Your Family Expert https://yourfamilyexpert.com Relationships, Personal Growth and Film Thu, 08 Aug 2019 21:45:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/YFE_icon-150x150.pngYour Family Experthttps://yourfamilyexpert.com 32 32 Family Review: HOBBS AND SHAW is Dumb, Funny, and Excitinghttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-hobbes-shaw-dumb-funny-exciting/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-hobbes-shaw-dumb-funny-exciting/#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 22:01:26 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57841 By Trina Boice Reposted with permission of The Movie Review Mom WHATS HOBBS AND SHAW ABOUT? Spies. Tough guys. Weapons. The end of the world. This adrenaline-packed action comedy is a spin-off and number eight in the Fast & the Furious franchise. You don’t need to have seen any of the Fast & the Furious movies before to enjoy this movie; it works as a stand-alone film. If you’re a Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham fan, you’re going to get a kick out of their love/hate buddy relationship. Directed by David Leitch, this movie is exactly what it promises: high octane. David Leitch was a stuntman in John Wick and Atomic Blonde. If you like the trailer, you’ll like the movie. I attended a screening in a theater in Lehi, Utah, that had a cool way to showcase scenes from the movie in a lobby feature: two chairs were rigged to rumbling seats that reacted to the action sequences. That’s how the movie feels. Most people agree the movie is pretty ridiculous but admit that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) The movie is very self-aware, which allows it to be more fun and playful than any of the other Fast & Furious movies in the franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have great chemistry together and have some hilarious banter. The supporting cast is also fantastic: Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Kevin Hart. Dwayne Johnson’s actual cousin (Joe Anoa’i) plays his brother in the movie. Johnson performs his signature wrestling movies “The Samoan Drop” and “The Spear” during some action sequences. Fans of The Crownwill enjoy seeing the lovely Vanessa Kirby play Jason Statham’s sister. That award-winning TV series is fantastic, by the way. There is a lot of humor and funny fight sequences. The stunt team does impressive work with hand-to-hand combat, as well as with cool spy gadgets. There are a lot of pop-culture references and Easter eggs for fans. The soundtrack hits hard, just like the stars. Some might say this movie is filled with “toxic masculinity.” If overcharged testosterone bothers you, do NOT watch this movie. The movie is certainly ridiculous and even cheesy at times, but that’s part of the schtick. You get to visit Samoa during act three, which makes the film look really different from the rest of the series.  It’s a long movie, but you’ll get out of the heat for a couple of hours. IS HOBBS AND SHAW OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED PG-13) Here are some things to be aware of: LOTS of violence with a high body count and some blood. Women showing lots of skin and cleavage. Some profanity, including 1 F-bomb, 12 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 9 religious exclamations. Scenes depicting crime. Suggestive language and gestures referring to body parts and sexual relations. Bare-chested men. Some kissing. Some men are tortured with electronic shocks. LOTS of explosions and destruction. Frequent name-calling. Use of alcohol and mention of drugs. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? Like all of the movies in the Fast & the Furious franchise, the theme of this movie is the importance of family. Some other uplifting quotes and messages include: “It’s never over ‘til it’s over.” —Shaw (Jason Statham) “Remember who you are.” —Shaw “Never, never give up.” —Shaw The importance of home and truth Some interesting lines that also illustrate themes and worthwhile messages in the movie: “You may believe in machines, but we believe in people.” —Hobbs “The key to immortality is living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee, quoted by Hobbs YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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Reposted with permission of The Movie Review Mom

WHATS HOBBS AND SHAW ABOUT?

Spies. Tough guys. Weapons. The end of the world. This adrenaline-packed action comedy is a spin-off and number eight in the Fast & the Furious franchise. You don’t need to have seen any of the Fast & the Furious movies before to enjoy this movie; it works as a stand-alone film.

If you’re a Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham fan, you’re going to get a kick out of their love/hate buddy relationship. Directed by David Leitch, this movie is exactly what it promises: high octane. David Leitch was a stuntman in John Wick and Atomic Blonde.

If you like the trailer, you’ll like the movie. I attended a screening in a theater in Lehi, Utah, that had a cool way to showcase scenes from the movie in a lobby feature: two chairs were rigged to rumbling seats that reacted to the action sequences. That’s how the movie feels. Most people agree the movie is pretty ridiculous but admit that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+)

The movie is very self-aware, which allows it to be more fun and playful than any of the other Fast & Furious movies in the franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have great chemistry together and have some hilarious banter. The supporting cast is also fantastic: Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Kevin Hart. Dwayne Johnson’s actual cousin (Joe Anoa’i) plays his brother in the movie. Johnson performs his signature wrestling movies “The Samoan Drop” and “The Spear” during some action sequences. Fans of The Crownwill enjoy seeing the lovely Vanessa Kirby play Jason Statham’s sister. That award-winning TV series is fantastic, by the way.

There is a lot of humor and funny fight sequences. The stunt team does impressive work with hand-to-hand combat, as well as with cool spy gadgets. There are a lot of pop-culture references and Easter eggs for fans. The soundtrack hits hard, just like the stars. Some might say this movie is filled with “toxic masculinity.” If overcharged testosterone bothers you, do NOT watch this movie.

The movie is certainly ridiculous and even cheesy at times, but that’s part of the schtick. You get to visit Samoa during act three, which makes the film look really different from the rest of the series.  It’s a long movie, but you’ll get out of the heat for a couple of hours.

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IS HOBBS AND SHAW OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED PG-13)

Here are some things to be aware of:

  • LOTS of violence with a high body count and some blood.
  • Women showing lots of skin and cleavage.
  • Some profanity, including 1 F-bomb, 12 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 9 religious exclamations.
  • Scenes depicting crime.
  • Suggestive language and gestures referring to body parts and sexual relations.
  • Bare-chested men.
  • Some kissing.
  • Some men are tortured with electronic shocks.
  • LOTS of explosions and destruction.
  • Frequent name-calling.
  • Use of alcohol and mention of drugs.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

Like all of the movies in the Fast & the Furious franchise, the theme of this movie is the importance of family. Some other uplifting quotes and messages include:

  • “It’s never over ‘til it’s over.” —Shaw (Jason Statham)
  • “Remember who you are.” —Shaw
  • “Never, never give up.” —Shaw
  • The importance of home and truth

Some interesting lines that also illustrate themes and worthwhile messages in the movie:

  • “You may believe in machines, but we believe in people.” —Hobbs
  • “The key to immortality is living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee, quoted by Hobbs

