Keaton, Bergen, Fonda, Steenburger
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Book Club” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you’re looking for a cheap (or FREE) Mother’s Day gift for Mom, this Book Club screening might be just the thing. This movie stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as women whose lives are changed after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Even better, it pairs 80-year-old Jane Fonda up with 68-year-old Don Johnson! He was paired up with 25-year-old Kate Upton in the last movie I saw him in, so this is more like it! So, would you like to see Book Club EARLY and FOR FREE? Or would your Mom like to see it for Mother’s Day? The screening IS on May 13th, after all! Continue reading →

Ludacris & Will Arnett
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: Take Your Kids to a FREE SCREENING of “Show Dogs”

It’s been a while since we’ve had a straight-up Kids’ Flick to talk about, and Show Dogs definitely fits the bill. This one stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as a police dog who has to go undercover at a dog show to stop a bad guy. Will Arnett also stars, along with some pretty high-powered voice-talent, including Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Shaquille O’Neal and RuPaul. If you’d like to take your kids to a Saturday screening of Show Dogs, Continue reading →

STARZ VIDA

See STARZ “Vida” on the Big Screen for FREE!

I absolutely LOVE IT when great TV shows are displayed on a movie screen. Especially when it’s a series that benefits from the theater experience, like VIDA. Now, I haven’t seen it yet, but the crowds who saw VIDA at SXSW this year liked it enough to make it the Audience Award winner.
VIDA tells the story of two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different from each other. Circumstances force them back to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and the surprising truth about their mother’s identity. The series will premiere on May 6th but you can see the first 2 episodes EARLY and at Studio Movie Grill! If that sounds fun to you, Continue reading →

Charlize Theron

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Charlize Theron in “Tully” EARLY & FOR FREE

My kids are a little older and I occasionally see things that make me grateful for that.
Just today, I was enjoying a quiet walk by the lake when I came across a Mom who was screaming at four kids, all around three-years-old. She was furious and exhausted but, not matter what she said, those little monsters kept riding their trikes through the mud. A block past her was another Mom, who was trying to leave the park while her tiny daughter threw an impressive fit, flat on her back. I saw a woman at the mall an hour later, who’s pregnant belly was so big, it looked like she could burst and go flying around the Food Court, like a popped balloon.
The trailer for Tully also makes me so SO grateful that my kids are older.
Charlize Theron plays a Mom who’s just trying to get through those difficult early-years because…well, they can be kind of awful. Her brother surprises her with a night-nurse named Tully, who helps ease her around the tough spots. Yes, it’s a simple plot that doesn’t sound that intriguing, but watch the trailer below. If you can get through it without tearing up, then maybe your new-Mommy years were much easier than mine. If, on the other hand, it resonates with you the way it did with me, Continue reading →

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Rampage” EARLY & FOR FREE

Honestly, the first time I saw the trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s new movie Rampage, I thought it was a joke. I mean, The Rock has a pet gorilla that goes radioactive and starts destroying a city? Then a giant, flying werewolf gets involved and the only person who can save us is, of course, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? It just SOUNDS like something from Saturday Night Light, right? But I felt the same way about San Andreas when I saw the trailer, and I ended up liking that movie. I also rolled my eyes so hard it hurt when I saw The Rock in the new Jumanji trailer, and I kind of loved that one. So who knows? Maybe Rampage will end up being fantastic, but we should probably see it FOR FREE, just in case. Continue reading →

Sheridan & Cooke
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Ready Player One” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you aren’t excited about Ready Player One, I don’t even know what to say.
It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on the popular novel by Austin’s own Ernest Cline. It stars Texan Tye Sheridan as a kid who has to save a virtual-reality world that’s drenched in ’80’s pop-culture. That means you should watch for references from Back to the Future to The A-Team to those awesome flowerpot hats that Devo wore. If you’re still not excited, then you probably shouldn’t bother with these passes to see Ready Player One EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →

Alicia Vikander
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Alicia Vikander in “Tomb Raider” EARLY & FOR FREE

Have you noticed how many bad-ass women there are in movies right now? I’d hate to call it a TREND because I don’t want to see it go away, but I think Wonder Woman might have shaken movies execs awake. Since then, we’ve seen Charlize Theron play a lady-John Wick in Atomic Blonde, Tessa Thompson as a Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, and ALL the women of Black Panther kick tremendous ass. That’s why it seems highly appropriate to introduce Alicia Vikander as our new Laura Croft in Tomb Raider. Vikander is tiny, but she wanted to be taken seriously in the role of video-adventurer so she bulked up with weight training and performed her own stunts. See? Total bad-ass! So, do you want to see the new Tomb Raider EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Taylo-Joy, Yelcin, Cooke

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Thoroughbreds” EARLY & FOR FREE

Look, I’m going to be completely honest with you.
I’m not sure about Thoroughbreds. I don’t know how I feel about giving away passes to a movie featuring angry, gun-toting kids. Especially with the way the world looks right now. I don’t want to promote anything that glorifies violence, but I also realize that’s exactly what most movies do.
So how do I handle this?
I guess I’ll just let you decide for yourselves.
Thoroughbreds stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as teenagers who concoct a plan to rid the world of their greatest problem; an evil stepfather. It looks like a combination of Heathers and my current favorite Netflix show, The End of the F***ing World. Those are violent as well, but have deeper messages about the way we torment each other and finding comfort in someone who’s just as messed up as you. I’m hoping that’s the category Thoroughbreds falls into.
So, who wants to see Thoroughbreds EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

ANNIHILATION
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Natalie Portman in “Annihilation” EARLY & FOR FREE

If you’re a fan of the Southern Reach book series, then you already know what Annihilation is about. If you’re like the rest of us who AREN’T familiar with the books, you’ll probably watch this trailer and think, “What tha HELL is going on here?”
Natalie Portman stars as a woman who joins a dangerous expedition in hopes of saving her husband. That’s really all I could figure out, other than there’s something that looks like a bubble over everything that’s turning people into monsters. The coolest thing about Annihilation though, is the cast. Watch the trailer below and tell me what YOU think is different about it. Then grab passes to see Annihilation EARLY and FOR FREE Continue reading →

Phantom Thread

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Phantom Thread” EARLY & FOR FREE

Set in 1950’s post-war London, Phantom Thread tells the story of a renowned fashion designer whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love with a strong-willed woman.
Sounds pretty meh, right?
Well, what if I told you that Phantom Thread is the latest from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, the same guy who did Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood? It also stars Daniel Day-Lewis and is the first time he and Anderson have worked together since There Will Be Blood won two Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis even co-wrote the Phantom Thread script with Paul Thomas Anderson AND, if you are still for some reason not intrigued by this, you should know that Day-Lewis plans to retire after this film.
From acting.
What, you’re still not interested?
Then you probably shouldn’t snag any passes to see Phantom Thread EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →