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Toy Story of Terror now available on Blu-ray/DVD

 

Toy Story of Terror

We are big time Toy Story fans in my home. The first movie my husband and I saw when we first started dating was the original Toy Story.

We are also fans of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 (the last installment was very sad).

I was thrilled to watch Toy Story of Terror when it premiered last year. It was great to see the gang carry on in a new story with their new owner Bonnie.

Even though the title is Toy Story of Terror the short animated film is not scary, and it’s not necessarily a Halloween film.It can be enjoyed at any time.

In Toy Story of Terror Bonnie and her mom are on a road trip. The toys come along for the ride. They hang out in the trunk of the car watching a scary movie.

Bonnie and her mom stop for the evening to rest at a roadside motel.

While Bonnie and her mom sleep some of the the toys decide to do a little bit of exploring. Buzz and Woody don’t think it’s a good idea so they go out to round up all the other toys. They soon realize that Mr. Potato Head is missing.

The toys try and find Mr. Potato Head but one by one they are picked off by a mysterious figure. The only ones remaining are Buzz, Woody and Jesse.

The trio find themselves under the floor where they come across Mr. Potato Head’s arms. The arm is able to point the toys in the right direction to help them find their friends.

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Soon Buzz and Woody are taken by the mysterious being. Now only Jesse is left.

Will Jesse be able to find her friends before it’s too late? Will Jesse be able to keep herself from being taken by the mysterious being? What happens when Bonnie wakes up and finds all the toys missing? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Toy Story of Terror, now available where most movies are sold.

This is a cute short animated film. Most of the Toy Story toys are featured in this film, as well as some new characters like Combat Carl.

There are A LOT of bonus features with Toy Story of Terror. My personal favorite is the Toy Story short cartoons. There are three short cartoons with (or without) audio commentary (I rarely listen to commentaries).

In addition there are cute vintage toy commercials including one for the new character Combat Carl (I hope we see more of him and his mini-version).

You’ll also find deleted scenes and a great behind the scenes look at the making of this film. A lot went into the making of this film.

Believe it or not there are even MORE bonus features not mentioned here.

If you are fan of the Toy Story films and characters you’ll certainly want to pick up a copy of Toy Story of Terror to add to your family’s movie collection.

Check out this fun trailer.

 

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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Enter the Boxtrolls Patch Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to L.A!

 

Boxtrolls

If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably seen posts about the upcoming movie release called The Boxtrolls. It looks like a really fun movie and I can’t wait to see it with my family around September 26, 2014 when the movie opens in theaters across the country.

Just in case you haven’t heard of the movie yet check out the trailer.

 

A family event movie from the creators of  Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Doesn’t it look like a cute (and funny!) movie?

I love the Boxtrolls. Some of them are really funny looking. :-)

In honor of the film’s upcoming release the studio is hosting a creative sweepstakes where the lucky winner will win an all expense paid trip for four to Los Angeles to see the premiere of The Boxtrolls. As someone who has attended movie premieres I an tell you that it’s a fabulous experience.

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Most sweepstakes just have you enter your name and address, or a special code, to enter the sweeps. This sweepstakes is a lot more fun and creative.

To enter create your own Boxtroll. Check out the trailer (above) for inspiration.

Once you and your family have created your Boxtroll snap a picture of it and upload it on the #BuildABoxtrollsSweeps website. You are also encouraged to share your Boxtroll photo on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…) using the official hashtag #BuildaBoxtrollSweeps.

*No purchase necessary. 18+ years old. 50 US States + District of Columbia only. 8/4/14-9/5/14. Official rules.

I’m going to enter the contest. I have a couple of ideas in my head for a Boxtroll, but first I need a box that would make a great body for a troll.

If you would like to learn more about the film, or keep up to date with it’s upcoming release, you can check out the official website, www.Boxtrolls.com. You can also visit the official Facebook page or the official Twitter account. The official movie hashtag is #TheBoxtrolls.

What do you think about the The Boxtrolls? Would you go and see it with your family?

