Sunday, June 4, 2017

Guardians, Aliens, and Pirates! (Nik's Piks)


If you're a movie lover, you can't help but get excited about summer blockbuster season that begins in May and runs through August. For me, it marks the release of some much anticipated films. We are only in the first few days of June, and already the summer line-up is proving to offer relief from an otherwise dry year for the movie industry. So, hang on to your seats, as the world as we know it is taken over by guardians, aliens, and pirates! 

First up was Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - which brought back all our beloved characters from the franchise's first installment. The film continued with its sentimental undertones, but, some would argue, carried the sentimentality a bit too far. I liked it, however. The film is fun, the story line was interesting, and Baby Groot is the cutest thing to hit the big screen since the Minions. The music is also an added bonus. Guardians is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, brief suggestion content, and language. So, while you youngins might love superheros, I advise against bringing them to this film. For older audiences, this is one film that was worth the IMAX 3D ticket price. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Official Trailer

Next up is Alien Covenant, rated R for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language, and some sexuality/nudity. It is the sixth installment of the Alien franchise.  Before I go any further, besides trailers depicting the iconic scenes of the first few films starring Sigourney Weaver, I had no prior experience with the series. I just never considered it my cup of tea. Therefore, the night before seeing Alien Covenant, I watched the film's precursor, Prometheus, something I highly recommend you do, if you too are going into Alien as a newbie. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Prometheus, a film with both a sophisticated plot and jump-scare moments.  Covenant had even more action and was a tad scarier, although the story line may have lacked the same depth. Still, I recommend this film to sci-fi horror fans. 

Alien Covenant: Official Trailer (viewer discretion is advised)

Last, in my first summer blockbuster marathon, is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  This is a franchise I am all too familiar with, having seen each of the first four movies multiple times. And, just when you thought the view couldn't get better than Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, in comes Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner. Most moviegoers will agree that none of the sequels lived up to the original film, but (and maybe I am just getting too sentimental in my old age), Disney delivered on this one. The film is non-stop action and wit, and finally provides some closure to the lives of the original cast. However, despite the fact that Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) finally finds his treasure, this franchise may not over. Rumor has it that the sixth film is already in the works.  

I can say with 100% certainty, I was NOT expecting a Pirates film to get me choked up, yet it did - TWICE. The film definitely caters to fans (guilty as charged) who needed a bit of nostalgia.  Dead Men Tell No Tales is rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence and some suggestive content.  One word of caution, no matter how much your 6-year-old may love pirates, pirate ghosts may prove too scary for young viewers. 

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Official Trailer

So what's on deck next? Wonder Woman opened this past weekend and The Mummy is opening later this week. Then it's time for Spider-man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets all hitting theaters soon.  I haven't exactly decided which of these films I am willing to open my wallet for, but check back soon for more movie fun. 



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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Inspiration Lost




I can't believe we are on the back-end of May, and I am writing my first post of the month. To say I've put my blog on the back-burner since starting a new job is a gross understatement.  Having less time is definitely a factor. But, truth be told, I'm finding it difficult to find inspiration lately - in anything.

I've left countless books partially read on my nightstand over the last several months. I hardly make time to watch films these days, and even when I do, they don't inspire me to write a review.  (Maybe my choice of movies is to blame; I fell asleep during The Accountant not once, but twice!) Volunteering at my son's school and at the animal shelter has also taken a back seat, and this, too, has added to my sense of dissatisfaction with daily life.

My routine walks along the beach and hikes on one of the many local nature trails have ceased entirely since the year began - both of which helped me clear my mind and find my inspiration. Further proof physical exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. Sadly, there haven't been any long bike rides in recent weeks either.

A new job, life's daily stress, and personal struggles, coupled with being a full-time parent, have all contributed to the core of my issue - the complete lack of inspiration in my life. Since the beginning, my blog's motto has been "We're all inspired by something; we just have to calm our minds to find it."  I am working on finding that calmness again, but I'd be lying if I said it is proving to be an easy feat.  

