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Moana Review #MoanaArtistTour #Disney #Moana 

23 Nov

I was invited to attend a very special presentation on the making of MOANA with Disney’s Creative Executive Jessica Julius at the Crosby Street Hotel. The presentation featured exclusive clips and behind the scenes information on the film, along with a Q&A session. I enjoyed seeing clips and learning what went on behind the scenes and how they created the characters, songs and dances. The island looked amazing. I also enjoyed seeing how the animals or Moana’s pets played a part in the film. 

Jessica Julius has been involved with “Moana” since day one, supporting the filmmakers’ development efforts. In addition to taking part in story/character/world development, Julius conducted intensive research for the film, utilizing books, online resources, expert consultants, local field trips and targeted island treks.

My family and I was also invited to see a screening of Moana. We loved it so much we saw it twice. I also purchased lots of toys because the film was that good and I just couldn’t resist. The cast was amazing. Very family friendly film and we loved the songs. We give the film 10 thumbs up. I loved how determined and strong Moana is as a young female. Take the whole family and enjoy this Disney film. 
ABOUT THE FILM: Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters today, Nov. 23, 2016.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend Moana Artist Tour and my family and I was invited to attend the Moana Screening. Thank you for the invite. 

Movie Review The Light Between Oceans #LightBetweenOceansNYC

1 Sep

I attended the VIP screening of The Light Between Oceans. This movie had me all kinds of crazy. Definitely lots of mixed emotions. Happy, sad, crying, laughing, hating, loving. Geez I mean what did I do to deserve this? Well you just have to see the movie to find out what I’m talking about. It’s based in the 1920’s about a lighthouse keeper and his wife. 


Will men do anything for love? Are some women evil? Can loneliness make you insane? Can losing someone make you lose your mind? I’ve gotten different comments about this movie but I actually liked it. It is long (but what movie isn’t?) and you have to pay attention unless you fall asleep then I don’t know what to tell you. I stayed up and I’m glad I did. 

The main characters in the movie are real life couple. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander did a wonderful job. 


If you don’t mind a tear jerker movie then I advise you to bring Kleenex. I even noticed a few men getting teary eyed and sniffling. 

Following the movie was an after party at SpyGlass Rooftop. I enjoyed myself with friends, drinks and appetizers. 



In theaters this Friday, Septmeber 2nd. Check out @TheLightBetweenOceans on Instagram and @TLBOmovie on Twitter 


Disclosure: I was invited to this screening and after party. Opinions are mine as always. 

Pete’s Dragon Movie Recap In Theaters Today #PetesDragon

12 Aug

I took the kids to an advance screening of Pete’s Dragon courtesy of Disney and we absolutely loved it. We attend lots of movies and Disney always catches my heart. Not only did my daughter and I cry I also had goose bumps. You know when you can feel something about to happen in a scene and then it happens and you say, I knew that was gonna happen. That’s how I was. 


I never saw the original but now I think it’s time to find it and buy a copy so we can see the difference. I’m glad this wasn’t animated. Love animated films but this was good just the way it was. The cast was amazing and Pete played by Oakes Fegley was wonderful. It was also good to see Robert Redford in this movie. 

Why can’t Elliot the dragon be real? At least he can disappear and camouflage into different things. Did I mention my daughter wants one? If I had the space I wouldn’t mind having him too. Just saying. 

Pete’s Dragon is in theaters today. Every child can handle things different so I suggest parents to see the trailer first.  My kids are ages 9 and 13 and they had no problems. We saw it in 3D. 

Here’s a Synopsis: A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

 

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-yearold girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters today August 12, 2016.

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Disclosure: My family and I were invited to this screening. Opinions are our own 100% as always. 

#TheBFG Movie Review 

29 Jun

Do you know any Big Friendly Giants? I surely don’t but if I did I would hope to know the one in Disney’s new movie The BFG. There are giants living in Giant Country and one of them is the friendliest giant you could ever meet. We were invited to a screening yesterday in Times Square. 



Sophie, a little orphan girl opens the curtain and spots something she shouldn’t see and is taken on a journey to Giant Country by a ginormous giant. Why did this giant take Sophie? He tells her he doesn’t want her to tell anyone about him because he doesn’t want to be locked away. 

BFG’s language isn’t quite the English language you’d expect to hear which is what makes it even more funnier when he speaks. He’s never had schooling but he can read. He’s never even had a grind or compliments for that matter. Listen closely for the unusual words he use.

BFG is a dream collector and can turn your dreaming into a friendly or evil one. He’s bullied by even more bigger incompetent Giants who can’t do anything for themselves and bother BFG for no reason. 

Once the bullies find out BFG is hiding a human they won’t stop until they find her. Sophie is a fighter though and a smart cookie who with the help of BFG enlist the help of The Queen of England.(Queen Mum) to get rid of these giant bullies for good. Do they succeed? I guess you have to check out the movie coming to theaters July 1st. Check @BFGMovie on Twitter for more info. 

