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Flick Picks Panel: Kids Zone edition starring The Croods and Monsters University

The CroodsWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel, where our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, it’s a special kids-themed edition in celebration of the recent launch of Rogers Kids Zone. The Rogers Kids Zone portal, available across multiple devices, allows Rogers customers  to enjoy Canada’s most popular kids’ programming and movies in one secure and easy to use location.

In this week’s Flick Picks post, Rob Gaudette reviews The Croods (PG) and Nelia Camara reviews Monsters University (G)

The Croods (PG)

If you have kids and want to watch a movie as a family where you, as the young-at-heart adult, won’t be reaching for pain meds, then The Croods is for you.

I have a four-and-a-half-year-old son, and he couldn’t get enough of The Croods, a story about a family of cavemen who go on a trip to find a new home.  Of course, danger awaits them on their journey, including a teenage caveman who has his eyes set on the eldest daughter.

Starring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, The Croods is admittedly more enjoyable than I initially expected. Cage voices Grug, the father of the Crood clan and as a dad, I can totally relate to his … exhaustion.  Reynolds is Guy, the “new-age” caveman who tries to court Grug’s daughter, Eep (Stone).

OK, so maybe the character names are odd and you’re thinking: “A caveman comedy?” Yes! After all, The Croods are the funniest cave-people since The Flintstones.  The jokes in the movie will make kids laugh and adults chuckle.

Both my son and I had a great time watching The Croods and I think your family will enjoy it, too.

Rob is an avid movie watcher. Well, he used to be. Before falling prey to the blue-eyed lady that is his wife, he worked in a video store (back when they rented VHS!) and immersed himself in all things pop-culture.

Monsters University (G)

In this Pixar prequel, we join a young Mike Wazowski on a school trip to the Monsters, Inc. factory floor. Mike meets a Scarer who boasts about Monsters University being the best there is. Somehow, Mike manages to sneak past everyone into a live scare environment without being noticed. Inspired by his new hero, Mike begins studying hard and makes his way into Monsters University, where he pursues his ambition to become a Scarer.

We quickly find out that Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) weren’t always inseparable. Sulley spends most of his time cruising along on the strength of his family name at the university while Mike spends every waking moment studying to be the best Scarer he can be. Scaring comes naturally to Sulley while Mike needs to work twice as hard.

After being dropped from the program, Mike and Sulley are forced to work together in a fraternity of misfits (Oozma Kappa) in order to compete in the Scare Games to get their second chance at becoming Scarers. The plot had me immediately thinking of the classic Revenge of the Nerds series. The group makes many mistakes along the way but eventually learn that they must work together if they want a fighting chance.

Monsters University deals with the reality of disappointment and the idea that sometimes you need to fail in order to find out what you were truly meant to do with your life. This is a great lesson that shows things don’t always go as planned — and it can work out for the better.

Immediately after watching this, my little one wanted to watch the original Monsters, Inc. and even though it was past her bedtime, I couldn’t resist as I wanted to watch it too!

Nelia Camara loves all things movie, technology and music related.  She’s a contest lover, who enjoys meeting fascinating people (famous or not).

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Flick Picks Panel: White House Down

White House DownWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Brandon Accettura reviews White House Down (18A).

Cale (Channing Tatum) is a divorced father who never sees things through, and thus he has lost the respect of his daughter.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) is working on a new global treaty for world leaders.

Cale, a former army man, is now working as security for the Speaker of the House.  He tries to build a better relationship with his daughter by taking her on a tour of the White House, but their group starts just as the President’s office is taken over.

The movie starts out slow, introducing you to the heroes and villains. But after the first bang, it delivers non-stop action through to the final credits.

While the comic relief scenes were mostly welcome, some of the characters were given too much attention and it really made the film drag at parts. I won’t name names, but you’ll know who they are once you watch the movie.

Tatum and Foxx make a great team throughout the movie, and it is very enjoyable to watch.  As the deadline for negotiations gets closer near the end of the movie, there are a lot of game-changers which make it even more exciting.

At one point during the movie, I started to guess who the villain was and then had to reassess after that person had been eliminated.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is looking to sit back, relax with some popcorn and soda and watch a great action-packed movie.  Although it started off slow, it picked up quickly to make the movie very entertaining.

