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The Wild Life – Movie ticket give-away!

The Wild LifeIf you’re like me, the first hint of cooler weather has you cringing that summer is starting to come to an end. It has been a fantastic summer and I’ll be sorry to see it go. But while the new school year might be right around the corner, there’s still time for some kid-friendly fun at the movies!

I’m happy to offer a movie ticket give-away for an advanced screening of The Wild Life – courtesy of eOne Films. Based on the world-renowned story of Robinson Crusoe, The Wild Life follows a shipwrecked and lost Crusoe as he fights to build a treehouse. Hilarity ensues for Crusoe and a cast of zany, wild animals as they all fight for survival. The Wild Life is fun for children of all ages and will be a great way to spend time with the family this September.

If you’d like to be entered in a random draw for four passes, just leave a comment on this post telling me why you love watching movies with your kids (or share the name of your fave family flicks)! Please include your email address – or send it to me privately at: I will make the draw on Monday, August 29th and will announce the winners here at! Good luck!

The Wild Life

Advance Screening: Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – Cineplex Ottawa, 3090 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2B 7K2

Starring: Ron Allen, George Babbit, Laila Berzins, Ilka Bessin, Joey Camen, Jeff Doucette, Sandy Fox


Synopsis: From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).


Just “kitten” around…

Just for CatsMy name is Sonia and sometimes, when I’m hanging out with my kids, I watch cat videos.

There; I’ve put it out there! After all, they say that acknowledging the problem is the first step to finding a solution, right??

Then again – cat videos can have a positive effect on the world. How on earth is that, you might ask? Well, the Just for Cats Video Festival is coming to Ottawa tomorrow – and it supports a national initiative to increase the welfare of cats across the country.

Yeah, a cat video festival! It’s a real thing – and it’s actually pretty big! It’s happening across the country – so if you don’t live in Ottawa, be sure to check their web site for a festival taking place near you.

Just for Cats 2The event showcases a reel of the best internet cat videos on the planet. Ottawa’s festival takes place at Dundonald Park on Saturday, June 25, in partnership with Centretown Movies – so the screening will be outdoors under the stars.

They’ll be kicking everything off with family-friendly activities – such as cat-inspired yoga, face-painting, dance and story time at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket – you’ll want them to get comfy for the screening of the Just for Cats reel at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).

There will also be a silent auction with some great items – including a family photo session with Jerome – Photographer; nine holes of golf for four people from Thunderbird Sports Centre; four tickets to an Ottawa Fury FC home game; a Yogatown gift basket and introductory pass; a three-month subscription to Meow Box; a pet basket worth $150 from Dayna’s Pet Sitting Incorporated; and a gift basket from the Lil Bub Store with a tee, stickers, a plushie that purrs and meows just like Lil BUB and a Bub tote bag.

Lil BUBWhile the event is free, please consider giving a $5 to $10 donation per person. All funds go to the Ottawa Humane Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

Hope to see you tomorrow for a celebration of all things feline!


Ticket giveaway – Norm of the North

Norm of the NorthIf you’re looking to get the kids out of the Ottawa cold this weekend, then I’ve got just the ticket…literally!

I’m pleased to announce that I have a limited number of passes to an advanced screening of ‘Norm of the North.’

If you’re interested, please comment on this post and let me know your favourite pick-me-up for getting through the Ottawa winter! (Please email your contact info. to me at so I can contact you if you are randomly selected.)


Screening Date: Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m.

Location: Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa (Formerly Coliseum Ottawa)


Cast: Rob Schneider, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Loretta Divine, Bill Nighy, Gabriel Iglesias, Colm Meany, Michael McElhatton

Synopsis: Displaced from their Arctic home, a polar bear named Norm and his three lemming friends wind up in New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of a corporation he soon learns is tied to the fate of his homeland.


Free movie passes, anyone??

a1e2dd_4a7cd00d16824a04a1d635545fa1db6cIf the cost of bringing your entire family to the theatre and purchasing snacks makes you feel slightly faint, take heart – Cineplex Entertainment is inviting Canadian families for a morning of free movies on Saturday, Oct. 18.

In honour of Cineplex’s fourth-annual National Community Day, families can enjoy free movies and popcorn, soft drinks and select candy items for $2 each. All proceeds raised will benefit Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner working to empower youth as agents of change.

