Ant Man character, plus six supporting characters, staring off-screen on top of a red and yellow stripe, with "Ant Man & The Wasp" across the bottom

Ant Man & The Wasp: Movie Review and Deal

Last Tuesday, me, my husband Bruce, and my two kids went to see Ant Man & The Wasp at a local independent theater called the Water Gardens. I loved both the movie and the deal we got on tickets for this first-run, awesome show! First off, though, I have to warn you of the awesomeness of the pictures of us I took at the theater:

Four people standing in front of the Water Gardens movie theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah., waiting for Ant Man & The Wasp to start.
Aren’t we so photogenic?

Three people in candid poses outside a movie theater, waiting to see Ant Man & The Wasp

What’s Ant Man & The Wasp About?

From IMDB:

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Ant Man Review

First off, none of us had seen the first Ant Man movie before seeing this one. While it would have helped us understand the motivations of the characters a little more, it didn’t hamper our enjoyment of this movie. It managed to be both a wonderful visual spectacle, a very funny (like rolling-on-the-floor funny), and action-packed flick, with a touch of emotion. Paul Rudd is the perfect guy to play Scott Lang/Ant Man and Evangeline Lily’s character played his perfect counterbalance. The supporting cast members–primarily Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, and Michelle Pfeiffer–were awesome. For Michael Pena, who I last saw as an astronaut in The Martian, this was quite a different role, but one that he seemed to fit into like a hand fits into a glove. Five stars.

Ant Man character, plus six supporting characters, staring off-screen on top of a red and yellow stripe, with "Ant Man & The Wasp" across the bottom

What’s The Deal?

If you go to the Water Gardens Theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah on a Tuesday, you can get tickets to first-run movies for $5. Five dollars, people. Included with every ticket is a free soda and small popcorn. And the snacks don’t cost more than $3. Ever. You cannot pass that up!

Nutrition Facts, Anyone?

Because it’s a new movie, a transcript is not yet available from which I can get exact counts for profanity, etc., but it is rated PG-13. In my opinion, it’s closer to PG than it is to R because there’s no nudity, some language, and a good amount of violence but no gore. There’s also a strong family message.

Movie Review & Deal: Arrival for Only $9.99!

It’s been a busy week, but I’ve got another good movie and deal to tell you about! Have you seen Arrival yet? Like Interstellar, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago,  it’s a thought-provoking sci-fi movie, quiet and tense, and it’s available on Amazon for $9.99.

Arrival Movie Review: What Is It About?

>From Rotten Tomatoes.com:

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team–lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)–are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Who Would Like Arrival, And Why?

Anyone who likes movies that are science fiction, or have less action and more intelligence and emotion, will like Arrival. Louise, the main character, has this whole backstory that involves a daughter she has that dies (don’t worry: I’m not spoiling anything. They tell you that in the first five minutes of the movie), and it’s fascinating how her visions/memories of that daughter weave into the ever-increasing tension of the plot. At the end, there’s this big a-ha moment where you as a viewer put the puzzle pieces together, and it feels huge, but in the movie, it’s a very quiet moment.

Nutrition Facts

Profanity (D*, S*, F*, G*D*, H*):  0

Instances of Nudity: 0

Instances of human-to-human violence: a few (glimpsed as part of news broadcasts)

Deaths: 0

Positive Relationships (love + effort, some kind of formal commitment, family): 2

Negative Relationships (dysfunctional, dishonest, no effort, mean, etc.): 1

Positive themes represented (communication, love, desire for peace): 3

Negative themes represented: 0

What’s The Deal?

Arrival is available on Amazon for $9.99, for either the blu-ray or DVD versions. So totally worth it.

interstellar movie review astronaut walking on an icy planet

Movie Review And Deal: Interstellar, A Thought-Provoking, Non-Violent Watch

Although I know I’m not the only one who sees movies and has opinions about them, I do hope to share some valuable information about movies–other kinds of “tales”–and deals so that you can make more informed decisions about your entertainment,Int and fit more of it in! If you haven’t seen Interstellar yet, you need to, and if you haven’t bought it yet, you should! My Interstellar movie review is that it’s a wonderful, thought-provoking movie, and it’s available on Amazon for $13.99!

Interstellar Movie Review: What Is It About?

From Rotten Tomatoes.com:

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. That team is piloted by Joe Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey), a widowed engineer and former NASA pilot, who finds out about this mission while trying to solve a physics mystery he witnesses in his farmhouse. The mission is covert because Earth is in imminent danger of running out of food, and all funding for interstellar travel, as far as the public knows, has been suspended as wasteful so that resources can be focused on helping people survive. Cooper is faced with a choice: leave his two children behind, possibly to never see them again, and possibly find another habitable planet to which everyone on Earth can eventually be sent to, or stay and watch them starve. He chooses to go, but the quest to find that other planet ends up taking him and the other members of the team places they never thought they’d have to go, and into moral dilemmas they never thought they’d have to face.

Who Would Like Interstellar, And Why?

If you’re a fan of science fiction movies, you’ll love this one for obvious reasons: its basis in hard and deep physics, the visual effects, and mind-bending plot twists. Even if you’re not, but are looking for something emotionally deeper and less violent than the most recent Avengers movie, you’ll like Interstellar for its superb acting and the wonderful portrayal of the very sweet and unique relationship between Cooper and his daughter, Murph.

Nutrition Facts

Profanity (D*, S*, F*, G*D*, H*):  12

Instances of Nudity: 0

Instances of human-to-human violence: 2

Deaths: 3

Positive Relationships (love + effort, some kind of formal commitment, family): 3

Negative Relationships (dysfunctional, dishonest, no effort, mean, etc.): 0

Positive themes represented: 1

Negative themes represented: 1

What’s The Deal?

If you get Interstellar for Amazon Prime, it’s $13.99, which is $6 less than the $19.99 we bought it for three years ago. So worth it. That’s 30% off.