Brandon Accettura is married with two fur-kids (dogs), and lives in Brampton.  He’s a self-proclaimed “Movie Buff” whose favourite movies are comedy, action, and suspense thrillers, but he has gotten stuck watching some romantic movies every so often with his wife.

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Flick Picks Panel: Pacific Rim

PR-ILM-0276_595Welcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Deborah Coombs reviews Pacific Rim (14A).

In the not so distant future, giant monsters (Kaiju) emerge from a rift deep in the Pacific Ocean and begin an onslaught on coastal cities all along the Pacific Rim.

In a war spanning years , bringing massive death and destruction, mankind fights back by means of giant robots (Jaegers), each piloted by two individuals joined together by a neural link.

Pacific Rim is an action-packed movie, with touches of Godzilla, Might Morphin Power Rangers, Transformers, and more. If you are looking for a great story or character development, this is not the movie for you. But if you are a sci-fi action fan in the mood for some mindless fun, check this one out!

Pacific Rim is shot in a very dim atmosphere, and I would have appreciated having a bit more light in some scenes so I could get a better appreciation for the construction of the Jaegers and the features of the Kaiju. However, I appreciate that the darkness gives a distinctly steam punk feel to the movie’s design.

The acting is generally nothing to get excited about, and there are some very cheesy lines in the script, but that is fine for this genre. The one exception to this is Idris Elba, who I think gives a very strong performance as the commander, Stacker Pentecost. Ron Perlman is always entertaining and his is character, Hannibal Chau, has a small, though important role.

Tip: Be sure to watch the credits for a short extra scene!

Deborah is a busy mom, step-mom, wife and friend just trying to keep it all together. Sadly, the only movies she sees in theatres these days are at media previews, but Saturday brings the sacred family movie night in front of the big-screen TV. Popcorn is a must. Deborah has been blogging about her life’s challenges and joys at Raising My Boys since 2009.

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Flick Picks Panel: The Internship

The InternshipWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Rolland Chidiac reviews The Internship (PG).

The Internship (PG)

The Internship stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who play newly unemployed watch salesmen named Billy and Nick. Their misfortune leads them to become interns at Google, where they are competing for a job with people both younger and smarter than them.

The contrast between the young Google interns and Vaughn and Wilson’s characters is the movie’s strongest asset. The film’s humour is relatable to both younger audiences and older ones, as Billy and Nick navigate their way around tech-savvy young adults in their early 20s.

As with Wedding Crashers before it, the chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson was great.  At around two hours in length, the movie seemed to fly by.

I missed this movie when it was in the theatre so I was happy to see that it was on Rogers on Demand. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday evening.

Rolland Chidiac is an elementary school teacher by day and a husband and father by night. He loves watching movies because it is a great way to relax and be entertained at the same time.

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Scary movie live chat contest

Happy Halloween from RogersDo you love creepy thrillers or cuddly talking cats? Either way, we want to hear from you about your favourite scary movies for Halloween viewing. Log on to chat with us at 12 p.m. EDT, and join our trivia contest for a chance to win an awesome movie prize pack (see the full rules here)! See you at noon!

 

 

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Flick Picks Panel: The Hangover Part 3

Hangover Part 3Welcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Lisa McDonald reviews The Hangover Part 3 (14A).

The Hangover Part 3 (14A)

Wondering what The Wolfpack is up to in part 3 of The Hangover trilogy? Well wonder no more!

For starters, they are not hung over. That’s right — this movie is not centered around the morning after a drug and alcohol induced night on the town, but otherwise, the film’s familiar formula remains.

Allan, Phil and Stu need to work together to have their missing friend returned to their happy crew. Many of the Las Vegas characters from part one return, while some new additions help the mystery unravel.

As per the last two installments, the plot is full of twists, slapstick stunts and one-liners. Fans of the movies will be amused, but don’t expect to be buckled over with laughter like you were with the first film.

The Hangover Part 3 is fun and does its best to bring The Wolfpack’s tale full circle, but leaves you wishing they could have had suffered from a hangover just one more time. (Be sure to stay tuned during the credits!)

Lisa McDonald Tweets as @Those2Girls, part of a tiara-wearing duo that organizes the “Stuff To Do With Your Kids” in KW weekly blast and co-hosts MeFest.

All new movie releases, including the films above are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.

