Archives for January 29, 2018

EARLY MAN Movie Giveaway!

Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

We have teamed up for a fun Giveaway! One winner will win a prize pack that includes: activity book, soccer ball, t-shirt, and screening pass good for two to see the film.

To enter, leave a comment below!

Deadline to enter is February 8th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

 

Self Disclosure: I have teamed up with Lionsgate to post this giveaway for our readers. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and the prize package will be sent to the winner. U.S. Residents only. 

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Packed with Action Beginning to End

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way? KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “This film is full of action from beginning to end. During the production of this film in 2016, Dylan O’Brien was severely injured on set. Because of that, the film was delayed and is just now being released. I’m so sorry about Dylan’s accident and believe that the wait was worth it, as I love this movie.”  Tristan T. adds, “Based upon the novel, The Death Cure by James Dashner, The Maze Runner the Death Cure is the third and final film in the Maze Runner trilogy.  It is a very satisfying conclusion to the series and wraps up most questions for fans.” See their full reviews below.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

This film is full of action from beginning to end. During the production of this film in 2016, Dylan O’Brien was severely injured on set. Because of that, the film was delayed and is just now being released. I’m so sorry about Dylan’s accident and believe that the wait was worth it, as I love this movie.

This is the third and final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy. Thomas and his friends head to the last standing city to save their friend, Minho and take down the Government Association known as WCKD.

I’m quite a fan of the Maze Runner books, so I can vouch for the accuracy of this movie. Quite a bit of the story is different from the book. Even the plot of saving Minho isn’t in the book. He is with the group in the book. However, all the major events are still the same as both stories involve taking down WCKD.

This movie is fast moving and heart racing. In almost every scene something exciting is happening. The film barely gives you time to rest. I feel like this keeps you on edge and it works. During some scenes I tensed up, with my fists clenched. The action is actually very effectively exciting. There are tons of explosions, and fire and gunshots. And they are all so cool. The special effects are really impressive.

This film is a dystopian story. The reason the world ends in this story is an illness known as the “Flare” that turns people into zombie-like creatures. The makeup used for the creatures, known as Cranks, is outstanding. Here’s a shout out to the entire makeup department.

The acting is also really good. Dylan O’Brien, who plays Thomas and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Newt, have incredible performances. I will not spoil what happens, but one specific performance from them had me in straight up tears.

Also, the city where most of the film takes place, known as Last City, has a very neat design. It looks intimidating, yet beautiful. It felt like Los Angeles, but darker. I’m curious if the director, Wes Ball, plans to do the prequels, as there are two prequels. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. It comes out in theaters January 26, 2018 so be sure to check it out.

 

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
By Tristan T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Based upon the novel, The Death Cure by James Dashner, The Maze Runner the Death Cure is the third and final film in the Maze Runner trilogy.  It is a very satisfying conclusion to the series and wraps up most questions for fans.  This film is very fun and entertaining.  The one thing that disappointed me was the length of time since the last film, The Maze Runner the Scorch Trials.  It came out September 2015, so you may need a little refresher course prior to watching the final film.

My favorite character is Newt, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.  I have cheered for Newt during the whole trilogy as he brings so much life to the entire film.  His character has depth and passion, but in a light-hearted way.  I find him very relatable and, without giving away any spoilers, his character will touch you deeply during this final film.

The bond of friendship is a strong theme throughout the trilogy, but nothing has been as powerful as it is in Maze Runner the Death Cure.  I love how the screenwriter, T.S. Nowlin, pushes each character to their limits, testing their abilities and gives viewers insight into their mindset and true vulnerabilities.

As in the previous two films, the cinematography is amazing.  While the backdrop is futuristic, you do not have the feeling that everything is overly CGI.  Even the fight scenes are pretty realistic.  I find it interesting that the whole film was shot in Cape Town, South Africa.

Maze Runner the Death Cure is rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence and action.  There is some language, but not much.  If you have been a fan of the Maze Runner series, Maze Runner the Death Cure will not disappoint.  With a running time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, it is a bit long, but there are no drag times. You’ll remain entertained the whole time.  I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.  It opens in theaters January 26, 2018 so look for it.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Yogurtland Adds Two New Scratch-made Flavors to Delicious Dessert Lineup New Flavors Include Piña Colada, Made With Coconut Milk and OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream

Yogurtland is ringing in the New Year with two new scratch-made delicious flavors, giving dessert lovers another reason to celebrate.

Expanding on its non-dairy offerings and introducing its first flavor made with coconut milk, Yogurtland’s new Piña Colada flavor combines real pineapple with creamy coconut milk for a fruity, tropical treat.

As a follow-up to its ice cream introduction this past summer, Yogurtland teamed up with OREO® for a handcrafted ice cream flavor. The new OREO Cookies & Crème Ice Cream combines real OREO chocolate cookies and vanilla for a perfectly creamy ice cream.

This past weekend was like a nice Sunny Summer Day so my son and I decided after a visit to the beach that we would stop by our favorite local Yogurtland! I love visiting Yogurtland because even if it is crowded, the line moves quickly and I also find a great flavor that I haven’t yet tried!  I love the new Pina Colada! It’s light and has a great flavor! It’s great with fruit toppings and even a delicious cookie..or two!

My son wanted to try the OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream but it was so popular at our local store, that they no longer had it! He still loves their other flavors of ice cream!  I was going to take a photo but he quickly started to eat his yogurt before I could get a photo.

I love that there are such great choices such as non-fat and low-fat and that they even have choices with no sugar!

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. 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 free gift card to facilitate this post. Image: SoCal City Kids. 

 

Show your hands some love with these fun Valentine’s Day-inspired nail ideas from beauty expert, Skyy Hadley to take your look to the next level.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with a significant other or watching rom-coms with your BFF, nothing’s more festive than a pink or red manicure.

 

A lesson in red: If you can’t decide which color is your perfect red, just try them all at once for this monochromatic look.

A couple things you must know about painting your nails/tips when executing this trend:

  • Always use a base coat
  • Stay away from quick-dry nail polish (it dehydrates and can dry out your nails)
  • Apply cuticle oil religiously
  • Hold your hands under cold water post paint job
  • Apply thin, not thick, coats of polish
  • Always use a top coat

 

Self Disclosure: Tips from beauty expert, Skyy Hadley and an image were provided. Samples may have also been received to facilitate this post.