Pitch Perfect in-theater sing-alongs need to become a thing.

PP2 poster is BEST POSTER.

PP2 poster is BEST POSTER.

Hit the Baltimore “Pitch Perfect Sing-Along” a few nights ago, and gotta say it was a whole lot of fun.  There’s just something about belting out songs in a room full of other folks belting out the same song…it’s just a blast. More please, and keep ‘em coming.

There was a nice pre-show at this one, with several Baltimore area college a cappella groups coming in and warming up the crowd with a song or two.  Shout-outs to The Chimes, The Greysounds, and The Mamma’s Boys, who really brought it to a very appreciative crowd!

And of course the movie itself was amazing (caveat: I’m a huge sing-nerd), but the real treat was seeing the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer.  Which I will share, of course!

Hello, Elizabeth Banks and John Mmichael Higgins, as their wonderful Best In Show-esque announcers!  “…[T]he whole world hates us.” Well, that should make the world competition easy-peasy for our Bellas, right?

Pitch Perfect 2 opens May 15, 2015. Until then, I can only hope that there will be many, MANY more Sing-Alongs.

Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb

night at the museum 3Night at the Museum!  I thought the first two were adorable. I mean really, who doesn’t love a skeletal T-Rex that plays fetch?  And Robin Williams as the coolest Teddy Roosevelt ever? (Sniff)

So the gang’s all back for Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, and this time it’s London y’all.  Which can mean only one thing: Britquake!  Seriously; Rebel Wilson as Ben Stiller’s security guard counterpart across the pond.  And she’s kinda awesome.

Here’s the synopsis:

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Want passes?  Of course you do.  Read on….

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Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

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Nutshell: I’d give Theory an A.  Solid acting with riveting performances, beautiful cinematography and a story about one man’s real life triumph over adversity…and the universe.  What’s not to like?

Went to the DC premiere.  Saw the screening.  Loved the movie.  Wanna know why?  Here goes.  The Theory of Everything is a damn-near perfect biopic, with viewpoints from more than just the main draw, gorgeous shots (even when the story gets dark), and a “warts and all” look that is as refreshing as it is intriguing.

Theory looks at theoretical physicist/cosmologist/author Stephen Hawking’s life from the start of his student years at Cambridge, through the publication of his seminal work, A Brief History of Time, in 1988.  Not too shabby for a man given only 2 years to live back in the early 60s.  The film shows how Stephen (played by Eddie Redmayne) reacts to, and then (mentally) overcomes his diagnosis, and as his tenure as a professor at Cambridge begins, the main viewpoint shifts from Stephen to his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), the woman who was with him from his years as a student to the publication of his first widely-known book.  As this film is based on Jane’s memoir Travelling to Infinity – My Life with Stephen, that kinda makes sense.  And kudos to screenwriter Anthony McCarten for taking a memoir and turning it into such a compelling story.  But even with the focus on Stephen and Jane, this film is more than a love story; it’s a look at how relationships grow and change over time, and of course it shows a man overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to succeed, and live life to it’s fullest.

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Elsewhere Review — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Nutshell: A well-done attempt to turn the final book of The Hunger Games into two films, though there are choppy spots where editing could have been smoother. Lawrence jumps back into Katniss territory with ease, and so does the rest of the cast. Pour out some Twizzlers for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Seriously do it; that man was a friggin’ genius and will be missed. B+

As always, clicky for the original piece!

Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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TwitView: Fans will rejoice!  Casual viewers may find the editing patchy.  Still, a worthy entry in an excellent series.  B+

Seems like forever since we’ve seen Katniss, Peeta, Gayle and the gang fight against the man President Snow in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  Heck, I’ve even watched Catching Fire on Netflix a time or two already.  But it’s only been a year.  Time flies, don’t it?  But it seems like the filmmakers have taken their time and crafted a compelling film with Mockingjay Part 1.  Screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong (yes, Buffy‘s Jonathan) do an excellent job breaking the novel in two, ending Part 1 with a nice cliffhanger of sorts; the Districts readying for civil war (not a spoiler if you’ve been paying any kind of attention).

If you’ve forgotten, when last we left Katniss, she was being air-lifted out of her second Hunger Games, the 75th Quarter Quell.  Rebellion is on the horizon for the Districts, and megalomaniacal President Coin (Donald Sutherland, obviously enjoying his eeeee-vil) bent on her destruction.  In Mockingjay Part 1, she wakes up in District 13, the District that was supposedly burned to the ground.  But they’ve been waiting for a leader to rise, and Katniss looks like their dream come true.  ¡Viva la Revolución!  But where’s Peeta…?

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Bobby Flay’s “Thanksgiving at Bobby’s”: tips, tricks and Twitter questions!

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If you’re like me, you make the same few holiday recipes over and over again.  Rather poorly. And you always make That Call to mom/grandma/sis/uncle to check the proper way to cook that damn bird, and should you stuff it?  Oh who cares — all anyone wants is that pumpkin pie anyway.  And should you try to make it from scratch this year?

You can worry, or just clicky over to Food Network on Saturday and get Bobby Flay to help; Thanksgiving at Bobby’s will be on at noon.  Plenty of time to test-drive the kitchen before Turkey Day, right?  Okay sure, so he’s gonna make everything look way easy.  But with the hashtag #ThanksgivingFeast, you just might be able to ask him if coffee grounds would make your stuffing better. (Spoiler: probably not, but you can always ask.)

Me?  I might just forgo the usual diabetic coma that comes with my praline/marshmallow sweet potatoes (jackhammer to get through the sugar crust optional but highly encouraged) and go with their Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Vote for Coldsmoke Winter Film Festival’s Online People’s Choice: screen ‘em at home for free

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Ahh.  Movies.  Ahh.  Staying in.  Add voting for cool stuff, and that’s not too shabby.  The Coldsmoke Awards will be held January 10th, 2015, but they’re giving you a way to get involved long before that.  Get involved, and check out some movies in the comfort of your own home.  So kick back, check out some of the films up for the Online People’s Choice, and cast your vote.  Pants optional, this ain’t no Oscars.  Though if you wanna pull a Golden Globes-worthy Drunk!Streep, there’s no judgement here.  (Because she’s always awesome.)

Okay I’ll admit it; this release caught my eye thanks to the fun Game of Thrones spoof.  But I’m always up for giving a shout-out to film fests, with or without Ned Stark.  So what’s Coldsmoke all about, anywho?  Let them tell you:

The Coldsmoke Platform was born out of a rapidly growing mountain community’s desire to showcase its expanding artistic talent and celebrate the culture around winter. It exists to cultivate, promote, and broadcast the ideas, imagery, and businesses flourishing within this mountain way of life. Along with fostering new talent and innovation, The Coldsmoke Platform prides itself on strengthening winter communities through partnerships with organizations dedicated to investing in the future of mountain society and focusing on local businesses.

These films will be up for about two months; give a few (or all) a look.  Why not?  Not like you’re headed outside with that wind chill.  Just me?

Read on for the full press release!

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Preview images from The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Ooh, spoooooky!  No, I’m not late for Halloween.  I’m talking about the new stills for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.  Yes, I’m still cautiously optimistic with this one (emphasis on cautious), but these stills are pretty sweet.

Take a peek for yourself.  If you DARE*cue thunder and wicked laughter*

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death opens January 2nd, 2015.

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