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Movie Review: Sing (giveaway ends on 4/8/17)

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the fun, animated musical comedy, Sing. 

Sing features the voice talents of an all-star cast including Reese Witherspoon, Scarlet Johannson, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, Rhea Perlman and Taron Egerton, to name a few.

Sing also features A LOT of popular songs, sung by the variety of characters featured in the film. Even the celebrities song songs. Who knew they could all sing?

The film is brought to us by Illumination, the same people who brought us the hugely popular Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets. 

The film stars a Koala named Buster Moon (McConaughey). He grew up in the theater. His family owned a once popular theater which was left to Buster. Over the years Buster has not managed it well. The theater is falling apart and he has no luck finding talent to keep the theater alive. To top things off he’s hugely in debt and if he doesn’t come up with something soon the bank is going to take over his theater.

Buster came up with the brilliant idea of hosting a talent contest. The winner will receive $1,000. Little did he know, Buster’s loveable assistant Ms. Crawley accidentally typed in too many zeros, making the prize $100,000.

Needless to say, the chance to win $100,000 created a buzz around town. Before Buster knew it hundreds of people (animals actually) were lined up outside his theater to try out for their chance to enter the singing competition.

Some of the character that showed up to try out include…

Academy Award® winner MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY stars as dapper koala Buster Moon and writer/director GARTH JENNINGS voices elderly lizard Miss Crawly in the event film Sing, from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Rosita (Witherspoon) – an overworked, stressed out mother of dozens of little piglets. No one, not even her husband, appreciates all that she does around the home.

Ash (Johansson) – a young, teenage punk rocker porcupine who has much talent but it’s been squashed by her overbearing boyfriend who thinks that HE is the star of their band.

Johnny (Egerton) – a young gorilla who comes from a family of felons. He would rather sing than be on the look out for the police while his father and their gang rob places.

Meena (Tori Kelly) – a sweet young girl who has an incredible voice but is terrified to sing in front of others (except her family).

Mike (MacFarlane) – a conceited mouse who believes he has the most talent out of all of the other competitors. The only thing he has a great talent for is getting himself in trouble.

Gunter (Nick Kroll) – a German speaking pig who fancies himself as an amazing singer and dancer.

There are other characters in the film, but the ones mentioned above are the central characters.

Each of the contestants has their reasons for being a part of the competition, and their own reasons why they want to win. Each has their own backstory.

Who will win the singing competition? What will happen when Buster realizes the prize is a lot more than what he has? Will it be enough to save the theater? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Sing. Look for it where ever movies are sold. You can also purchase the film here.

There are A LOT of bonus features worth checking out, most especially three mini-movies.

NICK KROLL voices boisterous German pig Gunter and Academy Award® winner REESE WITHERSPOON voices overtaxed mother Rosita in the event film Sing, from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

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  • Mini-Movies

    • Gunter Babysits – Gunter offers to watch all of Rosita’s 25 piglets for the night, trying to prove he’s the best babysitter ever.
    • Love At First Sight – During a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth. Johnny convinces her that it’s not too late to find someone and helps her setup a profile on a dating website.
    • Eddie’s Life Coach – Eddie’s mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track.
  • “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” Music Video – A cool and unique music video starring Tori Kelly.

  • Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly – A behind the scenes look at the making of Tori’s music video with exclusive insights provided by Tori herself.

  • “Faith” Music Video

  • “Faith” Lyric Video

  • “Set It All Free” Lyric Video

  • The Making of SINGWe take you through the animation studios of Illumination with interviews from Chris Meledandri, producer Janet Healy, the various animation teams and the voice talent of SING.

  • Finding the Rhythm: Editing SINGIllumination editor Greg Perler, takes us inside the edit bay and reveals the secrets behind cutting an animated film. We’ll plunge into his world in this fun and eye-opening peek inside the room where the magic gets put together.

  • Character Profiles – Profiles on the incredible cast, all lending their voices to bring these animated characters to life.

    • Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon
    • Reese Witherspoon as Rosita
    • Tori Kelly as Meena
    • Taron Egerton as Johnny
    • Nick Kroll as Gunter
    • Garth Jennings as Miss Crawly
  • SING & Dance! – “Faith” – Celebrity choreographer Aakomon Jones takes us through a dance routine inspired by SING and the song, “Faith.”

  • The SING Network – The SING Network brings you the latest news and highlights the business endeavors of your favorite SING stars.

