Thanksgiving can be a dangerous minefield of political debates and familiar family-squabbles, just waiting to unfold. The best way to avoid them is to sit quietly next to each for a few hours and there’s no better place to do THAT than a movie theater! Of course, there are still plenty of ways to go wrong with the film you chose, so here are the Julie Says So TOP 5 MOVIES to see this Thanksgiving. Continue reading →
It’s been a week since I saw Frozen 2 with my daughter and I’ve struggled to write the review ever since. I guess I just don’t want to admit how disappointed I am in this follow-up, or how badly it bummed out my 12-year-old. Continue reading →
Are you wondering about Disney‘s remake of The Lion King? Well, here’s my review in the form of an analogy.
Remember the time you went to see that band you loved in concert? You waited all night to hear your favorite song but when they started playing it, you realized it was a brand new version? Continue reading →
The first movie I ever attempted with my daughter was March of the Penguins. It was late in the summer of 2005 and only a few months past her first birthday, which is honestly WAY too early for a darkened a theater. It was playing at a Crybaby Matinee though, so I wasn’t worried about offending the other bored mommies who just needed time out of the house. I think Morgan Freeman’s narration scared her, because she started to wail just moments after he began talking. She also started to kick her tiny feet in the theater seat, which caused Emma’s light-up tennis shoes to flash like a disco ball. I snatched her up and ran out, and to this day have no idea how things ended for those penguins.
We’d probably have better luck with Disneynature‘s Penguins, because it’s a light-hearted approach to penguin-life. This one follows the adventures of Steve, an Adélie penguin who searches for love in the Antarctic. It’s like a feature-length version of those penguin videos you watched a million times on Facebook, which is why I feel certain you’ll want to see Penguins EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Tim Burton. I loved him when he was making films like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, but I still don’t know what to think of Dark Shadows. I also haven’t forgiven him for what he did to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but you can read my heartbroken daughter’s review of it HERE (she has, for the record, forgiven Asa Butterfield though).
But SURELY Tim Burton wouldn’t ruin Dumbo!
This story about a floppy eared elephant is so sad and sweetly perfect that it hasn’t been touched since they animated it in 1941. Tim Burton wouldn’t attempt this without a solid plan in place, would he? It won’t matter either way if you see Dumbo EARLY and FOR FREE, and I have passes for screenings in Grapevine AND Dallas! Continue reading →
People occasionally complain about my Free Movie Passes because the screenings are in a town that’s too far away from them. That hopefully won’t be the case for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, because THIS TIME I have passes to two different screenings! If you’d like to see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Continue reading →
Did I ever tell you about the crush I had on Christopher Robin? I don’t know if it was his little Mary Jane shoes or the way he talked to stuffed animals, but 4-year-old ME was smitten. I even tried to call Christopher Robin on the phone once, but didn’t know how and started dialing random numbers. My father caught me and said that I’d called the police instead, who had arrived and were arresting my sister. She joined the fun and started screaming for help from the living room. This promptly ended my crush on Christopher Robin, but I still can’t wait to see his movie. If you would like to see Christopher Robin with me EARLY and FOR FREE Continue reading →
My kids are bigger cynics than I am, when it comes to movies.
They see almost as many films as I do and have had their hearts broken by more than one (read Emma’s review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children HERE for a taste of that). The girls know that it’s often best to keep your expectations low, which might be why I’m struggling to get them excited about A Wrinkle in Time. They enjoyed the book by Madeleine L’Engle, but know how hard it is for movies to live up to the originals. They’re too young to appreciate Ava DuVernay and how cool it is that she’s directing this, or to understand why I’m excited to see Mindy Kaling on the big screen. In fact, the only person my kids are pumped about seeing in A Wrinkle in Time is Oprah Winfrey, but it might be because of her I Love Bread vine.
It doesn’t really matter because I’m making them see A Wrinkle in Time with me anyhow and YOU CAN TOO, thanks to this stack of FREE MOVIE PASSES I just got! Continue reading →
Think you have no interest in seeing the latest from Disney Pixar, Coco? Why don’t you take a minute to read some of it’s reviews first? See, when I read words like “Dazzling” or “Captivating” and especially “Insta-Classic,” I can’t help but get a little excited about Coco. This one tells the story of young Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while trying to become a famous musician. There’s a phenomenal cast, including Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt, and music from Frozen songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Coco is also written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who won TWO Oscars for Toy Story 3. Still not interested in Coco? Fine, just go be grouchy somewhere else while WE grab free passes to see Coco Continue reading →
I took my kids to see Cars 3 last night and we were all VERY surprised by it. My girls didn’t even want to see it, so the fact that this podcast isn’t eight straight minutes of them complaining is a SHOCK. Listen to the audio below to hear their thoughts and find out if YOU should see Cars 3. Keep checking the FREE MOVIE PASS page as well, to find out what I’m giving away next! Continue reading →