Winter’s Tale is not a love story.

Winter’s Tales is a guy-friendly chick flick about miracles and faith, not love. Movies released near Valentine’s Day typically have the “happily ever after” or “love sucks” ending, but Winter’s Tale surprisingly provided an alternative. If there is one thing I love as much as love, it’s a good freakin miracle.

Those impossible events that defy human power and scientific law bring me joy. Although it is not a love story, Winter’s Tale feeds your hunger for mushy love scenes (insert love struck emoji) and masculine battles.

The Lego Movie makes everything AWESOME!

It is ok for three adults to see a “children’s movie” sans kids, right? If not, oh well! We proudly laughed, cheered and sung “everything is awesome” with the theater full of seven-year-olds.

The beginning started slow (we missed the first five minutes, so after that), but it quickly picked up. We might have enjoyed The Lego Movie more than the kids, because of jokes we caught that flew over their pretty little heads. I went with two guys, one laughed so hard that water fell from his eyes. In addition to laughs, there is a great message. Don’t believe me, just watch. Be prepared for the flood of product placement (not my fave), everything else is awesome.

Why is The Wolf of Wall Street 3hrs Long?

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Three hour movies are definitely not my cup of tea. Why? I become a kid, get figity and attention deficit disorder (ADD) kicks in.  The world is moving while I am sitting in a theater for three hours unable to multi-task. God forbid the movie sucks, I can never get that time back.

I received an invite to a screening of The Wolf of Wall Street and my eyes conveniently skipped over the three hour run time, so I attended.

Watching men let money, power and greed drive them cuckoo is quite entertaining. The Wolf of Wall Street is a reminder to stay humble. Although it held my attention, three hours were not required.

The Square is a Must See!

You know those experiences that you wish you could share with the entire world… the moments that you realize your thoughts and perceptions shift a little closer to awesome?

For the past few years the intervals between those moments have decreased. I’m such a grown up that it kind of scares me. Great big yawns are what I used to give when asked if I wanted to watch a documentary. When did I become the adult entertained, captivated and inspired by documentaries?

Maybe one day the documentary cupid shot me with its arrow. Anyway, The Square is a little piece of awesome that I urge you to experience. We often complain and wish for our situations to change, but fail to follow those wants with action.

The Square tells the story of young people creating change by banding together to claim their rights.  The movement is currently happening and the reality of their story is insane. Go check it out by Nov. 8 and see what can happen when people unite for a cause.

I had the opportunity to see it on Friday and participate in a Q & A with a few of the film makers and I am moved.

Watch the trailer below. For screening info click here or visit http://www.thesquarefilm.com

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Short Term 12 is “Raw & Honest”

“Remember you are not their parent, you are not their therapist, you are here to provide a safe environment and that’s it.” -Grace (Short Term 12)

Short Term 12 tells to story of Grace,  a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers.

This film sparked my interest because I was placed in foster care from about age 9 until I was adopted at age 16. I lived in a family home setting as opposed to the group home setting featured in the film. Hearing Grace say the quote above captured my attention. Those words are a reality for too many foster youth.

I thought, “This trailer just got real”. More often than not, foster youth are removed from what they know as home, for reasons beyond their control. To think that they are then placed in an environment where the staff are instructed to only provide a “safe” environment is horrible. How can youth reach their full potential? Without nurturing, love and support, the system is setup to produce few successful adults. I digress.

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12 writer and director) presents a raw and honest depiction of life for staff and foster youth in facilities similar to Short Term 12. The relationship between the staff and youth warm your heart. Be prepared for the whirlwind of emotions you will experience.

At the end of the film, reflect on the beginning. Unfortunately, that reality is a continuous cycle for some.

Check out Short Term 12 now playing in select theaters.

TLC Movie Sneak Peak

CrazySexyCool ended too soon, but they’re back! The story of the “scrub” disapproving dynamic trio TLC will be relived on VH1. The movie will star Lil Mama (as Left Eye), Keke Palmer (as Chilli), Drew Sidora (as T-Boz), Rochelle Aytes (as Pebbles) and Evan Ross (as Dallas Austin).

Take a sneak peak at the past. Feeling nostalgic? I am.

How to Scare the Unafraid: The Conjuring

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Master of surprise, prankster, ballsy and jokester are all terms used to describe me.  After Christmas and my birthday, April Fools’ is my next favorite holiday. If scaring others was an Olympic sport, I would for sure own a gold medal.

With revenge always lurking around the corner, I stay on guard and uneasy to scare or surprise.  It is pretty safe to say that I am not a scaredy cat, but I pulled both hands really close to my face for a few seconds while watching The Conjuring.

Either I am getting a little soft or the movie fulfilled its purpose, you be the judge. It will be in theaters on July 19.  If you are on a mission to scare the unafraid, then take them to see The Conjuring and let me know what happens.

The film is pretty solid, but there were a couple scenes that caused the entire audience to snicker. Those were “Really! Are you serious?” moments.

Watch the trailer below.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Wondering if you should voyage to see Star Trek Into Darkness?

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine were the reason I considered hopping aboard the Star Trek Enterprise and taking a trip with the crew. Don’t pretend that you have never been swayed by a hottie with a body!

Shallow reasoning aside, I actually liked the movie. The presence of a solid storyline (simple enough for non-Trekkies to follow, yet complicated enough to not be totally predictable), a script sprinkled with comedy and wrapped in a rugged bow of action, made it worthwhile. I wouldn’t go all crazy calling myself a Trekkie, but i’m a little interested in traveling to the past to delve into the series.

Check out the trailer below.

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Olympus Has Fallen

What makes a movie worth seeing in theaters?

Sometimes, I just want to be entertained. Olympus Has Fallen engaged me, caused me to question reality and took me on a roller coaster thrill ride. I left entertained. Olympus Has Fallen is an intense story about friendship, loyalty and love that stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.

Would I have paid to see it? Yes. Watch the trailer below.

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Dead Man Down (Watch This)

What’s better than a guy/girl that commands your attention before they speak?

In Dead Man Down, Terrence Howard (Alphonse) commands attention and makes it appear effortless. When Alphonse, a ruthless crime boss, is on screen all eyes gravitate toward him. He is tuff a-hole that accidentally lets out just enough fear to make you consider being compassionate. What he receives is anything but compassion. One set of eyes is out to get him.

Noomi Rapace (Beatrice) and Colin Farrell (Victor) star in the film as two strangers aggressively seeking retribution. Beatrice is a real creep, she remains likeable but you would not want to cross her. Somehow Victor gets entangled in her web.

Go see Dead Man Down to find out how this action packed unlikely love story ends.

Check out the trailer and pictures below for a sneak peek.

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