Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download


Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the sequel to the funny animated film, Nut Job. The sequel is entitled Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.

Nut Job 2 brings back all the characters from the first film – Surly, Andie, Precious, Jimmy, Mole and more. The film also introduces some new characters such as Frankie and Mr. Feng.

Life seems pretty wonderful now that the park’s creatures have taken over the Nut House. Their lives seem pretty easy now that they don’t have to worry about food. In fact, they are getting a bit too lazy and forgetting how to forge for food. Andie sees a big problem with this, but Surly and the others are content to live in excess without a care in the world. That is until their world comes crashing down and they find themselves without a source of food.

All of the park’s creatures now find themselves with no where to go and no place to find food. They want to return to Liberty Park where they originated from, but the Mayor has other plans for the park.

Mayor Muldoon doesn’t believe the park is needed in the city. He rather see it as a place to make money. For that reason he intends on turning the park into Libertyland Amusement Park.

Without Liberty Park to return to the animals find themselves “homeless.” They search all over the city but realize that their true home is Liberty Park, and they only way they’ll be able to return is if they can disrupt the Mayor’s plans.

Will the friends be able to stop the humans from destroying the park? Where else will they be able to go? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


I’ve seen both film (Nut Job and Nut Job 2) and I have to say that Nut Job 2 is my favorite of the two films. I think it had a lot more going for it (more action, more humor) than the first film.

The creatures are all likable. I think that is why I like this film. They are mostly cute and cuddly looking – even the mice (just don’t call them “cute” – LOL).

I think this film had a more interesting story line than the original film too.

I watched this film with my husband (our kids were not home at the time). At first he was too busy doing stuff on his phone, but after a while he put the phone down and watched the movie. He even laughed a bit. At the end of the film I asked him if he liked it and he said, and I quote, “It was cute” (with a smile on his face).

This is a fun, animated film that should appeal to both young and old alike. Maybe not very young children because the film is rated PG for action and some rude humor.

There are some bonus features which admittedly I haven’t watched (yet). But I will when I have a chance.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scene
  • Animation Progression Reels: Watch as two key scenes are brought to life, from storyboard and pre-visualization, to final animation, lighting and effects.
  • Concept Art Reel: See the concept art that inspired animators to create the world of The Nut Job 2.
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Cal Brunker and Producer/Co-Writer Bob Barlen

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit it’s official website. You can also find the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The film’s official hashtag is #NutJob2.

Did you see the film? If so, what did you think about it? Which is your favorite character?

Here are some Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature activities and recipes you might want to try.




*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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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “A Bramble House Christmas” Premiering this Sunday, Nov 19th at 9pm/8c! #MostWonderful


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries holiday movie A Bramble House Christmas airing November 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time where there is an abundance of holiday shows, movies and other programming to really get you into the holiday spirit.

My family and I always make sure to watch the “classics” during the holiday season (A Christmas Story, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Jingle All the Way, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph, Frosty and It’s a Wonderful Life to name a few). But we are not confined to watching JUST those movies. We are constantly on the look out for new movies to usher in the holiday.

Holiday programming is part of our holiday traditions. For example, on Thanksgiving we always watch March of the Wooden Soldiers (the original version), Miracle on 24th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We have been watching them for the past 20+ years. What I love about this tradition is that our kids – no matter how old they get – still enjoy curdling up on the couch next to us after we’ve stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the movies TOGETHER. After all, being together is what the holidays is all about.

There is one channel I love to watch frequently where I know there will be plenty of enjoyable holiday movies to choose from. That channel is the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. It’s a part of the Hallmark Movie Channel.

This film’s location looks SO NICE! I want to live there!

If there is one thing you can be sure of during the holiday season, it’s that you’ll be able to find an ample supply of holiday programming on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.  My husband and I are both amazed how Hallmark can put together so many brand new holiday movies each year.

We love the variety of films available during the holidays (and year round) on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel.

One movie I am looking forward to seeing is A Bramble House Christmas. It’s airing on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel this Sunday (November 19th) at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST).

A Bramble House Christmas is part of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas programming. You can learn more about this year’s movies on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s official website.

Check out the trailer.


It looks good, doesn’t it?

While settling his father’s estate, Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why the man left a nurse $50,000. His dad knew her for less than two months before he died. Just before Christmas, Finn wants what to reclaim what he considers his family’s money, going undercover to investigate the bed and breakfast the nurse has recently taken over. When Finn meets Willa, he discovers she’s not a conniving gold digger at all, but a woman in need who put the money to good use. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep Willa from ever trusting him again?

The film stars Autumn ReeserDavid Haydn-Jones and Teryl Rothery. 

What interests me about this film is the scenery and the “small town” look and feel of the film. I would LOVE to live in a town where people dressed up in old fashion outfits and went carroling. I’d love to do that myself! That would be so much fun!

I also love how the set is decorated with colorful holiday trees.

Don’t forget to tune in at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST) on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. This film sort of reminds me of the holiday season from my youth.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the film’s official page on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s website.

You can learn more about the holiday movies airing this holiday season by visiting HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com.

Don’t forget to tune into A Bramble House Christmas this Sunday (November 19, 2017) at 9:00 PM/EST (8:00 PM/CST).

I also have a wonderful giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the following. 

  • (1) $25 Visa Gift Card
  • (1) Holiday Hugs package (filled with wrapping paper, bags, bows, strings, tape & branded scissors, and under the bed storage case). 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 20, 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 what the holidays mean to you. In addition, please comment and tell me if you are planning on tuning in to A Bramble House Christmas.

WHEN SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA please be sure to include the hashtags #ABrambleHouseChristmas and #MostWonderful. 

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 have partnered with HMM to bring you this information. This is a compensated post, however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. HMM will be providing the prize package. 

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Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream – Now available on DVD


My family and I LOVE watching holiday specials during the Christmas season. Cartoons, movies, live action… it doesn’t matter – we love it all.

There are several holiday movies/specials that we watch year after year. It’s become a tradition to watch these programs/movies and we make certain to watch them all, at least once (often numerous times because we can’t get enough of them). Some of our favorites include A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Year Without Santa Clause, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Elf, Jingle all the Way, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, Santa and the Three Bears, Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, to name a few.

Over the years we have come across new Christmas specials/movies that we are adding to our “must watch” list. Some of those include Shrek the Halls and Little House on the Prairie: A Merry Ingalls Christmas.

I’m adding a new one to our “must watch” list this year – Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream. It’s available today (November 14, 2017) on DVD from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Albert is a tiny Christmas tree that lives in a plant nursery with all of his friends.

Albert LOVES Christmas and dreams of the day when he can become a real Christmas tree, covered in lights and ornaments for all to enjoy.

Albert learns about a competition to find the perfect Christmas tree to be featured as the official Empire City Christmas Tree (it’s a lot like the tree in Rockefeller Center in NYC). Albert knows he’s not a big tree, but he does have A LOT of holiday spirit, so he feels like he can live up to the honor of being the official tree. But in order to be considered he has to make his way to where the judges will be.

Albert and his friends Maisie (a palm tree) and Gene (a weed), he hops on a truck to make his way across the state. Along the way he meets up with a very angry cactus who despises Christmas. After making his even more angry, Bill (the cactus) is determined to ruin Albert’s plans on becoming the Empire City Christmas Tree.

Will Albert make it to the competition in time? Will Bill stop him from reaching his dream – or will something else come in the way? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Albert: A Small Tree with a Big Dream. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Cute. Cute. Cute!

I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this movie. After just a few minutes into it I fell in love with it. As soon as I was done watching it (I watched it on my computer), I put the movie in the case and handed it to my husband and told him “Add this to our must watch list for Christmas.” 

I’m impressed. This short film (44 minutes) has a lot going for it – cute, likeable characters, delightful animation, a story line with heart, action, adventure, humor and more.

This is the type of holiday special both young and old alike can enjoy.

There are two songs in the film, but they are enjoyable.

I really enjoyed this adorable film. On a scale of one to ten I’d give it a 10+ for sure.

Below is the official trailer.



*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: The Glass Castle



Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the (depressing) drama, The Glass Castle.

The film stars Naomi Watts, Bri Larson and Woody Harrelson.

The film is based on the novel written by former New York gossip columnist Jeannette Walls. It’s based on her childhood which was filled with poverty, neglect, an abusive alcoholic father and a mother who didn’t seem to care that much about her and her siblings. Needless to say this is NOT a “happy” movie – not by a long shot!

Jeannette and her siblings lived with their mother Rose Mary and their father Rex. Rex is an abusive alcoholic with big dreams of building a castle out of glass – yet he can’t keep a job or save money. Rose Mary is an artist that prefers to focus on her art more so then her own children. She works from time to time as a teacher.

The family moves from place to place, often staying with relatives (which is not always a good thing either).

The film is based on more recent events and a lot of flashbacks that focus on Jeannette’s life growing up (how she managed to stay sane I’ll never know).

Jeanette eventually has a successful life as an adult, but growing up was painful and very difficult.

I think those are two good word to describe this film – painful and difficult. It’s not that it isn’t a good film (it is!), but witnessing the poverty and horror Jeannette and her sibling went through growing up was really tough to watch. No child should ever have to experience things like that.

The interesting thing is that their father, Rex, is such a complex individual. You want to like him because of his creative, unorthodox ways, but at the same time you want to throw his behind in prison for what he put those children through.

Even Watt’s character I wanted to like, and in a way I did feel sorry for her, but at the same time I wanted to reach into my screen and shake her, yelling at her to WAKE UP! and see what she was doing to her children.

The children in this film (actors) are AMAZING! They have such talent at very young ages, especially considering the “adult” material in this film. Kudos to all of the child actors in this film.

This is a DEEP movie. It’s very thought provoking and I’m sure you will be thinking about it long after the end credits are done rolling. I watched the movie a few days ago and I’m STILL feeling it.

