June 23, 2017

The Hundred Foot Journey is just what we all need

100 Foot Journey

By Julie Samrick As political, social and religious wars rage around the world and we hear of the bloodshed of children, the most innocent among us, most other topics seem petty to discuss.   Yet the new film The Hundred Foot Journey is just what the world needs right now. I’ll even predict this movie… Read more

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is much more than its title

how_to_train_your_dragon_2_movie-wide

Overall Kid Focused grade: A- Rated PG Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes   By Julie Samrick   Since dragons were banned, then accepted, in the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, dragon racing has become the Vikings’ favorite pastime in its sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2.   The son of Chief… Read more

The Fault in our Stars is a modern Romeo and Juliet

fault in our stars movie

Rated PG-13, 2 hours 6 minutes Julie Samrick Hazel is a 17-year-old with terminal cancer who starts going to support group to deal with her depression. She meets fellow teen Augustus Waters, whose vivacious personality soon rubs off on Hazel. Everything is wonderful except for the one fault in their stars- a nod to a… Read more

Mr. Peabody & Sherman offer adventure and heart

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Julie Samrick  To look around the movie theater, parents had the biggest smiles on their faces during Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the new animated Dreamworks film that’s a nod to the past while still offering a clever, fresh plot.   Mr. Peabody and Sherman is based on the adventures of the1960s characters of the same… Read more

Lego Movie: glittery surface, lackluster plot

The Lego Movie

“Everything is awesome” for Lego Movie’s leading character Emmet, where in his Lego-constructed world all citizens abide by the rules and optimism abounds. Chosen by a prophecy to be an imaginative “master builder,” and save the world from Kragl (a misspelling of Krazy Glue, which symbolizes no imagination or thinking outside structured, strict manual-led lives)… Read more

Catching Fire movie review- not as violent as original

Catching Fire

By Julie Samrick Every once in a while a movie sequel is better than the original. This is the case for Catching Fire, the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy based on the books by Suzanne Collins.   The heroine of the story, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) struggles to readjust to normal life after… Read more

Wacky Free Birds

Free Birds

By Julie Samrick Reggie (Owen Wilson) doesn’t fit in with the other turkeys. Though ignorance to their fate may keep them in a state of bliss, Reggie knows just what will happen to all of them come Thanksgiving. If only they’ listen!   When the President’s daughter chooses Reggie to be pardoned, and takes him… Read more

All signs point to One Direction: This is Us

One Direction

By Julie Samrick My seven-year-old likes One Direction and now I’m a secret admirer too.   They’re bubble gum sweet and very innocent…or the producers in the movie do a good job showing them as so. They sing the Seven Dwarves mantra, “Hi-ho! Hi-ho! It’s off to a work I go,” to amp up before… Read more

Smurfs 2 is a sloppy sequel

Smurfs 2

Why are Smurfs blue?  And why is Smurfette the lone girl in a community of males? These questions are at the heart of Smurfs 2, the sequel to the hit 2011 Smurfs movie. Thinking he has a chance to rule the world, evil wizard Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette to extract her blue essence.  But might Smurfette… Read more

Turbo is Terrific

Turbo

By Julie Samrick Theo the garden snail may handle overripe tomatoes during the day but after hours he dreams of navigating the curves of Nascar’s track and the “terrifying, blazing speed” of it that makes him happiest.   Though he’s subject to ridicule for these grand dreams, an accident soon gives him turbo powers. But will… Read more