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Previewing February Movies (& Some Sundance Buzz) on “Good Morning Texas”

It’s been a quiet month for movies, but that’s going to change this weekend when February films start hitting the screen. I was on Good Morning Texas recently, telling everyone which films they should watch for and what to plan their Valentine’s Day around. Click HERE to watch the segment, then find tickets to your movie HERE:

Remember to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away next (I’ll have passes to see The Lego Movie 2 next week!) and take a minute to watch the trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old below. This movie opens February 1st, to celebrate the centennial of the end of WWI. It’s remarkable to think that the footage you’re looking at is over 100 years old!

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Mommy Movie Review: Should You Take Your Kids to “The Kid Who Would Be King?”

The Kid Who Would Be King stars Ashbourne Serkis (yes, that’s Andy Serkis’ kid) as a modern teenager who finds the Sword in the Stone and must battle a medieval menace to save the world. It’s a lovely jumble of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and King Arthur with a dash of Shaun of the Dead thrown in. The Kid Who Would Be King is also bolstered by a strong cast, featuring stalwarts like Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, along with a collection of charming young actors (Angus Imrie’s Merlin is my particular favorite). Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Glass” Nineteen Years for THIS?

Glass reminds me of playing make-believe in my backyard when I was a little kid.
We’d run around and chase each other, making up the story as we went along. One kid would always get a little out-of-hand and jump on the rest of us (James McAvoy) while someone else would try to play the Mastermind and control everything (Samuel L. Jackson). There was always one kid who seemed embarrassed and kept trying to leave, too (Bruce Willis). Then my big sister would come outside and make-fun of all of us (Sarah Paulson), which would ultimately squash the whole thing.
Yep, that is Glass in a nutshell. Continue reading →

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Join the “Bohemian Rhapsody” Sing-Along!

I still don’t think that Bohemian Rhapsody should’ve won Best Picture at the Golden Globes recently, but I DO think it’s an excellent choice for a Sing-Along Screening! That’s exactly what select Alamo Drafthouses have in mind with special showings this Friday! Click HERE to find a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-A-Long showtime near you, then read my earlier Mommy Movie Review for it HERE, because it’s surprisingly kid-friendly (well, older kids). Also, remember that purchasing tickets through this website helps support it, so take care of that HERE:

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Golden Globes Recap/Oscars Preview on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about the 2019 Golden Globes and how they will affect the Oscars this year. The countless surprises during the Globes ceremony have ignited debates everywhere, and this morning was no exception. Alanna Sarabia felt that Bohemian Rhapsody deserved that Best Picture win (which I strongly disagree with) while Jane McGarry had reservations about Green Book (which I understand but still love the film). The debates didn’t end there, because my friends started tweeting and texting their complaints to me as I walked out of the WFAA studios. We’ll just have to see how things pan out on January 22nd when the Oscar nominations are announced, and then on February 24th when the Oscars air on ABC. In the meantime, watch my Good Morning Texas segment HERE and see if you want to debate me, too! You can also click the Alamo Drafthouse link below to buy tickets and catch up on all of those award-winning films!

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Can You Watch “Bird Box” or “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” with Your Kids?

If you have Netflix (or even if you don’t), you’ve probably heard about Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by now. If somehow not, they are two made-for-Netflix programs that have set social media on fire (one far more than the other). They seem like perfect programs to catch over the holidays, but they’re also rated R and TV-MA respectively. So, what does that mean for families who might be watching with younger viewers? I’ve watched Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch with my kids and can tell you exactly what to expect from both. Continue reading →

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“Julie Says So” Movies to See RIGHT NOW

Christmas and New Years are behind us, but many folks are lucky enough to still have a few days off. It’s the perfect time to hit the theater and there are some excellent flicks to see on your own OR with the family. Here are the “Julie Says So” Movies to See RIGHT NOW, and remember to find tickets and showtimes through the Alamo Drafthouse links I’ve provided. Buying your tickets through this website is easy AND it supports JulieSaysSo.com in the process.

Mary Poppins Returns is getting mixed reviews, but critics would probably say the same about the original if it was released today. It’s hard to not be cynical about this kind of candy-coated Disney whimsy, but what’s the point? Sure, it’s a bit strange to see hand-drawn animation and this level of wide-eyed theatrics in 2019, but it’s also a little refreshing. In other words, if you go into Mary Poppins Returns expecting anything other than singing penguins and dancing lamp-lighters, maybe the movie ISN’T the problem. (B)
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Mommy Movie Review: Can Your Kids See “Aquaman”

Director James Wan was not going to let Aquaman be another gazillion-dollar disappointment for DC, so he threw everything he could at this movie.
It has mermaids, not-quite-as-pretty mermen, talking fish-people and a sea-princess who looks almost too much like Ariel. There are also dinosaurs, battle-sharks, a drum-playing octopus, the Kaiju monster from Pacific Rim (for some reason) and I haven’t even gotten to the main characters, yet. You’re left with a mish-mash of every super-hero movie you’ve seen in the past five-years (except this one is underwater), with a little Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon thrown in for good measure. It makes for a fun, but cluttered movie that sometimes leaves you wanting just a little more of Aquaman‘s biggest asset: Jason Momoa.
His special quality of winking, let’s-get-a-beer charm is on constant display here, but it gets diluted in the process of turning Momoa into a HERO. He’s the reason I’m giving Aquaman a B-, but you’re probably just wondering what your kids will get from it. Continue reading →

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“Julie Says So” Movie Reviews on GOOD MORNING TEXAS (including “Aquaman,” “Mary Poppins Returns” & “Vice”)

I was just on Good Morning Texas, covering all the big movies that will open over Christmas break. This week alone, we’ll see the releases of Aquaman, Welcome to Marwen, Second Act, and Bumblebee. Mary Poppins Returns just opened too, so there are plenty of great new films to check out. I sat down with Jane McGarry to talk about my favorites and cover some films you might not have heard of yet. Watch that HERE and remember to check my FREE MOVIE PASSES page because I’ve got a ton of freebies there!
Want to buy tickets NOW? Find a movie & help support this website HERE:

Also, thanks to the WFAA Security Guru Kalen, for catching this shot of Jane and I on the American Airlines Center big screen!

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What You Need to Know About “Roma”

A girlfriend sent a text to me this weekend that made me snort-laugh in the middle of Kroger. It said:
“I just noticed that Roma is on Netflix. Am I gonna like it or is it too artsy-fartsy?”
I think the world is filled with people who are asking that same question right now, since Roma is on Netflix and readily available to so many of us.
So, is this foreign-language film, which has garnered so much Oscar-buzz and three Golden Globes already, something that the general Dwayne-the-Rock-Johnson-loving public will appreciate? Or should they just skip it and binge watch Great News again?
I’ve seen Roma and believe that it IS something anyone could enjoy, but there are a few things you should know going into it. Continue reading →