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TOP 5 MOVIES to See with Your Kids Over Spring Break

My kids were out of school for Spring Break last week, so I’m actually late with this post. Forgive me, but I was simply too busy running around the beach, trying to convince myself it wasn’t cloudy and 65 degrees. Our break is earlier than most schools though, so you might still be planning yours. There’s always at least one cloudy Spring Break day that’s best spent in a theater, so here are my Top 5 to Films See with Your Kids over Spring Break:

5. My first pick is Miracles from Heaven, but this one comes with conditions. This is a faith-based movie (even produced by T.D. Jakes) so there’s lots of God Talk. If that makes you uncomfortable, prepare to be totally gooned out. Jennifer Garner stars and keeps it from getting too heavy-handed, so don’t scratch it off your list entirely. Miracles from Heaven is also based on the true story of a very sick little girl, which is often difficult to watch. It might be too much for more sensitive viewers, but it might be just right for your crew. Here’s a link to my original review, which was actually made by my daughters and some of their friends. Check it out first, if you can’t decide about the movie.
http://juliesaysso.com/podcast-kids-review-jennifer-garners-miracles-from-heaven/ Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Chatting New Movies & the 2016 Oscars w/ Trudi & Jim- WCSX Detroit

I love talking to these guys. Really, the only things that are missing when I talk to Trudi and Jim at WCSX Detroit are tequila shots and loud music because it feels like I’m hanging with friends at a bar. This week, we discussed the 2016 Oscars, all the new movies that are opening (Zootopia, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot & London Has Fallen), and George Clooney‘s realization that he’s aging like a real boy. Sit back, have a listen, and enjoy! And Hell, you might as well go ahead and pour a shot for yourself.
https://soundcloud.com/julie-hoyt-fisk/chatting-new-movies-the-2016-oscars-w-trudi-jim-wcsx

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Chatting About Bigotry & the Reality of Pet Bunnies With the Directors of “Zootopia”

I have to start by saying THANK YOU to Mark Walters from www.BigFanboy.com for getting sick and letting me fill in for him for this interview. Mark and I saw Zootopia together and I know how excited he was to meet the directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore. He lost his voice at an Oscar party the night before though (probably from screaming DENIED when Stallone lost that statue) and asked if I could help. I was thrilled to do so since I loved Zootopia as much as he did. Byron Howard also directed Tangled and Bolt, while Rich Moore helmed Wreck It Ralph so I was itching to talk to these guys before even seeing Zootopia.

Before you watch though, I have to address the fact that I always look like crap in these interviews. I’m not sure if it’s the lighting or camera angles but they always turn me into a monster. Sorry, I’m vain so I had to address the bright orange elephant in the room.

Don’t forget that Zootopia opens this weekend, and it’s the perfect movie to share with your kids over Spring Break. Click HERE to get your tickets in advance.

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Zootopia” On Me!

I’ve made it abundantly clear that I LOVED Zootopia, right? Click HERE to read my review of it but all you really need to know is that it’s fantastic and that I gave Zootopia an A+. Yes, I’m aware that’s the second A+ I’ve given in recent weeks (I was pretty crazy about Deadpool too) but I’m not getting soft. That’s just how good Zootopia is and best of all I HAVE FREE PASSES! Click right HERE to grab those and then watch the trailer with me again. Omigod, THAT SLOTH!

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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 →