Steven Spielberg did an amazing job. Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie and she’s so cute. She was perfect for the part. 

A Snozzcumber is a disgusting vegetable that BFG eats in Giant Country. It’s the only food he has. When you see it you will see why it’s disgusting. 


We enjoyed this film very much. We had a GLORIUMPTIOUS time. 


Disclosure: We were invited to attend screening by Disney. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Finding Dory Review #FindingDory #JustKeepSwimming 

16 Jun

I finally got to see Ellen Degeneres in person. Well, sorta in person or shall I say more like on the big screen and as a blue fish. We were invited to an advance screening of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory in 3D. I’ve always been a fan of Ellen so if this is as close as I can get to her then I’ll take it. My kids and I have been waiting for Finding Dory and we were very excited to see how the movie played out. 


Dory is so cute. She’s not annoying to me at all. She just suffers from short term memory loss. What’s wrong with that? I would still love to have Dory as a friend because when she puts her mind to something she can remember things. She’s actually pretty smart.

Dory is on a mission to find her parents with the help of her friends. She was separated from them when she was younger. She goes through a lot to try and remember her childhood and where she lived so she can get back home. She’s one tough little fish. 

It was good to see Marlin and Nemo. Destiny the nearsighted whale shark was also a fun character. 

Everyone will be talking whale by the time they leave the theater. We enjoyed this film as we knew we would. We all still hope one day to meet Ellen in person at a taping of her show. 

http://movies.disney.com/finding-dory

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Voice Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Hayden Rolence, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy.

Finding Dory is swimming to a theater near you June 17, 2016. Get your tickets now! And let me know Have You Seen Her?

Disclosure: We were invited to attend this screening. This post is not compensated. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows Movie Review #TMNT2

3 Jun

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows hit theaters today and I’m sure many fans purchased their tickets in advance to not be disappointed when it’s sold out on opening day. 

Thanks to Paramount Pictures my family and I saw a movie screening  a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it. Check out my favorites below. 


*Favorite scenes: Will Arnett aka Vernon Fenwick at basketball game getting hit my spit balls. Megan Fox aka Aptil O’ Neil and Stephen Amell aka Casey Jones fighting scene in alley. Turtles in airplane was very cool and funny. 

*Favorite laugh goes to: Tyler Perry aka Baxter Stockman. 

*Favorite Ninja Turtle: Raphael. I mean look at him. 

*Favorite vehicle: Turtle garbage truck with all the cool weapons. 

*Favorite food: Pizza of course 

*Favorite Villain: Shredder 

*Favorite place to hangout: Secret Sewer Lair 

*Favorite line: MY MAN

We also enjoyed Popsicles with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™.  They are the heroes of these frozen pops bold, refreshing flavors like, Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape — this variety pack is helping parents share the turtle-power nostalgia with their little superheroes this summer.

Cherry Crush was choice number one. They kept us cool and we know the turtles would enjoy them too. Check out the Popsicles here: http://www.popsicle.com/product


Check out @TMNTMovie on Twitter for more info. Get your tickets now! http://www.teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com/

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to the screening. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass Top 10 Reasons To See 

1 Jun

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass was an incredible film. I took the kids to a screening that we were invited to by Disney. I love anything Disney and we were excited to see. The 3-D effects were perfect for this film. Lots of exciting things were coming at us from all angles. 


Why we liked it and why you should see it:

1. Adventure movies are fun. We get to follow along on a journey and hope that it turns out good in the end. 

2. Cheshire the Cat. I want to have him. Can I just take him home with me? Who doesn’t want Cheshire? I mean really. Love his voice, cool smile and disappearing acts. 


3. Johnny Depp “The Mad Hatter”, even though when his eyes turned black my daughter got a little scared he’s still super cool and I love his acting. I definitely need a wig like his. Would love him as a friend. 


4. Time. He’s the one in charge. He’s funny he is “time” and he just might make you like him. 


5. Alice. Yes women can do anything they put their mind to. Doesn’t fear anything. Must save her friend. 

6. Chronosphere . I need this so I can go back in time maybe three times a week. 
7. Red Queen. You will notice her. She has the enormous head with red hair, hence the name “Red Queen.” Is she really a bad/evil person or does she just want to be loved? 


