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Why Everyone in the WORLD Needs “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I’ll get to The Peanut Butter Falcon in a minute, but first I need to tell you about someone I loved.
My Aunt Jo Ann was born with Down Syndrome, so I grew up thinking every family had a celebrated member like her. She was different, yes, but she was also our collective heartbeat. She finished our prayers, decided on restaurants when we went out and Jo Ann always got the best piece of chicken at dinner. She was close to all of us in her own way, which is how I knew Jo Ann wasn’t like the shallow depictions we usually see of someone with Downs. She had loads of friends at the school she attended and dreamed of a family. She had healthy crushes on the dreamboats of her day (like Elvis Presley and William Shatner) but Jo Ann had a dose of salt too and would put you in your place if needed (ask me about the time she called me a “fat pig.”).
Jo Ann died from pneumonia last year and my family aches from the loss like it just happened. I visited her grave two weeks ago and still struggled to accept that she wasn’t waiting elsewhere for us, asking to watch Caddyshack again.
That’s why I can’t review The Peanut Butter Falcon without bias. I watch young Zack Gottsagen onscreen and see the embodiment of everything Jo Ann hoped for. Recognition. Acceptance. And a burning desire to be a part of the world everyone else takes for granted. Continue reading →

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FREE SCREENING of “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I’m not going to beat around the bush. You need something sweet and life-affirming, right? You’d probably prefer it to be FREE and SOON too. Well, HERE IT IS. I’m giving away 15 pairs of passes (reserved seats) to see The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf and the incredible Zak Gottsagen this Wednesday night! Not familiar with it? Well, watch the trailer below to understand why this is the movie you need RIGHT NOW. Then be one of the first 15 people to write “I NEED THIS MOVIE” in the Comments and a pair of passes to The Peanut Butter Falcon will be yours. Then go watch the trailer again because honestly…you really do need it.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is rated PG-13 and opens in select theaters August 9th.

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The TOP 5 MOVIES to See Right Now!

Seems like the perfect weekend for a movie, doesn’t it? If you agree and are about to dump a pile of cash at a theater, make sure it’s for something GOOD. Here are the “Julie Says So” TOP 5 MOVIES to See Right Now, and stay to the end for some Scary Movie options. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Bad Times at the El Royale” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ve watched the trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale a handful of times now and I still can’t figure out what’s going on. It’s hard to worry about a cast that’s THIS GOOD, though. You’ve got Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth, who’s apparently forgotten how to button a shirt (not complaining, just noting). Dakota Johnson’s in the mix too and, as I’ve stated a few times already, she’s vastly underrated as an actress. Bad Times at the El Royale is also from Writer/Director Drew Goddard, who’s responsible for mind-benders like Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield and several episodes of Lost. I think this is the type of movie that you learn as little as possible about before seeing it. Even better, how would you like to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Fifty Shades Freed” (Thank GOD, the End is NIGH!)

A friend asked me, just yesterday, “UGGGGH, are they really still making those Fifty Shades of Grey movies?”
Yes, and UGH indeed.
See, I’ve never been been a fan of these damn things. I didn’t even finish the first book because I thought it was boring and that the sex-scenes were just slightly more titillating than men’s underwear mannequins at Macy’s. The films are a bit more fun because we have the dewy, sweet-faced Dakota Johnson as our Anastasia, but we also have the cut-directly-from-cardboard Jamie Dornan, as our Christian Grey. Sure, he has a beautiful body but the lack of charisma is daunting.
The vapid Fifty Shades story-line might have been saved if these two were ever capable of generating any real heat. No one remembers exactly what Nine and a Half Weeks was about, but certain scenes will live forever just because they were so HOT (Yes, please leave your hat on!). Dornan and Johnson’s love-scenes however, seem to cause a sex-vacuum, and often feel like you’re watching two strangers, who don’t even like each other, try to get it on. Now that I think about it, that’s exactly what we’re watching. Sure, there are stories and satellite characters and actual arcs built into this tome, but does any of it matter if the sex isn’t sexy?
These are the questions I’ve asked myself repeatedly while sitting through each of these movies. That’s one of the only downfalls of being a Film Critic (aside from all that money you aren’t making): Sometimes you have to see movies that you DON’T want to see.
Which brings me to the main point of my Fifty Shades Freed review.
I feel pretty certain that those of you who WANT to see this movie WILL see it, regardless of what I say. I sat through all 105 (thankfully brief) minutes though, so you’re getting my review anyhow. Continue reading →

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Reviewing “Fifty Shades Darker” on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

There are few things that I enjoy talking about MORE than movies and smut. It’s a very special day when I get to combine the two! Even better, I got to discuss the ins and outs of Fifty Shades Darker today with some of my favorite people: Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction, Tanner Kloven from AMP 103.7, and the adorable Alanna Sarabia on Good Morning Texas. The conversation got a little dirty (we even made Alanna blush) but we didn’t beat around the bush with our opinions. So, should you see Fifty Shades Darker? Click HERE to watch our segment, then go ahead and buy your tickets because you KNOW you’re going to see it anyway!

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PODCAST: 3 Drunk Women Review “Fifty Shades Darker”

You can’t listen to this podcast at work. You probably shouldn’t even listen to it at home, unless you have headphones. If that’s the case, make sure you turn them down REALLY LOW.
See, I went to a Fifty Shades Darker screening with some girlfriends last night, then we got drinks and talked about it. There are no filters to this conversation. It’s simply drunk women talking loads of trash, and then eventually reviewing Fifty Shades Darker. You’ve been warned. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Zoolander 2” & “How to Be Single”

Isn’t it weird that this Valentine’s Day, a bunch of Comedies are opening instead of Romances? Well, there’s that Nicholas Sparks flick The Choice, but everyone heard how awful it was and scratched it off their lists. Now, all the Film Critics are telling people to see Deadpool (and you should), but Zoolander 2 and How to Be Single are opening this weekend as well. Are they worth it? Should you skip a naked Ryan Reynolds and try one of those instead? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “How to Be Single” On Me!

I saw the trailer for How to Be Single a few months ago and it made me laugh so hard that I immediately shared it with everyone I knew. Rebel Wilson is my Spirit Animal and I’m surprised by how much I dig Dakota Johnson. She was the only good thing about Fifty Shades of Grey, and she was fantastic in Black Mass. Unfortunately, everyone was too freaked out by Johnny Depp’s make-up to notice.

I guess How to Be Single is about a bunch of single women running around New York City. It’s like an updated Sex and the City, but without the designer shoes, and with LESLIE MANN. She was so adorable in The Other Woman, that she was actually hotter than Kate Upton. Don’t bother telling me I’m wrong about that, because I’M NOT. Now, I KNOW you want to go so click HERE to grab those free passes and then watch the trailer below. Oh my God, I really need to get drunk with Rebel Wilson!

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Black Mass” Starring Johnny Depp as Gollum

You have to wonder what went through the mind of Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) when he decided to take on a gangster film like Black Mass. Did he think about classics like The Godfather and Goodfellas, or did he try to put them out of his mind? Did he ruminate over his favorite episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, or did he pretend they didn’t exist? Did he revisit current films about crime in South Boston, like The Town or The Departed, or did he cross his fingers and hope no one saw any similiarities?
The simple fact is that there’s no way to make a gangster movie today without treading on some well-traveled ground. That being the case, how can a filmmaker create a crime story that’s fresh and covers new territory? Continue reading →