Archives for April 25, 2017

Belli Skincare this Spring is a Must! And Don't Miss Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 - May 8)!

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Are you a new Mom or are you pregnant? Looking for some amazing skin care products? Belli Skincare products are a must! And, you don’t have to be a new Mom or pregnant to use them! I received samples to try out and I was quite impressed!

I tried out the Healthy Glow Facila Hydrator and the Sheer Comfort Lip Balm and these work really well! I love how soft my face felt after using the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator!  

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I also really like the All Day Moisture Body Lotion because it also is great for dry skin! I didn’t try the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream but a friend tried it and she says it works better than any other ones that she has tried!

Find out more about these and their other products at http://www.belliskincare.com/

And wait! I have some exciting news!

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Belli’s BIG Baby Shower (April 23 – May 8)

 

During this BIG Baby Shower, Belli will be showering you with gifts!!  Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
 
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 20% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BABYSHOWER). 
 
Enter to win daily for a chance to win a Grand Prize Package, which features items from all of the Belli BIG Birthday Bash brand partners.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 in mom and baby products.  
 
Participating brand partners include Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Posh Playmat, Gugu Guru, Guava Family, Tootsies, PsiBands, Evoz, Chewbeads, BabyBjorn, Bump Boxes and Belabumbum.
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate the post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the Belli’s BIG Baby Shower. Images were provided except for the middle group photo.

 

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017 Giveaway Opportunity!

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EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE SOCAL’S COAST AT

AQUARIUM’S URBAN OCEAN FESTIVAL, APRIL 29-April 30, 2017

 

          The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer.

 

WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

COST:            The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

Mobile-device and printable coupon

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest9

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on April 29 or April 30. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend either Saturday or Sunday. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about visiting the Aquarium. Deadline to enter is April 27th, 2017 at noon PST so enter now! 

 

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse

cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Fate of the Furious – Fan Pleaser with Ridiculous Action Scenes, Fun Characters, Slick New Cars

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Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “The Fate of the Furious is an enjoyable entry into the Fast and Furious franchise that brings exactly what fans want to see: ridiculous action sequences, fun characters and slick new cars.” Na’im S. adds, “I find the direction and acting to be quite good. Car and action movie fans will rejoice at the movie.” For their full reviews, see below.

 

 

The Fate of the Furious

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

 

The Fate of the Furious is an enjoyable entry into the Fast and Furious franchise that brings exactly what fans want to see: ridiculous action sequences, fun characters and slick new cars.

 

Directed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious opens with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba when his team is called to assist Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) with a mission in Berlin. Dom ruins the mission by going rogue and leaving Hobbs injured on the side of the road. The team soon figures out that Dom is working with a cyber terrorist by the name of Cipher (Charlize Theron). To take down Dom and figure out why he has changed sides, they must enlist the help of old friends as well as new ones.

 

My favorite part of this film is the jailbreak scene where Hobbs has to stop an old enemy named Deckard (Jason Statham) from escaping prison and wreaking havoc. Seeing two action heroes fighting their way out of prison and preparing to duke it out is exhilarating and had me pumping my fists in the air with excitement. This scene is over-the-top and outrageous but I was having too much fun to care.

 

I am an outsider to this franchise, having never before seen a Fast and Furious film. I really enjoyed this movie. As this franchise has evolved, it has learned what the fans want to see. By not taking itself too seriously, the cheesy dialogue and slow-mo feel a little more fitting with its lighter tone. The way this film works is that it knows it’s absurd and has fun with it.

 

I don’t love the story because it tries to do too much, a common thing in blockbuster movies today. The opening sequence in Cuba is unnecessary. It barely has anything to do with the plot but it does establish the mood and tone. By upping the ante with ridiculous action from the very start, it prepares the audience for what’s to come. There are also a lot of characters to follow and sometimes the plot gets a little too ridiculous for comfort. But if you’re going to see this film, it’s not for a strong story.

 

Some performances in this film are very funny. Tyrese Gibson is hilarious as Roman. He has a lot of fun with this role and is very energetic. Dwayne Johnson is another standout who delivers an amusing performance. He maintains his action hero persona while also exercising his comedic chops.

 

The lesson of this film is that you should never turn your back on family. Even when Dom goes rogue, his team never gives up on him. I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18 for its mild language and violence.

 

I give The Fate of the Furious 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, The Fate of the Furious is a film that should be appealing for outsiders to this franchise as well as those who have been on this ride since the very beginning. This film opens in theaters on April 14th, so be sure to check it out.

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The Fate of the Furious

Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

 

 

The Fate of the Furious is the eighth movie in the long running franchise, and it doesn’t disappoint. I find the direction and acting to be quite good. Car and action movie fans will rejoice at the movie.

 

The story is about Dom (Vin Diesel), who is enjoying himself with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Cuba. However, Dom encounters Cipher (Charlize Theron), an infamous hacker. Cipher presents Dom with an offer to betray his team and Dom agrees. The reason for his betrayal is unknown and he frames one of the members of his team, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), for the theft of an EMP. Hobbs is broken out of prison to catch Dom under the condition that he works with an enemy, Deckard (Jason Statham). The team, under the lead of Hobbs works together to stop Dom and Cipher.

 

Vin Diesel, as Dom, is believable in his betrayal and his eagerness to follow Cipher. Michelle Rodriguez, as Letty, presents her love for Dom and her concern for why he is down his dark path in a very convincing way. Charlize Theron, as Cipher, brings thrills and espionage to the film with her coerciveness. Dwayne Johnson, as Hobbs, performs his role well with his macho man physique, despite his corny one-liners. Jason Statham, as Deckard, stands out as my favorite character because of how he banters with Hobbs and how well he fits his action hero role.

 

From Cuba, to New York, to Russia, the direction of F. Gary Gray is fast paced and packed with action scenes. He handles the character moments well, too. The twist on why Dom betrays his team is an example. My favorite scene is the prison fight with Hobbs and Deckard because the actors are fun to watch and the music choice fits the scene well. My only problem with the movie is that the comedy doesn’t land many times and for me is cringe worthy and cheesy.

 

The movie’s message is to always trust in your family. The team could easily turn on Dom, but they always try to help him out. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 due to its intense action and language. This film opens in theaters on April 14th, so check it out if you want a fast ride.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

Yogurtland ‘s Newest Hand Crafted Flavors Bring Beloved Family Recipes To Every Spoonful

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Inspired by the family recipes everyone knows and loves, Yogurtland is introducing five new scratch-made flavors that will have fans loving each spoonful more than the last. Yogurtland’s hand crafted yogurt flavors are made at its very own dairy, filling each step of the tasty frozen yogurt creation process with love and quality.

These new promotional flavors, available from April 3 to June 4, explore the tastes of delicious home-made favorites. These new flavors join more than 200 other hand crafted, gourmet flavors that are created with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests.

As a tribute to all the things our guests love, Yogurtland begins the yogurt journey with their new love-inspired cup. Adorned with a heart filled with all things symbolizing Yogurtland, the new cups reflect Yogurtland’s dedication and love for scratch-made yogurt and delicious flavor while customers experience love from the beginning of their visit through their very last bite.

“A consistent thread shared by our fans and employees alike is a love for Yogurtland. From our delicious frozen yogurt to the personalized experience, our fans are passionate about creating the ultimate treatexperience,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland. “These flavors give our fans another reason to love coming to Yogurtland.”

With these family recipe inspired flavors, fans can connect with yogurt flavors beyond taste, it will be reminiscent of past memories and cherished experiences with friends and family. The five mouth-watering flavors are:

–       Grandma’s Famous Marionberry Pie- This scrumptious dessert will win the hearts of Yogurtland lovers by combining real Marion blackberry with sweet shortbread cookie. Notes of buttery, golden piecrust for a complete dessert sensation follow the delicious fruity taste of marionberry.

