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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Instant Family” OK for Kids? (& a chat w/ Director Sean Anders)

The most important thing you need to know about Instant Family is that it’s far better than the trailer lets on. It led me to believe this movie would be a mediocre comedy about adoption. It’s actually more of a laugh-out-loud then tear-your-heart-out-while-you’re-still-laughing kind of film.
Instant Family is based on writer-director Sean Anders’ real-life experience of adopting three children, and he takes a warts-and-all approach to his story. That might explain the PG-13 rating, which the MPAA says is for “thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references.” I’m guessing the “thematic elements” might be in reference to a fairly graphic discussion about “d*ck pics,” among other things.
Yes, Sean Anders depicts the challenges of raising a family, adopted or biological, with true candor and Instant Family is a better movie for it. I think most ages will appreciate and relate to this movie (despite the occasionally salty subject-matter), which is why I’m recommending it to mature 11-year-olds and up. Instant Family is not only a great flick to see with your family over the holidays, it’s also the perfect way to celebration National Adoption Month! (A)
I got to sit down with Instant Family director Sean Anders recently, to talk about his movie and the challenges of adoption. I posted that below, so please watch it and stay through the end for a featurette with Sean and his real-life family.
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The JULIE SAYS SO “Movie Minute” 12/6/17

Want to see a movie but you’re not quite sure which one? Or do you just want to hear about the new movies hitting theaters this week? Maybe you love going to the theater but need freebies so you can save cash for the holidays.
I can help you with all of this in the JULIE SAYS SO Movie Minute! Continue reading →

Elise & Amphibian Man

FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Shape of Water” EARLY & FOR FREE

I saw a film called Delicatessen when I was in college that changed how I felt about movies forever. It’s from two French directors (Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and is about a post-apocalyptic apartment building where tenants who fail to pay rent are turned into lunch meat for the deli. Yes, it’s a bit of a horror movie but Delicatessen is also a black comedy and, believe it or not, a tender love story. It showed me that, in the right circumstances, a movie can be a little bit of everything and still pull it off in the most spectacular way.
I think that writer-director Guillermo del Toro must have been watching Delicatessen when he conceived The Shape of Water.
It stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a housekeeper at a hidden government laboratory where she discovers a top-secret asset. Is it a dangerous monster, or something far more human? A surprising relationship forms between the two as the Russians close in and a battle over the discovery ensues. Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg round out what’s sure to be an Oscar nominated cast.
The Shape of Water is a beast of a movie, managing to be a little bit of everything and achieving it all. It’s weird and funny, sadder and sexier that anything I’ve seen in ages (probably since I watched Delicatessen in that college theater so many years ago).
It’s not often that I can give away passes to one of my Top 5 Movies of the Year, but I can today. Continue reading →

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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 →

January Movies

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!

Octavia Spencer

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 →