!!!