The Kid Who Would Be King stars Ashbourne Serkis (yes, that’s Andy Serkis’ kid) as a modern teenager who finds the Sword in the Stone and must battle a medieval menace to save the world. It’s a lovely jumble of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and King Arthur with a dash of Shaun of the Dead thrown in. The Kid Who Would Be King is also bolstered by a strong cast, featuring stalwarts like Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, along with a collection of charming young actors (Angus Imrie’s Merlin is my particular favorite). Continue reading →
I’ve been binge-watching Jane the Virgin on Netflix, so it’s hard for me to imagine Gina Rodriquez as anything other than sweet, virginal Jane Villanueva. Rogriquez isn’t new to drama or action films though, having starred in flicks like Deep Water Horizon and Annihilation, but I still imagine her sporting a pregnant tummy and some adorable, floral maternity gear.
Not the case in Miss Bala though, where Rodriquez plays a woman who’s forced to work for a dangerous drug cartel. She uses strength and talents she never knew she had to save herself from certain death, and turns into a bit of a badass along the way. So, who wants to see Miss Bala EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
The Prodigy stars Taylor Shilling (Orange is the New Black) as a mother whose son starts to turn creepy. Is he simply a gifted child who struggles to connect with other kids? Or are dark forces working through him? Can this mother save her child? Or should she focus on saving herself?
Movies about Creepy Kids are great, but they get even SCARIER after you’ve had kids. That’s when you realize that kids are freaking scary, even when they’re not trying to be. Sometimes they’ll say things that are unintentionally cryptic. Other times they’ll sneak up on you in the kitchen and stand completely still by the fridge until you shut the door (also the first time I screamed F*CK at my daughter).
Sometimes they’ll do or say things that make no sense at all, like a woman who wrote to me years ago. I was on a morning radio show in Dallas, Texas and people would often write to me about their problems. This one woman in particular had a 3-year-old who was obsessed with car wrecks. Her little boy would describe them in great detail, as if he’d witnessed a horrible one (which he hadn’t). He also cried when his mother left the house and insisted she was going to die in a car crash. I’d love to tell you that there was a happy ending and that he grew up to be a normal kid, but I never heard from her after that email. I even wrote her back, but she never responded and that has always worried me.
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Glass reminds me of playing make-believe in my backyard when I was a little kid.
We’d run around and chase each other, making up the story as we went along. One kid would always get a little out-of-hand and jump on the rest of us (James McAvoy) while someone else would try to play the Mastermind and control everything (Samuel L. Jackson). There was always one kid who seemed embarrassed and kept trying to leave, too (Bruce Willis). Then my big sister would come outside and make-fun of all of us (Sarah Paulson), which would ultimately squash the whole thing.
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How fun does this movie look?!!! The Kid Who Would Be King stars Ashbourne Serkis as a modern-day teenager who finds the mythical sword, Excalibur. He must then build an army to fight Merlin’s evil sister, Morgana before she takes over the world. It’s kind of like Harry Potter meets 1981’s Excalibur, with a little Shaun of the Dead thrown in. There’s a great cast too, with Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson playing Merlin and Morgana. So, who wants to see The Kid Who Would Be King EARLY and FOR FREE? I have passes to see it in Houston (HERE) and San Antonio (HERE). Continue reading →
I still don’t think that Bohemian Rhapsody should’ve won Best Picture at the Golden Globes recently, but I DO think it’s an excellent choice for a Sing-Along Screening! That’s exactly what select Alamo Drafthouses have in mind with special showings this Friday! Click HERE to find a Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-A-Long showtime near you, then read my earlier Mommy Movie Review for it HERE, because it’s surprisingly kid-friendly (well, older kids). Also, remember that purchasing tickets through this website helps support it, so take care of that HERE:
I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about the 2019 Golden Globes and how they will affect the Oscars this year. The countless surprises during the Globes ceremony have ignited debates everywhere, and this morning was no exception. Alanna Sarabia felt that Bohemian Rhapsody deserved that Best Picture win (which I strongly disagree with) while Jane McGarry had reservations about Green Book (which I understand but still love the film). The debates didn’t end there, because my friends started tweeting and texting their complaints to me as I walked out of the WFAA studios. We’ll just have to see how things pan out on January 22nd when the Oscar nominations are announced, and then on February 24th when the Oscars air on ABC. In the meantime, watch my Good Morning Texas segment HERE and see if you want to debate me, too! You can also click the Alamo Drafthouse link below to buy tickets and catch up on all of those award-winning films!
The Upside is actually a remake of an excellent French film from 2011 called The Intouchables. It was also about a wealthy man who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident and hires a caregiver with a questionable past. I haven’t seen the remake with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart yet, but The Intouchables was one of my favorite films that year (it was even nominated for a Golden Globe). So, who wants to see The Upside EARLY and FOR FREE? Good because I have passes for screenings all over Texas! Continue reading →
If you have Netflix (or even if you don’t), you’ve probably heard about Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by now. If somehow not, they are two made-for-Netflix programs that have set social media on fire (one far more than the other). They seem like perfect programs to catch over the holidays, but they’re also rated R and TV-MA respectively. So, what does that mean for families who might be watching with younger viewers? I’ve watched Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch with my kids and can tell you exactly what to expect from both. Continue reading →
Christmas and New Years are behind us, but many folks are lucky enough to still have a few days off. It’s the perfect time to hit the theater and there are some excellent flicks to see on your own OR with the family. Here are the “Julie Says So” Movies to See RIGHT NOW, and remember to find tickets and showtimes through the Alamo Drafthouse links I’ve provided. Buying your tickets through this website is easy AND it supports JulieSaysSo.com in the process.
Mary Poppins Returns is getting mixed reviews, but critics would probably say the same about the original if it was released today. It’s hard to not be cynical about this kind of candy-coated Disney whimsy, but what’s the point? Sure, it’s a bit strange to see hand-drawn animation and this level of wide-eyed theatrics in 2019, but it’s also a little refreshing. In other words, if you go into Mary Poppins Returns expecting anything other than singing penguins and dancing lamp-lighters, maybe the movie ISN’T the problem. (B)
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