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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“My Little Pony” The Movie: Review

by Sheryl Wall

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I took my daughter to see the new My Little Pony movie. She was very excited to see it. It starts out with the ponies preparing for the first ever friendship festival which Princess Twilight is in charge of overseeing. She tries to get the head princess ponies to move the sun and the moon to set the perfect scene for the concert with their magic. But she is quickly turned down.


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The party preparation, however, is halted due to the invasion of monkey like monsters led by a pony named Tempest who is leading this evil plot just so the evil Storm King will give her a new horn once he has all the princesses captured and steals their magic. However, Twilight and her friends escape and go in search of help from the Hippogriff ponies. But when they reach their kingdom in Mount Aris, they find it abandoned. They soon discover that all the Hippogriffs went underground and with magic became Merponies to hide from the Storm King.

On their journey the ponies make friends with a con artist cat named Capper and bird pirates that come to their aid when Twilight is taken by Tempest after all but one Hippogriff refuses to help. Finally with the help of all their friends they are able to rescue their kingdom Equestrian and all their friends.



Image source: Lionsgate

As a child, I loved My Little Pony so its fun to watch the love of the Ponies continue with my girls. “My Little Pony” is a fun movie for my girls. It included some fun music numbers throughout the movie, though I think the music selection was more to draw in an older age range of kids. It is a cute story that is great choice for a mother-daughter day out.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Friday, August 18, 2017

“Moonbreaker" Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green

by Terrance McArthur

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Simon R. Green is the paranormal/urban fantasy equivalent of Stephen King: a writing machine with more than 40 novels under his belt, including five different series groups (Nightside, Deathstalker, Hawk & Fisher, Ghost Finders, and Secret Histories). In the latest and 11th Secret Histories book, “Moonbreaker,” Eddie Drood is dying. He was poisoned. There is no antidote. He was poisoned by Edmund Drood (also known as the assassin Dr. DOA), his counterpart from another Earth. Eddie’s goal: kill Edmund before he dies.


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Eddie (also known as Shaman Bond—the book titles are all variations on Ian Fleming’s James Bond titles) is a super-secret agent armed with magical and alien gear, and allied with Molly, the Wild Witch, who was once his enemy. Together, they chase after Edmund, from other Earths to Drood Hall (home of the secret-agent family that is behind everything from saving the world to controlling it), from Scotland to Siberia to the moon. They deal with armies of secret agents, preserved relatives, aliens, half-demons and half-angels, a cryptic oracle, the last of the very-secret agents, a formerly-beheaded dragon, the legacies of Merlin, the razor of Jack the Ripper, shelves full of flesh-eating books, an imprisoned god who was once a human Drood, a museum of things that shouldn’t be kept, creatures from many worlds, and Edmund, and Edmund, and Edmund always seeming to be two steps ahead.



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Green is a builder of plot puzzles, a twister of the traditional, and a master of snark. Eddie always has something clever to say, Molly always wants to make mayhem, the Drood Sarjent at Arms wants to shoot something/someone/anyone, and the Drood Matriarch wants things orderly. As for Edmund, he wants to wipe out the Drood family on every Earth, and he has already started in other Drood Halls. The race to capture Edmund before the poison kills Eddie raises the tension as the stakes rise to world-ending levels.

Simon R. Green is a devilishly clever writer. Eddie Drood is a character of amazing resources. Moonbreaker is a world-class fantasy thriller with science-fiction comedy as a background.

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Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian with the Fresno County Public Library, and a published short story author.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Spider-Man Homecoming" Movie Review


by Doward Wilson

Tom Holland first portrayed the newest incarnation of Peter Parker/Spiderman in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. As Spider-Man: Homecoming opens we see Michael Keaton portraying Adrian Toomes and his salvage company starting the cleanup of New York following the Avengers’ battle with the alien Chitauri and Loki. After buying trucks and hiring crews, Adrian's salvage contract is voided by the Department of Damage Control, a partnership between Tony Stark and the government. The only way Adrian Toomes can survive is by keeping the alien technology he has already salvaged and making advanced weapons to sell on the street.


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Eight years later, after working with the Avengers, fifteen-year-old Peter is sent home along with his new Spidy Suit. Mr. Stark/Ironman has told him that he isn't ready to be a full time Avenger and to work on his skills by fighting local crime in his neighborhood. While fighting criminals robbing an ATM, Peter discovers that they are using advanced alien weapons. Returning home, he is unaware that his best friend Ned is in his room and his secret identity is exposed.

After Toomes/Vulture accidentally kills his henchman Shocker, Ned and Peter find a weapon that has been left behind, and they remove its power source to study it further. In the meantime, Peter is going thru all the normal things that any fifteen-year-old goes thru. Staying out of trouble in high school, while trying to get the attention of a special girl.



Image source: Marvel

Pursuing Vulture to Washington, D.C, Peter is forced to rescue Ned and their classmates from the top of the Washington Monument when the alien power source turns out to be a bomb. Returning to New York, Peter learns that Vulture is planning a big sale on the Staten Island Ferry. When things go sideways, Ironman has to intervene to help Spidy save the ferry. He then lectures Peter on being too hasty and takes away the new Spidy suit. Returning to his school life, Peter asks the special girl to the Homecoming Dance and gets a huge surprise when he picks her up.

Despite having his life threatened and the lives of those he loves, Peter knows he has to do what is right. Donning his old homemade Spidy Suit, Peter goes after Vulture.

I felt like this was absolutely the best Spiderman film in the series. No time is wasted on an origin story. We immediately get right into the story line and action. Tom Holland gives a flawless performance as both a fifteen-year-old teenage boy and Spiderman with all his superpowers. Michael Keaton's Vulture shows us both the business owner trying to salvage his business and what a father will do to keep his family in comfort. This Spiderman version is much more light hearted with a lot of comedy scenes that will make you laugh, while the action scenes are flawlessly done. This is a film that everyone from young children to older adults will enjoy and want to see more of.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.



Monday, July 24, 2017

"The Big Sick" Video Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Big Sick.


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Image source: Apatow




Jessica Ham is 24 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Despicable Me 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Despicable Me 3 begins with Gru and his wife Lucy chasing the villain Baltar Bratt who turned evil after his show as a child star in the 80s was canceled. He stole the World's largest diamond, and even though the diamond was recovered, Bratt escaped.


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The new boss of the Anti-Villain league fired Gru and Lucy because they failed to catch him. The Minions were hopeful that perhaps after being fired, Gru would go back to a life of crime, and though Gru didn't know what to do, he knew that wasn't an option. But when Gru found out he had a twin brother, Dru, he and his family went to meet him. They found him living in a huge mansion and working with pigs so they thought. The twins’ dad was a criminal who recently passed, and Dru wanted to be like their father and wanted Gru's help. They decide to do one heist together which is to steal the largest diamond back from Bratt who recently managed to steal it again. Dru didn't have the skill as a villain but was determined to follow in their dad's footsteps. Gru however had other ideas in mind for their mission.



Image source: Universal

Despicable Me 3 doesn't quite live up to the first movie, but it is still a fun movie to see with the whole family. We already have gotten to know and love the characters so its great seeing them back on stage. And, of course, the Minions are up to their mischief again though they weren't in this movie as much as the first two. Bratt was a very unique bad guy as he was obsessed with everything 80s and used scenes from his childhood show and tried to make them reality. The giant robot of Bratt was a bit overdone though. They did however portray life in the 80s very well through Bratt's character. The side story of Agnes searching for a unicorn was cute. “Despicable Me 3” was a fun story, and I hope to see another movie in their future.

Despicable Me 3 is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Monday, July 3, 2017

"Cars 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds himself being pushed out of the racing life because the new generation of cars can go faster then he ever could. After losing one too many times to the new racer, Storm, he crashes while trying to push himself too hard.


