It’s been a while since we’ve had a straight-up Kids’ Flick to talk about, and Show Dogs definitely fits the bill. This one stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as a police dog who has to go undercover at a dog show to stop a bad guy. Will Arnett also stars, along with some pretty high-powered voice-talent, including Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Shaquille O’Neal and RuPaul. If you’d like to take your kids to a Saturday screening of Show Dogs, Continue reading →
God, I love Melissa McCarthy.
Even when she makes lousy movies, I still love her. Not that I think Life of the Party will be lousy. In fact, I’ve watched the trailer about 15 times and it still makes me laugh. Melissa co-wrote Life of the Party with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs it. They also worked together on Tammy and The Boss, which aren’t my favorite Melissa McCarthy movies (that’d be Spy) but they’re still funny. Truth be told, I’d watch Melissa McCarthy in just about anything. Even The Nines, that super weird movie from 2007 where she played Ryan Reynolds’ wife. True story, and I love Melissa McCarthy so much that I even watched that. If you love her too and would like to see Life of the Party EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →
I was on Good Morning Texas this week, to update everyone on May’s big movie releases. We tried something new as well, and discussed all the films and TV shows that are filming in North Texas and how YOU could be on them. Well, you wouldn’t believe how many people have asked me about that since, so I decided to put all the links in one place to make it easier for everyone. Continue reading →
Here’s the “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE with my review of Avengers: Infinity War. I’ve got some FREE MOVIE PASSES and the TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE NOW, as well as the HOTTEST NEW TRAILER of the week. Rest assured that this Infinity War review is SPOILER FREE, but someone will let the cat out of the bag soon! Huge thanks to ON-AIR MEDIA for their help with the MOVIE MINUTES.
I absolutely LOVE IT when great TV shows are displayed on a movie screen. Especially when it’s a series that benefits from the theater experience, like VIDA. Now, I haven’t seen it yet, but the crowds who saw VIDA at SXSW this year liked it enough to make it the Audience Award winner.
VIDA tells the story of two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different from each other. Circumstances force them back to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and the surprising truth about their mother’s identity. The series will premiere on May 6th but you can see the first 2 episodes EARLY and at Studio Movie Grill! If that sounds fun to you, Continue reading →
One of the biggest superhero movies ever made is hitting theaters, but those who are new to the Marvel universe absolutely SHOULD NOT start with Avengers: Infinity War. This movie combines several stories that have been told onscreen for ten years now, starting with Iron Man in 2008. If you try to jump in with Avengers: Infinity War, you’ll not only be confused but you’ll also miss out on the chance to properly fall in love with these characters. If it’s possible, I highly encourage you to watch all of these movies, starting with the Iron Man series, then Thor, followed by the Captain America films. You’ll also need to work in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the new Spider-Man, and Black Panther, but maybe you don’t have that kind of time. If you can only squeeze in a few films before the Marvel fan in your life FORCES you to see Infinity War, use this guide as your Cliff Notes.
1. You should start by watching the first Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America films, but if you can’t get to those, watch the first Avengers. This will introduce you to the main characters and give you a starter course on Thanos. It’s also surprisingly fun. Watch through the credits for bonus scenes and you’ll finally get those shawarma jokes.
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If your kids are fans of the Marvel universe, they’re probably begging to see the new Avengers: Infinity War. This latest addition to the series is rated PG-13, like most Marvel films, and offers the same amount of violence and profanity we’ve come to expect from them. If your kids have seen any of the other Avengers films, nothing in this one will be new to them.
There is ONE THING about Avengers: Infinity War though, that sets it apart from the others.
It’s not a big spoiler and doesn’t give away any plot points, but if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the movie in any way, don’t read any further. Continue reading →
Here’s the “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE featuring my review of Super Troopers 2. I’ve also got the TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE NOW and the HOTTEST NEW TRAILER of the week. Oh, and you MIGHT want to take away my Film Critic Card after hearing my review of Super Troopers 2. No joke. Don’t forget to check the FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see what I’m giving away and find reviews for the new film Ghost Stories by clicking HERE. I didn’t get to see that one but it sounds fantastic and it’s also now in theaters. Take a minute to read my take on Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty, too. No, it isn’t a review and it actually ticked some people off. Seriously, I’ve taken a beating online for what I wrote, so you can read that HERE! Enjoy!
My kids are a little older and I occasionally see things that make me grateful for that.
Just today, I was enjoying a quiet walk by the lake when I came across a Mom who was screaming at four kids, all around three-years-old. She was furious and exhausted but, not matter what she said, those little monsters kept riding their trikes through the mud. A block past her was another Mom, who was trying to leave the park while her tiny daughter threw an impressive fit, flat on her back. I saw a woman at the mall an hour later, who’s pregnant belly was so big, it looked like she could burst and go flying around the Food Court, like a popped balloon.
The trailer for Tully also makes me so SO grateful that my kids are older.
Charlize Theron plays a Mom who’s just trying to get through those difficult early-years because…well, they can be kind of awful. Her brother surprises her with a night-nurse named Tully, who helps ease her around the tough spots. Yes, it’s a simple plot that doesn’t sound that intriguing, but watch the trailer below. If you can get through it without tearing up, then maybe your new-Mommy years were much easier than mine. If, on the other hand, it resonates with you the way it did with me, Continue reading →
You can’t win when you’re writing about Amy Schumer.
Mention her once and you’ll be bombarded with comments about the offensive things she’s said or her penchant for lifting bits from other comedians. If you don’t mention her, you’re ignoring one of the biggest names currently in comedy.
So how do you write about Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty?
Well, I didn’t see it so I don’t actually know. I didn’t avoid it out of protest, but some boring-but-important Mom Stuff got in the way and I had to bail. My new-favorite Film Critic, Chris Jones did see I Feel Pretty though, so I posted his review below. You can skip the rest of my rant and scroll straight to that if you want, or find other Rotten Tomatoes reviews HERE.
I didn’t really want to see I Feel Pretty though, based on the message it’s trying to deliver. Continue reading →