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Jungle Book Movie Trailer Sent Chills Up My Spine

WOW!  Live action retelling of Disney classic from the director of Iron Man. Jon Favreau will bring to life one of my favorite books in April 15, 2016 and it looks awesome.  Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and more help raise the ante on this classic story and smash what we remember from the sweet little cartoon movie. Can’t wait to take the kids.  You must watch.

Paddington Movie is Furry Funny

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“The Paddington movie is a really good fantasy about a talking bear and how he moves from Peru to London to live with a human family (The Browns),” according to my youngest daughter Nya. “It’s a fantasy because bears really don’t talk in real life,” she said.

The kids and I got a chance to check out the “Paddington” movie before it hits theaters this Friday. I remember the books written by Michael Bond, but my kids hadn’t read any, nor were they familiar with Paddington, as I was.  They still wanted to see the movie from the producer of “Harry Potter” and though we were in a theater full of eager book fans laughing and sighing at every turn in the story, they very much enjoyed it.

I didn’t know how much until after the film, mostly because I could not hear the kids over the adults in the movie having such a good time. As for this cool dad, I enjoyed it.  It doesn’t feel like a kids movie, it has a charm and sophistication to it.  It’s like a smart kid’s “Curious George.”

One scene that stood out for me was when we look at Paddington’s London family’s dad, Mr. Brown, and his former self with long hair blazing a hippie trail on a motorcycle in route to deliver his pregnant wife at the hospital.  ” Something about being a father changes you,” the narrator says as the now stuffy and straight-laced Mr. Brown exits the hospital seconds later. Mr. Brown will see another significant change in his character by movies’ end as he becomes a father again to Paddington Brown.

Even though there is a scene of mischievous rocket science, at its base, this movie is not rocket science.  Although it contains some smart British humor, all is still within reach of young kids.  Check it out, you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.

My kids thought:

“It is funny and a little emotional. It is a good family movie.”

“The bear was cute and adventurous. The Brown family was nice to him.”

 

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DC Dads: Free Annie Movie Screening

ANNIE makes her triumphant return to theaters this month! If you saw the movie or the play or both like me, you have to take your kids to check the new version. As a child of the 80’s, I’m excited for the new Annie movie remake.  Come see it with other cool dads in the DC area. Click on the link for your free passes to see it before it is released in theaters.

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http://www.sonyscreenings.com/DADDY

 

Screening Details:                      

AMC Georgetown
Saturday, December 13
11:00 AM

As always, seats are first-come, first-served so people should arrive early to make sure they get seats.

Synopsis:  Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014.  Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.  Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Please note, this film has been rated PG.

Earth to Echo Review

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I forgot to post a review about the Earth to Echo screening. SO here it goes …

The movie about highway construction forcing families to move and young friends to separate, finds four young friends on a sci-fi adventure when they find a cute little alien robot trying to get home.  My kids loved the movie! It was humorous without forced jokes and the movie had a nice flow to it.  As the adult, I found it mildly entertaining. The script lacked originality and substance.  Films like E.T. and the other 80’s  kids sci-fi films seemed to connect with the audiences more, because the movies relied more on the writing. But I am probably over thinking it because I was excited about this movie believing it would take me back those feelings I get from my childhood films. No dice.  But the bottom line is the kids loved it and the movie was devoid of adult themes etc.  Earth to Echo is a good family flick. Check it out.

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