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MOVIE REVIEW (by proxy): Will “Last Christmas” Steal Your Heart? (or Just Give it Away?)

Doctor Sleep and Last Christmas screened on the same night in Dallas, and my life-long Stephen King addiction wouldn’t let me to skip his film. My girlfriend Kristi Bernstein, who adores holiday rom-coms (sorry but I do NOT) offered to take the bullet for me. Here is her Last Christmas review.

I need to be upfront here. I have a complete bias when it comes to romantic comedies, especially those that involve Christmas. It has to be truly terrible for me not to sit up late at night in December and watch it for the 15th time. I even watched Holiday in the Wild this weekend on Netflix, which was so bad I wanted to gouge my eyeballs out. Then I watched it again with my 13-year-old daughter because…you know…it’s a Christmas rom-com. With that said, I just watched Last Christmas with my friend Kathryn. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: Family 4-Packs to See “Missing Link”

The latest from Laika Studios (Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings) takes us to the Pacific Northwest, where the furry but well-spoken “Mr. Link” (Zack Galifianakis) has grown tired of living in the wilderness alone. He enlists the help of an explorer, “Sir Lionel Frost” (Hugh Jackman) to help find his long-lost family, which starts them on a life-changing adventure. Missing Link doesn’t open in theaters until April 12th, but I’ve got passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →

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“Julie Says So” Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW

There are quite a few new movies out this week so I had to make some updates to my list. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new releases made it into the Top 8 Movies, but I was really surprised by the ones that did. Continue reading →

Renee Zellweger in "Bridget Joneses Baby"

MOVIE REVIEW: “Bridget Jones’s Baby” – A Movie I THOUGHT I Didn’t Care About

I should probably go ahead and tell you that I had absolutely no interest in seeing Bridget Jones’s Baby. I rolled my eyes at the “WHO’S THE FATHER” concept and felt it was a sad grab for money on the part of everyone involved. The side of me that loves Bridget Jones’s Diary and who STILL wants to defend RenĂ©e Zellwegger from those stupid, recent attacks, went to see it anyway.

I can’t tell you how surprised I was.

Not only is Bridget Jones’s Baby funny and inspired, it also makes important comments about grown women and how they choose to live today.

Bridget has a successful and satisfying career, and although things didn’t work out with Mark Darcy, she has filled her life with fun and friendship. Jones recognizes that the world expects her to feel sad and empty, but she doesn’t and chooses to enjoy herself instead. She meets a new man (Patrick Dempsey), runs into an ex (Colin Firth) and then, as the title clearly states, ends up with a baby onboard.

This twist, which at first glance is awkward at best, is what gives Bridget Jones’s Baby it’s chance to shine. Instead of focusing on dated ideas or slut-shaming, BJB shows Bridget’s apprehension and then excitement over being a mother. Sure, there are plenty of “who’s your Daddy” jokes, but Bridget’s main concern becomes her baby. Then, Emma Thompson shows up as Bridget’s OB and speaks the strongest words of the whole film.

“You can do this on your own, you know,” she tells her. “I did.”

This wonderful assertion comes amid slapstick comedy and another tired will-they-or-won’t-they storyline, but it’s what gives Bridget Jones’s Baby it’s backbone. You never feel sad for Bridget or her baby because you know, no matter WHO the father is, she’s got this. –B+

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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 →