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Solo – A Star Wars Story – It’s a great story!

Damon Here: I would just like to start by saying the new Wookie they have playing the young Chewie was spot on and I believed he was a younger version. I went in thinking that the movie would hinge on the actors playing younger version of iconic characters. I was right, and pleased with the results. You really can believe that they are the younger versions. You see how the characters developed into the people we know and love. We even see the evolution of the Millennium Falcon, which was one of my favorite parts. This movie was hard to make good because we know the main characters will survive. We know the end of the story so how do you make it feel like a new story? This whole movie from start to finish kept you guessing and had one twist after another.  Who would show up next? What just...
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Star Wars – The Last Jedi & Chiari for Christmas

  This week, Damon and Ben got to preview Star Wars – The Last Jedi, and they loved it. A few months ago, Ben was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation with a 4mm tonsillar dissension. This means his brain is being pushed into his spinal cord by 4mm.  At 5mm you are considered surgical by almost all neurosurgeons, especially if you are symptomatic. I have/had Chiari and had brain surgery or decompression surgery in 2013. Technically I had no tonsillar dissension because my Chiari was caused by a skull malformation called hypoplastic posterior fossa. It is genetic, and several family members have it, including my son. Surgery saved my life, but so much damage had been done, that I will never be healthy, and am considered to have traumatic brain injury from high pressure in my brain. My pituitary failed, and several nerves were damaged, including my vagus nerve, which...
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Disney’s The BFG – Big Friendly Giant

The BFG is a wonderful movie! We went for a date night, and had a great evening. My husband loves movies, and is an elementary school teacher. He uses Roald Dahl’s books with his students, and is very familiar with the story and artwork. We received two preview tickets for our honest review. I am a Disney lover, and it is difficult for me to find reasons not to like everything Disney. They can and are criticized for many things, but I am also an idealist and love looking at the best in others. For the BFG I was a bit bored with the idea of going and grateful that it was a date night, so at least we got to go out together. We do not get a lot of date nights. I have read the book, and it isn’t my favorite. I don’t dislike it, but it is...
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Alice Through The Looking Glass – Review

As we waited in line for the movie, my son talked about how this was going to be the best movie ever. He could not wait to see his favorite character, the Cheshire Cat, and has been reading the books at school. We got to preview this movie in exchange for our honest review. If you are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, or like Tim Burton movies, this is a great addition to the story. I like Alice and I was not disappointed. Alice had so much more “muchness”  and action this time that you loved her from the start of the movie all the way until the end of the credits. The movie was made for the 3D effects and everything you watched had the depth and feel you would expect from Tim Burton’s Wonderland. The addition of Time to this movie reminded us of a Doctor Who episode...
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Captain America – Civil War or Iron Man is a Jerk

I took my son to the preview of Captain America – Civil War. He was so excited he was bouncing in his seat, and I couldn’t get him to stop until the movie started. He is 11 now, but he has watched superhero movies his whole life and loves them. We got to preview the movie in return for our honest review. This movie is PG-13 and earns that rating due to violent action scenes and mature themes. We have made the decision that when it comes to our child such movies are okay as long as they are set in a fictional world, and we always preview or watch the movies with him to make sure he understands what he saw and can put any scary or difficult situations in perspective. As there will be countless other children who see this film, I want other parents to understand that...
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Zootopia – Spring Break Family Fun

This review is two weeks late due to severe illness on my part. I am sorry. However, like all Disney classics, this is a movie that you will want to watch again and again. Whether in theaters or your own home. It is a fun show with lots of themes that we face in society. This addresses them in a kid friendly way and will hopefully spark many great conversations! My son and husband got to see this movie for free in exchange for their honest review. As always, any opinions expressed on this blog are our own. They also hope to see more of the Zootopia world, whether in sequels, or in a cartoon series, which means it must have been great!        I am reminded of the movie “Bed Knobs and Broomsticks” where the cartoon animals lived in their own kingdom. Or the movie “Robinhood”, where the cartoon...
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Passing the Torch

My family is a bit on the nerdy side. My husband loves all things Star Wars and collects Boba Fett everything. My son had Star Wars toys before he was born, and his first real word was “Palpatine”. When we took him to Disneyland for the first time, he was in love with Darth Maul and tried to hug him. (He was 2, and Darth Maul was having a hard time keeping a straight face.) So when I got the opportunity to preview and review Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was overjoyed. Never mind that I have been sick since Thanksgiving, I was there! The new Star Wars movie was awesome! I am trying really hard not to give away anything because my husband and son have not yet seen it. I am super excited to go with them to the theater and enjoy their joy! The movie was...
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Ant-Man – One Small Step for Marvel

