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Movie Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

 

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the latest installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise –

All of the same characters are back including April and Vernon (Megan Fox and Will Arnett). There are some new characters too, like Tyler Perry as a scientist named Baxter Stockton and Stephen Amell as Police Officer Casey Jones.

The Turtle brothers are back to their normal lives since the last movie. They continue to fight crime “behind the scenes” so that no one knows of their existence. They still work along side of April.

It’s a year after they captured Shredder and put him in jail. Shredder is about to be transported to a prison upstate, but April has cause to believe the the Foot Clan is planning on breaking Shredder free.

The Turtles try to get to Shredder before it’s too late. He does get free – but by the most unusual way – he is sucked into a porthole to another dimension.

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In the other dimension, Shredder meets an alien named Krag. Krag wants Shedder’s help to find some missing pieces hidden on Earth that will help to open up a porthole that will let him in and destroy Earth. Shedder agrees to work with him.

Now, in addition to finding Shredder and his new minions, the Turtles have to also deal with an unknown enemy (Krag).

Will the Turtles exceed in stopping both Shredder and Krag before it’s too late? Will they be able to keep their identities safe, of will they have to come out of the shadows in order to save the planet? To find out you need to pick up a copy (or download the movie) today, where ever movies are sold.

There are bonus features for the Blu-ray version. When I watched the film I watched it on my computer, so I was unable to use the Blu-ray disc.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray disc include:

  • We Are Family: Learn about the real life actors who portray the turtles in the movies.
  • Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse: A look back at the previous film and an introduction to new characters in the new film.
  • House Party: Get a look inside where the turtle call home.
  • It’s Tricky: Inside the Van: Take a look at the inside of the Turtles new ride.
  • FILM — The Effets Beneath the Shell: Visual effects progression clips.
  • Did You Catch That? Turtle Eggs! Some of the film’s secrets revealed.
  • Deleted Scenes

I liked this film a lot more than the previous one. I think this one had a lot more action, excitement and awesome visual effect.

The special effects are especially good in this film. There are a lot of epic fight scenes (they might be a tad bit too intense for very young children). I think it’s amazing how they can make the Turtle characters look so realistic on the big screen. It’s hard to tell where visual effects end and real life begins.

I also liked the story line in this film a bit better than the previous film.

I’ve never been a fan of TMNT, but after this film, they are starting to grow on me.

I would not be shocked on bit if this film leads into another film. I personally feel like there are a few story plots the movie makers can explore after this film.

You can find the film where ever movies are sold. Some stores are even offering special packaging and extras like all four Turtle eye masks.

If you would like to learn more you can check out the official website, TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMovie.com. You can also check the turtles out on social media. All of the links are found on the top right of their official website.

What do you think of the film? Did you see it?

Below is the trailer/bonus feature for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Is that a gun in your pocket?

 

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Coming to theaters TODAY in the Los Angeles area (and in other theaters soon) is the comedy Is that a gun in your pocket? The film won awards for Director’s Choice and Audience Choice for Best Feature Comedy at the 2016 Sedona Film Festival.

The film opened already in New York City and Phoenix this past Friday (September 16, 2016). It will open in Washington D.C. on Friday, September 23, 2016 and in Dallas, Houston, and Miami on Friday, September 30, 2016

Is that a gun in your poacket? was written and directed by Matt Cooper and stars Andrea Anders, Matt Passmore, Katherine McNamara, Cloris Leachman, Horatio Sanz, John Heard, Fernanda Romero, David Denman, and John Michael Higgins

The film, as you guessed it, is about guns.

If there’s one thing the men of Rockford, Texas love as much as their women, it’s their guns. But life in this idyllic town is turned upside-down when a gun incident involving her son spurs stay-at-home mom Jenna (Andrea Anders) to rethink Rockford’s obsessive gun culture. Much to the chagrin of her husband Glenn (Matt Passmore), Jenna ignites a movement by convincing the women of Rockford to withhold sex until every gun in town is given up. A wild and hilarious showdown ensues between the sexes. As tensions—and libidos—rise, the men and women of Rockford must decide what’s really important: keeping the peace or getting a piece.

Provocative and timely, Is that a gun in your pocket?... is poised to stir conversations about gun control in America as well as female empowerment and sexuality, while also being romantic, heart-warming, and hysterically funny.

