Family Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean “Dead Men Tell No Tales”


What a ride!!! Yesterday, we had the opportunity to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was great way to celebrate the last day of school! This movie was definitely the best one yet!! I have loved all of the movies in the franchise but this one sealed the series for me with a perfect black pirate ribbon on top!

I won’t give away any spoilers because you have to experience it yourself but I will tell you, you won’t be disappointed! If you love action, suspense, special effects and a love story then this one’s of you. All our favorites are back, Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan along with the newest villian Salazar!

Pack a cozy blanket, put on your pirate hat and head to your local theater, Jack and his band of Pirates are waiting to take you on a voyage you won’t want to end!

Enjoy Mateys!


Family Movie Review:Finding Dory 

Wow! I’m so excited that Finding Dory is finally out in theatres. It’s been 12 years since Nemo and our family was anxious to see it.

I didn’t know too much about it, I tried not to watch reviews so I won’t read any spoilers. I only knew that Dory was on a search to find her family. 

We laughed, cried and cheered during the whole film! It was beautifully written and visually stunning. It made we want to plan a trip to our local aquarium. 

This film makes you appreciate your true family and friends and realize they will be there for you no matter what and the bond between a parent and their children is deep and special. 

Don’t miss out, go and see it on the big screen. Bring grandma and grandpa too, they will love it!

Family Movie Review: Minions


Let’s see, a movie about little yellow henchmen whose only mission in life is find the perfect Master Villian to serve? Ok, I’m in! 

In all logical sense, you wonder why spend my hard earned money on a bunch of unintelligible, clumsy characters but the truth is they’re Minions and they’re funny. You go to see this movie with your kids and their laughter makes it all worth it. My 7 year old daughter was waiting patiently to see this movie & she wasn’t disappointed. These little characters have charm and personalities that seem to reflect a lot of grown ups I know. LOL! But overall, after all their blunders & mischievous encounters they still manage to remain positive and optimistic. Definitely qualities you want you own little ones to learn. 

So bite the bullet, grab some popcorn & candies and take your kids to see this film. It’s funny and enjoyable and you won’t stop singing along ( the soundtrack is amazing!)! Also, I was happy to see my favorite character at the end (hint: his name rhymes with new).


Family Movie Review: Pixar’s Inside Out

I’m not gonna lie, when I first saw clips of this movie 6 months ago, I wasn’t too excited to see it. I mean, really? A movie about voices in your head? But as June came closer and I saw a few more trailers, I thought this could be pretty cool. Today was opening day, so my sister and I decided to take our 7 & 5 year old to see it. Oh What Fun!!! I seriously fell in love with this movie!

Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley and the “emotions” that help shape her into the beautiful person she is. As a parent, you always want your kids to have the happiest, most joyful memories. We try not to let them experience too many moments of sadness, anger or fear. But we learn that those emotions help shape us too. We need each of them to have a full, loving and beautiful life.

I love the way they taught this to my daughter as well as myself. As her mom, I remembered she needed to have experience in each of these feelings to grow. She understood why Riley was acting or feeling a certain way and in some scenes she could identify as having those feelings herself. I have to admit, I cried. How does Disney do that all the time?! Maybe because as a mom, I can see both sides to the story: Life as a kid ( I have the Peter Pan syndrome) and life as a worried, tired, happy, proud parent.

I adored this film and plan to see it again. Its a perfect way to spend a hot summer day with your family. I know Dads will love it too!



Family Movie Review: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction


This week was a movie marathon for us, we managed to get in two new films!  The perks of summer I guess. Yesterday we spent the afternoon watching Transformers 4 and I have to say it was both entertaining and disappointing at the same time.
Entertaining because I love the franchise and Transformers have a special place in my heart since all my boys loved playing with them when they were younger. I especially love the Dinobots, what little kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Seeing Optimus Prime astride Grimlock was so awesome. In that aspect of the characters,  they kept true to the original story of the Transformers (ok, minus the fact that a T-Rex doesn’t shoot fire like a dragon).
I was disappointed that this film was like all other Michael Bay films, the typical sexy young girl in short skimpy clothes, a young guy to save her ( but Mark Walberg did pretty good as the over protective father) and long passionate kisses in the midst of Armageddon with the sun setting in the background.  I mean really, if I was fighting for my life that would be the farthest from my mind, but that’s just me. Plus the many product ad placements throughout the film was a turn off.
Overall, if you can block out all those typical obnoxious scenes then you just might enjoy this film. The special effects were spectacular and suspenseful and Kelsy Grammer is too good as a villian. He shook that nice guy image with Boss.
I found myself leaving the 3 hour movie looking at all the semi trucks on the road and yelling out the window:
“Autobots Transform”



Family Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2


Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless and the entire village of Berk are back for another viking adventure.
We loved the first movie and we were excited to see the sequel. The trailer peaked our interest when it divulged the storyline of Hiccup meeting his mom for the first time after 20 years. I know I was curious as to where she was in the first movie.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers but just know it’s a great family movie with a wonderful message about finding your place in the world. Everyone can relate to the feeling you had in your youth of wondering what you were born to do, what is your contribution to society and will you live up to people’s expectations of you. Hiccup pondered all of those feelings and with the help of his family and friends was able to figure it out.
There were plenty of laugh out loud moments too, my favorite scenes were always with Ruffnut, the twin sister to Tuffnut.
Let me know how you liked it.


Family Movie Review: Maleficent


Yesterday we had the chance to see Maleficent and let me say it was worth the wait! Since they put the trailer in theaters last year, I’ve been counting down the months to its release date. Of all the Disney Villains, she was my favorite since childhood.
I grew up loving her long, wispy gown, articulate voice and most notably her beautiful green skin.


Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was enchanting for me because of the magic and lovely characters. I knew even then that Maleficent wasn’t all bad, she was just hurt because she wasn’t invited to the christening. How rude of the King! I loved watching her turn herself into a fierce dragon even though it meant her doom. Because as you know, in all fairy tales, the light always casts out the darkness in the end.
So, with that love of the old animated film, I was curious and excited to see what Disney would do with my beloved mistress.  To hear her side of the story be told and to look upon the old fable in a whole new light.
I don’t wish to give away any details because you have to see it for yourself so you can experience the same surprise and feel the emotions without expecting it. This adaptation was spectacular!  The visual effects,  the storyline and the actors all did a fantastic job. Angelina Jolie was perfect in the role and bringing my glorious Maleficent to life. She had the laugh, the warmth, the naughtiness and the mothering emotions spot on.


This movie will now go into my mental library as a top favorite of all time.
Even my husband and teenage son enjoyed it!
So as I’ve been telling my friends you need to take your kids, your neighbor’s kids, the Girl Scout troop, grandma and grandpa, and go experience this movie!
Once you do, come back and tell me how you liked it!