Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Marmaduke on DVD

I did not care for this movie while it was in the theater. You can see my review here.

Overall:rope >rope 3

Age Appropriateness (6 and Up): rope rope rope

Child attention Span: rope rope rope rope 3

Adult Enjoyment: rope

As my children did enjoy the film, despite their parents' pain, I will give this a "Press Play".

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nanny McPhee Returns

Emma Thompson returns in all her frizzy-haired, buck-toothed, hairy-moled glory as the Nanny McPhee, the other magical nanny. She's no Mary Poppins with her frumpy appearance and scowl but just like her umbrella carrying predecessor, she holds the key to respectful children and family tranquility.

In this incarnation, it is at the heart of World War II and a mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has her hands full with her three children, the family farm, and a general store she shares with her batty employee (Maggie Smith). Her husband is away at war and her nephew and niece have been sent to join them to escape the bombings of London. Her very spoiled nephew and niece. The five children meet, instantly dislike each other and fighting ensues.

When they wreak havoc on her home and each other, her shop mistress fills twelve drawers with syrup, and her brother-in-law barrages her with bids to sell the farm, Nanny McPhee knocks on her door. And once again, with the magical tap of her cane, she teaches the children five valuable lessons including to stop fighting, to share, and to have faith.

This is a worthy successor to the first film. It is funny and sweet. In fact, both my mother and I cried more than once. My children loved the magic and it kept the interest of both including the three year old. So I would definitely rate this a "Step Out".


Overall:rope rope rope rope rope 3

Age Appropriateness (3 and Up): rope rope rope rope

Adult Enjoyment: rope rope rope rope

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Well the secret agents of the canine and feline world are at it again. This time with a new crew fighting the dastardly aspirations of a hairless cat named Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler). Kitty Galore has her eye on revenge. Revenge against dogs and humans. It is this latter threat that drives the dogs and cats to join together to fight her scheme of world-wide domination. Her plot centers around a recording known as the "Call of the Wild". Should this horrific sound be heard by dogs, they will all turn mad and therefore be turned out by their owners. Abandoned by their designated best friends, Kitty plans to enslave the human race.

This film is a cute if slightly trite send-up of James Bond films, including a gorgeous opening title sequence. A mish-mash of classic spy films with a splash of other famous film moments, there are plenty of giggles if not many guffaws. Both children enjoyed the film and it maintained the attention of the 3 year old. There was no offensive language and little innuendo. All in all, it was a fun outing, though at today's prices, it is not a Must See at the theater. Therefore, as a fun film for adults and children, I give it a borderline "Step Out".


Overall:rope rope rope rope 3

Age Appropriateness (6 and Up): rope rope rope rope

Adult Enjoyment: :rope rope rope rope 3