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From Contender to Champion: Creed II

When I am home with my kids on holiday weeks such as this, I love to spend time with them watching movies I loved from my own childhood.  My 10 year old always asks me about how certain things were “in the nineties” (so long ago, right?) so I show him films I grew up with.  He always loves sports based movies the best, such as The Sandlot, The Mighty Ducks, and Rookie of the Year. But the one we like best is Little Giants!

For a boy, it hits all the movie marks: football, kids being funny, and fart jokes.  I can appreciate it now on another level as a mom because it shows my son that you don’t always have to be the biggest and best to win, and that heart is the most important aspect of whatever you participate in. He might not quite grasp that upon watching the movie at first, but I hope he can get the message.

If you’re looking to be inspired this holiday season, the film CREED II is what you’re looking for.

“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” 

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

– Rocky Balboa

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

 

 

The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.

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COMING SOON TO THEATERS: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

The cast includes: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Sergei Polunin, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Omid  Djalili, Jack Whitehall, Meera Syal, Ellie Bamber, Misty Copeland, with Helen  Mirren and Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston.

IN THEATERS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Creed II

In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Genre: Drama

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Russell Hornsby Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Producers: Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, Sylvester Stallone.

Executive Producers: Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Guy Riedel

Distributor:  MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures

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Where Do You Want to Go?

Is there a place you’ve always wanted to venture to with your family?

I think we all grow up with hopes and dreams of traveling the world, but as we grow older, we learn the world can get in the way.

As a child, nothing seemed more exotic to me than traveling to another continent.  I would love to one day take my children to experience the splendor of Italy, and specifically, Rome.

Books were my best friends growing up.  Though I could read just about anything I put my hands on, I truly loved reading about faraway places and imagining what life was like all those ages ago.

I believe that taking my boys to Rome would give them a real sense of history and impress upon them just how far civilization has come, and how humans centuries ago weren’t that different from us now.  Of course, they will imagine that it was hard to grow up without a phone or tablet!

The upcoming film Smallfoot also teaches a lesson about pushing your boundaries and exploring the unfamiliar.

 An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) , Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax,” Oscar nominee for “Erin Brockovich”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), and Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”).  It debuts in theaters on September 28.

5 Horror Movies With A Christian Message

There’s something about horror movies that delivers an audience.  Teenagers, and young adults in particular, rush to see the latest “scary movie” meant to frighten and capture their imagination once the lights go dim.  This genre has become one of the most successful and lucrative in Hollywood, ensuring that these types of films will continue to be produced and released in theaters.

What may be surprising is that the horror genre is also vast, and diverse.  There are certainly films within this genre filled with senseless violence and gore, however there are also movies produced under this banner that portray spiritual warfare and the need for faith and prayer.

These films aren’t thought of as faith-based and yet, they pack a powerful and perhaps the strongest message of all – that evil is not only real, it will do anything to destroy us, but God will always be there to protect and redeem those who turn to him.

Here’s a list of 5 Horror Movies That Re-Affirms A Message Of Faith:

  

THE NUN is the latest film in the “Conjuring Universe,” one of the most successful horror franchises in recent history. 

Synopsis:  When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  When they arrive, they discover the ancient abbey to be a battleground between the supernatural forces of good and evil.   Risking not only their lives, but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2.”

All films in the “Conjuring Universe” have a theme of battling evil, the need for faith, and the power of prayer, and it looks like THE NUN will continue to portray these themes onscreen.  The movie releases in theaters this Friday, September 7.

For a sneak peek, check out this recently released featurette from the film.

A QUIET PLACE was the surprise hit of this year.  Fan-favorite John Kransinski directed and co-starred in this film alongside his wife Emily Blunt.

Synopsis:  IF THEY HEAR YOU, THEY HUNT YOU.  In this thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.

Critics hailed A QUIET PLACE when it released earlier this year.  For those looking for a horror film without supernatural elements, this is highly recommended, along with its themes of family values and sacrifice.

Written by Christian screenwriters, Chad and Carey Hayes, THE CONJURING was the movie that launched a successful franchise – with the latest previously mentioned, THE NUN releasing in theaters this Friday.

Synopsis:  Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

Critics also praised this film when it released in theaters.  The movie portrays a family plagued by evil.  It’s terrifying, but also pointed in its message that God is always more powerful than evil.

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA directed by Francis Ford Coppola features an all-star cast that includes Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins.

Unlike other vampire movies depicting this famous monster, this 1992 film version begins with a heartbreaking backstory.  It portrays the devasting spiritual and physical consequence of anger, rebellion, renouncing one’s faith, and committing sacrilege against God.

