Uglydolls
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “UglyDolls” all over Texas EARLY & FOR FREE

Big Kids have gotten their share of Blockbuster Movies lately, but here’s something for the Little Kids. UglyDolls is about a group of toys who don’t fit the mold of “traditional dolls,” but long to be loved anyway. It boasts a star-studded cast (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Janelle Monae to name a few) and features a stellar soundtrack. Best of all, I have passes to see UglyDolls all over Texas! Continue reading →

Hathaway & Wilson

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Hustle” EARLY & FOR FREE

If I was planning to do something illegal, like steal a muscle car and then rob a bunch of liquor stores, I’d want to do it with Rebel Wilson. Not because she’s a badass or someone who would be capable of successfully pulling off such a stunt. No, I’d bring Rebel Wilson on my crime spree just because she’d make it that much better. That’s why I’ve got high hopes for The Hustle, which stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as con-artists with an axe to grind. So, who wants to see The Hustle EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Parent Review

Does “Avengers: Endgame” Live Up to the Hype (& Can Your Kids See It?)

I made a joke on social media yesterday about dropping spoilers into my Avengers: Endgame review. It led to actual death threats. That’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about writing this review, but I also truly don’t want to spoil anything for anybody. So instead of writing about the movie, I’m going to tell you what you need to do before seeing it. Continue reading →

Marvel Cheat Sheet
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What to See BEFORE “Avengers: Endgame”

***I posted this blog last year, but thought you might need it again. The only addition is, of course, Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t even try watching Endgame before you see that one!***

One of the biggest superhero movies ever made is hitting theaters, but those who are new to the Marvel universe absolutely SHOULD NOT start with Avengers: Infinity War. This movie combines several stories that have been told onscreen for ten years now, starting with Iron Man in 2008. If you try to jump in with Avengers: Infinity War, you’ll not only be confused but you’ll also miss out on the chance to properly fall in love with these characters. If it’s possible, I highly encourage you to watch all of these movies, starting with the Iron Man series, then Thor, followed by the Captain America films. You’ll also need to work in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the new Spider-Man, and Black Panther, but maybe you don’t have that kind of time. If you can only squeeze in a few films before the Marvel fan in your life FORCES you to see Infinity War, use this guide as your Cliff Notes.

1. You should start by watching the first Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America films, but if you can’t get to those, watch the first Avengers. This will introduce you to the main characters and give you a starter course on Thanos. It’s also surprisingly fun. Watch through the credits for bonus scenes and you’ll finally get those shawarma jokes.
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Dennis Quaid
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Intruder” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ll admit to a quick giggle when I saw the poster for The Intruder and tried to imagine Dennis Quaid as the bad guy. He stars in this movie alongside Michael Ealy and Meagan Goode, who play the couple who buy his Napa Valley home. Quaid’s character decides he’s not ready to leave the house after all, which is when The Intruder takes an ugly Jack Torrance turn. I only needed one peek at the trailer to realize Quaid is actually quite terrifying, especially with that freakishly wide grin.

Holy crap! Run!!!
Holy crap! Run!!!
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Theron & Rogen
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Long Shot” EARLY & FOR FREE

Did you know that the new Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen movie Long Shot is getting great reviews? You can read some of those HERE but Brian Tallerico from RobertEbert.com called it, “A rom-com with a political edge that will be one of this year’s most beloved crowdpleasers.” Yes, Long Shot is getting solid reviews despite the fact that my husband openly laughed at it when we saw the ad on TV. I guess the idea of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen coupling up was simply too much for him, but my teenaged daughter jumped into the mix and said, “What? Seth Rogen is hawt.” While pondering that statement, why don’t you grab passes to see Long Shot EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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

I give away Free Movie Passes on this website all the time, but these are special. First of all, these passes are to see Tolkien, which studies young J.R.R. Tolkien’s youth and how it influenced his later work. It stars Nicholas Hoult as the author in the years leading to WWI, when he created Middle Earth. These passes are also different because it’s a special May 7th promotional screening of Tolkien, so your seats are reserved. You won’t have to wait in line for this one and you’ll also be treated to a live Q&A with the film’s stars, moderated by Tolkien super-fan, Stephen Colbert. Continue reading →

Elle Fanning

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Teen Spirit” EARLY & FOR FREE

Teen Spirit stars Elle Fanning as a small-town girl with big dreams of stardom.
It is NOT, as you might have expected, a documentary about Nirvana.
I can still hook you up with passes to see Teen Spirit EARLY and FOR FREE though. Just send a request for passes to TeenSpiritDFW@moroch.com, then watch the trailer below.
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Penguins

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Disneynature’s “Penguins” EARLY & FOR FREE

The first movie I ever attempted with my daughter was March of the Penguins. It was late in the summer of 2005 and only a few months past her first birthday, which is honestly WAY too early for a darkened a theater. It was playing at a Crybaby Matinee though, so I wasn’t worried about offending the other bored mommies who just needed time out of the house. I think Morgan Freeman’s narration scared her, because she started to wail just moments after he began talking. She also started to kick her tiny feet in the theater seat, which caused Emma’s light-up tennis shoes to flash like a disco ball. I snatched her up and ran out, and to this day have no idea how things ended for those penguins.
We’d probably have better luck with Disneynature‘s Penguins, because it’s a light-hearted approach to penguin-life. This one follows the adventures of Steve, an Adélie penguin who searches for love in the Antarctic. It’s like a feature-length version of those penguin videos you watched a million times on Facebook, which is why I feel certain you’ll want to see Penguins EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →

Parent Review

Mommy Movie Review: Can Kids See “Pet Sematary”

I discovered Stephen King when I was young and had no business reading about man-eating dogs or blood-thirsty clowns. I was about 11 years old when I smuggled my sister’s copy of Salem’s Lot into my room, and stole every King book she purchased after that (once she’d finished them of course, so I wouldn’t incur the Big Sister Wrath). Pet Sematary was always one of my favorites, thanks to the chilling descriptions misty graveyards and tiny zombies. You can imagine my disappointment when the movie was released in 1989 and simply didn’t live up. Scenes of complete terror had been rendered almost comical, which happens far too often to Stephen King’s tales.
Now, at long last, Hollywood has delivered the Pet Sematary the book deserved.
This is thanks in part to solid performances by Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, but the stars of the show are Jeté Laurence, who plays daughter Ellie, and especially Church the cat (actually 4 different felines). It takes acting chops for a lovely young lady to inspire genuine fear, and Laurence jettisons Pet Sematary into a terrifying downward spiral. This movie suffers from bad-timing though, because “the risen dead” simply aren’t that scary anymore. Studios have cranked out every version of “zombie movie” they could think of in recent years, so the horror of Pet Sematary just isn’t that horrible. The cast wrings every drop of creepy out of the 1983 story though, which is why I’m giving the new Pet Sematary a B+.
But, can you take your kids to see it? Continue reading →