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY

Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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Interview: Director Mitch Davis on the Interfaith Appeal of THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2https://yourfamilyexpert.com/interview-director-mitch-davis-faith-family-drama-side-heaven-2/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/interview-director-mitch-davis-faith-family-drama-side-heaven-2/#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:46:37 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57830 By Jonathan Decker With The Other Side of Heaven 2, director Mitch Davis has crafted a powerful interfaith epic meant to unite Catholics, Evangelicals, and Latter-day Saints. Telling the true story of Elder John Groberg's return to Tonga with his wife and children over a decade after first serving there as a missionary on his own, there is so much to be inspired by here. Recently Mitch was kind enough to answer my questions about the film.  What inspired you, 18 years later, to return and create a sequel? This sequel came directly out of inspiration Elder John H. Groberg received as a result of encouragement given him by President Thomas S. Monson, both while he was living and after he passed away.  Neither I nor lead actor, Chris Gorham, were interested in producing a sequel because we felt the first film had been done well and we didn't want to produce a cheaper imitation for the purpose of making money.  So we both said no to the sequel for many years.  But Elder Groberg recently made clear to me that not doing the sequel was not an option, at which point I repented and quickly gained a vision of what this sequel could actually be.  This new film is a tribute to the faith and vision of Elder Groberg, as well as his fidelity to President Monson who, Elder Groberg stated, has been advocating for this movie from the other side. What effect has the first film had on people since its release? Hundreds of millions have seen the first movie all over the world in both legal and pirated form on TV, DVD, and streaming.  It continues to be actively distributed and the Grobergs continue to receive emails and letters unsolicited from missionaries and converts all over the world who came across the film and were forever changed by it.  That is a mighty, humbling thing.  And it all started with a relatively small group of Church members — about a million — seeing it inside U.S. theaters.  That fortunate fact propelled the first film out there into the world's zeitgeist where it continues to thrive 20 years later. Elder Groberg just talked with a mission president fresh back from three years of service in Africa.  He told Elder Groberg that, everywhere his missionaries went, they were best received as representatives of “Kolipoki's church.”  The funny thing is, we never distributed our movie for profit in legal form anywhere I know of in Africa.  But it's all over Africa, doing good, and has been for 20 years. What has been the feedback you've been getting on this one? How is it impacting people? There is something truly unique about the spiritual impact this movie possesses.  One sister told us, “Your movie turned the theater into hallowed ground.”  I think this movie goes beyond being emotional and dramatic to being something else.  I think it possesses and delivers what it's subtitle refers to — ‘the fire of faith.' Chris Gorham, who is not a member of our faith, respectfully and accurately captures the spirit of a believer in both films. How do you both, as director and actor, achieve that? What is his attitude towards Latter-day Saints? This is Chris's third film in which he portrayed a Latter-day Saint main character, including the two times he played Elder Groberg in our movies and his actor/director debut in I Love You Sally Carmichael.  He knows Utah well and loves many members of our faith, especially John and Jean Groberg, with whom he has spent a lot of time. But he is not Latter-day Saint and has no plans to join our church.  He told me he really tries to empathize with and understand all the characters he plays without immersing himself so much in their personas that he gets lost himself.  He said, “I sometimes play despicable, dark characters, and I really don't want to take them at home at night with me.” Tell us about location shooting for this. Where did you shoot and what benefits/challenges did it provide? We shot most of the movie — including a snowstorm taking place in Idaho Falls — in Fiji, mostly on the wet, Suva side, but we also spent several days on the west side of the island, which is drier and sunnier.  We were also able to do some second unit work on Tonga itself, which was very important to us. Shooting in Fiji made this entire movie possible from a financial standpoint as that country offers a 47 percent rebate on all monies spent shooting movies there.  This is a big movie requiring a big budget and we could not raise enough funds to make the movie as big as it needed to be until we discovered the Fiji rebate.  Suddenly every U.S. dollar we spent in Fiji was worth almost twice what it was worth here.  And the Fiji dollar itself was depressed to less than half the value of the U.S. dollar.  So we got two Fiji dollars for every U.S. dollar we could raise, and we got half of that money back in the form of a rebate.  In effect, we were able to quadruple our U.S. spend by producing the movie in Fiji, which is what allowed us to make such a big movie for such a modest price. It's a big screen, theatrical movie.  It is not a small picture.   In what ways have you seen the hand of the Lord in the making of this film? This is by far the hardest thing I have ever been a part of, and I think it was the same way for a good number of our cast and crew.  We encountered a lot of opposition before, during and after production.  We got hit by two cyclones and had accidents and injuries on set that were quite serious.  Our own faith was severely tried over and over again as we produced this movie about faith. The film very clearly bears witness of Christ. What are your hopes for its influence in the world? Yes, this movie doesn't really beat around the bush when it comes to bearing witness of Jesus Christ.  When it comes right down to it, it's all about John 3:16 — God loving the world so much he gave us his only begotten son.  But it comes to that conclusion through a series of very honest, real, dramatic, human stories.  And we have heard from a good number of people that they are kind of overwhelmed by the spiritual wash that occurs when they realize that all these stories of different fathers and their sons are really parables for God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.  I didn't set about writing the script with that deliberate end in mind.  It just sort of happened through the creative process and related promptings.  I am grateful we have been able to put that story out there so unabashedly and affirmatively.  We have heard from Catholic nuns and Evangelical ministers that they were profoundly moved by that aspect of the film.   Anne Hathaway has been replaced by Natalie Medlock, who I thought was excellent. What were her thoughts on following in Anne's footsteps and how did she make the role both her own and true to the actual Jean? Natalie just owned the role from the minute of her first audition.  She tried to not even think about Anne Hathaway, rather, to focus on correctly portraying Jean Groberg.  I think she nailed it and so do all the audience members who have commented to me on her rich, emotional performance. I try to lead my actors with love and encouragement rather than doubt and fear so I came up with a little acronym I used to congratulate Natalie with after I thought she had done a particularly good job.  I'd walk by her and say, “BTAH,” which only she knew meant, “Better Than Anne Hathaway.”  After a couple weeks I upped the ante and started saying, “BFBTAH,” which meant, “By Far Better Than Anne Hathaway.” Tell us about Russell Dixon as Thomas S. Monson. How did you find this dead-ringer for the prophet? What did he do to prepare? Russell Dixon was such a great find for us!  He is such a kind, good man, and as soon as our New Zealand casting director sent me his photo and resume I knew we had our man.  He is the spitting image of President Monson, and he studied General Conference footage of him on YouTube and in other places before coming to set.  He read articles and biographies about him and, when he arrived in Fiji, he tried to behave at all times in ways he thought the real Thomas S. Monson would behave.  I remember Chris Gorham complaining to me one time about “how nice Russell is all the time.  I mean, don't you think he is taking this a bit too far?”  It really did feel like we had President Monson on the set whenever Russell was around. The film is still in theaters after over a month, which is frankly pretty amazing for an independent religious film during summer movie season. To any who are waiting to see it at home, why would you say they should pony up and head to the multiplex? Everything about this movie is big.  Our great director of photography, T.C. Christensen, shot it in widescreen, rather than standard aspect ratio.  The South Pacific landscapes are vast and gorgeous and defy the limits of even the largest home entertainment centers.  The sound is enormous, especially during some of the storm sequences.  And the orchestral score is massive and rich.  Everything about this movie is made for the big screen.  Seeing it anywhere but inside the theater is not doing it justice.  Full stop. Beyond that sort of selfish reason for seeing it inside a theater, however, there is a legitimate selfless reason for doing so:  The performance of this movie inside U.S. theaters will have a direct bearing on how widely it is distributed outside the U.S. in foreign territories such as China and Africa and Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  Movies that do well inside U.S. theaters get a gold pass to wander the earth doing good for another 20 years or so.  That is why we have gone to the trouble and expense of putting it in so many theaters in the U.S. For most locations outside of Utah, the movie has already come and gone from theaters.  Is it too late for everyone living in outlying areas to see the movie in theaters? NO!  Elder Groberg has instructed us to do a series of “encore” screenings of the film starting on Monday and Tuesday, September 16 and 17.  For any group of Church members who can guarantee us they will fill at least 50 theater seats — just enough to cover our costs — we will book a theater and ship the movie to a theater near them for one screening on one or both of those nights.  This is brand new news, hot off the press, and we are going to do this nationwide. But the requests have to come to us.  We can't afford to do it the other way around anymore.  If anyone who missed the movie the first time around wants a second bite at the apple, they need to let us know right away and we can and will get the movie to them in their area next month for at least one screening.   Many stakes and wards have already done this by hosting group family nights on Mondays and youth firesides on Tuesdays.  That is what we are trying to facilitate.  But we can't spend any more money trying to coax people into seeing this movie.  If they build us an audience, we will bring them the movie. How can people in outlying areas make this happen? Email us right away at info@othersideofheavenmovie.com. My thanks to Mitch for sharing his talents and creating this incredible film. Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Jonathan Decker

With The Other Side of Heaven 2, director Mitch Davis has crafted a powerful interfaith epic meant to unite Catholics, Evangelicals, and Latter-day Saints. Telling the true story of Elder John Groberg's return to Tonga with his wife and children over a decade after first serving there as a missionary on his own, there is so much to be inspired by here. Recently Mitch was kind enough to answer my questions about the film. 

What inspired you, 18 years later, to return and create a sequel?

This sequel came directly out of inspiration Elder John H. Groberg received as a result of encouragement given him by President Thomas S. Monson, both while he was living and after he passed away.  Neither I nor lead actor, Chris Gorham, were interested in producing a sequel because we felt the first film had been done well and we didn't want to produce a cheaper imitation for the purpose of making money.  So we both said no to the sequel for many years.  But Elder Groberg recently made clear to me that not doing the sequel was not an option, at which point I repented and quickly gained a vision of what this sequel could actually be.  This new film is a tribute to the faith and vision of Elder Groberg, as well as his fidelity to President Monson who, Elder Groberg stated, has been advocating for this movie from the other side.

What effect has the first film had on people since its release?

Hundreds of millions have seen the first movie all over the world in both legal and pirated form on TV, DVD, and streaming.  It continues to be actively distributed and the Grobergs continue to receive emails and letters unsolicited from missionaries and converts all over the world who came across the film and were forever changed by it.  That is a mighty, humbling thing.  And it all started with a relatively small group of Church members — about a million — seeing it inside U.S. theaters.  That fortunate fact propelled the first film out there into the world's zeitgeist where it continues to thrive 20 years later.

Elder Groberg just talked with a mission president fresh back from three years of service in Africa.  He told Elder Groberg that, everywhere his missionaries went, they were best received as representatives of “Kolipoki's church.”  The funny thing is, we never distributed our movie for profit in legal form anywhere I know of in Africa.  But it's all over Africa, doing good, and has been for 20 years.

What has been the feedback you've been getting on this one? How is it impacting people?

There is something truly unique about the spiritual impact this movie possesses.  One sister told us, “Your movie turned the theater into hallowed ground.”  I think this movie goes beyond being emotional and dramatic to being something else.  I think it possesses and delivers what it's subtitle refers to — ‘the fire of faith.'

other side of heaven

Chris Gorham, who is not a member of our faith, respectfully and accurately captures the spirit of a believer in both films. How do you both, as director and actor, achieve that? What is his attitude towards Latter-day Saints?

This is Chris's third film in which he portrayed a Latter-day Saint main character, including the two times he played Elder Groberg in our movies and his actor/director debut in I Love You Sally Carmichael.  He knows Utah well and loves many members of our faith, especially John and Jean Groberg, with whom he has spent a lot of time. But he is not Latter-day Saint and has no plans to join our church.  He told me he really tries to empathize with and understand all the characters he plays without immersing himself so much in their personas that he gets lost himself.  He said, “I sometimes play despicable, dark characters, and I really don't want to take them at home at night with me.”

Tell us about location shooting for this. Where did you shoot and what benefits/challenges did it provide?

We shot most of the movie — including a snowstorm taking place in Idaho Falls — in Fiji, mostly on the wet, Suva side, but we also spent several days on the west side of the island, which is drier and sunnier.  We were also able to do some second unit work on Tonga itself, which was very important to us.

