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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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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Gifted” EARLY & FOR FREE

We can all pretend that I’m excited about Gifted because I have tremendous respect for Chris Evans’ body of work. I’ll admit that it’s nice to see him OUT of the Captain America suit and working with Octavia Spencer again (they were in Snowpiercer together), but really, I’d watch that man in anything. Continue reading →

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March Movies & “Logan” Review on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I was on Good Morning Texas with Shannon Powell Hart yesterday, to talk about ALL the big new movies opening in March AND to give my review of Logan. I didn’t get to see The Shack but the reviews are coming in and sadly, they’re not so good. Click HERE to read some of those and then watch my segment by clicking right HERE. Make sure you check the FREE MOVIE PASSES PAGE as well, to grab some of those Kong: Skull Island tickets! Continue reading →

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Oscar Predictions & “Get Out” Review on GOOD MORNING TEXAS

I joined Jane McGarry, Alanna Sarabia and Ron Corning on Good Morning Texas today to review a movie I can’t stop thinking or talking about: Get Out. If I said, “Get out of your house and see Get Out this weekend,” would you want to punch me in the face? Continue reading →

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January Movie Reviews on “Good Morning Texas”

I was on Good Morning Texas today to talk about the weekend box-office and all the great movies that opened this month. Yes, we might be officially out of Oscar Movie Season, but there are still some good flicks to see, like 20th Century Women, Hidden Figures, The Founder and Split. Click HERE to watch my reviews, then check the Free Movie Pass page to see what I’m giving away now. Hey, if the upcoming movies aren’t that great, you might as well see them for free!

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Early Tickets for “The Shack”

I can’t tell you how many people have asked me about this movie. Most of them are thrilled to pieces about The Shack coming to the big screen, but I am actually terrified. See, I was as touched by the best-selling novel as everyone else, but I can’t imagine how they’re going to put it on film! I’m also still aching from the disappointment of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, another book I loved that was destroyed in theaters (read my daughter’s angry review HERE).
The Shack has Octavia Spencer though, as Papa. She is probably my favorite modern actress and if anyone can save a movie, it’s Octavia. That’s why I’m allowing myself to get full-blown excited about The Shack. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: Why “Hidden Figures” is a Modern Problem

Hidden Figures tells the remarkable true story of three women (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson) who broke race and gender barriers at NASA to play a part in the space race. It features wonderful performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, as well as a return to form for Kevin Costner. There’s also a lovely and unexpected tribute to John Glenn, played by Scream Queens‘ Glen Powell. Director Theodore Melfi doesn’t dig too deeply into the Civil Rights Movement, but he does remind us of the ugly realities of the time (like segregated bathrooms and office spaces). Even Katherine Johnson was forced to drink from a separate coffee maker while working at NASA, despite the important work she did alongside white men and women there.

Hidden Figures is a text-book crowd pleaser, with lovable actors playing remarkable people who changed the world, but it also brings to mind the women it doesn’t mention. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson managed to get the education they needed to reach their full potential, but what about those who couldn’t? It’s easy to shake our heads in frustration while observing the bigotry of the past, but segregation is alive and well today, especially in our education system. Continue reading →

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My Review of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (& Why I’ll Never Show It to Anyone)

Sometimes a movie is so bad, you actually leave the theater a little depressed. Other times you get 15 minutes into the film and realize you can’t watch another second without some form of alcohol in your system. If a movie does both of these things, as The Huntsman: Winter’s War did to me, it’s an extremely bad sign.

Maybe that’s why Rebekah Black and I filmed a movie review afterwards that’s so vile, SO OFFENSIVE, it will never be seen by human eyes.

It started out the usual way, with me seeking out lighting that didn’t make us look like Sea Hags. We launched our review with gripes about The Huntsman‘s almost 2-hour run time, and how alcohol made it bearable but also rendered it very easy to sleep through. Then, we just went ahead and tore into The Huntsmen for being vapid.

The pre-Snow White story of evil Queen Ravenna and her sister Freya sounds interesting enough, but the flat writing wrings any excitement out of it. You’re left with a Frozen/Maleficent hybrid, but one that is sloppy and boring. There’s also the problem of truly terrible CGI, which is reminiscent of “Zuul” from the first Ghostbusters movie. 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 →