“The House With A Clock In Its Walls” –

Nutshell: A boy finds out that he’s got magic in his family. Sound familiar? Well, while the Harry Potter franchise is an epic story, Clock is a wee tale. Director Eli Roth keeps things fast and fun, with a cast ready to play and art direction that dazzles.  Grade: B-


Story: 9-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to life with his eccentric uncle Johnathan (Jack Black) after Lewis’ parents die in an accident. But while Johnathan’s house feels like Willy Wonka by way of the Addams Family, there’s a darker secret hidden…in the walls… Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” gives us dark web & Rick Astley!

“I’m freaking out so hard right now.”

You and me both, little green buddy. While the first Breaks trailer gave us the Disney princesses, this new one drops us into the GTA-esque Slaughter Race! And with that comes Gal Gadot as Shank, a badass racer who gives Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope von Schweetz something to think about.

Get ready for sharks, distopia, selfies, and the best earworm of ’em all… Ralph Breaks the Internet hits screens November 21st. And I can’t wait to see more.

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Venom”!

Time for the bad boy of the Spiderverse to get his movie on. And it just so happens that I’ve got screening passes for Venom! Synopsis!

When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.

Short & sweet. (Okay, so an official press synopsis isn’t available yet…but what, like you want to be spoiled by an overabundance of 411? No.  no you don’t.) Let’s go!

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TrailerWatch: “Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel”!

HOT DAMN! It’s here y’all! Synopsis!

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

GAAAAAAH! I’ll have more thoughts on this later, but for now? Enjoy this first look at Ms. Danvers!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Smallfoot”!

Hey kids of all ages – I include myself in that, of course – I’ve got passes for the latest animated joint from Warner Brothers, Smallfoot! Synopsis!

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti (Channing Tatum) finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.  News of this “smallfoot” (James Corden) throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

After 21 Jump Street, I’m loving Tatum as a comedic actor. So? Let’s go!
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“The Predator” brings back 80’s action-horror fun

Nutshell: Many a moviegoer messes up when they hit the multiplex and expect Grand Cinema from action horror. And while this film ain’t Citizen Kane by a long shot, The Predator‘s particular blend of action, horror and laughs are just what the doctor ordered for this weary horror-hound. Grade: B

“They’re large, they’re fast, and fucking you up is their tourism.”

Story: An alien crash-lands onto Earth.  Hey – that’s how E.T. started!  Yeah, and how The Blob started. When this particular UFO crashes down, it brings a whole lot of mayhem to a group of black-ops soldiers. So when the lone survivor heads home, of course he’s put into a group of guys headed for “psych eval”.  But surprise y’all – where there’re going is exactly where the deadly alien has been brought to!  And guess what else – a bigger, badder alien is coming to hunt it down.  With Predato-pups!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Night School”!

Gaaaaah!  Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are gonna be on screen together for Night School, and I’ve got passes y’all!  Synopsis!

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School.  The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

The trailer is fantastic, and I can’t wait to see these two play off each other.  Let’s go!

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