Shooting in Fiji made this entire movie possible from a financial standpoint as that country offers a 47 percent rebate on all monies spent shooting movies there.  This is a big movie requiring a big budget and we could not raise enough funds to make the movie as big as it needed to be until we discovered the Fiji rebate.  Suddenly every U.S. dollar we spent in Fiji was worth almost twice what it was worth here.  And the Fiji dollar itself was depressed to less than half the value of the U.S. dollar.  So we got two Fiji dollars for every U.S. dollar we could raise, and we got half of that money back in the form of a rebate.  In effect, we were able to quadruple our U.S. spend by producing the movie in Fiji, which is what allowed us to make such a big movie for such a modest price.

It's a big screen, theatrical movie.  It is not a small picture.  

In what ways have you seen the hand of the Lord in the making of this film?

This is by far the hardest thing I have ever been a part of, and I think it was the same way for a good number of our cast and crew.  We encountered a lot of opposition before, during and after production.  We got hit by two cyclones and had accidents and injuries on set that were quite serious.  Our own faith was severely tried over and over again as we produced this movie about faith.

The film very clearly bears witness of Christ. What are your hopes for its influence in the world?

Yes, this movie doesn't really beat around the bush when it comes to bearing witness of Jesus Christ.  When it comes right down to it, it's all about John 3:16 — God loving the world so much he gave us his only begotten son.  But it comes to that conclusion through a series of very honest, real, dramatic, human stories.  And we have heard from a good number of people that they are kind of overwhelmed by the spiritual wash that occurs when they realize that all these stories of different fathers and their sons are really parables for God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.  I didn't set about writing the script with that deliberate end in mind.  It just sort of happened through the creative process and related promptings.  I am grateful we have been able to put that story out there so unabashedly and affirmatively.  We have heard from Catholic nuns and Evangelical ministers that they were profoundly moved by that aspect of the film.  

Anne Hathaway has been replaced by Natalie Medlock, who I thought was excellent. What were her thoughts on following in Anne's footsteps and how did she make the role both her own and true to the actual Jean?

Natalie just owned the role from the minute of her first audition.  She tried to not even think about Anne Hathaway, rather, to focus on correctly portraying Jean Groberg.  I think she nailed it and so do all the audience members who have commented to me on her rich, emotional performance.

I try to lead my actors with love and encouragement rather than doubt and fear so I came up with a little acronym I used to congratulate Natalie with after I thought she had done a particularly good job.  I'd walk by her and say, “BTAH,” which only she knew meant, “Better Than Anne Hathaway.”  After a couple weeks I upped the ante and started saying, “BFBTAH,” which meant, “By Far Better Than Anne Hathaway.”

Tell us about Russell Dixon as Thomas S. Monson. How did you find this dead-ringer for the prophet? What did he do to prepare?

Russell Dixon was such a great find for us!  He is such a kind, good man, and as soon as our New Zealand casting director sent me his photo and resume I knew we had our man.  He is the spitting image of President Monson, and he studied General Conference footage of him on YouTube and in other places before coming to set.  He read articles and biographies about him and, when he arrived in Fiji, he tried to behave at all times in ways he thought the real Thomas S. Monson would behave.  I remember Chris Gorham complaining to me one time about “how nice Russell is all the time.  I mean, don't you think he is taking this a bit too far?”  It really did feel like we had President Monson on the set whenever Russell was around.

The film is still in theaters after over a month, which is frankly pretty amazing for an independent religious film during summer movie season. To any who are waiting to see it at home, why would you say they should pony up and head to the multiplex?

Everything about this movie is big.  Our great director of photography, T.C. Christensen, shot it in widescreen, rather than standard aspect ratio.  The South Pacific landscapes are vast and gorgeous and defy the limits of even the largest home entertainment centers.  The sound is enormous, especially during some of the storm sequences.  And the orchestral score is massive and rich.  Everything about this movie is made for the big screen.  Seeing it anywhere but inside the theater is not doing it justice.  Full stop.

Beyond that sort of selfish reason for seeing it inside a theater, however, there is a legitimate selfless reason for doing so:  The performance of this movie inside U.S. theaters will have a direct bearing on how widely it is distributed outside the U.S. in foreign territories such as China and Africa and Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  Movies that do well inside U.S. theaters get a gold pass to wander the earth doing good for another 20 years or so.  That is why we have gone to the trouble and expense of putting it in so many theaters in the U.S.

For most locations outside of Utah, the movie has already come and gone from theaters.  Is it too late for everyone living in outlying areas to see the movie in theaters?

NO!  Elder Groberg has instructed us to do a series of “encore” screenings of the film starting on Monday and Tuesday, September 16 and 17.  For any group of Church members who can guarantee us they will fill at least 50 theater seats — just enough to cover our costs — we will book a theater and ship the movie to a theater near them for one screening on one or both of those nights.  This is brand new news, hot off the press, and we are going to do this nationwide.

But the requests have to come to us.  We can't afford to do it the other way around anymore.  If anyone who missed the movie the first time around wants a second bite at the apple, they need to let us know right away and we can and will get the movie to them in their area next month for at least one screening.  

Many stakes and wards have already done this by hosting group family nights on Mondays and youth firesides on Tuesdays.  That is what we are trying to facilitate.  But we can't spend any more money trying to coax people into seeing this movie.  If they build us an audience, we will bring them the movie.

How can people in outlying areas make this happen?

Email us right away at info@othersideofheavenmovie.com.

My thanks to Mitch for sharing his talents and creating this incredible film.

Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.

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Family Review: THE LION KING is Gorgeous but Kind of Flathttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-the-lion-king/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-the-lion-king/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:24:34 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57749 By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT IS THE LION KING ABOUT? It’s been 5 minutes, so that means it’s time for another Disney remake! If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the 1994 original movie The Lion King at least a dozen times, right? My kids grew up watching it over and over. The story, in a nutshell, is that a lion prince is deceived by his evil uncle and exiled from the kingdom until he grows up and accepts his rightful place as king after his father is killed. Did that synopsis give too much away? Luckily for Disney, nostalgia sells. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) While the virtual reality CGI is truly stunning, even mind-blowing, The Lion King “live-action” doesn’t have quite the magic, emotion, and charm of the sweet animated original. The film is often referred to as a “live-action” but it doesn’t actually have any humans in it. It kind of feels like you’re watching a Disney Nature documentary but with voiceovers from actors. It’s an odd mixture that’s leaving fans disappointed.  The Lion King remake was directed by Jon Favreau, who did an outstanding job with The Jungle Book remake, so audiences were expecting great things for this film. In the first movie, we fell in love with the artistry, music, humor, and creativity, while in this second one, what’s most admirable is the technology. The talented cast includes James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Eric Andre, JD McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph. Unlike the original animated movie, all of the lions are voiced by actors of African descent. Director Jon Faverau said he wanted to invite James Earl Jones back because his voice sounds like a king who has ruled for a long time. He’s fantastic and wonderfully familiar in this movie. Favreau encouraged the actors to improvise a lot. Apparently, quite a bit of what they came up with stayed in the film The only two other people who reprise their roles from the original movie were Elton John and Hans Zimmer who created the songs and music. The new highlight is Beyonce, who voices Nala and sings a new song that she wrote especially for the movie. You’ll love her new album The Lion King: The Gift. Some of the music from the Broadway version is used in this movie as well. It could be nostalgia speaking, but some of the singing just isn’t as good as the original movie. Seth Rogen comes to mind.  His vocal coach was Pharrell Williams and he admits that Pharrell had a tough time getting him to sing on key. Another let-down is there is no “Hawaiian War Chant” scene in this remake. It was deleted due to time constraints, according to Favreau, even though this remake is half an hour longer than the original 1994 version. Instead of the Hawaiian number, Timon starts to sing “Be Our Guest” from Beauty And The Beast. Jeremy Irons expressed interest in playing Scar again, but he wasn’t selected. Surprisingly, Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the role! Chiwetel Ejiofor was chosen and is an equally excellent actor. This movie is almost a shot-for-shot remake, although several things have been changed from the original movie. For example, the hyenas in the original movie are more comical, while the ones in this version are more serious and deadly. The hyena, Ed, has his name changed in this movie to the African name Azizi. The song and scene “Be Prepared” was changed more for political reasons than anything else because of its original Nazi vibe.  A lot of audiences are asking one word: Why? If this movie is almost the exact same thing as the 1994 version, why bother making another film? The incredible photo-realism of the movie is what makes the film fresh, but not new. It’s precisely because of that attempt to make the animals look so real that prevents the animals from showing emotion on their faces and strips the movie from pulling on the heartstrings. IS THE LION KING OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED PG) If your kids have seen the animated version and you’re fine with it, then you’re safe to let them watch this version because it’s very similar. The original is so much better though. If your kids haven’t seen it, introduce it to them. Take time to chat with your kids about the powerful messages and symbolism in the movie. Some disturbing scenes or content include: Two lions die. animal violence. Deceit and betrayal Profanity, which includes: 3 mild scatological terms (humor about farts), name-calling (weird, dodo, spiteful, fools, bleak, selfish, insane, stupid, doomed, nobody, chubby, bullies, murderer, nothing, revolting scavengers), 1 religious exclamation. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? “Remember who you are.” – Mufasa (James Earl Jones) “Everything you see here exists together in a delicate balance.” – Mufasa “We are all connected in the circle of life.” – Mufasa “You can’t escape your destiny.” – Zazu (John Oliver) “To change your future, you gotta put your past behind you.” – Timon (Billy Eichner) Protect everything life touches. Friendship Destiny Brain vs. brawn Responsibility Disobedience “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.” – Mufasa “A true king’s power is his compassion.” – Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Trina Boice

Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom

WHAT IS THE LION KING ABOUT?

It’s been 5 minutes, so that means it’s time for another Disney remake! If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the 1994 original movie The Lion King at least a dozen times, right? My kids grew up watching it over and over. The story, in a nutshell, is that a lion prince is deceived by his evil uncle and exiled from the kingdom until he grows up and accepts his rightful place as king after his father is killed. Did that synopsis give too much away? Luckily for Disney, nostalgia sells.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B)

While the virtual reality CGI is truly stunning, even mind-blowing, The Lion King “live-action” doesn’t have quite the magic, emotion, and charm of the sweet animated original. The film is often referred to as a “live-action” but it doesn’t actually have any humans in it. It kind of feels like you’re watching a Disney Nature documentary but with voiceovers from actors. It’s an odd mixture that’s leaving fans disappointed. 

The Lion King remake was directed by Jon Favreau, who did an outstanding job with The Jungle Book remake, so audiences were expecting great things for this film. In the first movie, we fell in love with the artistry, music, humor, and creativity, while in this second one, what’s most admirable is the technology.

The talented cast includes James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Eric Andre, JD McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph. Unlike the original animated movie, all of the lions are voiced by actors of African descent. Director Jon Faverau said he wanted to invite James Earl Jones back because his voice sounds like a king who has ruled for a long time. He’s fantastic and wonderfully familiar in this movie. Favreau encouraged the actors to improvise a lot. Apparently, quite a bit of what they came up with stayed in the film

The only two other people who reprise their roles from the original movie were Elton John and Hans Zimmer who created the songs and music. The new highlight is Beyonce, who voices Nala and sings a new song that she wrote especially for the movie. You’ll love her new album The Lion King: The Gift. Some of the music from the Broadway version is used in this movie as well. It could be nostalgia speaking, but some of the singing just isn’t as good as the original movie. Seth Rogen comes to mind.  His vocal coach was Pharrell Williams and he admits that Pharrell had a tough time getting him to sing on key. Another let-down is there is no “Hawaiian War Chant” scene in this remake. It was deleted due to time constraints, according to Favreau, even though this remake is half an hour longer than the original 1994 version. Instead of the Hawaiian number, Timon starts to sing “Be Our Guest” from Beauty And The Beast.

Jeremy Irons expressed interest in playing Scar again, but he wasn’t selected. Surprisingly, Benedict Cumberbatch turned down the role! Chiwetel Ejiofor was chosen and is an equally excellent actor.

This movie is almost a shot-for-shot remake, although several things have been changed from the original movie. For example, the hyenas in the original movie are more comical, while the ones in this version are more serious and deadly. The hyena, Ed, has his name changed in this movie to the African name Azizi. The song and scene “Be Prepared” was changed more for political reasons than anything else because of its original Nazi vibe. 

A lot of audiences are asking one word: Why? If this movie is almost the exact same thing as the 1994 version, why bother making another film? The incredible photo-realism of the movie is what makes the film fresh, but not new. It’s precisely because of that attempt to make the animals look so real that prevents the animals from showing emotion on their faces and strips the movie from pulling on the heartstrings.

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IS THE LION KING OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED PG)

If your kids have seen the animated version and you’re fine with it, then you’re safe to let them watch this version because it’s very similar. The original is so much better though. If your kids haven’t seen it, introduce it to them. Take time to chat with your kids about the powerful messages and symbolism in the movie. Some disturbing scenes or content include:

  • Two lions die.
  • animal violence.
  • Deceit and betrayal
  • Profanity, which includes: 3 mild scatological terms (humor about farts), name-calling (weird, dodo, spiteful, fools, bleak, selfish, insane, stupid, doomed, nobody, chubby, bullies, murderer, nothing, revolting scavengers), 1 religious exclamation.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

  • “Remember who you are.” – Mufasa (James Earl Jones)
  • “Everything you see here exists together in a delicate balance.” – Mufasa
  • “We are all connected in the circle of life.” – Mufasa
  • “You can’t escape your destiny.” – Zazu (John Oliver)
  • “To change your future, you gotta put your past behind you.” – Timon (Billy Eichner)
  • Protect everything life touches.
  • Friendship
  • Destiny
  • Brain vs. brawn
  • Responsibility
  • Disobedience
  • “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.” – Mufasa
  • “A true king’s power is his compassion.” – Sarabi (Alfre Woodard)

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY

Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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Family Reviews: WHEN YOU WISH, THE LITTLE MERMAID, SOUND OF MUSIC at Tuacahnhttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-wish-little-mermaid-sound-music-tuacahn/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-wish-little-mermaid-sound-music-tuacahn/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:07:10 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57760 Review coming soon!

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Family Reviews: ALL BRILLIANT THINGS and BOOK OF WILL at Utah Shakespeare Festivalhttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-reviews-brilliant-things-book-will-utah-shakespeare-festival/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-reviews-brilliant-things-book-will-utah-shakespeare-festival/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:06:39 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57758 Review coming soon!

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Family Review: THE FIGHTING PREACHER Promotes Kindness in the Face of Intolerancehttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-fighting-preacher-promotes-kindness-face-intolerance/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-fighting-preacher-promotes-kindness-face-intolerance/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:21:12 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57712 By Jonathan Decker WHAT'S THE FIGHTING PREACHER ABOUT? A Latter-day Saint boxer and his wife are called to take care of the farm of church prophet Joseph Smith, 80 years after the faith left Palmyra, New York. Met with aggressive persecution and bigotry by the locals, he tries to change things with his fists, but his wife sees that the hand of friendship and kindness is what is needed. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Director T.C. Christensen (17 Miracles, Ephraim's Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle, Love Kennedy) returns with another beautifully-shot, warmly-acted, unabashedly Latter-day Saint film meant to inspire kindness and faith. The Fighting Preacher once again finds the director leaning into his strengths, with cleanly-shot, calmly-edited, old-fashioned film-making reminiscent of Frank Capra, capturing a true story that promotes interfaith friendship, increased tolerance and love for one's neighbor, and facing opposition and cruelty with kindness. As boxing champion Willard Bean, David McConnell displays an impressive athleticism, hot temper, and marvelous sense of humor. Cassidy Hubert leaves a powerful impression as Rebecca Bean, the true heart and backbone of the story whose example brings out the best in her husband. Scarlett Hazen elicits audience empathy as their daughter Palmyra. The locations are gorgeous, the cinematography lush and memorable, and the music stirring. If Christensen has a weakness (and it's a small one), it's in the setup. When his films have scenes that aren't as well-acted or written, it's on the front end and such is the case here. A couple of early moments fail to have the intended impact. On the back end, however, the director and his films are all aces, delivering wave after wave of genuine uplift and inspiration building to their resolution. The Fighting Preacher takes a few to the chin early on, but then comes out swinging. When it counts, it's a knockout. IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? The Fighting Preacher is rated PG. It has some boxing violence and punches thrown. A young girl is bullied and rejected at school. There are a few tense moments in which locals threaten the missionary family. There is no offensive language. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? Bigotry is overcome through friendship, not violence. Intolerance is best combated with forgiveness, kindness, and a good example. Families can help each other and sustain each other through the hardest of times. Arrogance and showing off won't win you any friends, but showing a genuine interest in others will.  YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY… Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Jonathan Decker

WHAT'S THE FIGHTING PREACHER ABOUT?

A Latter-day Saint boxer and his wife are called to take care of the farm of church prophet Joseph Smith, 80 years after the faith left Palmyra, New York. Met with aggressive persecution and bigotry by the locals, he tries to change things with his fists, but his wife sees that the hand of friendship and kindness is what is needed.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-)

Director T.C. Christensen (17 Miracles, Ephraim's Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle, Love Kennedy) returns with another beautifully-shot, warmly-acted, unabashedly Latter-day Saint film meant to inspire kindness and faith. The Fighting Preacher once again finds the director leaning into his strengths, with cleanly-shot, calmly-edited, old-fashioned film-making reminiscent of Frank Capra, capturing a true story that promotes interfaith friendship, increased tolerance and love for one's neighbor, and facing opposition and cruelty with kindness.

As boxing champion Willard Bean, David McConnell displays an impressive athleticism, hot temper, and marvelous sense of humor. Cassidy Hubert leaves a powerful impression as Rebecca Bean, the true heart and backbone of the story whose example brings out the best in her husband. Scarlett Hazen elicits audience empathy as their daughter Palmyra. The locations are gorgeous, the cinematography lush and memorable, and the music stirring.

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If Christensen has a weakness (and it's a small one), it's in the setup. When his films have scenes that aren't as well-acted or written, it's on the front end and such is the case here. A couple of early moments fail to have the intended impact. On the back end, however, the director and his films are all aces, delivering wave after wave of genuine uplift and inspiration building to their resolution. The Fighting Preacher takes a few to the chin early on, but then comes out swinging. When it counts, it's a knockout.

IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?