    • Gunter’s Dance Studio
    • The Moon Theater
    • Rosita’s Babysitting Gizmo
    • Miss Crawly’s Matchmaking Service
    • In The News – SING’S True Entertaining Stories highlights each of the Moon Theater’s newest stars.
      • Buster Moon
      • Gunter
      • Rosita
      • Johnny
      • Meena
      • Ash
      • Mike
  • The Best Of Gunter – A rapid-fire, fun mash-up of all the best Gunter one-liners

  • The Making Of The Mini-Movies – We’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.

Definitely check out the mini-movies. They are a lot of fun. I especially liked Gunther Babysits. Gunther is a very entertaining character.

Overall, Sing is a fun, family friendly movie that people of all ages will enjoy. The characters are very likable. The music is awesome (I’d love to check out the soundtrack) and the animation is wonderful. I wouldn’t be shocked if there is a Sing 2 or some kind of character spin-off from this film.

Sing would make the perfect movie for Family Movie Night. You could even host your own singing competition after you watch the film. That would be a lot of fun!

To learn more about the film you can visit the official website, www.SingMovie.com. You can also check out the film on social medai – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtags is #SingMovie and #SingAway.

I have a copy of the film to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 8, 2017. 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’d like to win a copy of Sing – OR – if you have seen the film, which was your favorite character?

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

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*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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New from James Patterson – Humans, Bow Down (giveaway ends 3/27/17)

 

Here in the Northeast we are expecting a blizzard tomorrow (March 14, 2017). Needless to say none of us are planning on leaving our home tomorrow. Thankfully I work in the local school district, so I follow their schedule. I have no doubt that we’ll have a snow day tomorrow. That’s fine with me. I just assume curl up on my couch with a snugly blanket, a hot cup of tea and a good book.

Author James Patterson has penned a new book, which is currently available, entitled Humans, Bow Down.

James Patterson has written a lot of best selling books, and I have no doubt that Humans, Bow Down will be another one. The book was written by James Patterson and Emily Raymond and illustrated by Alexander Ovchinnikov.

I love how Mr. Patterson can write for just about any genre including comedy and children’s books. He’s an amazing and talented author.

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.

A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing his proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

Author James Patterson

In his new book, Humans, Bow Down, the future of the entire human race is in jeopardy as robots try and take over.

In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species.

The Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices—they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it’s a crime to be human. And the robots aren’t content—following the orders of their soulless leader, they’re planning to conquer humanity’s last refuge. With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a rebel with a cause. On the run for her life after an attempted massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.

I have the book, and admittedly I haven’t started to read it as of yet due to health issues. Tomorrow during the blizzard might be a great time to start it, that is if I can get the book back from my daughter (she is currently in possession of the book and is reading it).

Humans, Bow Down sounds like my kind of book. I am totally into Sci-Fi, fantasy books. I also like that the book’s main character is a strong woman.

Look for Humans, Bow Down where ever books are sold.

For more information, you can visit James Patterson’s Official Site. You can also follow James Patterson on Twitter & Instagram and “like” James Patterson on Facebook.

The official hashtag for the new book is #HumansBowDown.

In honor of the book’s release I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader. One (1) winner will receive the following;

  • Copy of Humans, Bow Down
  • $100 Visa gift card to stock up on survival supplies.

Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 27, 2017. 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’d like to win this prize package and/or what is your favorite James Patterson book?

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

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*I received a copy of the book and a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

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The Classic Power Puff Girls are Back! (giveaway ends 3/18/17)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Hulu.

Are you familiar with the adorable, mini-superheroes, The Powerpuff Girls? Just in case you are not, here is a brief synopsis of the cartoon series.

The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose missions in life alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. The girls are frequently called upon by the town’s mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. While their differences cause them to squabble and tease, their individual strengths combined always lead them to victory. They rely on teamwork, trust, and friendship to thwart evil (in the most adorable way).

When our daughter was in elementary school (she’ll be 20 this year!), her and her two best friends were totally into The Powerpuff Girls. In fact, they referred to themselves as such. It worked out perfectly too because my daughter has dark hair (“Buttercup”) and her other friend had really blonde hair (“Bubbles”) and the third friend dark blonde hair (“Blossom”).

You can see a picture of our girls (above). One of them is wearing a The Powerpuff Girls t-shirt. I blurred out the faces of my daughter’s friends to protect them. My daughter looks nothing like she did back then.

