Thanksgiving Movies
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MOVIES TO SEE (& Some to Avoid) OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

Hope you got some time off for Thanksgiving because the past 2 weeks have gifted us with a cornucopia of highly anticipated flicks. Not all of them are worth the hefty ticket price, though. I’ve seen all of the new releases (OK, most of them) and can tell you which ones to see with your family, which ones to see with your drunk, adult friends, and which ones you should dodge like a bullet. Here are the Julie Says So Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (and which ones to AVOID). I even put them into nifty categories to make it easy for you.

THE SEQUELS

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Scoot over, so I can get a better look at Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a J.K. Rowling fever dream. She packed it with everything she thinks we want to see in a Fantastic Beasts follow-up (loving shots of Hogwarts, surprising family trees and, of course, fantastic beasts), but she also had to tell about 20 other stories in the process. You’re left with a four-hour-long mess (OK, it’s just 2-hours-long but it FEELS so much longer). My 11-year-old looked at me as the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald credits rolled and said, “What? I’m so confused.” And that sums the whole movie up in 4 words. (D)
Best Part: Jude Law’s young Dumbledore is simply delicious.
Worst Part: Johnny Depp. Just any scene he’s in. Continue reading →

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The New ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE LAKE HIGHLANDS is Opening Soon!

I just got an update about the new Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands, and it’s good news! Looks like the Grand Opening is set for March 28th, with a soft-opening starting March 20th. You’ll be able to get discounted food and nonalcoholic drinks that week while the staff is training. Those tickets will go on-sale tonight at drafthouse.com. The new Alamo Drafthouse will also feature a bar/event-space called Vetted Well, which will open up to a patio on the White Rock Trail. There will be plenty of bike parking, if you choose to pedal your own over or borrow one of the countless Lime Bikes that are laying around Lake Highlands. Continue reading →

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“Finding Dory” Double Feature-DORY AFTER DARK!

My kids are weird because they don’t like to stay up late. They’re the ones at sleepovers who yell at the other kids Keep it down! We’re trying to sleep! They wouldn’t tackle this double-feature without sleeping bags, but it just might be worth it.

See, select theaters across the country will have a Dory After Dark Double Feature on Thursday June 16th, just before Finding Dory opens. They’re going to show Finding Nemo first, then follow it up with the brand new Finding Dory right afterwards. Disney will have some freebies to share with fans, as well. Continue reading →

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THANK YOU for “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

I just wanted to send a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made last night’s screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass happen. We had such a great time and I loved seeing everyone who came out.

First, I have to thank The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson for showing the movie and for making those lovely cocktails for us. I think the biggest hit of the night had to be the massive EAT ME cookies. I even saw a few people shoving extras in their purses!

Thank you also to OPI and Urban Decay for the nail polishes and make-up they gave to us as party favors. That blue nail polish will go fast in my house!

HUGE thanks also to Disney and to Jenna Doran from Susan Jacobs, Inc. for making this happen. I should also thank Raymond Garcia for being there to help and for looking adorable, like usual. Most importantly, THANK YOU to everyone who came to see Alice Through the Looking Glass and to hang out with us! I hope you enjoyed it and the whole night as much as we did!

Don’t forget that Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters May 26th!

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Say Goodbye to David Bowie With The Alamo Drafthouse

Some beautiful things have been said about David Bowie recently, but nothing says more than the way he chose to leave us. He knew the world would be sad to hear he was dying, so David Bowie chose not to tell us. Instead, he made some beautiful music to help with our mourning, and to say THANK YOU for the years of love and support. How incredible is that?

My daughter just discovered David Bowie, which has made his death even more surreal. She found him by way of her first true-love QUEEN and the song Under Pressure. Since then, she’s been picking out Bowie music from films like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Martian, and blasting them on repeat. I think I’ve heard Starman more in the past 2 months than I have in my entire life.

This brings me a bit of peace, knowing that his music will live on and that we, the people who were lucky enough to share the planet with him, will make sure of that. Let’s ensure that from this moment forward, on every day, in every year, in every century, someone will hear David Bowie’s music for the very first time and freak out.

But first, we need to say GOODBYE.

Our friends at the Alamo Drafthouse are planning a David Bowie Video Music Party this Saturday night in Richardson, TX. It’s a Sing-Along, featuring all of your favorite Bowie hits, so you can sing and dance and awkwardly hug the weeping stranger standing next to you. Proceeds will go to FAME, a music education program for kids in Bowie, Maryland. I think David Bowie would approve, so get your tickets by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!

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The BEST, WORST, & WEIRDEST of 2015 Film

I started compiling a list of my favorite 2015 movies, but it was really lame. I got bored just writing it so I can’t imagine how much it would suck for the poor person reading it. The last thing anyone wants right now is another dry Top 10 List, right? I have one, which I will post at the end of this, but it actually excluded some of the coolest theater experiences I had this year. That’s why I decided to compile a list of The Best, Worst and Weirdest of 2015 Film. Continue reading →