Review Despicable Me 3

This review is solely based on my opinion of this movie and does not reflect on anyone else reviews. By: Dawn Vallarta

Wait for the video and rent it instead of buying it.  I am a huge Minion fan and this movie just made we want to go to sleep.  There are very little Minions on this movie at all. What you see in the trailers and commercials is it.
Gru finds out he has a twin brother and his parents divorced splitting up the boys with each taking one. When the father dies the brother Dru reaches out to Gru to come and help train him to be a villain. How ever Gru has gone to the good side now.
They battle the Villain Balthazar Bratt for control of a pink diamond that has been stolen causing Gru and lucy to be fired.
The daughter are here and adorable as ever but there are not enough Minion shots and when there are it seems like two different movies were spliced together to add them.
Some may love it but for me less is more and they should have stopped at 2. This is a big let down.



Netflix Review- #Free Rein @netflix

The opinions expressed in this blog are ours only and do not reflect those of others who may have watched and reviewed this series on Netflix By: Dawn Vallarta

What do you do when you have a group of friends together on a stormy week end in Florida? You can’t go to the beach. The lightening here will make you get on your knees and pray for safety , so we binge watched something that had one season on Netflix. We chose Free Rein because  a) It looked upbeat and b) We wanted something to keep us absorbed and not noticed the storms that had fried the cable box.

Free Rein is now one of our favorite new shows to watch and we cant wait for it to come back on with season two.
Zoe played by Jaylen Barron brings life to this movie and makes you feel like you know her and her struggles.  Her parents are having a hard go of it so her mom takes Zoe and her little sister to England to visit their grandfather. Zoe immediately meets and falls in love with a troubled horse that only she can get to calm down.
I don’t want to tell you all the story lines because this is one you want to watch. Trust me on this one.  But the plot involves family dynamics, friendships, horse thieves, young love, visiting your past and over coming fears you buried there and of course mean girl drama.
I will say that not one of us above intelligent people watching ever figured out who the real horse thief was and were all sitting with our jaws on the floor when it was revealed.
We guessed every one but the right one.
This show has some beautiful country scenes that make you want to call a travel agent and get there at once.
So next time you are sitting home bored or have to stay inside for any reason check out Free Rein on Netflix and enjoy a day of binge watching a good lighthearted show that just makes you glad you watched it.
Creators Vicki Lutas, Anna McCleery did a splendid job on this one.

A Legend Already: Bailee Madison

A lot of things have changed over the years with Bailee Madison but one thing remains the same. That face and smile.  She could not hide in a crowd of a million people because she has a certain look to her no one can replicate.
We asked some of Bailee’s fans recently what is it about her that keeps them interested and just about everyone said the same things. Talent. This girl is overloaded with talent.  Some said the innocent appearance she has, the fact that she has remained true to herself and did not feel like she had to be a Hollywood sell out like most girls who by the age of 12 are trying to be sex sirens for roles.
I will go as far as saying Bailee Madison can play everything from a Nun to a Serial killer and make you believe that is what she is.  Bailee Madison is extremely talented and we think she will be a Hollywood Legacy in her lifetime .That is a lot to say for someone so young.
Bailee currently stars on The Good Witch along with Catherine Bell and James Denton on the Hallmark Channel. I don’t know about you guys but to me Hallmark is right up there With Disney. You make it big on either channel and you are set for life.  One has to wonder when does this girl rest. She is in one thing after the other it seems.
Bailee starred with Natalie Portman in the movie Brothers and had everyone so engrossed in her acting it is no wonder she has been in high demand. She delivers with each and every performance.  The list of things she has done go on forever and I imagine by the time she is ready to retire it will be one of the longest in Hollywood history.
Bailee is also now trying her hand at directing.
She is currently filming The Strangers 2 and we cant wait to see it.
We have followed several of Bailee’s fans on social media and by far the best source of information is @BaileeFanofCACV  on twitter. They are devoted to Bailee’s career and many times post things before the media does.  Don’t ask me how these people get info but it is super cool to see such dedicated fans supporting this young actress.
We recently did a give away of A Cowgirls story on Twitter and to date it was our best contest.  This was Bailee’s movie and an excellent cast  made this video a stand out winner.
We know in her near future we will see Bailee Madison taking the stage at all the awards shows because she is young, determined and talented beyond belief. She will last a long time in this industry and remain true to who she is doing it.

Video Review: Bigger Fatter Liar: By Alexis T.

In the beginning I thought oh no. This is a cross between Ferris Bueller and Home Alone. But the movie did catch my attention shortly afterward.
Ricky Garcia did an wonderful job with his acting in this movie and I would say he did every bit as good as Mathew Broderick in Ferris Bueller and Better than Caulkin in Home Alone.
Jodelle Ferland is the perfect person to act with him and they played off each other perfectly.  Barry Bostwick I would say is what messed up this movie. He over acted the role and just was not the villain he was meant to be but came across more as a nut who had no business working in big business.
Ricky plays Kevin Shepherd who lies a lot and no one believes him when his plans for a video game are stolen by Bostwicks character.  He goes to great extremes to get the man to admit to stealing it and sadly the plot is predictable but funny at the same time.
I enjoyed the movie and For Ricky and Jodelle I give them both 5 our of 5 stars. Bostwick I give a 2 and the movie in General a 4.
Ricky is up for a teen choice award for his portrayal of Kevin but sadly he is up against some tough actors.  It would be nice if Teen choice would stick to teens and stop allowing adults to be nominated because Ricky deserves to win for his acting in this movie.

Review: Wonder Woman By Alexis T.

