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Mommy-Movie-Review: “Despicable Me 3”- This Time, A Villain Steals the SHOW

I took my kids to see Despicable Me 3 the other night, but I had to bribe them. The girls were so disinterested in Gru and the Minions this time around that they’d only see it if I smuggled brownies into the theater (sorry AMC!). I also had plenty of things that I’d rather do that night but I had to go because I am a Film Critic and Film Critics see movies. Even the ones they don’t want to see.

Fortunately for all three of us, Despicable Me 3 is far better than expected. It has all of the things we enjoyed in the earlier pictures (great animation, a sweet family story and Minions for DAYS) but this DM3 offers something even better.

It has what is quite possibly the BEST onscreen villain I’ve seen since Goldfinger:
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Mommy-Movie-Review: “Cars 3” with My Kids (PODCAST)

I took my kids to see Cars 3 last night and we were all VERY surprised by it. My girls didn’t even want to see it, so the fact that this podcast isn’t eight straight minutes of them complaining is a SHOCK. Listen to the audio below to hear their thoughts and find out if YOU should see Cars 3. Keep checking the FREE MOVIE PASS page as well, to find out what I’m giving away next! Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” EARLY & FOR FREE

Is it strange that I read the Captain Underpants books long before I had kids?
My friend (and former 102.1 the Edge co-worker) Jessie Jessup introduced me to these stories about kids who turn their principal into a superhero years ago. I still have a few dog-eared copies left, which is why I was thrilled (and a little apprehensive) when I heard that Dreamworks was making a movie out of them.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie stars Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch as George and Harold. Ed Helms voices their cantankerous principal, Mr. Krupp who eventually becomes Captain Underpants. Yes, I know all of this sounds ridiculous but that’s exactly WHY the books were so awesome and why the movie just might be.
So, want to see Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →

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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Kid Friendly?

Writing a Movie Review for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is kind of like critiquing your 7-year-old niece’s ballet recital. SURE you could say that it’s smugly self-aware, overly sentimental and too cutesy for it’s own good. You could even say that her performance is derivative of her last recital, but isn’t that the point? Aren’t we all coming back for Round 2 because we simply want MORE of what we got last time? That’s why I’m going to skip the nit-picking and just give Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 an “A.” I’ve already seen it twice and had so much stinking fun both times that I don’t even care about its imperfections. I suspect you don’t either but there is one question I am consistently asked about this movie:

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Mommy-Movie-Review: Is “La La Land” OK for Kids?

I hear the same thing from my friends-with-kids all the time:

“We just can’t go to movies anymore, unless they’re animated.”

I know the feeling, and wouldn’t see about 99% of the films I DO if it weren’t for this whole Film Critic thing. There are plenty of movies out there that families can watch together though, even ones not marketed as “Kid Flicks.” If you don’t mind sparse profanity or a few hints of sexuality, the doors will open wide to great films you’d never expect, like La La Land. Continue reading →

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Mommy-Movie-Review: “The Secret Life of Pets” Looks Strangely Familiar

Have you noticed that Kids’ Movies are starting to look like each other? Maybe it’s because they’re all made by the same studios, writers, and animators, but the characters and storylines are becoming interchangeable. The Secret Life of Pets comes from Illumination Entertainment, the same people who did The Lorax and Despicable Me. It looks so familiar, you’ll be waiting for a Minion to pop up. That doesn’t mean it isn’t also extremely fun to watch. Continue reading →

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JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment Featuring “Jason Bourne”

We all agree that every movie would be just a little better if Matt Damon starred in it, right? Except maybe Deadpool, which is featured along with Jason Bourne on the Movie Segment this week. I also have one for the kids that you’ve probably completely forgotten about. Catch the JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment on Today with Kandace weekdays at 8:30am on KTXA 21. (http://www.todaywithkandace.com)
And check out that screen shot below. Damn Sexy!

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JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment on “Today with Kandace,” Featuring “Independence Day: Resurgence”


If you had to pick a Hemsworth, which one would you choose?

If you automatically said CHRIS, than you obviously haven’t seen the trailer for the new movie Independence Day: Resurgence yet. Little brother Liam Hemsworth looks pretty fantastic in it, plus he’s co-starring with Jeff Goldblum. That’s one of the movies I covered this week on the Julie Says So movie segment, which you can watch below. Remember to catch Today with Kandace weekday mornings at 8:30 on KXTA 21, and please let me know if anyone ever does let you pick a Hemsworth. I would hate to miss out on that offer.
http://www.todaywithkandace.com

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JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment on “Today with Kandace” featuring “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”

This week on Today with Kandace, I covered the latest from J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I can’t tell you how JAZZED I am about that movie! I also have a new DVD suggestion and a classic flick to share with your kids, though it might turn them vegan. Remember to catch Today with Kandace weekday mornings at 8:30 on KXTA 21. (And yeah, I have no idea what’s going on with my mouth in the picture above. Looks like I just ate a lemon.)
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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: My Kids Review “The Jungle Book”


Kids are spoiled when it comes to movies these days. If I compare what passed as Kids’ Movies when I was young (Benji, Willow, Ernest Goes to Camp) to what kids see today (Inside Out, Zootopia, Big Hero 6), I can’t help but get jealous. Even sweet and beautifully animated films like The Good Dinosaur get tossed into the “Meh” pile because they’re not as great as Wreck It Ralph or Frozen.

And now they have The Jungle Book. Sigh…it almost isn’t fair.

People have been asking me for months if this one is too intense for kids, which is understandable given the snake and tiger-heavy ads. My daughters and I saw The Jungle Book last night though, and can finally answer those questions. There are two things I should mention first, though. If you DO decide to see The Jungle Book, pay the extra money for IMAX-3D. It’s worth it. Also, forgive Lucy for being sassy and surly in this podcast. That kid needed to go to bed!