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The Lost Smurf Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village, Rated PG
~ 1h 30min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 7 April 2017 | Director: Kelly Asbury; Writers: Stacey Harman, Pamela Ribon; Starring; Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, and more at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2398241/ ~

My son and I took advantage of the cheap dollar theater viewing of this re-made classic from my childhood adapted with modern animation and special effects – to which both of us thoroughly enjoyed. My son Cian was dancing in joy down the aisles to the music and had a smile from cheek to cheek. Definitely a good kid movie. It offers more modern perspectives on the Smurfs as Smurfette follows a mysterious map on a quest with Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty as they delve into the Forbidden Forest only to discover a lost village of Smurfettes in Amazonian woman fashion. The secrets of why for so long she was the only female in her village is now revealed. Gargamel is involved deeply and has a plot to take over the Smurfs again with his actions foiled by Smurfette. High action and modern empowerment.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Minecraft

Minecraft

I was introduced to this video game by my 5 year old son … who by watching youtube videos learned how to play it completely on his own. I’m nnot a fan of video games as I believe they are a complete waste of time. I’d rather be blogging. However i did see an increase in agility, concentration, learning, growth, and development of his mind since he took on this hobby. It is defined as a sandbox video game that was created by Markus Persson in Sweden. It was later developed by Mojang. The game presents players with a block-based 3-D gaming environment that they can completely manipulate and be creative with by moving blocks, digging, breaking, and developing. It can be played solitary or in multi-play. The game focuses on exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. The game offers multi-player modes online as well as a survival mode that requires players to build a world, eat, maintain health, and interact. It is a award winning program and is embedded in social media, merchandising, and a conference called MineCON. By 2018 it sold over 144 million copies of the game making it the second best selling video game of all time.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Early Man (2018: PG)

Early Man
~ PG | 1 hour, 29 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 16 February 2018 (USA); Director: Nick Park; Writers: Mark Burton (screenplay by), James Higginson (screenplay by) | Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A comical clay-mation animation of Cave Man from asteroid clash and the invention of football, bleeding into Romans, Vikings, and other mish-mash of historic timelines. A “dumb and dumber” of the Stone Age fighting the Bronze Age for the prehistoric jungle. Machines and Mastadons, to bunny hunts, the Neanderthals figure out Soccer. Its a quest to save their homeland from the Bronze empire.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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Peter Rabbit (PG: 2018)

Peter Rabbit (PG: 2008)
~ PG | 1 hour 33 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 9 February 2018 (USA) ~ Director: Will Gluck; Writers: Rob Lieber (screen story by), Will Gluck (screen story by); Starring: : James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A invisibly digitized modern re-telling of the child classic “Peter Rabbit” features Peter and his gang targeting raids on the farmer’s vegetable garden and not getting caught. A trajedy takes a twist giving them full reign only to have to deal with another farmer escalating into full outright warfare. A love story meshed within, Peter has to contemplate right from wrong, and the twists are hillarious. Fun, full of action, edge of your seat fun for the family. My son was dancing afterwards wearing bunny ears the theater gave him. Based on the classic from Beatrix Potter. Well done with a thorough plot, excellent cinematography, and the digitized animation was transparent. Highly imaginative classic.

Rating 5 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ viewed 2/11/18 at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Ferdinand (PG: 2017)

Ferdinand (PG: 2017)
~ 1 hour 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 15 December 2017 ~ Director: Carlos Saldanha ~ Writers: Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson ~ Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A fantastic family animated tale about “Ferdinand” a young bull being raised for the bull fights. He grows up with three other bull calves who are getting ready to fight the matador when they get older. But Ferdinand doesn’t want that life … he just wants to admire and smell the flowers! This gets him into bullying situations with the other bulls. Once he discovers his dad has gone missing, he seeks to find him and discovers Nina who becomes his best friend. Raised with play, fun, and frolick he has found a new life. But he becomes enormous and scares the town folk, getting captured and forced back to the bull ranch he was at. He’s pushed back into the life of bull fighting and figures out what happens to the bulls after the fight! He’s abhored and fights for another break out this time with his friends. A mad-dashing adventure of shenanigans as they get chased all the way to the arena! It is non stop thought provoking fun for all ages. Good plot with a happy ending.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Colorado Springs Tinseltown using the Movie Pass.

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