Movie Review: Warcraft



Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the science fiction/fantasy film Warcraft. Warcraft is based on the widely popular video game by the same name.

I should let it be known that I have never played the game before, nor have I even seen the game played. I’m not a gamer. Not by any means. But I do love science fiction movies and this did look pretty cool from the trailers that I saw.

I watched this movie as a movie – not as a movie based on a video game (if that makes any sense). Sadly, I think maybe I should have learned more about the game before seeing the film because I got lost and had no idea what was going on half the time.

Even the names of the characters threw me off. I can’t pronounced them, let alone spell them.

Normally when I watch movies I try and give a little synopsis based on my own words. I don’t like to rely on pre-written synopsis unless I have to. In this case, I feel like the film’s synopsis is more direct and to the point (and I don’t have to stress over trying to spell the name right – ha ha).

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, an unlikely group of heroes is set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home.

There are humans, and then there are these humanoid creatures with huge tusks (for lack of better description) from the Orc realm.


The Orcs (humanoids with tusks) live in a realm (Draenor)  that is rapidly dying. They need to evacuate their home before it’s too late.

The Orcs find a portal that takes them to another dimension realm. They come up with a plan to raid the new realm and take it over so the rest of their people can come over through the portal where they can continue to live and thrive.

The new realm is Azeroth where humans live. Now the people of Azeroth must fight to protect what is theirs. There are A LOT of battles to be fought, including one against a giant statue that comes to life.

Who will win the battle over Azerotha realm? Will the Orcs and the humans ever be able to live in peace with one another? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Warcraft, available today where ever movies are sold.

As I mention earlier, it was hard to really give much detail because I didn’t know how to spell a lot of thing (names mostly). I had to Google Azeroth just so I know I spelled it correctly.

I would consider this more of a “guy” film. I’m not suggesting that women don’t enjoy video games or sci-fi films. I think guys would enjoy all the pummeling more so than women will. Plus the sexy Paula Patton (as the character Garona) would appeal more so to the guys.

I honestly couldn’t follow along with much of the plot and characters, however the special effects are pretty cool. I also love the scenery that is set up for each the realms. They seemed very realistic in the film. I couldn’t tell what was real and what was computer generated (as far as the landscapes are concerned).


I found the movie to be entertaining, regardless of how confused I was. My husband is on the fence about it. He liked some aspects of the film but most of the time he was either asking me questions I couldn’t answer or pointing out weird things in the film.

I don’t know much about the game, but the film seems to suggest the possibility of a sequel. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Warcraft film in the future.

I’d have to say on a scale of 1-5, I’d give Warcraft a 3.

The film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of approximately two hours.

There are plenty of bonus features worth checking out.

WARCRAFT: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic: Take an interactive journey through the official WARCRAFT graphic novel with a never-before-seen motion comic that brings the story of the film’s young heroes – Prince Llane, Captain Lothar and Guardian Medivh – to life in this unique experience.

The World of Warcraft on Film: The “World of Warcraft” is much more than just a game – it is a cultural phenomenon as documented in this comprehensive multi-part feature focused on bringing the unique environs of WARCRAFT to film:

    • The World of Talent: Fans can learn more about the casts’ reactions to being a part of the WARCRAFT film, how they prepared for their role and the challenges they encountered during filming.
    • The World of VFX: The WARCRAFT universe wouldn’t exist without the tireless efforts of the VFX crew. Follow along with the filmmakers as they tell the story of how WARCRAFT came to life through VFX.
    • Outfitting a World: Learn how the filmmakers worked with WETA workshop, Blizzard, and acclaimed costume designer Mayes Rubeo to create the weaponry and armor that must be familiar and otherworldly at the same time, all while creating a unique aesthetic for the film.
    • The World of MOCAP: An overview of the creation of the Orcs and other digital characters from inception all the way through to the final execution. Through extensive footage of the actors in their MOCAP suits and live in-camera renderings during production, the audience will see the incredible effort that went into creating the Orcs.
    • The World of Stunts: Though much of WARCRAFT was created through extensive VFX, the fight scenes and stunts had to be very real. In this featurette, fans can learn more about the extensive fight choreography and stunt work that fueled the film’s action from beginning to end.

Madame Tussauds’ Featurette:  Featurette on the making of the WARCRAFT wax figures by Madame Tussauds.

WARCRAFT Teaser: An early teaser which premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Origin Story
  • The Fandom of WARCRAFT: Delve into the history and breadth of the fandom behind the game and film, as well as the way it has influenced pop culture.
  • ILM: Behind the Magic of WARCRAFT: See some of the groundbreaking facial capture technology utilized by Industrial Lights & Magic to convey the emotion and depth of the visually impressive Orc characters in the film.

In hinesight I should have watched the bonus features FIRST. That way I had some background on what Warcraft was all about. If you are like me and not familiar with the game or story, check out the bonus features FIRST.

Now that I’ve watched the bonus features I am going to try and watch the film again to see if certain things make more sense to me.

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

Are you a fan of the Warcraft game?



*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: Edge of Winter



Available today on DVD is the psychological thriller Edge of Winter. 

The film stars actors I am not familiar with, but perhaps others might be.

Edge of Winter is the story of a man named Eliot (Joel Kinnaman). He recently lost his job and finds himself living in a teeny, tiny apartment.

His ex-wife and new husband want to go on vacation. Instead of bringing their sons with them, Eliot’s ex-wife opts to drop off the kids with him (it’s their children together).

Wanting to do something fun with his son’s, Eliot decides to take them out into the wood to teach them how to shoot guns and other things that are not age appropriate (drink beer, drive the car…).