Somewhere in one of the “baby boxes” I have a drawing that one of the girls did of The Powerpuff Girls. I made copies of it so each girl could have one and I hung my daughter’s up on her bedroom wall. It actually turned out really good. I don’t recall which girl drew it but it turned out great.

One of the moms even purchased The Powerpuff Girls t-shirts for our daughters to wear. I know we still have that shirt in our daughter’s baby box too. They are great memories from her youth. I can’t believe all three girls are in college now and 20 years old (or close to it).

Needless to say we watched The Powerpuff Girls all the time. We enjoyed the show. It wasn’t annoying or overly silly like some kiddie shows were back then. It was fun and entertaining. My husband thought that the monkey, Mojo Jojo, was  super funny.

The Powerpuff Girls debuted in 1998 and the show ran through 2005. There was a 10th anniversary special, and a re-boot, but nothing beats the original series.

I’m thrilled to announce that The Powerpuff Girls are BACK! The original episodes are now going to be available on Hulu.

Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films! Plus, you can stream almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Visit Hulu.com to start your free trial.

I can’t wait to share this news with my daughter. She’s going to be thrilled. I wonder if she’ll let her Powerpuff Girl friends know about it too (I know she’s in a college class with one of them). Maybe they can get together and have a sleepover and watch a marathon of The Powerpuff Girls.

In honor of The Powerpuff Girls, Hulu is celebrating the launch by highlighting amazing girls across the country!

The contest is looking to find #RealLifePowerpuff Girls that inspire others, help out in their communities or excel in fields like sports or science.

Check out this brief video about #RealLifePowerpuff Girls.

 

Do you know of an awesome #RealLifePowerpuff Girl? If so, post a video or photo of them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag it with the hashtag #RealPowerpuff and #Contest. Please don’t forget to include why she is so awesome. You MUST include both hashtags in order to enter.

Who knows, your special #RealLifePowerpuff could win a special Powerpuff Girl prize!

If you would like more information on this contest, please visit the official website..

To help celebrate The Powerpuff Girls new home on Hulu, I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader – a 6-month Hulu gift code (the code is redeemable in the U.S. and does not expire).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 18, 2017. 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’d like to win this prize package and/or who is your favorite Powerpuff Girl?

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

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*This is a sponsored post. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get ready to “rock out” with Rock Dog – coming to theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2/28/17)

 

Are you looking for something fun this weekend to do with your family? Why not check out the latest andimated film from Lionsgate – Rock Dog.

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Rock Dog opens in theaters February 24, 2017 starring Luke Wilson (Bodi), Eddie Izzard (Angus), J.K. Simmons (Khampa), Lewis Black (Linnux), Kenan Thompson (Riff), Mae Whitman (Darma), Jorge Garcia (Germur), with Matt Dillon (Trey) and Sam Elliott (Fleetwood Yak).

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks like a fun film that the whole family can enjoy.

Sadly, we just lost our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin). If you are a long time reader of She Scribes you know that I have written about him a lot over the years.

Espn was diagnosed with an incurable liver disease, Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, last June. The doctors gave him at best 2-3 months to live. We were able to fight and do our best to help him. He managed to outlive their expectations (8 months), but we had to finally let him go. He was never going to get better. He was in pain almost all of the time (he was very stoic about it). His quality of life was deteriorating.

So, yesterday morning at around 10:30 AM, our sweet dog Espn was put to sleep. I couldn’t even bring myself to go to the vet. My husband and son went. Our son couldn’t witness his die, so he stayed in the waiting room. My poor husband had to go through it all by himself. I feel horrible (VERY HORRIBLE) doing that to my husband, but he knows how I am – especially when it comes to our pets. I am grateful that Espn wasn’t alone when he passed and that my husband was with him (Espn adored my husband).

Rest in peace our dear Espn. Until we meet again…

I’m sure Espn would have loved to have been a “Rock Dog,” just like in the film. He loved to “rock out” to the sounds of his toys. He LOVED his toys – most especially ones that made noise. I will miss those sounds very much.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy Rock Dog, which opens in theaters on Friday.

For more information about the film you can visit the official website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow Rock Dog on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #RockDog.

To get you excited about the film I have some cute FREE coloring pages for you to enjoy. Click here to get started.

In addition, I also have a Rock Dog giveaway for a lucky reader, courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere. The prize package includes:

  • $50 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Beanie, Tambourine and Temporary Tattoo

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 28, 2017. 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’d like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on going to see the film?

