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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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Building upon the growing empire that is Marvel Studio, the latest Captain America movie finally starts to show the promise seen in The Avengers movie.  Similar to the trend started by The Wolverine, The Winter Solider see it’s selfless less like a superhero movie and more like an old fashion spy film.  Taking cues from spy thrillers of the 70’s and 80’s we are treated to conspiracies and double crosses and even the Captain on the run.  This change in approach is refreshing especially after the years and years of Superheroes movies following the same old origin story approach.  Captain America: The Winter Solider is able to build on both the previous Captain America and Avenger movies to continue the development of the Captain’s fish out of time story while also furthering some interesting developments with SHIELD and the rest of the marvel universe.  In my opinion, the film far exceeds the first Captain America as well as the last two Thor films. After the cataclysmic events in … [Read more...]

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Movie Review

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Disclosure: We were invited a Mr. Peabody and Sherman press screening. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. The Dancing Hotdogs family had great opportunity to preview Mr. Peabody and Sherman before it officially came out in theaters.  Though it was based on a cartoon segment during the Rocky and Bullwinkle show.  Unfortunately, Rock and Bullwinkle out date D and I so we were going into the show totally fresh and unbiased, which gave us the chance to experience the movie without any preconceived notions.  Before the show, the director of the movie, Rob Minkoff, spoke about his reasons for choosing the matieral for the movie.  The thing that really got us excited was that he was the director for Lion King…yeah the Disney's Lion King.  After we heard that you had to believe that my Mickey Mouse shaped heart was skipping. Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner -Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy … [Read more...]

Watching Sports with #NetflixKids

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  Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team.  As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences. Sports figures to be pretty big in our house hold, especially with super active boys.  The thing is at this age it is hard to tell what the boys will be into, that is why is especially important to expose them to as many different sports as possible.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for them to try out everything that is why chances to watch the Olympics is perfect.   It shows the boys that there are other sports other than Basketball, Football, Soccer and Baseball. We at the Dancing Hotdogs family love sports movies.  Some of our favorites include Remember the Titan or Rudy.  If you are looking for some sports fun with the family or just want to expose your family to something different here are a couple of sports related movie for kids in Netflix: 1. The Short Game 2. The Kid 3. The Pistol 4. A Mile in His Shoes 5. Winning Favor 6. The Mighty … [Read more...]

The Lego Movie Review

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Disclosure: We received a preview screening of the Lego Movie.  This post represents my unbiased opinions. We got a first look at The Lego Movie, and the entire Dancing Hotdogs family loved it.  Rock had been already bursting at the seams wanting to watch the movie.  Ever since we saw the previews it had it been at the top of our list. So when we sat down to watch the movie, the excitement was at an all-time high.  We were hoping that it was going to be awesome and it was! The Lego Movie is all about being an individual and it starts in a world where everyone is the same.  Emmett is a Lego figure that just fits in too well, he fits in so much that he there is nothing special about him.  He is the most normal person in a world that wants everybody to only follow the instruction.  That is until Emmitt is designated the “special” or the most interesting, smart and special person in the world.  Yet that is only the start of Emmett’s story, as he learns to be the master builder and … [Read more...]

Unplug from Cable Now! PlayOn Review

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Disclaimer: We recieved review copies of PlayOn and PlayLater.  This post represent my unbiased opinion. Everyone is trying to unplug.  With cable bills rising and the number of useless channels growing it is no wonder that services such as Netflix and Hulu are becoming so popular.  With televisions becoming smarter and the ability to choose what and when you  watch shows unplugging the cable is the next reasonable evolution for families. Unfortunately, there are so many difference sources for content it is tough keeping track of everything. PlayOn provides a one stop shop for internet content including movies, shows, videos and music.  Basically it acts as if it were your cable provider providing you with channels with a wide variety of content, all you have to do pick a channel and and show to watch.  These channels range from standard fare such as Netflix and Hulu+ (both of which still require you to purchase the service before you use them) all the way to cable TV stalwarts … [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger Blu Ray Review

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Disclosure: We received a copy of The Lone Ranger on Blu Ray.  This post represents my unbiased opinion. The Lone Ranger was released today on Blu Ray.  You probably didn’t watch the movie when it was in the theaters. You would think that by bringing back Director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp from the worldwide hit Pirates of the Caribbean series, Disney was hoping for another grand slam at the box office.  It is hard to fault them.  Let’s look at the formula.  Bring in a handsome lead (ex. Orlando Bloom), take a historic setting (ex. British Empire era Caribbean) add Johnny Depp as a quirky, off beat character that helps out the hero and you should have a guaranteed hit on your hands right? Unfortunately, the critics were less than kind leading to horrible numbers at the box office.  If you read the reviews from the press you would think that the movie was the worst thing ever.  In reality, I kind of liked it.  I am not saying that it deserves to be on anyone best pictures … [Read more...]

Despicable Me 2 Review and Sweepstakes #DM2DVD #DespicableMeDos

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Update! This giveaway is closed congrats to John. Disclosure: Despicable Me 2 is sponsoring this giveaway and provided me with a DVD to review. As always our post is our unbiased opinions. The Gru crew is back again, to the delight of all children.  Especially those obsessed with the ever popular minions. I didn't realize how popular the first film (which we liked) was until I looked at my sons room and found a couple of minions as well as other Despicable Me 2 characters.  I have even read to both boys the kittens story featured in the first film a number of times. The second film picks up where the last one left off: Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon.  Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.   Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, … [Read more...]

The Heat Blu Ray Movie Review

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Disclosure:We recieved a review copy of  The Heat.  The post represent my unbiased opinion. With one Oscar and another possible one coming soon it is kind of fun to see Sandra Bullock let loose in The Heat.  Directed by Paul Feig who brought us the popular Bridesmaids movie, The Heat takes the break out star of Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy, and teams her up with Bullock in a buddy cop film.  Like all buddy cop movies Bullock and McCarthy play two totally opposite characters: one is rough around the edges, foul mouthed and violent (McCarthy) and the other is arrogant, square and boring.  Obviously, they hate each other for most of the movie, but ultimately team up and find that they aren’t that different after all, become best friends and live happily ever after. The plot and the bad buys in the movie are really throw away aspects of the film.  The real goal of the film is not to tell a story but instead have as many jokes/one liner and crazy things that Melissa McCarthy can … [Read more...]

Despicable Me 2 on DVD/Blu Ray Coming Soon

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Despicable Me 2 will be out on DVD December 10 and on Digital HD on November 26, 2013.  We absolutely loved the first one and were so bummed that we didn't get a chance to see it theaters, luckily this holiday season we will be able to make up for that oversight. The story for the second installment of this very popular comedy is as follows: Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon.  Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.   Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father. Check out the trailer here: In related news, around the time that the Digital HD version will be released, Manhattan will share a memorable … [Read more...]

Spider-man Turn Off the Dark Review @SpideyOnBway @NYMetroParents

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Disclosure: We received two tickets for the show for review purposes.  This post is my unbiased opinion. Last weekend Rock and I crossed off one of our Summer of 2013 wishlist items and went to see Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway at the Foxwood's Theater in New York City.  I tried my best over the last couple of weeks to keep it a secret from him, seeing that he absolutely loves superheroes and especially Spider-man because of yours truly. Needless to say, he flipped out when we walked into the line for the show (For a show that supposedly did not get stellar reviews from the critics the line was extremely long, goes to show you what the word of a critic is worth...wink). If you are not familiar with the show, it  has had its ups and downs in the media especially due to various highly publicized issues that I won't go into here.  All I will say regarding those issues was that during our show everything when on without a hitch. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark tells a … [Read more...]