Game Night


Do you remember The Game? That David Fincher movie starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn? It’s about a guy who gets caught up in some weird game (hence the name), so he can’t tell what’s real-life and what isn’t? It’s good, but also kind of awful because it’s just two hours of screaming, “Is it real or not? Because I don’t want to watch this movie anymore!”
I thought of The Game immediately when I saw the trailer for Game Night.
It stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple who join friends for a Murder Mystery Game that might not be a game after all. Or is that PART of the game? See, that’s how it’s like The Game. Game Night is a Comedy though, which will hopefully keep the stress-induced screaming to a minimum.
So, who wants passes to see Game Night EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Black Panther

MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Black Panther” OK for Kids?

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re probably begging to see Marvel‘s newest superhero movie, Black Panther. This one tells the story of T’Challa (the Black Panther), who returns to his home of Wakanda and prepares to take over the throne after the death of his father. If that doesn’t ring any bells for you, consider watching Captain America: Civil War again so you’re all caught up.
I’ve seen Black Panther and can tell you that it undoubtedly lives up to the hype,
but is it something you can share with your kids? Continue reading →



Before I say anything about a FREE Red Sparrow SCREENING, I’d like to write an open letter to it’s star, Jennifer Lawrence.

Hey Jenn,
How’re you holding up? It’s been a weird time for you, hasn’t it? I mean, your career has turned some major somersaults since you were nominated for your first Oscar in 2011. What were you, like 20-years-old when you starred in Winter’s Bone? And you were soooo gooooood. Then you WON an Oscar only 2 years later for Silver Linings Playbook, and scored huge hits with the Hunger Games AND X-Men series. You, young Jennifer Lawrence, were adored by pretty much everyone in the world, including me, when things got wobbly. First there was Serena, then Joy, and then Passengers, which couldn’t even be saved by dirty rumors about you and Chris Pratt. You took a beating for those, then you took a LITERAL beating in the movie mother! last year. People didn’t even notice how great you were in that because they were so busy debating what the movie MEANT. And here you are in Red Sparrow, which has fans like me crossing our fingers and HOPING that it’s good. Not because we prefer GOOD movies (which we DO), but because, dammit Jennifer Lawrence, YOU ARE DUE.
So know that I’m rooting for you JLaw, and if you hear me making fun of your Russian accent in this one, it’s only because I’m jealous of all that beauty, fame and talent of yours. And GOOD LUCK!

So, who wants passes to see Red Sparrow EARLY and FOR FREE? Click HERE for those, then watch the trailer below. See what I mean about that accent? (Sorry Jenn!)



What if you woke up every day in the body of a different person? Wait, let me rephrase that. I mean, what if you spent every day living as a different person? And what if, at some point during that insanity, you met and fell in love with someone? Yeah, I know it’s a ridiculous concept but that didn’t stop David Levithan’s YA novel from becoming a New York Times bestseller and now a major motion picture. Every Day stars Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys, Spider-Man: Homecoming), Maria Bello (Lights Out, The Cooler), and a boat-load of other people, due to the whole different-person-every-day thing. So, wanna see Every Day EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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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 →


MOVIE REVIEW: “Fifty Shades Freed” (Thank GOD, the End is NIGH!)

A friend asked me, just yesterday, “UGGGGH, are they really still making those Fifty Shades of Grey movies?”
Yes, and UGH indeed.
See, I’ve never been been a fan of these damn things. I didn’t even finish the first book because I thought it was boring and that the sex-scenes were just slightly more titillating than men’s underwear mannequins at Macy’s. The films are a bit more fun because we have the dewy, sweet-faced Dakota Johnson as our Anastasia, but we also have the cut-directly-from-cardboard Jamie Dornan, as our Christian Grey. Sure, he has a beautiful body but the lack of charisma is daunting.
The vapid Fifty Shades story-line might have been saved if these two were ever capable of generating any real heat. No one remembers exactly what Nine and a Half Weeks was about, but certain scenes will live forever just because they were so HOT (Yes, please leave your hat on!). Dornan and Johnson’s love-scenes however, seem to cause a sex-vacuum, and often feel like you’re watching two strangers, who don’t even like each other, try to get it on. Now that I think about it, that’s exactly what we’re watching. Sure, there are stories and satellite characters and actual arcs built into this tome, but does any of it matter if the sex isn’t sexy?
These are the questions I’ve asked myself repeatedly while sitting through each of these movies. That’s one of the only downfalls of being a Film Critic (aside from all that money you aren’t making): Sometimes you have to see movies that you DON’T want to see.
Which brings me to the main point of my Fifty Shades Freed review.
I feel pretty certain that those of you who WANT to see this movie WILL see it, regardless of what I say. I sat through all 105 (thankfully brief) minutes though, so you’re getting my review anyhow. Continue reading →

The 15 17 to Paris

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The 15:17 to Paris” EARLY & FOR FREE

This movie is incredible to me, for many reasons. First of all, The 15:17 to Paris is based on the TRUE story of a thwarted terrorist attack, which is fascinating in itself. It also stars the actual men who were involved in that ordeal, playing themselves. The other incredible thing about The 15:17 to Paris is that Director Clint Eastwood is currently 88-years-old. Yes, 88-years-old, which means he has directed 6 movies (including the Oscar-winning American Sniper and the Oscar-nominated Sully) since turning 80.
See? Pretty freaking incredible, right?
Which is exactly why you should grab passes to see The 15:17 to Paris EARLY and FOR FREE Continue reading →

Early Man


Most people in the movie industry DREAD the idea of being called a Neanderthal right now or, even worse, a Cave Man. The folks at Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit) don’t really see it that way, though. In fact, the hero of their latest release, Early Man, just happens to be a Cave Man who has to save his tribe from the evils of the Stone Age. It has a stellar cast of voice-actors too, including Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Eddie Redmayne. Even better, I have passes to see Early Man EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →

Wiig & Hamm

Rewriting the Rules of Sex (A Group Project)

I had a thought recently, after reading the story about Aziz Ansari’s really bad date. Well, I actually had many thoughts, such as:
“OH NO! Not Tom Haverford!”
Or, “Why would a famous guy pressure someone? Why wouldn’t he just move on?”
And, “Oh girl, I’ve been there. I bet he even did the head-push, didn’t he?”

We, as a society, are having so many revelations right now, about men and women and how we interact. The one thing that’s coming across loud and clear though, is this:
The status quo simply isn’t working for anyone.
Lines are being redrawn all across the board, but the one we REALLY need to focus on now is the line leading into the our bedrooms.

Yes, I think it’s time to Rewrite the Rules of Sex.

We’ve been discussing it, complaining about it and laughing about it for years now but it’s time of officially DO something about it. Men and women need to outline what IS and IS NOT APPROPRIATE in the bedroom, and to be extremely clear about it. We need to be open and honest, and to do it in a way that doesn’t accuse or ignore. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES- See “Bilal: A New Breed of Hero” EARLY & FOR FREE

Who wants passes to see Bilal: A New Breed of Hero EARLY and FOR FREE? This one tells the true story of a boy who dreams of being a great warrior, but whose plans are thwarted when he and his sister are abducted and sold into slavery. Continue reading →