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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.
http://juliesaysso.com/podcast-kids-review-jennifer-garners-miracles-from-heaven/ Continue reading →

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WHAT TO RENT THIS WEEKEND: The “Julie Says So” Top 5

It’s a great weekend to rent movies because a few that got serious love at the 2016 Oscars are now available. There are also some comedies for those of you who are sick of the heavy stuff but first, let’s start with one of the heaviest.

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1. You think you don’t want to see Room, but you DO. Brie Larson won the Best Actress Oscar, but little Jacob Tremblay turned in an awesome performance as well. Tremblay joked that Sylvester Stallone stole the Best Supporting Actor nomination from him, and he might be right! Click here to read my original review and seriously, don’t be afraid to rent Room.

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2. Ex Machina has actually been out for ages, but it’s getting renewed buzz thanks to a recent Oscar win. Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, but she was just as good in this one. Ex Machina is strange, sexy and even a little scary. Plus, it has Oscar Isaac and everybody knows I have the hots for that guy. Here’s the link to the Boozy Movies Podcast we did for this film, and forgive us for repeatedly mispronouncing the name. Continue reading →

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Chatting About Bigotry & the Reality of Pet Bunnies With the Directors of “Zootopia”

I have to start by saying THANK YOU to Mark Walters from www.BigFanboy.com for getting sick and letting me fill in for him for this interview. Mark and I saw Zootopia together and I know how excited he was to meet the directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore. He lost his voice at an Oscar party the night before though (probably from screaming DENIED when Stallone lost that statue) and asked if I could help. I was thrilled to do so since I loved Zootopia as much as he did. Byron Howard also directed Tangled and Bolt, while Rich Moore helmed Wreck It Ralph so I was itching to talk to these guys before even seeing Zootopia.

Before you watch though, I have to address the fact that I always look like crap in these interviews. I’m not sure if it’s the lighting or camera angles but they always turn me into a monster. Sorry, I’m vain so I had to address the bright orange elephant in the room.

Don’t forget that Zootopia opens this weekend, and it’s the perfect movie to share with your kids over Spring Break. Click HERE to get your tickets in advance.

(Clothing provided by Belk at Galleria Dallas.)
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MOVIE REVIEW: “Hello, My Name Is Doris” (Can something be cute & depressing as Hell at the exact same time?)

DORIS has a problem. Her mother just passed away and after years of caring for her, Doris’ life suddenly lacks purpose. She looks to her friends and a self-help guru for guidance, but only finds real hope in the shape of a much younger, male co-worker. Before long, Doris is completely obsessed and in totally over her head.

The best thing about Hello, My Name is Doris has to be it’s star, Sally Fields. She gives Doris a spunk and cuteness that makes her funky ensembles seem more artsy than old-lady. Fields also brings a pathos to Doris that makes you feel for her, even when you’re laughing at her. This, however, is also my biggest issue with Hello, My Name is Doris. We laugh long and hard at her dirty daydreams and sexual repression at the start of the film, then feel rotten about it when we see she has real problems. Isn’t it unseemly to chuckle at this woman, when she’s so badly in need of help? Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Disney’s “Zootopia” Has Heart & A Message…& a SLOTH!

Judy Hopps is a bunny with a dream. She wants to move to the big city and become the first ever Rabbit Police Officer, but no one believes she can. Even Judy’s parents tell her to give up her dream, but she’s a tough cookie who keeps on trying.

Sounds like a trite little bedtime story you’d read to your kids, but don’t be fooled. Zootopia is anything but trite with directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) steering the ship. Throw in a writing staff that includes Jim Reardon (WALL-E), Josie Trinidad (The Princess and the Frog) and Jennifer Lee (Frozen), and you just might have a classic on your hands. Because Zootopia isn’t just about Judy Hopps’ struggle to realize her dreams or the discrimination that holds her back. At it’s heart, Zootopia is about the ignorance and FEAR we are all capable of, and how often we let it guide us. Continue reading →

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TRAILER PORN: “Midnight Special”

I saw a movie called Take Shelter in 2011, and it rocked my world. It starred Michael Shannon and was directed by Jeff Nichols, and I remember how chills ran up and down my legs as it ended. Take Shelter ended up being my #1 movie of 2011 and I’ve been watching Jeff Nichols ever since.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear about his latest project, Midnight Special. It once again stars Michael Shannon and appears to be about a boy with special powers. I know that sounds stupid, but Nichols has the ability to take strange and simple stories and turn them into something beautiful. Add the fact that Adam Driver is also in this and…well, I’m pretty much climbing the walls over it.

Take a look at the brand new trailer while I go try to rein in my expectations. Midnight Special opens March 18th.