Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer and I would love a night out with any of them. Well, maybe not Scarlett Johansson. She seems like that one really hot friend who goes out with you but spends the whole night texting her boyfriend. Scarlett would sit in the corner ignoring everyone while Kate, Ilana, Jillian and Zoë planned something wild, fun, and probably illegal…like killing a stripper. BY ACCIDENT, of course! So, who wants to see Rough Night EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
Child actors freak me out. Especially the really good ones. I mean, where are they pulling that emotion from? Two of my favorite young actors are teaming up this month for a movie called The Book of Henry. Jaeden Lieberher plays Henry, who tries to help a classmate deal with a dangerous secret. His little brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay) and mother (Naomi Watts) end up playing parts in Henry’s daring rescue plan. You remember Jaeden as the Bill Murray’s young pal in St. Vincent and Jacob Tremblay gave a heartbreaking (and Oscar worthy) performance in Room. Their new movie opens June 16th but you can see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
No, it isn’t Boss Baby. It isn’t Baby Mama, either. While we’re at it, Baby Driver isn’t Bridget Jones’s Baby, Rosemary’s Baby or any other BABY movie that would make you readily dismiss it. Baby Driver is actually the latest from Writer/Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and it tells the story of a young get-away driver who is pulled into a dangerous heist. Ansel Egort plays Baby alongside a cast including Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Flea, Jon Hamm and a whole host of other people you’d like to have drinks with. If you still aren’t interested in Baby Driver, know that critics are FLIPPING OUT over it. Here’s just one of the raves from Jada Yuan at Vulture.com:
“Plays out like blasting your coolest friend’s record collection in your car at 100 mph on the Atlanta freeway while cops close in on all sides – essentially what happens in the movie again and again, to always-riveting effect.”
So, NOW do you want to see Baby Driver EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
You’ve probably heard by now that Wonder Woman is a good movie. Better than good. In fact, I gave it an A, which is a grade I don’t readily hand out. Director Patty Jenkins finally delivered a proper superhero flick to DC, but the next big question PARENTS will ask is, “Can my KIDS see Wonder Woman?”
There are a handful of factors to consider before taking your youngsters, so let me break them down for you. Continue reading →
My youngest daughter actually screamed when we left for school this morning. She was lugging her backpack to the car when a neighborhood kid pedaled past us on his bike. This guy must already be out of school because he was wearing swim trunks and flip flops, and whistled a happy tune as he whizzed past us. It was simply too much for Lucy, who has a week left of school, so she understandably screamed.
It’s this utter exhaustion and school-malaise that will speak to kids who see Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Continue reading →
My kids love to tell me how much better their generation is than mine. This is what I want of course, being their mother, but they’re so cocky about it that I have to debate them. My girls point to the internet, and how they’re infinitely more informed than I ever was. I have to remind them that this influx of news doesn’t always educate and often just makes it harder to find the truth.
Take for instance, your social media feed at this very moment.
If it’s anything like mine, it’s filled with angry stories and click-bait to websites you’ve never heard of. These posts usually support someone’s political stance and, before you scream LIBERAL or CONSERVATIVE at me, all sides of this particular fence are guilty.
I recently decided to stop reading any story that had a political slant or wasn’t from a network news website (they need ratings too badly to express opinions). I did this because it has become increasingly impossible to tell truth from click-bait.
I can tell you, as someone who runs a website, that we will do anything to get your click. Yes, sometimes even lead with a sensational title that speaks more to your itchy click-finger than it does to the actual post (See above-Sorry!).
I stopped reading click-bait posts from unfamiliar websites and turned my attention to podcasts, which has been truly eye-opening.
I spent the last few months listening to stories about true crime and old Hollywood. I learned about S-Town and went on an extended hunt for Richard Simmons. I’ve eavesdropped on physicists debating life on other planets, and listened in on couples therapy. That’s when something incredible happened. Continue reading →
Memorial Day Weekend seems like the perfect time to take your family to the movies, but picking a flick that’s worth the money AND appropriate for your whole crew can be tricky. That’s especially true in regards to this weekend’s new releases, Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. While one of these would be fine for you and most of your kids, the other will teach them interesting new terms for certain body-parts. Continue reading →
Are you one of those people who rolls their eyes at the big blockbusters that come out this time of year? Would you prefer something quiet, but filled with dread and possibly…a little sex? Then YOU should grab passes to see My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz as an Englishwoman who may or may not be a seductress/murderer. It’s based on a Daphne Du Maurier novel, who also wrote what became Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca and The Birds. My favorite part of this movie is that Rachel’s cousin, Phillip, falls in love with her. He’s played by Sam Claflin, who is a full 17-years-younger than Rachel Weisz. Continue reading →
The biggest trick to radio or television is to make it seem like you’re having so much fun that no one notices all the work that’s involved. It isn’t always easy, but SOME DAYS are so much fun that they don’t feel like work at all. That’s how it was this morning, when I reviewed Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for Good Morning Texas. I have Dawn Hensley (who worked the camera) and Paige McCoy Smith (who really IS that nice) to thank for that. I should also thank the Sandbar Cantina and Grill for mixing those fantastic cocktails for us! We only had one after the segment, but we were laughing like we’d been drinking them all morning! Click HERE to watch the segment, then find links to buy movie tickets below. Also, keep checking the website because some fabulous movies are opening in June and you KNOW I’ll have FREE PASSES!
Baywatch (Rated R) Tickets
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Rated PG-13) Tickets
I always say that lowered expectations are a movie’s best friend, but Wonder Woman is making that next to impossible for me. How am I supposed to keep my cool about the first female superhero movie since 2005 (that was Elektra), which just happens to be directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins, who also directed Monster)? I’m also a huge fan of Gal Gadot, who is taking on the role of Diana in this origin story. Gadot is so much more than a pretty face, having served as a combat trainer in the Israel Defense Forces. She performs most of her own stunts, is a motorcycle enthusiast and is the mother of two little girls. Both of Gal Gadot’s grandparents are Holocaust survivors as well, so the mantle of Superhero seems all the more fitting.
My daughters are also pumped about Wonder Woman, having never seen a superhero movie about a GIRL in their lives. I’d say it’s about time. So, who wants passes to see Wonder Woman EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →