December 18, 2017

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


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

Rio 2 is a colorful sequel with one flaw

Rio 2

Julie Samrick At the start of Rio 2 domesticated blue macaw Blu, his wife Jewel and three kids leave their computers, iPods and busy city life in Rio de Janeiro to get back to basics and research their heritage in the Amazon rainforest. Thinking they’re the only blue macaws left in the world, they find… 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

Despicable Me 2: Best parts are the original’s leftovers

Despicable Me 2

In the first Despicable Me (2010) hardened criminal Gru (Steve Carrell) transformed before our eyes from a tough guy to a softie all by the uncomplicated, pure love of three little girls.  In the end Gru formally adopts the orphans and vows to turnaround his life.   In this sequel Gru remains a doting father… Read more

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Shows Brains Are Our Best Asset


“It’s our last adventure and I intend to make the most of it,” proclaims eccentric Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) to his conventional sidekick, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), on the eve of Watson’s wedding in the second movie installment of the series, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  Their quest in this sequel is… Read more

Movie Review: Cars 2


I’m starting to see a trend with animated sequels this summer- studios wowing us with cool special effects but thinking we’ll overlook their weak story lines.   Cars 2 centers around Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater’s trip abroad, as McQueen competes in a multi-city World Grand Prix. The story is mainly about the lovable, obtuse… Read more