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“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” – Fans of the BOOK Review the MOVIE

Have you ever wondered how film critics get to see movies before everyone else? Well, early screenings are usually held to promote the film’s release, but sometimes those screenings occur on the same damn night. That’s what happened this week with Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and Good Boys, so I had to chose one. I desperately needed a Comedy and picked the latter while some girlfriends offered to cover Bernadette for me. I’m tempted to NOT share their review though, because it’s far funnier than anything I’ve ever written. Well, read it anyhow and remember that I do have my funny moments (they’re just few and far between).
“A Dumb Person and a Smart Person See a Movie Together” Continue reading →

Good Boys

MOVIE REVIEW: How BAD is “Good Boys” (& Parent Review)

Remember when you were about 11 or 12-years-old and were suddenly expected to know everything? It happened right around middle school, when you could still comfortably sit in a child-sized desk but your peers inexplicably became familiar with sex, drugs and other decidedly adult things. It forced you to either fake knowledge or be labeled a “baby,” even though you had no real interest in that stuff anyhow.
I remember that time clearly because my incorrect use of the word “organism” made my friends laugh until they heaved.
That is Good Boys in a nutshell. Continue reading →

Scary Stories

Parent Review: Is “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” TOO Scary for Kids?

If you or your kids are fans of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, you don’t need to read this review. You probably have your tickets purchased and are prepared for it to NOT be as good as the books (I haven’t read them but according to those who have, it isn’t). You’ll see it anyway and you will be prepared for those terrifying images because you’ve already seen them. Illustrator Stephen Gammell was partly responsible for the series’ enormous success 30 years ago, because his depictions were so original…and horrifying. Some of those images are expertly transferred to the big screen, and they are what blew me and my daughters out of the water. Continue reading →

Zack Gottsagen

Why Everyone in the WORLD Needs “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I’ll get to The Peanut Butter Falcon in a minute, but first I need to tell you about someone I loved.
My Aunt Jo Ann was born with Down Syndrome, so I grew up thinking every family had a celebrated member like her. She was different, yes, but she was also our collective heartbeat. She finished our prayers, decided on restaurants when we went out and Jo Ann always got the best piece of chicken at dinner. She was close to all of us in her own way, which is how I knew Jo Ann wasn’t like the shallow depictions we usually see of someone with Downs. She had loads of friends at the school she attended and dreamed of a family. She had healthy crushes on the dreamboats of her day (like Elvis Presley and William Shatner) but Jo Ann had a dose of salt too and would put you in your place if needed (ask me about the time she called me a “fat pig.”).
Jo Ann died from pneumonia last year and my family aches from the loss like it just happened. I visited her grave two weeks ago and still struggled to accept that she wasn’t waiting elsewhere for us, asking to watch Caddyshack again.
That’s why I can’t review The Peanut Butter Falcon without bias. I watch young Zack Gottsagen onscreen and see the embodiment of everything Jo Ann hoped for. Recognition. Acceptance. And a burning desire to be a part of the world everyone else takes for granted. Continue reading →

Yesterday

MOVIE REVIEW: Rediscover The Beatles in “Yesterday”

Things simply don’t exist anymore in the world of Yesterday.
It all started the night a blackout occurred and caused struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) to be hit by a bus. Everything in the world has progressed like normal since, but without certain iconic things…like The Beatles. Jack Malik appears to be the only person who remembers them, so he does what any struggling musician would do:
He claims those songs for his own and enjoys almost instant fame.
It doesn’t come without a price though. Continue reading →

"Midsommar" Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW: Rethinking Your Summer Vaca with “Midsommar”

A fellow film critic got my attention as I walked into the Midsommar screening last night. He laughed when he saw me and asked if I thought Director Ari Aster might actually scare us this time. I laughed back and told him how Aster’s last film, Hereditary, actually did scare me and how my movie date cried through the last 20 minutes, asking “When is this movie gonna END???”
See, Writer/Director Ari Aster does one of two things to his audience. He delivers a specific type of terror that either grips you tightly around the neck or goes straight over your head.
In other words, if you thought Hereditary was stupid, you’ll feel no differently about this one. If, on the other hand, it launched you into a week long panic-attack (like me), then Midsommar might be right up your alley.

Florence Pugh
A bug flew into my friend’s eye during the movie & that STILL wasn’t the weirdest thing about “Midsommar.”
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Toy Story 4 Review

MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Toy Story 4” a MUST SEE or a CASH GRAB?

Have you ever wondered why Disney is remaking so many of it’s classics? Well, what would YOU do if you’d built an entire industry of theme-parks and merchandise around aging story-lines and characters? You’d probably look for a way to make them relevant again. That’s why we’re seeing updated versions of Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King this year. It’s also probably why we’re getting Toy Story 4. No, this story isn’t as old as Cinderella or Snow White, but it was perfectly wrapped up with Toy Story 3 in 2010. Was Disney really able to mine new material from Woody and Buzz, or is this just an attempt to make an old story seem fresh? Continue reading →

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 →