The Fighting Preacher is rated PG. It has some boxing violence and punches thrown. A young girl is bullied and rejected at school. There are a few tense moments in which locals threaten the missionary family. There is no offensive language.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

Bigotry is overcome through friendship, not violence. Intolerance is best combated with forgiveness, kindness, and a good example. Families can help each other and sustain each other through the hardest of times. Arrogance and showing off won't win you any friends, but showing a genuine interest in others will. 

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY…

Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.

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Family Review- SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Is a Marvelously Unique Adventurehttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/spider-man-far-home-family-movie-review/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/spider-man-far-home-family-movie-review/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:50:49 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57692 By Trina Boice Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom.  WHAT'S SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME ABOUT? F.O.S (Friends of Spider-Man) Unite! Welcome to the post-Avengers Endgame world. After the last two very dramatic Avengers movies, Spider-Man saves the day by giving us an easy, breezy, light, and fun summer popcorn movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final movie in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the sequel to the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming. You really need to have seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and the last two Avengers movies to truly understand the depth of what’s happening with some of the characters and the timeline. You especially need to be familiar with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame because there is talk of the “blip” and what happened after “the snap.” Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, recently said that this new movie is a “token of our love” to Robert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man character. Awww.  It really does feel like that. There is a cute and funny “in memoriam ” at the beginning of the movie. Peter Parker goes to Europe on a science field trip with some friends from school where he encounters new villains. Stay sticky! IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) In a word, yes!  Marvel has quickly learned that audiences want wonder, action, a flawed hero, heart, and lots of humor. This movie has it all. They have done a fantastic job tying all of their movies together and there are some fun Easter eggs for fans to look for. For example, Peter’s suitcase has the letters “BFP” written on it, referring to his uncle Benjamin Franklin Parker. Check out information on passports, license plates, and quick references to other Marvel characters. Tom Holland may be the best Spider-Man yet because Marvel truly embraces Peter Parker’s awkward teenage years and uses his naive enthusiasm to create a film with youthful energy.  Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome too and one of the most talented actors in Hollywood today. Social justice warriors will love the diverse cast, which includes some actors we have seen in previous Marvel movies, such as Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Marisa Tomei, as well as some new characters that add a nice touch. Unfortunately, Peter Parker and MJ don’t have a lot of chemistry together, but there are two other budding romances in this movie that are quite entertaining. There’s a fun cameo at the end of the movie that I’m not going to ruin for you, but the audience I watched the movie with cheered the minute his face showed up on the screen. If you loved Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (it won an Academy Award last year for Best Animated Film), there are scenes in this movie that have a similar comic book, multi-dimensional feel to them. Most of the CGI and action sequences were great, although there are some definite cheesy moments where things like fire and a bus look fake. You also get to see Spider-Man in a new stealth suit, which looks like it should have some black ops special powers, but it’s not as great as you’re probably hoping. The song choices were perfect and hilarious. If you love to travel, you’ll get to see Mexico, Venice, the Austrian mountains, Prague, London, the Netherlands, and . . . Queens. If you’re a TRUE Marvel Avengers fan, you already know that you HAVE to stay in your seat in the theater and keep watching until the very END of the rolling credits. I promise you’ll laugh. IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? (RATED PG-13) There is some profanity, and you probably won’t be surprised that it’s always uttered by Samuel L. Jackson. There is also a crude reference to the “Peter Tingle” (Spidey-sense) that will, hopefully, fly over the heads of young viewers, although it’s repeated quite a few times. Someone hits a boy in the crotch and runs away. A boy starts to undress in front of a girl . . . twice. A boy flips the bird (the middle finger) at another boy. A teenage boy gets invited to a bar, but he just drinks lemonade. There is talk of a teenage boy watching an “adult” film. And, of course, there is a lot of superhero violence, destruction, and people in peril. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? Illusion vs. reality is a fascinating theme that is handled really well in the movie. Talk to your children about ways we can know the difference. Mysterio explains, “It’s easy to fool people when they’re already fooling themselves.” Later, he adds, “People believe, and nowadays, they’ll believe anything.” There’s an interesting conversation that Peter Parker and MJ have that reveals a growing attitude in American society today. Peter sees MJ and says, “You look really pretty.” She shoots back, “Therefore I have value?” Young women have become great at standing up for their rights and yet need to also understand how to gracefully accept a compliment. Our society has often been called one addicted to outrage, and we can all better learn how to focus on people's good intentions. Another theme that is common in all of the Spider-Man movies is that of growing up and taking responsibility. We’re used to seeing him learn that “with great power comes great responsibility,” but this movie takes it to a new level. In Iron Man’s absence, Peter Parker has to decide if he is willing or even capable of filling his shoes as a leader. Nick Fury tells him, “The choice is yours.” We all have to decide who we want to be and how we want to spend our time in this life. YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY… Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Trina Boice

Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom

WHAT'S SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME ABOUT?

F.O.S (Friends of Spider-Man) Unite! Welcome to the post-Avengers Endgame world. After the last two very dramatic Avengers movies, Spider-Man saves the day by giving us an easy, breezy, light, and fun summer popcorn movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final movie in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the sequel to the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming. You really need to have seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and the last two Avengers movies to truly understand the depth of what’s happening with some of the characters and the timeline. You especially need to be familiar with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame because there is talk of the “blip” and what happened after “the snap.”

Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man, recently said that this new movie is a “token of our love” to Robert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man character. Awww.  It really does feel like that. There is a cute and funny “in memoriam ” at the beginning of the movie.

Peter Parker goes to Europe on a science field trip with some friends from school where he encounters new villains. Stay sticky!

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A)

In a word, yes!  Marvel has quickly learned that audiences want wonder, action, a flawed hero, heart, and lots of humor. This movie has it all. They have done a fantastic job tying all of their movies together and there are some fun Easter eggs for fans to look for. For example, Peter’s suitcase has the letters “BFP” written on it, referring to his uncle Benjamin Franklin Parker. Check out information on passports, license plates, and quick references to other Marvel characters.

Tom Holland may be the best Spider-Man yet because Marvel truly embraces Peter Parker’s awkward teenage years and uses his naive enthusiasm to create a film with youthful energy.  Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome too and one of the most talented actors in Hollywood today. Social justice warriors will love the diverse cast, which includes some actors we have seen in previous Marvel movies, such as Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Marisa Tomei, as well as some new characters that add a nice touch. Unfortunately, Peter Parker and MJ don’t have a lot of chemistry together, but there are two other budding romances in this movie that are quite entertaining. There’s a fun cameo at the end of the movie that I’m not going to ruin for you, but the audience I watched the movie with cheered the minute his face showed up on the screen.

If you loved Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (it won an Academy Award last year for Best Animated Film), there are scenes in this movie that have a similar comic book, multi-dimensional feel to them. Most of the CGI and action sequences were great, although there are some definite cheesy moments where things like fire and a bus look fake.

You also get to see Spider-Man in a new stealth suit, which looks like it should have some black ops special powers, but it’s not as great as you’re probably hoping. The song choices were perfect and hilarious. If you love to travel, you’ll get to see Mexico, Venice, the Austrian mountains, Prague, London, the Netherlands, and . . . Queens.

If you’re a TRUE Marvel Avengers fan, you already know that you HAVE to stay in your seat in the theater and keep watching until the very END of the rolling credits. I promise you’ll laugh.

IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? (RATED PG-13)

There is some profanity, and you probably won’t be surprised that it’s always uttered by Samuel L. Jackson. There is also a crude reference to the “Peter Tingle” (Spidey-sense) that will, hopefully, fly over the heads of young viewers, although it’s repeated quite a few times. Someone hits a boy in the crotch and runs away. A boy starts to undress in front of a girl . . . twice. A boy flips the bird (the middle finger) at another boy. A teenage boy gets invited to a bar, but he just drinks lemonade. There is talk of a teenage boy watching an “adult” film. And, of course, there is a lot of superhero violence, destruction, and people in peril.

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ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

Illusion vs. reality is a fascinating theme that is handled really well in the movie. Talk to your children about ways we can know the difference. Mysterio explains, “It’s easy to fool people when they’re already fooling themselves.” Later, he adds, “People believe, and nowadays, they’ll believe anything.”

There’s an interesting conversation that Peter Parker and MJ have that reveals a growing attitude in American society today. Peter sees MJ and says, “You look really pretty.” She shoots back, “Therefore I have value?” Young women have become great at standing up for their rights and yet need to also understand how to gracefully accept a compliment. Our society has often been called one addicted to outrage, and we can all better learn how to focus on people's good intentions.

Another theme that is common in all of the Spider-Man movies is that of growing up and taking responsibility. We’re used to seeing him learn that “with great power comes great responsibility,” but this movie takes it to a new level. In Iron Man’s absence, Peter Parker has to decide if he is willing or even capable of filling his shoes as a leader. Nick Fury tells him, “The choice is yours.” We all have to decide who we want to be and how we want to spend our time in this life.

