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“Julie Says So” Movies to See RIGHT NOW

Christmas and New Years are behind us, but many folks are lucky enough to still have a few days off. It’s the perfect time to hit the theater and there are some excellent flicks to see on your own OR with the family. Here are the “Julie Says So” Movies to See RIGHT NOW, and remember to find tickets and showtimes through the Alamo Drafthouse links I’ve provided. Buying your tickets through this website is easy AND it supports JulieSaysSo.com in the process.

Mary Poppins Returns is getting mixed reviews, but critics would probably say the same about the original if it was released today. It’s hard to not be cynical about this kind of candy-coated Disney whimsy, but what’s the point? Sure, it’s a bit strange to see hand-drawn animation and this level of wide-eyed theatrics in 2019, but it’s also a little refreshing. In other words, if you go into Mary Poppins Returns expecting anything other than singing penguins and dancing lamp-lighters, maybe the movie ISN’T the problem. (B)
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Miles Morales
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Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Continue reading →