I was sent a screener copy to review.

I don’t talk politics with anyone, nor do I discuss my position on things like gun control. I am only going to share my thoughts on the movie its self.

Gun control is a serious issue in this country. This film takes a light-hearted approach to the subject matter, but the overall theme is still there.

The incident that sparked the wive withholding sex until their husbands gave up their guns involved a child that brought a gun to school to show a friend. The gun accidentally went off an someone was injured. This was a gun that was locked up too. Sadly, this type of scenerio happens across the country (children getting access to a gun – even locked ones). This results was comical, but in the real word people have died from children getting access to guns.

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I will say that there is a lot of sexual talk and sexual innuendos in this film. If stuff like that makes you feel uncomfortable (especially watching the film in mixed company) you might want to pass on this one. Watching actress Cloris Leachman talking about vibrators is not for everyone. Personally I could have done with less sex talk. Or at least tone it down a bit (there is a lot of sex related stuff in this film).

This is a comedy, and there plenty of funny parts. It’s a bit “cheesy” and predictable at times, but I think most people will find it amusing and entertaining (less the sex talk and inuendos).

This film is rated R. Off hand I don’t know the run time but I believe it was around an hour and a half long (give or take).

For more information you can visit the film’s official site, www.IsThataGun.com. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Beauty and the Beasts 25th Anniversary

 

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One of Disney’s most treasured animated films, Beauty and the Beast, is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. Today (September 20, 2016) the film is being re-released as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection.

I cannot believe it’s been 25 years since I’ve seen this film in the movie theater. Twenty five years – WOW!

I fell in love with the movie the first time I saw it. Each time I watch it I fall more in love with it. The songs, the characters, the story… it’s all amazing!

I love that the film has stood the test of time and a whole new generation is able to see and appreciate the magic of this film.

If you are not familiar with this film, Beauty and the Beast is the story of a beautiful young girl named Belle. Belle lives with her father in a small village where she is being pursued by lothario named Gaston.

On his way to sell one of his inventions, Belle’s father, Maurice, finds himself lost in the forest after his horse threw him off. Maurice is fortunate to find a castle to provide him with some protection for the night. Unbeknown to him the castle is inhabited by an monstrous beast.

When Maurice does not return home, Belle is concerned. She looks for help from the towns people, but no one wants to help her. Belle decides to go off on her own to find her father.

Belle happens across the same castle where her father is. She discovers that her father is being held prisoner by the Beast.

In exchange for his freedom, Belle offers to be the Beast’s prisoner so that her father can be set free. The Beast agrees.

Now Belle is the Beast’s prisoner – or is she?

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I love my Beauty and the Beast “friends”. They really work too!

Can Belle “tame” the Beast? Will she ever be set free? Will she ever see her father again? And what about Gaston? What will he do if he finds out that Belle is being held prisoner by the Beast? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, now available where ever movies are sold as well as Digital Download.

I cannot say enough about this film. I love everything about it. Even the songs are delightful and you’ll find yourself singing and humming them all day long.

Here is some additional information about the re-release film.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of Beauty and the Beast.  The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version.  The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.

There is also a host of all-new bonus extras including a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, including Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), Stephen Schwartz (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen, Disney’s upcoming Gigantic), Robert Lopez (Frozen, Disney’s upcoming Gigantic) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming Moana) as they sing and share how they’ve personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, arriving in theaters in 2017.

I am SO EXCITED about the live version of the film. Have you seen the teaser trailers for it yet? It’s going to be epic! I hope they stay true to the Disney version of the film.

There are plenty of bonus features to enjoy.

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

  • Original theatrical version
  • New advanced sing-along version
  • Extended version with “Human Again” song sequence

DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

  • Work-in-progress version

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration – Get a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced “Beauty and the Beast” and how they find  inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all—Alan Menken.

#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast – Long before “Beauty and the Beast” became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts—between the 1930s and 1950s—to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.

Always Belle – The original voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in “Beauty and the Beast” and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.

The Recording Sessions – Go in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.

25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast – Disney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.

“Beauty and The Beast” Sneak Peek – An exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include over five hours of bonus material, such as an alternate version of “Be Our Guest” and the “Beauty and the Beast” music video performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, and deleted scenes.

