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MOVIE REVIEW- “Alien: Covenant” Sorry, But I Don’t Get It

Seriously, what am I missing with this franchise?
I’ll admit that I loved the first Alien movie, like pretty much everyone else in the world. I never understood the need to tell that story over and over again though, or the thrill of repeatedly watching astronauts run around a doomed spacecraft (not even when Predator got involved). I DID get excited when I found out Ridley Scott was making the movies again, and that he had a whole new backstory for the monster. Promethus might not have been a great movie (it deserves props for Michael Fassbender’s freaky David and the do-it-yourself C-section), but it did set up an exciting, updated chapter to the Alien story. We were promised trips to new worlds and the introduction of an advanced race that might explain our very existence. Continue reading →

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Chatting About MAY MOVIES on “Good Morning Texas”

I know what you’re asking yourself today.

What am I supposed to do AFTER I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Well, you could go see another movie (after you’ve seen GOTG2 a second and third time, of course). Believe it or not, there ARE other films opening this month and some of them look fantastic. I was on Good Morning Texas last week, discussing the phenomenon of movies that AREN’T Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and you can watch that by clicking HERE. I didn’t get a chance to cover every interesting movie that’s opening this month, so I made a handy list for you with links to purchase tickets. Find that below, and remember that we won’t judge if you panic and just go see that new Guardians movie again. Continue reading →

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

There are quite a few new movies out this week so I had to make some updates to my list. Unfortunately, not ALL of the new releases made it into the Top 8 Movies, but I was really surprised by the ones that did. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Snowden” & Why It Made Me Feel Icky

Oliver Stone is having too much fun with Snowden.

I have this mental image of him, snickering and repeatedly punching the former NSA contractor’s arm as they watched the movie together. Because they did. Oliver Stone showed an unfinished version of Snowden to Edward Snowden, which should tell you volumes about this film.

This version of the story has Stone filling in the blanks left by Laura Poitras’ 2014 documentary, Citizenfour. It shows how Edward Snowden went from basic training to the CIA, and met his longtime girlfriend Lindsay along the way. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Snowden with loads of brainiac intensity, but it’s his voice that you’ll notice first. JGL is doing a first-rate Snowden impression, which is at once distracting and impressive. It sounded like he was struggling with a hairball at first, but I stopped noticing it about 10 minutes into the film. The cast as a whole is filled with interesting choices, like Nicholas Cage as an Agency instructor, and Shailene Woodley as Snowden’s photographer girlfriend (and apparent Selfie Queen). Melissa Leo is sweet and supportive as documentarian Laura Poitras and I was especially excited to see my new favorite actor, Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) as Snowden’s like-minded co-worker. Continue reading →

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

Don’t you hate it when you finally get to the theater but end up wasting money on some lousy flick that wasn’t worth the hours spent watching it? NEVER AGAIN my friend, all thanks to the Julie Says So Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW! There’s eight of them, so surely you can find one in there that’ll make you happy. Continue reading →

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Light Between Oceans” (the Joy of Feeling Sad)

Why do we enjoy sad stories?

You know, like the ones about abandoned baby monkeys who get adopted by cats or those military dads who surprise their kids at school after months apart. Just this morning, I was bawling over a Major League Baseball player who got his first home-run after his dad died. We see these stories on social media and, even though we know it’ll leave us with swollen eyes and snotty noses, we click that PLAY button every time.

Why? Does the monotony of LIFE leave us so numb that we need a piglet in a homemade wheelchair to feel again?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know I love a good cry and the best ones come from movies.

Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, and Somewhere in Time are some of the best ones to cry through, but my all-time-FAVORITE is The Color Purple. I’ve been known to rewind and watch certain scenes repeatedly, just so I can keep crying. Ooo, like this one where Celie is reunited with her family.

And now my nose is running. 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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MOVIE REVIEW: “Don’t Think Twice” Tells the Not-So-Funny Truth About Improv Comedy

Don’t Think Twice is about an Improv Comedy Troupe that’s struggling to make it in New York City. That’s appropriate because I responded to it very much like I did the last Improv show I attended. I was apathetic and mildly annoyed with the first 10 minutes, but was laughing through tears and signing up for classes by the end.

Mike Birbiglia is the Writer-Director behind Don’t Think Twice, but he also stars as Miles. Miles is the driving force behind The Commune improv group, but he’s consistently overlooked when execs come seeking new talent. The rest of the troupe is played by recognizable faces like Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Gillian Jacobs (Community). Kate Micucci, Tami Sagler and Chris Gethard also star but were new to me. That might be why I found them more believable as undiscovered comedians. They share an apartment and alternately support and harangue each other, while reaching for the brass ring of late night TV. It’s all pizza and bong hits until the group loses their theater AND one of their members to Weekend Live (an obvious hat-tip to Saturday Night Live). Continue reading →