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It's peculiar alright: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (a movie review)

  It’s been ages since a movie I’ve wanted to pay 13 American dollars to see has hit the theaters. I feel like there’s a dead zone in the movie industry between, like, Labor Day and October. Alas, fall is here and that means movies-worth-seeing season is upon us! This weekend brought us Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Queen of Katwe – two that have been on my list since early this year. I loaded up my three dudes and decided to start with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was a little more appealing to my older kid than Queen of Katwe, and to be honest,…

"The BFG" — the funniest, fartiest, friendliest giant you'll ever meet!

  I have never been a huge Roald Dahl literary fan. I like all of his books-turned-movies; but, I never really enjoyed the book version of his stories. I know, weird. The books are always better than the movies! Always! But, I guess Roald is just not my jam. The BFG was no different. I have no less than three copies of that book tucked into various shelves and nooks and crannies in my home (I was a teacher, I have young kids, people give me free books all of the time, and I am a hoarder), and I never…

Alice Through the Looking Glass - a review!

  Tim Burton makes odd movies. Odd, interesting. Odd, artsy. Odd, weird. Whatever you think “odd” means is basically what it means when it comes to Tim and his flicks. The recently released Alice Through the Looking Glass is no exception. It is odd. And, if odd is your jam, you should totally go see it. I will admit, though not a huge fan of any origin, even I enjoyed the whimsical story and lively, colorful scenes of the latest iteration of Alice in her Underworld. SPOILER ALERT: Alice Through the Looking Glass If you didn’t catch the first Alice…

Watch "The Nice Guys" (And Not Just For Ryan Gosling)

  When Ryan Gosling makes a movie, you better know I am going to make considerable effort to see it. Drop the kids with their grandma, pay a teenager to sort of pay attention to them while they play video games and she texts her friends incessantly, or haul them to the theater with me and deposit them in whichever kid movie is playing around the same time with definitive instructions and $5 to blow in the arcade afterwards (this time it was Angry Birds and they loved it) – all of that is on the table. I made it happen…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

  This weekend we enjoyed some lovely spring weather, the Easter holiday, and Batman v Superman! You guys know how I feel about superhero movies — So. My. Jam. But, before we talk all of the things here, let me back it up a bit. Personally, when it comes to super heroes, I am so Team Marvel over Team DC. The Marvel heroes and their stories are more compelling to me. And they have Chris Hemsworth (Thor). He could be a bad guy and I’d still totally root for him and his man bun. That being said, Superman has always been one of my…