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Movie Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard

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I am a big fan of both Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, but I did wonder how their chemistry would be in a "buddy movie" such as this. The answer is: funny and seamless.

Michael Bryce (Reynolds) was one of the top "executive protection agents" in the country—until one of his clients gets murdered. Three years later, he's still a bodyguard, but to much less "executive" clients, and he and his girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung), have split up. However, one day his phone rings, and it's Elodie, asking for a favor: she needs to get an important witness, Darius Kincaid (Jackson), to court, without him being shot or killed—and she needs Bryce to get him there safely. What she doesn't know, though, is that Bryce and Kincaid hate each other, and in fact have tried to murder each other on several occasions. Bryce and Kincaid must work together to get Kincaid to court by the 5pm deadline, and try not to kill each other in the …

GIVEAWAY: Comet TV Solar Eclipse prize pack {ends 8/25}

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In honor of the solar eclipse that's coming up soon, I've partnered with Comet TV to bring you this fun giveaway.

First off, check out Comet TV's lineup of scary movies this month:

A SOLAR ECLIPSE IS IMMINENT!
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. If you care about the well-being of Earth and you're a space-head like us, check out COMET's...

"When The Moon Throws Shade"
Ultimate Guide to Eclipsing
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Vampire’s Kiss (1973)
Wednesday, August 16 at 6P/5C
Friday, August 25 at NOON/11C

Steel Dawn (1987)
Sunday, August 20 at 4P/3C
Thursday, August 24 at 6P/5C

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Friday, August 18 at 8P/7C
Saturday, August 19 at 8P/7C
Sunday, August 27 at 4P/3C
Thursday, August 31 at 6P/5C

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Friday, August 25 at 8P/7C
Saturday, August 26 at 8P/7C
Wednesday, Augus…

Movie Review: The Glass Castle

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Before I saw a screening of The Glass Castle, I knew it was based upon a book - however, for some reason, I thought the book was a fiction novel, so imagine my surprise when I realized it's nonfiction. The Glass Castle has a fantastic cast, which helps bring this novel to life, and now I want to read the book.

Jeannette (Brie Larson) has recently become engaged, to David (Max Greenfield), who works in finance. When they go out to dinner with his clients, she talks about how her father works with electricity, and how her mother is a painter; what she doesn't mention is, although technically they do both of these things, they're also homeless, and she saw them downtown the other night sifting through garbage. Through flashbacks, we see Jeannette and her siblings' childhood, and how her father (Woody Harrelson) was an alcoholic, and couldn't hold down a job. Her mother, Rose Mary (Naomi Watts), was a great painter, but never actually sold any paintings. Because of th…

GIVEAWAY: 8 tickets to the Michigan Renaissance Festival {two family 4-packs, ends 8/18}

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*Disclosure: I am working with the Michigan Renaissance Festival this year to bring you this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Full disclosure: I've never actually been to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, commonly known as Ren Fest. That's about to change this year, though!
The Ren Fest is located on Dixie Hwy. in Holly (easily reachable off of I-75). I've heard a lot of good things about it, but have never been, so I'm excited to visit it this year. I've even had friends who made their own corsets before they attended Ren Fest (though of course that's optional!). 
More about what's new at Ren Fest this year:
The Michigan Renaissance Festival is back and celebrating 39 years of family fun - from small beginnings at Columbierre, to one of Michigan’s finest regional attractions.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival was first held in 1979 in Clarkston. This inaugural Festival featured renaissance dancing, archery contests, jugglers, mimes a…

Online ordering at MOD Pizza {and a $25 giveaway!}

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*Disclosure: I received a MOD gift card to facilitate this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

This past weekend, I was able to try out MOD Pizza's new online ordering system. I've been a fan of MOD for a while now - their pizza is always deliciously crispy, and it's fun to make your own at the store and choose what toppings you want. I found that online ordering is just as easy.

One of the first options you see when you go to modpizza.com is a button that says "Order Online," which is prominent on the homepage.


You're then asked to choose a time - as you can see on my phone screenshot here, it takes about 30 minutes minimum for your order, as my first pick-up time choice was 7:35pm.


You then choose your date and time (you can order it for dates in the future, not just the current date) and your store. Since I was visiting my boyfriend, who lives closer to the Woodhaven, MI location, we chose that location for pick-up.


Now it's time to…

Movie Review: The Dark Tower

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Originally, I wanted to give this movie 4 stars out of 5, but then I thought about the film a little more, as a whole. The entire premise of the film is that if the Tower falls, the world will end ... and that's pretty much all they tell you about it. However, the film is fairly entertaining, and I still overall enjoyed it.

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has recurring dreams starring a Gunslinger (Idris Elba), an evil villain (Matthew McConaughey), and a different world than Earth. His mom dismisses it as just an overactive imagination, but when he starts to get into fights at school, she decides to send him to a "therapy weekend" of sorts. When the therapists arrive to collect him, Jake realizes they are from the other world, and he escapes. Eventually, he finds a portal to that other world and realizes that all of the people from his dreams are real - including the Man in Black (McConaughey), who wants to find a child to bring down the Tower and end civilization as they k…

GIVEAWAY: Two sets of Empyrean Bedding Sheet Sets {ends 8/18}

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Welcome to the Empyrean Bedding GiveawayHosted by: MamatheFoxCo-Hosted by: Sonya's Happenings, Love, Mrs. Mommy & FROG Reviews and Ramblings
I've partnered up with other bloggers to bring you this giveaway. Good luck! For this exciting giveaway you have the chance to win (2) set of Empyrean Bedding Sheet Sets!