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Flick Picks Panel: West of Memphis and Drinking Buddies

Flick PicksWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Rob Gaudette reviews West of Memphis (14A) while Rolland Chidac watches Drinking Buddies (14A).

West of Memphis

In West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, three young boys were murdered.  That sentence right there is enough, as a dad, to make me squirm, but what happened next is just as important to know.  Three teenagers were tried and convicted: Jessie Miskelly and Jason Baldwin were sentenced to life in prison, while Damien Echols was sentenced to death.

However, the story is far from over as you will witness in the stunning documentary West of Memphis.  This subject may sound familiar as the case garnered attention under the moniker ‘The West Memphis Three” due to severe injustice against the three convicted.  I don’t think I am spoiling the movie by stating that the convictions were wrong.

This documentary, produced by Peter Jackson (director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy), lays out the facts of the crime, the evidence used by the prosecution to obtain the convictions and a theory as to why the state refused to accept new evidence. Finally, it also presents evidence as to who may be guilty of the murders.

My interest in this movie is two-fold: I remember this case and the attention given to it by various entertainment personalities such as Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins and Natalie Maines.  Secondly, I believe that documentaries, in general, are an important medium to educate the viewer on various subjects, such as the events of West of Memphis.

I know that some people may shy away from watching a documentary because they think it’s boring.  Trust me when I say West of Memphis will open your eyes to the world outside of our self-imposed comfort zones.  And any movie that challenges us is a movie worth watching.

Rob is an avid movie watcher. Well, he used to be. Before falling prey to the blue-eyed lady that is his wife, he worked in a video store (back when they rented VHS!) and immersed himself in all things pop-culture.

Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies is a comedy, written and directed by Joe Swanberg, and starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.

The movie follows Luke (Johnson) and Kate (Wilde), who work together at a small brewery and are currently in relationships with other people, but seem to have romantic feelings for each other.

IMDb classifies Drinking Buddies as a comedy, drama and romance. I didn’t find it to be all that funny, and the romance seemed light. The movie started off a bit slow, but started to pick up as the plot was revealed. Drinking Buddies’ storyline seemed predictable, and the dialogue seemed unscripted – it reminded me a bit of a reality show in that regard.

Luke was one of my favourite characters. He was easy going, and one of the funniest characters of the bunch. He always seemed to make the “right” choice and that was refreshing to see.

Drinking Buddies is a movie that is available on Rogers on Demand, while it’s still in theatrical release. I love going out to the movie theatre, but sometimes it is easier to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your own home.

Rolland Chidac is an elementary school teacher by day and a husband and father by night. He loves watching movies because it is a great way to relax and be entertained at the same time.

All new movie releases, including West of Memphis and Drinking Buddies are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.

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Flick Picks Panel: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3Welcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Lisa McDonald watches Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3

Rating: 9/10

This third installment of Marvel’s Iron Man is set after Tony Stark’s ascent and descent through the black hole of The Avengers.

While the mysterious time in the black hole left fans with questions, it left Tony with a lot of stress and anxiety.

This third installment of the series is very reminiscent of the first film where Tony becomes a changed man.  That theme is again tested as Tony must decide if he needs to evolve Iron Man or himself.  Will all of his high tech gadgets become a distraction or will he learn to focus on the people he loves?

This film pushes both Tony and Pepper to new emotional levels. You will see both of them doing their best to choose good over evil, no matter the cost.

This fantastic action blockbuster will interest older children, teens and adults alike so start popping the corn and get set for Iron Man 3.

Lisa McDonald Tweets as @Those2Girls, part of a tiara-wearing duo that organizes the “Stuff To Do With Your Kids” in KW weekly blast and co-hosts MeFest.

All new movie releases, including Iron Man 3, are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.

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Flick Picks Panel: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star TrekWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week, Lisa McDonald watches Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Trek Into Darkness
Rating: 9/10

The crew of the Starship Enterprise, headed by Captain Kirk, find themselves constantly challenged throughout Star Trek Into Darkness.

Each character is presented with opportunities to dive into what they fear most, whether that be loss, self-doubt, death or war.  The crew members must decide if they will do what is commanded of them or what they think is right.

Although the Star Trek series is known for being part of the science fiction genre, this movie has all the elements of a Hollywood blockbuster movie.  It has action, romance, character development, quick wit and many plot twists along the way.