Are you planning on entering the #BuildaBoxtrolSweeps? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with SocialMoms and Focus Features to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

 

 

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DisneyNature Bears now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD & FREE Printables

 

DN Bears

 

Several months ago I was offered the wonderful opportunity to screen the latest DisneyNature film called Bears.

I am a HUGE fan of DisneyNature films and other documentary-type films about nature and animals. I’m an animal lover. I love all kinds of animals.

DisneyNature Bears documents the summer of one bear family – Sky and her two cubs Amber and Scout.

The film starts off when the young family first awakens from their winter hibernation. All three of of the are starving. Sky is still nursing her cubs but she is running out of fat reserves to produce milk. She needs to eat right away or she won’t be able to feed her cubs.

You would think finding food would be easy enough. It’s not. In fact it’s literally a struggle between life and death.

Sky faces a lot of challenges when it comes to finding food for her family. One of the biggest is other bears, especially two large male bears named Magnus and Chinook who would love to make her babies into one of their meals.

In addition to looking for food Sky also have to keep one step ahead from the male bears who are keeping their eye on the cubs and hope to catch them off guard. Not only that a hungry wolf named Tikaani  is also trying to steal one of the cubs away from Sky when she’s not looking.

The family does face a lot of hardships like lack of food and one of the cubs gone missing and assumed dead. However this film is not all about the struggles the bear family faces. It’s also about the love of a mother for her young.

Many times throughout the film you can witness first hand Sky and her cubs frolicking and enjoying the summer sunshine and warmth. Even though there are dangers lurking around every corner there is a lot new experiences and plenty of playtime to be had too.

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it’s a happy one for the beautiful bear family.

Here is the film’s trailer from when the movie was in theaters.

 

Look for DisneyNatures Bears where ever movies are sold.

This movie is beautiful. Once again DisneyNature has found a way to bring you up close and personal to the world’s most amazing creatures. You get so close to the bears that you can see their individual hairs.

One of the bonus features, How Did They Film That? gives viewers a glimpse into how they were able to acquire some of these amazing shots.

Two other bonus features, Welcome to Alaska and A Guide to Living with Bears also educate viewers on how much went into filming the bears. Keep in mind bears are wild creatures and their behavior is unpredictable. They could have charged the filmmakers at any time during the filming of Bears.

Another bonus feature, one I would recommend you take the time to view, is called The Future of Bears. It features and interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. I found it extremely interesting and very educational.

You can also check out the music video for the song Carry On by Olivia Holt in the bonus feature section too.

I posted more information about this film earlier this year. If you search for DisneyNature Bears in my site’s search box you’ll find more.

For more information about this and other DisneyNature films visit Nature.Disney.com. There you’ll find FREE educational materials you can download and print out for most of the DisneyNature films, including Bears.

I also have some wonderful activities you can download. Click on the image below.

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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: A Haunted House 2

 

A Haunted House 2

I love horror movies. I also love comedies. It’s great when the two genres can come together into one movie. Such is the case with the film A Haunted House 2.

I never saw the original film, A Haunted House, but that is OK. You don’t need to see the first film in order to understand what is going on with the second film.

A Haunted House 2 stars Marlon Wayans, Jamie Pressly, Gabriel Ingesias and Cedric the Entertainer.

The Wayans brothers are the masterminds behind movie such as the Scary Movie franchise, White Chicks and Little Man. A Haunted House 2 is a lot like Scary Movie where they spoof popular horror movies in a comedic way.

A Haunted House 2 spoofs the films Sinister, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity and The Possession. There is possibly another movie spoofed as well but I can’t think of the title. For the records I’ve seen all the movies this movie makes fun of.

In A Haunted House 2, Malcolm Johnson (Marlon Wayans) and his wife Megan (Jamie Pressly) move into a new home with Megan’s children from another relationship – daughter Becky and son Wyatt. 

They should have taken it as a bad omen when Malcom’s dog is killed. From that point on a lot of weird things happen. Becky finds a mysterious box in the basement and won’t part with it. Wyatt has an imaginary friend. Megan finds the scariest looking doll you’ve ever seen named Abigail in the wardrobe and Malcom finds tapes in the attic of real life murders.

Strange things keep happening and Malcom is convinced that there is an evil presence in the house. No one in his family believes him.

With each passing day things get more macabre including Becky’s room filled with moths and the creepy doll Abigail stalking Malcom.

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Since no one believes him Malcom has to take it upon himself to rid the demon from his home. Will he succeed? To find out you need to pick up a copy of A Haunted House 2 now available where most movies are sold.

Normally I like movies with the Wayans brother in it. I have seen the first few Scary Movies and enjoyed them. I did not see the first Haunted House film so I didn’t know what to expect with this one.

This film is funny. I did find myself laughing throughout the film. A lot of times it had to do with Marlon Wayans and his expressions and actions. Even Jamie Pressly did a good job making me laugh, which I was surprised by.

This is NOT a family friendly movie. I would not allow my 17 or 15 year olds to watch this movie.

The movie IS funny, but it’s also filled with an abundance of sex (graphic), nudity, gross humor, drugs and alcohol. There is even an instance where someone literally blows their head off by inserting a gun into their mouth and pulling the trigger. These are things I did not find funny. In fact one section of the movie I fast forward through. It was where Malcom was having graphic sex with the creepy doll Abigail – and I do mean graphic.

I think the movie could have done without all the sex. I’m far from a prude. I just didn’t think it was necessary. I could have done without all of the graphic stuff. The film makers could have alluded to the fact that he had sex with the doll instead of graphically displaying it.

The film did make light of racist things. For example, Malcom’s new neighbor Migel (Gabriel Ingesias) is Mexican. They utilized as many cliche Mexican racist remarks as possible. Maybe some people find it funny, but I didn’t think it was necessary.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a funny movie if you can overlook the other stuff (graphic sex, nudity, drugs, alcohol…). I really believe that Marlon Wayans totally makes the film.

There are just a few deleted scenes featured in the bonus feature section as well as commentary (I didn’t check out the commentary).

Did you see A Haunted House and/or A Haunted House 2? If so, feel free to share your thoughts.

Here 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: Rage

 

Rage

Available on Blu-ray and DVD is the action thriller Rage staring Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover.

Nicolas Cage stars as Paul McGuire. Paul and his buddies Danny (Michael McGrady) and Kane (Max Ryan) are hardened criminals. Blood shed and violence are a part of their world. 

The three men were able to intercept a delivery of a large sum of money for a crime boss. They hid the money so they would not be caught and agreed to meet up years later to split it between the three of them.

Years later the men do meet up and split the money. Paul chooses to use his share of the money to end his life of crime and lead a normal, law abiding existence. He starts his own construction company and marries a beautiful woman name Vanessa and together they have a daughter named Caitlin.

Paul is still friends with his former crime boss O’Connell (Peter Stormare). O’Connell is also still in touch with Paul’s former crime buddies.

One evening when Paul and Vanessa are out to eat they are approached by a Police Detective named St. John (Danny Glover). Paul knows him from his criminal past. 

St. John is not there to investigate Paul but rather to inform Paul and Vanessa that their daughter was taken from their home and is being held hostage by some Russian thugs. The Police are investigating and trying to do the best they can to find Caitlin.

Paul feels that this was done in retaliation for taking the money years ago. He knows how these men are and decides to take things into his own hands and look for Vanessa himself. With the help of his friends Kane and Danny, Paul sets out to find his daughter. He’ll stop at nothing even if it means returning to his violent past.

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Will Paul find his daughter before it’s too late? Will Paul end up losing himself – or his life – in the process? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Rage. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

This film was a bit too violent for me. I’m OK with violence in films, per say, but this was a wee bit too much for me. I understand it was necessary for the story line but I think they could have toned it down just a bit.

I’m a fan of Nicolas Cage. Admittedly he has been in some really awful movies before, but he’s also done some great films too. Rage is not one of his better films.

If you like action films and a lot of “bang-bang-shoot-’em-up” type of films then you’ll certainly enjoy Rage. This is more of a “guy’s” film and it’s certainly not “family friendly”.

Don’t get me wrong – a lot of the action scenes were pretty cool and some of the gun fights were fine. I just think in some cases the violence went overboard.

There are some bonus features on the DVD included deleted scenes and an alternate ending (I won’t give away either ending). I can see why they deleted those scenes. They really didn’t “make or break” the film.

I always enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of films. Rage includes a featurette called The Making of Rage which is worth watching.

Here is the film’s 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 way. 

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Movie Review: At the Devil’s Door

 

At the Devil's Door

I’m a fan of the horror movie genre. I would never pass up the opportunity to review a horror film (unless it looks really silly based on the trailer).

Available on Video on Demand is the horror/thriller film At the Devil’s Door staring Naya Rivera which many people will know from the popular TV series Glee.

At the Devil’s Door starts off with a young girl (Ashley Rickards) making out with her boyfriend. He tells her that she can make $500 by playing a shell game with some man. Intrigued she follows him to a trailer in the middle of no where. There she plays a few shell games with the man and wins every time. The man then gives her a roll of money ($500) and tells her to go down where the roads meet and say her name so that “he” knows her name when he calls for her.

The movie continues with the girl at home. She must have used some of the money she earned from playing the shell game to buy new sneakers and other things.

That night the girl (Charlene) is lying in bed listening to music when she hears someone say her name from the closet. She is then attacked by an unseen force who lifts her in the air and throws her to the floor. 

Charlene is not the same after that. She seems troubled and not herself.

At one point she is asked to babysit an infant. Instead of being home with the baby she goes to the party the parents are at and tells them that their baby is dead and they are all dead.

Fast forward to the present time. A real estate agent named Leigh (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is trying to sell a couple’s house. They are Charlene’s parents.

Leigh sees Charlene in the house and doesn’t understand why she is there. She can tell there is something wrong with the girl.

Leigh telephones Charlene’s parents to let them know their daughter was there. To her surprise the parents tell her that their daughter was just picked up by the local police at the mall a few hours earlier, so the girl in the house cannot be their daughter. There was also an article found in some files in the home that talk about a girl name Hannah who committed suicide many years earlier. Could Charlene really be Hannah?

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Confused and concerned Leigh confronts the mysterious girl as she is standing in an empty room in front of a mirror. The girl does not speak. Leigh then finds herself in cardiac arrest and dies only a few feet away from the girl.

Leigh’ sister, Vera (Naya Rivera) is shaken when we finds out her sister died. She almost doesn’t want to accept that.

When Vera visits Leigh’s home she discovers the address and keys for the house her sister was trying to sell – the same house she died in. Vera decides to look around the house to see if she can find any clues as to what happened to her sister.

Vera also happens across the young girl (Charlene/Hannah) and is frightened by her.

Vera wants to learn more about who this girl is and if she has anything to do with her sister’s death. What she finds is that Charlene/Hannah was pregnant when she committed suicide. She told her friend’s she had a demon growing inside of her.

Vera might have gone too far in her investigation because whatever it was that was after Charlene/Hannah is now after her, even coming to her home and calling out to her to “come to me”.

What is going on? Whose voice is Vera hearing? Who is calling for her? And how is Charlene/Hannah connected in this mystery? To find out you need to rent At the Devil’s Door on Video on Demand (check your local provider).

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I found the movie a little bit confusing at first. I started to get what was going on but I think the movie could have done a better job explaining the connection with the $500, the shell game and why it chose the way it did to come back into this world.

It was a bit predictable, but entertaining none the less.

As a die hard horror movie fan I didn’t find the movie scary, but there were a few instances where the film could have given viewers the “heebie jeebies” (mostly things popping out at you when you least expect it). I could see my daughter jumping out of her seat in a few spots.

The film is unrated. I might give it a PG-13 rating. I don’t recall any bad language and there was no nudity. I wouldn’t necessarily think that scenes with the unseen spirit could come across as rape. You don’t see anything that looked sexual.

At the Devil’s Door is an entertaining 90 minute film. Although it’s considered a horror movie I think the terms “thriller” and “suspense” could also apply. Maybe even “supernatural”.

Naya Rivera did a great job as Vera who starts off “mousy” and later in the movie plans on eliminating the evil spirit from this world.

I didn’t see the ending coming. I don’t think anyone watching the film would expect that ending.

Here 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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