Saturday, November 19, 2022

GIVEAWAY: Disney’s Strange World Movie Screening Passes

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Disney’s Strange World arrives in theaters nationwide November 23rd! 

Check out the trailer here —-> https://youtu.be/bKh2G73gCCs


Rating: PG

Runtime: 1hr 42min


Synopsis

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed adventure “Strange World” introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. Helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”), “Strange World” releases November 23, 2022.


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a family 4pk of VIP movie passes to the advanced screening of Disney’s Strange World on November 21st at 7pm at Regal Red Rock (must check-in by 6:20 pm).

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The Immersive Nutcracker Opens Today (11/19) in Vegas

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The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle opens today, November 19th, in Vegas at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at The Shops at Crystals. Come Experience The Magic of The Season!

The Immersive Nutcracker is an ideal family outing, featuring whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers. This joyful 30-minute immersive experience is an ideal outlet to introduce young children to the art of ballet and the captivating storytelling that often accompanies it. Set to the sweeping music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Immersive Nutcracker encompasses visitors in over 500,000 cubic feet of projections composed of over 1 million frames of video, curating a grand immersive display that relays the tale of The Nutcracker from opening to finale. The projection features beloved scenes set to their classical scores like "The March of the Toys," "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and more.

Tickets start at $29.99. Purchase your tickets here —> immersive-nutcracker.com

Coupon:
Family packs are 10% off per ticket and must be purchased in bundles of four tickets or more.

For more information, visit immersive-nutcracker.com. Follow the exhibit on Facebook and Instagram @nutcrackerimmersive.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Sesame Street Live! Tour THIS Weekend (11/19 & 11/20)

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Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is coming to our neighborhood this weekend, November 19th & 20th!

When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be a part of the big event. But there’s one problem…Elmo can’t do magic!

Watch the clip here for more!

Dates:
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2PM
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 12 PM or 4 PM

Location:
Thomas & Mack
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV

Tickets starting at $20…go here to unlvtickets to purchase or for more information, go here!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Nevada - P-EBT Card

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Nevada families with kiddos in CCSD…be on the lookout for these (P-EBT) cards that will come addressed to your student. This is a pandemic benefit card for food assistance. 

If your child was sent home anytime last year on a Covid protocol or school closure due to Covid, you would have likely already received a card with benefits a month or so ago. 

What is the card?!? It is replacing missing free lunches and breakfasts at a rate of $7.10 for each day.

But, the benefit didn’t stop there…each student that was enrolled in the free lunch, which was everyone, by the end of school May 2022 will qualify for summer meal benefits. In October 2022, the deposits of $391 will be added to a new P-EBT card. Cards are on their way…check your mail.

If you would like to see if your student qualifies and how much they are receiving, go here to Access Nevada and complete the form for 2021-2022. You can also find more information here.

The card works like regular EBT (food stamps). There is an app you can setup a pin per card and you are looking for the words EBT or Snap Food when checking out. You can even use your card with Sam’s Scan ‘n Go, Amazon grocery online and any other places that take EBT. 

With the rising food costs, this is a great help to many families this holiday season. :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Movie & Screening Ticket GIVEAWAY

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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank arrives in theaters JULY 15th. 


So, this movie looks cute! Star-studded voices and samurais…the superb director, Robert Minkoff. We are looking forward to seeing it. Get the kids stoked with the downloadable activity sheets.


Check out the trailer here —-> https://youtu.be/nkDmYBuDcnU


Rating: PG

Runtime: 1hr 43min


Synopsis

A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain's (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs! Also starring Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, and Cathy Shim, PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK pounces into theatres July 15, 2022.


Director

Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, Chris Bailey

 

Cast

Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, Cathy Shim and Samuel L. Jackson


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a family 4pk of movie passes to the advanced screening of Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank  on July 9th at 10am (must check-in between 8:45-9:20 am). There will be a fun-filled #Caturday pre-screening party for families/guests to enjoy before the start of the film between 9am-10am. There will be several engaging activities for kids to participate in along with select prize giveaways before the film begins!


Friday, June 24, 2022

Elvis Movie Opens Today (6/24) {Our Review} - Viva Austin Butler!

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Elvis opens in theaters today, June 24th, nationwide. 

The movie is told from the perspective of Elvis’ longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The media was exposing the Colonel as a crook who used Elvis and Parker tells us he wants to set the story straight, “I made Elvis”. You can be the judge of how you feel about their relationship by the movie’s end. 

The film is a bit on the theatrical side, which is expected in a Baz Lurhmann film. The costumes were well done. The music choices to add in current rap and techno in some sets, I didn’t care for. I felt a lot of time was spent on Elvis story in the younger years and early parts of his career. The later years in Vegas were sped up quite a bit. Social tensions were weaved throughout the film and included Elvis’ reaction to them. All the basic wiki facts were pretty much covered. I wouldn’t say there was much new revelation for any Elvis fans. For the younger generation that really only knows him by name, they will get a sense of the creative liberty Elvis took for himself. It is quite clear time after time that Elvis did what he wanted despite the advise of his manager and/or others. 

Austin Butler…what a performance. He actually sang and jirated just like the King. I wouldn’t say he was a dead ringer or an imitator though. Butler was able to showcase the understanding that Elvis was a performer. He was the best part of the film. I thought Butler gave us an amazing performance as Elvis.

Since the movie is told from the Col. deathbed, Tom Hanks narrates through much of the film. He is covered in heavy prosthetics and his accent very thick and carnival-like. A devilish of a character. I don’t care for Tom in roles like this. He is a great actor, but I am more of a Gump girl.

All in all, I would say it was entertaining. My biggest take away is that when I hear “Suspicious Minds”, I won’t help but feel sad for Elvis.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Disney • Pixar’s Lightyear Movie Review - “A Buzz Kill”

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Score: 2 out of 5
Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 45min

Lightyear arrives in theaters nationwide today, 6/17! See it for yourself. 

My family and I were so excited to see the Disney•Pixar’s Lightyear film. Sometimes, the anticipation of the movie can build it up and lead to a let down if the movie doesn’t in fact live up to the hype. But, that wasn’t even the case here. This movie is not out of this world, it’s a buzz kill! I left with no happy emotions, it was depressing.

This sci-fi action adventure and origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. 

In 1995, Andy gets a “toy” Lightyear that is supposed to represent his favorite movie…let that sink in for a minute, this is that movie! Hmmm…it makes me wonder why Andy didn’t get a toy cat named Sox?!?

Buzz feels guilty for a mistake he made in the mission and spends the next 60+ years trying to rectify it. Tom Cruise pulled off a similar hot-dogging piloting maneuver in the recent Top Gun: Maverick movie with much success, it all felt eerily familiar. Except, Buzz didn’t make it and damaged the fuel cell in the process leaving the crew stranded on a remote planet. He then attempts to reach hyper speed to be able to take the crew back home and discovers that after his first failed attempt it was only minutes for him, but for everyone else on the planet, years had gone by. He is greeted with a robotic companion cat named Sox. Sox is adorable and you’ll grow to love this cat as the film continues on. It was really the main highlight. To make matters worse, however, things keep changing after the continued hyper speed attempts and Zurg arrives on the scene. We’ve seen this storyline before, a group of unlikely characters with a lack of skillset get paired with Buzz, it is a very odd combo for a kids movie too.

At some point, I expected to see the green alien guys have a cameo, but nope…another disappointing piece of nostalgia we were all longing for. The film concludes on a melancholy note and I certainly think the directors left room for a sequel. Maybe an additional film is needed to perk me back up!

National Flip Flop Day - FREE Tropical Smoothie 2-7pm Today (6/17)

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Throw on your Flip Flops and head on down to your nearest Tropical Smoothie Cafe from 2-7pm today, 6/17. You’ll score one FREE 12oz Sunrise Sunset smoothie. This is per guest, so grab the kiddos too.

*Valid for one free 12 oz. Sunrise Sunset™ Smoothie only on June 17, 2022 from 2 – 7 p.m. in-cafe at participating locations. Free smoothie offer will be applied to lowest priced 12 oz. Sunrise Sunset Smoothie ordered. No modifications. Not valid with any other reward, offer or discount, third-party services, online orders, or the Tropical Smoothie Cafe® app. Limit one free 12 oz. Sunrise Sunset Smoothie per guest, per visit.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Disney • Pixar’s Lightyear - Screening Passes Giveaway

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Disney • Pixar’s Lightyear arrives in theaters June 17th! 
My whole family is so excited for this origin story. We fell in love with Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story and I think the idea of this film is so clever, exploring the story of the man that had a toy made after him. 

My twin boys are turning 17 on the screening date and it feels like just yesterday they were pretending to be Woody & Buzz at their 5th birthday. I love that this franchise still has life in it.

Rating: PG

Runtime: 1hr 45min

Synopsis: 

A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. 

 

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”), produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”) and featuring a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“The Batman,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” opens only in theaters on June 17, 2022.


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a family 4pk of movie passes to the advanced screening of Lightyear on June 15th at 7pm (must check-in by 6:00 pm). Must be 18yrs or older to enter. Contest ends 6/13 at 11:59 PM PST. Good Luck!

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Downton Abbey: A New Era Movie Review & Game Giveaway

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Downton Abbey: A New arrives today (5/20) in theaters. It’s everything pleasant we love about the Crawley family just living their lives a few years later from the first film. I loved it!

Score: 4.5 out of 5
Rating: PG
Runtime: 2hr 5min

!!! No Spoilers !!!

A New Era starts it’s storyline with an expectation from the first film. Then we discover that their are two storylines. 

Downton is still struggling a bit financially and when a motion picture director desires to use the grand estate for a film, Mary decides it is in their best interests financially. With the support of her sister Edith, Mary embarks on as the one “steering the ship”. The film is set in 1928, the turn of some major motion picture drama with talkies. Some of the plot will be familiar to other motion pictures, but the enthusiasm of Mr. Mosley makes up for it.

Half of the cast is travels to the a villa in the south of France, as the dowager countess receives word that she inherited a villa there. It is at a point in time where traveling to that region during the summer is becoming a vacationing spot. The villa is everything we would want to see a vacationing Crawley family stay in. It is a bit out of the comfort zone for some as they are so accustomed to British traditions. The liveliness of France is welcomed and it is nice to see the family having some fun.

I adored the film. As a longtime Downton Abbey fan, it was everything I wanted…the continuation of seeing my beloved characters happy. It was pleasant and packaged up in a nice bow if this is the end. There was an abundance of the wit that will have the audience laughing more often than expected. If you are a Downton fan, it is a must see. If you like easy not too much drama, this film is great one to venture to the theaters to, with it’s PG rating, it is just delightful.


GIVEAWAY
One (1) lucky reader will win Captured Moments - A Downton Game. Contest ends 11:59 PM PST on 5/29. Must be 18yrs or older to enter. Good luck!

Game Description: You are cordially invited into the drawing room to play Captured Moments , the delightful parlor style game based upon the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey the Motion Picture. The rich and interwoven stories of the Abbey culminate in moments which you must collect by using your wits as well as the heroes and villains of Downton you’ve come to know and love before your opponents do. Featuring multiple ways to acquire points, secret scoring goals, and the Royal Staff waylaying the best laid plans, Captured Moments will engage your players as you reminisce the most captivating moments of this masterpiece of a movie.

 

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