Thanksgiving Movies

MOVIES TO SEE (& Some to Avoid) OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

Hope you got some time off for Thanksgiving because the past 2 weeks have gifted us with a cornucopia of highly anticipated flicks. Not all of them are worth the hefty ticket price, though. I’ve seen all of the new releases (OK, most of them) and can tell you which ones to see with your family, which ones to see with your drunk, adult friends, and which ones you should dodge like a bullet. Here are the Julie Says So Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (and which ones to AVOID). I even put them into nifty categories to make it easy for you.

THE SEQUELS

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Scoot over, so I can get a better look at Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a J.K. Rowling fever dream. She packed it with everything she thinks we want to see in a Fantastic Beasts follow-up (loving shots of Hogwarts, surprising family trees and, of course, fantastic beasts), but she also had to tell about 20 other stories in the process. You’re left with a four-hour-long mess (OK, it’s just 2-hours-long but it FEELS so much longer). My 11-year-old looked at me as the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald credits rolled and said, “What? I’m so confused.” And that sums the whole movie up in 4 words. (D)
Best Part: Jude Law’s young Dumbledore is simply delicious.
Worst Part: Johnny Depp. Just any scene he’s in. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Front Runner” EARLY & FOR FREE

Maybe it seemed like a great idea to release The Front Runner during the mid-term elections. What better time to tell a story about squandered political promise? Those in charge probably didn’t think about the nonstop political ads we’ve been force-fed lately or the fact that some people will want to crawl into a hole and live there after November 6th. Well, push that political-malaise aside and remember that Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart. We love that guy so much, we even forgave his version of P.T. Barnum. The Front Runner is also from Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully), so he’s bound to do something twisty and revealing with the story, right? Well, it won’t matter either way if you see The Front Runner EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Just How Great IS “The Greatest Showman?”

I had several snarky thoughts when I first saw the trailer for The Greatest Showman.
Things like:
-I think I preferred this movie when it was called Moulin Rouge.
-Isn’t Hugh Jackman a little old to be playing Michelle Williams’ husband?
-Really??? Another slow-motion shot of a hot-chick dangling from the ceiling???
You get the point.
See, I have to sit through a ton of movies and I’m afraid that, after a while, many of them start to look the same.
I even warned my daughters to “keep your expectations low” when we sat down to watch The Greatest Showman, and then prepared myself to be sufficiently underwhelmed.

Man…was I wrong. Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: Is “Logan” OK for Kids?

Logan stars Hugh Jackman, in his final turn as the iconic X-Man, Wolverine. This time around, he’s caring for an ailing Professor X and struggling with his own deteriorating body, when he meets a young mutant in need of help. What follows is a surprisingly bleak but truly fantastic movie. I gave Logan an A+ after seeing it and it now ties with Deadpool as my favorite superhero movie EVER. Logan shares other similarities with Deadpool, like a foul-mouth, a penchant for blood-baths and that R-rating we love so much. Does that mean your kids, who are no-doubt begging to see it, should stay away from Logan? Continue reading →

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PODCAST: “Logan” Reviewed by Two Weepy Women (SPOILER FREE)

Man, I have been an emotional wreck since I saw Logan. I’ve even been DREAMING about it! So, does Logan live up to the hype? Will Hugh Jackman be proud of his last Wolverine performance? Listen to my podcast with Rebekah Black to find out. Logan won’t hit theaters until March 3rd but you can buy pre-sale tickets to see it now. I’m also proud to say that this review contains NO SPOILERS, which is shocking because Rebekah LOVES to give away the ending!

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” & The Curse of the TRILOGY


Being the third in a trilogy is kind of like being the youngest kid in an over-achieving family. You’ll always be compared to your siblings and no matter what you do or how well you do it, you’ll never quite live up to them. This effect is magnified if you happen to be a slacker who lives in the basement and smokes pot all day.

X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t exactly the basement dwelling pot-smoker, but it’s no Eagle Scout either. Continue reading →

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TOP 5 MOVIES to See with Your Kids Over Spring Break

My kids were out of school for Spring Break last week, so I’m actually late with this post. Forgive me, but I was simply too busy running around the beach, trying to convince myself it wasn’t cloudy and 65 degrees. Our break is earlier than most schools though, so you might still be planning yours. There’s always at least one cloudy Spring Break day that’s best spent in a theater, so here are my Top 5 to Films See with Your Kids over Spring Break:

5. My first pick is Miracles from Heaven, but this one comes with conditions. This is a faith-based movie (even produced by T.D. Jakes) so there’s lots of God Talk. If that makes you uncomfortable, prepare to be totally gooned out. Jennifer Garner stars and keeps it from getting too heavy-handed, so don’t scratch it off your list entirely. Miracles from Heaven is also based on the true story of a very sick little girl, which is often difficult to watch. It might be too much for more sensitive viewers, but it might be just right for your crew. Here’s a link to my original review, which was actually made by my daughters and some of their friends. Check it out first, if you can’t decide about the movie.
http://juliesaysso.com/podcast-kids-review-jennifer-garners-miracles-from-heaven/ Continue reading →

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The Moment I Met Hugh Jackman (& How I Disappointed Women & Gay Men Around the World)


My husband and I don’t have A List. You know, the List of Famous People You’re Allowed to Sleep With If You Ever Meet Them, that couples supposedly have. I’ve met enough famous people to know they don’t want to sleep with me, but that’s not the real reason. I dreamt that my husband was cheating on me with Heather Graham years ago, and everyone thought I should allow it. I would cry to my friends, but their response was always, “Roller Girl??? That’s AWESOME!”

So yeah, we essentially don’t have A List because of a paranoid dream I had back when Boogie Nights was big. If I DID have a list though, Hugh Jackman would be on it and probably in the Top 3. I’m not sure of his exact placement because I’ve never given it much thought (1. Michael Fassbender 2. Chris Pratt 3. Hugh Jackman) but needless to say, I was pumped about meeting him last night.

Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) came to town to screen their new movie Eddie the Eagle (click HERE to read my review) and I finagled a spot on the Red Carpet. I honestly didn’t expect much because the last Red Carpet I attended only yielded a blurry photo of Bradley Cooper. In fact, I’d only come up with a handful of barely interesting questions to ask Hugh Jackman, because I assumed he’d just stroll on by, like before. But he didn’t. Hugh Jackman walked right up to me and you know what I did? Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “Eddie the Eagle” Bad Glasses & Spirit Saves the Day

Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) as the underdog hero of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Eddie began his ski-jumping career later in life and trained with no sponsorship, though he was repeatedly told he’d never compete on the world stage. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s rebellious coach, Bronson Peary, who was an Olympian himself before losing focus and falling into the bottle. Together, they take on the world of Olympic Ski Jumping and win the hearts of sports fans everywhere.

I had honestly never heard of Olympic Ski Jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards before this movie. That probably handicapped me because I couldn’t tell if Taron Egerton was seriously hamming it up or properly portraying Eddie Edwards. His awkwardly placed glasses, bizarre mannerisms and bushy mustache were a distraction but once I got home and researched Eddie, I realized Egerton NAILED IT. Continue reading →

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: 3rd Graders Review the Movie “Pan”

It seems that film critics unanimously HATE the movie Pan. The last time I checked, it was getting 25% on the movie-review website Rotten Tomatoes, which means that it’s certified BEYOND ROTTEN. Pan isn’t a movie for “Film Critics” though. It’s a movie FOR KIDS, so what do they have to say about it? I was lucky enough to encounter a gaggle of 3rd graders right after they saw it and was able to get the low down from them. This is what THEY had to say about Pan, minus a few shrieks and giggles.