Showing posts from May, 2017

GIVEAWAY: The Shack on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo {ends 6/3}

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
I haven't yet watched The Shack, but I am interested in seeing it - although it's a Christian movie, the cast looks phenomenal (Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw), and I'm a big fan of Octavia Spencer's movies.

The film is already out on Digital HD, and it's arriving May 30th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand. One of my lucky readers has the chance to win a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack!

About the movie:
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel, with over 22 million copies in print, the inspirational story of faith and love, The Shack, arrives on Digital HD May 16, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supp…

Movie Review: Baywatch (2017)

I've never seen the TV show that the movie version of Baywatch is based on, but a few of the original cast members are brought back for cameo roles in the movie. The show initially only ran for one season, and then was canceled by NBC; however, it was later picked up through syndication. Baywatch (2017) isn't the first spin-off of the show, but it is the first movie adaptation of it, and it takes place in Florida rather than California.

Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the Lieutenant lifeguard of Baywatch, and they're looking to expand their team by three people this year. One slot will definitely be going to former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron), who is mandated to be there for community service; the other two slots end up going to Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) and the dedicated but clumsy Ronnie Greenbaum (Jon Bass), who is shocked when he's chosen for the team. However, something's not right currently in the bay - bodies keep washing ashore, as well as…

GIVEAWAY: Two Cinetopia Film Festival movie passes (for the ENTIRE festival!) - ends 5/29

*Disclosure: I will be attending Cinetopia Film Festival as media. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Cinetopia is one of my favorite film festivals to go to, and it takes place every summer in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. Last year, they added some Dearborn screenings too, at the Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience, too.

I'm very excited that one of my lucky readers has the chance to win TWO movie passes - one for you and one for a friend! This will get you in to any movie you'd like to see during the ENTIRE festival. And that's a lot of movies - in 2015, I saw 16 movies over the course of two weekends.

Each of these passes are worth $120, so this giveaway is a $240 value.

You can click here to see my top 10 choices out of this year's vast schedule, too; click here to see the festival's entire film lineup; and click here if you'd like to purchase a ticket. Tickets range for $12 for one movie to $150 for a festival pass. (or $120 for a movie pass, …

UPCOMING: Top 10 picks for the 2017 Cinetopia Film Festival, June 1-11, Ann Arbor & Detroit

*Disclosure: I will be receiving media passes for the festival. All opinions expressed here, however, are my own. 

It's that time again! The Cinetopia Film Festival starts on Thursday, June 1st, and this will be my 4th year covering the festival here on my blog. I already have a tentative schedule for myself, and this year I'll be in town for most of the festival, as well (last year I was in out of town during one of the festival weekends) so I'm hoping to maximize the amount of films I get to see.

If you're unfamiliar with the festival, you can read more about it here, and also purchase tickets - prices range from $12 to a single ticket ($9 for Michigan Theater members) to $120 for a festival pass. If you're a student, you can score a festival pass for only $50, too.

>> Click HERE to enter to win TWO movie passes, valid for the entire festival! Ends 5/29/17.

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MICHIGAN PREMIERE. Western star of yesterye…

GIVEAWAY: 15 movies {action, sci-fi, war favorites} on DVD! {ends 5/29}

Mill Creek Entertainment recently released three collections of DVDs (with 5 movies on each collection) and one of my lucky readers has a chance to win ALL three!

About the collections:
Action Adventures - 5 Western Classics:

One-Eyed Jacks
(1961) Color Not Rated
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Slim Pickens

A pair of bandits makes off with the gold from a bank heist but an opportunity arises where one man takes the gold for himself, leaving his partner to take the blame and face imprisonment in Mexican jail. Escaping from prison many years later, the wronged bandit searches for his former partner to exact his revenge upon him. The bandit finds his former partner has become a respected sheriff in California and the man still wishes to eliminate the man he betrayed.

Dan Candy’s Law
(1973) Color Rated PG
Donald Sutherland, Kevin McCarthy, Chief Dan George

Dan Candy (Donald Sutherland) is a Canadian Mountie searching for the Native American who murdered his partner. His relentless pursuit of t…

Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything is based upon the book of the same name, which I haven't read but would now like to read. It focuses on a girl who has SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), aka "bubble boy" (or in this case, "bubble girl") disorder, and who hasn't left her house in the past 17 years.

Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) wants to experience the world, but since she has SCID, she can't. She's lucky in that her mother, Pauline (Anika Noni Rose, The Princess and the Frog) is a doctor, so she is well taken care of; the only other people allowed in the house are Rosa (Danube R. Hermosillo), her nurse, and Rosa's teenage daughter, who is about the same age as Maddy but is leaving for college soon. When a new boy, Olly (Nick Robinson, The Kings of Summer) moves in next door, he and Maddy start texting, and eventually Rosa allows him to visit her, once. Maddy eventually wants more, though, and must push her disorder to see how m…

GIVEAWAY: Girls: The Complete Sixth Season, on Digital HD {2 winners, ends 5/25}

I've been a big fan of Girls for a while now, and HBO recently aired the series finale. The Digital HD version recently became available on May 15, and it will hit Blu-ray and DVD on July 25.

Two of my lucky readers now have a chance to win Digital HD codes of Girls: The Complete Sixth Season! Enter to win below.

About the season:
It’s the end of an era! Over the course of its first five seasons, Girls, the hit HBO comedy series created by and starring Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Lena Dunham, and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, has continued to be one of the most critically acclaimed and buzzed about shows on television. Now fans can finally find out how this instantly-iconic HBO series ends when Girls: The Complete Sixth Season will be available for Digital Download on May 15, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 25, 2017. All formats feature exclusive new bonus content, including an extended version of ‘A Goodbye to Girls’ featuring never-before-seen …

GIVEAWAY: win the Murder 101 collection on DVD - 2 winners! {ends 5/23}

Mill Creek Entertainment recently released Murder 101 on DVD (two made-for-TV episodes), featuring Dick Van Dyke. Two of my lucky readers now have the chance to win a copy of the DVD!

About the episodes:
Who Knew Solving Crimes Could Be So Much Fun?
After the tremendous success of the hit CBS series Diagnosis Murder, Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry reunite in these popular made-for-TV mysteries.

Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses
Criminology professor Jonathan Maxwell is called upon to help when a prize racehorse is kidnapped. But the case turns deadly when a member of the family that owns the horse dies in a suspicious fire. What the case yields is a family embroiled in jealousy and greed.

Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery
Samuel is a spiritual healer with a large and influential following. But when he locks himself in a meditation chamber with four students, only to turn up dead with his students still deep in their meditative trance, it s up to Professor Maxwell to figure out the why …

Movie Review: Snatched

I had high hopes for Snatched, which marked Goldie Hawn's return to the big screen,for the first time since 2002's The Banger Sisters. Unfortunately, although the film started off promising, it slowly became less funny throughout.

Emily (Amy Schumer) is about to embark on a vacation to Ecuador with her musician boyfriend, Michael (Randall Park, Fresh Off the Boat), when he suddenly breaks up with her. Since her vacation is nonrefundable, she needs to find someone else to be her +1 for the trip. After all of her friends decline, she decides to ask her mother, Linda (Hawn), a super cautious woman who nowadays rarely leaves her house. Once they arrive in Ecuador, Emily meets a cute guy, James (Tom Bateman), who eventually ends up being their downfall - he arranges for them to be kidnapped and held at ransom. Emily and Linda must escape and somehow find their way to the American embassy so that they can get back to the United States.

Movie Review - King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I would venture a guess and say that most people are familiar with the story of King Arthur. However, this movie focuses on the backstory, and how Arthur eventually became king, and it was much different (and much more fun!) than I thought it would be.

At the beginning of the film, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) is the king, but his evil brother, Vortigern (Jude Law), wants to take his place (Lion King vibes, anyone?). To do this, Vortigern has to make a blood sacrifice to the octopus-esque monster that lives underground; once he does this, he is granted extraordinary powers, and is able to kill his brother. His nephew Arthur, then a toddler, is able to escape, though, and we later see a montage of him being raised in the streets, and living in a brothel (eventually becoming the Arthur of 'present-day,' aka Charlie Hunnam).

Inevitably, all of the men in England are asked to try and pull the sword from the stone, since the tide is very low and the sword has recently become visi…