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

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package from Lionsgate Premiere in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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LEGO Batman Movie – In theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2-18-17)

 

Whenever I think of the film The LEGO® Movie, I can’t help but think of the song “Everything is Awesome.” The film actually was pretty awesome. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it but after I saw it I was totally into it. It had something for everyone and both young and old alike could enjoy it.

A new LEGO film is coming to theaters this Friday – LEGO Batman. From the promos I’ve seen this film is going to be a blast, just like the first film.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

It looks really funny. Check out the trailer.

 

I find it amazing how the filmmakers can take a popular children’s TOY and turn it into a funny, action packed, animated film.

I grew up watching Batman, the television series that stared Adam West. It aired before I was born and when I was a baby, so I only watched repeats of the series when I was older. It was corny, but I loved it.

 

I remember Batman in the first LEGO movie. I would have never thought about offering him his own film. I wonder if the filmmakers plan on making other LEGO character movies in the future? That would be fun! I’m looking forward to them doing something like that.

The film will be released nation wide this Friday. Look for it at a theater near you. In fact, you can grab your partner in crime and make a date to see #LEGOBatmanMovie  and purchase advanced tickets here – http://tickets.legobatman.com/.

If you would like to learn more about the LEGO Batman Movie,  you can visit the Official Website. In addition, you can “like” the LEGO Batman Movie on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #LEGOBatmanMovie.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you are going to see it in theaters?

I have a super fun LEGO Batman Movie giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • T-Shirt, Stationery Set, Backpack

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Prizing and samples courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 18, 2017. 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’d like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on going to see the film?

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

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize package from Warner Bros. Pictures in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Awards Season Giveaway From Fandango/FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 1/28/17)

 

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It’s awards season. Actually, the season kicked off back on October (2016) with the announcement of the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees (October 10, 2016). Awards season ends on February 26, 2017 with the biggest award of them all – The Academy Awards (Oscars).

There is still more than a month away from the Oscars, but there is already plenty of buzz about some front runners who might just walk away with the most prestigious award.

Some films who are front runners for Best Picture include;

Arrival
Fences
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

According to IndieWire, other contenders include;

Deadpool 
Hacksaw Ridge 
Hidden Figures
Lion
Loving
Nocturnal Animals 

How many of these films have YOU seen? Personally I’ve only seen Deadpool and Hell or High Water. I want to see La La Land and Noctural Animals.

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Many of the film’s that could walk away with the Oscar for best picture are still playing locally (at least where I live). Moonlight, Lion, Fences, La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently playing in our local movie theater.

When we plan on going to the movies we always purchase our tickets online at Fandango. Not only does purchasing our tickets from Fandango help us to skip the lines, it also lets us see what seats are available and allows us to pick out the ideal seats (depending on the theater).

Once we purchase our tickets online I simply print them out and show them to the person at the theater who collects tickets. There is no need to wait online (unless you want something from the concession stand).

Fandango also has a companion site, FandangoNOW where you can purchase or rent movies and television shows – including some award nominated films and television shows. You can watch them online or download them to approved devices.

If you are looking for a great gift idea, Fandango and FandangoNOW gifts cards are a great option. The recipient can use them to enjoy current movies in their local movie theater, or they can rent or purchase their favorite films and television shows online.

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For the first time, Fandango is offering gift cards good for award-worthy movies on the big screen (via Fandango) and on digital platforms (with FandangoNOW).

With awards season, Fandango has you covered for all your movie news and needs, from the big screen to your screen!

You can learn more about the latest movie news, nominated films, awards shows, movie news, trailers and more by visiting the Fandango Movie Awards page.  I appreciate this page. It’s given me more information about the nominated films I didn’t know much about (like Fences and Moonlight). It’s a great resource for movie lovers.

You can also check out the Awards Season Gift Card, which can be found here. You can pick one up for yourself or grab a few for gifts (birthday, anniversary, Easter basket…).

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To help you catch up on some of the most talked about films of awards season, Fandango/FandangoNOW would like to give two lucky readers $25 Fandango/FandangoNOW gift cards (each winner gets one $25 gift card). The winners can use the gift cards to see movies in theaters or purchase/rent movies online.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 28, 2017. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners 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 which movie you are most anxious to see (in theaters or purchase/rent online)?

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

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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