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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 →

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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.
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Julie-Says-So “Keanu” Movie Review (DAMN, that’s a cute kitty!)

Rebekah Black and I saw Keanu (starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) together but we had VERY different opinions about it. Listen to us hash those out while we eat tacos. Don’t worry, we chew with our mouths closed. Shout out to Velvet Taco for making our delicious lunch! Maybe they’ll give us some FREE tacos next time. Yeah, that’ll never happen.

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My JULIE SAYS SO Movie Segment on “Today with Kandace”

I covered a new movie on Today with Kandace that the book clubs have been RAVING about! It’s called Me Before You and it features two ridiculously gorgeous people (Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin) who fall in love and then will probably break out hearts. I also talked about a new Quentin Tarantino flick that’s available on DVD and an animated kids’ classic that you might have forgotten about. Check it all out below and remember to catch Today with Kandace weekdays at 8:30am on TXA 21.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Boss” Turns Girl Scouts Into Street Thugs (in a GOOD way)

I really wanted to like The Boss. I promise I tried.

There were even a few things I LOVED about it, like the way it called out a certain cookie-selling group for being nothing but a corporation. The “Daffodils” in The Boss were supposedly empowering girls, but they were really just using them for child labor. The “Darnell Darlings” actually helped the girls instead, by selling brownies to start their own college funds.

I also loved how the “Darnell Darlings” weren’t portrayed as little princesses, but instead as foul-mouthed thugs. I have two little girls of my own, so I loved watching the “Darlings” throw down in an Anchorman-style street fight. (This probably says horrible things about my parenting skills.)

I am also a huge Melissa McCarthy fan and will cut her slack when most critics won’t, but this time, I just can’t. Continue reading →

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TOP 5 MOVIES to See with Your Kids Over Spring Break

My kids were out of school for Spring Break last week, so I’m actually late with this post. Forgive me, but I was simply too busy running around the beach, trying to convince myself it wasn’t cloudy and 65 degrees. Our break is earlier than most schools though, so you might still be planning yours. There’s always at least one cloudy Spring Break day that’s best spent in a theater, so here are my Top 5 to Films See with Your Kids over Spring Break:

5. My first pick is Miracles from Heaven, but this one comes with conditions. This is a faith-based movie (even produced by T.D. Jakes) so there’s lots of God Talk. If that makes you uncomfortable, prepare to be totally gooned out. Jennifer Garner stars and keeps it from getting too heavy-handed, so don’t scratch it off your list entirely. Miracles from Heaven is also based on the true story of a very sick little girl, which is often difficult to watch. It might be too much for more sensitive viewers, but it might be just right for your crew. Here’s a link to my original review, which was actually made by my daughters and some of their friends. Check it out first, if you can’t decide about the movie.
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