#SpoilerFree “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” – a sumptuous sophomore slump

“I hate Paris.”
“I always wanted to go here!”

Why am I starting with two quotes this go’round? Because like these discordant bits, I’m torn. There’s a part of me that absolutely loves what Grindelwald has done in terms of fleshing out the darker, less kid-friendly parts of the wizarding world. Just like real life, there are dark places where bad things – sometimes very bad things – happen. Individuals get killed because they’re simply in the way. A reflexive reaction had far-reaching consequences. And an adorable little horned lizard-thing gets used. (Stick a pin in that last one.) It feels like real, and while it may not have the same vibe as the Potter series, or even the first Beasts, it’s understandable. Continue reading

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Second Act”!

Hey, you ready for the December holidays? ME NEITHER. So why not grab yourself some passes for a bit of pre-Chrismakwanzyulekkah fun? Yeah, it’s not close calendar-wise, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve got passes for Second Act, starring Jennifer Lopez! Synopsis!

SECOND ACT is an inspirational comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quickwitted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn’t have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.

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Baltimore’s Christmas Village is coming back – starting this weekend!

I love a German Christmas Village. But my passport is out of date. So? I wander to the Inner Harbor to get my gingerbread on.

What, you haven’t heard of the Christmas Village? It’s awesome! I was lucky enough to check it out last year before the grand opening, and I’m not ashamed to say I went back four more times. (What can I say – I love a good currywurst.)

Shopping, music, and of course lots of lovely German feels – can’t go wrong! Plus, this weekend? Totally free! (Okay, so it’s free on weekdays, but typically it’s $5 on the weekends…)

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The Horror! – “Overlord”!

Not the gory bloodbath that I’d been “warned” about, but gorehounds will be pleased at the amount of red in this horror tale set during WWII. A story that combines war thriller with body horror in a way that kept my eyes firmly on screen, not wanting to miss a moment.

There’s plenty of suspense as the group of American soldiers try to figure out what’s turning their mission into something much more sinister, thanks to stellar performances by Jovan Adepo as newly minted Private Boyce, Wyatt Russell as Corporal Ford (Kurt’s son does his poppa’s snarl proud) and GoT’s Pilou Asbæk as baddie Wafner. Combined with excellent direction by Julius Avery and stellar cinematography by Laurie Rose and Fabian Wagner, this means Overlord is one helluva fun, engaging ride.

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald”!

Hey fellow Hufflepuffs!  Okay, all y’all.  I’ve got passes for Tuesday night’s advance screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!

Now, either you’re all in or you’r not. So, let’s go get our wizard on! Accio Passes!

What: ADMIT TWO passes for the Columbia, MD screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!
When: Wednesday, November 14
Where: AMC Columbia
How: Clicky! http://www.wbtickets.com/lVBKa04273


Good luck, everyone!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Widows”!

Ready to get your awards season thrills on? I’ve got passes for the B’more screening of Widows! Synopsis!

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

Ready? Let’s go!

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“Rescue Me” gets a collector’s set Blu-Ray release

Rescue Me was one hell of a compelling show, and comedian Dennis Leary more than proved his acting chops as firefighter Tommy Gavin. Now Mill Creek Entertainment gathers the entire series into one super-deluxe Blu-Ray set, and I’ll admit I’m drooling. Okay, I’m also setting aside Kleenex, as this show runs the gamut of emotions. Plus, who doesn’t want a Dennis Leary commentary track? You know that’s gonna be gold.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go forth. And if you’re a fan? Well, you’ve probably already ditched my page and hopped over to Amazon. I’m not mad.

Read on for the full details!

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