Amy Schumer

Why Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” Really Pisses Me Off

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 →

Movie Reviews

Julie Says So MOVIE MINUTE featuring “A Quiet Place”

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.

RED SPARROW Screening
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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Red Sparrow” EARLY & FOR FREE

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!)

Lawrence & Bardem

PODCAST: “mother!” Movie Review & Punctuation Debate

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!

Charlize Theron

“Atomic Blonde”- A Stream of Consciousness Movie Review

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 →

Balthazar Brat

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:
The Brat. Continue reading →

Evans, Grace, Cain, Freeman, Arkin
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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Gifted” & “Going in Style”

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 →

Pete Delkus and Jane McGarry

Reviewing New Movies on “Good Morning Texas”

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!

Renee Zellweger in "Bridget Joneses Baby"

MOVIE REVIEW: “Bridget Jones’s Baby” – A Movie I THOUGHT I Didn’t Care About

I should probably go ahead and tell you that I had absolutely no interest in seeing Bridget Jones’s Baby. I rolled my eyes at the “WHO’S THE FATHER” concept and felt it was a sad grab for money on the part of everyone involved. The side of me that loves Bridget Jones’s Diary and who STILL wants to defend RenĂ©e Zellwegger from those stupid, recent attacks, went to see it anyway.

I can’t tell you how surprised I was.

Not only is Bridget Jones’s Baby funny and inspired, it also makes important comments about grown women and how they choose to live today.

Bridget has a successful and satisfying career, and although things didn’t work out with Mark Darcy, she has filled her life with fun and friendship. Jones recognizes that the world expects her to feel sad and empty, but she doesn’t and chooses to enjoy herself instead. She meets a new man (Patrick Dempsey), runs into an ex (Colin Firth) and then, as the title clearly states, ends up with a baby onboard.

This twist, which at first glance is awkward at best, is what gives Bridget Jones’s Baby it’s chance to shine. Instead of focusing on dated ideas or slut-shaming, BJB shows Bridget’s apprehension and then excitement over being a mother. Sure, there are plenty of “who’s your Daddy” jokes, but Bridget’s main concern becomes her baby. Then, Emma Thompson shows up as Bridget’s OB and speaks the strongest words of the whole film.

“You can do this on your own, you know,” she tells her. “I did.”

This wonderful assertion comes amid slapstick comedy and another tired will-they-or-won’t-they storyline, but it’s what gives Bridget Jones’s Baby it’s backbone. You never feel sad for Bridget or her baby because you know, no matter WHO the father is, she’s got this. –B+

Pic Tom Hanks

MOVIE REVIEW: Is There Enough “Sully” for a Whole Movie?

The world’s love of Chesley Sullenberger was immediate and unquestioned. We took a collective step back and stared, mouths agape, as his heroic moment played out on TVs around the world. There was something about this man with the puffy, white hair that invited adoration and hero worship, possibly because he was so embarrassed by it.

But what if Chesley Sullenberger was wrong?

What if landing that Airbus A320 on the Hudson back it 2009 actually risked the lives onboard, as opposed to saving them? In fact, several flight simulations have shown that the plane COULD have made it back to the airport that day.

So what if everything we’ve ever thought about Sully was wrong? Continue reading →