I remember how completely NOT interested I was in the first LEGO Movie. I even told my daughters to keep their expectations low because it was “probably going to be goofy.” Then The LEGO Movie was goofy, but in the most wonderful, fun-to-watch way! I’ve enjoyed every LEGO Movie that’s come out since (yes, even LEGO Ninjago) so I’m especially jazzed about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. So, who wants to see it EARLY and FOR FREE with me? Continue reading →
Someone did me a big favor before I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
They told me it was awful.
I searched for a second opinion online, and found loads of critics who called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom lifeless, intellectually insulting, and possibly the worst in the series. I had the world’s lowest expectations when I saw it and because of that, I kind of liked Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Yes, it’s lifeless, far-fetched and you might shake your head at it’s more ridiculous moments, but Jurassic World: Fallen World is also a cinematic roller-coaster ride that offers one of the most inspired endings from the series yet.
But is it OK for kids??? Continue reading →
I was on Good Morning Texas today talking about some of the biggest movies opening this month, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Uncle Drew and Sicario 2: Days of Soldado. I also gave my review of Incredibles 2, which opens THIS WEEKEND (find those tickets HERE).
Click HERE to watch the segment, then check my FREE MOVIE PASSES page to see if there are any left to see John Hamm in Tag. I’m still so jealous that Jane McGarry got to TOUCH him!
Here’s the latest “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE, featuring reviews for Ocean’s 8 and Hereditary. I’ve also got the TOP 5 MOVIES to see now, the HOTTEST NEW TRAILER OF THE WEEK, and I’m always getting more Freebies for the FREE MOVIE PASSES page.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see all the movies this week, so click HERE to see what critics thought of Ocean’s 8, HERE to see what they thought of Hotel Artemis, and HERE to read about Won’t You Be My Neighbor. My buddy Kristin Lonergan got FREE PASSES to see the Fred Rogers documentary from my website, and wrote this review:
“Mister Rogers’ message never changed. No matter the decade, no matter the daily news headline, Mister Rogers was true to the belief that each one of us is special. We each hold the power of love and to be loved, no matter what. You can see it on the faces of those who knew him best, he walked the walk. You can’t help feel hopeful and completely capable after you see this documentary. He was universally kind and genuine.”
Dang it, I need to see that movie! Please watch the MOVIE MINUTE below and subscribe to my YouTube channel. My kids still pick on me for having so few subscribers!
Writing a Movie Review for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is kind of like critiquing your 7-year-old niece’s ballet recital. SURE you could say that it’s smugly self-aware, overly sentimental and too cutesy for it’s own good. You could even say that her performance is derivative of her last recital, but isn’t that the point? Aren’t we all coming back for Round 2 because we simply want MORE of what we got last time? That’s why I’m going to skip the nit-picking and just give Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 an “A.” I’ve already seen it twice and had so much stinking fun both times that I don’t even care about its imperfections. I suspect you don’t either but there is one question I am consistently asked about this movie:
Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 okay for kids? Continue reading →
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.
We all peed our pants just a little when we found out Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence were making a movie together, didn’t we? Honestly, I wasn’t jazzed when I heard the premise for Passengers (thousands of sleeping people are on a spaceship, heading to a distant planet, when 2 of them wake up 90 years early…Really???) but, like the rest of the world, I’m going to see it anyway. I mean, it’s Jennifer-Freaking-Lawrence and Chris-Mouse Rat-Pratt! In a perfect world, I would drink Southern Comfort with them both (and Anna Farris, of course) and then we’d go toilet paper the houses of uptight famous people, like Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. I guess I’ll just have to see them in Passengers instead and, lucky for us, I have FREE PASSES! If you’d like to see Passengers EARLY and FOR FREE, click HERE to make that happen, then watch the trailer below. I’m not giving up on that Southern Comfort night ENTIRELY, though.
Something crazy happened after I watched The Magnificent Seven with some friends last night. We had adjourned to a nearby Happy Hour to discuss the movie, when they verbally attacked me. The girls and I apparently had widely differing opinions of the movie and the more we drank, the louder our debate got.
See, this version of The Magnificent Seven is not a remake, but it definitely has the same bones. The original film from 1960 is a remake of Seven Samurai, and multiple films came after it, riffing on the same plot. Thanks to spoofs like The Three Amigos and Blazing Saddles, the Old-West-town-that-needs-to-be-saved storyline is excessively familiar. There are also obvious comparisons to other GREAT modern Westerns, like The Unforgiven and True Grit. The Magnificent Seven doesn’t have the comedy of the spoofs, but it also can’t achieve the emotional depths or cinematic beauty of better Westerns, so it’s left kind of floundering in the middle. Continue reading →
Where has Chris Pratt been? Sure, I’ve seen him nightly on HBO since they’re playing Jurassic World on repeat, but it’s been far too long since my pretend-boyfriend was on the big screen. This dry-spell will come to an end soon, thank goodness, since The Magnificent Seven is hitting theaters September 23rd.
The Magnificent Seven stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, along with the Pool-Boy-of-Your-Dreams Chris Pratt, as gunmen who band together to save a town from thieves. It isn’t a remake of the 1960’s classic, just a re-imagining, so you purists can relax. The Magnificent Seven also stars Haley Bennett, who has had a HUGE year after starring in Hardcore Henry in the spring and in The Girl on the Train next month. Haley is the girl you keep thinking is Jennifer Lawrence, but isn’t.
If you’d like to see The Magnificent Seven EARLY and FOR FREE, just click HERE, then watch the trailer below. See, you totally thought she was Jennifer Lawrence, didn’t you?
I was running late for my “Good Morning Texas” appearance this morning, plus I had my daughters with me, since they’re out of school. We were sitting in stand-still traffic when Lucy noticed that a May Fly was on the seat right next to her. Nonstop shrieking and thrashing ensued, which is always great when you’re stressed out and running late. I finally had to remove my shoe, lean as far as I could into the backseat, and squash it with my heel. That pretty much set the stage for the rest of the morning.
Click HERE to see my review of Jurassic World, and THANKS AGAIN to everyone at “Good Morning Texas” for having me on. I hope they invite me back!
Thanks also to my friend Meredith Yates with Stella & Dot for providing my accessories today. I got so many compliments on that awesome necklace!