I went to see Wonder Woman today and I liked parts of it and disliked parts of it.  I did find myself getting bored during several scenes and felt like just leaving but stayed and I am glad I did. However several of the fight scenes seemed botchy and the special affects are some what lacking.
I did not view this as a feminist movie that everyone is talking about but as the Wonder Woman reruns I had seen growing up.  First the Uniform is not the same and that sort of let me down.  But Gal Gadot is amazingly beautiful and talented and she pulled off the character.
The movie has a strong supporting cast that helps to lead the story line to tell the story of and inspirational hero’s story.
I give Wonder Woman 4.5 stars out of five and would suggest you buy a ticket to see it.

Review of A Cowgirls Story -By Sabrina C.

When the text came last night saying the movie was on its way and would be in the mail box today we were all so excited. Of course we made immediate plans to get together to watch it. We started out with five but word spread we were having a viewing party and ended up with ten people watching.3
I will say not one of us were let down by this movie even though we all had our doubts about a religion based movie.  But this movie made some of us feel something we had been missing.  Something we grew up with and needed back in our lives. Prayer. Something bigger than ourselves to believe in again.

At first I thought Pat Boone would doom this movie. Now I honestly can not imagine anyone else playing the part. He was perfect and the chemistry between him and the actors just made it seem so real and natural. Like he really was the grandpa. Not just some actor playing a part.  And sorry but he is not as old as I thought he would be.  He did an excellent job of showing what family unity and sticking together is all about.
Aiden Alexander and Troy Guiterrez both carried their roles like seasoned professionals and just fit. You know what I mean, like who ever cast these characters knew what they were doing,  They all just fit. Made it more real. I hope to see Bailee and Chloe work together again. They compliment each other well and seem like a natural fit.

At first I thought well it is not normal for that many kids to lose a parent in the war but then Dawn reminded me that they likely lived in a military town. Since she is an air force brat herself she picks up on these things faster than I would.  And it is true if you live near a military base there are going to be a lot of families going through exactly what you go through.  One or both parents always missing from your life and sometimes they do not come home.
Timothy Armstrong did a beautiful job of showing what it really is like for military kids in this movie.  I do not understand why it did not go to theaters and we all agree it should have. It would have been a major contender for awards. There was no cheapness to this movie that you can tell by the video. It seemed well planned out and beautiful scenery so why video?  I am glad it is out and really don’t care how but feel like every single person who acted in this movie deserves recognition.

First let me say don’t even think you will not tear up or even cry. If you have a heart in your chest you will cry.  When these kids show their true raw emotion over losing a parent it makes you so glad you can go home at night and hug your own. Not all in our group can do that. And without calling names several of our group of friends have lost a parent. And one of them lost in war.  But that will be up to them if they want to write about how this movie made them feel.
The story line carries nicely and kept our attention. no one left the room for snacks or anything during the movie. I don’t think anyone even spoke during it. We were captivated.
Of course Bailee Madison does her usual fantastic acting job but one thing we most agreed on was that is hard to watch her transition from the kid to being older.  She just seems like the same Bailee to us.  The ugly crying scene was pretty good though. Bailee plays Dusty Rhodes whose mother is away at war and her father gets shipped out but is right back immediately because he was wounded and now her mother is missing. She turned to her love of horses to stay busy and turned some troubled kids lives around to join her in forming a drill team.  I realize the movie had to be a certain length but there seemed to be major portions missing to explain things. Like how long was he gone before he was hurt and came back because in the movie it seemed like overnight. How long was her mother missing?
Then comes Chloe Lukasiak who we all knew could act from her role on center stage but seeing her play a troubled kid with a goth look was hard to bite into at first. Then Chloe sold the role.  Not a role I hope sticks to her but she sold this one. Her father has been killed in the war and her mother has turned to drinking to cope. Chloes role as Savannah was perfect. She tried to hide the truth from everyone of what she was going through but sometimes when you have no other family to fall back on things happen to families that are not what they expect.  Savannah and her mother lose their home because they can not afford to live like they could when her father was alive. Not only is her father dead but she loses her mother to drinking and acts out.  They say she spent time in Juvie but never went into it much. There are hints that the townspeople look down on them which was a flaw in the writing because most military families stick together and lift each other up not tear them down.
For those who say it is not real to see teens sitting on bleachers drinking at school. Where have you been? It is not only very real it is happening in more and more schools likely a lot more than you want to accept. Not only on bleachers but in parking lots, at lockers, in bathrooms and yes, even in classrooms. Kids today carry flask to school.  I wish the movie had covered more of this issue because drinking alcohol is a major problem for kids today. It should not be ignored by saying you don’t think it happens because it does.

I thought the movie was going to be an extension of Cowgirls and Angels and Bailees character would show what happened after her father came back in her life. It has no connection at all to the first movie.  It in my opinion is much better.
Some are saying this is a feel good movie. A support your troops movie.  A religious movie. To me this is a movie that shows how people should act toward each other. Do not judge people going through hard times rather lift them up. Do not ignore someone who has lost their husband and turned to self medication instead get in there and help them survive it.
I don’t want to write to much on what was going on in the movie since this is the first day it is out and many have still not seen it but I will tell you this. Do not miss seeing this one. Our watch group ranged in ages from 14 years to 52 years old.   Every single one of us came away with a different feeling of what we have let go and need to get back to. Maybe it is being a better neighbor , maybe it is getting away from your faith and finding it again, maybe it is being a better friend or ignoring bullying when you see it. But everyone who watches this movie should do so with an open mind of what you let go in your life and need back in it and then make sure to follow through with getting it back.  You will be happier when you do. The world we live in today is in sad shape. Very sad shape. This movie shows you it can be better if you all work together and support one another with love and kindness.
I hope you will see it.  Grab a box of tissues because you will need them.
Excellent job by all. It would be great if Hallmark or some one would pick this up as a weekly series because it came real close to showing real life today as many know it.