On their way to their destination there is a car accident and their car is totaled.

Eliot and his sons are far from any kind of civilization, so they embark on a hike through the forest to look for help. On their journey they happen across a hunter’s cabin. There is no one around, so they go into the cabin to seek shelter from the cold. Their find also came in the nick of time since one of his son’s had fallen through the ice and the boys were freezing.


Things start to get worse for the trio when the boys let it be known that their stepfather is moving the England and the boys are going with them. Eliot loves his boys and doesn’t want them to move out of the country. He knows that he’ll never see them again.

Between being lost in the woods during the frigid winter months, losing his job and now the knowledge that he’ll be losing his sons it too much for Eliot to deal with. In the mist of it all he starts to lose his mind.

How far will Eliot go? Will his boys be put in danger because Eliot feels like everything is spinning out of control? Will the trio ever be found – before it’s too late? To find out the answers you need to pick up a copy (or download) of Edge of Winter. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This is not the type of movie I would normally watch. I love thrillers and movies that keep you on the edge of your seat. I tend to lean more towards the horror, sci-fi and comedy genres. There was something about this film that caught my attention, ever since I first saw the trailer. I have included the trailer for your entertainment (below).


This is a true psychological drama. It keeps you guessing and on edge. You don’t know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. You THINK you can predict what will happen but you are wrong.

I think a lot of people might be able to relate to Eliot (but not go to his extremes). Sometimes life seems to want to pull you down, and bring you to the lowest of the lows. How you respond it is what really matters. In Eliot’s case, his response to all the stress in his life went to the extreme.

The young boy did a fabulous job in their roles. Joel Kinnaman (Eliot) perfected the psycho look.

I liked it. I found it very entertaining, as did my husband.

The film is rated R due to the violence. It has a run time of approximately an hour and a half.

Look for Edge of Winter where ever movies are sold (I’ve seen it on Amazon).



*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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Movie Review: The Shallows



Isn’t it funny how horror movies can make you fearful of certain situations. Take for example Friday the 13th and Jason Vorhees. How many people developed an unnatural fear of camping because of those films?

Jaws is another great example. After watching the film, how many people became fearful of swimming in the ocean? I know I did when I was a young girl. It’s hard not to think about a killer shark popping up out of nowhere and taking a bite out of your leg – or more.

If Jaws made you cautious when you go into the ocean, then you might want to steer clear of the film The Shallows. It will reignite your concerns about sharks in the ocean.

The Shallows is the story of a young woman named Nancy (Blake Lively). Nancy travels to Mexico to visit the same beach her mother went to when she was pregnant with Nancy. Just like her mother, Nancy is enjoys surfboarding too.

The beach is very secluded. Nancy doesn’t even know the name of the beach.

Her ride offers to wait around for her, but Nancy sends him back to town. She said she’ll find a way home (Uber).

While surfing in this exclusive beach area, Nancy comes across two other surfers. They tell her about the dangers of low tie (rocky “islands” that appear) and coral that will shock you if you touch it.

Nancy ends up surfing for a few hour with the young men before they decide to take off. They offered to give her a ride back but she opted to stay and surf a little longer before low tide happens.

While riding a wave all alone at the beach, Nancy comes across a whale floating in the ocean. The whale has monstrous bites taken out of it. Frightened, Nancy tries to make her way back to the beach.


On her way back Nancy is struck by a shark who takes a bite out of her leg. Thankfully there was an “island” of rocks that appeared due to the low tide that Nancy was able to make her way to.

Nancy was safe – but for how long. She’s also bleeding profusely from the bite took out of her leg. It’s also a Great White Shark.

Will anyone come back to this secluded beach that can rescue her? Does anyone really know where she is? Will she be able to make it back to the beach before the shark can attack her again? To find out you need to pick up (or download) The Shallows, available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

There are bonus with the Blu-ray including:

Deleted Scenes

How to Build a Shark – An interesting behind the scenes look at how they built the shark from the film from the prototype to the CGI version.

Shooting in the Shallows – A behind the scenes look at the filming of The Shallows both on site and in the studio.

Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island – How the film makers came to use Lord Howe Island for the backdrop in this film.

When Sharks Attack – Hear stories from real shark attack victims.

The interesting thing about this film is that Blake Lively pretty much carries the whole film by herself. There are minor characters but they only appear briefly in the film. Blake is pretty much the only person in this film. Sort of like Castaway, where Tom Hanks was the focus of the entire film.

I have to say, Blake did a great job. Not only is she a beautiful young lady, she can act. I think she proved herself in the film Adaline. She was able to carry the whole film.


I like the special effects. The shark looked really realistic. More so than the shark in the Jaws films – compliments of new technologies. Watch the bonus feature about how they made the shark. It’s really fascinating.

Will this film make me afraid to go into the ocean? No. But I do think it will give some people pause for concern because shark attacks DO happen. Fortunately people survive most attacks. And I’d like to think that most people wouldn’t be foolish enough to go surfing on a secluded beach by themselves like the character Nancy did in the film.

I was impressed by the film. I found it to be entertaining and suspenseful. My husband thought it was a little “cheesy” and predictable, which only proves that everyone has their own opinions and no opinion is better than another.

Look for The Shallows where ever movies are sold (or downloaded).

Below is the movie trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical version. The film is now available for home viewing.



*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 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows



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.


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.



*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?



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.


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.



*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



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?

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

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.


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


  • Work-in-progress version

Bonus Features:


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.


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.



*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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