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 →

New Movies

The TOP 5 MOVIES to See Right Now!

Seems like the perfect weekend for a movie, doesn’t it? If you agree and are about to dump a pile of cash at a theater, make sure it’s for something GOOD. Here are the “Julie Says So” TOP 5 MOVIES to See Right Now, and stay to the end for some Scary Movie options. Continue reading →

Venom

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Venom” OK for KIDS?

Remember the days before Marvel Studios, when superhero movies were uninspired, jumbled messes but we liked them anyway? Well, that’s exactly what Venom reminds me of.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who discovers a parasitic space-alien that invades his body. Brock must learn to work with it to save himself and becomes Venom.
Hardy is doing the best he can with this role (he’s already slated for two more Venom movies) but a dopey script and shallow character development weighs him down. Venom himself delivers all of the action, but hokey dialogue and lackluster CGI kills any chances for realism. A fun bromance develops between Eddie and Venom though, and their banter gives the movie a much needed lift. That and it’s brisk pace keep Venom from being a complete waste of time.
But can your kids see it? Continue reading →

Gaga & Cooper
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “A Star is Born”

Be honest. You were going to see A Star is Born no matter WHAT the critics said, weren’t you? The fact that I’m giving Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut an A+ means diddly because you probably purchased tickets last week.
We all know that YOU are going to see A Star is Born, but the real question is
can you take your kids?
Well, I’ve seen this Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga love-story and I can tell you that the Motion Picture Association of America has once again jumped-the-gun with an R-rating. A Star is Born is an appropriate movie for SOME kids, but certainly not all of them. Continue reading →

Kid Flicks

New Movies for KIDS: What You Should & Shouldn’t See With Your Youngsters

There are a ton of movies out now, but it’s been a while since a just-for-kids kind of flick has hit theaters. The end of September brings two big ones our way though, and one smaller picture that kids will love, even if they haven’t heard of it yet.

The first is one that’s opening this weekend (9/21), The House With a Clock in Its Walls.
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JSS Movie Minute

“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE featuring “A Simple Favor”

Here’s the new “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE, featuring my review of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in A Simple Favor. I also have the TOP 5 MOVIES to see this weekend, as well as a look at Hugh Jackman’s latest in the HOTTEST NEW TRAILER. If you were wondering about other new releases, click HERE to read about White Boy Rick and HERE for reviews of The Predator. Remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page as well, and as always, HUGE THANKS for ON-AIR MEDIA for all of their help!

JSS "The Nun"

“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE featuring “The Nun”

I know it’s a little late but here’s the latest Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE featuring my review of The Nun. I’ve also got the TOP 5 MOVIES to see now (with some flicks you probably haven’t heard of) and stay to the end for the HOTTEST NEW TRAILER of the week. Remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page while you’re here to see what kind of goodies I’m giving away, and if your kids are of the “creepy” variety (like mine), click HERE to get my MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW of The Nun!

The Nun
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “The Nun”

I’m guaranteed a handful of shocked responses from parents whenever I write Mommy Movie Reviews for horror flicks like The Nun. I’m not suggesting that ANYONE should take their toddler, or even older kids who don’t like scary movies. These reviews are strictly for parents like me, whose kids WANT to be scared out of their wits.
So, if you allow your kids to see it or even offer to take them yourself, what can you expect from The Nun? Continue reading →

Oscar

“Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE: Oscar Buzz Preview

It’s a quiet time for new movies, so I thought I’d use this week to tell you about the OSCAR BUZZ I’m hearing. It might be too early to really tell, but that hasn’t stopped the predictions from rolling in! Check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page while you’re here because I have a TON right now, as well as the NEW MOVIES you should watch for in September. And try to ignore the weird face I’m making in the still-shot below. I’m not really capable of making faces that aren’t weird.
(Huge thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for their production help!)