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Despicable Me 2
Despicable Me 2
DVD ~ Steve Carell
Price: $9.99
64 used & new from $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Carell as home office manager, March 12, 2014
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Great humor, but there is an uncomfortableness about the minions who blindly do the bidding of someone with unmerited power. There are really funny moments, and it seems like the perfect movie to love, but, as in the case of Curious George who never has to deal with consequences, or Disney delights that ignore the whole role of family as a support system for children, there is just an itch of discomfort. Not willing to try to quantify or argue the point, I simply feel an internal caution about the film, and don't feel open to recommending it.


The Story of Ruth
The Story of Ruth
DVD ~ Stuart Whitman
Price: $5.98
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good story and good film, March 12, 2014
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Glad they finally put this out in DVD format: had a VHS copy that simply wore out.

Four Bible chapters, plus some creative additions, and this is not a bad representation. Even though it is dated by some of the scenery, it is timeless in message. Definitely worth buying.


The Seven Year Hitch (Hallmark)
The Seven Year Hitch (Hallmark)
DVD ~ Darin Brooks
Price: $5.74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Improves with re-viewing, January 21, 2014
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First time, on TV, didn't care much for the lead actor, but the show was interrupted by household events. When it came on again, (thank you Hallmark!) there was less going on and more time to watch him grow into his own skin, both vocationally and personally, and appreciate his changes along the way.

Best friends/next door neighbors grow up and remain close, have a breakup, and reunite: not new ground. But the difference here is the way in which they are forced to look at themselves more closely when pressured. It's the little things, of course, that make a movie click with any viewer, and this one has several hooks to draw us in, from Slinkies to topiary, and from Karaoke to battle armor. Enjoyable, fun.


Puppy Love (Hallmark)
Puppy Love (Hallmark)
DVD ~ Victor Webster
Price: $4.89
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Given as a gift, January 21, 2014
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By request, this was bought as a gift, and then seen.

Likeable story line and clean language, suitable for family viewing in general, but not particularly memorable. The one wanting the DVD had a similar dog and simply enjoyed seeing his equivalent on screen.


Hitched For The Holidays (Hallmark)
Hitched For The Holidays (Hallmark)
DVD ~ Joey Lawrence
Price: $5.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitched to the Christmas schedule, January 21, 2014
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We've added this to the pile of movies to enjoy over Christmas with family.

This is family centered humor and situations, playing on generational conflicts and the difficulty of randomly finding true respect and love in the dating life.

Two thirty-somethings trying to reduce friction with family set about to perform well rather than to do well. Both sets of parents have their suspicions, best represented by the hilarious lighting of candles scene, but the appeasers try to continue their facade until cornered. Meanwhile they are the last to know that they have come to admire and enjoy each other. Not a new theme or movie idea, but a very likeable setting for this incarnation.

Actors were well selected for this lighthearted slice of life, and the story becomes more plausible because all the lies have to be revealed. What makes this especially appealing are the scenes where misunderstandings are cleared up with honest confrontation, and mutual openness to making things absolutely right. Instead of just assuming things will work out and writing our own script to complete those thoughts, the writers included the path to real reconciliation. Which is, after all, what Christmas is.


Holiday Romance Collection Movie 10 Pack
Holiday Romance Collection Movie 10 Pack
DVD ~ Various
Price: $18.20
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of reviews, December 20, 2013
Will someone list the ten movies included, somewhere, in a review or in a description, please?

"I liked all ten", or "I liked three of them" doesn't tell us much about the product. Help?


America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
by Ben Carson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.35
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good prescription for hope, July 24, 2013
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Already passed this thru 4 families: the contrast between this book and the media words after the recent Florida court case is Grand Canyonesque.

Carson learned early what not to take to heart, giving his mind a chance to distance itself from propaganda. Read a copy of this book, slowly, digesting its freshness and truth, which will additionally give you needed rest from the televised media not worth watching.


A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days: Surprising Insights on Israel, the End Times and Popular Misconceptions
A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days: Surprising Insights on Israel, the End Times and Popular Misconceptions
by Jonathan Bernis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.29
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed interpretation worth hearing, July 24, 2013
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Those who are, in fact, praying for the peace, the real peace, in Israel, and for Jerusalem, the City of God, will be interested in this Rabbi's look at the materials. There will be challenges, but it is most interesting to follow the trail here.


9-9-9: An Army of Davids
9-9-9: An Army of Davids
by Herman Cain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars We missed a real chance at USA recovery, July 24, 2013
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Gloria, your efforts paid off: you got what you wanted as you took your typical course against someone in the public eye, and Cain was removed.

The rest of us lost.

Read the details of this plan, and weep.
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Holiday Engagement
Holiday Engagement
DVD ~ Shelley Long
Price: $5.94
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and smile awhile, July 24, 2013
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Excellent actors in a rehashed topic, but very nicely directed, laced with fun humor, and not over polished.

Yes, it has some unlikely aspects, but movies are never reality anyway. She wants to have mom's approval and veers into a lie that brings complications. That's reality, just dressed differently.

We enjoyed the laughs, we enjoyed the people, we enjoyed the foibles of every single normal family member, without a single drug addicted former CIA agent with ties to the New Zealand dog trafficking mob and evil organ transplant plane inspectors.


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