I joined Alanna Sarabia on Good Morning Texas today to talk about all the big films that are opening soon. I also gave her my review of Ant-Man and the Wasp and told her about some FREE MOVIE PASSES that I’m giving away. You can find those HERE, then click HERE to watch the segment. And THANKS to basketball Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lieberman for keeping me company in the Green Room and telling me that awesome story about Neve Campbell! (You can find out more about the Nancy Lieberman basketball camps for kids at http://nancyliebermancharities.org.)
A handful of “Scary” movies have been released recently that go beyond that genre. Films like A Quiet Place and Get Out might be listed as “Horror,” but I feel their interesting stories take them beyond that, and even encouraged people who aren’t “Horror fans” to see them anyway.
Hereditary is NOT one of those films!!!
This R-rated picture about the death of a family matriarch is beyond terrifying, and might have even set a new industry standard. Continue reading →
You can’t win when you’re writing about Amy Schumer.
Mention her once and you’ll be bombarded with comments about the offensive things she’s said or her penchant for lifting bits from other comedians. If you don’t mention her, you’re ignoring one of the biggest names currently in comedy.
So how do you write about Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty?
Well, I didn’t see it so I don’t actually know. I didn’t avoid it out of protest, but some boring-but-important Mom Stuff got in the way and I had to bail. My new-favorite Film Critic, Chris Jones did see I Feel Pretty though, so I posted his review below. You can skip the rest of my rant and scroll straight to that if you want, or find other Rotten Tomatoes reviews HERE.
I didn’t really want to see I Feel Pretty though, based on the message it’s trying to deliver. Continue reading →
Here’s the latest “Julie Says So” MOVIE MINUTE, featuring my review of A Quiet Place. I’ve also got the TOP 5 MOVIES to see this week and some FREE MOVIE PASSES, as well as the HOTTEST NEW MOVIE TRAILER, which features my new girl-crush. Oh, I also promised in the MOVIE MINUTE that I’d post a link to more reviews of Blockers, so find those HERE. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel, so my kids will stop making fun of me.
Before I say anything about a FREE Red Sparrow SCREENING, I’d like to write an open letter to it’s star, Jennifer Lawrence.
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!)
We simply couldn’t stop talking about mother! after seeing it the other night. We debated, then agreed, then flat out fought about it’s meaning and whether or not it has any merits. So, are you planning to see mother! this weekend? If so, you might want to listen to my chat with Rebekah Black and Chic (Red Carpet Crash) from Wednesday night. Given a chance, we’d probably still be sitting at Trinity Hall drinking and fighting about it!
Here is a collection of my thoughts while watching Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde:
Holy CRAP, Charlize Theron looks amazing! How old is she now? Almost 42? Damn woman!
OK, so she plays Lorraine, who is an undercover MI6 agent during the Cold War. You know this because Regan is screaming for the wall to come down. Lorraine’s been in a bad fight but still looks gorgeous with her scrapes and bruises. She’s even sexy when she’s glowering. How does she do that? I look like a sea hag when I glower. Maybe I should practice in a mirror.
I’m already kind of confused but it doesn’t matter because they’re playing some classic David Bowie now, which I adore. I think this song was on the Cat People soundtrack, too.
Anyhow, Lorraine is in trouble for some reason and is being debriefed by her boss and John Goodman. They want her to find a guy named Spyglass with the help of James McAvoy, who is all buff and beefy now. He’s bald again, too. Why does James McAvoy only play bald dudes now? Wait, IS JAMES MCAVOY BALD? Nevermind, they’re playing Depeche Mode. Continue reading →
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:
The Brat. Continue reading →
I couldn’t get to the Gifted screening this week, despite my admittedly-embarrassing love for Chris Evans. Sorry, but I’m a busy Mom and sometimes sh*t happens, which is why I’m grateful for my movie-buddy Rebekah Black. She was able to see Gifted and write a review for me, though she clearly expected it to suck. Continue reading →
It isn’t easy to watch myself on TV. Sometimes, I talk too fast and forget things. Other times, I mispronounce actors’ names or use words that don’t exist. Today, I managed to do all four on Good Morning Texas, and even worked in the word “fictitional.” Nope, it’s not a word. I did, however, get to review new movies like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Arrival, and Manchester By the Sea. I also got to talk about some upcoming flicks I’m jazzed about, like Nocturnal Animals and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Click HERE to watch the segment. Special THANKS to Pete Delkus, who joined Jane McGarry and I in our movie-chat. Sorry I went total FAN GIRL on you, Delkus!