The film which won three Academy Awards, weaves Christian symbolism throughout, and serves as a cautionary tale against giving in to evil.

The Exorcist (1973)

THE EXORCIST needs no introduction. To this day, the film, which won two Academy Awards, continues to terrorize audiences. Folks who haven’t seen the doorway of a church in many years find themselves sitting in a pew shortly after watching this movie.

Synopsis: Nominated for ten Academy Awards, including “Best Picture,” The Exorcist was controversial and extremely popular from the moment it opened in 1973.

This is the frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl (Oscar-nominated Linda Blair) inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her (Ellen Burstyn in her own Oscar-nominated performance) and two priests—one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith—who come together in a battle of ultimate evil. To this day, The Exorcist leaves viewers breathless.

As with any film, it’s a good idea to research content and discern before you watch it, however if you or someone you know likes a good scare or horror movie, these options will not only fit the mold, it reinforces the importance of faith and prayer.

COMING SOON TO THEATERS: Operation Finale

 

Operation Finale, brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust.

Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travel to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country’s right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.

Operation Finale releases in theaters on August 29.

Trailer and more:  https://operationfinalefilm.com/

COMING SOON TO THEATERS: Dog Days

Statistics say that over 65 percent of American households have at least one pet.  And of those, over 40 percent of homes have a dog.  There’s a reason why pups are so often featured in movies and television shows–they are central to so many of our lives and they bring a joy all their own!

DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion.  DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.

Our family lost our own pup just over a year ago.  Jasper was a stray we rescued from the side of a highway.  We turned him from a shy, skittish pup into a furry ball of energy that loved to play with my boys.

 

 

Jasper was the first dog my kids ever had, so I know they will always have fond memories of him.  He loved to snuggle up in covers with us, play fetch, and eat treats! Jasper taught my older son how much responsibility comes with owning a pet, and that animals can quickly become important family members.

Before bringing Jasper into our lives, I would have said that I was, without a doubt, a cat person! But now, I know that when the time is right, we will welcome another pup into our home and give it an amazing amount of affection!

 

Be sure to check out Dog Days and reminisce about your own furry friends on August 8!

Vanessa Hudgens stars as “Tara” in Ken Marino’s DOG DAYS, a LD Entertainment release.
Credit : Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment

SERIES PREMIERE COMING SOON: God Friended Me

Quick Question:  If GOD asks you to be his FB friend, would you…A) Confirm or B) Ignore His Friend Request

This September, a new and uplifting television series premieres on CBS.  GOD FRIENDED ME is about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God, and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

This is an inspirational show about hope, faith, and a question we’ve all asked ourselves – what’s my purpose in this world – how can I be of service to others and be an agent of good?

GOD FRIENDED ME is created by Bryant Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien, the producing team behind some of tv’s biggest hits including, GOTHAMHAWAII FIVE-O, andALCATRAZ.  It stars Joe Morton (Justice League, The Good Wife), Violet Beane (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Suraj Sharma (Life of PiHomeland) and newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall.  The series premieres on Sunday, September 30 on CBS Television.

TRAILER RELEASE: Creed 2

PRIDE. LEGACY. FAMILY.
This fall, there is more to lose than a title.

In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

 Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Distributor: MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures
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Everyone has faced a challenge or an obstacle in their life, right?  Think about this quote from Rocky Balboa: “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

It’s not something I talk about much, but shortly after my husband and I got married over ten years ago, we discovered I was pregnant.  This was a baby that was very much wanted, and we celebrated and immediately told our families the news.  Within a couple of short weeks though, we discovered that I miscarried and the grief we both had was immense.

I was so emotionally worn out that I decided I wanted to wait a while before trying for another baby, but the universe must have known what I needed because within 2 months I was pregnant again.  Cautiously, we prepared for our baby.  Even though I had a very difficult pregnancy with a lot of illness, we happily welcomed our first son into the world on October 10, 2008.

It was hard for me to reconcile that I had lost a baby but there was one in my arms I had to take care of.  With the help of my amazingly supportive husband, I made it through those newborn days and we now have mostly fond memories of that time.

You move forward in life, you must know that you have to get back up as many times as you fall.

COMING SOON TO THEATERS: Smallfoot

An adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “SMALLFOOT” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

 

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” “The Emoji Movie”) as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

“Smallfoot” is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge.” The film is produced by Bonne Radford (“Curious George”), Glenn Ficarra (“Storks,” “The is Us,”) and John Requa (“Storks,” “This is Us”). Serving as executive producers are Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, Sergio Pablos, and Kirkpatrick. The creative team includes editor Peter Ettinger, and composer Heitor Pereira.

The film is set to debut in theaters September 28, 2018.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “Smallfoot” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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