Advance Screening Recap of HBO's Big Little Lies - #BigLittleLies


We are excited to talk about the new HBO show BIG LITTLE LIES. We recently attended a pre-screening event, where we were able to preview the first 2 shows, chat with Kathryn Newton and have some delicious treats afterwards. 

ABOUT BIG LITTLE LIES
In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling? Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline, Celeste and Jane – BIG LITTLE LIES paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Based on the New York Times number-one bestseller of the same name by Liane Moriarty, BIG LITTLE LIES is a subversive, darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. The seven-episode limited drama series debuts SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.


Kathryn Newton biography:
With two Young Artist Awards and further recognition of a talent which can effortlessly shift between comedic and dramatic roles – not to mention from the soundstage to the golf course – 19-year-old actress Kathryn Newton continues to ascend on the leaderboard.

In the wake of her recurring role as Claire Novak on the long-running CW series “Supernatural,” Newton returns to episodic television in the new HBO series “Big Little Lies,” which premieres February 19. Adapted by David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty based on her #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, the comedy crime drama boasts an all-star cast in weaving the tale of three mothers – Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley) – whose supposedly perfect lives are interrupted when a murder occurs. Kathryn Newton plays Abigail, the older daughter of Witherspoon’s Madeline Mackenzie.

On the big screen Newton will be seen in two films with Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea), the forthcoming independent film comedy Lady Bird and the crime drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Newton may be best-known for starring in Paranormal Activity 4 as Alex Nelson, a young teen who documents the supernatural occurrences that happen when a mysterious family moves into the neighborhood. For her work in the blockbuster horror film, she won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress.

Previous credits for Newton include Disney Channel’s “Dog with a Blog,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” and CBS’s “Bad Teacher” and “Gary Unmarried,” for which she won a Young Artist Award for her role as daughter Louise Brooks. Born in South Florida, Newton began her acting career at the age of four, appearing on the venerable daytime show “All My Children” from 2001-2004.

A diehard fashionista with an extensive collection of vintage designer items, Newton is also an avid golfer (she admits, “I don’t know whether to call myself a golfer who acts or an actor who plays golf!”). Last year she did a video series for Golf Digest, which recognized her as “The Best Golfer in Hollywood.” Having helped her Southern California high school golf team win three league championships, Newton hopes to launch her own tournament where adults and child players pair to raise money to encourage more young people to get into the game.


Our recap:

Big Little Lies premieres on HBO on Sunday February 18, 2017 and it is sure to garner plenty of attention. Based on a best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty and starring Hollywood heavyweights, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern the show while not revolutionary, is well executed and deliciously mischievous.

At the heart of the story is Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon). She knows how things should be and is willing to do what it takes to make things work out that way. She wants fairness and justice and meddles with the school and manipulates peoples’ perspectives to get things the way that she thinks they should be. Her best friend, Celeste (Nicole Kidman), lives like a Greek goddess in a mansion on the water with two perfect boys and a Ken doll husband. She is ever present but coolly disengaged. Jane (Shailene Woodley) moves to town and unlike the other “dress for success,” glamour haired moms, she seeks comfort with baggy clothes, short hair tied back and no trace of make-up. She’s a single mom and lives for her son, Ziggy.

This ill-fitted group of heroines, while they consider each other best friends, in many ways barely know each other. In fact, although theirs is a community where people are constantly digging into other’s business and judging, no one seems to know much about anyone’s actual lives. One of these women is emotionally distant to her husband, one is haunted by a recurring vision and one is engaged in a violent, dangerous game of sex and co-dependence with her husband.

Madeline pits people against each other for sport. Working moms v. stay at home moms; her ex-husband against her current husband; even her teen daughter against herself. She thrives on the diversion of minutiae and in so doing is blind to bigger issues around her. When the moms arrive at school to pick up their children after the first day of first grade, Ziggy is accused of hurting Super Mom Renata’s daughter. Renata (Laura Dern) is a high-power executive with PayPal and Madeline’s nemesis. Ziggy claims innocence and Jane assures that her son isn’t a liar. Thus, begins a he-said-she-said kerfuffle that ripples into much larger issues.

Set in Monterrey, California, the episodes are crisp and visually stunning with breathtaking homes and settings. Even Jane’s stark home is enviably cozy and the quick peeks of a bigger crime lurking behind the story tugs at the viewer whenever you forget that it’s coming

Director Jean-Marc Vallee swirls between clips of the community talking to police at depositions and a traditional unwinding narrative that affectively floats viewers along with the story, helping us understand the myriad perspectives that can make simple confrontations become holy wars.








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Before I Fall 
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writers: Maria Maggenti (screenplay), Lauren Oliver (novel)
Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #BeforeIFall
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her--before she runs out of time for good.


With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

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Book Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston



The Valiant
The Valiant #1
Author: Lesley Livingston
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Released: February 14th 2017
Review Source: Razorbill


Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from the armies of Julius Caesar.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her place in her father's war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured by ruthless brigands who sell her to an elite training school for female gladiators owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon s family might be her only hope of survival. Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.

