NINE LIVES – Rated PG

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NINE LIVES – Rated PG – 1 hr. and 27 min

Starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell and Mark Consuelos

From the talented Producer and Director who has brought us such classic comedic films as WILD, WILD WEST, MEN IN BLACK (all three) and GET SHORTY ~ Barry Sonnenfeld ~comes a film about how important it is to be nice to those you love, or you may spend eternity as the family pet…this is NINE LIVES!

Caught up in running his billion-dollar company Firebrand, we meet business mogel and CEO Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey), who has been neglecting his wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and daughter Rebecca (Malian Weissman).

When it looks like good ol’ dad is going to miss yet another birthday, he tries to save face, and goes to get the one thing Rebecca has asked for, for 2 years now, a cat.

When Brand ends up at the purrfect place to find the perfect cat for his daughter, he meets pet shop owner, and “cat whisperer” Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), who sees a man out of touch with what’s really important in life. As Felix works his magic, as it seems Brand is now going to live out his days as a cat. That is, unless he can do whatever it takes to make things right with his whole family, including grown son David (Robbie Amell).

I give NINE LIVES a rating of wait and catch this film on NETFLIX or STREAMING ~ As much as I LOVE SPACEY, and have enjoyed some of Garner’s work over the years too…this film is less than purrfect, no matter how you spell it!!! From the Disney or Hallmark movie feel, to a storyline that seems just like a remake of THE SHAGGY DOG, and with not too much for the actors involved to work with either, I think there is definitely a reason why they didn’t show this one to the critics, and why I had to catch it at an early show release on a Thursday night, because as movies go for me, NINE LIVES is subpar to say the least, even if you are a cat lover, or love Kevin Spacey right with me, I wouldn’t drop $22.50 to see this one again with my daughter, even if you were paying it for me!!!

Kathy Kaiser

LIFE, ANIMATED – Rated PG

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LIFE, ANIMATED – Rated PG – DOCUMENTARY – 1 hr. 29 min

Starring Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Freeman and Gilbert Gottfried

Directed by Roger Ross Williams and based on the book by Owen’s father, journalist Ron Suskind

As we meet the Suskind family, their son Owen is a bright two-year-old little boy without a care in the world. Suddenly, right before his third birthday, Owen doesn’t hardly sleep, becomes withdrawn from the world and his cognitive abilities begin to slow.   As his parents go from doctor to doctor trying to find out what is happening to their son, they receive the tragic diagnosis that Owen is Autistic.

Struggling to find answers and a way to communicate with their son, Ron, Cornelia and brother Walt too search for any way to reach him in his present state. In their quest, they begin to notice the contentment that overcomes Owen when they watch Disney animated films, as his world seems to be more calm and focused.

When Owen begins to communicate again through “Disney Language”, responding as the characters he loves and relates to in his favorite Disney films, his parents and brother are amazed at how these classic films give Owen “his voice” and a knowledge of the world around him, that he appears to understand.

Now 23, Owen continues to use Disney films as his comfort and guidance, as he learns to deal with becoming a young man, and is determined to rely on the compassion and introspect that these animated classics provide him with, as he ventures into this strange new world…

I give LIFE, ANIMATED a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:

I enjoy nothing more than a good documentary, and LIFE, ANIMATED is that, and so much more. From learning about the disease of Autism, to learning how the smallest of “miracles” can change a son’s life, and his families too, to understanding the profound wisdom and life-lessons that are captured in each and every Disney classic movie, this film is truly exquisite, in every way. I also suggest that you make a point to take everyone in your family over the age of 12 to catch this one with you, as I was so happy that my youngest could experience this film of tragedy, triumph and perseverance first hand, right along with me.

Kathy Kaiser

THE BFG – Rated PG – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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THE BFG – Rated PG – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Directed by Academy Award Winning Director Steven Spielberg

Starring Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Penelope Wilton

Based on the book by English Author Roald Dahl – the man who brought us many a scrumpdillyicious story including WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, MATILDA and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, we venture into the life of orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who is up at all times of the night, unable to sleep because of what all happens at the “bewitching hour” of 3 a.m.

When she happens upon a rather large creature outside her bedroom window one night, and he spots her too, THE BFG – Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) has no choice but to snatch this rather small creature from her perch, and take her back home with him.

Although BFG and Sophie become fast friends, it seems that the even larger giants who live in BFG’s part of the world, like nothing more than to have little humans for lunch or dinner!

