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jane and emma

About Jane and Emma

jane and emma Sister Jane Manning, a free black woman, and convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated.

Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the Prophet, as a whirlwind of memory, loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward.

Through the long night, Jane wonders if the Prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him.

Join these two remarkable women of faith on an imagined night that reveals the essence of their complex, raw, and ultimately beautiful friendship.

My review

Several years ago, I read a series of books about Jane Manning James that really made me curious about her and her life. I’ll leave links to them after my review, so you can check them out. But since then, I’ve read other things about her and been curious about her. This movie has been on my to watch list, since I learned that it was coming out.

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I got to go to the Salt Lake premier of this movie the other night. This movie enthralled me from the very opening scene. It opens with Jane having a dream. This dream leads her back to Nauvoo and Emma’s home. There she finds that the Prophet Joseph Smith has been murdered and Emma is there all alone with his body.

jane and emmaThe night the two of them spend together with Joseph’s body is heart wrenching. Obviously, Emma’s just lost her husband. But she also feels so insanely guilty about his death. As though it was her fault for calling him back when he was going to leave. 

I loved the actors that portrayed the characters in this one. Emma played by Emily Goss seemed believable. At first, I thought that she seemed a bit harsh, but she had just lost her husband. And Emma really went through a lot of things that most women will never have to because of who her husband was. Emma to me is one of those women that I will always look up to. She holds a special place in my heart.

Jane played by Danielle Deadwyler was probably my favorite character in this movie. I loved the way she kept trying, even when things were hard. Being kicked off the steamship without any clothes, would have made me rethink my journey to Nauvoo. Walking hundreds of miles from Buffalo to Nauvoo is not something I would even attempt. This woman was strong, she was courageous and she’s one of my all time favorite women ever! 

I got to talk to Danielle Deadwyler for just a few minutes after. I asked her what her favorite part of the movie had been. I’ve been thinking about what she told me ever since. And I think what she said can have an application in our lives. She said her favorite parts were all on one day. They shot the hardest, most gut wrenching scenes the same day. And that for her, knowing she could get through that day showed her that she could do hard things. We all have days that are hard, and just like Danielle, we can focus on being able to do the hard things. To get through them and to thrive. I love that!

Anyway…Jane and Emma is a fantastic movie. It’s one that I can’t wait to watch again. If you live in Utah where this movie is opening this weekend, go see it! If not, make sure you go to janeandemmamovie.com to find out how you can request that this movie play in your state.

Jane and Emma Movie Trailer

 

Books about Jane Manning James that I mentioned earlier

 

 

 

 

little women

Do you have books or movies that you read or watched as a kid that still affect you as an adult? For me Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of those. I loved reading the book and I loved watching the movie as well. I still consider both of them to be  favorites.

So when I saw that there was a new Little Women movie coming out, I was really excited! And I was even more excited to get to go to the movie premiere the other night before the movie actually came to theaters. My oldest daughter, also a Little Women fan, went with me.

little women

I loved the new movie. The way they changed up the plot was clever, I loved it! This version has the girls as adults, focusing mainly on Jo. But she flashes back to when they were kids and you get to see the whole plot. And this version is set in modern times, so the girls deal with things that kids now would be dealing with. I loved that as well! This movie made me laugh and it made me cry. Make sure to take some tissues for yourself!

It was really fun to see characters in this one that I recognized from other movies. There were a couple from the High School Musical series as well as some of my other favorite movies.

little women

Another thing that’s really awesome about this new movie, is that the 150th anniversary of the book’s release is coming up in just a couple of days on September 30th. I love that a whole new generation of girls can come to love these characters and this story through this movie. That’s fantastic!

Little Women opens in theaters today! Make sure to take the time to go see it. 

About Little Women

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — are always committed to supporting one another. When Jo moves to New York to pen a novel, her editor challenges her to write about something much more interesting — her family. When tragedy brings the siblings back home, sticking together takes on a whole new meaning as Jo tries to comfort Beth when she gets sick.

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About Trek the Movie

Trek: The MovieTrek follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Along the way, they try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Men leader, match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk, and ponder doctrinal brain teasers like, “Do General Authorities go to PG-13 movies?” But, when they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like that of their pioneer ancestors. Whether you’ve been on a trek or not, your family will laugh along and ultimately beinspired as you enjoy this delightful film.

Special Features

  • Trek bloopers
  • Meet the Cast
  • Director Commentary

My thoughts about Trek The Movie

I got to watch this one in the theater. I’ve been looking forward to the DVD coming out so that I could see it again!

This movie is way unique in that it’s about a very specific aspect of Mormon culture. Going on a trek is such a special thing for our young people. I know it was something that our older daughter looked forward to going on and now our younger daughter is looking forward to it in a few years as well.

Trek: the Movie is so well done! I didn’t have my own trek experience, but after watching this movie, I almost felt as though I had. 

I loved the characters in it. There’s the kids that don’t want to be there, for various reasons, the leaders, (some of these were quite funny as well), and it even has the kids that keep trying to make out. My favorite was the Twinkie boy. I had to laugh at all of his antics. His trying to sneak all of his favorite treats onto trek when he knew they weren’t allowed was so funny! There was one part with him and his sister and her doll that made me laugh so hard!

There’s also the boy who is only there because his parents have bribed him. I liked the way the audience doesn’t know why he doesn’t want to go at first. It takes quite a lot of the movie before everything with him is pieced completely together and makes sense.

I liked the way this movie is done. There is plenty of humor, fun and laughing. But the movie has serious parts too. There’s a huge problem that needs to be solved and the kids have to solve it on their own. It takes all of them to do it.

