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.


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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.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Celebrate National Shrimp Day at Rubio’s with $6.99 Shrimp Entrées

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Celebrate National Shrimp Day at Rubio’s on two days this year, Monday, May 9 (National Shrimp Day) and Tuesday, May 10, when all Rubio’s shrimp entrées are just $6.99 with the purchase of any drink. Just enter the coupon code: TASTY with your order through the Rubio’s app, or online at Rubios.com. Or if in-store, scan the coupon found here —-> https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-shrimp-day.

Rubio’s guests can visit locations across California, Arizona and Nevada and enjoy any shrimp entrée on the menu, including seasonal favorites, the Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp bowl, burrito or two taco plate. Available for a limited time, the wild-caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp features a sweet-spicy kick of honey and chipotle peppers. With its large size, bright color and exceptional flavor, wild Red Argentinian Shrimp is a Rubio’s fan favorite. Guests can also choose other popular shrimp entrees including the Salsa Verde Shrimp two taco plate, the Shrimp and Bacon burrito, or the Mexican Street Corn bowl with grilled shrimp.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives today, 5/6, in theaters nationwide. It’s jampacked with a lot of content in a darker Marvel theme.

Score: 3 out of 5
Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 2hr 6min

!!! No Spoilers !!!

I think after two days from screening the film, I am still recovering. It is not a long Marvel movie, so I got a little whiplash from all the elements packed into the film. There was so much content, it was exhausting. I think it really needs to be watched a second time if you are a fan to really capture all the lore. 

As Marvel Studios is now in it’s 4th phase of the cinematic universe it has explored the darker side of the psyche of the characters and this movie lived up to that. It will not feel like the Marvel we knew of the Iron Man days. The killing was a little gruesome and the overall theme was dark. The director Sam Raimi is known for horror and it comes through in this film. I think the film forgot that Marvel is now really a genre of it’s own now and kids are a good portion of their audience. Expect jump scares, those are not my cup of tea. I never review horror films, bc it is just not my thing. If you are a Raimi fan, you may feel differently than me. Overall, it felt disjointed and lacking heart as I wasn’t convinced that Wanda really is the villain.

With that being said, Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff played by Elizabeth Olson steals the show, it might as well have been her title film, maybe perhaps in a different universe, it is. Wanda’s insanity is explained by the Darkhold, the magic book that makes her the villain. It is a hard pill to swallow though, we feel for her and empathized with her loss of Vision, her great love, and fell in love with her in WandaVision. There are plenty of holes in the plot to be explored. Some are defined by the cameos themselves. The audience went crazy over the additional Marvel heroes’ entrances. And a few will leave fans talking and debating for some time.

Visually the film is stunning and the CGI unparalleled. From a parental point of view, the witchcraft is strong and you’ll want to proceed with caution for our younger viewers.

Doctor Strange will return…maybe perhaps the universe we enter will be a lot happier version next time.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Screening Passes Giveaway

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters May 6th! This is the second Doctor Strange movie, but in a chain of the larger Marvel franchise. We adore Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and cannot wait to see this film! 

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 2hr 6min

In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mindbending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Earth Day Starbucks NEW Perks for Reusable Cups

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Starbucks Earth Day
To celebrate Earth Day, starting today, 4/22, Starbucks Rewards members can now earn $0.10 off your drink order and earn 25 bonus stars when you use your own reusable cup. Maximum 3 uses per day.

On Earth Day, 4/22, all reusable Starbucks drink ware is 30% off!

Starbucks corporate locations have been back to allowing you to use reusable cups since August of 2021. Some grocery store locations have not returned to utilizing the reusable cup discount. We shall see what happens today. I will report back!

Friday, April 15, 2022

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Review

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It opens in theaters April 15th!

Score: 3.5 out of 5

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hrs 16mins

No spoilers!!!

Wowsers…it is so nice to be back in theaters seeing quality films come to life on the big screen, the CGI is amazing. This movie is every reason to get out and head to a theater this spring as it is a visual delight. It redeemed the shortcomings of the 2nd film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Grindelwald is now played by actor, Mads Mikkelsen having replaced Johnny Depp. Mikkelsen brings a depth of evil to his character that Depp could not. The very intense opening scene between Dumbledore (Jude Law) is much more believable with Mikkelsen. There are a few secrets exposed in this film…but none will make you spit out your butterbeer in surprise. 

The film, however, left a lot on the table, the magic was here and there, but true Potter fans will find it lacking. We were given some fan service midway through the film but it lacked the Potter magic. Newt Scamander, our beloved quirky magizoologist, took much more of a backseat to the storyline as Dumbledore was the main character driving the plot. I would have preferred a little more of Newt and Theseus. The scene with them in the prison dancing with the scorpion-like beasts was one of the best scenes in the whole film. And muggle sidekick, Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) was superb in his role as always providing comic relief.

The beasts (animals) themselves were part of the film, as the rare quilin played an important role, but there were some hard to watch scenes and not enough beasts in a fantastic beasts film. 

Jude Law did a great job developing our understanding of a younger Albus Dumbledore, who we learn has been hit with lots of painful experiences in his life. I enjoyed the storyline for the most part. And with a supposed two more prequel films to go, we can only hope they can continue to improve.

Synopsis: 
Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the Wizarding World. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches, and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald's growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
 

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