8. You get to hear recording artist, Pink new song “Just Like Fire”

9. If you saw the first one you have to see this one. 

10. In theaters now! See a matinee, take a group, family fun day. Check out @DisneyAliceFilm on Twitter for more info. 

Disclosure: Thank you Disney for the invite. This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Angry Birds Movie & Fun At Bronx Zoo Birds In Flight w/ Kidz Vuz #AngryBirdsMovie

16 May

My son, daughter, cousin and I  can’t stop talking about our adventure to the Angry Birds screening and trip to The Bronx Zoo this past Saturday. Kidz Vuz and Sony Pictures invited families to a day of fun. We started in the morning for a 10am screening and laughed through the entire movie. If you’re a fan of the game Angry Birds then you’re gonna love the movie. Even if you’ve never seen the game you will still enjoy this movie. I interviewed the cast of Angry Birds back in March and they were funny and so nice to talk to. They did a great job. 


My daughter’s favorite characters were Chuck and Bomb. Chuck is a fast talker, runner, funny and smart. I love the Hatchlings and want to bring home about a dozen. I also liked Chuck. My son’s favorite character is Red. My cousin’s favorite character is Bomb. He likes when he blows up. The pigs were a riot. The Mighty Eagle even though was a little crazy was a real hero. 

It was great seeing the community work together to get back what was taken from them. The soundtrack was on point and we were dancing in our seats. Blake Shelton did awesome as “Earl” and his catchy country song “Friends” had us tapping our feet and clapping our hands. 

Our next stop on our adventure was The Bronx Zoo. We hopped on a coach bus that was waiting for everyone and we were off. We had lunch, took pictures with Red and saw a show “Birds In Flight.” There were birds from all over flying around and the kids loved it. These birds definitely were not angry. Lol. They were showing off they’re huge wings and there was also an owl that came through.  After the bird show we walked around the zoo with our friends and explored. The Bronx Zoo is so big you could be there all day. We still didn’t see everything but enjoyed seeing what we did like bears, peacocks, giraffes, snakes, lions, camels and more. The weather was great and I encourage you to see this funny family friendly movie. I laughed so hard I was crying. All ages will enjoy. In theaters May 20, 2016. 





Check out @AngryBirds on Twitter and @angrybirdsofficial on Instagram for more info. Get your tickets! 

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. Opinions are mine 100%. We were invited to attend by Kidz Vuz and Sony. 

Mother’s Day Movie Review In Theater’s Now! #SITCcelebratesMothersDay

8 May

Since today is Mother’s Day I’m sure you already have plans of what you’re going to do. Just in case you don’t may I suggest you head to the movies and see Mother’s Day with stars Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis to name a few. Brianne Manz from @strollerinthecity invited me and a group of moms to a special Mother’s Day night of fun to see the Mother’s Day film. We had a theater to ourselves and was given popcorn, water and goodie bags filled with Lindt Chocolates, Fandango mug, notepad, buttons and gift card, also a $50 gift certificate towards a facial or massage from Cornelia Spa at the Surrey. What a treat! 

I’ve met Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson before and they are both great. I knew Jennifer Aniston was going to be funny in this movie and I love Julia Roberts. It was also good to see Sarah Chalke who I remember as (Becky) from rhe sitcom Roseanne. The whole cast was great! I love comedies and enjoyed laughing throughout the movie. Garry Marshall did a wonderful job as Director.Check your local theaters for tickets and time. If you want to get your laugh on this is the movie to see. My mother and sister saw it together and they also enjoyed it. 


Here’s the link: http://fandan.co/mothersdaymovie @seemothersday on Instagram and Twitter 

Check out @Fandango and @Lindt_Chocolate on Twitter 

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given. Thank you Brianne for a fun night out. 

Disney’s The Jungle Book Review 

14 Apr

My kids and I were invited to a Disney screening of The Jungle Book on April 12rh at Kips Bay AMC theater in NY. 

I was very excited to see this film with my kids in 3D and enjoy hearing my favorite cast members voices. I already knew from the original that this movie was gonna be awesome. I was jumping and clutching onto my kids in a few parts and my daughter also grabbed me a few times but it was just the way the animals come at you from the screen. Being raised by wolves isn’t a bad thing. I think the snake had me hypnotized. Do not look into her eyes. Lol. Also, watch for the scene with King Louie when he chased Mowgli through the temple. That had my heart racing but it was excitement. I didn’t know King Louie could run that fast. That’s 3D for you!!! That also makes it worth seeing. 

  
If you’ve never heard of The Jungle Book here a little synopsis what the film is about. 

Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken

Synopsis: “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.

I think everyone’s favorite song is The Bare Necessities. It’s always been my favorite. I’m humming it right now. Mowgli played by Neel Sethi is so cute. I love when he sanged the Bare Necessities song with Bill Murray who played Balloo the Bear.  Neel Sethi did an amazing job as Mowgli. I hope to see more from him in the future. The entire cast did a great job. 

Click here for a look at the trailer: http://movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016

  
On a scale of 1 to 10 my kids and I gave The Jungle Book a 10. Thank you Disney & AlliedIM for the invite. We really enjoyed this film. 

THE JUNGLE BOOK – OPENING 4/15/16

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to the screening. Opinions are mine 100% as always.