Summer Movies

Summer Movie Preview on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today, going over all the big movies to watch for in the coming weeks. We’ve got some monstrous flicks on the horizon, like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Toy Story 4, The Lion King and Annabelle Comes Home so click HERE to watch my Summer Movie Preview. Also, try to ignore the fact that I don’t know what to do with my hands on TV. Next time, can I just braid Alanna Sarabia’s hair while we’re talking?
I need to say a huge THANK YOU to Dallas Jewelry Design Studio Vintaglio for providing the beautiful turquoise jewelry I wore today. You can see what else they have to offer on their Facebook page, or by following them on Instagram. Better yet, drop by the new Vintaglio showroom at 1903 Skillman Street in Dallas, Texas. Their jewelry is even better in person, and they’ll gladly discuss custom designs with you.

Vintaglio
All of this! I want all of it!!!
Don’t forget to check the Julie Says So Free Movie Passes page before you go because I’ve got lots of freebies rolling in. I think there are even some passes left to see the new Toy Story 4!

Rocketman
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MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Rocketman” Worth the $$$ (& Can You Take Your Kids?)

There are TWO IMPORTANT THINGS you need to know before spending any money to see Rocketman. Continue reading →

Dever & Feldstein

MOVIE REVIEW: See “Booksmart” & Not Just Because Olivia Wilde Told You To

I saw the saddest tweet from actress and newly minted director Olivia Wilde this morning.

See Booksmart!
Awww, sorry Olivia!

I took this one personally because, with all the madness that is May, I simply forgot to write a review of Booksmart. Now it’s in theaters and people are apparently NOT seeing it, even though it will probably be one of their favorite films of the summer.
Booksmart follows Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) as they wrap up their senior year of high school and prepare for Ivy League life. These overachievers soon realize that their far-less-serious classmates are also heading to prestigious universities and that their years of library-time might have been somewhat wasted. Amy and Molly decide to cram 4 years of high school antics into 1 night, but it tests their friendship in unexpected ways.
Booksmart isn’t a perfect movie by any stretch. Continue reading →

Parabellum
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MOVIE REVIEW: When Reality Came Crashing Into “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

I am crazy about the John Wick movies (okay, maybe not the second) and this new one does not disappoint. It’s like a shinier, rowdier, deadlier version of the first, but made better with even more dogs. I don’t need to write a summary of the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum plot, do I? You already know that John Wick is going to kill a bunch of slick bad guys while making it look like an art form. That’s why we go to these movies, right? To scream, laugh, cover our eyes, and ultimately have a great time. That’s exactly what I did for about 3/4 of the movie until one scene in particular sucked the air out of my lungs. Continue reading →

Theron & Rogen

MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Long Shot” Worth a Shot?

I’d completely understand if you saw the trailer for Long Shot and decided to blow it off. This rom-com with a side of politics doesn’t exactly scream “Must See,” but you absolutely should anyway. Long Shot is far better than the trailer lets on and, if you haven’t noticed, it ISN’T a superhero movie! Continue reading →

Parent Review

Does “Avengers: Endgame” Live Up to the Hype (& Can Your Kids See It?)

I made a joke on social media yesterday about dropping spoilers into my Avengers: Endgame review. It led to actual death threats. That’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about writing this review, but I also truly don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. So instead of writing about the movie, I’m going to tell you what you need to do before seeing it. Continue reading →

Marvel Cheat Sheet
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What to See BEFORE “Avengers: Endgame”

***I posted this blog last year, but thought you might need it again. The only addition is, of course, Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t even try watching Endgame before you see that one!***

One of the biggest superhero movies ever made is hitting theaters, but those who are new to the Marvel universe absolutely SHOULD NOT start with Avengers: Infinity War. This movie combines several stories that have been told onscreen for ten years now, starting with Iron Man in 2008. If you try to jump in with Avengers: Infinity War, you’ll not only be confused but you’ll also miss out on the chance to properly fall in love with these characters. If it’s possible, I highly encourage you to watch all of these movies, starting with the Iron Man series, then Thor, followed by the Captain America films. You’ll also need to work in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the new Spider-Man, and Black Panther, but maybe you don’t have that kind of time. If you can only squeeze in a few films before the Marvel fan in your life FORCES you to see Infinity War, use this guide as your Cliff Notes.

1. You should start by watching the first Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America films, but if you can’t get to those, watch the first Avengers. This will introduce you to the main characters and give you a starter course on Thanos. It’s also surprisingly fun. Watch through the credits for bonus scenes and you’ll finally get those shawarma jokes.
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Parent Review

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 →

Shazam review
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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 →