As BFG and Sophie try to figure out what is the best course of action for both of them in this crazy, mixed up world in which they frolic, it looks like it is going to take someone even more powerful than they are, to take care of all those nasty giants, and to make our world a better place for everyone in the end…

I give THE BFG a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD ~ I know, your thinking. “Is she really telling us that we might not want to run out the theater to catch Spielberg’s latest creation?” And, yes, that is exactly what I am telling you!! Even though parts of this film are very endearing and charming, and Rylance’s voice is perfect as the BIG FRIENDLY GIANT too, the first hour of this film almost had me nodding off, as it is super slow and not exciting at all to say the least. Luckily though, the second hour was much more watch-worthy, as it is full of excitement, endearing storyline, and plenty of twists and turns, which is what I was hoping the whole film would be going in. Since I had mixed feelings throughout my viewing on this one, I reached out to a young man and his friends and family as I left the screening, as he shared with me that he had read the book. I asked them all to share their take with me on this classic tale ~ and the response from all the youngsters was – “It was funny”, and “they really enjoyed it”. But, they also shared that “parts of it was were hard for them to follow, as they didn’t understand all of what the giant was trying to say…” and “It was hard for them to follow along with the storyline too”, as apparently Spielberg and writer Melissa Mathison took a few liberties with how this version of the story unfolds, rearranging quite a few of the sequences from Dahl’s original story. Which leads me to share that if your kiddos have been talking about how much they want to see this film for weeks now, then by all means, head out this weekend to a theater near you and check out THE BFG. But remember I shared too, that the beginning was quite a snoozer this time for me, so if you feel the same way once you view it, just remember that I warned you about that little situation too 😉

Kathy Kaiser

FINDING DORY – Rated PG

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FINDING DORY – Rated PG

Starring the voices of ELLEN DEGENERES, ALBERT BROOKS, ED O’NEILL, HAYDEN ROLENCE, TY BURRELL, IDRIS ELBA, DIANE KEATON and EUGENE LEVY

As we finally get to view the long awaited sequel to 2003’s FINDING NEMO, we pick up where we left off as good friends Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) are happily hanging in their little part of the ocean…

When Dory begins to remember things from her past as a little fish, it seems that her REAL FAMILY might just be out there, somewhere…

Bound and determined to make her way across the ocean to find the Mom and Dad she longs to be with, Dory, Marlin and Nemo set out on another adventure, only this time Dory is calling the shots, even with all of her issues with short- term memory loss

I give FINDING DORY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! – This film is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS from beginning to end!!! From DeGeneres’ perfect voicing of our favorite and very forgetful Blue Tang Fish – to Brooks and Rolence reprising the roles of the BEST CLOWN FISHES EVER…to my new favorite creature from the deep – HANK THE OCTOPUS – voiced by O’Neill, this film is fantastic fun that the whole family will enjoy throughout each and every frame! Even the storyline this time around is PERFECT – as it doesn’t even have the usual scary or sad scene we have come to know from DISNEY!! PIXAR managed to make this one a REALLY FEEL GOOD FILM from beginning to end. I enjoyed FINDING DORY so much, that I am even questioning if I might not think one more than the original – and that doesn’t usually happen to often for me. So, your wait is finally over ~ Now go rally up your troops, stay out of the heat, and head out to a viewing of FINDING DORY at a theater near you – as it’s such a MUST SEE FOR ME, I’ll be heading back to catch it again this weekend too, so I can watch for all the things I might have missed the first time around, just in case…;)

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the NEW TRAILER for MONSTER TRUCKS – Hits theaters January 13, 2017

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MONSTER TRUCKS

Lucas Till plays Tripp in Monster Trucks from Paramount Pictures.

Directed by: Chris Wedge

Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Holt McCallany, Barry Pepper, Tucker Albrizzi, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Frank  Whaley, and Thomas Lennon

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

MONSTER TRUCKS is in-theaters January 13, 2017!

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – Rated PG

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ~ Rated PG – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sasha Baron Cohen

As we venture 6 years from the last time we saw Alice (Mia Wasikowska) in her wonderland, she is now captain of her late father’s ship, having made her way as a seamen…

When she returns to harbor after many years away, it seems that her friends from beyond are in much need of her return, as her best friend, THE MAD HATTER (Johnny Depp), is in deep mourning for his family…

With a quick hop back to her favorite fantasy world, Alice finds the White Queen Mirana (Anne Hathaway), with wisdom she needs, as she must seek out Father Time (Sasha Baron Cohen), to undo what has already been done. But, as time ticks fastly by, can Alice save her dear friend, before its too late, or will the Red Queen Iracebeth (Helena Bonham Carter), finally have the last laugh???

