Monday, November 30, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Santa's Little Helper DVD {ends 12/12}

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After getting fired from his job, a slick, fast-talking businessman (The Miz) is thrown into an elf competition to become Santa's next second-in-command. Put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prepare for the contest, The Miz and another aspiring elf go head-to-head in the hopes of becoming Santa's Little Helper.

Dates: 11/30-12/12
Open to: US Residents 18+
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur is Pixar's newest, and it's unfortunately got a hard act to follow: last year's Pixar film was Inside Out, which ended up being a smash hit. The Good Dinosaur ended up being a sweet movie, if a little "all over the place" plot-wise, but it's one that I still recommend seeing.

The movie starts with the premise that the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago never hit Earth, and instead passed it by. Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) is the smallest dinosaur in his family - his two siblings, Buck (Marcus Scribner) and Libby (Maleah Nipay-Padilla), are stronger than him and can help out more around the farm. A big theme in his family is "making [your] mark," which means you get to put your footprint on the silo where they keep their food for the winter, once you do something helpful or useful. Libby and Buck have already made their marks, but Arlo is still struggling. One day, his Poppa (Jeffrey Wright) assigns him to a new job: keep an eye out for whatever critter is stealing their food, and kill it when he finds him. Arlo is game for the task, but soon finds that its a young human caveboy (Jack Bright) who is the thief, and he can't bring himself to hurt him; his Poppa is angry that he didn't complete the job, and Arlo and Poppa go to find the human, only to have an accident occur, and Arlo is devastated.

Later on, Arlo sees the human again and goes to chase after him; he eventually finds himself lost, and he and the human, whom he later names Spot, have to somehow find their way home before his Momma (Frances McDormand) and his siblings starve during the winter.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Upcoming: Chicago at the Fisher Theater, February 9-14, 2016 (Detroit)

*Disclosure: I will be receiving tickets for this event in exchange for posting about it. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

The musical Chicago is coming to Detroit's Fisher Theater this February, and I'm excited to see it. I actually saw it back in 2011 when it came to Detroit, also at the Fisher, and it was a great performance. I'm a huge fan of the movie, as well.

More details:
CHICAGO is coming back to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, February 9-14, 2016, and it’s PURE ENTERTAINMENT! Tickets will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at or, and at the Fisher Theatre box office starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 16. 

CHICAGO which opened to rave reviews on November 14th, 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history, and... shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a 
housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to 
walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Review: Spotlight

I'm going to be honest and say Spotlight probably deserves a better rating than the one I'm giving it - it's a great movie, however, it's also very slow, which caused me to lose interest at some points throughout the film. The film focuses on the Boston Globe and how they uncovered a scandal within the Catholic Church back in 2001, and I didn't know much about the scandal beforehand, so I found the subject matter to be very interesting.

The "Spotlight" team at the Boston Globe gets to handpick scandals and cover-ups that they believe are important to expose. The team consists of Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton), as the leader; Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo); Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James) as the reporters. The Boston Globe has a new boss, however, named Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), and he wants Spotlight to focus on a scandal in the Catholic Church - one of the Globe columnists had briefly covered it, but Baron thinks that the scandal goes deeper. Spotlight soon finds out the scandal is actually huge, and they investigate the case until they find what they had been looking for: Six percent of the clergy in the Catholic Church in each city have molested their young parishioners, which, in the city of Boston, amounts to 90 priests.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Movie Review - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Mockingjay - Part 2 may be the most polarizing of the four Hunger Games movies, even for fans of the series. It moves along at a good pace and is action-packed; some of the other screeners with whom I saw the film complained that it was choppy, confusing, and slow, but I had none of those complaints.

The film picks up almost exactly where Part 1 left off - Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is getting treatment for her neck, as it's raw and sore, since Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) - who is not himself at the moment - tried to choke her. Peeta has essentially been taken over by the Capitol, as they've fed his mind a lot of propaganda to make him believe that Katniss is his mortal enemy. Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth), meanwhile, are still fighting against the Capitol, but she's still being held in District 13 by President Coin (Julianne Moore), who wants her to wait for the right time to return. Katniss also has a plan of her own: she wants to assassinate President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Monday, November 16, 2015

GIVEAWAY: When Calls the Heart Season II Boxed Set - Collector's Edition {ends 11/22}

Season two of When Calls the Heart is now available in a boxed set (MSRP $49.99) and one of my lucky readers will win a copy!

The boxed set includes ten DVDs.

More info:
Season 2 - 10 DVD Collector's Edition:

Disc 1: Trials of the Heart (Movie Version)

Disc 2: Heart and Soul (Movie Version)

Disc 3: Heart of the Family (Movie Version)

Disc 4: Heart and Home (Movie Version)

Disc 5: Follow your Heart (Movie Version)

Disc 6: Episodes 1-5 as aired on the Hallmark Channel

Disc 7: Episodes 6-10 as aired on the Hallmark Channel

Disc 8: Special Features: Exclusive Featurettes with Behind-the-Scenes footage and inteviews with the cast and crew.

Disc 9: Journey to Jamaa - A Short Film by When Calls the Heart Producers Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird

Disc 10: Winter in Hope Valley - Insturmental CD

Based on the books by celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) When Calls the Heart is a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, a beautiful story with roots in relationships, faith, and the enduring power of love.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Now open: MOD Pizza in Rochester Hills serves up tasty eats and local flair

*Disclosure: I attended a media/friends and family event at the new MOD Pizza this past week, in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

The new MOD Pizza is officially open today, November 14th, in Rochester Hills, and its residents are in for a treat: not only is the food great (which isn't surprising!), but the restaurant itself is very welcoming and area-themed.

MOD has put some great Rochester Hills touches on the new restaurant. This was my second time visiting a MOD Pizza, the first one being its Northville location, in August, which also had area-specific touches. One of the first things you'll notice when you wait in line to order, here, is the huge ROCHESTER HILLS sign, to the right of the cash register; it's definitely location-specific!