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Mommy Movie Review: Can Kids See “Pet Sematary”

I discovered Stephen King when I was young and had no business reading about man-eating dogs or blood-thirsty clowns. I was about 11 years old when I smuggled my sister’s copy of Salem’s Lot into my room, and stole every King book she purchased after that (once she’d finished them of course, so I wouldn’t incur the Big Sister Wrath). Pet Sematary was always one of my favorites, thanks to the chilling descriptions misty graveyards and tiny zombies. You can imagine my disappointment when the movie was released in 1989 and simply didn’t live up. Scenes of complete terror had been rendered almost comical, which happens far too often to Stephen King’s tales.
Now, at long last, Hollywood has delivered the Pet Sematary the book deserved.
This is thanks in part to solid performances by Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, but the stars of the show are Jeté Laurence, who plays daughter Ellie, and especially Church the cat (actually 4 different felines). It takes acting chops for a lovely young lady to inspire genuine fear, and Laurence jettisons Pet Sematary into a terrifying downward spiral. This movie suffers from bad-timing though, because “the risen dead” simply aren’t that scary anymore. Studios have cranked out every version of “zombie movie” they could think of in recent years, so the horror of Pet Sematary just isn’t that horrible. The cast wrings every drop of creepy out of the 1983 story though, which is why I’m giving the new Pet Sematary a B+.
But, can you take your kids to see it? Continue reading →

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: How Young is TOO Young for “Shazam!”

The new Shazam! has been compared to Big and Superman, but I would go with more modern comparisons like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Deadpool (minus the filth). I might even say that Shazam! is DC’s first attempt at a Marvel movie, but I don’t feel like reading all the resulting hate-mail, so scratch that. Instead, I’ll say that Shazam! is one of the most heartfelt and refreshing superhero films from DC yet, and that my daughters and I loved it enough to give it an A. You are probably more interested in what Shazam! is rated though, and whether or not you can take your young kids. Continue reading →

Dumbo

MOVIE REVIEW: “Dumbo” (Don’t Hate Me)

I shouldn’t write a single word without acknowledging that I’m just mad at Tim Burton.
I’ve been angry at him for so long (probably starting with Alice in Wonderland) that it’s hard to watch anything he makes WITHOUT that filter. I’m constantly waiting for him to “Tim Burton” all over the proceedings, which is not a normal way to watch any movie. Tim Burton doesn’t disappoint with Dumbo either (so to speak) by turning it into something akin to Batman Returns but with better CGI and elephants. It left me angrily shaking my head, but that doesn’t mean YOU will hate Dumbo. Continue reading →

Us

Mommy Movie Review: What Age is Appropriate for Jordan Peele’s “Us”

Is it possible for ANY writer/director to not have a sophomore slump after a movie like Get Out? Jordan Peele gave us a film that was as interesting to watch as it was to discuss. It delivered a version of horror that we’d never seen before but with a heaping side of fun. We will be referencing Get Out’s music and messages for years, so is it even FAIR to expect that from Us? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Why “Captain Marvel” Feels Like a Pat on the Head ( & *Parent Review)

The first thing I noticed about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the sound of her footsteps. They are heavy and solid, and signify that something serious is approaching. It’s quite a shift from earlier female superheroes, who are essentially deadly ballerinas. Implied weight is rarely a good thing for a female movie character (think back to ANY time you remember a woman with heavy footfalls in film) but it signifies a shift in how a woman is perceived onscreen. Carol Danvers isn’t light, but skinny can’t be expected to save the world.
Carol Danvers’ heavy steps are one of many progressive female notions you’ll catch in Captain Marvel, and how you feel about that will affect how you feel about the film in general. Will you soak it all in OR (like the woman sitting behind me at the screening) will you say, “Stop force-feeding me GIRL POWER!” Continue reading →

Bill Bellamy

2019 Oscars Gossip (a secret host?) & Predictions on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas Friday with my favorite Literary Expert, Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction, and surprise Guest Host, Bill Bellamy! We discussed all the gossip that’s been circling the 2019 Oscars (is there actually GOING to be a host???) and made our predictions for Sunday night’s ceremony. You can watch that HERE, and don’t forget to watch the 2019 Oscars on ABC this Sunday night at 8pmET. Join me on Twitter too (@JulieHFisk) as I share my opinions throughout the night. I promise my tweets get better as the night goes on (and the wine goes down). Also, if you’d like to catch Bill Bellamy onstage this weekend, he’ll be at the Addison Improv Friday through Sunday. You can find tickets to those shows HERE.
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Those “big screen” shots never get old. Well, at least not to me.

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The first How to Train Your Dragon film came out in 2010, when my daughters were just 6 and 3-years-old. We’ve been avid fans of the series since, even taking the DVDs on frequent road trips over the years. Maybe that’s why the last film in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World hit me like a freight train of Mommy-emotions. Continue reading →

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “Happy Death Day 2U?”

My kids and I loved the first Happy Death Day and were eagerly awaiting Part 2. It might sound strange that a family was excited about a scary Blumhouse flick, but Happy Death Day wasn’t your typical slasher fare. The Groundhog Day-meets-Scream concept-film managed to be scary (but not too scary) and funny. It was also rated PG-13 and therefore tame enough to share with older kids. We’ve watched it every time it’s been on cable since and have been counting the weeks to Happy Death Day 2U. We never expected it to be as good as the first and had no idea how they’d justify more repeated days, but we were still completely blindsided by the fact that Happy Death Day 2U Continue reading →

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“Isn’t It Romantic” MOVIE REVIEW (& Parent Review)

Isn’t it Romantic stars Rebel Wilson as a woman who loathes Romantic Comedies, then conks her head and wakes up in one. There she finds a New York City that’s been coated in candy shell, and that men who previously didn’t notice her are suddenly smitten. She’s been given an updated version of everything, from her job to her clothes to apartment, and she now has a previously non-existent gay best-friend. She distrusts this alternate universe though, and tries desperately to return to the meaner, smellier New York of her home. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEWS: Should You See “The LEGO Movie 2,” “What Men Want” or “The Prodigy?”

Trying to figure out what movie to see this weekend? Is The LEGO Movie 2 worth your cash or should you take your girlfriends see Taraji P. Henson’s What Men Want? What about that new scary one, The Prodigy? If you’re looking for a flick this weekend and just can’t decide which one, let me help! Continue reading →