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Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day at home this year

 

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and I have to admit that my husband and I don’t have any plans as of yet. My husband wants to go out and do something special on Saturday night (Valentine’s Day is a Sunday this year – and the Walking Dead returns – we can’t miss that! LOL!). He keeps asking me what “I” want to do (he’s not giving me any feedback on what HE wants to do). He keeps asking me if I want to go out to dinner, go see a movie or maybe go and see a show at the comedy club. Frankly, I’m content to stay home and just enjoy a quiet evening with my husband.

Our daughter is gone all day (literally) on Saturdays. It’s the only day her and her boyfriend can really hang out together so he picks her up around 8:00 AM and she comes home at midnight. That just leaves our son. Our son is a teenager and rarely leaves his room except to eat, drink or when “nature calls.” So technically my husband and I do have alone time, even if our son is home.

My idea for this Valentine’s Day is to stay home. I’d like for both of us to stay in bed longer than we usually wood. We are up and getting ready for work at 5:45 AM all week long. It would be nice to stay in bed a bit longer.

A nice breakfast would also be a great way to start the day. During the week we have to inhale whatever breakfast we can make on the go because we don’t have time for a nice, sit down breakfast.

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Weather permitting, if it’s nice outside I’d love to go on a long walk with my husband in the afternoon.

For dinner I would like to order from our favorite Italian restaurant and have them deliver our meal so that I don’t have to cook or worry about dishes.

For the rest of the time I would love to snuggle with my husband on the couch and watch romantic movies all day (and night) long.

We have Netflix and Netflix has dozens of romantic movies that would be ideal to watch on Valentine’s Day. From “Romcoms” (romantic comedies) to total “tear jerkers” – Netflix has something for everyone to enjoy.

My husband would rather watch romantic comedies. He said “tear jerkers” don’t seem very romantic to him. I can understand what he means by that, but come one, how can you not want to cling to your loved one when watching a Nicholas Sparks film? The Best of Me, a film based on a Nicholas Sparks film, is available on Netflix. I totally plan on watching it Valentine’s Day weekend. That is the only Nicholas Sparks film I can find that is available for streaming from Netflix. Other Nicholas Sparks films are available from Netflix on DVD.

Here are some more romantic films to consider watching with your special loved one that are currently available on Netflix.

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Notting Hill – Classic romantic film.

13 Going on 30 – A cute film with a romantic twist.

Bridget Jones’ Diary – I love this film, and the sequel.

Urban Cowboy – An oldie but goodie.

The Wedding Date – A film about finding love even when you are not looking for it.

Meet My Valentine – Cute film. Reminds me of a made-for-TV type of film.

If you have Netflix’s DVD service, the film Love, Actually is available. I have heard people call it one of the best romantic movies of all time (I don’t think so – but it’s still a great movie).

If you find that you are single this Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of great films to enjoy by yourself or with a friend.

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I Hate Valentine’s Day (it’s actually a romantic comedy – but you’ve got to love the title)

Burying the Ex – It’s a silly horror movie, but it’s funny.

Last Love – Sometimes we find love in the most unexpected places – and not all love needs to be the romantic kind.

And if all goes well, you might find the film Nine Months a bit more appropriate a couple of months from now. LOL!

Skip the long lines at a restaurant. Forget about expensive flowers that will die in a few days. Do something different this year and spend Valentine’s Day at home with delivered food, a bottle of bubbly, a fuzzy blanket and that special someone to curl up with on the couch and enjoy romantic movies. That is what we plan on doing this year.

If you would like to learn more about Netlfix simply visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

What is YOUR most favorite romantic film (or films)? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Get Ready for a Romantic Valentine’s Day with a Romantic Movie Gift Basket Giveaway (ends 2/10/16)

 

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Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – do you have something special planned for that day?