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Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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Family Review: YESTERDAY Will Make You Fall For The Beatles All Over Againhttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/yesterday-family-movie-review/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/yesterday-family-movie-review/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:50:29 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57690 By Dallin Curtis WHAT'S YESTERDAY ABOUT? Struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik gets into an accident during a worldwide blackout. He wakes up the next morning, finding the world exactly the same, with one exception: The Beatles never existed. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) It’s a testament to the strength of original storytelling when one filmmaker is able to come up with a premise so good, that people will go see it based on that alone. That was exactly the case for me when I watched the trailer for Yesterday, and found a story that intrigued me and made me want to see it. While Yesterday is a great feel- good comedy, it doesn’t quite reach its full potential. Yes, while writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle are conceptually flawless with Yesterday, as it goes into its second and third acts, the film struggles to do right by its original premise. It runs into familiar plot points and characterizations that threaten to make Yesterday your run-of-the-mill musical flick. Curtis and Boyle keep the familiarities to a minimum, but they still made certain parts feel tired and stale. Curtis’s dialogue and comedic writing is outstanding throughout, but in an effort to explore this alternate world, he raises questions that are never answered, and they’re not the kind you’d want to leave open-ended. I doubt that Curtis intended to leave them unanswered, yet that made the situation more confusing. If that’s the case, why ask the questions to begin with? Thankfully, the problems with Yesterday don’t undermine the great things it has to offer. In his feature film debut, Himesh Patel hits the ground running as Jack Malik. You believe him as this struggling musician, who can’t work it out, no matter how passionate he is about music. Patel captured genuine sincerity remarkably well for a feature debut. The more I got to know the character, the more I related to him. I understood the character’s passion for music, and I was invested in his journey throughout the film as he learns what it truly means live a successful life. Patel proved himself to be a talented singer as his performances of The Beatles’ songs were executed so well, that I felt as if I was listening to the original versions. Malik’s romance with Ellie Appleton, played by Lily James, was sappy – this is a film written by Richard Curtis, after all. However, the important distinction to make is that it’s the kind that didn’t come across as annoying or superfluous. Instead, there was palpable chemistry between the actors and they bought into the relationship their characters shared, benefiting the story altogether. The comedy in Yesterday is another one of its strengths. Jack’s reaction to The Beatles’ disappearance was pure gold and had me laughing hysterically. This laughter was later continued when it’s gradually revealed throughout the film that The Beatles is not the only thing missing from the world. I dare not reveal what is also missing, but let’s just say that you’re in for a surprise. Ed Sheeran makes an appearance as himself and the film pokes fun at his musical style, which is made funnier when the songwriter joins in on the joke. The only bit of the comedy that didn’t work was Kate McKinnon’s manager character. Her attempts at humor fell flat, coming across as irritating rather than witty. She either needed to improve her jokes, or play the role completely serious, which also could’ve led to more jokes. In all, Yesterday may not be a straight home run, but it is worth seeing. The film is a love letter to The Beatles and highlights how and why the band’s music made an impact that has lasted for so long. Longtime fans of the band will enjoy the celebration, while potential new fans will be encouraged to check out their music immediately after leaving the cinema. IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? Yesterday is rated PG-13. The mature content in Yesterday primarily consists of profanity and drinking. Though the use of profanity is infrequent, there are some S-words, A-words, SOBs, GDs, and a cut off F-word, plus some English slang. Adults party, drink various kinds of alcohol, and act drunk afterwards. There’s a running gag where Jack asks for a Coke beverage and people think he’s asking for drugs, which is only funny when you understand the context. There’s a similar gag involving cigarettes, but, again, is only funny in the film. Jack and Ellie share a long-lasting friendship with one another. They talk about taking the next step and bring up sex, but ultimately decide to wait until they’re committed to one another to avoid a possible one-night stand. There’s only one violent scene in the movie and that’s the early one in which Jack is hit by a bus, setting off this whole story. He’s banged up bad and loses two of his front teeth, but it’s not too graphic and he gets implants soon after. Children eight and up could be okay to watch this film, depending on what they are able to handle. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? Jack’s story involves themes of courage, honesty, and integrity. While he makes choices that may be temporarily awkward or uncomfortable for him, they prove to be the right choices in the long run. With that said, the premise of this movie involves Jack claiming ownership of songs that he did not create, but he appropriately feels conflicted about it. Granted, he wants to be famous and make money, but for him, bringing these songs back is only to allow people to enjoy them once more and to make sure they’re not forgotten. He’s a respectable and appropriately complicated character that people can understand and root for. Ellie makes similar choices based on integrity. She refuses to join Jack to America to work on his music because she does not want to disappoint the students she teaches. Jack’s parents and friends are thoughtful and kind. They sometimes tease, but they mean well and look out for his best interests. YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY… My name’s Dallin Curtis. I’m an aspiring film critic and I love to write about all things movies on my site named Dallin: The Film Fanatic. You can follow my work on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Dallin Curtis

WHAT'S YESTERDAY ABOUT?

Struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik gets into an accident during a worldwide blackout. He wakes up the next morning, finding the world exactly the same, with one exception: The Beatles never existed.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B)

It’s a testament to the strength of original storytelling when one filmmaker is able to come up with a premise so good, that people will go see it based on that alone. That was exactly the case for me when I watched the trailer for Yesterday, and found a story that intrigued me and made me want to see it. While Yesterday is a great feel- good comedy, it doesn’t quite reach its full potential. Yes, while writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle are conceptually flawless with Yesterday, as it goes into its second and third acts, the film struggles to do right by its original premise. It runs into familiar plot points and characterizations that threaten to make Yesterday your run-of-the-mill musical flick. Curtis and Boyle keep the familiarities to a minimum, but they still made certain parts feel tired and stale.

Curtis’s dialogue and comedic writing is outstanding throughout, but in an effort to explore this alternate world, he raises questions that are never answered, and they’re not the kind you’d want to leave open-ended. I doubt that Curtis intended to leave them unanswered, yet that made the situation more confusing. If that’s the case, why ask the questions to begin with? Thankfully, the problems with Yesterday don’t undermine the great things it has to offer.

In his feature film debut, Himesh Patel hits the ground running as Jack Malik. You believe him as this struggling musician, who can’t work it out, no matter how passionate he is about music. Patel captured genuine sincerity remarkably well for a feature debut. The more I got to know the character, the more I related to him. I understood the character’s passion for music, and I was invested in his journey throughout the film as he learns what it truly means live a successful life. Patel proved himself to be a talented singer as his performances of The Beatles’ songs were executed so well, that I felt as if I was listening to the original versions. Malik’s romance with Ellie Appleton, played by Lily James, was sappy – this is a film written by Richard Curtis, after all. However, the important distinction to make is that it’s the kind that didn’t come across as annoying or superfluous. Instead, there was palpable chemistry between the actors and they bought into the relationship their characters shared, benefiting the story altogether.

The comedy in Yesterday is another one of its strengths. Jack’s reaction to The Beatles’ disappearance was pure gold and had me laughing hysterically. This laughter was later continued when it’s gradually revealed throughout the film that The Beatles is not the only thing missing from the world. I dare not reveal what is also missing, but let’s just say that you’re in for a surprise. Ed Sheeran makes an appearance as himself and the film pokes fun at his musical style, which is made funnier when the songwriter joins in on the joke.

The only bit of the comedy that didn’t work was Kate McKinnon’s manager character. Her attempts at humor fell flat, coming across as irritating rather than witty. She either needed to improve her jokes, or play the role completely serious, which also could’ve led to more jokes. In all, Yesterday may not be a straight home run, but it is worth seeing. The film is a love letter to The Beatles and highlights how and why the band’s music made an impact that has lasted for so long. Longtime fans of the band will enjoy the celebration, while potential new fans will be encouraged to check out their music immediately after leaving the cinema.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1462112188/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=yfe-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1462112188&linkId=8c13db34f144e53a1e1eb3b370b74cf8

IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?

Yesterday is rated PG-13. The mature content in Yesterday primarily consists of profanity and drinking. Though the use of profanity is infrequent, there are some S-words, A-words, SOBs, GDs, and a cut off F-word, plus some English slang. Adults party, drink various kinds of alcohol, and act drunk afterwards. There’s a running gag where Jack asks for a Coke beverage and people think he’s asking for drugs, which is only funny when you understand the context. There’s a similar gag involving cigarettes, but, again, is only funny in the film. Jack and Ellie share a long-lasting friendship with one another. They talk about taking the next step and bring up sex, but ultimately decide to wait until they’re committed to one another to avoid a possible one-night stand. There’s only one violent scene in the movie and that’s the early one in which Jack is hit by a bus, setting off this whole story. He’s banged up bad and loses two of his front teeth, but it’s not too graphic and he gets implants soon after. Children eight and up could be okay to watch this film, depending on what they are able to handle.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

Jack’s story involves themes of courage, honesty, and integrity. While he makes choices that may be temporarily awkward or uncomfortable for him, they prove to be the right choices in the long run.

With that said, the premise of this movie involves Jack claiming ownership of songs that he did not create, but he appropriately feels conflicted about it. Granted, he wants to be famous and make money, but for him, bringing these songs back is only to allow people to enjoy them once more and to make sure they’re not forgotten. He’s a respectable and appropriately complicated character that people can understand and root for.

