Golding & Wu

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Crazy Rich Asians” OK for Kids?

You can’t go far right now without hearing about Crazy Rich Asians, with it’s groundbreaking cast and stellar reviews (I gave it an A in the MOVIE MINUTE). If you’re a fan of the book series it’s based on, you’re probably already planning to see Crazy Rich Asians, but can you take your kids?
Crazy Rich Asians is rated PG-13 by the MPAA “for some suggestive content and language,” but that doesn’t give parents much to work with. Families might be even more interested in taking their kids, since this is the first film in twenty-five years to feature an all-Asian cast (since The Joy Luck Club in 1993). What exactly can they expect, once the lights go down and the romance heats up onscreen? Continue reading →

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“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE Featuring “Crazy Rich Asians”

Here’s the latest Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE featuring my review of Crazy Rich Asians. I’ve also got some FREE MOVIE PASSES & the TOP 5 MOVIES to see now, plus a HOTTEST NEW TRAILER featuring Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali that looks phenomenal! Huge thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for all their hard work!

Movie Reviews

“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE for 8/3

Here’s the new Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE, featuring reviews of Christopher Robin and BlacKkKlansman. I’ve also got the TOP 5 MOVIES to see now & some FREE MOVIE PASSES to Mark Wahlberg’s latest. Remember to check the Free Movie Passes page while you’re here to see what else I’m giving away and thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for all of their help!

McGarry & Fisk

Reviewing New Movies (like CHRISTOPHER ROBIN & BLACKKKLANSMAN) on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas recently, to talk about all the new movies that are hitting theaters. Click HERE if you’d like to hear my thoughts on Christopher Robin, BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, The Meg or the new documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Don’t forget to check the Free Movie Passes page too, so you can see Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22 early and for free!

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Movie Reviews

“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE for 7/20

Here’s the latest Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE, featuring reviews of MAMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN and THE EQUALIZER 2. I’ve also got some FREE MOVIE PASSES and a brand NEW MOVIE TRAILER that brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. Remember to check out the TOP 5 MOVIES to see now, which cover some great films you might not already know about. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel so my kids will stop making fun of me!
HUGE thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for all of their production help!

Eighth Grade

Should 8th Graders See the R-Rated “Eighth Grade?”

My 14-year-old tells me almost everything. I say almost because she keeps the juicier tidbits private, unless the guilt sets in or the story’s too good not to share. I don’t kid myself into thinking I know everything that’s happening in her life, but one thing’s for sure:
She and her friends are talking about sex.
Yes, most 14-year-olds are thinking about sex and they have a TON of questions. If they can’t get answers to those questions from their parents, they usually crowdsource among themselves or head straight to the internet, where they learn far more than necessary.
The life of your average 14-year-old is more R-rated than the PG-13 their parents are hoping for, but that doesn’t mean they’re troubled or at risk. It’s just part of the growing-up process.
I mention all of this because the critically acclaimed film about young-adulthood, Eighth Grade opens nationwide July 27th and many of us (including me) were shocked to find out it’s rated R.
Why would anyone make a film about eighth graders that they can’t even see?
Well, probably because kids that age don’t live PG-13 lives. If Eighth Grade is going to speak to the real eighth grade experience, it needs to include the sex-talk and profanity that peppers your average thirteen-year-old’s day.
Profanity and sex-talk isn’t new to my own 14-year-old, so I decided to see Eighth Grade with her. Continue reading →

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“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE for 7/6

Here’s the new Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE, featuring reviews of Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Whitney Houston documentary Whitney. Remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES to see what I’m giving away and stick around for the TOP 5 MOVIES to see over the Fourth of July weekend. Huge thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for all of their help! Check out their new studios & services at https://www.facebook.com/onairmediaco/.

Fisk & Sarabia

Reviewing “Ant-Man & the Wasp” & Chatting About July Movies on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I joined Alanna Sarabia on Good Morning Texas today to talk about all the big films that are opening soon. I also gave her my review of Ant-Man and the Wasp and told her about some FREE MOVIE PASSES that I’m giving away. You can find those HERE, then click HERE to watch the segment. And THANKS to basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman for keeping me company in the Green Room and telling me that awesome story about Neve Campbell! (You can find out more about the Nancy Lieberman basketball camps for kids at http://nancyliebermancharities.org.)

Ant-Man & Wasp

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Ant-Man & the Wasp” OK for Kids?

We were in dire need of a lighthearted Marvel movie after April’s devastating Avengers: Infinity War, so thank goodness Ant-Man and the Wasp are back and bringing the laughs. This time, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) are attempting to bring her mother (played by a stunning Michelle Pheiffer) back from the Quantum Realm, with the help of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). A stranger called Ghost threatens their progress while a sleazy billionaire (Walton Coggins) attempts to steal their technology at every turn. Time is running out to save The Wasp’s Mom, and Ant-Man will risk it all (including his own family-life) to save her.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is brought down by the Quantum Physics jargon that’s constantly thrown around, and a side-story involving Ghost and Hank Pym‘s former colleague (Lawrence Fishburne) never makes much of an impact. You’ll have too much fun to care though, thanks to Michael Peña’s Luis. He’s back as Ant-Man’s business partner and he almost steals the whole movie with that crazy, clueless smile. Peña and Paul Rudd’s eye-winking charm bring an airy, sweetness to Ant-Man and the Wasp, while Evangeline Lily brings the brains and brawn. I had a blast watching this movie and gave it a B+, but is it appropriate for your kids? Continue reading →

Whitney Houston

Reviewing “Whitney” on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I was on Good Morning Texas today, bright and early to discuss the new Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney. I’ve been telling everyone that, if they saw only ONE documentary this year, it needed to be Won’t You Be My Neighbor, about Fred Rogers. Well, I’m changing my tune. Whitney is like Breaking Bad, Sid & Nancy and A Star is Born, all rolled into one. It also gives you a chance to fall in love with Whitney Houston all over again, and to watch her sing when she was just getting started. Click HERE to watch the Good Morning Texas segment and find your tickets to see Whitney by clicking HERE.
Whitney is rated R and opens July 6th.