My whole family loved this movie. I loved the extras on the DVD. There were tons of deleted scenes that kept our family laughing. There’s a great music video and the commentary. I don’t usually watch all of the commentary. Our daughter had it on and it was a lot of fun to listen to what the directors were saying about Trek: the Movie.

I was sent a copy of this movie in exchange for an honest review.

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Movie Trailer

Letter from Alan Peterson Director of Trek the Movie 

Trek the MovieIt’s exciting to anticipate the DVD/BluRay release of TREK, the movie. Being with audiences in theaters is the fulfillment of any director’s dream.  But, the reality of independent film is that you can’t get a movie into enough theaters so that everyone who wants to, can see it.  July 3rd is a day that lots of TREK fans have been waiting for.  Now, everyone can enjoy the laughs and lessons of TREK whenever they want.  One of our goals in producing the movie was to create a story that would honor the wonderful tradition of this hands-on experience unique to our faith.  Trek provides a critical chance to connect with our past. Why is this important?  I’ll let Elder Russell M. Ballard explain: 

I have a deep conviction that if we lose our ties to those who have gone before us, including our pioneer forefathers and mothers, we will lose a very precious treasure. I have spoken about “Faith in Every Footstep” in the past and will continue in the future because I know that rising generations must have the same kind of faith that the early Saints had in the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.” (General Conference, October 2017, The Trek Continues!)

It is too easy to forget what our pioneer ancestors sacrificed for their faith and for our good. I hope families can sit down together and share the movie and talk about how grateful we should be for the men, women and children who marched into the unknown following a prophet of God so long ago. And, I hope they will talk about the challenges they face today as members of the church as we march forward into the unknown.  Do you feel like Tom and wonder where God is?  How do we connect with Him? What do we do when we feel weak and alone? Hopefully, TREK helps us know that our Heavenly Father is there and that He cares. 

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About the Trek the Movie: Written by Hollywood screenwriter David Howard and Jon Enos, and directed by Alan Peterson, TREK is a family comedy that follows a group of LDS teens as they stumble their way through the sagebrush looking for their pioneer heritage as well as their own testimonies. 

Watch as Tom, a young Mormon teenager and his friends try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Mens leader, ponder doctrinal brain teasers, and match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk.  Through all of the ups and downs, they are revealed to be “real” LDS youth who are struggling with real challenges—doubts, divorce, relationships.  When they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like their pioneer ancestors.

My review: A few weeks ago my family and I were able to go to a pre-screening of a movie. This movie is way unique in that it’s about a very specific aspect of Mormon culture. Going on a Trek is such a special thing for our young people. I know it was something that our older daughter looked forward to going on and now our younger daughter is looking forward to it in a few years as well.

Trek the M9ovie is so well done! I didn’t have my own trek experience, but after watching this movie, I almost felt as though I had. 

I loved the characters in it. There’s the kids that don’t want to be there, for various reasons, the leaders, (some of these were quite funny as well), and it even has the kids that keep trying to make out. My favorite was the Twinkie boy. I had to laugh at all of his antics. His trying to sneak all of his favorite treats onto Trek when he knew they weren’t allowed was so funny! There was one part with him and his sister and her doll that made me laugh so hard!

There’s also the boy who is only there because his parents have bribed him. I liked the way the audience doesn’t know why he doesn’t want to go at first. It takes quite a lot of the movie before everything with him is pieced completely together and makes sense.

I liked the way this movie is done. There is plenty of humor, fun and laughing. But the movie has serious parts too. There’s a huge problem that needs to be solved and the kids have to solve it on their own. It takes all of them to do it.

My whole family loved this movie. We’re still talking about it weeks later! Can’t wait for it to come out in Theaters so that we can see it again.

I was able to go to a pre-screening of this movie with my family.

This movie comes to theaters on April 6th, in Utah. To get all the details, check out the movie’s website.

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About the movie: Indy lives with her aunt and uncle and believes her life is fine until an accident brings a new guy into her life. Bryant Bailey is not Indy’s type – she’s never been into guys like him. But then again, she’s never really known anyone so stubborn and caring that can also help her discover who she is and what she’s worth. A modern telling of Cinderella, based on the novel by Jenni James.

My review: One of our family’s favorite things to do together is to watch movies. I don’t know if you’re like us or not, but if our family is going to watch a movie together, we want it to be clean. There’s nothing worse than watching a movie and not realizing there’s inappropriate language or one of THOSE scenes in it. I love it when I find clean movies that I can share with others.

This movie is based on one of Jenni James’ books, and it was a good one too! Our family watched this movie last Friday, both of our daughter’s (17 and 12) loved it! In fact, they voted to watch it again on Saturday. And then they both started reading the book, and I think they both finished the book last weekend as well.

I loved the whole story line of this movie. I liked Indy. I liked the way she worked so hard and never complained when she never got any of the things that normal kids got. I liked the way she was with Bryant. I thought it was kind of funny that she refused to forgive him. And I loved the way he never gave up, even when she was purposely mean and it would be hard for him to want to keep trying. There’s also Maxon, he’s Indy’s best friend. It was so funny when he declared that she was his girlfriend and she had no idea! 

I didn’t like Indy’s family. Her aunt and uncle are horrible and her cousins…wow! Let’s just say the whole family are terrible.

I loved everything about this movie! I loved the characters, the plot, the actors and actresses in it. Make sure to go watch it yourself!

I was able to watch this movie for free on Amazon, using my Prime subscription.

Watch it on Amazon! Or you could read the book.

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