Jane McGarry

Falls Movies to Watch (like “Suspiria” & “Can You Ever Forgive Me”) & My Review of the New “Halloween”

I was on Good Morning Texas yesterday and I may have gotten a little too excited about all the big movies that are opening soon. There are a handful of scary ones (like Halloween and Suspiria) that I’m so pumped about, and some of my favorite actors are trying their hands at directing! Click HERE to watch all of that, and check the Free Movie Passes page while you’re here, to see what I’m giving away next! I’m also including the full Suspiria trailer below, because it’s NUTS!

Halloween Review

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See the New “Halloween”

It was some random night in 1978, when my sister came home in what you could call an agitated state. She’d just seen the movie Halloween and was so excited, she had to tell my Mom and I all about it. Lesley described, in graphic detail, everything she’d seen onscreen. She then went to the living room and picked out the theme-song on our piano.
I was in elementary school at the time and was so freaked out by Lesley’s detailed story, I couldn’t sleep for a week. I didn’t SEE Halloween until it played on HBO much later, but it was somehow even more horrible (meaning AWESOME) than I’d imagined.
It’s hard for me to write an objective review of this new Halloween because the original made such an impact on me. Seeing the title sequence and hearing that famous song last night was my Chewie, We’re Home moment. Continue reading →

Melissa McCarthy

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Can You Ever Forgive Me” EARLY & FOR FREE

Those of us who were sad when Melissa McCarthy didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids (yeah, I know it was a stretch) might have our wishes granted this year, thanks to Can You Ever Forgive Me. McCarthy stars as real-life biographer Lee Israel, who gained fame in the 1970’s by writing books about celebrities. She turned to deception when funds ran low and wound up in the middle of her own scandal. Can You Ever Forgive Me is already on this year’s Oscars short-list, with Melissa McCarthy a top pick for Best Actress! Pretty exciting, right? Now you really want to see Can You Ever Forgive Me EARLY and FOR FREE, don’t you? Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Bohemian Rhapsody” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ll talk about the Bohemian Rhapsody screening in a minute, but first I want to tell you a little story.
I actually learned about homosexuality through the band Queen.
It happened when I was around seven-years-old and listening to “We Will Rock You” at a friend’s house. I was staring at that creepy News of the World album cover when my friend said, “You know how Queen got their name, don’t you?”
I didn’t, of course, so she explained to me that some men preferred other men over women, and that some women were the same way. She never used the word “homosexuality,” and really didn’t go into much detail, but my small mind was blown.
It didn’t change how I felt about the band, and my love for Freddie Mercury grew exponentially as years passed. Because of Queen, homosexuality was less about sexual preference to young-me, and represented someone whose difference made their light shine even brighter than the rest.
I think Freddie Mercury would’ve appreciated that.
So, who wants passes to see Bohemian Rhapsody EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Venom

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Venom” OK for KIDS?

Remember the days before Marvel Studios, when superhero movies were uninspired, jumbled messes but we liked them anyway? Well, that’s exactly what Venom reminds me of.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a reporter who discovers a parasitic space-alien that invades his body. Brock must learn to work with it to save himself and becomes Venom.
Hardy is doing the best he can with this role (he’s already slated for two more Venom movies) but a dopey script and shallow character development weighs him down. Venom himself delivers all of the action, but hokey dialogue and lackluster CGI kills any chances for realism. A fun bromance develops between Eddie and Venom though, and their banter gives the movie a much needed lift. That and it’s brisk pace keep Venom from being a complete waste of time.
But can your kids see it? Continue reading →

Haunted Halloween

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” EARLY & FOR FREE (& Come in Costume!)

Hope you’ve got your Halloween costumes all lined up because there’s a fantastic screening of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween coming up this weekend! The Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands is hosting a FREE SCREENING this Saturday, but they’ll play Halloween party-games with the kids beforehand (so bring them in costume). You’ll need passes to get in FOR FREE Continue reading →

Bad Times

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Bad Times at the El Royale” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ve watched the trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale a handful of times now and I still can’t figure out what’s going on. It’s hard to worry about a cast that’s THIS GOOD, though. You’ve got Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth, who’s apparently forgotten how to button a shirt (not complaining, just noting). Dakota Johnson’s in the mix too and, as I’ve stated a few times already, she’s vastly underrated as an actress. Bad Times at the El Royale is also from Writer/Director Drew Goddard, who’s responsible for mind-benders like Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield and several episodes of Lost. I think this is the type of movie that you learn as little as possible about before seeing it. Even better, how would you like to see it EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Gaga & Cooper
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “A Star is Born”

Be honest. You were going to see A Star is Born no matter WHAT the critics said, weren’t you? The fact that I’m giving Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut an A+ means diddly because you probably purchased tickets last week.
We all know that YOU are going to see A Star is Born, but the real question is
can you take your kids?
Well, I’ve seen this Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga love-story and I can tell you that the Motion Picture Association of America has once again jumped-the-gun with an R-rating. A Star is Born is an appropriate movie for SOME kids, but certainly not all of them. Continue reading →

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

Oh, people always have to gripe about something, and now they’re mad at Venom.
Evidently, the new Marvel flick, starring Tom Hardy as Spider Man’s rival, is rated PG-13 in the United States. That’s just too kid-friendly for long-term fans of the character, who wanted something much darker for this new incarnation. Hardy doesn’t seem to mind though. In fact, he got most of his direction from his 10-year-old son, who knew far more about Venom than he did. You can read more about that HERE, or would you rather just see Venom EARLY and FOR FREE? Click HERE to grab your passes if so, then watch the trailer below. And HOLY COW Venom looks SCARY to me! Even with that PG-13 rating!

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A True Story of Sexual Assault (& Why THIS 14-year-old Almost Didn’t Speak Up)

(The following story is true, but the names have been changed to protect my friend and her daughter.)
Pam noticed that her daughter had been especially grouchy lately, but had just attributed it to her usual 14-year-old mood-swings. That didn’t keep Pam from asking, “What is WRONG with you???” after one particularly heated exchange. Her daughter, Ella, surprised her by saying, “Well…something happened the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it.”
Pam and Ella had taken a trip to Target just a few days before and, while her mother was in a dressing-room, a man had groped Ella. She was struggling to understand what had happened and all the horrible feelings she was having as a result. Pam was obviously horrified by this news, and immediately contacted the police and the Target they’d visited.
The assault had been captured on Target’s security cameras, as well as his swift departure in a van, but they were surprised by what else they found. Continue reading →