Black Panther

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Black Panther” OK for Kids?

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re probably begging to see Marvel‘s newest superhero movie, Black Panther. This one tells the story of T’Challa (the Black Panther), who returns to his home of Wakanda and prepares to take over the throne after the death of his father. If that doesn’t ring any bells for you, consider watching Captain America: Civil War again so you’re all caught up.
I’ve seen Black Panther and can tell you that it undoubtedly lives up to the hype,
but is it something you can share with your kids? Continue reading →

FIFTY SHADES FREED
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MOVIE REVIEW: “Fifty Shades Freed” (Thank GOD, the End is NIGH!)

A friend asked me, just yesterday, “UGGGGH, are they really still making those Fifty Shades of Grey movies?”
Yes, and UGH indeed.
See, I’ve never been been a fan of these damn things. I didn’t even finish the first book because I thought it was boring and that the sex-scenes were just slightly more titillating than men’s underwear mannequins at Macy’s. The films are a bit more fun because we have the dewy, sweet-faced Dakota Johnson as our Anastasia, but we also have the cut-directly-from-cardboard Jamie Dornan, as our Christian Grey. Sure, he has a beautiful body but the lack of charisma is daunting.
The vapid Fifty Shades story-line might have been saved if these two were ever capable of generating any real heat. No one remembers exactly what Nine and a Half Weeks was about, but certain scenes will live forever just because they were so HOT (Yes, please leave your hat on!). Dornan and Johnson’s love-scenes however, seem to cause a sex-vacuum, and often feel like you’re watching two strangers, who don’t even like each other, try to get it on. Now that I think about it, that’s exactly what we’re watching. Sure, there are stories and satellite characters and actual arcs built into this tome, but does any of it matter if the sex isn’t sexy?
These are the questions I’ve asked myself repeatedly while sitting through each of these movies. That’s one of the only downfalls of being a Film Critic (aside from all that money you aren’t making): Sometimes you have to see movies that you DON’T want to see.
Which brings me to the main point of my Fifty Shades Freed review.
I feel pretty certain that those of you who WANT to see this movie WILL see it, regardless of what I say. I sat through all 105 (thankfully brief) minutes though, so you’re getting my review anyhow. Continue reading →

Paddington 2

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Why Your Kids (and YOU) Need “Paddington 2”

I usually spend my Mommy Movie Review time explaining why a movie is or is not appropriate for your kids, but I’m not doing that today. No, today I’m going to tell you why you need to see Paddington 2, because I know you have absolutely NO interest in it.
How do I know this?
Well, I know because I gave away FREE MOVIE PASSES to Paddington 2 and no one took them. OK, a handful of you took tickets, but only after I reminded you to (and begged, just a little). I usually run out of free passes pretty quickly, so I was surprised that no one wanted these. I’ll admit to a wave of apathy when I watched the Paddington 2 trailer, and that I brought extra candy to the screening, in case my daughters started to complain.
They didn’t complain. In fact, we were all swept up in the magic and utter sweetness of Paddington 2 as soon as it started. Continue reading →

Best of

The Julie Says So TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017

I’m writing a TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017 list, even though I suspect no one will ever read it. Honestly, I think I make “Best Of” lists just so I can look back at them years later and say, “Oh yeah…I forgot about that one.”
Or maybe now, “Oh yeah…that was back before So-n-So got busted for showing his business to coworkers and had to stop making movies.”
Let’s hope that no one on this current list will end up on that future one. Continue reading →

Movie Minute

JULIE SAYS SO “Movie Minute” Featuring “The Greatest Showman & “Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Looking for a movie to see over the holidays? I can help!
Here’s the latest JULIE SAYS SO Movie Minute, where I give abbreviated reviews of the biggest movies opening this week- The Greatest Showman and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. I didn’t get a chance to cover everything that’s coming out, but I’ve got links to those reviews. Click HERE if you want to read about Pitch Perfect 3, HERE to read about Downsizing, and HERE if you need reviews for Father Figures.
Watch my TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE NOW list to see what other good stuff you’re missing and don’t forget to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away next.
By the way, they released the trailer for the new Ocean’s 8, which is CLEARLY the HOTTEST NEW MOVIE TRAILER OF THE WEEK, after we taped this. I posted it after the MOVIE MINUTE below, so you can check it out, too.
Happy Holidays & Have Fun at the Movies!

Jumanji
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- Is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” OK for Kids?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about four high-school students who get pulled into a video game, where they become their avatars. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black as game characters who must figure out clues and save the island, or possibly die in the process. Along the way, they meet Nick Jonas’ Seaplane McDonough, who has been trapped inside the game for twenty years.
Look, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is goofy and about as substantial as a handful of popcorn. It’s also surprisingly engaging and a load of fun. Continue reading →

Hugh Jackman
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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 →

Ridley Hamill
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can You Take Your (Little) Kids to “STAR WARS: The Last Jedi?”

Look, I’m not going to bother writing a summary of STAR WARS: The Last Jedi. I can’t imagine that anyone wants to know what happens before seeing this movie and there are far too many chances for spoilers. Let’s just say that Rey and Finn once again try to save the rebellion and that Kylo Ren is once again grouchy.
Is that good enough?
Your main question (and the reason you’re HERE) is to find out if you can take young kids, right?
Older kids who have seen all the other STAR WARS movies already have their tickets while really little kids probably don’t care at all (take them to see Ferdinand).
I’m talking about those in-betweeners, ages 5 to about 11, who could go either way. 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 →

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 →