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Movie Review: Better Watch Out (2016)

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Synopsis: A 12-year-old, Luke, has a crush on his 17-year-old babysitter, Ashley, but she only sees him as her little buddy. Determined to get her to fall in love with him too, he and his friend Garrett stage a fake armed intrusion so he could be a hero. However, when Ashley figures out what is happening, belittles Luke and threatens to call his parents, the preteen takes things up a notch by taking Ashley and her boyfriend, Ricky, hostage. Who's in it? The movie stars Olivia DeJonge , Levi Miller , Ed Oxenbould ,  Aleks Mikic and  Patrick Warburton. Review: I wasn't aware this movie existed until I came across an article about it that described the film as a horror movie version of Home Alone . I was intrigued and, when I found it on Peacock, put it on top of our movie list. My wife and I watched it last night and weren't disappointed. I think the thing that impressed me most about this movie was the way Luke (Miller) was portrayed. At first, his crush on Ashley (DeJon

Green Bay Packers: I Don't Agree with It, But I Do Respect Aaron Rodgers' Desire to Play

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  When I saw Aaron Rodgers exit the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with a rib injury I, like a lot of fans, assumed the Jordan Love era was about to begin in Green Bay, even if it was just for the remainder of the season. I was majorly surprised when Rodgers announced he intended to start this weekend's game against the Chicago Bears and Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that was the plan. While I still think it's a bad idea and Green Bay should force the face of the franchise to sit one out and get healthy over next weeks' bye week, from both the ribs and a thumb injury, I have to admit Rodgers' desire to play is inspiring. There are plenty of NFL players who make "business decisions" regarding their bodies, whether it's not throwing themselves into a scrum of players or not putting up a fight when the team doctor tells them they need to take a week or two off. Rodgers is not only doing the exact opposite, but he is also choosing to do it when

Movie Review: The Smiling Ghost (1941)

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Synopsis: Out of work and with bill collectors pounding on his door, chemical engineer Lucky Downing accepts $1,000 to pretend to be engaged to beautiful heiress Elinor Bentley Fairchild for one month. He is thrilled to be making money for easy work until he learns Elinor's previous three fianc├ęs were attacked by a mysterious figure known as the Smiling Ghost and his life is likely in danger. Who's in it? The movie stars Wayne Morris , Brenda Marshall , Alexis Smith , Alan Hale and Willie Best. Review: I had this movie in my library for a few weeks and finally had an opportunity to sit down and watch it earlier today. At first, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, but it ended up being an entertaining film. I think the thing I liked best about this movie is, in addition to being funny, it has a good mystery. At first, the ghost/killer seemed obvious since there were those who had motive to make sure Elinor (Smith) didn't get married. However, there were quit

Green Bay Packers: Love Performance Shows Packers Made Mistake with Rodgers' Thumb Injury

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  At this point, it is no secret Green Bay Packers' quarterback, Aaron Rodgers has been playing with an injured thumb for the past several weeks. He even admitted the thumb was broken a few days ago. While some (especially me) have questioned the decision to keep him in as the starter despite the injury, the Packers chose to let him play instead of giving backup quarterback Jordan Love the nod and let Rodgers heal. Last night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles proved that was a mistake. For those who didn't see it, Love entered the game in the second half after Rodgers went to the locker room with a rib injury. The Packers still came up short because of defensive woes that haunted them all night, but Love led the team to two scores (a touchdown and field goal) before the Eagles ran out the clock. Love wasn't perfect and made a couple mistakes, including trying to get the ball to Christian Watson instead of a wide-open Allen Lazard. However, there was also no signifi

Review: Radisson Hotel, River Falls, WI

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  I'm not a huge fan of staying at hotels but have been doing so more frequently now that my oldest daughter is in college. We first stayed at the Radisson Hotel, located at 100 Spring Street in River Falls, WI, a few months ago, when she toured the college campus there. We've been staying at a different hotel each time since but decided to switch things up on our last visit. It will be our first choice from now on. Cost-wise, this is slightly more expensive than the other hotels in the area, but not by a whole lot. This last visit, for example, it was about $5 more. It's worth the extra money. For one, the location couldn't be better. It's right across the street from the college campus and within easy walking distance of one of the grocery stores and most of the downtown businesses. The hotel also has a parking garage, something that is very handy when it's cold outside. The rooms are much larger than the other hotel we've been staying at. A room with two

Movie Review: Jolly Good Christmas (2022)

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Synopsis: American architect, David Burnside is working for a firm in London and dating his boss's daughter, Charlotte. He wants to buy her the perfect gift for their first Christmas together but all he can come up with, partly because of his busy schedule and partly because they've only been dating for three months, is a gift card. When a chance encounter results in him meeting Anji, a professional shopper, he enlists her help but even the "gift whisperer" discovers shopping for him is a challenge. The movie is also known as Christmas in London. Who's in it? The movie stars  Will Kemp ,  Reshma Shetty ,  Callum Blue ,  Sophie Hopkins  and  James Faulkner . Review: Since it is getting cold outside and we recently had some snow, I figured it was as good of night as any to start our holiday moving watching. My wife and I ended up picking out this Hallmark film from our library and it proved to be a good choice. Like many movies from this genre, the film was a litt

Movie Review: Nope (2022)

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Synopsis: After watching his dad, a Hollywood horse trainer, get killed by coins and keys falling from the sky, OJ Haywood struggles to keep his father's ranch up and running while, at the same time, suspecting the phenomena was caused by aliens. As more strange events happen on the ranch, he and his sister, Emerald, try to capture the UFO on film, hoping to make money from the footage but soon find their lives in danger. Who's in it? The movie stars  Daniel Kaluuya ,  Keke Palmer ,  Brandon Perea ,  Michael Wincott  and  Steven Yeun . Review: I have wanted to see this movie ever since I first saw the trailer. I loved one of writer/director Jordan Peele 's other movies, Get Out and was interested to see how he'd approach the alien invasion genre. My wife and I watched it last night and were not disappointed. There were a couple things I really enjoyed about this movie. One of the main ones is how the film does a good job building the mystery and suspense. OJ (Kaluuy