Disclosure: We received two tickets to the Disney/Marvel Premier of Ant-Man in exchange for our honest review. As always, opinions expressed on this blog are my own, or that of my husband and kid. My wife brought me because I am a huge nerd that has read comics for a long time. I know what is going on and I get a lot of the references that she may miss. My wife is a good female presence and a bit of a nerd herself. Now we have a 10-year-old that has alternated attending with me or my wife to some of the movies and helped to review them. He is autistic, gifted, ADHD, and all sorts of a nerd himself. He tells us where the scary parts are and what parts are funny to a 10-year-old boy, which are weird spots. We love being able to attend and review movies...
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Disney Inside Out: Meet the Voices in Your Head

I was given two tickets to the preview of Inside Out in exchange for my honest evaluation. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. (or at least my families). My 10 year old son said he has the emotion crazy in his head. This sums up how Inside Out works. It opens up conversations about what kids are thinking. I loved the way Inside Out brought a difficult concept like emotions into a context that children could understand. My autistic son talks about his emotions,which are difficult for him to express. He looks at what emotions are in-charge in his heads and we work at keeping them calm. We talked about how his “Headquarters” is electrified and the medication he takes helps to bring the energy down so his emotions can work better. Inside Out helped to make this conversation possible. As a movie it was really...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Must See!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to review this movie in exchange for two tickets to the premier showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising. Regardless of the compensation I always offer my opinion on this blog and will only recommend products and services that I actually use. Thanks – Natalie Wahl – Author of Newswahl I have not blogged in a while because perfectionism has struck and made it so everything I start to write ends up sounding silly, but this is an easy article! If you have not seen the preview, it is a great movie, and you can check it out here!   I took my 10-year-old son to this movie. He and his father both wanted to go, but in the end he won, because Dad...
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Disney Cinderella ~ “Have Courage and Be Kind”

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to preview the new Disney Cinderella for free in return for my honest opinion and review. Newswahl is an affiliate for one or more of the products, links, and banners on the site. Which means that we may receive compensation when you click on the links. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in advertising. You can trust that I blog with integrity and only recommend products that I would use. Disney Cinderella This movie follows the classic tale of Cinderella, and adds much more richness and detail to the character and life of a little girl named Ella who later becomes Cinderella. As the story goes, she endures much tragedy and hardship in her life, and is later rewarded for her character and...
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Spring Fashionista Event 2015

I am super excited to be participating in another Fahionista Event! They are always amazing, the prizes are wonderful, and it is the one time I get to be super girly and shop for great purses, bags, dresses, or whatever strikes my fancy. As always, this giveaway is brought to you by these amazing bloggers who work very hard and are ultimately much more fashionable than I! I am learning from them, and hopefully will improve. 🙂 Amazing Hosts The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from ModlyChic http://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize! Grand Prize Monroe and Main is one of my favorite places to purchase unique and well-made clothing...
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Disney’s McFarland – Showing the True Power of Teachers

My husband is a school teacher and has taught many diverse populations. There is a lot in the news about how we are failing our students, and that it is the teacher’s fault. I hate this notion. I know some people are terrible teachers, and that union make hiring and firing difficult, but not all teachers should share the blame for what the minority do. Another major problem we have witnessed in education is families that do not support their child’s education. It is so important for parents to help with homework, attend school events, and read with their kids. However, many families are struggling just to eat, and the notion of owning books, much less reading them, is foreign and difficult. We have donated food, books, school supplies and so much more to families in trying to further education in the home. If the parents support their child’s education,...
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Disney’s Frozen is Awesome!

News Wahl received one or more of the products mentioned in the post below free for evaluation purposes, received compensation, and/or is an affiliate of one or more of the products, links and banners you will see on this site. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% genuine. This is disclosed in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. Thanks for reading  Natalie. My family was able to go to the 3D preview of Disney’s Frozen right before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately life happened, and I was unable to share with you all how amazing it is. Now it’s won a Golden Globe and is up for an Academy Award, everyone knows, but I still feel like sharing. I absolutely loved Anna and Elsa, the two princesses were adorable as children, and grew up into princesses that if I had a...
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