At this point, I am learning to take one day - AND ONE CHORE - at a time, but for someone who likes to feel accomplishment at the end of each day, telling me to slow down and put things off to the next day only adds to my inner stress levels. 

I know eventually things will all settle down and life, as I've dreamed of living it, will come back into focus. In the meanwhile, my lavender oil remains at my bedside (since the lavender fields of France are out of reach) to help relax me, and my eyes remain on my blessings, in particular my two children as I watch them become the adults I had hoped to raise. 

I hope my schedule this summer allows me a little more time to write, and maybe the more relaxed routine will help me find some inspiration. If you have any suggestions on how I can get inspired again, I'd love to hear them. Until then, thanks for checking in and reading.






Friday, April 28, 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins (Nik's Piks: Movie Review)


"He didn't understand musicians. We'd rather go without bread than Mozart." ~ Florence Foster Jenkins

It has been several weeks since I have published a movie review. However, I am back this week with an inspiring film, Florence Foster Jenkins. This 2016 film is based on the real life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an American socialite turn amateur soprano, who took the music world by storm in the first half of the 20th century, but not for reasons you would think. While her status gave her the opportunity to follow her dream of becoming an opera singer, it was her heart that made her succeed.

Meryl Streep stars as the eccentric musician who, years earlier, gave up her family's fortune to teach piano and follow her passion for music. The film also stars Hugh Grant as her husband, St. Clair, and Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory) as Cosme McMoon, her pianist. All three actors, including the film itself, received numerous industry award nominations including an Oscar nomination for Streep for Best Actress. 

On many levels, this film is about a woman who has spent 50 years fighting a disease she knows could take her life at any time. Medical complications destroyed her dreams of being a pianist. It is a very inspiring story, but not one without conflict. First, there is the question as to whether or not St. Clair is helping or harming her by going to great lengths to protect her from the truth - her singing is awful! Then, there is the question as to whether or not this is a case of egotism or simply one of a person sharing their joy? 

"We have to help her, because without loyalty, there's nothing." ~ Florence Foster Jenkins

The love story between St. Clair and Florence is very tender, but certainly unconventional. Their relationship is one of utmost loyalty and shows that love can take many forms. Helberg's portrayal of McMoon offers some comic relief; he was my favorite character.  There are a couple of moments in the film that will tear your heart out, and at least one other that will give you chills and make your heart smile. 

Watch Official Trailer

However, despite all the accolades, this film is not for everyone. It is a a true period piece with a story line that moves at a quiet pace, and, to be honest, her voice may drive some viewers mad. The film is rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material. Florence Foster Jenkins is truly a lesson in loving life and following your passions, and, although I didn't personally love the film, it was very inspirational.  




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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Gardens GreenMarket (Nik's Piks: Local Spotlight)


Nowadays, most areas, from small towns to big cities, have a farmer's market that promotes locally grown produce and agricultural products, along with local art, crafts, and food. With no exception, green markets are everywhere in South Florida, but my favorite is The Gardens GreenMarket. 

Now in its 15th year, the market, located at the City Hall Municipal Complex in beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, takes place every Sunday, rain or shine, from 8am to 1pm. But you must hurry up!! Beginning May 14, the market moves indoors until mid-September to avoid the Florida summer heat, and it isn't quite the same. 

You are sure to stumble upon new items every week, in addition to farm fresh staples. On my recent visit to The Gardens GreenMarket, I picked up a delicious vegan snack and a jar of homemade, cruelty-free lotion for my mother.   


Whether you come to buy your weekly produce and some fresh eggs, or do a little shopping for a new outfit or piece of handcrafted jewelry, The Gardens GreenMarket is a wonderful family-friendly way to spend a couple of hours browsing the array of local vendors and enjoying the live music. Plan on coming for breakfast or lunch AND discovering some true treasures.  Odds are, you will go home with a new plant, fresh guacamole, or even new artwork. 

