Rogue One

MOVIE REVIEW: Does “Rogue One” Live Up to Its “Star Wars” Roots?

I was completely confused for the first hour of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, probably because I missed part of it. See, the elevator I rode from the parking garage to the theater malfunctioned and took me on a joy-ride. I screamed and created new swear words, but it continued it’s tour from the top floor to the bottom for about five straight minutes. The elevator finally dumped me on the last floor, forcing me to take the stairs and by the time I got to the theater, I was sweaty, on the verge of tears, and a full ten minutes late.

It’s too bad because there’s an awful lot of information being crammed into that first half of Rogue One. Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) has to introduce us to several new members of the rebellion, give them important backstories AND explain where this movie stands on the Star Wars timeline (between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope). Continue reading →

Jane McGarry & Julie Fisk

Reviewing December Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about all the best movies December has to offer. Interested in seeing La La Land, Office Christmas Party or Sing? I can tell you if they’re worth your time. Want free passes to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers, or Collateral Beauty? I can help with that, too! Just click HERE to watch the segment, then check out my Free Movie Passes page to see what’s available.

Mommy-Movie-Review: Is “Moana” the Movie We NEED Right Now?

It’s not unusual for me to cry at movies. I’m an emotional person and tend to get very wrapped up in the story. Sometimes I’ll cry, not because the movie is sad, but because something so joyous and true is happening onscreen that I can stop myself. On very rare occasions, I’m still crying as I walk out of the theater and, to the eye-rolling dismay of my children, in the car as we drive home.

Sometimes I tear up even as I write the review, as I am right now for Moana. Continue reading →

Disney's "Moana"


Is it OK to talk about something other than politics, yet? I know everyone is still wound up about the election but I have something I think you’ll be interested in. They’re free passes to see Moana. Continue reading →

MOVIE REVIEW: Bryan Cranston Channels “Trumbo”

It’s hard for me to tell if I love a movie that Bryan Cranston is in or if I just love Bryan Cranston. I’ve adored that man for years, even as the tighty-whitey Dad on Malcolm in the Middle. That’s part of the reason I’m struggling to review the movie Trumbo. Cranston is in every scene, hunching his shoulders, smoking cigarettes and sputtering lines that only he could get away with. He doesn’t steal the show because he IS the show and at times, it’s distracting.

Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in the 1940’s for being a Communist. He and other writers, known as The Hollywood 10, were banished (Trumbo even did jail time) and forced to write under pseudonyms to make money. That is when Trumbo penned 2 Oscar winning films, and under different names. Continue reading →