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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!

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“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 →

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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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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 →

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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!

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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+

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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 →

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The “Julie Says So” Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW

August is usually a rotten month for movies. It’s essentially a dumping ground for studios to unload their not-so-hot flicks right between the Summer Blockbusters and Oscar Season. That’s why I’m SHOCKED by all the fantastic films we have to choose from right now. If you DON’T normally go to the theater, you should change that now and I’ve made a handy list for you. Here are my Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW:
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” Reviewed by My Daughters

I saw the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows with my daughters and they had PLENTY to say about it. I had a few thoughts myself, especially since the Turtles apparently SWEAR now! Listen to the podcast below if you’d like to hear our thoughts and find out if we think this movie is appropriate for kids. Remember, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in theaters nationwide June 3rd.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Nice Guys” Gosling & Crowe Are Like Fries In My Frosty


Remember the first time someone told you to try dipping your french fries in your Frosty? Remember how it sounded SO GROSS, but then you tried it and it changed how you saw fries and Frosties forever?

Well, that’s how I feel about The Nice Guys.

Ryan Gosling stars as Holland March, a shady Private Detective who has grown even shadier since the death of his wife. He crosses paths with thug-for-hire Jackson Healy (played by Russell Crowe) while they are both following the trail of a missing girl. They clash initially but end up working together to sort through the sleazy world of porn and politics in 1970’s Los Angeles.

What does any of this have to do with my fry and Frosty comparison? Continue reading →