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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” EARLY & FOR FREE (& hit a Spider-Man PARTY!)

The Alamo Drafthouse- Lake Highlands is my favorite place to see a movie (even though it’s where I saw Hereditary for the first time and walked out irreparably scarred). This particular Alamo Drafthouse is throwing a special party for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before screening it FOR FREE! Click HERE if you’re interested in some face-painting and mask-making, Continue reading →

Thanksgiving Movies

MOVIES TO SEE (& Some to Avoid) OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

Hope you got some time off for Thanksgiving because the past 2 weeks have gifted us with a cornucopia of highly anticipated flicks. Not all of them are worth the hefty ticket price, though. I’ve seen all of the new releases (OK, most of them) and can tell you which ones to see with your family, which ones to see with your drunk, adult friends, and which ones you should dodge like a bullet. Here are the Julie Says So Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (and which ones to AVOID). I even put them into nifty categories to make it easy for you.

THE SEQUELS

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Scoot over, so I can get a better look at Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a J.K. Rowling fever dream. She packed it with everything she thinks we want to see in a Fantastic Beasts follow-up (loving shots of Hogwarts, surprising family trees and, of course, fantastic beasts), but she also had to tell about 20 other stories in the process. You’re left with a four-hour-long mess (OK, it’s just 2-hours-long but it FEELS so much longer). My 11-year-old looked at me as the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald credits rolled and said, “What? I’m so confused.” And that sums the whole movie up in 4 words. (D)
Best Part: Jude Law’s young Dumbledore is simply delicious.
Worst Part: Johnny Depp. Just any scene he’s in. Continue reading →

Instant Family
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Instant Family” OK for Kids? (& a chat w/ Director Sean Anders)

The most important thing you need to know about Instant Family is that it’s far better than the trailer lets on. It led me to believe this movie would be a mediocre comedy about adoption. It’s actually more of a laugh-out-loud then tear-your-heart-out-while-you’re-still-laughing kind of film.
Instant Family is based on writer-director Sean Anders’ real-life experience of adopting three children, and he takes a warts-and-all approach to his story. That might explain the PG-13 rating, which the MPAA says is for “thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references.” I’m guessing the “thematic elements” might be in reference to a fairly graphic discussion about “d*ck pics,” among other things.
Yes, Sean Anders depicts the challenges of raising a family, adopted or biological, with true candor and Instant Family is a better movie for it. I think most ages will appreciate and relate to this movie (despite the occasionally salty subject-matter), which is why I’m recommending it to mature 11-year-olds and up. Instant Family is not only a great flick to see with your family over the holidays, it’s also the perfect way to celebration National Adoption Month! (A)
I got to sit down with Instant Family director Sean Anders recently, to talk about his movie and the challenges of adoption. I posted that below, so please watch it and stay through the end for a featurette with Sean and his real-life family.
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” EARLY & FOR FREE

We could talk about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but you already know that you want to see it. Instead, let’s talk about Ezra Miller’s red-carpet look for the recent Fantastic Beasts 2 Paris premiere.

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Ezra Miller in his Red Carpet Sleeping Bag

I could come up with a handful of jokes about his attire, or I could just let Twitter do it for me (read those HERE). OK, so who wants to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Michael B. Jordan

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Creed II” EARLY & FOR FREE

I was completely blown away by the first Creed. Not give-Sylvester-Stallone-an-Oscar-right-now blown away, but I DO remember having all the tingly-feels that I got from the original Rocky. I suspect Creed II will offer the same type of excitement because, this time Adonis has to battle Viktor Drago. YES, that’s Ivan Drago’s son from Rocky IV, and Dolph Lundgren is even IN this movie! So, who wants to see Creed II EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

J.J. Abrams

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See J. J. Abram’s “Overlord” EARLY & FOR FREE

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a crucial mission. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. That’s when Overlord becomes less of a war-movie and more of a grindhouse horror flick. So who wants to see Overlord EARLY & FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Hugh Jackman

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Front Runner” EARLY & FOR FREE

Maybe it seemed like a great idea to release The Front Runner during the mid-term elections. What better time to tell a story about squandered political promise? Those in charge probably didn’t think about the nonstop political ads we’ve been force-fed lately or the fact that some people will want to crawl into a hole and live there after November 6th. Well, push that political-malaise aside and remember that Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart. We love that guy so much, we even forgave his version of P.T. Barnum. The Front Runner is also from Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully), so he’s bound to do something twisty and revealing with the story, right? Well, it won’t matter either way if you see The Front Runner EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Why You NEED to See “Can You Ever Forgive Me”

Melissa McCarthy doesn’t have the best track record. She’s knocked it out of the park a few times (Bridesmaids, St. Vincent, Spy), but she’s also kept her plate full with “winners” like The Boss and The Happytime Murders. I’d understand if you were tempted to ignore her latest, Can You Ever forgive Me, but DON’T. In fact, here are my Top 3 Reasons why you NEED to see it.
1) See Can You Ever Forgive Me to get to know its director Continue reading →

Tiffany Haddish

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you watched the Emmy’s recently and were bummed that Tiffany Haddish didn’t show up in her white Alexander McQueen dress, I’ve got news for you! She actually wears it a fifth time in her new movie, Nobody’s Fool (click HERE if you don’t know the story behind that dress). Haddish stars as an ex-con who gets out of prison and reunites with her sister, played by Tika Sumpter. It’s the latest from Tyler Perry and also stars Whoopi Goldberg, so who wants to see Nobody’s Fool EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Claire Foy

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ll never forget the first time I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and that one particular scene. I wasn’t enjoying the book and had only picked it up again because my hair-dresser insisted.
“Just wait until she gets her revenge,” he said. “You’re gonna lose it!”
He wasn’t kidding. I was on the elliptical at the gym when I came to that part. I remember it clearly because I yelled “HOLY SH*T,” then sat on the floor while I re-read the passage a handful of times.
I loved both versions of the movie (and both versions of Lisbeth Salander) but I never quite recovered from that.
We have a new Lisbeth in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, since Claire Foy has taken over (she’s already getting great reviews). Sverrir Gudnason is our new Mikael Blomkvist (I’ll miss Daniel Craig) and Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) is now directing instead of David Fincher. Yes, we have a whole new crew at the wheel so who wants to see The Girl in the Spider’s Web EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →