Thanksgiving Movies
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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

Fantastic Beasts 2
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 →

Wilson, Simmons, Helms

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Father Figures” EARLY & FOR FREE

I get the text below from my friends all the time:
Hey, I’m going to the movies. What should I see?
I always respond with my favorite films that are currently out. I tell them about the 7 Golden Globe nominations that The Shape of Water got or about the gorgeous scenery in Call Me By Your Name. I’ll remind them about Frances McDormand’s powerful performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri or that they could just watch the phenomenal Mudbound at home, on Netflix.
I’ll give them my list of Best Movies Out Now, but when I run into them later and ask what they saw, it’s ALWAYS the goofiest movie out.
When I ask WHY they chose that one, they always say,
“I just wanted something that would make me laugh.”
Look, I haven’t seen Father Figures yet. This story about two men (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) searching for the father that their mother (Glenn Close) said was dead just might be Oscar worthy. Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames and Harry Shearer just might give the performances of their lives. Or, maybe Father Figures is simply the perfect Just-Make-Me laugh movie for you. Continue reading →

ROCK DOG

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Rock Dog” EARLY & FOR FREE

Bodi (Luke Wilson) is a Tibetan Mastiff who spends his days protecting the sheep in his peaceful village. His eyes are opened to a whole new world though, when a radio falls from a passing plane and introduces him to Rock-n-Roll. From that day forward, Bodi wants nothing more than to be a Rock Dog. Continue reading →

Mark Wahlberg

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Patriots Day” EARLY & FOR FREE

Are you broke? I am so broke right now. This is usually the time of year when I stay home and eat nothing but food that’s been sitting in the freezer for the past six months until I can financially catch my breath. We could still go to the movies, though! See, while I was on vacation PILES of free movie passes landed on my front porch and they’re all for movies we want to see, like Patriots Day. This one stars Mark Wahlberg and tells the true story of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed. It won’t be in theaters nationwide until January 13th but we get to see Patriots Day EARLY and FOR FREE! Just click HERE to grab your free passes, then watch the trailer below. Oh man, and bring boxes of tissues to this one.

Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone

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

I hear the same thing from my friends-with-kids all the time:

“We just can’t go to movies anymore, unless they’re animated.”

I know the feeling, and wouldn’t see about 99% of the films I DO if it weren’t for this whole Film Critic thing. There are plenty of movies out there that families can watch together though, even ones not marketed as “Kid Flicks.” If you don’t mind sparse profanity or a few hints of sexuality, the doors will open wide to great films you’d never expect, like La La Land. Continue reading →

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “LA LA LAND” EARLY & FOR FREE

I started a minor riot on my Facebook page yesterday. No, it wasn’t about that. I just admitted that I don’t like musicals and everyone attacked, saying they were outraged and that we could no longer be friends. I thought I might have to say something political, just to calm them all down. The only reason I mentioned my disdain for musicals is because I saw LA LA LAND and loved it. Yes, I adored every single second of that movie even though Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sing and dance the whole way through it. That might sound ridiculous to anti-musical people like ME, but LA LA LAND is also the top contender for Best Picture this year. So, do you want to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Ben Affleck

PODCAST: “The Accountant” Had Us Screaming at the Screen

Rebekah Black and I saw The Accountant last night and had pretty extreme reactions to it. In fact, one of us even started yelling at the movie screen during the film. Here is our review and I’m proud to say that it’s 100% Spoiler Free. Well, at least no one behind us feel asleep and snored through it, like The Girl on the Train last week. Enjoy!

And because we talked about it so much, here’s the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2. (SQUEEE!)

Ben Affleck in The Accountant
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Accountant” ON ME!

If you’ve been to the movies in the last 3 months, you’ve probably seen the trailer for The Accountant. It stars Ben Affleck as a freelance accountant who un-cooks the books for dangerous criminals. What happens though, when the authorities close in and those criminals start to see him as a threat?

I get so excited every time I see this trailer. I don’t know if it’s because The Accountant stars some of my favorite actors (J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Anna Kendrick) or if it’s just the excellent use of Radiohead. Whatever the reason, we can all see The Accountant EARLY and FOR FREE. Just click HERE to get your passes, then watch the trailer below. See what I mean about the perfect use of Radiohead?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Disney’s “Zootopia” Has Heart & A Message…& a SLOTH!

Judy Hopps is a bunny with a dream. She wants to move to the big city and become the first ever Rabbit Police Officer, but no one believes she can. Even Judy’s parents tell her to give up her dream, but she’s a tough cookie who keeps on trying.

Sounds like a trite little bedtime story you’d read to your kids, but don’t be fooled. Zootopia is anything but trite with directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) steering the ship. Throw in a writing staff that includes Jim Reardon (WALL-E), Josie Trinidad (The Princess and the Frog) and Jennifer Lee (Frozen), and you just might have a classic on your hands. Because Zootopia isn’t just about Judy Hopps’ struggle to realize her dreams or the discrimination that holds her back. At it’s heart, Zootopia is about the ignorance and FEAR we are all capable of, and how often we let it guide us. Continue reading →