Sure, God may care what’s on the inside, but the world is different. What we wear becomes social shorthand, a way to discern and judge and often misjudge the people we meet. An oil-stained shirt and pair of overalls tells us something. An Armani suit says something else. An emblazoned T-shirt might trigger a chuckle or a school suspension. We cover ourselves in cotton and cashmere and designer labels, and there’s a danger that we can lose ourselves underneath it all.
For years, Tony Stark has been defined by his suit—not a cotton or wool or silk number, but a blend made from exotic metals and embedded computers and super-powerful mini-engines. Sure, he may still be a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist underneath it all. And yet, strip the iron from Iron Man and you have, merely… Click here to read more.
The Story—Hiccup, the only son of the Viking Stoick the Vast, wants to prove himself worthy to his father and people by slaying a dragon. During a dragon raid, Hiccup shoots down a Night Fury with a bolas cannon he made. But no one believes him.
Trying to find proof, he sets off to find the body. But there’s one problem: the dragon is still alive.
Hiccup finds the dragon still trapped by the bolas cannon’s net, wounded, and missing a part of his tail fin which prevents him from flying. Hiccup befriends the dragon, which he names Toothless, and creates an artificial tail fin and control harness with which he helps Toothless fly.
Meanwhile Hiccup is in Dragon Slayer Training, trying to hide Toothless in fear of his Viking friends.
When Toothless reveals the truth about why the dragons are raiding the Viking villages, Hiccup and Toothless must work together to stop evil from destroying everything.
The Lesson—Hiccup and Toothless are great examples of true friendship. This movie helped me understand that standing up for friends—even if it means sacrificing something of great value—is the best way to go.
Content—As well as being awesome in animation and story, we were surprised at how clean it was! Not very many movies are clean nowadays, but How to Train Your Dragon is definitely one of the cleanest I have seen in a long time (although there was something a little uncomfortable).
My Opinion – YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Through a life of extreme hardships, Kayla Woodhouse’s ever-present smile encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. In addition to being home schooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. No Safe Haven, is the first in a three-book suspense series. You can find Kayla at http://kimberleyandkaylawoodhouse.com and http://kaylawoodhouse.com
Rated: PG 13
Reviewed by iBeGat Staff
ABOUT Charlie St. Cloud…
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD stars Zac Effron as Charlie, a bright young man with a promising future. Growing up in a small, seaside yachting village, Charlie is at the top of his high school graduating class with a full-ride sailing scholarship to Stanford in the fall. During the summer, Charlie and his little brother, Sam, practice Sam’s baseball every evening in the woods at sunset. However, when a tragic, drunk driver takes young Sam’s life, Charlie cannot let go of Sam and imagines himself playing catch with Sam every evening. Five years later, Charlie must decide whether to let Sam go and save his girlfriend who’s in trouble at sea.
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is a moving, heartfelt drama. Even though the plot is predictable and somewhat sappy, Zac Effron shines onscreen. He keeps the movie from falling into its own melancholy traps. The movie has strong, overt Christian references, including prayer to Jesus Christ during a funeral, but they are spoiled by some Romantic elements, brief foul language and an implied sex scene. Otherwise, however, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is an enjoyable, inspiring drama. Please visit Movieguide.org for the complete review…read more at movieguide.org
In My Opinion:
Charlie St. Cloud is an okay attempt at a teen love story. It’s got a few steamy places that imply pre-marital sex (and the movie would have been just as good without these and the language). There’s some light cursing, too. But overall, if you keep your sights set on higher personal values you’ll enjoy the pretty blue eyes of Zac Effron.
What I Learned:
I learned guilt does harsh things to a person. It affects every part of us and I learned life is too short to not make the best of every minute with our friends and family. In a heartbeat, they can be gone.
Charlie St. Cloud Trailer
Rated: PG 13
RAMONA AND BEEZUS is a funny, heartfelt family film. It follows the exploits of young Ramona Quimby.The middle child of three girls, Ramona struggles to fit in both at home and at school. At home, she must please her parents while following in the footsteps of her older sister Beezus, who is beautiful, popular and gets perfect grades. Ramona looks forward to getting a room of her own, but then her father loses his job, so she tries to help out by making money selling lemonade and auditioning for a TV commercial. When her efforts fail, Ramona begins to think that her family is better without her. So, she thinks about running away.
Based on a popular series of children’s books, RAMONA AND BEEZUS is a delightful, winsome family movie that will entertain both young and old. Joey King is a perfect Ramona. Her endearing performance is reason enough to see the movie. In fact, there is good chemistry among the whole cast. Most importantly, RAMONA AND BEEZUS is appropriate for children of all ages. It also contains many Christian, moral values such as love, family, perseverance, and individual worth. (This review is courtesy of Movieguide.org. Visit www.movieguide.org for more on Ramona and Beezus)
Rated: PG 13
By Erin Lanier
IN MY OPINION…
The exciting period piece known as “Prince of Persia” is sure to go down in history as one of the great action movies of our time. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan, the adopted son of King Sharaman, who tends to get himself caught up in the most dangerous predicaments. Being born on the streets instead of in a palace has its advantages at times as Dastan uses his parkour and fighting skills to out run, out fight, and outwit the men who are after the legendary “Dagger of Time” which has fallen into the prince’s possession. He sets off on a quest to keep the dagger safe along with the lovely Princess Tamina, played by Gemma Arterton. Will the dagger fall into the wrong hands? Will the tough Tamina stop bullying Dastan long enough to figure out she likes him? You’ll have to go see the movie to find out!
WHAT I LEARNED…
Every story, movie, book, plot line, has some sort of lesson to be learned (most at least). Though not the main theme of the movie, this theme stood out to me. “A great man would have stopped the wrong, no matter who gave the order.” – King Sharaman. At the beginning of the film, Prince Tus, the eldest brother, decided that they should attack a city against their father’s wishes. Dastan disagreed but went along with it in the end. He decided to go with what everyone else was doing instead of stopping what he knew to be wrong. The king was disappointed that Dastan did this. Don’t let our King be disappointed with you.
PG-13 BE FOREWARNED
Blood sightings – 3 out of 5
Language – 2 out of 5
Inappropriate Content – 1 out of 5
Over all rating – 4 out of 5
Hey guys, I’m Erin. I’m 14 years old–soon to be 15. I have lived in Texas my whole life–Texas girl through and through, but, no, I do not ride a horse to school. I have two awesome parents. My dad is a professor at the local university and my mom is a stay at home writer. My older sister Holly has a job up north so I don’t get to see her much, but I love it when we do get to visit her. I have three very loud, annoying, but somehow really lovable dogs. I am a sophomore in high school and a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. I enjoy acting, singing, reading, and writing. I absolutely love acting! I have been in several productions at my community theater and at my school. (read more…)
“If you look like Uncle Fester’s evil twin brother, sound like Boris Badenov coming off of a wicked cold, and sport a name like Gru, you’re probably going to be limited in your job choices. But that isn’t really a problem for Despicable Me’s protagonist bad guy. All Gru ever really wanted was to be history’s No. 1 supervillain. So all that other stuff fits pretty well.
There was a time when an innocent version of the despicable guy imagined himself as an astronaut, but his impossible-to-please mother set those silly dreams aright with: “You’re too late, son, NASA isn’t sending up monkeys anymore.”
Besides, Gru has natural gifts that are just the right fit for the megalomaniacal meanie biz. He’s great at dreaming up or stealing really cool gadgets. He’s a whiz at devising nefarious schemes. And this guy is a real minion magnet. In fact, his army of florescent yellow henchmen—each looking like a goggled cross between a Twinkie and a peeled Mr. Potato Head—are the envy of all evildom…” Read more from Focus on the Family’s Unplugged about Despicable Me.