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Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration

Nothing goes together with Christmas better than Disney and all the whimsical magic they create.

This year Disney is presenting the Christmas Day Parade on ABC starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern and featuring some of your favorite TV, film, and recording artists.  

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be hosting from Walt Disney World in Florida and kicking it back to Jesse Palmer, Olivia Rodrigo, and my favorite Goldberg, Sean Giambrone from Disneyland Park, California. As the parade is led by beloved Disney characters we all cherish, there will be performances by Idina Menzel, Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo, 98 Degrees, and Lea Michelle, plus more!

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The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

With some recognizable elements from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Last Jedi doesn’t fall into a cyclic garbage chute that many critics claimed was the downfall of The Force Awakens. It seems they listened to the critics a bit and ended up delivering one of the finest films of the Skywalker saga. Powerful story-telling and likable characters make The Last Jedi a must see movie theater experience. And much like I said in my The Force Awakens review, you need to see this one…NOW! People will not be able to keep silent for long, and you will have the film spoiled. I, of course, won’t do that.

There’s a space race against the clock as the resistance runs out of options under their leader, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) whose command confidence is put into question as their fuel supplies deplete. You have Rey trying to come to terms with the force and how she can balance it to convince Ren that he has been mislead by Snoke. You will see some old, friendly faces, and you will be shocked by some revelations. You also have a requisite side-mission with DJ, Rose, and Finn trying to infiltrate the First Order to sabotage the tracking device, and you will end up with one of  the most memorable climaxes in cinematic history!

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Donuts

Attack of the Killer Donuts

I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into screening this one. I remember watching Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in middle school and being underwhelmed, other than one scene where this old guy is on a rocking chair and casually comments that he’s watching the tomatoes eat a kid or some shit. So, I kept an open mind and was hopeful that I would at least be mildly entertained. Gotta admit, for a low-budget farce film, this one had a couple of nice moments.

Ultimately, unless you go in for the zany screwball, farce films like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes creature feature films, you are probably not going to wait in line to order up a dozen of these little bastards, but if that is your thing, you might just add this quirky little flick to your cult-classic collection. I mean, it is what it is, the filmmakers know exactly what you want to see, and they don’t disappoint.

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Incredibles 2 Teaser

Incredible News!

I was happy with how The Incredibles balanced family friendly programming with a slight edge, where in one scene Elastigril (Holly Hunter) tells her kids something like, “This isn’t a movie, if the bad guys have a chance, they will kill you.” With a commanding cast led by Craig T. Nelson as the hunk with a heart, Mr. Incredible who tried to keep his powers under control as he dealt with the overpowering pangs of nostalgia – while convincing his family that they had to keep stifling their greatness. 

And when The Incredibles ended, we learned the big reveal that the Parr’s newborn also possessed some unique gifts. I never thought they would actually make a sequel, but now I am really excited to see where it goes from here.

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