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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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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: Can Vin Diesel Launch A Franchise With “The Last Witch Hunter?”

Will someone please explain Vin Diesel to me?

I know everyone loves him and YES, I also adored Grut and the Iron Giant, but Vin Diesel the action hero? Sorry… I simply don’t get it.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. I get that he LOOKS like an action hero, but then he opens his mouth. It’s kind of like watching a well-dressed brick act it’s way through scene.

I feel guilty saying that because he seems like a nice guy. He MUST be nice to continuously get work the way he does but for ME, Vin Diesel has the potential to kill a film. Sadly, that is the case for The Last Witch Hunter.

I like almost everything else about this movie. I like the idea of an ancient witch hunter as much as I like the modern day witches themselves. I love the Harry-Potteresque sets and how the story flashes back and forth in time. I especially like Vin Diesel’s co-stars, Michael Cain, Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie. The movie has to be carried by Diesel though and he just CAN’T. Every line he delivers lands with a thud. I laughed out loud when Diesel grunted, “We haven’t much time,” because it sounded like Grut was stuck in traffic.

The Last Witch Hunter could’ve been the start of an interesting franchise. Hell, according to Vin, they’re already prepping for Part 2! I think it would have had a better shot though, with an actor more capable of depth and sincerity. Sorry Vin. You seem like a really nice guy and I bet you smell fantastic but YOU are the reason I’m giving The Last Witch Hunter a D.

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PODCAST: Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) Responds to The Jennifer Lawrence Gender Essay

Rose Leslie stars in the new Vin Diesel picture The Last Witch Hunter, but she’s probably best known as Jon Snow’s “Wildling” girlfriend, Ygritte on Game of Thrones. Rose is becoming a break-out star, so I thought it would be interesting to get HER take on the essay Jennifer Lawrence posted about gender pay equality. If you missed that, you can read it by clicking HERE. The answer Rose Leslie gives shows that she’s just as smart and fiesty as the characters she plays. You can listen to that below.

The Last Witch Hunter opens nationwide on October 23rd, but you can buy advanced tickets now by clicking HERE.
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Why I’m Posting Someone ELSE’S “Furious 7” Review…

I couldn’t see Furious 7 this week and I’m hating myself for it.

Not because I care so much about these movies. I don’t think I watched movies 2 through 6, even on basic cable because frankly, it’s not my thing. I was excited to see #7 though because I’ve heard nothing but praise for it and claims that it could be the biggest success story of 2015. Since I can’t post my own review, I’m posting a link to my friend James Wallace’s review. He wrote such a loving tribute to the film and franchise as a whole that I can’t imagine anyone topping it.

Plus, I’m super proud of James for picking up this gig at nerdist.com. Click the link below to read what he had to say about Furious 7 and the link below THAT to purchase tickets.

James Wallace Reviews “Furious 7” & Says Goodbye to a Franchise

Fandango: Furious 7 Tickets in Dallas, TX