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A must-see movie before the holiday ends.

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to movies. I typically go into a movie assuming that I’m not going to like it. Of course, if it happens to star Gerard Butler, Orlando Bloom, or any of the Avengers, I’m usually first in line. This holiday season was no exception. When my husband and 4 kids were all dying to see The Muppets, I tagged along, knowing full well that I wasn’t really going to enjoy it. After all, The Muppets hadn’t put out a good film since Muppet Christmas Carol in 1992, which happens to be one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. Much to my content, The Muppets did not disappoint.

As a child of the 70’s and early 80’s, I grew up with The Muppet Show as regular part of my weekly routine. Pigs in Space, cooking segments from the Swedish Chef, and science experiments from Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker were something I looked forward to every weekend. And The Muppets did an amazing job of helping my relive parts of my 80’s childhood.

A majority of kids born into the year 2000 or later have no idea how amazing The Muppets were in their heyday. So it seemed so aptly appropriate for The Muppets to seem like “losers” as the movie started off. However, us 30-somethings knew far too well that they weren’t, aren’t and wouldn’t be losers for long. The film had me sucked in from the moment it began with its broadway-style like production including Jason Segel dancing and singing down the street to “Life’s a Happy Song.” Amy Adams always looks amazing, but her 1950’s styled costumes were so gorgeous that she just seemed to glow. Complete with numerous cameos including, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, and Mickey Rooney, this movie went back to its Muppets roots and had me laughing from beginning to end. As with any good movie, I typically find multiple moments of happiness in the form of tears, but the highlight for me was “Rainbow Connection” sung by Kermit. I don’t remember the last time I cried so hard during a film. I even my kids questioning if I was going to be OK or not.

Fortunately, for you, it’s not too late to see this movie in theaters. Just go to fandango to see showtimes and locations. With or without kids, it’s just plain fun, and more important, super quotable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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A week later. Why I can’t stop thinking about this movie.

I have had many opportunities in the last year to be part of a group that previews movies.  Through connections that my husband and I have made, various groups hold movie screenings and we are often able to attend.  Last week was no different.  We were invited to view the new Gerard Butler movie, “Machine Gun Preacher.”  I honestly had no idea what it was about, but judging by the title, I would have said something like, “It’s probably about a guy who uses tough guy exterior to save people.”  Ummm, yeah, so I was totally wrong.

Machine Gun Preacher is the true story of Sam Childers, a man with a rough past, a heart of gold, and a spirit that never quits.  Once a fighter, alcoholic, and drug addict, he now works on helping orphaned kids in Africa. But what I find unique about Sam is his love of kids.

Sam Childers dedicated his life to Christ in 1992. A short 6 years later he knew that the Lord was calling him to the missions field in Africa.  After seeing hundreds of orphaned children in Sudan, he knew that something needed to be done.  He used his construction skills to build an orphanage for these kids and hundreds more that followed.  He continues to fight the LRA, Lords Resistance Army, in which over 50,000 children have been abducted and as many as and 1.7 million people have been displaced. The abducted children are generally forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves until they escape, are rescued or killed. Thousands of children have become orphans as a result of brutal LRA attacks on remote villages in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda.

Gerard Butler does an outstanding job playing Sam Childers.  He portrays him as kind, gentle, but also shows his brutal side when necessary.  He is even able to hide his thick Scottish dialect and bring out a heavy midwestern american accent. I’ve always had a fondness for Gerard Butler and his pretty face, and I thought I would be a little pulled into his sea of blue eyes and not be able to focus on the depth of the film.  However, I was quite shallow in my assumptions and Gerard’s performance was remarkable, memorable, and brought me to tears about a dozen times.

I also had the honor and privilege of getting to meet Sam Childers after the film.  He is probably one of the most humble, gentle, and kind men one will ever meet.  I’m hopeful that I will get a chance to meet him again someday.  I thank God for him, his family, and his charity for giving these innocent kids a second chance at life.

Please ignore reviewers suggestions of this movie and go see it.  It’s definitely one that won’t leave your thoughts for days and maybe even weeks.  7 days later, I’m still dwelling on it and trying to figure out how this non-traveling girl can help. For more information on Sam’s charity visit, Angels of East Africa.

Winnie the Pooh

2 months ago I had the privilege of being chosen by Disney as one of 16 women of influence from around the country to preview the new Winnie the Pooh movie.  When I received the email in mid-May, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be wined and dined by Disney? We were put up in a 4-star hotel, fed catered meals, driven around in limos, and met with Disney animators and legends.  It was definitely an experience that will live in my mind forever.  But one of the best parts of my 3-day adventure was getting to preview the new Winnie the Pooh movie.

I have never been a huge Winnie the Pooh fan, so when news came out that a new “Pooh” movie was being released, my first thought was, “Great, another Disney ‘remake.'”  Luckily, I was thoroughly put in my place when I saw Pooh and his friends come to life on the big screen.  This is not another Disney remake.  It’s a whole new story with JUST the original Pooh characters.  It is unlike the original movie in that it is fast-paced, funny, witty, and with more “grown-up” humor than the first.  In fact when the movie ended, I was surprised and a little disappointed that it seemed over so quickly.

With music done by Zooey Deschanel, this new Winnie the Pooh adventure is one that you and your kiddos will not want to miss!  Go see it and give me your thoughts!  I would LOVE to hear them!