I’m still trying to think of something romantic to do with my husband. We just celebrated the 20th Anniversary of our first date this week. We went out for breakfast and saw a movie. Maybe for Valentine’s Day I’ll order food from his favorite restaurant and we’ll pop in a movie or two and enjoy a nice, quiet evening at home.

If you are looking for a romantic movie to watch with that special person in your life, you might enjoy these two titles that were just released on January 12, 2016. Both are Hallmark Channel movies.

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A young caterer’s (Lacey Chabert) life suddenly changes course when she inherits a country home and learns she must share it with a career-obsessed Wall Street trader in ALL OF MY HEART. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves having to work side-by-side to restore their newly acquired home. The heartfelt original movie also stars Ed Asner.

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In SO YOU SAID YES, when Annabelle (Kellie Martin), the owner of a specialty bridal shop, falls for Sam, the son of her fierce bridal shop competition, she must fend off Sam’s mother’s attempts at sabotage to be with the man she loves.

I haven’t seen either movie yet, but I will be receiving copies of both films to review in the near future. Keep an eye out for those reviews.

Look for both titles where ever movies are sold.

To help you create a special Valentine’s Day with that special person in your life, I have a special gift basket giveaway, courtesy of Cinedigm. The gift basket includes:

  • DVD copy of All of My Heart
  • DVD copy of So You Said Yes
  • Valentine Teddy Bear
  • Inflatable Rose Balloon

Because Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, this is going to be a quick giveaway.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 10, 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 this prize package?

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 was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Cinedigm will be providing the prize package. 

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Movie Review: Home Invasion

 

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Now available on DVD and Digital HD is the thriller Home Invasion. The film stars Jason Patric (Lost Boys), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty) and Natasha Henstridge (Species).

Chloe (Henstridge) is a wealthy young woman who lives in a big home with her stepson Jacob. They don’t have a good relationship. Jacob is bitter and angry that his father is never around and calls out Chloe, saying that she only married his father because of his money.

Chloe and her stepson live in the middle of no where. They moved there from the city, but his father did not follow them. Not being able to see his father makes him lash out against Chloe.

One stormy night, Chloe’s friend comes over to visit with her so she can vent about her relationship with her stepson.

Late that night someone pulls into Chloe’s driveway. They assume someone had the wrong house, so Chloe’s friend goes outside to steer them in the right direction.

Out of no where Chloe hears gunfire. Looking at her home security system she sees that her friend was shot by whomever was in the car. As she rushes to shut the front door she can see the assailants rushing towards her home.

Chloe was able to lock her door and flee upstairs to retrieve her stepson.

As the pair are struggling to find a safe place to hide, the intruders break into their home.

Chloe is able to call out to her home security system company where her call is forwarded to a manager named Mike. Mike turns out to be the “eyes and ears” for Chloe and her step son to help them escape before they are captured – or worse – killed.

Will Chloe and Jacob be able to escape their own home? Who are the intruders and what are they after? To find out you need to pick up a copy (or stream via Digital HD) Home Invasion. Look for it where movies are sold.

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I did not see any bonus features on the DVD copy that I have.

Home Invasion reminded me a lot of the film Panic Room (Jody Foster) with a bit of The Purge mixed in.

Home Invasion is not necessarily a new “idea.” There are plenty of “home invasion-like” films.

The movie was just “ok.” It wasn’t a bad film. I did find it entertaining, but it’s not one of those films that I would watch again and again.

I find it unrealistic that a mother and her stepson could move around their home and hide in the walls and cabinets while armed men (and one women) are searching for them. It doesn’t seem likely they could easily move about undetected.

I also find it creepy that a security company would have so many cameras set up INSIDE the home, and how they had control over many aspects of the home, including the sound system. I’d want a totally secure house too, but what if access to your home gets into the hands of the wrong security person? Humm… that could be a plot for another movie. LOL!

The film is rated PG-13 for violence and peril. Not only that, it could make little ones feel LESS secure in their own homes.

