Penguins

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Disneynature’s “Penguins” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Tim Burton
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Dumbo” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Nutcracker
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Ewan McGregor

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Christopher Robin” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Wrinkle
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “A Wrinkle in Time” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Coco

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Disney Pixar’s “Coco” EARLY & FOR FREE

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 →

Cars 3

Mommy-Movie-Review: “Cars 3” with My Kids (PODCAST)

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 →

Lightning McQueen

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Cars 3” EARLY & FOR FREE

My daughter just asked me what we’re doing tomorrow. We’re not even a week into Summer Break and they’re already bored asking for itineraries. Fortunately, I have loads of Free Movie Passes to give away this summer, including these tickets to an early screening of Cars 3. You can bring up to 3 kids with you too, which means you can take your whole posse OR relieve a friend of theirs. Continue reading →

Watson & Stevens

MOVIE REVIEW: Will “Beauty and the Beast” Ruin Your Love for the Original?

I was essentially an adult when the first Beauty and the Beast came out, so I’m not sure why I have such a connection to it. I didn’t grow up watching it and my daughters, who despise most Disney princess movies, always said “NO” when I suggested it. That didn’t stop me from bawling the first time I saw the trailer for the new Beauty and the Beast. It wasn’t the casting of Emma Watson that did it, or the image of a live-action Lumiere. No, it was the sound of that original opening song that did me in.

This is why I was more than a little concerned about a NEW Beauty and the Beast. How could anyone remake this classic, much less improve it? If I were honest, I’d say that I fully expected it to suck.

You’ll notice from the opening song though, that THIS Beauty and the Beast has no intention of sucking. Continue reading →

Good Movies

Top 8 Movies to See THIS WEEKEND

(OK, so I wrote this right before Thanksgiving, but the list still applies. I would only add Jackie with Natalie Portman this week, IF it happens to be playing in your town.)

What are you supposed to do with your relatives, once you’ve eaten all the food and run out of things to talk about? You GO TO THE MOVIES, of course! The sooner the better too, before anyone starts talking about politics again. Here’s my list of the Top 8 Movies to See Over Thanksgiving Weekend, which has a little something for everyone. Continue reading →