“Beauty and the Beast” – a beastly good live-action adaptation

“A life sentence for a rose?”

Nutshell: Like Jungle Book before it, Beauty and the Beast is a live adaptation that is quite possibly even better than the original. Grade: A

Story: A girl that feels like an outsider in her “Provincial town” decides to offer up herself as a substitute when her father is imprisoned by a Prince…a quite beastly prince indeed. At least, at first. A Stockholm Syndrome as old as time? Well, I like to think of it as the sweetest meet-not-so-cute story you’ll ever see. Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!

Genre I’d put it in: Live Action Fairytales Made From Animated Fairytales Made From Actual Fairytales

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: A live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated classic, which is an adaptation of the classic fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Continue reading

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Life”!

Ready for some alien stuff?  Because I got your alien stuff RIGHT HERE.  I’ve got passes for the Columbia screening of Life, the “what the heck is out there” movie that’s coming soon. Synopsis!

Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

The trailers look spooky and fun, nice trick that.  With me?  C’mon! Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: CHiPs”!

I loved CHiPs when I was a kid.  Ponch and Jon were the coolest, and even now it’s fun anytime I see either one on TV. Since 22 Jump Street did so well with its comedic reboot, I’m hoping for the same for CHiPs.  Synopsis!

Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons.  Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together.  Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done.  But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.

Shepard and Peña are a hoot, so watching them together?  Two treats in one?  Only one way to find out…let’s go see!

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TrailerWatch: “Despicable Me 3” – Gru goes back to the dark side?

Probably for the cookies.  I hear they’re pretty good.  Synopsis!

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.

Not too much 411 in there, but in the trailer we see a new nemesis – Benjamin Balthazar Bratt – and Gru’s twin brother Dru.  Look for the usual brotherly competition there, I’m guessing. Plus, MINIONS!  The Minions are just as cute as ever, and while Minions was fun to look at, it just wasn’t the same without Gru.

Despicable Me 3 hits theaters June 30th, 2017.  Ba-na-na!

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TrailerWatch: “Wonder Woman” gets mythical in origin trailer

Who is Diana Prince?  Well, of course she’s Wonder Woman (SPOILER), but with so many different origin stories, it’s hard to keep track.  Was she made out of clay and brought to life by Hippolyta?  Was she the love child of Hippolyta and Zeus?  Or is she the God Killer, forged by Zeus himself?

The new trailer for Wonder Woman teases us with a “more than Amazon” story for Ms. Prince, and I’m digging it.

Wonder Woman lassos theaters in June.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Beauty and the Beast”!

UPDATE – Winners of the “Beauty and the Beast” screening that is scheduled for tomorrow night, March 14th: THE SCREENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 15TH.


Be safe, stay warm!


Wednesday, March 15 – 7:30 PM
AMC White Marsh
*This screening will be in IMAX 3D

Cancelled screening: There will be no screening Tuesday, March 14.


– It’s the same place and time, on the date has changed.
– Winners do not need anything new or different to attend Wednesday – the ticket they have will get them in.
– We don’t want anyone traveling to White Marsh tomorrow night (even if they are open).


Tale as old as time…and I’ve got passes y’all!  It’s the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, and if I can spoil my upcoming review a little bit because the press embargo has lifted?  I LOVED IT.  So you’re definitely gonna wanna get in this. Synopsis!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

So grab some grey stuff – it’s delicious. C’mon! Continue reading

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“Kong: Skull Island” – Kong gets monstrous in this excellent reboot

Nutshell: Outstanding FX, fantastic (if a bit too done-before) soundtrack, and a cast that makes you feel all the fear and wonder of being stranded on an island full of kaiju. A popcorn flick par excellence, even with a few bumpy Snidley Whiplash moments of villain characterization. All hail the King, indeed. Grade: A-

“What Imaginary Monster are you hunting now?”

Story: Picture it, 1973.  The Vietnam War was ending, and two scientists wander into a congressional office to ask for research funds.  Why?  Because there’s an island – Skull Island – that could house a monster.  Oh, and those troops you’re recalling?  Could we have a few please?  Just to be on the safe side, I’m sure things’ll be fine…

Genre I’d put it in: Kaiju Warz

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: A reboot of King Kong, and the second film in the Warner Brothers/Legendary & Toho Co. “Monsterverse”. Continue reading

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