Bonus features for this title include:


  • 9 Deleted Scenes
  • The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie
  • A Conversation with Jeannette Walls
  • Making of “Summer Storm” by Joel P West
  • Scoring The Glass Castle

If you have the opportunity to view the bonus features, or at least one of them, I would recommend The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie. It will give you a better appreciation for what it took to bring the novel to life on the big screen.

I would not recommend this film for children. It’s rated PG-13, but I think it’s a bit too “deep” for 13 year olds. I would recommend it for over 16+ (that is just my personal opinion).

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical trailer. 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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Cars 3 – Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download


Ready… set… GO! It’s time to race to your nearest store to pick up a copy of the latest film in the Cars movie franchise, Cars 3.

Cars 3 brings back some of the beloved characters from the past films, and introduces a plethora of new characters.

Some time has passed since the last two Cars films. McQueen is still racing, but he’s faced with a much fiercer competition now a days. New technologies have made cars like McQueen obsolete. Many of his former racemates are being replace by younger, more technologically advanced cars. It’s forcing many cars, like McQueen, to either retire or quit.

McQueen is quickly being overshadowed by a hot new comer named Jackson Storm. Not only is he fast – he’s arrogant too (not very likable).

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During an important race, McQueen finds himself in a terrible accident – one that could have totally ended his racing career. Thankfully he’s alive, but it’s going to take him many months to recover.

McQueen finds a long road ahead of him (no pun intended). Between recovering from his injuries and building up his confidence to race again – he has a lot to deal with. His friends are still by his side and are rallying around him to recover and get back on the race track.

To make matters worse, McQueen’s sponsor, Rust-eze Racing Team, has been sold to a new owner, Sterling. Sterling is ready to take McQueen out of future races and simply use him to endorse products.

Is McQueen ready to retire? Or is there enough spark in him to make it into another race and win? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Cars 3. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Here’s a fun “trailer-like” promotional for your enjoyment.


I still remember when we saw the trailer for the first Cars film back in 2006. Our son was only six at the time and he was so anxious to see the film that he couldn’t stop talking about it. He’s never liked movies either, but Cars is the one movie he HAD to see.

We saw the second installment on DVD (not in the theater). I wasn’t as keen about the second one as I was with the first.

Cars 3 is a whole other level. It’s like it’s “matured” some how. It’s still a great film for kids, but the action on screen (especially the near fatal accident) seems like it was geared more towards older children and adults. The first film was “cute.” This film is a lot more “serious.”

The animation is amazing. It’s so realistic that you’d think you were watching a real automobile race. I think the animation in this film is far more superior than it’s predecessors.

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There are A LOT, and I do mean A LOT of bonus features.

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.
  • My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…


  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” & “Commentary”

Normally I watch the bonus features, but there are so many of them for this film that I need a few extra hours to get through them all. I plan on watching them this weekend when I have more time.

Here are some fun bonus material you might find interesting.




Are you a fan of the Cars franchise? Did you see Cars 3? If so, what did you think about the film? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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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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Movie Review: Kidnap


Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download in the action packed thriller Kidnap. 

Kidnap stars Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn and Lew Temple.

Karla Dyson (Berry) is a single mother working as a waitress. She has a six year old son named Frankie (Correa). She is currently in a custody battle with her ex-husband over the primary custody of Frankie. Her ex is well off and remarried to a pediatrician where as Karla works long, hard hours as a waitress.

One afternoon a rather frazzled Karla takes Frankie to a local park where they are hosting an event with rides and shows. She just got off working a long shift at work, and she’s upset by a phone call from her lawyer about her ex and his custody plans.

For just one moment Karla turns her back on Frankie. When she turns around again he is gone.

As would any parent, Karla frantically searches around the park looking for him. Then she spots him in the parking lot being taken by a women.

Without hesitation Karla jumps into her car and goes in hot pursuit of the kidnappers. What follows is a high speed chase across highways and back roads, causing car accidents, hit-and-runs and more.

No matter what, Karla will NOT give up her son and she vows to follow the kidnappers no matter what it takes, even breaking the law.

Will Karla finally be able to retrieve her son before it’s too late? To find out you need to pick up or download Kidnap. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I have to say, there is A LOT of high speed car chasing and accidents in this film – kind of like something straight out of the Fast and the Furious franchise. OK… maybe not the same level, but you get the idea. Even better, she does all of this racing around in a mini van!

There are actually very few characters in this film – yet it’s compelling enough to keep your attention and interest from start to finish.

Sage Correa is super adorable.

As a parent I know that there is no limit to what I’d do to protect my children. What Karla experiences in this film is a bit “over the top,” but I guess that is necessary to make the film interesting.

The film is good. I enjoyed it. Even my husband (who was a bit reluctant to watch it – he thought it was a “chick flick”) liked it.

There is a bonus feature of the behind the scenes in the making of this film. Normally I watch the bonus features, but this time around I didn’t have a chance to. I’ll watch it the next time I get a chance.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. Please remember that it’s now available for home viewing (this is the theatrical trailer).



*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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