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To be able to get back into racing, he has to learn to train like the new cars do: with technology and simulators he has never used before and all the training is done indoors. His trainer, Cruz, tries to help him learn the ropes of the next generation. But Lightning McQueen, after a while, gets tired of this type of training, and having a hard time with it, he sets out to train on the beach and the great outdoors. He ends up seeking help from Dusty, Doc Hudson's trainer. Lightning McQueen finds that Cruz has always dreamed of being a racer, so he helps her learn about racing along the way. Once again on the race track unexpected changes takes place, but #95 lives on.



Image source: Disney Pixar

Cars 3 lives up to the Cars name. It’s so very well done that sometimes you forget you are watching cars talk not people. Even though, Mater has a smaller role, he still finds his way into the movie. I am glad because he is my favorite character.

The storyline is deeper for a cartoon about cars then you would expect, but it’s also full of fun and humor. I really liked the new character Cruz, who was introduced in this movie; she reminds me of Dory from Finding Nemo, but she isn't forgetful like Dory. “Cars 3” definitely is not one a Cars’ fan would want to miss. It’s fun for the whole family, and a perfect way to get out of the heat and do something fun together.

Cars 3 is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Friday, June 16, 2017

“A Perfect Manhattan Murder” A Nic & Nigel Mystery By Tracy Kiely

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

Our favorite couple that proves opposites attract returns to tackle murder on Broadway. Playboy Nigel Martini and his wife, former NYPD homicide detective Nic Martini, are back in New York for the opening of her friend Peggy McGrath’s Broadway play. Nic is thrilled to spend an evening with Peggy and their other schoolmate Harper, but not with her husband Dan, a Vanity Fair theater critic known as the Bastard of Broadway. A new baby, Harper’s immense family wealth, and the lack of a pre-nuptial agreement have Harper tied to the narcissist, which comes to an end when he is found murdered in his luxurious “work” apartment, and she becomes the probable suspect.


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Considering Dan’s reputation, few mourn the loss of yet another critic with writing aspirations of his own. Evidence seems to indicate that he had been using his apartment for more than just writing, but Dan’s cruel wit had done its share of damage within the dramatic realm. Although Nic trusts that Harper could never have actually killed Dan, it doesn’t look good that she has a Manny who resembles a personal trainer more than a hired caretaker. Complicating matters is, that in addition to the play, he was trying to produce. Dan may have been using a ‘tell-all’ more for leverage than writing credits. A producer with an interchangeable number of young ingĂ©nue girlfriends, an out leading man, beleaguered assistant, and grand dame of theatre all enliven both the suspect list and brilliant cast of characters. Not to mention Nic and Nigel’s don’t-tell-him-he’s-a-dog bullmastiff Skippy, who isn’t a suspect but does deserve his own credit.



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This continues to be an absolutely delightful series that creates a sense of nostalgia through the bantering dialogue of its charming detectives. Nic displays an exasperation for Nigel’s juvenile antics when she not-so-secretly revels in them, while he in turn plays out his playboy persona to its fullest. Underneath the pretense though, they have an unwavering devotion to one another and complete confidence in the other’s love and capabilities.

Nigel may have come from a socialite family of vast wealth, but he has little respect for superficiality or class structure. He is completely supportive of his wife’s investigations, and while he doesn’t exactly enjoy working, he never hesitates to have her back. The bon mots, witty dialogue, Oscar Wilde-worthy insults, and exploitation of Broadway’s egocentric eccentrics are endlessly entertaining. This very modern mystery somehow feels as though it was written from a bygone era, which is an amazing feat from a very talented author. If you thought you enjoyed Tracy Kiely’s Jane Austen-loving Elizabeth Parker series, you will love this series that is a tribute to the Nick and Nora Charles novels by Dashiell Hammett.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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