Hugh Jackman

MOVIE REVIEW: Just How Great IS “The Greatest Showman?”

I had several snarky thoughts when I first saw the trailer for The Greatest Showman.
Things like:
-I think I preferred this movie when it was called Moulin Rouge.
-Isn’t Hugh Jackman a little old to be playing Michelle Williams’ husband?
-Really??? Another slow-motion shot of a hot-chick dangling from the ceiling???
You get the point.
See, I have to sit through a ton of movies and I’m afraid that, after a while, many of them start to look the same.
I even warned my daughters to “keep your expectations low” when we sat down to watch The Greatest Showman, and then prepared myself to be sufficiently underwhelmed.

Man…was I wrong. Continue reading →

Wiig & Damon

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Downsizing” EARLY & FOR FREE

What if you could become a multi-millionaire in a matter of minutes, but only if you shrunk yourself to the size of a toothbrush? Your money problems would be washed away and you might never have to work again, but you’d spend the rest of your life living in a doll-sized world. Would you do it? Could you leave everything you knew and loved behind and begin the life of your dreams, by Downsizing?
These are just some of the questions writer/director Alexander Payne asks in his latest movie, Downsizing. Matt Damon stars as Paul, a man who decides to escape the monotony and financial distress of his life by Downsizing, but it sends him on a journey he never could have expected. Kristen Wiig plays his apprehensive wife Audrey and Christoph Waltz is his extravagant new neighbor, Dusan. Newcomer Hong Chau steals the whole show as a housekeeper who has an unexpected past.
So, feel like checking out Downsizing EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Johnson, Black, Hart, Gillan
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” EARLY & FOR FREE

I know that SOME of you aren’t too happy about the new version of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. There was lots of stomping feet and gnashing of teeth when it was announced, since many people felt is was disrespectful to Robin Williams. While I understand that concern, I think steps were taken to preserve his legacy in this new film. For example, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a follow-up, not a remake. There are also rumors that Robin Williams is a part of this film, in some small way. If you’re still worried, maybe you should just see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle FOR FREE, instead of paying for it. Continue reading →

JSSMM

The JULIE SAYS SO “Movie Minute” 12/6/17

Want to see a movie but you’re not quite sure which one? Or do you just want to hear about the new movies hitting theaters this week? Maybe you love going to the theater but need freebies so you can save cash for the holidays.
I can help you with all of this in the JULIE SAYS SO Movie Minute! Continue reading →

Elise & Amphibian Man

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Shape of Water” EARLY & FOR FREE

I saw a film called Delicatessen when I was in college that changed how I felt about movies forever. It’s from two French directors (Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and is about a post-apocalyptic apartment building where tenants who fail to pay rent are turned into lunch meat for the deli. Yes, it’s a bit of a horror movie but Delicatessen is also a black comedy and, believe it or not, a tender love story. It showed me that, in the right circumstances, a movie can be a little bit of everything and still pull it off in the most spectacular way.
I think that writer-director Guillermo del Toro must have been watching Delicatessen when he conceived The Shape of Water.
It stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a housekeeper at a hidden government laboratory where she discovers a top-secret asset. Is it a dangerous monster, or something far more human? A surprising relationship forms between the two as the Russians close in and a battle over the discovery ensues. Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg round out what’s sure to be an Oscar nominated cast.
The Shape of Water is a beast of a movie, managing to be a little bit of everything and achieving it all. It’s weird and funny, sadder and sexier that anything I’ve seen in ages (probably since I watched Delicatessen in that college theater so many years ago).
It’s not often that I can give away passes to one of my Top 5 Movies of the Year, but I can today. Continue reading →

Gary Oldman

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Darkest Hour” EARLY & FOR FREE

Who would’ve guessed that this year’s Oscar race would include TWO pictures about the Allied forces’ struggle at Dunkirk? Darkest Hour tells the story from Winston Churchill’s perspective, and how the newly appointed Prime Minister dealt with advancing Nazi forces and the threat of invasion. Darkest Hour stars Gary Oldman, but don’t expect to see him anywhere in it. Nope, Oldman disappears so completely into character with Winston Churchill, he’s almost guaranteed a Best Actor nomination. Darkest Hour is also on many critics’ short-list for Best Picture, so you’d be smart to grab FREE PASSES to see it. Continue reading →

John Cena
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Ferdinand” EARLY & FOR FREE

Ferdinand the Bull is like a member of our family. We’ve been reading that book at bedtime since my nieces, who are now old enough to legally drink with me, were so little you couldn’t understand what they were saying (Seriously, one of them kept asking for Tah-tahs and Tagga Milk and we had NO idea what she was saying. She wanted Pop-Tarts and Chocolate Milk, of course). Now one of my nieces is reading Ferdinand to her own little girl, who can’t wait to see him on the Big Screen! And how appropriate is it that the big-scary-bull-who’s-actually-a-softie is played by John Cena? Even better, I have Family 4-Packs to give away, so you don’t have to pick a favorite kid to see the movie with! Continue reading →

Thanksgiving

The JULIE SAYS SO Top 5 Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (& Beyond)

Thanksgiving is a great time to see family, show gratitude for the blessings in our lives, and eat until we positively hate ourselves. It’s all of those wonderful things, but Thanksgiving is also a ticking time bomb. You know it’s only a matter of time before the toxic cocktail of wine, food and years of simmering tension boil over so what should you do? Head to the movies, of course! And here’s a list of my TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE OVER THANKSGIVING, to help you out. Continue reading →

Coco

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Disney Pixar’s “Coco” EARLY & FOR FREE

Think you have no interest in seeing the latest from Disney Pixar, Coco? Why don’t you take a minute to read some of it’s reviews first? See, when I read words like “Dazzling” or “Captivating” and especially “Insta-Classic,” I can’t help but get a little excited about Coco. This one tells the story of young Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while trying to become a famous musician. There’s a phenomenal cast, including Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, and music from Frozen songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Coco is also written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who won TWO Oscars for Toy Story 3. Still not interested in Coco? Fine, just go be grouchy somewhere else while WE grab free passes to see Coco Continue reading →

Denzel Washington
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Denzel Washington’s “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” EARLY & FOR FREE

I can’t help but get excited when Denzel Washington has a new movie coming out AND it’s during Oscar Season. This time around, he stars as Roman J. Israel, Esq. an idealistic activist and attorney who is also on the spectrum (possibly Asperger’s). Roman loses his focus when he loses his job, until an ambitious lawyer (played by Colin Farrel) recruits Roman to his firm. It’s also when Roman devises a money-making scheme that changes his life forever. Sound like your thing? Then grab free passes to see Roman J. Israel, Esq. Continue reading →