I give ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Having rated 2010’s film not quite so kindly, I was expecting more of the same with this new titled adventure. But, I found that I liked this sequal extremely more, than what was put out for us on the big screen by Disney before. From the storyline of new, to its inclusion of explanation of what transpired before, this Alice intrigued me much more pleasantly, for sure. Nare I say, Depp is perfect reprising his role, Waskikowska is too, as this Alice has more dimension in every way, shape and form. Plus hearing Alan Rickman on screen brought a tear to my eye too. But my negative reaction I must share, just the same, as I found Hathaway’s characterization of the White Queen just annoying…as it truly began to just plain ol’ bug me…but even with this little hick up in a few places, I still must suggest that if your family loves fantasy and 3D too, then you must grab them all up and make haste, to a theater near you. But if this genre isn’t your favorite, then you’ll be okay too, catching this film in the comfort of your own home later as well…

Kathy Kaiser

PIXAR ANIMATION, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND DISNEY PARKS DECLARE JUNE 11 “SPEAK LIKE A WHALE DAY”

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PIXAR ANIMATION, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND DISNEY PARKS DECLARE JUNE 11 “SPEAK LIKE A WHALE DAY”

As “Finding Dory” Swims Toward Opening Day on June 17, Fans Nationwide Invited to Speak Whale Like the Famous Forgetful Blue Tang Dory and Her Friends

“The secret to speaking whale is making the words as long and ridiculous as possible.That’s how all whales talk, right?”

~Kaitlin Olson, voice of Destiny, who speaks whale and offers guidance in this Speak Like a Whale Featurette.

 

BURBANK, Calif. (Wednesday, May 25, 2016) – Ever since the friendly, but forgetful blue tang Dory insisted she could speak whale, moviegoers have wondered: Can she really speak whale? How did she learn? Can I do it, too? Fans nationwide are invited to celebrate Dory’s unforgettable spirit and her can-do attitude with Speak Like a Whale Day onSaturday, June 11, 2016.

“When ‘Finding Dory’ was just starting to come together, we realized we didn’t know much about this blue tang with the sunny personality,” said director Andrew Stanton. “Dory’s past became the subject of great curiosity—both for us as storytellers and for everyone who’d fallen in love with her.

“We had very few clues to go on,” continued Stanton. “We knew she’d been separated from her family, we knew she suffered from short-term memory loss, we knew she could read, and we knew she could speak whale—or at least she thought she could.”

Opening in theaters nationwide on June 17, “Finding Dory” features a fun and talented voice cast, including Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Ed O’Neill as “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson as whale shark Destiny and Ty Burrell as beluga whale Bailey. Olson, who can be heard speaking whale in the movie, teamed up with Burrell to share a few tricks in a Speak Like a Whale Featurette.

Fans are encouraged to take part in Speak Like a Whale Day by speaking whale wherever they go, uploading videos of themselves and tagging #SpeakLikeAWhaleDay.

  • Guests of the theme parks at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney Cruise Line ships will receive a complimentary button to celebrate the day, while supplies last.
  • At the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, families can dive into undersea themed activities, including a live DJ, games and giveaways. Also throughout the day, young guests can attend “Whale Speak University” and give speaking the language a try.
  • At The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, Guests can learn about the real-life counterparts of the characters from the film and see them in the massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium home. Experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be on hand throughout the day to help Guests find Dory and her friends and get a closer look at their world.
  • Dory and some of her new friends from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” have joined Crush at the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction at Epcotand Disney California Adventure park. Guests can now meet Destiny, Bailey and Hank.
  • Select theater chains will give away buttons during Speak Like a Whale Day, while supplies last. Participating chains include Goodrich Quality Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Megaplex Theatres and National Amusements.

The efforts will be supported across Disney channels, including ABC, which broadcasts “Finding Nemo” tonight at 8 p.m. ET & PT/7 p.m. CT & MT, with a special look at “Finding Dory,” as well as ESPN, Disney Channel, Radio Disney and Freeform. Social media will showcase the event via Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter (#SpeakLikeAWhaleDay, #FindingDory).

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex innerworkings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/pixarfindingdory/.

 

Check out the NEW TRAILER and POSTER for NINE LIVES – Hits theaters August 5th!

