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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Light Between Oceans” (the Joy of Feeling Sad)

Why do we enjoy sad stories?

You know, like the ones about abandoned baby monkeys who get adopted by cats or those military dads who surprise their kids at school after months apart. Just this morning, I was bawling over a Major League Baseball player who got his first home-run after his dad died. We see these stories on social media and, even though we know it’ll leave us with swollen eyes and snotty noses, we click that PLAY button every time.

Why? Does the monotony of LIFE leave us so numb that we need a piglet in a homemade wheelchair to feel again?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know I love a good cry and the best ones come from movies.

Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, and Somewhere in Time are some of the best ones to cry through, but my all-time-FAVORITE is The Color Purple. I’ve been known to rewind and watch certain scenes repeatedly, just so I can keep crying. Ooo, like this one where Celie is reunited with her family.

And now my nose is running. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Can This Series Be “Bourne” Again?

Have you ever been watching one of those entertainment shows, like Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight, when they go Behind the Scenes at a movie location? Sometimes they’ll show a car chase being filmed and you realize how small and choreographed everything is, compared to how it looks on the big screen.

Well, that’s how I felt while watching Matt Damon in Jason Bourne.

In this edition of the Bourne series, Jason Bourne is back and…

You know what? I’m not even going to tell you because it’s so predictable, you could probably come up with the plot on your own. Continue reading →

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JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment Featuring “Jason Bourne”

We all agree that every movie would be just a little better if Matt Damon starred in it, right? Except maybe Deadpool, which is featured along with Jason Bourne on the Movie Segment this week. I also have one for the kids that you’ve probably completely forgotten about. Catch the JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment on Today with Kandace weekdays at 8:30am on KTXA 21. (http://www.todaywithkandace.com)
And check out that screen shot below. Damn Sexy!

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WHAT TO RENT THIS WEEKEND: The “Julie Says So” Top 5

It’s a great weekend to rent movies because a few that got serious love at the 2016 Oscars are now available. There are also some comedies for those of you who are sick of the heavy stuff but first, let’s start with one of the heaviest.

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1. You think you don’t want to see Room, but you DO. Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar, but little Jacob Tremblay turned in an awesome performance as well. Tremblay joked that Sylvester Stallone stole the Best Supporting Actor nomination from him, and he might be right! Click here to read my original review and seriously, don’t be afraid to rent Room.

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2. Ex Machina has actually been out for ages, but it’s getting renewed buzz thanks to a recent Oscar win. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, but she was just as good in this one. Ex Machina is strange, sexy and even a little scary. Plus, it has Oscar Isaac and everybody knows I have the hots for that guy. Here’s the link to the Boozy Movies Podcast we did for this film, and forgive us for repeatedly mispronouncing the name. Continue reading →

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The DFW Film Critics Association Picks The BEST of 2015

Did I tell you that I’m a member of the DFW Film Critics Association? Of course I did, because I brag about it constantly. See, I started covering movies as a side-gig to my regular radio job. I never expected anyone to pay attention to my reviews, much less take them seriously. I was shocked when the DFW Film Critics Association approached me because some of my favorite critics EVER are members. I sit with them at the screenings now, and it feels like I’m sitting at the Cool Kids Table.

Anyhow, the DFW Film Critics Association voted over the weekend and released a list of our BEST of 2015. I’ll post them below, along with MY picks, which didn’t always make the cut. I’d like to add that we are presenting this list in honor of Philip Wuntch, a longtime critic for the Dallas Morning News who passed away this October. Track down The Lady Eve, one of his all-time favorite classics, and watch it with Wuntch in mind.

BEST PICTURE OF 2015- Spotlight
Okay, this one was tough for me because Spotlight was my favorite movie of the year until this past weekend, when I saw The Revenant. It did come in 2nd place and I was happy to see that one of my other favorites, Sicario also made it in the top 5. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Burnt”…Because They Couldn’t Call It “Chef”

If you’re anything like me, you saw the trailer for Burnt and thought, “Why did they remake that Chef movie with Bradley Cooper?”

I saw Burnt last night, so I can tell you that we weren’t that far from the truth. Both films have the same Star-Chef-Loses-It-All-And-Seeks-Redemption premise, though I honestly didn’t like Chef as much as everyone else did. Sorry, but it’s annoying how Favreau ALWAYS casts the most gorgeous leading ladies as his wife or girlfriend. He bedded both Scarlett Johansson AND Sofia Vergara in Chef. I mean, come on! Also, other than the incredible Pasta Aglio e Olio he seduced Johansson’s character with, Chef was surprising devoid of actual FOOD.

That’s not the case for Burnt, which has countless food montages that upstage the entire movie. That’s not necessarily a BAD thing, though. The plot of Burnt is remarkably thin so it needs a good dose of wine and butterfat to weigh it down. Fortunately, it also has Bradley Cooper as the sex and drug addicted chef, Adam Jones. We rarely hear specifics about his troubled past, but we know that Jones has left a string of broken lives and shuttered restaurants in his wake. Cooper is excellent as the beautiful, blue-eyed bastard and his performance also adds some much needed weight to the film. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (A Movie Based on a TV Show You Never Watched)

Anyone who makes a Cold War movie in 2015 better have an interesting take on it because we’ve seen every Russia VS America flick imaginable. Director Guy Ritchie makes HIS Cold War picture different by casting two of the most beautiful men in Hollywood, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. If you’re a grown woman who relishes any chance to stare at these men (like me), that might be enough. If you need something more than foxy dudes in your movies, you might be yawning before the first fake Russian accent kicks in. Continue reading →

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NOW ON DVD: 2 of My Favorites “Ex Machina” & “It Follows”

I was cruising Amazon’s new releases today and realized that 2 of my FAVORITE MOVIES from 2015 are now available on DVD. Ex Machina and It Follows are BOTH out and you’ve got to see these movies. (They’ve actually been out for a while but I’ve been on a mental-vacation all summer and am just now catching up.) Ex Machina in particular is STILL in my Top 5 Movies of 2015. Here’s the Boozy Movies Podcast we did for it, if you missed it the first time. WARNING: There’s extensive talk about body-hair. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” & A Cocktail Party!

Have you seen the trailer for Guy Ritchie’s latest movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Holy Balls, just look at THIS:

Yes, that’s Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer playing a CIA Agent and KGB Operative who’re forced to work together. Two of the HOTTEST dudes in movies today AND they’re joined by the phenomenal Alicia Vikander, who absolutely KILLED IT in Ex Machina. It’s not opening in theaters until August 14th but GUESS WHO HAS FREE PASSES TO SEE IT NEXT WEEK! Continue reading →

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PODCAST: The BOOZY MOVIE Film Critics Are PUMPED About “Ex Machina”

The band was back together this week! Richie Whitt, Sybil Summers, Rebekah Black and I saw “Ex Machina” and WOW! We were so inspired by this one that we waxed poetic like real Film Critics. Well, the Jamesons helped. Listen to the podcast and sorry about all the pubic-hair talk.

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