Fresh flowers, plants, and herbs

Clothing and accessories 
Beautiful artwork and crafts


There are a couple of playgrounds nearby for the kiddos to choose from if they get restless, along with public restrooms. Parking is ample and free, but there is a full crowd every Sunday. Please note, pets are not allowed. 

See you back here soon. In the meantime, buy local and GO GREEN! 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Vegan Mango Smoothie (Nik's Piks)

I haven't posted in my Going Vegan series in quite some time, so figured I would today. And, what better way than to share one of my newest, favorite vegan recipes! 



Mango Smoothie
Don't like mangoes? Neither do I! Until, that is, I made this delicious vegan mango smoothie altered from a traditional recipe I found. It is my new addiction. With summer approaching, there is no better time than now to start perfecting some smooth and delicious cold treats that are also healthy and filling.






INGREDIENTS:  
(Servings: 1 or 2, if you're willing to share) 

  • 4 ice cubes 
  • 8 oz almond milk (original or vanilla unsweetened)
  • 1 1/2 cup of chopped frozen mango 
  • 5.3 oz (one container) vanilla yogurt made from coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pure cane / Turbinado sugar to taste (~ 1-2 TBSP)

If you prefer, substitute the vegan ingredients for dairy ingredients. However, I promise you will love the vegan version.

PROCEDURE:  

Step 1:  Crush ice in blender

Step 2: Add all ingredients (You may wait until the end to add the sugar.)







Step 3: Blend completely until thick and smooth, (Add sugar, if desired, and blend in.) 






Step 4: Enjoy! 









How easy is that?  While I often eat this smoothie as a meal, I believe it is scrumptious enough to be dessert!  


Give it a try and let me know what you think! 



Read more of my Going Vegan series here



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Art of Crying


For decades, experts have delved deep into the science of crying - why we cry, and perhaps more importantly, the physiological result of shedding those tears. Studies show that crying is beneficial to the human body and mind. The chemical makeup of tears will vary depending on the cause of the tears: sadness, fear, pain, stress, happiness, or anger. In most of these instances, tears are the body's way of releasing unwanted toxins from the body, allowing the healing process to begin. Turns out there is an art of crying, that, when done correctly, will leave you feeling rejuvenated and stronger than ever.

Yet, many of us still don't want to cry, preferring to hold in our emotions - often times to the point where we break under the pressure at the worst moment.  Even children are told big boys and girls don't cry. But the truth is, we not only want to cry at certain points in our lives, we actually NEED to. 



A friend recently reminded me of all this as I cried to her on the phone after what was a very stressful few days. She asked me if I was really crying over traffic, or if that was the straw that broke the camel's back.....a back that has been carrying too much lately. She asked me if I had given myself permission to cry recently.  

As an emotional Italian who wears her heart on her sleeve (and born under the astrological sign of the very sensitive Cancer to boot), I never considered myself someone who held in tears and who needed to be reminded to allow herself to cry. In fact, I think I cry a lot. She quickly pointed out that I cry when it is too late, and my body and mind have been taken over by the negative chemicals produced by the body during emotional times. 

So what am I supposed to do? Make myself cry? 

Apparently, that is exactly what I am supposed to do. But how? 

While many will turn on a sad movie, I have always been inspired and moved by music. (My sons know to leave me be when the music is blasting.) I often find my tears hidden in the lyrics of a song or a melancholy melody that makes my eyes water from the opening note. There are probably a hundred songs that evoke strong emotions in me, some for nostalgic reasons, others because of the painful lyrics that hit home.  The song that gets me sobbing every time is "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" which came on the night I stayed up holding my dying cat to my chest, afraid I would fall asleep and miss even one of his last minutes with me. 

Aerosmith, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

As we saw Debra Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond do in the episode "Alone Time," putting on a sad song is a good place to start. Unbeknownst to Debra, Ray sees her and immediately jumps to terrible conclusions that she is unhappy with her life. Debra later explains to Ray that what he witnessed was her just simply needing some alone time to release the stress of daily life and recommends Ray give it a try. Since I wanted to end on a happier note, here is the clip of Ray's attempt at making himself cry because, if there is one thing we need to do even more than cry, is laugh. 

