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MOVIE REVIEW: Why “Captain Marvel” Feels Like a Pat on the Head ( & *Parent Review)

The first thing I noticed about Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel was the sound of her footsteps. They are heavy and solid, and signify that something serious is approaching. It’s quite a shift from earlier female superheroes, who are essentially deadly ballerinas. Implied weight is rarely a good thing for a female movie character (think back to ANY time you remember a woman with heavy footfalls in film) but it signifies a shift in how a woman is perceived onscreen. Carol Danvers isn’t light, but skinny can’t be expected to save the world.
Carol Danvers’ heavy steps are one of many progressive female notions you’ll catch in Captain Marvel, and how you feel about that will affect how you feel about the film in general. Will you soak it all in OR (like the woman sitting behind me at the screening) will you say, “Stop force-feeding me GIRL POWER!” Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Captain Marvel” EARLY & FOR FREE

Brie Larson is taking a beating right now! People have been trashing her new movie Captain Marvel before even seeing it, trolling her personally, and even accusing her character of “not smiling enough.” (Seriously?) You won’t hear me buying into any of it, though. I’ve been a huge fan of Brie Larson’s work since her 21 Jump Street days, and I especially appreciate how she supports diversity among film critics. Larson even gave this very website a plug on Twitter once, so I might have a bit of a crush on her. Sure I’m biased, but that doesn’t change the fact that Captain Marvel IS getting great reviews (read some of those HERE) AND ticket sales have already outpaced Wonder Woman. In fact, it’s currently the 2nd highest advanced ticket-seller (for a superhero movie) right behind Black Panther! None of that will matter if you get to see Captain Marvel EARLY and FOR FREE, and I actually have passes to TWO screenings! Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Glass” Nineteen Years for THIS?

Glass reminds me of playing make-believe in my backyard when I was a little kid.
We’d run around and chase each other, making up the story as we went along. One kid would always get a little out-of-hand and jump on the rest of us (James McAvoy) while someone else would try to play the Mastermind and control everything (Samuel L. Jackson). There was always one kid who seemed embarrassed and kept trying to leave, too (Bruce Willis). Then my big sister would come outside and make-fun of all of us (Sarah Paulson), which would ultimately squash the whole thing.
Yep, that is Glass in a nutshell. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Movie Review & “Deadpool 2” Discussion

Rebekah Black and I saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard last night, then had some drinks and fought about Samuel L. Jackson’s real age. We also discussed this week’s Women Texas Film Festival, as well as the tragic news from the set of Deadpool 2 Monday. Check it all out in the podcast and don’t forget to visit the Free Movie Passes page to see what I’m giving away next. Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll get passes to see Stephen King’s It soon!

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” EARLY & FOR FREE

If The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie trailer was any more fun, it’d need to come with adult diapers to catch that unexpected tinkle from giggling too hard. Too gross? Well, just watch the trailer below and then tell me in wrong. 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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FREE MOVIE PASSES- See “Kong: Skull Island” EARLY & FOR FREE!

Is it just me, or did Kong: Skull Island come out of nowhere?
How did we miss this?
Maybe we were all too busy talking about Beauty and the Beast or the insanity at the Oscars to notice, but another honest-to-goodness King Kong movie is coming out.
It’s even got a great cast, with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly. Kong: Skull Island looks surprisingly GOOD, too. So seriously…
how did we miss this?
Well, it doesn’t really matter because I have passes to see it EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” EARLY & FOR FREE

Forgive me for the EXTREMELY last-minute nature of these movie passes, but they just fell into my lap. They’re to see xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which stars Vin Diesel as an extreme-athlete-turned-govenment-operative who has to save the world…again. This time, he comes up against the deadly “Xiang,” who’s played by a fantastic Donnie Yen. You might know him from his Ip Man movies, but it’s more likely that you fell in love with Yen as the blind Jedi “Chirrut” in Rogue One: A Star Wars story. So, do you want the passes? Click HERE to grab those, then watch the xXx: Return of Xander Cage trailer below. And BOOM, my Ruby Rose Girl-Crush is rekindled.

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“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Movie Review- by Emma

I saw Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with my daughters last week and MAN, was I confused. I read the first book in the three-part series and loved it, but drastic changes have been made to the big screen version. I thought that maybe Director Tim Burton was using elements from all three books but according to my 12-year-old daughter, that’s not the case. Emma says that the second half of this movie about odd children stuck in a time-loop, had no similarity to the books at all. She had so much to say, in fact, that I had Emma write her own review.

“I was looking forward to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children from the moment I saw the trailer. I’ve read all of the books and adored them, but I was beyond disappointed in this movie. In fact, I was flat out offended. There were so many unnecessary changes which ruined an already great story. It’s like half-way through the movie, Tim Burton said, ‘Forget it. Put in some cheesy love story and a godawful battle scene and we’ll call it a wrap.’
The acting from the lead was horrendous. I think someone told him (Asa Butterfield), ‘Whatever you do, show as little emotion as possible.’
If you are a fan of the book series, avoid this movie at all costs.
I’m giving Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a D-. Thanks for wasting my time with some Miss Peregrine wannabe. -Emma

Emma was pretty upset, as you can plainly see, and I don’t blame her. It’s heartbreaking to have your favorite book series destroyed onscreen. I feel bad for Emma, but I feel even worse for Ransom Riggs, who wrote the Peregrine books. How must he feel? Imagine the excitement of a legendary director like Tim Burton taking on your work, and the disappointment when he essentially ruined it. Maybe Riggs can take a few years to distance himself from this disaster, then try a Miss Peregrine movie again. With a different director, of course.

(Parent Review: Parents should know that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is rated PG-13, which is strange for a movie that targets kids. There are no foul words or sexual references of any kind, but it IS scary. There are monsters who eat eyeballs, which is graphically depicted and gross beyond words. This is also strange because there is NO MENTION of eyeball-eating in the books. Parents should also be prepared to console young fans of the book series because Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children barely resembles it at all.)

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Legend of Tarzan” Gives the Lord of the Jungle a Partner

The story of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, has been told countless times but at its heart, it’s a love story. A baby is orphaned on an island but is saved by the love of a mother ape. His love for a woman (Jane Porter) brings him back to civilization, but Tarzan’s love of the jungle ultimately sends him home. Bad-guys and storylines are interchangeable, but the basic message of love always stays the same.

The Legend of Tarzan changes the standard this time, by giving Tarzan a partner AND inserting a history lesson. Samuel L. Jackson plays George Washington Williams, who joins Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan in the search for bad-guy Captain Rom (played by Christoph Waltz). Williams was a real-life Civil War hero who later became a journalist and activist. He also toured the Congo and was greatly disturbed by what he saw there. Williams even published an open letter to King Leopold, admonishing him for enslaving his people.

George Washington Williams is an important but largely unknown American, so it’s cool to see him written into the story and played by Samuel L. Jackson. If you don’t know this though, it’s weird watching Jackson follow Tarzan through the jungle because that’s all he really does, and not always gracefully. Continue reading →