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Going on a SPY mission… just for the fun of it

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It’s Labor Day weekend. Yeah! I love having a three day weekend. It’s the last weekend of summer, so we have to make it count. As much as I’d love to sleep all weekend long (I am so tired!) I don’t want to waste time. I want to have fun with my family and friends before getting back to the regular grind of work and school.

This weekend we’re planning on having a movie night with my family and a few friends/neighbors. This movie night will have a theme – SPY – in honor of the upcoming release of the Melissa McCarthy film by the same name.

Queen of Comedy Melissa McCarthy “in her funniest movie yet” (Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com) embarks on the mission of a lifetime as secret agent Susan Cooper in SPY. The September 29th Blu-ray release will include two versions of the film – Theatrical and never-before-seen Unrated Cut.  The DVD will feature the Theatrical version.  Both the Theatrical version and Unrated Cut of Spy will also be available on Digital HD September 4th. 

McCarthy is armed and hilarious in this “outrageously entertaining” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) comedy hit from director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids). Deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper is about to become the world’s newest — and unlikeliest — secret weapon. When her partner (Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer. Loaded with wise-cracking action and adventure, SPY is a mission impossible to resist!

I’ll tweet and share photos on my social media channels – Twitter (@She_Scribes), Facebook (SheScribes) and Instagram (SheScribes). The official hashtags are #SpiesNightIn and #SpyInsiders. Other bloggers will be hosting a #SpiesNightIn party too. The hashtags will connect you to their posts too.

Fox Home Entertainment was kind enough to send me some SPY theme goodies too to make this movie night party a lot of fun. I can’t wait to share those photos with you.

I can’t wait to see the film. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks funny. I love the cast too. Poor Jason Statham, he’s always cast as a thug or police officer. Hopefully he’s a good guy in this film.

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

SPY is currently available for digital download on iTunes.

I hope you’ll follow along with me and the other bloggers who are also enjoying a #SpyNightIn.

DF-03507_R2 Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) clearly has eyes for her partner, superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law).

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post however I did receive a free movie code and other goodies to assist with my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Now available from Nickelodeon – PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!

 

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Attention PAW Patrol fans – the patrol pups are back with an all new adventures including a new crew member in Nickelodeon’s newest DVD release PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!

The PAW Patrol pups are back with daring new rescues and a new puppy crew member in PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Fan-favorite Everest and high-flying rescue pup Skye embark on daring missions through the snow and ice to rescue their friends, protect stranded animals and guard their community!As the number-one preschool show on TV and featuring French and Spanish audio, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! is sure to be a hit with all of its good-hearted, adventure-seeking fans.

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! includes the following episodes:

The New Pup The PAW Patrol rolls out in their new PAW Patroller to save Jake when he gets stranded in the ice fields, but a new pup also pops up to lend a paw–the brave ranger, Everest!

Pups and the Big Freeze When a winter ice storm causes trouble all over Adventure Bay, Mayor Goodway’s car hits an icy patch and gets stuck in the snow.  Then, a train engineer can’t break on the icy tracks as it heads for a huge snow drift on the crossing. It’s up to Ryder, Rubble, and Everest to clear out all the snow and ice!

Pups Save the Deer – When a family of deer gets separated on slippery ice and a snowy hill, it’s up to Zuma and Everest to lead an icy rescue to reunite them!

Pups Make A Splash – When Cap’n Turbot’s boat runs aground, Ryder, Zuma, Skye, and Rocky must team up to save it before it sinks!

Pups Save A School Day Alex loses his back pack on the first day of school! Ryder and the Paw Patrol need to help him find it before the school bus comes.

Pups and the Trouble with Turtles Tons of Baby Turtles start to pop up all over town and it’s up to Ryder and the Pups to corral them all and get them back to their pond.

Pups Save A Flying Frog Marshall’s new pet frog, Smiley, is going to be in a jumping contest! The only problem is that during a practice run Smiley jumps right into Skye’s helicopter and it takes off! Now Skye and the Pups have to save Smiley, and get him to the competition in time!

This DVD is available today (September 1, 2015). Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

This DVD has a run time of 96 minutes and a suggested retail price of $14.99.

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Kimberly

*I received a free DVD in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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90 Minutes in Heaven – An incredible true story – coming to theaters September 11, 2015

 

90 Minutes in Heaven

Coming to theaters on September 11, 2015 is the incredible true story 90 Minutes in Heaven. It’s based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by the same name which has sold over 7 million copies.

The film stars Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy.

Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before.  Don was in Heaven.

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

90 Minutes in Heaven is presented by Giving Films. Its rated PG-13 for intense accident and injury images.

Here is some additional information about Giving Films and the wonderful charity work that they do.

Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.