Here is the movie’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

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

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Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack & Digital HD

 

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Disney’s classic movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is now available for the first time on Blu-ray combo pack and Digital HD.

This is one of my favorite classic Disney films. I am thrilled to have it on Blu-ray. We only had it on VHS, and we haven’t had a VHS player in many years.

I am fairly certain that most people know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White is a beautiful young princess being raised by her evil stepmother, the Queen. The Queen talks to her magic mirror to hear it tell her that she is the most beautiful person in all the land.

One day the magic mirror tells the Queen that Snow White is actually the fairest in the land. Unhappy knowing this, the Queen orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the wood and kill her. As proof she wants Snow White’s heart.

The huntsman takes the innocent Snow White into the wood to kill her, but he cannot bring himself to do it. He tells Snow White the Queen’s wicked plan and encourages her to run off into the wood and hide. To make sure that the Queen thinks Snow White is dead the huntsman returns with a pig heart, instead of Snow White’s.

In the woods Snow White finds seven dwarfs – Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. They work in a nearby mine.

The dwarfs agree to let Snow White stay with them and they grew into one big, happy “family.”

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One day when the Queen was talking to her magic mirror, the mirror told her that Snow White was the fairest in the land. That is how the Queen discovers that Snow White was still alive.

What will the Queen do next? Will she seek out Snow White and kill her herself? Will she retaliate against the huntsman who lied to her? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now available on Blu-ray combo pack and Digital HD.

It’s hard not to be in love with this movie. It has it all… adorable woodland creatures, likable dwarfs, a beautiful princess, an evil Queen and more.

There is one picture of my daughter (taken at Disney World) where I think she looks a lot like Snow White with the dark hair and rosy cheeks.

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The film also comes with bonus features.

In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.

Iconography – Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.

@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.

The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.

Snow White in Seventy Seconds – Rap along with this hip reimagining of the story.

Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.

And more!

The film is rated “G” and has a run time of 84 minutes.

You can check out the film on Facebook. The official hashtag is #SnowWhite.

I have some fun, FREE, activity sheets and Fun Facts you might be interested in. Simply click on the graphic (below) to save the activities to your computer so you can print them out and enjoy with your family.

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Look for this wonderful, classic animated film where ever movies are sold.

Are you a fan of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Which is your favorite character?

 

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: Bridge of Spies

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the thriller Bridge of Spies.

Bridge of Spies stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda. The film was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Almost everything Spielberg touches turns to gold – and Bridge of Spies is not exception.

I have to admit that this is not a film I would normally go and see in the theater. I am not into war films, and I like my drama to be in the form of monsters or psycho killers. This film is also based on a true story.

I was intrigued by the film from the first time I saw the film’s trailer. Here is the trailer for your enjoyment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

 

I enjoy Tom Hank’s comedic roles, but he does have the ability to pull off seriously dramatic roles with just as much ease. I would have to say this was one of his most intense roles to date.

Tom Hanks stars as John Donovan, an insurance lawyer, who is called upon to represent a man named Rudolf Abel, that the FBI considers a spy from the USSR.

The U.S. government wants the trial to go smoothly so as not to give the USSR any reason to use the trial against the United States.

Donovan agrees to represent Abel. It’s only after having a chance to speak with Abel that Donovan feels that his client is innocent. He even puts him life and family at risk by going for an acquittal. Citizens of the U.S. are upset with Donovan for insinuating that he’s innocent, but Donovan strands his ground.

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Abel is found guilty. He could have been given the death penalty but Donovan convinces the judge that Abel might eventually be needed as a “bargaining chip” with the USSR someday. Donovan’s predicting comes true when a U.S. pilot crashes in the USSR and it taken hostage. The U.S. has Abel that they can use in trade to get back the U.S. pilot.

The USSR gets a message to Donovan about an even trade – Abel for the U.S. pilot, Francis Powers. Abel agrees, but it takes it a step further and requests a two for one deal – American Pilot Powers and an U.S. graduate student, Frederic Pryor, who was being help captive in Berlin.

