TrailerWatch: Lionsgate releases the Power Rangers!

power rangers teaser poster“Did I just hear you say we’re Power Rangers?  Is this some kind of joke?”

No, darlin’.  No joke.  And a joke is what I was afraid of when I first heard about this movie.  But Power Rangers is looking really good.  Not only are they leaning in on the real life after-effects of becoming a superhero, Our Heroes are not instantly awesome.  There are bumps along the road, which makes for a more compelling story.  Plus, I’m digging their “high school newspaper” website, The Roar.  I’m in.  Synopsis!

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.  Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

Saban’s Power Rangers suit up March 24, 2017.

 

 

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TrailerWatch: “Logan” sings an amazing swan song

unnamed3“Someone has come along.”

For fans of Marvel’s “Old Man Logan” storyline, or anyone who just enjoys the hell out of seeing Hugh Jackman snarl, the latest – and probably last – installment of the Wolverine story has just dropped a trailer. And from this trailer, Logan looks fantastic. Synopsis!

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

I’m guessing that the young girl Logan is tasked with protecting is none other than X-23, though Marvel hasn’t confirmed (or denied) it… So let’s just hope so, ‘kay?

Logan hits theaters March 3rd, 2017.

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Movie News: Sony Pictures Animation announces upcoming films

Culver City, CA - January 18, 2017  TJ Miller as Gene attends Sony Pictures Animation Slate Presentation (photo: Sony Pictures Animation)

Culver City, CA – January 18, 2017 TJ Miller as Gene attends Sony Pictures Animation Slate Presentation (photo: Sony Pictures Animation)

Sony Pictures Animation just dropped some info on the films they’ve got lined up, and it’s a smorgasbord of styles.  Which is kinda cool, actually. They’re actually going full-on Marvel Studios, and giving a whole lot of notice for a few of these. Sweet!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (April 7, 2017 release)
THE EMOJI MOVIE (August 4, 2017 release)
THE STAR (November 10, 2017 release)
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 (September 21, 2018 release)
UNTITLED ANIMATED SPIDER-MAN (December 21, 2018 release)
VIVO (December 18, 2020 release)

As a fan of Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in that series.  Plus, The Smurfs was incredibly well done and had an amazing use of 3D that was actually worth the price of admission(and I dont’ say that that often)…so more from that series should be a hoot as well.  As for a movie about emojis?  Well, I’m skeptical, but I think T.J. Miller is hilarious, so I’m game.  The Star had me at Steven Yeun, and that Spider-Man movie could be cool, what with the Miles Morales storyline.  But I’ll need more info to really get jazzed.

And of course with Lin Manuel Miranda helming the upcoming Vivo, I can’t wait to see what happens with that film.  A monkey that likes music, and “locations” like Cuba and Miami?  Okay then.  Gimme.

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Catching Up Reviews: “The Witch”

Sometimes I can’t get to a screening.  Sometimes there isn’t a screening available for a particular film.  Sometimes I’m just lazy and wait until the Award Season Onslaught to catch films that came out during the “For Your Consideration” award season year.  Typically, it’s all three.  So here’s a nutshell on what I think about one particular film: 2016’s The Witch.

THEWITCH_TEASER_02Puritan values, ostracism, fear of God, coming of age, and witchcraft come together in a slow burn of a film. Viewers expecting explosive shocks will be disappointed, but those willing to let the film unspool while contemplating God and man will find it a vicious little treat.

Richly detailed, with a cast that commits 100% and period perfect art direction. More spooky than scary, this film is nonetheless fascinating and suspenseful, with a crafty “less is more” way with the scary stuff. Recommended for anyone who wants to sink into a story.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “A Dog’s Purpose”!

a dog's life posterOkay y’all.  If you’ve seen the trailer for this movie and didn’t tear up, you’re a monster.  Ready for more heartwarming bittersweetness?  Well, I’ve got passes for the Baltimore screening of A Dog’s Purpose.  Synopsis!

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

Ready to squee over puppies with me? C’mon!

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Catching Up Review: “The Lobster”

Sometimes I can’t get to a screening.  Sometimes there isn’t a screening available for a particular film.  Sometimes I’m just lazy and wait until the Award Season Onslaught to catch films that came out during the “For Your Consideration” award season year.  Typically, it’s all three.  So here’s a nutshell on what I think about one particular film: 2016’s The Lobster.

the-lobster-posterA darkly absurdist comedy about trying to find love in a world where not finding the “perfect match” has dire consequences. Writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos paints a surreal tale of humanity, love, and the lengths many take to find acceptance.

Weird, moving, and if your tastes run to offbeat satire (like mine do), laugh out loud funny. As the lonely man looking for love while the clock counts down, Colin Farrell is mesmerizing.

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TrailerWatch: “Raw” gives a vegetarian something to chew on. (Hint: not vegetables.)

raw-posterI’ve heard cool things about this film – it’s yet another one of those Sundance flicks I’m wishing I was there for – and I’ve been dying to know more. With this trailer, I’m even more intrigued. Synopsis!

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet.  And a vegetarian.  At sixteen she’s a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world.  Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats raw meat for the first time.  Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.

Ooh!  Right?  Right.  This trailer focuses on images rather than words, probably a good thing as it’s 1) a French language film, and 2) this is a story where actions will most likely speak louder than words.

Raw opens wide (couldn’t resist) March 17th, 2017.

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