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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Blu-ray Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 | Walt Disney Studios

The sequel to the Guardians of the Galaxy will be out soon. In this sequel, the Guardians meet a mysterious man who claims to be Peter Quill’s father. We’ve already seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 twice (once at the theater and again last night on Blu-ray). My kids and I love the sequel. It has lots of action and even more humor than other Marvel movies. And like the first film, you can expect more oldies incorporated in the movie. As you know, music is important to Star-Lord. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is available now on digital HD, and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 22nd. Note: Guardians 2 is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content.

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Descendants 2 DVD Review

Descendants 2 | Walt Disney Studios

The sequel to the popular Descendants musical is out on DVD this week. The first film centered around the kids of four Disney villains. Like their parents, they were more bad than good. This time around, a new villain is introduced. Like the first film, there is a lot of singing and dancing. If you like the first Descendants movie, then I’m sure you’ll like this one as well. I know my kids and I did. It was very enjoyable even though some of the special effects made my kids laugh. Descendants 2 is available now on DVD.

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Blu-ray Review – get the original movie free

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul | Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

The fourth movie of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series (based on Jeff Kinney’s book series) features a new cast. The original cast is gone, but it’s not a reboot. In Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the Heffley family takes a long road trip for grandma’s 90th birthday. And because Greg is always getting into trouble, the trip goes wrong. The film is funny and is entertaining for the entire family. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. Note: the movie is rated PG for some rude humor.

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Snatched Blu-ray Review

Snatched | Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn make an unexpected team-up in Snatched. The team-up is unexpected because I have not seen Goldie Hawn in a movie in a long time. She was so funny back in her day. In her new film, she’s the cautious mom of Amy’s character, who is young and adventurous. The movie is about the two of them trying to escape from some kidnappers in South America. The story is a little predictable, but it’s funny and the dialog is witty at times. Snatched is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. Note: the movie is rated R for crude sexual content, brief nudity, and language throughout.

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Big Little Lies Blu-ray Review

Big Little Lies Blu-ray | HBO Home Entertainment

I just got back from vacation and have been watching the new HBO series, Big Little Lies. It’s an excellent show and hooks you right from the first episode. That’s when we find out someone has been murdered. I’ve only watched four episodes so far, so I have no idea who was killed. I’m guessing it’s one of the main characters. The suspense is killing me. I want to know who died, why, and who the murderer is. If you have not seen the HBO series yet, you should. You won’t regret it. Big Little Lies, which is rated TV-MA, is available now in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.

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Gifted Blu-ray Review

Gifted | Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Gifted is a story about a custody battle between the uncle of a child prodigy and her grandmother. Each one of them thinks they know what is best for the child. The story is a bit predictable at times, but the story is also very realistic and the acting is excellent. Gifted, which is rated PG-13, is available now in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

Smurfs: The Lost Village | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The kids and I recently watched Smurfs: The Lost Village. My younger kids loved it and thought it was funny and entertaining. I thought the new Smurfs movie was OK. The main reason I didn’t enjoy it more is because until I watched it, I didn’t know it was a fully animated film (no live action). The third installment is related to the second Smurfs movie, but humans are not in the film. The story takes place completely in the Smurfs world, which is a shame because I liked the Patrick and Grace characters in the first two Smurfs films. But if you or your kids like animated films or Smurfs, then you’ll enjoy the latest Smurfs movie. Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is rated PG, is available now in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD.

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The Boss Baby Family Movie Night

The Boss Baby | DreamWorks Animation

I’ll admit it. When I took my two youngest kids to see DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby at the theater earlier this year, I was expecting a kiddie movie. But I was wrong. The animated movie actually appeals to both kids and parents. It’s a cute story and we still loved the film when we saw it again during our family movie night. Naturally, one of our treats was a cookie because of the funny line in the 97-minute film, “cookies are for closers!” The Boss Baby, which is rated PG, is available now in digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (July 25th).

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Google Home and Pixel Smartphone – Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Google Home and Google Pixel Smartphone

Are you still looking for a Father’s Day gift idea for dad? If you are, then you should consider the Google Home personal assistant device or the Google Pixel smartphone. I’ve been demoing the two devices for the last few days. I think they are both awesome and I would love to receive either one (or both) for Father’s Day. BTW, Verizon sent me loaners for review on my dad blog. As some of you know, Verizon’s network gives customers the broadest coverage, best speeds, and unsurpassed reliability.

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Turn Your Dad into a Superhero with iFly – Father’s Day Gift Idea

iFly indoor skydiving

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift idea, you should definitely consider giving dad an indoor skydiving package with iFly. I went to iFly with some co-works earlier in the year and we loved it. The experience is fun and totally cool. I think iFly would be something most dads would love to try. And until June 18th (Father’s Day), you can even save up to $50 on a package or voucher.

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