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EuropaCorp has just released a BRAND NEW Trailer and Poster for their upcoming family film, NINE LIVES! Starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Cheryl Hines, Christopher Walken, Mark Consuelos and Robbie Amell, NINE LIVES is the story of a stuffy businessman, Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey), who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.  

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Download the POSTER: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_0FF1C1@L_P0ZT3R.zip

NINE LIVES hits theaters everywhere on AUGUST 5, 2016!

NINE LIVES

Release: August 5, 2016

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Written by: Matt Allen & Caleb Wilson and Daniel Antoniazzi & Ben Shiffrin

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Cheryl Hines, Christopher Walken, Mark Consuelos, Robbie Amell

Produced by: Lisa Ellzey

Runtime: TBD

Rating: PG

*credits not final

Synopsis:

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game.  His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).

Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.

En route to his daughter’s party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.

If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.  

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NINE LIVES Official Assets:

Official Poster: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_0FF1C1@L_P0ZT3R.zip

Teaser Poster: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_P0ZT3R.zip

Official Trailer: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_0FFTR@1L3R.mov.zip

New Trailer: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_F1N@LTR@1L3R.mov.zip

Teaser Trailer: http://pr.mammothnyc.com/Nine%20Lives/N1N3L1V3Z_T3@Z3R.mov.zip

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Learn more about NINE LIVES on:

Instagram (Mr. Fuzzypants): https://www.instagram.com/mrfuzzypants

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ninelivesfilm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ninelives

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNROWwwASS1Zwy7s0Xyu6A?nohtml5=False

Hashtag: #NineLives

 

MOTHER’S DAY – Rated PG-13

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Starring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis

Garry Marshall manages to pull together another ALL STAR CAST to take on his latest formulation in HOLIDAY FILMS, and of course drags along a couple of old familiar faces from his previous films too…and this time, we take on Mama’s BIG DAY with a little a humor, a little grief, and a whole lot of REAL LIFE for good measure…this is MOTHER’S DAY…

Happily married to someone neither of her parents approve of, or know of for that matter… we meet Jesse (Kate Hudson), living life with her sister Gabi (Sarah Chalke), and with both of their families in tow…

Across town we meet divorce’ Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) and her very friendly Ex Henry (Timothy Olyphant) who are managing the many pitfalls of divorced life quite nicely with their two sons…that is, until one of them decides to get re-hitched…

Enter SUPER DAD Brad (Jason Sudeikis), as he tries to help his two daughters through the pitfalls of THIS HOLIDAY, having lost their mom just a year ago…

And what’s a Mother’s Day/Garry Marshall film, without a New Mom storyline and his muse Julia Roberts in tow too ~ playing Miranda ~ a spokesperson for jewelry on our favorite shopping network, HSN…

As these “Mother’s” all try to deal with their everyday lives, and everything in between, it seems that MOTHER’S DAY isn’t really ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE..If you know what I mean…

I give MOTHER’s DAY a rating between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ If you love Marshall’s films – from 87’s OVERBOARD, to 90’s PRETTY WOMAN, to 1999’s RUNAWAY BRIDE. Which all hit theaters way before he started celebrating holiday’s on the BIG SCREEN with 2010’s VALENTINE’s DAY ~ then you have to grab your mother, your grandmother and your daughter’s too, and head for a GIRL’s MOVIE DAY at a theater near you. Rest assured, MOTHER’s DAY comes with the same funniness and heartache that we have come to know Marshall for, making you enjoy the storylines produced by writers Tom Hines, Lilly Hollander, Anya Kochoff and Matthew Walker even more. But if Marshall’s mix of drama and bliss just isn’t your cup of tea, then wait and grab this new family flick, when it comes out on DVD.

Kathy Kaiser

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 – Rated PG-13

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With New Director Kirk Jones at the helm – and almost the entire original cast in tow…we venture back into the lives of Toula (Nia Vardalos), Ian (John Corbett), and their little girl Paris (Elena Kampouris) 14 years later…only to find that we are ALL still living in Chicago as one BIG HAPPY GREEK FAMILY…well, maybe most of them are…

Paris is applying to colleges, sending her mother into an Empty Nest Tailspin that she can’t seem to pull herself out of, even with refocusing her career back at DANCING ZORBA’s as well as on her non-existent love life too…

Trying to come into the 21st century, Gus (Michael Constantine) learns the computer and sends a request to get his marriage certificate from Greece, only to find that, he hasn’t really been MARRIED all these years…