In Ottawa, Cineplex Theatres will open their doors at 8:30 a.m., with the following movies slated for viewing:

  • Escape From Planet Earth (9 a.m.)
  • Ender’s Game (9:15 a.m.)
  • Walking With Dinosaurs – 3D (9:30 a.m.)
  • ParaNorman – 3D (9:45 a.m.)
  • Divergent (10 a.m.)
  • Free Birds (10:15 a.m.)

For a full listing of movie titles and free show times across Canada, visit the Community Day flyer on the Cineplex web site.



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Movie review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Today’s Parent)

Mr. PeabodyIt’s not every Tuesday that I get to take my six-year-old daughter to a movie. With it being March break this week, however, I decided to spend a bit of one-on-one time with her and take her to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which she’s been counting the days to see. To make it extra special, we even went to an evening show – meaning she got to stay up late (this is super-cool in her eyes).

I really had no expectations going in to this one – and no background on the history of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, either. I was very pleasantly surprised by the movie – and I detailed my impressions in a little movie review for Today’s Parent.

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Half-baked peach pie

Labor_Day_Poster*Spoiler alert: This post makes specific references to the plot of Labor Day, so if you’re thinking of seeing it, don’t say I didn’t warn you!*

Last night, as I headed to an advance screening of Labor Day, I was reflecting that it had been ages since I’ve seen a movie targeted at my own age group.

These days, my movie outings typically involve smart-ass, animated animals, snack-packs with collector cups and – more often than I’d like – 3D glasses (just because the technology exists doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to use it in *every* single movie!). Needless to say, I was very excited to be seeing a movie with my girlfriend, with no “little people” in tow.

So it figures, then, that the plot had to be half-baked.

I mean really…this movie left me with So. Many. Questions!! The movie starts out Adele (Kate Winslet) and her young son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith) heading to the town department store to buy new pants for Henry. Adele is obviously out of sorts – very tentative and nervous – but at this point the viewer doesn’t know why.

While browsing at the store, a sweaty and frantic Frank (Josh Brolin) gloms on to Henry and says he needs a ride. Although this is clearly a tiny town – where everyone knows everyone else and their business – Frank manages to locate and steal a shirt/apron that makes him appear to be a store employee. He then stands in line with Adele and Henry – who are clearly uncomfortable with the situation – while they pay the cashier. No gun or weapon has been shown at this point, and the cashier stares at Adele as she is acting strangely. Um…as a parent, would you not speak up? Make a scene? Say something to an employee about that fact that you’re being forced to give a strange, sweaty man – who also has blood on his face – a ride with your young child?

Instead, Adele proceeds to let him into her car, where he sits in the backseat with his thick arm threateningly placed around her 13-year-old son. Then – get this – they pass a police car! Perhaps another opportunity to say, block the police car’s path and indicate that you’re being held hostage? Nope, she drives on by.

Back at Adele’s home, it quickly comes out that Frank is on the lam from prison – where he is serving a sentence for murder (of course it comes out later that he was wrongfully accused). He insists on hiding in their home overnight (there’s a shot of Adele sleeping – wouldn’t you rest peacefully if an escaped murderer was in your home??).

But perhaps my favourite scene was the next day, when a neighbour comes along with a bucket of peaches for Adele. Frank menacingly grabs her around the throat and pushes her around the corner, demanding that Henry answer the door and make up an excuse as to why she can’t come speak to the neighbour. Moments after the neighbour leaves, Frank bites into a peach – then announces that he wants to make a peach pie!

Peach pieMere minutes, then, after he has Adele in a life-threatening stronghold, he has his arms sensually wrapped around her body as he demonstrates how to make an effective pie crust (yes, I’m serious…I can’t believe it, either). In a scene that seems to be trying hard to replicate the sexually-charged closeness of the famous Ghost scene – when Patrick Swayze is demonstrating how to shape clay – Frank is caressing Adele’s hands in a big bowl of mushy peaches. Oh – and Henry gets his hands in there, too – why not invite your teen to join in?

Perhaps it was because my “date” for the evening is a professional baker and pastry chef, but we both found this strange scene to be extremely comical. In fact, I think I may have irritated the man next to me with my incessant snickering.

I won’t bore you with all the details of this slow-moving plot, but suffice to say it was a bizarre mixture of uber-depressing flashbacks and unrealistic interactions. An alternative title to this movie might be ‘Labored.’ You could see what they were trying to do – and they tried really, really hard – but unfortunately it just didn’t work.

Maybe animated animals aren’t so bad after all.


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