Everybody Loves Raymond, "Alone Time" 



For more musical inspiration, visit me at Nik's Piks: Music



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Must-Sees at the Palm Beach International Film Festival (Nik's Piks)



The 22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival opened today and with it came much excitement and anticipation for another great event. Although only five days this year, the festival is still packed with some wonderful films, events, and special guests, including Dr. Oz who will be at the  March 30th screening of his daughter's first feature film, When the Starlight Ends

Click here for schedule times, locations, and to purchase tickets. 

This year's festival once again returns to the Cinemark Theater in Boca Raton, but also adds a new venue at Keiser University in West Palm Beach. It is never easy for me to decide which movie screenings are top of my priority list, but here is a short list of those that caught my attention. 

1) National Geographic's TALES BY LIGHT  (Documentary) 

Tales by Light Official Trailer

2) THE SOUNDING  (Drama / Romantic) 

3) DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW (Drama, Romantic, Thriller) 

4) DEAN (Comedy / Drama)

5) SWING STATE (Comedy / Music / News) 

Swing State Official Trailer

6) REMEMBER ME (Comedy)



For more information about the event read my festival preview or visit www.pbifilmfest.org




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (Preview)



Well, South Florida movie lovers, it is that time again! This year's Palm Beach International Film Festival is gearing up to open on Wednesday, March 29. And, as usual, the event organizers have an amazing five days planned filled with special events and parties, post-screening discussions with filmmakers and casts, industry panels, a student filmmaking showcase, and networking opportunities on a GLOBAL scale as filmmakers from around the world converge on Palm Beach for this uniquely intimate, yet sophisticated, celebration of films.

New this year:

This year the Palm Beach International Film Festival will be returning to the Cinemark in Boca Raton, and welcomes a new venue, Keiser University, for patrons more centrally located in the county. Also to accommodate fans in both north and south parts of the county, the PBIFF will, for the first time, host TWO Opening Night events and after show festivities SIMULTANEOUSLY!

Visit the event's website for details and tickets to movie screenings and special events: www.pbifilmfest.org.

Also new to this year's festival is "The Licky Award" which will be presented to three winners for the most delicious action/adventure, comedy, and drama film shown during the five day event.  Of course, awards will also be given in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film. 

The movie schedule is already up, and tickets are on sale now. I am already reading previews and watching trailers to find my top picks for this year's festival. If you are local, you won't want to miss this wonderful celebration of cinematic magic!!

For details visit www.pbifilmfest.org.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Adderall Diaries (Nik's Piks)


What if everything you remember, isn't the truth?

I first heard of The Adderall Diaries at last years Palm Beach International Film Festival. Unfortunately, I missed the showing but kept the film on my list of must-sees. This past week I finally sat down to watch this 2015 crime-thriller based on the memoirs of Stephen Elliott. 

"We understand the world by how we retrieve memories, reorder information into stories to justify how we feel." ~ The Adderall Diaries.

Elliott, played by James Franco, is an author and professor at Columbia University. After landing a another book deal, he suffers from writers block and becomes obsessed with the highly publicized murder trial of Hans Reiser (Christian Slater) who is accused of killing his wife.  Elliott becomes romantically involved with a young woman (Amber Heard), a Times Reporter covering the case. Meanwhile, he is also on a book tour for his previous novel that depicts his very intense and abusive relationship with his father growing up. The film offers a multitude of flashbacks from both his and his father's conflicting vantage points.  As Elliott dives deeper into his depression and addictive lifestyle, he is confronted by his father (Ed Harris).

"Validation is a hell of a drug." ~ The Adderall Diaries

The Adderall Diaries is an intense look at how perception interprets our reality. The film's thematic elements also question whether or not it is better to make excuses for your bad behavior or bury your pain altogether to avoid dealing with it at all. Before you can forgive others, you need to forgive yourself AND come to terms with the fact that you don't need to be a victim or a villain. 


Watch Official Trailer


Honestly, this was one of Franco's best performances, and Ed Harris also delivered a great performance. The Adderall Diaries is rated R for drug content, language, sexuality, and aberrant and disturbing content. I recommend the film to fans of human dramas that delve into the human psyche.


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Excuses, Excuses

It has been brought to my attention that it has been over a week since my last blog post. I am ashamed to admit I am guilty of taking a week off, but let me explain.....or give a slew of excuses that I hope at least some of you will accept. 


A few months ago, I mentioned that I was going back to work and that, although the job is only part-time, I would have to put less pressure on myself to post weekly. What is amazing to me is that there was a time I was posting 2-3 days a week without fail. However, life has a way of taking us away from things we enjoy to make room for things we are obligated to do. Not that we necessarily dislike the other obligations, but they may not be OUR first choice in how we would spend our time. 

Take for instance (and most parents will relate to this) the chauffeuring around of our children. It is bad enough that my youngest has karate FOUR days a week (equaling SEVEN HOURS, not including travel time) at a dojo that is over 15 miles away and 30 minutes with normal traffic, but now soccer season has started for my oldest. That activity adds another THREE time commitments to my schedule - often in direct conflict with his brother's karate, making my weekly scheduling a logistical nightmare at times. Don't know what I would do without the help of my mom!

At the same time, this past Saturday (and here's the real reason for the skipped blog post) was the largest fundraising event for the nonprofit I work for. Since I work in the Development department, that meant many additional hours. Luckily, the evening was a complete success and brought me back to my event management days that I have missed so much. 

The final touches being put in place for the fundraising event.
With all that said, I already have a movie review in mind for Friday. It is categorized as a crime thriller, but, I feel it was more of a psychological / human drama.  Check back Friday for that! 






Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival (Nik's Piks: Local Spotlight)



Alligators, sea creatures, cartoon characters, superheroes, and even a cat reading To Kill a Mockingbird were among those spotted in the streets at this weekend's 23rd annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. Since 1995, this local and FREE art festival has received the attention of art lovers and locals alike. The event was expected to draw 100,000 attendees this year to the small beach town in Palm Beach County.  

The Street Painting Festival plays host to over 600 artists and musicians that turn the streets of downtown Lake Worth into the cultural hotspot of the month. In addition to chalk artists, other artists displayed their work in booths while musicians provided live entertainment. There were vendor booths featuring local businesses and food trucks for patrons to enjoy. 


If you missed the festival this year, you may want to mark your calendar for next year's edition. It is definitely worth a visit at least once. While parking could be a challenge, event organizers have shuttle buses that run from the Tri-Rail Station and Palm Beach State College. This is a family and dog-friendly event. 

Here are a few of my personal favorites. 


This piece of Princess Leia (Carrie Ficher) was a huge draw. 










For more information and the 2018 schedule visit www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org



























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Friday, February 24, 2017

No One Needed to Know (Book Review)

NOTE: I received this book free from the author/publisher requesting an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's rules and guidelines.

One of the best parts of being a blogger is that I have been able to connect with so many amazing people around the world. Author +Donna G. Driver is one of those people. For my latest book review, I read her novel No One Needed to Know, a story about a young girl coping with the challenges of having an older, autistic brother.

In this very sensitive novel about autism awareness and bullying, Driver develops characters that are realistic and evoke sympathy. Although written with middle grade students in mind, even I became quickly engrossed in the characters. I really adored Donald, but was sympathetic toward Heidi's situation as well. As a parent and former educator myself, my heart bled for these two children.

Adolescence is tough enough for Heidi without the embarrassment of her brother, Donald.  She is much more interested in sports than boys and could care less about what the popular girls consider cool. Still, she has managed to secure a spot in the inner circle of the popular clique - that is, until they find out Heidi's brother is "different." Donald is 16, but having been diagnosed with autism and ADHD, he acts much younger and needs constant care.

