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Ralph Breaks the Internet – And Giveaway

*Ben and I were able to see a preview of this movie for free in exchange for our honest review. As always, the opinions are mine. The giveaway is all mine and not affiliated with any other entity.     Video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game. Their quest takes them to the vast world of the internet, a world Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. I love how Pixar and Disney consistently offer movies that grow with us. Ralph Breaks the Internet is one that we enjoyed for different reasons because Ben and I are at different stages in life, and I can see it being a movie we can continue to enjoy throughout our...
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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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Avengers: Infinity War Thoughts From a Mad Titan

Damon First: Let’s start this off with I am a big fan of the comics and the infinity stones. I bought the Infinity Gauntlet Series when it first came out, I bought the Infinity Wars Series, and the Infinity Crusades when they came out and I wanted to see this . . . but I have to wait a whole year for this to end. Now to the movie. It was awesome, grandiose, dark, game-changing, and even fun every so often. You will love the interaction of characters in this movie. They are what I have waited for. No spoilers but here are few pairings I want you to think about.  Tony Stark (Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist) and Doctor Strange (Alpha Male Surgeon, Sorcerer Supreme) are fantastic and should not be left alone together. Thor (“I don’t get that reference.”) and Star Lord (nothing but references) should have had more time...
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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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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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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 Movie Tomorrowland + A Giveaway

Disclosure: News Wahl received the opportunity to preview this movie in return for a fair and honest review. As always, the opinions expressed here are our own. Thanks When I started teaching 7th grade science in the 3rd largest school district in the country the students would tell me that the councilor had told them that they did not need to pass science, just math and English. Standardized tests don’t teach you science and we lost the drive to teach science as a major subject in school. NASA is loosing ground and private companies have to pick up the slack, but who will work for them? We need a new space race to inspire this generation forward into the future. We need a new way to teach these kids how to think like an innovator. The makers movement can help create an atmosphere where tomorrow can flourish. makezine.com The makers...
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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’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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Restarting 2015

This year is off to a rocky start. New and enduring health issues are not allowing me to do the things I want, and money is an issue as always. I had a huge fight with family, and now I am stuck and don’t know what to do. It’s hard when everyone is right in their own mind, and yet no agreement can be found. Today is my husband’s birthday, and we will probably do very little. I have been up most of the night, unable to sleep. Hopefully in a few minutes I will go try again and will finally be able to drift off. So, problems aside, I am restarting 2015! I have tons of goals. I am a goal, and list person. I love setting and achieving goals and I love crossing them off of my list. Here are a few that I will be logging on...
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Other Movies I want to see :)

I love movies. My husband and son love movies. We have to subscribe to Netflix so we don’t buy every film that comes out on DVD or Blu-Ray. So when Disney, Pixar and others come out with a family friendly movie, we count days until we either get to go to the theater, or can buy or rent the film. We also liberally use our local library to watch our favorites over and over. I can honestly say I’ve seen all the Ben 10 cartoon series at least 10 times, and I don’t watch a lot of t.v. like that. It is just one of my son’s favorites, so I got to watch it a lot with him. When I am sick and tired he gets movie time, and I am sick an tired a lot. Not my favorite parenting method, but we all do what we can. So Madagascar...
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