The Croods

My rating: ratings4

In this animated comedy, Emma Stone plays the lead role, Eep, who is part of the world’s first prehistoric family, the Croods. Her family stays inside their cave for most of the time. All the neighbor families were killed by prehistoric animals, but only they have survived because of Eep’s dad, Grug (Nicholas Cage). His one rule is “Never not be afraid”. One night, Eep sneaks out of the cave and meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a prehistoric genius with ideas like fire and shoes who has a pet sloth named Belt. He warns Eep that the world is coming to an end, and gives her a shell, which he tells her to call him with if she survives.

The next day, an earthquake (which is actually the beginning of what is now known as the continental drift) destroys the Croods’ cave and everything familiar is gone. Soon Guy joins the Croods on their journey to a mountain, so they can “ride the sun” to a paradise land Guy calls Tomorrow.

The Croods is a beautiful, humorous movie filled with laughter, beautiful landscapes, and amazing visuals. It reminds me of Hotel Transylvania (another one of my favorite animated movies) because in both movies there was a very overprotective father who didn’t understand what his daughter really wants. I think The Croods is the #1 family movie of the year so far. CBS Radio News calls it “an animated Avatar”. I recommend this movie for people of all ages, whether you’re a child, adult, or senior! This movie is rated PG for “some scary action”.

Also, here is the film’s website.

Below is a picture of me sitting next to Belt and Douglas, a mutation of a crocodile and a puppy who soon becomes Thunk’s pet. Above me are the Croods and Guy (I don’t know why, but in the picture, I am hiding one of my hands!).

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I won the school poem contest! Check it out!

In early February, an author/ poet with the pen name of  Mr. Lemur came to my school. She told us about her books. She also told us about a poetry contest that she and her husband (who writes books with her) created. I wrote a poem named Bruce the Goose (which my friend Michael illustrated) for the contest. Michael and I won the fifth grade Reader’s Choice Award. We each got a certificate and a Mr. Lemur pocket notebook. Here are some pictures of me and my awards:

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Oz the Great and Powerful

My rating: ratings5

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a magician from Kansas, is swept away from Kansas by a tornado, he finds himself in the land of Oz. There, he meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), a good witch who soon falls in love with him. He soon meets Theodora’s sister, Evanora (Rachel Wesiz), who sends him on a mission to defeat the wicked witch. But on his journey, he meets Glinda (Michelle Williams), who claims she is the good witch and Evanora is actually the wicked witch. Oscar now must find out who really is good and who really is evil before it’s too late.

I saw this movie in 3D on Friday (March 8) with my grandmother. We both really enjoyed it. The 3D effects are amazing! The acting and visual effects are also really good. This is now one of my favorite movies of all time! This movie is rated PG for “sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language”. I would recommend this movie for kids 11 years old and older, but kids younger than that might be too frightened. But if you’re 11 or older, then it’s worth going. Even adults will love this fantastic, enchanting movie.

Also, here is the website and the trailer of this movie.

Jack the Giant Slayer

My rating: ratings4

In the Kingdom of Cloister, a young farmboy named Jack (Nicholas Hoult) goes to town to sell his horse. In the town, he meets a monk who trades beans, which he tells Jack not to wet, for Jack’s horse. But on a rainy night, a beanstalk grows in Jack’s house and the princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) is captured by giants. Jack, Elmont (Ewan McGregor), the king’s elite guard, and his servants climb the beanstalk to the giant world to rescue the princess.

I saw this movie with my friend last Friday (March 1). We both really enjoyed it. There was action and humor. I really liked Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Ewan McGregor’s roles. They were all really good. There were other good actors, too, such as Ian McShane and Bill Nighy (who does the voice of Fallon, the leader of the giants). This is now one of my favorite movies starring Ewan McGregor. I would recommend this movie for kids 10 and over, but kids younger than that might be too frightened from this movie. This movie is rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language”.

Also, here is the website and the trailer of the movie.

Below is a picture of my friend Jake (who saw the movie with me) and I (on the right) in front of the film’s poster.

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