  • Bonus features may vary by retailer

Did you know…

  • Beauty and the Beast was nominated for six Academy Awards® and was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture. It won two Oscars®, including best song, by the renowned Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and best original score (Menken), as well as a Golden Globe Award® for best comedy/musical.
  • Beauty and the Beast was Disney’s first animated film adapted into a Broadway musical, which ran for 5,464 performances from 1994-2007 and has delighted more than 35 million people worldwide.
  • On March 17, 2017, audiences will experience the thrilling retelling of the original tale through Disney’s live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, in which Emma Watson (Harry Potter films) plays Belle and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken returns to recreate his Academy Award®-winning music score.

Are you a fan of Beauty and the Beast? Do you have a favorite song, character or scene from the film? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Review: American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

 

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I can’t believe it’s been over 20+ years since Nicole Brown Simpson, former wife of football great O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. I still remember the infamous car chase being plastered all over the news. I also remember how this case was a major discussion at water coolers and among friends. Did he do it? Did O.J. Simpson brutally murder Nicole and Ron? Will the jury find him guilty – or innocent.

Personally, I always thought he was guilty. He literally got away with murder. I just felt like all the evidence pointed to him.

This is a case that will always be talked about. No one really knows what happened that faithful night of June 12, 1994. The only people who know the true identity of the killer are Nicole and Rob. Neither of them are able to speak up and tell the rest of the world.

I found it interesting that there was plans to do a series based on the events of that night. The series was entitled American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

The series had a very impressive celebrity cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and David Schwimmer.

The series focused on the events of that day up to O.J.’s time in court. It gave viewers a different perspective than what we saw on television or read in the newspapers.

With a phenomenal cast, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is a critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating O.J. Simpson murder trial. Told  from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time.

Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this must-see TV event shows you the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before.

Nominated for 22 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, this groundbreaking television event is Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis and Brad Falchuk.

I did catch a few episodes when it aired on television but I missed most of them. Thankfully the series is now available for home viewing. The entire series is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

I was sent the series to review. I’m glad I had the opportunity to catch up on the episodes that I missed when it was airing on television.

I think they did a fantastic job casting this series, with the exception of Cuba Gooding Jr. Don’t get me wrong – he did a magnificent job, it’s just that I see Cuba Gooding Jr. in more comedic roles. I had a hard time seeing him as O.J. Simpson. I kept wanting to watch Snow Dogs or Radio every time I saw him. I had a hard time seeing him (Cuba) as a killer.

David Schwimmer was the perfect choice to play Robert Kardashian. WOW! The resemblance was uncanny!

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John Travolta was also a great choice for Robert Shapiro, but it was difficult to see how “hard” and “harsh” looking Travolta was for this role. He’s certainly a far cry from Danny Zucco (Grease) or Tony Manero (Saturday Night Live).

It’s truly a phenomenal cast. It made if feel like you were right there with them as things were unfolding in the case back in 94′ – 95′.

Watching this series I learned a lot more about the case than I remember reading about or hearing on the nightly news. Even with the new facts in the case, I still believe that O.J. Simpson was responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. If only there were security cameras there to capture what really happened and to put this case to rest once and for all.

There are some bonus features;

  • Past Imperfect: The Trial of the Century
  • Facts of the Case: An Interactive Timeline – I do recommend this one if you have a chance to watch it. It’s very interesting.

Look for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson where ever movies are sold.

Did you watch the series? If so, what did you think about it? I’d love to hear other’s perspective on the series. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection Review & Giveaway (ends 9/30/16)

 

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Are you a fan of Little House on the Prairie? I have been a fan for as long as the show has been on television. I used to watch it faithfully with my sister when we were younger. I enjoyed it up until the Ingalls family moved away and a new family took over their home. From that point on I lost interest in the series. Even now I really don’t care about Little House on the Prairie: A New Beginning. I never connected with the newer characters.

Little House on the Prairie is mostly known for it’s series, but occasionally they did air special movies featuring the characters from the series.

A newly released DVD includes other Little House on the Prairie movies. The new DVD (also available on Digital HD) is entitled Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection. 

