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National Treasure: Book of Secrets


To start off Christmas Weekend, my parents, sister and I went to a matinee of “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”  also known as “National Treasure II”.  You can view the movie’s official website here.  The main characters include Ben Gates,  his dad Patrick Gates and the comedy of techie Riley Poole.   Also Ben’s sort of girlfriend, Abigail returns as well as FBI Agent Sadusky.  A new addition to the cast is Ben’s mom, Emily Appleton, a college professor who specializes in pre-colonial history.  

In this sequel the Gates Family again has to search for another American treasure to protect the family’s name in history.   The film begins with Ben and Patrick giving a talk at a university.  During the question and answer session, a fellow historian, Mitch Wilkinson, announced that he had a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes-Booth which named Thomas Gates, Ben’s great-great grandfather, as one of the co-conspirators in the assasination of President Abraham Lincoln. 

From there the search is on!  Another series of clues appear and lead Ben, his dad, Riley, Ben’s somewhat estranged girlfriend Abigail and the former Mrs. Gates, Emily Appleton on a wild cross-continental adventure.  The clues even lead them to the President of the United States who holds the answer to one of the clues as well.  This clue is found in the Presidents’ Book of Secret, the source of the title of this movie.

 As always, I do not want to give away the ending of this sequel, but I can tell you that it is an exciting ending to another chapter of Disney’s National Treasure series.  I cannot wait for the third one to come out, I sincerely hope that there is another one in the works at Disney.

 My favorite part, because I am so silly, is when Riley’s convertible gets towed!  That was SO funny!

I gave this movie 5 out of 5 because it never slowed down and always kept me on the edge of my seat!

 Is it worth seeing again? Absolutely!

Until next time,

This is Katie the Critic



Alvin and The Chipmunks



Welcome to the first edition of my kids’ movie blog!  Last night we went to see “Alvin and The Chipmunks”, check out the official web site here.  This 2007 version of the classic “Alvin and The Chipmunks”, originally invented in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., is great!  The Chipmunks are adorable, funny and great singers!

The movie starts with Alvin, Simon and Theodore out in the forest collecting nuts for the winter.  Suddenly some treechoopers came along and chopped down their tree!  They ended up in the City in a Christmas tree in the lobby of Jett Records.   Dave Seville, a song writer, after being rejected again at Jett Records, ends up with The Chipmunks unexpectedly.

After Dave realizes their musical talents, the real fun begins!  Although the movies has lots of laughs and hysterical scenes, there were scenes that were sad.  One part made me cry when Ian, an ejecutive from Jett Records, was very mean to The Chipmunks and told them that Dave didn’t care about them.  I didn’t like that part very much because Ian was being greedy and wasn’t treating The Chipmunks very nicely.

The dancing was terrific, those chipmunks had the moves!  The music was a mix of classic Chipmunks and modern hip-hop.   The music scenes were very entertaining!

I gave this movie a 4 out of 5 because I thought those scenes when Ian was mean were too strong for kids.

Is it worth seeing?  YES!  I would definitely see it again!

Enjoy your next trip to the movies!

Until next time,

This is Katie the Critic

PS – Merry Christmas to All!