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MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde reminded me of the TV show Alias(2001-06), one of my all-time favorite TV shows, except that it's set in Berlin right before the Berlin wall was removed, circa late 1989. Because of that, you won't find high-tech gadgets here; however, the movie (and Charlize Theron) have such great action scenes that they're not needed.

The film starts at the end: Lorraine (Theron) is being debriefed by her superiors, Eric (Toby Jones) and Emmett (John Goodman) about her time in Berlin. Technically, the movie is told in flashbacks, then, although it doesn't seem like it. Lorraine, an undercover MI6 agent, recalls how she arrived in Berlin and the KGB had already "made" her (they picked her up at the airport, under false pretenses), and how she later met up with Percival (James McAvoy), her real contact, and they carried out the mission from there. Things aren't all that they seem, though, and Lorraine soon figures out that there's a mole who must be sto…

National Picnic Month and Applebee's Carside To Go {plus a $25 giveaway!}

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*Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

July is National Picnic Month, and to celebrate, I headed over to Applebee's this weekend to try out their Carside To Go service.

I've tried similar programs at different restaurants before, and usually it involves calling in your order (or ordering online) beforehand, and then parking at a specific location at the restaurant to pick up your food.


We decided to bring our food to Heritage Park, in Taylor, MI, so we stopped by the Ecorse Rd. Applebee's location beforehand. Before that, we had ordered on their mobile site (I'm a millennial, did you think I was going to use the phone to call? Ha). I'm definitely a foodie, so I'll admit that we took a while deciding what we wanted and playing around with different combinations - Applebee's recently sent me a $5 off $25 code for online ordering, too, so we had to spend $25 (pre-tax) to receive that.

{and…

Chrysler & Broadway in Detroit renew partnership for 2017-2018 season {plus, 2017-18 schedule!}

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*Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Broadway in Detroit. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I'm excited that the 2017-18 schedule for Broadway in Detroit has finally been announced! There are some good shows playing this season, including Love Never Dies (the sequel to Phantom of the Opera), An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, School of Rock, and more.

Check out the news release below, with info about the extra off-subscription shows, as well:

Nederlander Detroit is pleased to announce that it has renewed its relationship with the Chrysler brand to sponsor the all-new 2017-2018 Broadway in Detroit season. This will be the seventh consecutive theatre season that the automaker will sponsor, showcasing another hot line-up for both Chrysler and Broadway in Detroit. As part of this sponsorship, the latest and hottest Chrysler vehicles will be on display at The Fisher Theatre.

The 2017-18 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season sponsored by Chrysler opens…

GIVEAWAY: Digital download of HBO's Wizard of Lies {ends 7/30}

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I haven't seen Wizard of Lies yet, but it's got a great cast - Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, to start. One of my lucky readers has the chance to win a digital HD copy!

Wizard of Lies is now available for digital download, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 3rd.

About the show:
In 2008, stockbroker, investment adviser and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies chronicles the events that led up to Madoff’s admission and the devastating aftermath. Watch Robert De Niro give “one of this best screen performances” (The New York Times) when The Wizard of Lies is available for Digital Download July 10th, 2017 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 3rd, 2017. Starring two-time Oscar®-winner Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and three-time Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth, this HBO Films drama dissects the eve…

Movie Roundup, week of 7/21/17

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I realize that I haven't done many movie reviews here since I rebranded the site to Yes/No Detroit - this won't always be the case, but I have been traveling a lot over the past 4 weeks since I last did a movie review (Rough Nightwas the last one), and haven't had much time to see movies. I did see both Baby Driver and Despicable Me 3 in the theater, though - see below for mini-reviews of those.

Movies being released this week:
Girls Trip. I will be seeing this one at some point, because it screened at BlogHer, and Universal generously gave us Fandango codes to see it. I've heard only good things about it so far.Dunkirk. I actually saw a screening of this on Monday, but I fell asleep for about ten minutes (it's not necessarily a boring movie, I was just tired ...) and also, this is a really hard movie to rate. I'd give it 2.5/5 stars and a Maybe, but most critics are saying BEST MOVIE EVER ... it's a Christopher Nolan movie and has a terrific cast, but there&…

7 things to know before flying Alaska Air

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First off, this is not a sponsored post - I just wanted to share my recent experience about flying them. I primarily fly Delta and Southwest, so I was curious to try them out recently, for a work trip.

From DTW, I believe Alaska Air flies from Seattle and also to Portland. The gate for my DTW-SEA flight this past Monday was in the North Terminal, almost at the far end of the terminal ... I actually didn't even know the terminal extended so far down.

I actually Googled "Alaska Air boarding procedures" while at the gate, because I realized I didn't know what to expect - on Delta, I board Zone 1 because I have their credit card, and on Southwest, we line up according to group and number.

Overall, I flew 3 segments on Alaska Air this past week, and my experience was mostly positive. I flew from Detroit to Seattle, then Seattle to Bellingham, WA; yesterday, I flew from Bellingham back to Seattle, and then I was booked on Delta from SEA to DTW.
7 things to know before flyi…