Celebrate the series that stole America’s heart when Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD September 13 from Lionsgate. Say farewell to this legendary western drama with three movie adventures: Look Back to Yesterday, Bless All the Dear Children, and The Last Farewell. These restored and remastered movies will be available individually on Digital HD and the Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

The story of the Ingalls family concludes with these three heartwarming movies—newly restored and remastered for optimal sound and picture quality. Rediscover the timeless adventure of “Little House on the Prairie” as Albert displays courage in the face of a serious illness; Laura and Almanzo race to find their missing baby daughter; and the community of Walnut Grove unites to defend its town in these inspiring and exciting moments that fans will treasure.

This movie collection has a run time of about five hours.

I am familiar with the movie Bless All the Dear Children when Laura and Almanzo’s daughter, Rose, gets kidnapped. I knew right away what that one was about because I recognized the title. The other two I didn’t. In all fairness I don’t remember most of the titles/episodes, only a handful. Bless All the Dear Children is one of the ones I remember.

I have never seen Look Back to Yesterday until now. I don’t know how after all these years I missed that episode! It’s a very sad one so you bet have the tissues handy when you watch it.

I believe Look Back to Yesterday is the final episode of the series. That is the one where the people of Walnut Grove do something very drastic when a land developer buys out all of their land.

This is a good assortment of Little House on the Prairie movies. If you are a fan you’ll want to add this DVD to your Little House on the Prairie collection.

Look for Little House on the Prairie: Legacy Movie Collection where ever DVDs are sold.

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I have a copy of this DVD to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of this DVD?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the action packed Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War.

I’ll admit, growing up I wasn’t really into characters like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor or the Hulk. I used to enjoy Spiderman and the live-action Batman series that starred Adam West. I also enjoy watching Wonder Woman on television.

Even as an adult, I wasn’t really into the Marvel characters much, but that all changed when I saw Captain America: Winter Solider. The first time I saw the movie I was instantly hooked. I’ve seen the film at least a dozen times already. I also got into the original Captain America: The First Avenger.

I was SUPER excited when I heard about the film Captain America: Civil War. I was even more excited when I saw trailers for the film.

Check out this trailer for the film. Please keep in mind that the film is no longer in theaters and is now available to purchase for home viewing.

 

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Captain America: Civil War sort of picks up where Captain America: Winter Solider left off.

The Avengers travel to different countries to protect the world against bad people. Sadly, sometimes their efforts to stop the “bad guys” puts innocent lives in danger – including the loss of human lives.

World leaders have had enough and insist that the Avengers no long have free reign. Instead, almost every country wants the Avengers to be accountable for their actions and ONLY go after people that the United Nations agree upon.

To enact this the U.N. wants the Avengers to each sign a document that says they will go on and lead “normal” lives and not take any action against anyone unless they are summoned by the United Nations.

Some of the Avengers, like Tony “Iron Man” Stark, are all for this idea. Others, like Captain America, are totally against it.

This disagreement between Avengers causes a lot of tension between it’s members. To add to the mix there is the issue with the Winter Solider (Bucky Barnes). He is being held responsible for a bombing that killed many people. Captain doesn’t believe Barnes is to blame, but Iron Man feels he’s responsible and needs to be captured and put away forever.

Soon the Avengers are all at odds with one another. They are taking sides. Either they agree with Iron Man that the world’s governments should control the Avengers, and that Barnes needs to brought to justice, or they are agree with Captain, that the Avengers shouldn’t be under anyone’s control and perhaps Barnes is innocent of the crime he’s being hunted down for.

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With the Avenger are war with one another, how could there be a true winner?

Whose side will win the civil war – team Iron Man or team Captain? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Captain America: Civil War. Look for it where ever moves are sold.

Bonus features include:

United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.

Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.

Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.

Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of “Captain America: Civil War.”

Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.

Admittedly I didn’t to the audio commentary. I never do. I’m not a fan of commentaries.

Make sure to check out the Gag Reel. It looks like they had a lot of fun on the set of this film.

I like the deleted and extended scenes too. I think some of them should have made it into the film.

This film was AWESOME! It was EPIC! It left me wanting MORE!

The special effects in this film are mind blowing and the epic battle between the Avengers at the airport was one of the best movie scenes (Marvel franchise and otherwise) that I seen in a very long time. It was amazing! I didn’t know that Ant Man had such a capability.

As it is with most Avengers film there is always a sprinkling of humor throughout the film too.

My favorite character is still Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and I am still a die hard Captain America fan. Team Captain all the way!

Have you seen the film? If so, what did you think about it?

Are you team Iron Man or Team Captain? Sound off in the comments section.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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