 

–       Momma’s Secret Recipe Almond Fudge Gelato- Go nutty for this perfect combination of chocolate and almond. This flavor pairs rich fudge notes and almond tastes to create a creamy and sophisticated gelato.

 

–       Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake- Flavor-packed with delectable caramelized pineapple flavors followed by buttery, dense cake notes combines to adapt the many layers of the traditional pineapple upside down cake into yogurt form.

 

–       Spring’s Simply Sweet Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares- Enjoy a taste of grandma’s kitchen without the guilt. This no sugar added flavor combines real peanut butter with yummy marshmallow flavor to create the true marshmallow square taste.

 

–       Pairings and Sharings Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sorbet- This drink-inspired sorbet will be the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two varieties of sweet strawberries and tangy lemon. Real basil and hints of mint add a cooling freshness to finish this flavor taste.

My favorite so far?  The Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake! This one is simply delicious! I highly recommend that you try it before it’s gone! 

 

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 

All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 330 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit my favorite Yogurtland and will be trying these delicious new flavors!  Photo images were also provided.

 

Whole Foods Market® announces release of ‘The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity’ Giveaway Opportunity has been added!

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Whole Foods Market is proud to announce the release of co-founder and CEO John Mackey’s newest book, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity (Grand Central Publishing, April 11, 2017).

“In the world of popularized diets, we can sometimes miss the broad agreements by focusing too much on the minor differences,” Mackey said. “When it comes to our health, it’s the overall dietary pattern that makes all the difference. By highlighting different proponents of whole foods, plant-based eating in this book, I hope to shed light on the broad consensus that exists among them, empower readers to make more informed food choices that promote health and vitality, and promote unity among the various health diet ‘tribes.’”

Mackey and co-authors Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman, of the popular documentary, Forks Over Knives, dispel nutritional myths and simplify a huge body of medical science, health research, and nutritional advice to help readers make more informed food choices and discover how The Whole Foods Diet, can help promote health and longevity.

Offering both a persuasive science-based analysis of the benefits of a primarily plant-based diet rich in unprocessed foods along with practical tools for navigating food choices and making dietary and lifestyle changes, The Whole Foods Diet is broken down into three parts:

PART 1: Discussesthe science behind the diet, including the commonalities and differences that co-exist across the ever-changing landscape of popular diets and dietary choices and how health outcomes have evolved across cultures over time. Through science and research, readers can make more informed choices about what’s on their plates.

PART 2: Guidance on how to navigate everyday food choices and how to customize the Whole Foods Diet for particular preferences and needs. Also addresses food politics, health, and the ethical and environmental impact of dietary choices.

PART 3: Invites readers to take the 28-Day Eat Real Food® Plan by providing four full weeks of delicious, nutritious recipes along with shopping lists, culinary tips and other practical tools to support healthy eating at home or when traveling.

The Whole Foods Diet features inspirational success stories and advice from leading voices in the plant-based-diets movement. The book is a life-affirming invitation to become Whole Foodies, who love to eat, love to live, and love to nourish themselves and their families with the rich array of nature’s bounty. The book highlights “Whole Foodie Heroes,” experts who have contributed research and have advocated for a plant-based lifestyle including experts like Drs. Joel Fuhrman, Michael Greger, David Katz, John McDougall and Scott Stoll as well as Whole Foods Market team members, who share inspirational firsthand accounts of their personal journeys into a Whole Foodie lifestyle.

Through scientific research and personal experience, the co-authors show how a predominantly plant-based diet can add longevity and improve quality of life. The authors also provide practical guidance for readers beginning the diet and life transition, from planning, to shopping, to preparing meals.

“Our shared passion is to help people heal and thrive with nutritious, whole, unprocessed food,” said Dr. Alona Pulde. “Sharing some of the journeys we’ve seen firsthand provides tangible and inspirational accounts of how conscious food choices can have a profound impact on health and longevity.”

The book has a suggested retail price of $28, and it is available via booksellers across the country, including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and iBooks.

Mackey will donate his royalties from book sales to Whole Foods Market’s three nonprofit foundations: Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation.  For more information, please visit wholefoodsdiet.com.

 

 

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a copy of the book! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is May 4th, 2017 at noon PST. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

John Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. He has devoted his life to selling natural foods and to building a better business model. Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD, are both physicians who specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They were also featured in the film Forks Over Knives and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives Plan, Forks Over Knives Family, and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.

 

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

The Promise – Our Revenge Will Be To Survive

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Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “It is so exotic because it is based on the Ottoman Empire, which not every kid is entirely aware of. The school subject I dislike most is history, but after seeing this film, my mind is forever changed because I am fascinated about how much goes on in the world.” See her full review below.

 

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By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

I am definitely going to watch this film again. It is so exotic because it is based on the Ottoman Empire, which not every kid is entirely aware of. The school subject I dislike most is history, but after seeing this film, my mind is forever changed because I am fascinated about how much goes on in the world.

 

The Promise is set in the Ottoman Empire, in Armenia, the eastern part of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Mikael Pogosian (Oscar Isaac) is a young, Armenian medical student who recently married in order to receive an endowment to pay for medical school. He leaves for Istanbul to further his studies. In the midst of his medical endeavors World War 1 breaks out and Armenia is deeply involved in it. When he travels to Istanbul, a mass Armenian genocide is initiated and he has to overcome these obstacles with Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), a woman he begins to fall in love with. Since her husband, Chris Myers (Christian Bale) is not too happy, a love triangle begins to form. Pogosian and Le Bon work together to keep everyone safe and try to leave Turkey and go to the United States.

 

Oscar Isaac (Mikael Pogosian), the protagonist, puts others first and acts solely on instinct, which is a great quality to possess. Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) has a kind heart and desires to save all of the Armenian children. Chris Myers (Christian Bale) is a reporter for the Armenian genocide and takes great pride in his work. The budget for this film must have been very large because there are hundreds of weapons utilized, many explosions and gunshots and many buildings destroyed. I love that the men ride on horses because horses are one of my favorite animals. It reminds me of history class because, in the past, soldiers rode on horseback.

 

My favorite part of the film when Ana is teaching Pogosian how to dance with her cousins and Pogosian’s cousin walks in. There is complete silence. Not many men dance, so it is entertaining to watch.  The message of this film is to be informed about the past and to appreciate all that you have. Living in America, I feel fortunate to be safe and could not imagine what people in countries such as Armenia and Turkey have gone through.

 

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars. Since there are many casualties and gory scenes, I recommend this film to children ages 16 to 18 and think adults will enjoy it too. This movie changes how I think. I learned so much from it. If you can watch intense scenes, then you should see it because it will change your life. This film opens in theaters on April 21, 2017. It is a movie that you truly do not want to miss.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Going in Style – Funniest Movie We’ve Seen All Year!

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A reboot of the 1979 movie that was directed by Martin Brest and featured George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Three seniors, who are living social security check to check and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank…problem is, they don’t even know how to handle a gun! A social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “Out of all of the movies that I have seen this year, this movie is by far the funniest. Within five minutes, my stomach hurt because I was laughing so much.” Arjun N. adds, “Going in Style is a great remake of the 1979 movie of the same name. I found the acting and humor to be funny and it will definitely appeal to all heist movie fans.” See their full reviews below.

 

Going In Style

By Samantha Marcus, Kids First! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

Out of all of the movies that I have seen this year, this movie is by far the funniest. Within five minutes, my stomach hurt because I was laughing so much.

 

I love a comedic plot and Going In Style is exactly that – three older men try to rob a bank to obtain a better life. These lifelong friends, Willie, Al and Joe, are having personal struggles. Willie (Morgan Freeman) desperately needs a new kidney. Joe (Michael Caine) is losing his home. And, Al (Alan Arkin) is just pressured into robbing a bank. Joe thinks of making the idea a reality once their pensions are cancelled. Inspired by a robbery the men witnessed, Willie, Joe and Al are optimistic they can steal their deserved pension money, but are going to need help.