A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, "The Valiant" recounts Fallon s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire."


Like many of us, Fallon is determine to make her own fate. Living in the shadow of her sister Sorcha, Fallon wants her father realize she is worthy of being a warrior. Yet, things may not be as easy as she planned. Her father is determined not to lose Fallon, like he did with Sorcha and has other plans for her. However, Fallon knows in her heart she is meant for greatness and instead of facing her father's desires, she runs.

Just when Fallon thinks she is free of following her sister's steps, she becomes a slave. She is sold to a training school for female gladiator. In the process of being capture, Fallon realizes she is not as strong as she hope she would. But like few, she is determined to become the person she hope for and learns to fight, like a Valiant. She becomes the best. She becomes like Aria, unstoppable. All you can do is admire her for her strength and willingness.

The Valiant is a great story about friendship, politics, freedom and most of all self-discovery. At our moment of weakness, we learn our strength goes beyond what we think we are capable of. This is what Fallon learns. In this very journey, Fallon becomes a friend, a person to admire, and an example of to many of the girls in the training school.

There is a touch of romance but there is something greater, the bond of a sisterhood. It's a great story for our young generation to read as Fallon is an inspiration.

If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is a book not to be missed. If you love a story of friendship and sisterhood, then this is the book for you. If you're a fan of badass heroine, HELLO, pick this book up! Last but not least, if you're looking for an inspiration, then Fallon is your girl. The Valiant is a great story to read with incredible world-building, an engrossing plot, badass heroine, great supporting characters and captivating writing. Go read it!

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Book Review: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry



Long Way Home (Thunder Road, #3)
Long Way Home
Thunder Road #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: January 31st 2017
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.


 I've been in a horrible reading funk and nothing seemed to be getting me out of it. Real world was just intertwining into my books and I just couldn’t seem to concentrate. I whole heartily gave up the last two month of last year because it got that bad. If you asked anyone what was pushing me to get back to reading they would’ve told you Katie McGarry’s new book is coming out and that’ll be the one to push her over the edge. They were not mistaken! Ten long months ago I finished Walk The Edge and read that we were getting Chevy and Violet’s story. I can’t even begin to tell you how insanely excited I was. They’ve been the two characters that have had my attention since book one so the fact that we were finally getting their story— my expectations were extremely high. I’m happy to report that McGarry delivers. As always.

When you group up being a part of The Reign of Terror motorcycle club you are treated a certain way highly respected if you’re part of it or extremely feared if you’re an outsider. Violet feels like she is neither. She doesn’t feel like she belongs with the Terror because she no longer trusts them. Chevy on the other hand is the grandson of the leader and has basically grown up thinking he would one day join the club. Life throws you things unexpectedly, sometimes you’ve been set a course that you still don’t feel like it is yours other times things aren’t really what they seem. Together they must face what comes next.

Chevy and Violet’s story literally had me on the edge of my seat. I finished Long Way Home in less than 3 hours because I was so absorbed in their story. Ever since Nowhere But Here I've wanted to get inside of Violet’s mind. She is so headstrong, independent and takes absolutely nothing from anyone I absolutely love that! Violet might be hard headed at times, but she is a breath of fresh air. I feel like we need more heroine’s to take charge and say “Hi, don’t worry I can take care of myself!” Chevy, *swoon* can I please have one in real life? I loved his character development. Sometimes the men in our lives think they have it all figured out so it was nice to see McGarry throw in that little tad bit that hey maybe we all have to learn from one another. Not everything is the way one thinks it’s meant to be.

Overall, I think Long Way Home is a perfect addition to the Thunder Road series. Everything flows very simultaneously and ties together effortlessly. I’m not 100% sure if this is the last in the series, but if it is I am so satisfied with how everything turned out. I highly recommend starting this series if you haven’t already.



#SaltLakeCity Grab Passes to #BeforeIFall @ Megaplex Theatres West Valley 2/25



Before I Fall 
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writers: Maria Maggenti (screenplay), Lauren Oliver (novel)
Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #BeforeIFall
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her--before she runs out of time for good.


What if today was your last? You and a guest are invited to a free advance screening of BEFORE I FALL on Saturday, Feb 25th in West Valley, UT at 2pm. Click the poster below for your chance to get 2 complimentary tickets. (Passes admit up to 2 per account and do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked. Arrive early for ticket exchange!) #BeforeIFall in theaters March 3rd!


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#Seattle Grab Passes to #Table19Movie @ AMC Pacific Place 2/27



Table 19
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Writers: Jay Duplass (screenplay), Mark Duplass (screenplay)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Amanda Crew 
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, drug use, language and some brief nudity
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Hashtag: #Table19Movie
Ex-maid of honor Eloise - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text- decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with 5 "random" guests at the dreaded Table 19.


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