If you would like to keep up to date on the film, or learn more, please check out the film’s official movie website and social media channels – Facebook and Twitter. To see what others have to say about this film check out the hashtag #HopeLives.

For more information about Giving Films please visit GivingFilms.com.

What do you think about this film?

Did you read the book?

Will you see the film when it’s released in theaters?

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Kimberly

*I received a copy of the book in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Surface

 

Surface

Coming to DVD tomorrow (September 1, 2015) is the thriller Surface.

Surface stars Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey. Mimi Rogers also has a small role in this film.

Mitch (Astin) doesn’t seem to be very happy. He has a “down and out” look about him. Viewers can see that his mother has dementia, and that must weigh heavily on him, but there must be more going on behind the scenes (which will be explored later on in the film).

After Mitch visits his mom in the nursing home he goes to his family home and takes out their boat on to Lake Michigan (Lake Michigan is HUGE!).

Viewers don’t really know why he’s on the boat. Is he clearing his mind? Does he enjoy boating? Is he plotting to jump into the water and kill himself? We don’t really know.

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Mitch’s boat collides with some debris in the water and becomes disabled. I appears to be debris from a plane crash. It is evident that a small plane had crashed into the lake.

Among the fuselage Mitch finds a body. The man is still alive. Mitch drags his body into the boat to save him from slipping into the water and drowning.

One might think finding out someone rescued you would make you happy and appreciative. Not this man (who we later find out is named Kelly). It’s as if Kelly is angry with Mitch for saving him. But why?

Kelly has a small bad with him and he’s cautious of Mitch and doesn’t want him near that bag – to the point where Kelly gets very volatile toward Mitch.

Now both men as stuck in the middle of Lake Michigan with no way to call for help.

What is in the bag Kelly is so fiercely protecting? Who will rescue them – or do they even want to be rescued? To find out pick up a copy of Surface, available tomorrow where ever movies are sold.

This film is primarily just Astin and Mulkey. There are a few others who appear here and there, but none of them have a major role. The two men carry this whole film.

I didn’t know what to make of this film. I was always expecting something was going to happen suddenly. It’s not an “edge of your seat” type of film, but is always kept me guessing if something was going to happen out of the blue. After all, you have two strangers trapped on a boat in the middle of no where with no one to help them.

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This film sort of reminded me of that Nicole Kidman film, Dead Calm, where they encounter a disabled boat in the middle of the ocean, but there was more to the surviving passenger’s story than he lead on. It also reminds me of The Life of Pi where Pi was adrift all alone on a boat with a hungry lion.

Surface is entertaining, but not in an action packed sort of way. It can be a little slow at times but you over look that thinking that something exciting WILL eventually happen.

I tried imagining myself in the same situation as I watched the film (being stranded on a boat in the middle of no where). I think that also lends it’s self to the thriller aspect – as in “What would YOU do” if you were in the same situation.

Below is the trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: Dark Was The Night

 

Dark Was the Night

Coming to DVD tomorrow (September 1, 2015) is the horror film Dark Was The Night.

Dark Was The Night is directed by Jack Heller (Enter Nowhere) and stars Kevin Durand (TV’s The Strain, Reel Steal and Wild Hogs), Lukas Haas (Inception, Transcendence) and Bianca Kajlich (Bring It On and TV’s Rules of Engagement).

Paul Shields (Durand) is the Sheriff of a peaceful little town called Maiden Woods. His deputy, Donny Saunders, is new to Maiden Woods. He used to work in New York City but left the hustle and bustle for the peacefulness of a small town.

Sheriff Shields is dealing with his own inner demons. One of his young sons died accidently and he blames himself for the death – even though it was through he had nothing to do with it. As a result of his grief his wife moved out of their marital home with their other son. She didn’t want to but Paul pushed her away after their son’s death.

Strange things start happening around town. A horse disappears, strange footprints are found all around town and mysterious scratches are found on buildings.

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Not knowing what is attacking their town the people of Maiden Woods are feeling uneasy and turning to Sheriff Shields to find out what is going on. There are several theories but nothing concrete.

The move Sheriff Shields and Deputy Saunders look into the strange occurrences the more they believe that whatever is causing this is not human. One theory even suggests that the creature responsible is a demon of sorts.

What is behind all the strange and violent things happening around town? How can Sheriff Shields protect the people of Maiden Woods when he couldn’t even protect his own son? Will this be a battle between inner demons and a real demon? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Dark Was The Night, available tomorrow (September 1, 2015) where most movies are sold.

I enjoy Kevin Durand, the actor. He’s been in a lot of films I’ve enjoyed. Sadly he’s always cast as a thug or bad guy due to his large size and muscles. It was refreshing to see him not only play a lead role, but also a good guy too.

I don’t think the film title matched the film. Dark Was The Night has a more poetic feel to it. I think something along the lines of the Beast from Maiden Woods or something along those lines would have suited the film better.

The coloring in this film was all wrong. I know it sounds like an odd thing to say but the outside shots were colorless – very washed out looking. Inside shots were done in more normal coloring. The way the film was shot (in washed out coloring) lent it’s self to something you might see in a post-apocalyptic film. Hopefully you can visualize what I’m saying. I wish the film was shot normally.

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I liked the entire story line about the creature, but I could have done without the dead son storyline. I don’t think that was necessary to the overall plot of the film. If anything I think it distracted viewers from the main story line.

I wish they showed the creature more. He’s actually pretty cool looking. It’s not until the very end do you get to see what the creature looks like.

Over all I enjoyed the film. I didn’t find it scary at all. If you find that you startle easily you’ll probably jump out of your seat a few times. For die hard horror film fans you will enjoy the film, but you won’t find it scary.

There are some bonus features on the DVD including a behind the scenes look at the making of the film and interviews with the cast.

Look for Dark Was The Night where ever DVDs are sold.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: Extinction

 

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Coming to DVD and Digital HD tomorrow (September 1, 2015) is the horror film Extinction.

Extinction stars Matthew Fox (TV’s “Lost”), Jeffrey Donovan (TV’s “Burn Notice”), Quinn McColgan and Clara Logo.

Extinction doesn’t waste much time getting started. The movie opens with survivors from a zombie apocalypse being bused by the military to a safe location. On board the bus are best friends Patrick (Fox) and Jack (Donvan), along with Patrick’s wife Emma and their infant daughter Lu (played by McColgan as a child).

When the bus comes under siege from a mass of zombies, everyone takes off running. During the chaos Patrick loses sight of his wife and daughter. They are eventually found, but it’s too late. Thankfully Lu survived.

Fast forward nine years. Both men live side by side in houses in the middle of a barren, frozen landscape. Even though it’s pretty much the end of the world, the two men do not speak to one another.

Patrick spends his days going into the city to look for food and supplies, and his nights on a radio transmitter trying to find other survivors. He also has an obvious drinking problem.

Jack is now raising Lu as his own daughter (the reason why comes to light about half way through the film). He is fiercely protective of Lu and keeps her under lock and key inside the house to protect her. Lu has no idea that Patrick is her real father.

One of of his visits into the city Patrick makes a startling discovery – the zombies are back and they have found at way to survive the harsh, freezing temperatures. They are also blind and ghostly white.

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Patrick gets away from the zombie (barely) and races back to his home to warm Jack and Lu.

Will Patrick make it back in time? Are there more of these strange zombies lurking about? Will humanity survive? To find out you need to pick up a copy (or download) Extinction available where movies are sold (or downloaded) tomorrow, September 1, 2015.

I’m a huge fan of horror movies and I have liked zombie films since the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). Over the years there have been more zombie movies than I can count. I’d have to say that at least 75% of them (if not more) are duds. I was pleasantly surprised by Extinction.

The film was not very scary (at least for me) but for the easily squeamish you’ll find yourself jumping out of your seat a lot. There are plenty of scenes where things pop out at you when you least expect it.

The zombies are pretty cool in this film, although they seem more like alien creatures than a zombie. They are freakishly all white (like snow white), blind, have fangs and have strange ears that are alien-like. They also don’t move like zombies. Typical zombies either walk slowly (as if they are in a trance) or in the case of World War Z, they are super fast and ravenous. The zombies in this film do not strike me as zombies.

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It was weird seeing Matthew Fox in this film. He’s normally such a handsome man (thinking back to his “Lost” days). In this film he seems very gaunt and sickly. I guess he intentionally looks that way for this movie role. However Jeffrey Donovan looks just like he does in other film’s he’s been in. If they made Matthew Fox intentionally “sickly” looking, why wouldn’t they do the same for Donvan?

The young actress who played the role of Lu, Quinn McColgan, did very well. Surprisingly she looked very healthy and like a normal child in this film even though there was a lack of food and basic necessities. She was also a very brave girl. Where most kids would have totally lost it, Lu was able to handle being attacked by zombies bravely. Not me! If I was under attack, or even knew they were around, I would lock myself away some where. LOL!

I was surprised that I really liked this film. I was thinking it could have been a dud since it was “straight to DVD,” but let’s face it, movies that do make it into theaters can be even worse – case in point – Oujia and all the Insidious films. This film was actually pretty good. I enjoyed it. I just wish it had a better ending.

Extinction will available on DVD tomorrow (September 1, 2015). Look for the film where ever movies are sold.

Below is the trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

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

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