In keeping with the theme that people are afraid of that which they do not understand, once word gets out that Heidi's brother is developmentally disabled, a secret Heidi kept to herself for years, she becomes ostracized from her friends. Now, not only is her brother the victim of bullies, she too is being ridiculed and tormented by classmates who do not understand Donald or his condition. Naturally, Heidi becomes resentful of her brother whom she feels ruined her life!

This is an important novel that is as much about anti-bullying as it is about autism awareness. I hope schools and educators discover this story and encourage their classes to read it and discuss its relevant themes. It makes a perfect read for National Anti-bullying Day held each October. I am sure many middle grade children would benefit from Heidi's story.

I was lucky enough to chat with Driver about No One Needed to Know and what she has on the horizon! Look for her interview in my first Nik's Spotlight coming next week. 



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Enjoying the Ride, One Pedal at a Time

For those that tuned in this morning for my weekly movie review, I apologize.  However, you may recall that last month (Or was it December? The days are blending into each other.) I said I would be cutting back on the movie reviews and concentrating on more personal areas, which was the original purpose for starting this blog. 

Therefore, finding myself with 37 minutes of free time (Yes, that is an exact number!), I figured I would catch you up on what is new in my life.

First, many of you may not know that back in November, after nearly two and a half years of being out of the traditional workplace, I accepted a position working for a non-profit in its Development and Community Affairs department. I mainly work in fundraising efforts, including grant writing. I am enjoying it, but to say that my family got spoiled with me being at home is an understatement. We are all still adjusting. 

For that reason, my blog has taken a back seat most weeks. However, I am not stressing over it. I am enjoying my new adventure, and my blog will come along for the ride in whatever capacity it may be.  I do have a blog goal for this year and that is to re-design the site and, perhaps, move host platforms. I need to do some careful research on that. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment. 


A more personal goal is to get out "there" more, try new things, and build relationships with people that encourage me to do so. This brings me to the main reason for today's post. I would like to introduce you to my newest pride and joy.  A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a new bicycle, complete with a basket! When I saw this  lavender bike, it was love at first sight. (If it appears more blue in the photo, you can blame my cheap LG phone.)  

I still need to name her - any suggestions?

This is without a doubt the best money I ever spent.  I completely forgot how amazing it is to ride. I feel like a little girl again, and it is true what they say - you never forget how to ride a bicycle. AND, I'll admit, it doesn't hurt that I live in paradise and get to experience some gorgeous views at the same time. 

 
Well, my 37 minutes are almost up! Need to head to work soon. Until next time, stay well and pedal on! 


Related Article: Day One: My New Adventure Begins. Read how it all started.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Now You See Me (Nik's Piks)

"The closer you look, the less you'll see." ~ Now You See Me


To be honest, the 2013 crime drama, Now You See Me, was off my radar. It was a reader that suggested the film (and its sequel) to me, and when I saw the cast, I was more than curious about it. The film is a very clever story of four street magicians who are brought together for an elaborate scheme of pulling off some of the most unbelievable heists. While on stage, in front of sold-out crowds, the group, who calls themselves The Four Horsemen, successfully pulls off some of the most mind-boggling illusions, including bank robberies - all to the benefit of the audience. 

But how are they doing it? Their so-called trick does not go unnoticed by the FBI and Interpol, but how do officials prove the unexplainable. Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent play the lead investigators in this very tricky case against the magicians, played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson. 

"Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you." ~ Now You See Me

The only hope officials have is if they can convince retired magician, Thaddeus Bradley (played by Morgan Freeman - yep, told you the cast was amazing), to offer his explanation as to how the four are pulling off these massive heists. Michael Caine also stars in this high-energy, entertaining film that has you wondering the whole time, just who is playing whom? 

Watch Official Trailer

Now You See Me is the ultimate game of deception, and even has action including a high-speed pursuit.  The film definitely kept my attention, and I am looking forward to seeing the sequel. If you're looking for a fun, light film, you will want to give this one a try. 

The film is rate PG-13 for language, some action, and sexual content. 


Read more of my Nik's Piks: After Hours reviews. 

Check out my Family Movie Reviews too!