Feeling a little sluggish right now? Maybe you could use a push to get things moving again? Brittany Runs a Marathon might be just what the doctor ordered. It stars Jillian Bell (who is honestly my favorite part of ANY movie she’s in) as a woman who decides to lay off the partying and make a genuine effort to get healthy. She discovers along the way that she might have been sabotaging herself all along. Yeah, it sounds preachy but Brittany Runs a Marathon is actually funny, relatable and, if you’re anything like me, exactly what you need to see right now. Even better, I have passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
In Don’t Let Go, David Oyelowo plays a man who loses his niece to unspeakable violence, then gets a phone call from her, apparently two weeks before death. It’s a time-travel story in which they work together to solve a murder hopefully before it happens. So, who wants to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
It’s hot outside. Stupid hot. The kind of hot that makes you mad for no reason and then you’re flipping off a teenager who’s driving a car they clearly can’t afford. Maybe you should just take a break and go see a movie? Even better go see a FREE MOVIE that isn’t even out yet, so you can brag to your friends about it. I have FREE PASSES to see Angel Has Fallen which is the third in the series starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. This time, Butler’s Mike Banning is arrested for attempting to assassinate the President (Freeman) but has to save them both from whoever is really behind the plot. Sounds like a great excuse to get out of the heat and eat popcorn, right? Click HERE to grab Angel Has Fallen passes if you agree, then watch the trailer below.
Have you ever wondered how film critics get to see movies before everyone else? Well, early screenings are usually held to promote the film’s release, but sometimes those screenings occur on the same damn night. That’s what happened this week with Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and Good Boys, so I had to chose one. I desperately needed a Comedy and picked the latter while some girlfriends offered to cover Bernadette for me. I’m tempted to NOT share their review though, because it’s far funnier than anything I’ve ever written. Well, read it anyhow and remember that I do have my funny moments (they’re just few and far between).
“A Dumb Person and a Smart Person See a Movie Together” Continue reading →
Remember when you were about 11 or 12-years-old and were suddenly expected to know everything? It happened right around middle school, when you could still comfortably sit in a child-sized desk but your peers inexplicably became familiar with sex, drugs and other decidedly adult things. It forced you to either fake knowledge or be labeled a “baby,” even though you had no real interest in that stuff anyhow.
I remember that time clearly because my incorrect use of the word “organism” made my friends laugh until they heaved.
That is Good Boys in a nutshell. Continue reading →
If you or your kids are fans of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, you don’t need to read this review. You probably have your tickets purchased and are prepared for it to NOT be as good as the books (I haven’t read them but according to those who have, it isn’t). You’ll see it anyway and you will be prepared for those terrifying images because you’ve already seen them. Illustrator Stephen Gammell was partly responsible for the series’ enormous success 30 years ago, because his depictions were so original…and horrifying. Some of those images are expertly transferred to the big screen, and they are what blew me and my daughters out of the water. Continue reading →
I’ll get to The Peanut Butter Falcon in a minute, but first I need to tell you about someone I loved.
My Aunt Jo Ann was born with Down Syndrome, so I grew up thinking every family had a celebrated member like her. She was different, yes, but she was also our collective heartbeat. She finished our prayers, decided on restaurants when we went out and Jo Ann always got the best piece of chicken at dinner. She was close to all of us in her own way, which is how I knew Jo Ann wasn’t like the shallow depictions we usually see of someone with Downs. She had loads of friends at the school she attended and dreamed of a family. She had healthy crushes on the dreamboats of her day (like Elvis Presley and William Shatner) but Jo Ann had a dose of salt too and would put you in your place if needed (ask me about the time she called me a “fat pig.”).
Jo Ann died from pneumonia last year and my family aches from the loss like it just happened. I visited her grave two weeks ago and still struggled to accept that she wasn’t waiting elsewhere for us, asking to watch Caddyshack again.
That’s why I can’t review The Peanut Butter Falcon without bias. I watch young Zack Gottsagen onscreen and see the embodiment of everything Jo Ann hoped for. Recognition. Acceptance. And a burning desire to be a part of the world everyone else takes for granted. Continue reading →
The tagline for Ready or Not is “The Game Begins,” but I think a better one would’ve been “And You Thought YOUR In-Laws Were Bad.” Samantha Weaving plays a bride who marries into a board-game empire, but her new family has something more sinister in mind. Continue reading →
I hate to admit it, but I don’t read much anymore. I’m about 100 pages into 3 different books at the moment, with no real plans to finish ANY of them. In fact, the last book I loved enough to finish was Where’d You Go, Bernadette so I’m thrilled they’ve made it into a movie! The cast is fantastic as well, with Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer & Lawrence Fishburne joining Cate Blanchett in the title role. Continue reading →
I’m not going to beat around the bush. You need something sweet and life-affirming, right? You’d probably prefer it to be FREE and SOON too. Well, HERE IT IS. I’m giving away 15 pairs of passes (reserved seats) to see The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf and the incredible Zak Gottsagen this Wednesday night! Not familiar with it? Well, watch the trailer below to understand why this is the movie you need RIGHT NOW. Then be one of the first 15 people to write “I NEED THIS MOVIE” in the Comments and a pair of passes to The Peanut Butter Falcon will be yours. Then go watch the trailer again because honestly…you really do need it.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is rated PG-13 and opens in select theaters August 9th.