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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Opening December 26, 2016, Rogue One is an American epic space opera film in the Star Wars Anthology, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It is a stand-alone sequel to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and a prequel to the original Star Wars film Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) ending at the point at which that film begins. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. comments, “… let me tell you, it is a must see and you don’t have to go to a galaxy far away to see it! It’s edgy, intense and delivers a lot of thrills.  Fans will not be disappointed with this new action packed film.” Nathaniel B. adds, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely a great addition to the Star Wars saga. It has so many amazing things about it and is truly astonishing.” See their full reviews below and, be sure to watch Alejandra G.’s interview with Diego Luna who plays Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Ryan R., Age 12

 

 

I just finished watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, let me tell you, it is a must see and you don’t have to go to a galaxy far away to see it! It’s edgy, intense and delivers a lot of thrills.  Fans will not be disappointed with this new action packed film.

 

Meet Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a defiant and eager character  who takes on a desperate mission for the Rebellion to try to steal the plans of the Death Star so they can learn how to destroy it. The question is, will they find the plans and learn how to destroy it or will they fail? You have to see the movie to find out.

 

I relished watching this movie for its incredible CGI, story and characters. The CGI is amazing. For example, the details of the planets make them look so interesting, realistic and beautiful. Another example is K-2SO (my favorite character) who is completely created by CGI and yet, he looks like a real robot!  I also love K-2SO because his sarcastic humor and delivery is hilarious. He acts too smart for his own good and he steals the show. The story has many twists and turns, and it left me with a lot of “what ifs” and I enjoyed that. The new characters are ordinary but strong people who band together to help Jyn and you’ll end up liking and rooting for them. Each one is memorable in their own right.  I feel like the Star Wars movies are getting better and better.  There are some subtle references to previous Star Wars films and some familiar faces. You might be asking, “who?” The answer is, go see the movie to find out!

 

I did not enjoy how the movie ends because, I felt they could have gone in another direction. But that is just my opinion. Overall, this film is amazing and I think you will definitely enjoy it.

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like spinoffs, family, Star Wars films and action / adventure movies. I recommend this for ages 8 to 18 as well as adults. Be aware there are a few intense scenes and some blood shown. It opens Friday, December 16, 2016 so make sure to check it out in a theater near you.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By Nathaniel B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely a great addition to the Star Wars saga. It has so many amazing things about it and is truly astonishing.

 

As in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this film has a great female hero, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). She is the perfect person for this role. She is very silent in the beginning and doesn’t have as many lines as I thought she would, but it serves as a way to show her character’s personality. She seems angry inside and does not care about the Rebellion.

 

The music uses the Star Wars theme and, even though it is not the exact same music as in the other Star Wars movies, it plays a critical role in making the film come alive. The music is dramatic at times and soft at others and really sets the moods, making scenes more dramatic, even when they aren’t that dramatic. The scenery also really makes you feel like you are on another world.

 

I love the special effects – the explosions, weapons, and spaceships are fantastic and are even better than the amazing special effects in the other Star Wars films. They look so real and are very interesting. The spaceships are the coolest of all the special effects. There are so many different kinds, it is hard to believe that someone put that much time, effort and creativity into designing imaginary aircrafts.

 

As great as Rogue One is, it is violent and has a lot of death. The death is not bloody or gross in any way but it is still death. Just a warning, some characters that people might get attached to die and some people may get upset because they like that person, so brace for impact. This film feels more like a movie for grown-ups than some of the others in the saga, but it is still great for kids.

 

This movie is a prequel to Star Wars 4, A New Hope (or number one if you are talking about the order of the films being made) and it comes after the Anakin, Qui Gon Jinn and younger Obi Wan Kenobi section of the saga. This film is called a Star Wars “story”, but it is one of the best Star Wars films yet. It explains many things and shows how different things in A New Hope happened. There is one particular part that I needed to have pointed out to me. I will not spoil it, but if you think during the movie about the name, A New Hope, then you should get it.

 

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it adds important details to the previous Star Wars stories, is a great story on its own and is beautifully made. This film is suitable for ages 8 to 18 because it is great for older people but kind of scary for younger kids.  It opens in theaters on December 16, 2016 so, go check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ora Paper Towels aren’t your Regular Everyday Paper Towels! Eco-Friendly and Absorbent! These are a Must-Try!

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There’s a new paper towel in town and it’s name is Ora! 

Ora is the first all-around paper towel that features a modern, compact stacking system, allowing you to grab a single sheet with just one hand. This is actually pretty cool! At first, I was worried and was thinking one sheet won’t be absorbent enough and that I would have to grab a bunch. Well, so not true! They are durable and do not rip easily and they are very absorbent!

Another really cool thing is that they are Eco-Friendly! This innovative stacked design has no cardboard inner tube. You basically get more sheets when compared to the traditional roll. You also don’t have to worry about recycling the cardboard tube.

Now, where would you find Ora? I know….you are thinking…”Have I seen it at a local store?” Ora launched in November exclusively at participating Target stores across Texas. I know! This is California and not Texas but they are also available online at Target.com. Ora is avalable for purchase in single, double or triple packs and retails for $2.99 (single), $5.49 (double) and $7.99 (triple).

For more information on Ora, please visit www.ora-homeusa.com.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own. Photo was provided.

Gaslamp Popcorn for the Holidays!

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Looking for a Healthier Snack option this Holiday season? Gaslamp Popcorn is always a hit with me! One of my favorite flavors is their White Cheddar! I also like their Malibu Mix….yum!

But, another thing you can do is make Popcorn Balls this Holiday season!

I actually tried this out with Gaslamp Popcorn!

I basically used  corn syrup, margarine, cold water, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallows…and Gaslamp Popcorn of course. I actually used the Kettle Corn Gaslamp Popcorn for mine.

How would you make your Popcorn Balls? Share your recipe!

 

Happy Holidays!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. I did purchase different flavors to make the recipe. Photo Credit: Gaslamp Popcorn.