Ellie makes similar choices based on integrity. She refuses to join Jack to America to work on his music because she does not want to disappoint the students she teaches. Jack’s parents and friends are thoughtful and kind. They sometimes tease, but they mean well and look out for his best interests.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY…

My name’s Dallin Curtis. I’m an aspiring film critic and I love to write about all things movies on my site named Dallin: The Film Fanatic. You can follow my work on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Family Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2 Largely Surpasses The Originalhttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/side-heaven-2-family-movie-review/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/side-heaven-2-family-movie-review/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2019 22:50:06 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57688 By Trina Boice Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom.  WHAT'S THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2 ABOUT? Brought to you by BYU TV and Kolipoki Pictures, this Two Roads film is based on a true story and the missionary efforts of Elder John H. Groberg. If you saw the first movie, The Other Side of Heaven, you will remember the sweet spirit of the storytelling and the heart of the beautiful Tongan people. This sequel takes place 10 years after the original movie and is a heartwarming reunion with more inspiration and miracles.  You don’t need to have seen the first movie, but it certainly helps in order to appreciate the history and significance of some of the relationships.  Be sure to check out the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel for an interview with director Mitch Davis later this week! The film is filled with lessons for us to learn and not just for members. While the movie will have special meaning for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, everyone can enjoy it and be touched by it. As we’re told in this movie, if you wait long enough, all stories have happy endings. Bring tissues. I was a weepy mess. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Some Christian movies are heavy-handed and even cheesy at times, but this one will fill your soul and make you feel.  Some reviewers have criticized the acting and music as being overly melodramatic.  That is true at times, although I thought the music was noticeably good.  The production value of the film is very good. The film was made in Fiji because the tax rebate to film there was 47 percent.  There is one scene, however, where some people are in a boat and it looks like a crew is throwing buckets of water onto the actors on the bow of the ship.  There is some humor, which is always appreciated.  Abigail, the goat in a dress . . . totally adorable Christopher Gorham is absolutely fantastic.  He reminds me of Chris Evans’ goodness as Captain America.  Director Mitch Davis chose Gorham because “he has a very gentle soul.” He learned to speak Tongan very well in the first movie and his speech coach said his accent was perfect.  I loved hearing the Tongan people sing often in the movie. You will love this soundtrack Voices from the Other Side of Heaven 2: Tongan Sacred Hymns. Did you know that he is a trained auctioneer like his grandfather? When they were interviewing actors to play Thomas S. Monson, the moment they first saw Russell Dixon, they knew he was the right man for the job. After the real Thomas S. Monson watched the first The Other Side of Heaven movie in 2001, he immediately asked, “When are you going to make the second movie?” John Groberg said to director Mitch Davis, “I’m not getting any younger and neither are you, so it’s time!”   Viewers who aren’t members of the faith probably won’t appreciate the significance of Thomas S. Monson in many scenes, other than to recognize him as Elder Groberg’s “boss.” Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be tickled by his remarkable similarities to the man who later became the much-loved president of the Church.  There’s a gross scene where Thomas S. Monson stomps on cockroaches with some children. Ick. It’s used to illustrate his playfulness and rapport with children. It’s too bad Anne Hathaway wasn’t able to return to her role in this project. It would have been great to see her continue the story. When she starred in The Other Side of Heaven, she was a new actress, but now that she’s a big Academy Award-winning movie star, her fee was too much for this budget. The actress who replaced her in this movie is Natalie Medlock from New Zealand. I always love it when you get to see pictures and video of the real people of a true story in movies. You get to see a lot of that during the rolling credits, as well as a photo update of the principle “characters” in the movie. The funeral scene was touching and heartbreaking.  The moment that really got me to tear up was after the storm when Nancy yelled, “Hoorah for Israel!” From then on, I went through quite a few tissues until the end of the movie. IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? (RATED PG-13) There is talk of throwing a little pig into the ocean. Someone dies. Two more people barely hang on to life. People are in perilous situations. Some men beat up another young man. You see dead chickens hanging and getting de-feathered. It’s very dramatic. When I took my children to see the first movie, one of my sons said, “I’m so glad I’m not a member of THAT church.” What’s funny is that we ARE members of that church! Being a member of a church that demands the best of us can be difficult, but it is through the sacrifices and faith that we are able to experience miracles and see the hand of God in our lives. I really do know that God lives, loves us, and watches over us.  That doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect.  It does mean that the Lord is aware of our needs and will give us strength to bare the burdens we face. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? Peace “I want you to know, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard, I know we are about God’s work.” – Jean Groberg (Natalie Medlock) “Ah, love. Let us be true to another.” – From a poem by Mathew Arnold that Elder Groberg read that made him think of the loss of faith in the world. What it means to be truly Christlike. This movie shines as an insightful look on the father/son relationship, just as it shines a light on Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. John Groberg said to his wife, “Can you imagine it, Jean….God sending His only son to Earth to die. But He did, He really did.” Prayer Hard work + fierce faith = miracles (what was written on the chalkboard during a missionary meeting) Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t deny the power of surrounding yourself with a loving, supportive community of friends. INTERESTING LINES “I’ve always wanted to meet a miracle!” – Nancy “I want to see the miracle!” – Nancy “Stay here and pray for it.” – John Groberg “God’s work waits for no one.” – John Groberg “Your family IS God’s work.” – Elder Monson YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY… Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com Never miss an article or review! Join our Your Family Expert Facebook group and like our page!

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By Trina Boice

Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom

WHAT'S THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2 ABOUT?

Brought to you by BYU TV and Kolipoki Pictures, this Two Roads film is based on a true story and the missionary efforts of Elder John H. Groberg. If you saw the first movie, The Other Side of Heaven, you will remember the sweet spirit of the storytelling and the heart of the beautiful Tongan people. This sequel takes place 10 years after the original movie and is a heartwarming reunion with more inspiration and miracles.  You don’t need to have seen the first movie, but it certainly helps in order to appreciate the history and significance of some of the relationships.  Be sure to check out the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel for an interview with director Mitch Davis later this week!

The film is filled with lessons for us to learn and not just for members. While the movie will have special meaning for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, everyone can enjoy it and be touched by it. As we’re told in this movie, if you wait long enough, all stories have happy endings.

Bring tissues. I was a weepy mess.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A)

Some Christian movies are heavy-handed and even cheesy at times, but this one will fill your soul and make you feel.  Some reviewers have criticized the acting and music as being overly melodramatic.  That is true at times, although I thought the music was noticeably good.  The production value of the film is very good. The film was made in Fiji because the tax rebate to film there was 47 percent.  There is one scene, however, where some people are in a boat and it looks like a crew is throwing buckets of water onto the actors on the bow of the ship.  There is some humor, which is always appreciated.  Abigail, the goat in a dress . . . totally adorable

Christopher Gorham is absolutely fantastic.  He reminds me of Chris Evans’ goodness as Captain America.  Director Mitch Davis chose Gorham because “he has a very gentle soul.” He learned to speak Tongan very well in the first movie and his speech coach said his accent was perfect.  I loved hearing the Tongan people sing often in the movie. You will love this soundtrack Voices from the Other Side of Heaven 2: Tongan Sacred Hymns. Did you know that he is a trained auctioneer like his grandfather?

When they were interviewing actors to play Thomas S. Monson, the moment they first saw Russell Dixon, they knew he was the right man for the job. After the real Thomas S. Monson watched the first The Other Side of Heaven movie in 2001, he immediately asked, “When are you going to make the second movie?” John Groberg said to director Mitch Davis, “I’m not getting any younger and neither are you, so it’s time!”  

Viewers who aren’t members of the faith probably won’t appreciate the significance of Thomas S. Monson in many scenes, other than to recognize him as Elder Groberg’s “boss.” Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be tickled by his remarkable similarities to the man who later became the much-loved president of the Church.  There’s a gross scene where Thomas S. Monson stomps on cockroaches with some children. Ick. It’s used to illustrate his playfulness and rapport with children.

It’s too bad Anne Hathaway wasn’t able to return to her role in this project. It would have been great to see her continue the story. When she starred in The Other Side of Heaven, she was a new actress, but now that she’s a big Academy Award-winning movie star, her fee was too much for this budget. The actress who replaced her in this movie is Natalie Medlock from New Zealand.

I always love it when you get to see pictures and video of the real people of a true story in movies. You get to see a lot of that during the rolling credits, as well as a photo update of the principle “characters” in the movie.

The funeral scene was touching and heartbreaking.  The moment that really got me to tear up was after the storm when Nancy yelled, “Hoorah for Israel!” From then on, I went through quite a few tissues until the end of the movie.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1462112188/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=yfe-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1462112188&linkId=8c13db34f144e53a1e1eb3b370b74cf8

IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? (RATED PG-13)

  1. There is talk of throwing a little pig into the ocean.
  2. Someone dies. Two more people barely hang on to life.
  3. People are in perilous situations.
  4. Some men beat up another young man.
  5. You see dead chickens hanging and getting de-feathered.
  6. It’s very dramatic. When I took my children to see the first movie, one of my sons said, “I’m so glad I’m not a member of THAT church.” What’s funny is that we ARE members of that church! Being a member of a church that demands the best of us can be difficult, but it is through the sacrifices and faith that we are able to experience miracles and see the hand of God in our lives. I really do know that God lives, loves us, and watches over us.  That doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect.  It does mean that the Lord is aware of our needs and will give us strength to bare the burdens we face.

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

  1. Peace
  2. “I want you to know, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard, I know we are about God’s work.” – Jean Groberg (Natalie Medlock)
  3. “Ah, love. Let us be true to another.” – From a poem by Mathew Arnold that Elder Groberg read that made him think of the loss of faith in the world.
  4. What it means to be truly Christlike.
  5. This movie shines as an insightful look on the father/son relationship, just as it shines a light on Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. John Groberg said to his wife, “Can you imagine it, Jean….God sending His only son to Earth to die. But He did, He really did.”
  6. Prayer
  7. Hard work + fierce faith = miracles (what was written on the chalkboard during a missionary meeting)
  8. Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t deny the power of surrounding yourself with a loving, supportive community of friends.

