JSS Movie Minute Podcast: “Stillwater” Review & the Difference Between “Val” & “Roadrunner”

WARNING: This review contains references to suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach a trained counselor at the Crisis Text Line.

This week, the Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE revisits the Anthony Bourdain documentary and compares it to Val Kilmer’s autobiographical Val (watch the trailer HERE– it looks amazing). Julie & Rebekah also review Matt Damon’s new movie Stillwater and almost come to blows over HBO’s White Lotus. Julie shares initial reviews of Adam Driver’s latest, a rock-opera called Annette (yes, that IS a puppet-baby) & they wrap it all up with the new trailer for Dune. Remember to find more Movie Reviews (& maybe even some Free Movie Passes) at JulieSaysSo.com.  

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July Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

Are you ready to head back to the theater? Some exciting films are coming out this month and not all of them will be available to stream. Watch my “July Movies” segment from Good Morning Texas HERE to find out what you can stream at home and what movies will require actual pants and shoes. Remember that screenings sell-out faster right now, due to socially-distanced seats, so make sure you buy those tickets in advance. And here’s a look at Matt Damon’s latest, Stillwater, which opens in theaters only July 30th.

Thanksgiving Movies

The TOP 5 MOVIES to See this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a dangerous minefield of political debates and familiar family-squabbles, just waiting to unfold. The best way to avoid them is to sit quietly next to each for a few hours and there’s no better place to do THAT than a movie theater! Of course, there are still plenty of ways to go wrong with the film you chose, so here are the Julie Says So TOP 5 MOVIES to see this Thanksgiving. Continue reading →

DeNiro & Bale

“Julie Says So” Reviews for THE IRISHMAN & FORD v FERRARI

There are simply too many films in theaters right now to cover them all. If you’re looking for reviews of The Good Liar, Charlie’s Angels or The Report, I’m afraid I’ll have to lean on other critics for those. I had to see Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari for myself though, and can tell you if they’re worth your time and money. Continue reading →

Damon & Bale

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Ford v Ferrari” in Dallas, Houston, Austin or San Antonio

Who’s in the mood for a badass race-car movie? Even better, who’d like to watch Matt Damon get punched in the face on the big-screen? You’ll get both in Ford v Ferrari, about a race-car designer and a driver who built a revolutionary car for the Ford Motor Company. It stars Christian Bale and the above-mentioned Matt Damon and looks a little like delicious Oscar-bait. It’s also from director James Mangold, who has delivered Oscar-bait before in the form of Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line and Logan (which YES was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay). Best of all, I have passes to FREE SCREENINGS all over Texas! Continue reading →

Ocean's 8

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Ocean’s 8” EARLY & FOR FREE

Dammit, this movie had better be good.
Sorry, but I’ve got some mounting concerns about Ocean’s 8, even as I watch Sarah Paulson calmly promote it on TV. Every time Sandra Bullock shows up looking sheik and relaxed on some late-night talk show, I tell myself that I’ll probably love Ocean’s 8. I smile as a sparkling Cate Blanchett plugs the movie and chugs beer with Jimmy Fallon, but in my heart I think, “Please…don’t let this movie suck.”
Because Ocean’s 8 can’t be just another Ocean’s movie with famous women in place of famous men. It can’t be a well-shot fashion show where glamorous women smirk as they rob other glamorous women. It has to be smart. It has to be funny. It has to tell a story we haven’t seen before and more importantly, Ocean’s 8 needs to make a statement about women and where we stand today.
And, if I was being completely honest, I’d admit that I need Ocean’s 8 to be even better than the Ocean’s movies that came before it.
No small task, right?
So, who wants to see Ocean’s 8 EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Wiig & Damon

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

What if you could become a multi-millionaire in a matter of minutes, but only if you shrunk yourself to the size of a toothbrush? Your money problems would be washed away and you might never have to work again, but you’d spend the rest of your life living in a doll-sized world. Would you do it? Could you leave everything you knew and loved behind and begin the life of your dreams, by Downsizing?
These are just some of the questions writer/director Alexander Payne asks in his latest movie, Downsizing. Matt Damon stars as Paul, a man who decides to escape the monotony and financial distress of his life by Downsizing, but it sends him on a journey he never could have expected. Kristen Wiig plays his apprehensive wife Audrey and Christoph Waltz is his extravagant new neighbor, Dusan. Newcomer Hong Chau steals the whole show as a housekeeper who has an unexpected past.
So, feel like checking out Downsizing EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

Matt Damon

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

Maybe you’re one of the people who are a little ticked off at Matt Damon right now, for any number of reasons. I get it. I’ve got a few questions of my own for him but, for some reason, that isn’t hampering my excitement for his new movie Suburbicon. Maybe it’s because this one is directed by George Clooney, which he wrote alongside Joel and Ethan Coen. Maybe it’s the addition of Oscar Isaac, because you know I’ve got a problem with him (read about that HERE). Maybe it’s because I can’t quite figure out what’s going on in the trailer. It doesn’t matter either way because now I HAVE to see Suburbicon. You’re in luck if you feel the same way because I have passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →

MOVIE REVIEW: Can This Series Be “Bourne” Again?

Have you ever been watching one of those entertainment shows, like Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight, when they go Behind the Scenes at a movie location? Sometimes they’ll show a car chase being filmed and you realize how small and choreographed everything is, compared to how it looks on the big screen.

Well, that’s how I felt while watching Matt Damon in Jason Bourne.

In this edition of the Bourne series, Jason Bourne is back and…

You know what? I’m not even going to tell you because it’s so predictable, you could probably come up with the plot on your own. Continue reading →

Talking About New Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today, talking about some big upcoming movies as well as reviewing a few others. If you’d like to find out what’s opening in July OR hear my thoughts on The Legend of Tarzan and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, just click HERE.

I also previewed a new scary movie called Lights Out, but unfortunately all the free passes I had to see it are gone. Apologies also to director David Sandberg for almost forgetting his name! I decided to make up for it by posting the original short film Lights Out is based on, but prepare yourself. It’s scary!