Miles Morales

Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →

Sarabia & Fisk

“Good Morning Texas” Movie Chat (with reviews of “The Favourite,” “Mary Queen of Scots” & MORE)

Been wondering what movies you need to see? I was just on Good Morning Texas, talking to Alanna Sarabia about that very thing. I covered some big Oscar-buzz flicks, like The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, as well as the new Jungle Book film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. We also talked about the new Marvel projects, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 that everyone’s so excited about. Click HERE to watch the segment, then buy tickets to the movie of your choice HERE:


Check the website for more movie reviews, if none of these new ones strike your fancy, and you might as well take a look at the Once Upon a Deadpool trailer while you’re here. Omigod, seriously…Fred Savage???

Thanksgiving Movies
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MOVIES TO SEE (& Some to Avoid) OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

Hope you got some time off for Thanksgiving because the past 2 weeks have gifted us with a cornucopia of highly anticipated flicks. Not all of them are worth the hefty ticket price, though. I’ve seen all of the new releases (OK, most of them) and can tell you which ones to see with your family, which ones to see with your drunk, adult friends, and which ones you should dodge like a bullet. Here are the Julie Says So Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (and which ones to AVOID). I even put them into nifty categories to make it easy for you.

THE SEQUELS

Fantastic Beasts 2
Scoot over, so I can get a better look at Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a J.K. Rowling fever dream. She packed it with everything she thinks we want to see in a Fantastic Beasts follow-up (loving shots of Hogwarts, surprising family trees and, of course, fantastic beasts), but she also had to tell about 20 other stories in the process. You’re left with a four-hour-long mess (OK, it’s just 2-hours-long but it FEELS so much longer). My 11-year-old looked at me as the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald credits rolled and said, “What? I’m so confused.” And that sums the whole movie up in 4 words. (D)
Best Part: Jude Law’s young Dumbledore is simply delicious.
Worst Part: Johnny Depp. Just any scene he’s in. Continue reading →

Instant Family
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Instant Family” OK for Kids? (& a chat w/ Director Sean Anders)

The most important thing you need to know about Instant Family is that it’s far better than the trailer lets on. It led me to believe this movie would be a mediocre comedy about adoption. It’s actually more of a laugh-out-loud then tear-your-heart-out-while-you’re-still-laughing kind of film.
Instant Family is based on writer-director Sean Anders’ real-life experience of adopting three children, and he takes a warts-and-all approach to his story. That might explain the PG-13 rating, which the MPAA says is for “thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references.” I’m guessing the “thematic elements” might be in reference to a fairly graphic discussion about “d*ck pics,” among other things.
Yes, Sean Anders depicts the challenges of raising a family, adopted or biological, with true candor and Instant Family is a better movie for it. I think most ages will appreciate and relate to this movie (despite the occasionally salty subject-matter), which is why I’m recommending it to mature 11-year-olds and up. Instant Family is not only a great flick to see with your family over the holidays, it’s also the perfect way to celebration National Adoption Month! (A)
I got to sit down with Instant Family director Sean Anders recently, to talk about his movie and the challenges of adoption. I posted that below, so please watch it and stay through the end for a featurette with Sean and his real-life family.
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Grant & McCarthy

MOVIE REVIEW: Why You NEED to See “Can You Ever Forgive Me”

Melissa McCarthy doesn’t have the best track record. She’s knocked it out of the park a few times (Bridesmaids, St. Vincent, Spy), but she’s also kept her plate full with “winners” like The Boss and The Happytime Murders. I’d understand if you were tempted to ignore her latest, Can You Ever forgive Me, but DON’T. In fact, here are my Top 3 Reasons why you NEED to see it.
1) See Can You Ever Forgive Me to get to know its director Continue reading →

Rami Malek
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Mommy Movie Review: Is “Bohemian Rhapsody” OK for Kids?

My 14-year-old daughter is the biggest Queen fan I know, but my whole family was excited about seeing Bohemian Rhapsody. I was even able to talk my husband (who normally avoids screenings) into watching Freddy Mercury’s rise to fame with us, but I walked out of the theater with extremely mixed feelings. Continue reading →

Top 5

The “Julie Says So” TOP 5 MOVIES to See Now (10/26/18)

It’s the weekend before Halloween and the perfect time for a SCARY MOVIE! Or maybe you’d prefer something that isn’t scary, if you’re a big chicken (yes, I’m making clucking sounds at YOU). Either way, don’t buy any tickets before looking over the Julie Says So TOP 5 MOVIES to see now. We can’t have you wasting money on some garbage-movie.

5. I didn’t think Jonah Hill did anything between films that didn’t involve a bong, but I was wrong. He actually wrote and directed a movie called Mid90’s which is far better than it deserves to be, since you’re just watching a kid get his butt kicked repeatedly. Continue reading →

Ike Barinholtz

MOVIE REVIEW: A Chat with the Writer/Director/Star of “The Oath” Ike Barinholtz

This Thanksgiving is going to be tough for those of us who don’t share political views with our families. Most of us will just avoid the topic of politics, but what if you couldn’t? What if your political choices found a way to walk right into your home and threaten those who disagreed with them, on Thanksgiving Day? Who would you chose to protect first? Your family or your beliefs?
These are the questions that writer, director and star, Ike Barinholtz tries to address in The Oath, which opens nationwide this weekend. I got to sit down with Ike, and talk about the transition from acting to writing and the slippery slope of political-satire. Continue reading →

Jane McGarry

Falls Movies to Watch (like “Suspiria” & “Can You Ever Forgive Me”) & My Review of the New “Halloween”

I was on Good Morning Texas yesterday and I may have gotten a little too excited about all the big movies that are opening soon. There are a handful of scary ones (like Halloween and Suspiria) that I’m so pumped about, and some of my favorite actors are trying their hands at directing! Click HERE to watch all of that, and check the Free Movie Passes page while you’re here, to see what I’m giving away next! I’m also including the full Suspiria trailer below, because it’s NUTS!

Halloween Review

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See the New “Halloween”

It was some random night in 1978, when my sister came home in what you could call an agitated state. She’d just seen the movie Halloween and was so excited, she had to tell my Mom and I all about it. Lesley described, in graphic detail, everything she’d seen onscreen. She then went to the living room and picked out the theme-song on our piano.
I was in elementary school at the time and was so freaked out by Lesley’s detailed story, I couldn’t sleep for a week. I didn’t SEE Halloween until it played on HBO much later, but it was somehow even more horrible (meaning AWESOME) than I’d imagined.
It’s hard for me to write an objective review of this new Halloween because the original made such an impact on me. Seeing the title sequence and hearing that famous song last night was my Chewie, We’re Home moment. Continue reading →