You don’t need to be a fan of the franchise to see this flick, but it rewards those who are with some recognizable character cameos throughout the Starship Enterprise journey.

Star Trek Into Darkness is a movie I would recommend for tweens, teens and adults.  Who knows, it may just inspire you join the legions of Trekkies all around the globe.

Live long and prosper, everyone!

Lisa McDonald Tweets as @Those2Girls, part of a tiara-wearing duo that organizes the “Stuff To Do With Your Kids” in KW weekly blast and co-hosts MeFest.

All new movie releases, including Star Trek Into Darkness, are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.

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Flick Picks Panel: I Give it a Year, Oblivion and Now You See Me

Flick PicksWelcome to the Flick Picks Panel. Each week, our community reviews new releases now available on Rogers on Demand. This week we have three reviews: Brandon Accettura watches I Give It a Year (18A) Rob Gaudette watches Oblivion (PG) and Lisa McDonald watches Now You See Me (PG13)

I Give It a Year (18A)

Rating: 7/10

The couple in this romantic comedy is not your average fairy tale duo that has its ups and downs and winds up living happily ever after.

It begins with a love-struck couple that jumps into a lifelong commitment without getting to know one another. Being at a certain point in life and wanting to find love brings these two together, however their family and friends see red flags from the beginning.

Less than nine months in, they find distractions from one another that makes them see another possible future, but neither commit to ending what they’ve just started. They hit rock bottom, but are determined to make it to one year. Can they do it?

This movie was enjoyable for my wife and I to watch as we could both laugh at the similar situations we’ve been in.  I would recommend this movie for any couple who may think the grass is greener on the other side.

Brandon Accettura is married with two fur-kids (dogs), and lives in Brampton.  He’s a self-proclaimed “Movie Buff” whose favourite movies are comedy, action, and suspense thrillers, but he has gotten stuck watching some romantic movies every so often with his wife.

Oblivion (PG)

7.5/10

Set in the year 2077, Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a lone repair-man who scours what’s left of the alien-invaded Earth, fixing robot drones who continue to protect the planet and its water from leftover alien scavengers.   While living a practically solitary life, Jack starts to notice that things are not what they appear to be.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), I can’t review Oblivion without mentioning the amazing visual style.  A lot of sci-fi movies set in the future are dark and grimy.  Oblivion presents an opposite perspective and it’s refreshing to see such a ‘bright’ sci-fi flick.

Yes, Oblivion is a sci-fi movie but it doesn’t force-feed you the genre. This is important because there are a lot of people out there, such as my wife, who are not fans of science fiction-based movies but would enjoy Oblivion.

Tom Cruise has put out some decent work in the last few years (The Mission: Impossible series, Jack Reacher) and Oblivion is a lot of fun to watch.  It’s a movie totally worth your time and money.

Rob is an avid movie watcher. Well, he used to be. Before falling prey to the blue-eyed lady that is his wife, he worked in a video store (back when they rented VHS!) and immersed himself in all things pop-culture.

Now You See Me (PG 13)

Rating: 8/10

I’m always a sucker for a good heist movie.

I love The Italian Job, Ocean’s Eleven (and all its sequels) and so many other great heist films.  I get pulled into the characters and how their individual skills fit into the plans.  The thought of magicians pulling bank robberies piqued my interest so I was looking forward to Now You See Me.

This heist movie is quite different than most.  Instead of watching the events unfold through the storylines of the robbers, Now You See Me lets you see the perspective of the law officers trying to figure out how all the magic tricks happened.

Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg, best known for his role in The Social Network) joins forces with three other magicians to bring forth a magic show of epic proportions. The four magicians have no idea who brought them together or why (except for robbing banks and not profiting from their heists). Some of the characters are two steps ahead, while others are two steps behind in unraveling this mystery.

This movie has a wide-appeal, with its quick pace and constantly evolving storyline.  I highly recommend Now You See Me and also suggest you don’t stop watching once the credits start rolling!

Lisa McDonald Tweets as @Those2Girls, part of a tiara-wearing duo that organizes the “Stuff To Do With Your Kids” in KW weekly blast and co-hosts MeFest.

All new movie releases, including the above films are available now on Rogers on Demand starting at $4.99. If you’re interested in becoming a Flick Picks panelist, fill out this form.

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