INTERESTING LINES

  1. “I’ve always wanted to meet a miracle!” – Nancy
  2. “I want to see the miracle!” – Nancy
  3. “Stay here and pray for it.” – John Groberg
  4. “God’s work waits for no one.” – John Groberg
  5. “Your family IS God’s work.” – Elder Monson

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY…


Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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Family Review: TOY STORY 4 is Worthy of What Came Beforehttps://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-toy-story-4-is-worthy-of-what-came-before/ https://yourfamilyexpert.com/family-review-toy-story-4-is-worthy-of-what-came-before/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:07:18 +0000 https://yourfamilyexpert.com/?p=57605 By Trina Boice Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom.  WHAT'S TOY STORY 4 ABOUT? Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney John Lasseter has always said that Pixar wouldn’t make another Toy Story movie unless it was as good or better than previous versions. Mission accomplished. To infinity and beyond! Toy Story 4 is written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. Surprisingly, the story has the same plot as the first Toy Story in that Woody tries to convince a new toy that he is a toy and that he is important and loved by a child. Bring tissues. Filled with lots of action, fun characters, and rescue adventures, this family-friendly movie will force you to weep in the end, whether you want to or not. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) True fans were completely satisfied with the Toy Story trilogy and how it ended. Or how we thought it ended. . . . So, audiences have been surprised that a fourth movie was announced. With some trepidation, audiences have been curious and are now immediately thrilled with this new addition. This is Josh Cooley’s directorial debut. Well done, Josh! He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on Inside Out. The animation is truly stunning: the textures, facial expressions, movement, sounds, and rain feel real. Wow. The sound effects are noticeably awesome. Voice talents include returning favorites like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, and Estelle Harris. Some fun, new toys are added to the crew, such as Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, and the epic Keanu Reeves! Keanu’s character, Duke Caboom, is a really fun addition and crowd pleaser. It was actually Keanu’s idea to have the character of Duke Caboom constantly making poses. Pixar loved the idea and so do audiences! If 2018 was Josh Brolin’s year, 2019 is definitely Keanu Reeves’ year. Don Rickles, who voices Mr. Potato Head, passed away in 2017, so he wasn’t able to voice his loveable character in this movie; however, because of the encouragement from his family, Pixar was able to use prior recordings and piece together his dialogue for this movie. This is also the last movie role for Bud Luckey (Chuckles the Clown), who passed away in 2018. The film has been dedicated to Bud. Here are some famous voices you might have missed: Mel Brooks as Melephant Brooks, Carol Burnett as Chairol Burnett, Betty White as Bitey White, Carl Reiner as Carl Reineroceros, Bill Hader as Axel the Carnie, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, and Alan Oppenheimer as Old Timer. What a talented cast!  The music was great by Randy Newman, who has composed the music for all four Toy Story films. It’s perfect.  Disney and Pixar are the masters of paying attention to tiny details. The dust bunny moment, for example, was adorable. There is a lot of humor with physical gags, pop culture references, and quotable lines you’ll probably hear your kids say over and over  One that easily comes to mind is Keanu Reeves’ mantra, “Yes, I Canada!” (His character is a stunt racer from Canada.)  It would have been nice to see more classic one-on-one moments with Woody and Buzz, and Woody and Jessie, but Bo Peep gets a serious upgrade to her character and role.  There is never a dull moment. The action sequences are great, although a couple of times they felt too frenzied and crowded on the screen. The ending is a graceful finale if this franchise decides to use it as such. Be sure to keep watching during the end credits until the VERY end! Enjoy! IS TOY STORY 4 OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED G) This is the first animated movie of 2019 to be rated G. Yay for G! Help your young children to understand what is make-believe when it comes to their toys. They’re sure to look at their toys differently and, hopefully, take good care of them. There is no profanity but there is some mild name-calling (crazy, idiot, weirdo). There is some edgy humor that will go over the kids’ heads but only enough to make a point to parents that Pixar is paying attention to adults too. A glass of wine is seen on the edge of a bathtub. All of the female toys are very strong, independent figures. Toys are in peril. There are some creepy ventriloquist dummies and even Forky (a new character) says, “He is terrifying!” They look a lot like Slappy from the Goosebumps movies. DOES IT HAVE ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? “Listen to your inner voice.” Buzz Lightyear and Woody repeat that line a few times. It’s the strongest theme of the movie and what drives the story. Following your conscience is an age-old lesson that Disney’s Jiminy Cricket taught us in the 1940 movie Pinnochio.  Other themes are: Feeling lost, finding purpose, and having courage to follow a new plan Loyalty, friendship, love Sacrifice Teamwork Family Faith in oneself, self-confidence YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY… Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. 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By Trina Boice

Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom

WHAT'S TOY STORY 4 ABOUT?

Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney John Lasseter has always said that Pixar wouldn’t make another Toy Story movie unless it was as good or better than previous versions. Mission accomplished. To infinity and beyond!

Toy Story 4 is written by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom. Surprisingly, the story has the same plot as the first Toy Story in that Woody tries to convince a new toy that he is a toy and that he is important and loved by a child.

Bring tissues. Filled with lots of action, fun characters, and rescue adventures, this family-friendly movie will force you to weep in the end, whether you want to or not.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A)

True fans were completely satisfied with the Toy Story trilogy and how it ended. Or how we thought it ended. . . . So, audiences have been surprised that a fourth movie was announced. With some trepidation, audiences have been curious and are now immediately thrilled with this new addition. This is Josh Cooley’s directorial debut. Well done, Josh! He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on Inside Out.

The animation is truly stunning: the textures, facial expressions, movement, sounds, and rain feel real. Wow. The sound effects are noticeably awesome.

Voice talents include returning favorites like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, and Estelle Harris. Some fun, new toys are added to the crew, such as Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, and the epic Keanu Reeves! Keanu’s character, Duke Caboom, is a really fun addition and crowd pleaser. It was actually Keanu’s idea to have the character of Duke Caboom constantly making poses. Pixar loved the idea and so do audiences! If 2018 was Josh Brolin’s year, 2019 is definitely Keanu Reeves’ year.

Don Rickles, who voices Mr. Potato Head, passed away in 2017, so he wasn’t able to voice his loveable character in this movie; however, because of the encouragement from his family, Pixar was able to use prior recordings and piece together his dialogue for this movie. This is also the last movie role for Bud Luckey (Chuckles the Clown), who passed away in 2018. The film has been dedicated to Bud.

Here are some famous voices you might have missed: Mel Brooks as Melephant Brooks, Carol Burnett as Chairol Burnett, Betty White as Bitey White, Carl Reiner as Carl Reineroceros, Bill Hader as Axel the Carnie, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, and Alan Oppenheimer as Old Timer. What a talented cast!  The music was great by Randy Newman, who has composed the music for all four Toy Story films. It’s perfect. 

Disney and Pixar are the masters of paying attention to tiny details. The dust bunny moment, for example, was adorable. There is a lot of humor with physical gags, pop culture references, and quotable lines you’ll probably hear your kids say over and over  One that easily comes to mind is Keanu Reeves’ mantra, “Yes, I Canada!” (His character is a stunt racer from Canada.)  It would have been nice to see more classic one-on-one moments with Woody and Buzz, and Woody and Jessie, but Bo Peep gets a serious upgrade to her character and role. 

There is never a dull moment. The action sequences are great, although a couple of times they felt too frenzied and crowded on the screen. The ending is a graceful finale if this franchise decides to use it as such. Be sure to keep watching during the end credits until the VERY end! Enjoy!

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IS TOY STORY 4 OKAY FOR KIDS? (RATED G)

This is the first animated movie of 2019 to be rated G. Yay for G! Help your young children to understand what is make-believe when it comes to their toys. They’re sure to look at their toys differently and, hopefully, take good care of them. There is no profanity but there is some mild name-calling (crazy, idiot, weirdo). There is some edgy humor that will go over the kids’ heads but only enough to make a point to parents that Pixar is paying attention to adults too.

A glass of wine is seen on the edge of a bathtub. All of the female toys are very strong, independent figures. Toys are in peril. There are some creepy ventriloquist dummies and even Forky (a new character) says, “He is terrifying!” They look a lot like Slappy from the Goosebumps movies.

DOES IT HAVE ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

“Listen to your inner voice.” Buzz Lightyear and Woody repeat that line a few times. It’s the strongest theme of the movie and what drives the story. Following your conscience is an age-old lesson that Disney’s Jiminy Cricket taught us in the 1940 movie Pinnochio

Other themes are:

  • Feeling lost, finding purpose, and having courage to follow a new plan
  • Loyalty, friendship, love
  • Sacrifice
  • Teamwork
  • Family
  • Faith in oneself, self-confidence

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY…

Trina Boice is an author of 23 books and teaches online for BYU-Idaho in the Pathway program.  She received the Young Mother of the Year honor in 2004, an award that completely amuses her 4 sons. She’s a popular international speaker in China and writes movie reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com. You can find her books on Amazon, and at www.TrinasBooks.com

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