 

Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of Willie is incredible. Given that Willie needs a new kidney to better his life, Freeman’s despair is heart-wrenching and he connects with the audience in a unique way, because he remains hopeful that he will feel better in the near future. Michael Caine really suits the role of Joe whose fearless personality helps accelerate the success of the robbery. Alan Arkin plays Al who acts innocent at first, but once the robbery becomes a reality, you see his wild side emerge and it is quite hilarious.

 

The costumes worn by Willie, Joe and Al are extremely entertaining. They wear masks that resemble famous people! In addition to this, the bank they plan to rob is very fancy. Seeing famous people walk into an elegant bank with guns and large bags is humorous to watch.  My favorite part is when Joe and Willie are watching television and The Bachelorette comes on.  This scene had me laughing the entire time because I am a such a Bachelorette fan. Seeing these older men discuss Kaitlyn Bristowe’s final pick was unexpected, but gave me a good laugh.

 

The message of this film is to chase after your dreams, no matter how old you are. If 70-year-old men can rob a bank, then you can too. All humor aside, the film illustrates that nothing is impossible and you can better your life if you want to. Hands down, this film deserves 5 out of 5 stars. There are a multitude of jokes, action scenes and the motivation that these three men possess to reunite with their families and better their lives is so strong. It motivates me to jump over any obstacle in my way and complete any task I need to. I recommend this film to kids ages 13 to 18, because it leaves you with a smile on your face. There are a few shooting scenes, so please be mindful about who goes to see this film. Adults will love this film as well, because they can relate to the personal issues these men face. This film opens nationwide on April 7th, 2017. It has something for everyone and if you have never seen three older men rob a bank, you definitely should.

 

 

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By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

 

Going in Style is a great remake of the 1979 movie of the same name. I found the acting and humor to be funny and it will definitely appeal to all heist movie fans.

This movie is about three elderly people, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin), whose pensions have been frozen by a corrupt bank. Desperate to save his house and family, Joe has an idea to rob the corrupt bank. Despite initially disagreeing, Willie and Albert agree to the plan. However, the three have a long way to go, and the three must face training to pull off the impossible heist.

Morgan Freeman as Willy presents a supportive friend with health ailments and expresses his love for his granddaughter with whom he communicates by internet. Michael Cane as Joe is the one who comes up with the plan and is very impressive because of his willpower to not lose his home. Alan Arkin as Albert is my favorite character as he steals the show with his charm and wit. Matt Dillon as Hamer portrays an intelligent cop who wants to track down these bank robbers. John Ortiz as Jesus delivers an interesting mystery as a foster pet caregiver gangster. Joey King as Brooklyn exhibits an energetic and youthful teen in Joe’s granddaughter.

The direction by Zach Braff is slow paced in the beginning and becomes fast paced towards the end. The movie seems to the drag a lot in the beginning but it comes around. The script by Theodore Melfi is funny and it balances out the humorous and dramatic scenes really well. My favorite scene is the chase after they rob a local convenience store. It is very hilarious and comedic, and had me laughing out loud.

The movie’s message is to never underestimate a person by their age or looks because the three friends are able to pull out an impossible heist in spite of their age and health issues. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 due to some scenes involving drugs and some language. This film opens in theaters on April 7th, so go and check it out for a fun laugh aloud heist comedy.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

June Bug is Pet of the Week!

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Sweet little June Bug is an affectionate little creature, and she’s as cute as a bug to boot! Actually, she’s a heck of a lot cuter. She’s curious and loves to check out her surroundings, stopping from time to time to butt her head on whoever’s around. Junie’s 4 years old and would love to spend the rest of her good, long life with a buddy who enjoys a good head butt from a kitty! Meet June Bug at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A586953.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.