Can Donovan pull it off? He has so many people against him (U.S. citizens, USSR citizen, people of Berlin…). It seems like a nearly impossible task to make the trade so that all parties are satisfied.

To find out how it ends you need to pick up a copy of Bridge of Spies, where ever movies are sold.

Bonus features include:

A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES  – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film

SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

This film is really intense and it will have you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end. I thought maybe the political stuff would be boring – but it wasn’t.

I honestly feel like this was one of Tom Hank’s best performances to date. Seeing him Bridge of Spies if a far cry from Bachelor Party and the huge flop, The Man with One Red Shoe.

I love the authenticity of this film too – from the vehicles to the wardrobes – everything was spot on for the time period.

All of the actors did an exceptional job in this film, but Tom Hanks does stand out the most.

This film has a run time of 141 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Have you seen Bridge of Spies? If so, what did you think about it?

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

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: Goosebumps

 

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Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is the fun, family film Goosebumps. 

Goosebumps stars Jack Black (School of Rock), Dylan Minnette (Prisoners), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Odeya Rush (The Giver).

Zach Cooper (Minnette) and his mom move to a small town from the city. A small town life does not sound exciting for Zach. That is until he meet his beautiful next door neighbor, Hannah (Rush).

Hannah seems like a cool girl – one Zach would love to hang out with. But there is just one problem – Hannah’s overly protective and rather standoffish father.

One night Zach witnesses Hannah and her father fighting from his window. Then he hears her scream and everything falls silent. Worried for her safety, Zach rushes to her aid. Except Hannah is no where to be found.

Believing something horrible happened to Hannah, Zach notifies the Police. The Police don’t find any signs of Hannah and head back to the station.

Zach, with the help of his new friend Champ, set out to find Hannah.

What they discover is that Hannah’s father is really author R.L. Stine who wrote all the best-selling Goosebumps books. They also discover something else – all the monsters from the Goosebumps books are locked up in his home. When one of the books accidentally opens up it release one of the monsters Stine wrote about in his books.

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Unbeknownst to Zach, Hannah, R.L. Stine and Champ another monster was accidentally released – Slappy, the Night of the Living dummy who is angry with R.L. Stine for being locked up all those years. Using the remaining books, Slappy releases Stine’s monsters one by one to not only take over the town, but also to capture Stine.

Will they be able to protect their town from a monster invasion? Can they stop Slappy before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Goosebumps. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

There are also some fun bonus features worth checking out.

DVD Special Features include: (also on Blu-ray & Digital)

  • Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature
  • Strange Things are Happening…On-Set

Blu-ray and Digital Special Features include:

  • Alternate Opening
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Cast Blooper Reel
  • All About Slappy
  • Creaturefied!
  • Casting Gallery

The bloopers were funny. I also enjoyed the alternative opening and ending. I think the filmmakers made the right choice sticking to the opening/ending they used in the film.

Strange Things are Happening…On-Set was silly. They tried to make you believe the set of Goosebumps was haunted.

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I really liked the featurette, Creaturefied! It showed you how to make fake blood and a really cool mummy mask. It’s like to try something like that one Halloween.

The film has a run time of 103 minutes. It’s rated PG for scary and intense creature action, images and crude humor.

My whole family enjoyed this film – even my hard to impress teenagers. It’s a fun film – ideal for a Family Movie Night.

I think younger children would find some of the creature a bit frightening. The zombies and werewolf might cause little one to have nightmares.

Jack Black was the perfect casting choice for the character of R.L. Stine. He had an intensiveness to him but he still had his typical Jack Black comedic style. Some of the expressions on his face made him out to be a bit creepy.

My kids have read Goosebump book when they were younger. I even have a copy of The Haunted Mask which was personally autographed by Stine. After seeing this film I have a new appreciation for his books.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Please note that this is the theatrical trailer. The film is now avialble for home viewing.

 

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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