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Snapshots - #39: Coco, Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: Episodes VII and VIII

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Coco (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Miguel, a young aspiring singer, is afraid to defy his family's forsaking of music. On the Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday to celebrate the dead, Miguel is, unwillingly, granted night passage to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and gets valuable life lessons.

This Disney/Pixar production has great animation and music, is colorful, fun, has endearing characters (both living and dead). Coco also has meaningful lessons about the value of traditions, the importance of family, loyalty, and honoring one's ancestors, all in a very entertaining package. Don't let the fact that it is an animated movie deter you from enjoying this gem. Coco is a great story to ponder for kids and adults alike.


Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), (♦♦♦♦): The members of the a cappella singing sensation ‘The Bellas’ have graduated from college and are realizing that they suck big time at real life. They miss the singing, the mischief, and the camaraderie. The father of on…

Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag (♦♦♦♦)

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It’s 1986…

Marissa Fordham was a talented artist in the town of Oak Knoll, California. She was beautiful and dated frequently but not seriously; was well regarded in her community and had a few good friends. Marissa had an idyllic life with her little girl Haley, until one morning a neighbor found her brutally murdered and her daughter fighting for her life.

Detective Tony Mendez, a potential recruit for the FBI, and Vince Leone, a former FBI’s Crime Investigator now consulting with Oak Knoll’s Sheriff Office, started the investigation with very few clues. The crime itself appeared to be of a personal nature and Marissa’s dating list provided a list of potential suspects. However, Haley Fordham, who was recovering in the hospital, was a witness to the crime and expected to ID the perpetrator.

The only problem is that Haley’s subconscious had stored away the memories and only an expert in child psychology could retrieve them with the least damage possible. Enters Anne Leone, a former …

Mirror Mirror (2012) (♦♦♦♦)

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Snow White lives in a castle with her stepmother the queen, but on her eighteenth birthday Snow crashes a queen’s party in the palace and instead she gets a glimpse of the queen’s ill feelings towards her.

During an incursion to the Dark Forest, which is inhabited by “giants” and a beast, Snow gets to save two gentlemen who have been tied together (half naked) by rogues. Little does Snow know that one of the gentlemen she helped is a prince.

Snow and Prince Alcott meet again that night at the palace during a dance ball. They fall for each other, but the queen--threatened by Snow’s beauty and her possible, rightful claim to the throne-- banishes Snow from the palace and sends her loyal servant Brighton to kill Snow and bring back proof of her death. As you may expect, Brighton doesn’t kill Snow, instead he sets her free in the forest. Snow is rescued by seven dwarves-thieves and her adventures begin.

I really loved this movie. It pokes fun at aging (gracefully or otherwise), at beauty…