When Maria (Lainie Kazan) gets wind of the fact that she hasn’t been legally married all this time…she is not only unhappy, but is bound and determined to have the wedding of her dreams, finally…

With all this chaos going on, Toula follows directions from her bossy, yet adorable Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin), as she can not only fix relationships, but problems in the bedroom too 🙂

So with a spritz of Windex, and the Greek closeness as strong as ever, Toula, Ian and the entire clan once again figure out a way to keep this familia together, any way they can…

I give MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Was it the fact that this Familia is still dear to my heart after all these years? I don’t know. Was it the fact that I watched the advanced screening with my Greek girlfriend Irene, which made this film seem as good as the first one to me? I don’t know…Or was it the fact that Nia Vardalos always strikes a chord with her take on relationships and the high points and pit falls that life holds for all of us? I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know ~ All I do know is that I LOVED THIS FILM FROM BEGINNING TO END J Vardolas took us right back into her life, as if we had never really left, and seeing everyone back to reprise their roles, which were so enjoyable to watch the first time around was AWESOME TOO! Everyone is a little more mature as they say, but the togetherness and funniness that you remember from the first film is all back on the big screen, making me share that this one is definitely a MUST SEE FOR ME! And know going in too, that this film is definitely more for the girls ~ than the guys ~ so its probably best to make viewing this one a “GIRLS NIGHT OUT” scenario ~ unless your hubby is GREEK…so grab your Besties and head out to check out this very funny and very heartwarming film a.s.a.p. ~ And I suggest you make sure to pre-view with a little ouzo and spanakopita before you head out to a theater near you too…OPA!!!

Kathy Kaiser

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN – Rated PG

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Based on the miraculous true-life story and on the novel written by Christy Beam ~ we meet Anna Beam – a thriving 10 year old with a heart of gold, who falls ill for no apparent reason – even though she is in excruciating pain all the time.

After going from Doctor to Doctor with apparently no diagnosis in sight, Christy (Jennifer Garner) isn’t giving up on finding out what is wrong with her daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers), as her pain seems to be worsening…

When a diagnosis is finally determined, after months and months of agony, Anna is found to have a rare form of a digestive abnormality, making her unable to digest her food properly – which causes excruciating pain ALL THE TIME.

As the rest of the Beam family – Dad Kevin (Martin Henderson), older sister Abbie (Brighton Sharbino) and younger sister Adelynn (Courtney Fansler) – try to keep the FAITH, and the family going, Christy is on a mission to get her daughter in to see the one doctor that might be able to save her daughters life – Dr. Nurko (Engenio Durbez), even though there is a waiting list a mile long to see him…

When Dr. Nurko confirms Anna’s dire diagnosis, it seems that even with all his knowledge and expertise, there may be no end to the pain and suffering she endures daily…

Determined to go back home to be with her sisters, as no one really knows how much longer she has on this earth…Anna and Abbie decide to make the best of a bad situation, as they attempt to do the things they used to love to do before Anna got sick…including climbing their big oak tree in the back yard…

Then, without warning, tragedy strikes, as Anna plummets down the hollow of the tree, almost ending her life…

But, can it be, that this fall has produced the MIRACLE everyone has been praying for – as, it not only didn’t kill Anna, but it seems, her pain and agony is over too???

I give MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD~ Okay, maybe it’s the MOM IN ME ~ or maybe it’s the fact that I want to believe that MIRACLES REALLY DO HAPPEN each and every day – either way – I enjoyed viewing this immensely entertaining film all the way through! Rogers is unstoppable as Anna, as her performance is indescribably REAL and EMOTIONAL.  Garner is also at her best this time around, playing the MOM ON A MISSION to save her daughters life, and at any cost…and Henderson is fabulous too, playing the DAD that tries to keep it all together for their other girls. Dubez is also superb as the Doctor “with that special touch”, trying to make a really bad situation almost bearable, plus the small, yet touching performance from Queen Latifah as Angela, the waitress, makes the cast of this film seem like it must be Heaven sent!  You also want to be sure to bring along some tissues this time around, as between the subject matter and all the excellent performances, this one doesn’t leave a dry eye in the house. So, if you are wanting a TOUCHING FLICK that will make your heart grow by leaps and bounds – then head out to a theater near you to catch MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN…and if you aren’t quite feeling a inspirational film in your future at the present, that’s okay too, but I do suggest that you pick up the DVD when it pops, so that you and your entire family can me touched by this very inspirational film…

Kathy Kaiser