Con News: Stephen Amell comes to Awesome Con!

That’s right, Arrowverse fans – Oliver is coming to Awesome Con! So get your DC/CW Universe questions ready, and let’s hope there’s a tidbit or two about new Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow crossovers…and maybe even another Supergirl appearance?

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TrailerWatch: Mr. Rogers biopic “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” gives me all the happy feels

Daniel Tiger and Mr. Rogers. *swoons*

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, y’all.  Why?  Because the first trailer for the Mr. Rogers documentary has been released.  Synopsis!

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? comes to our neighborhood in theaters June 8, 2018.

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TrailerWatch: “Show Dogs”

“What kind of dog likes hip-hop?”
[Answer: all the best ones. DUH.]

I love dog shows.  I also really dug Miss Congeniality.  So why not mash ’em up?  If you’re liking the sound of that, check out the trailer for Show Dogs, which has one freakin’ adorable rotti.  Synopsis!

Starring Will Arnett, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci, SHOW DOGS is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world’s most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet. Catch it in theaters May 18, 2018!

Hip hop hooray, y’all!

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“Insidious: The Last Key”: tired tropes combine with new twists

Nutshell: There’s no doubt that Lin Shaye is an incredible actress that brings top-notch talent to this series as psychic-in-charge Elise. There is, however, serious doubt that this series can continue, considering how it scrapes up the usual jump scares and night-vision tactics that have been a staple of the “other realms” horror subgenre.  Last Key is a lot of scary fun, but if this franchise is to continue, there needs to be fresh…blood. Grade: B

“I know where they go. They go into the dark.”

Story: Psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye) gets a phone call from someone desperate for her help.  Problem is, that someone lives in the house she grew up in.  A house jam-packed with ghosts, demons, and of course that red-faced creep that’s been around since the start of the franchise.  Will Elise and her crew try to help?  What do you think? Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Den of Thieves”!

Happy 2018 y’all!  Ready to get your New Year passes on?  Good, because I’ve got passes for Den of Thieves.  Synopsis!

DEN OF THIEVES is a high energy, fast paced, gritty action film that sets a syndicate of bank robbing criminals (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Pablo Schreiber) who are addicted to heists against an elite special task force of cops, led by Gerard Butler who will stop at nothing to catch them. When this crew of outlaws set their sights on the ultimate heist, robbing the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles, the heat gets turned up on all sides and it gets harder to distinguish the cops from the criminals and the good guys from the bad guys.

That cast sounds absolutely groovy.  Agree?  Let’s go!

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TrailerWatch: freak out over creepy smiles in “Truth or Dare”

Ah, Blumhouse.  You are so much fun. As with Lionsgate, you’ve established yourself as a studio where I can go for some fun scary stuff.  And with the new trailer for Truth or Dare, fun scary stuff looks to be the rule of the day. Synopsis!

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split).  A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone-or something-begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare.

I dare you to get through this trailer without thinking that those Snapchat-esque smiles are nothing less than creepy as hell.  Truth or Dare comes at’cha April 17th, 2018.

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Wayback Review: “Insidious 2”

Because I’m working on my review of Insidious: The Last Key, why not revisit my thoughts on part 2 of this franchise?  From Geek for e way back in 2013.  Enjoy!

Movie Review: Insidious 2

Remember how amazing The Exorcist was? Well, Insidious wasn’t exactly at that level of awesome, but it was pretty damn good. Remember how crappy Exorcist II: The Heretic was? Oh yeah. Same thing here. An amazing opening salvo, then a convoluted, sloppy mess of a sequel. It’s a shame, to see a Fangoria magazine Chainsaw Award-winning horror film devolve. It’s especially rough to see quality actors giving their all to a movie that feels like someone forgot what the plot was halfway in, and then just told everyone to wing it.
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