Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Father Figures”!

“She’s our mom.”

Ready for some fun?  I’ve got passes to Father Figures, and I’m ready to share. Sharing is caring, y’know. Synopsis!

Owen Wilson and Ed Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young.  When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

The trailer is an absolute hoot.  Ready?  O-kay!
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“The Shape of Water” – sparkes but doesn’t fully set sail

Nutshell: While Shape is a fascinating story with absolutely incredible performances by Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer, it has neither the sense of wonder of Pan’s Labyrinth, nor the suspense of The Devil’s Backbone. But I can’t say I hated it. No, I wasn’t fully transported, but I was certainly fascinated. Grade: B

“She said ‘Thank You’.”

Story: A mute woman has a job cleaning a top-secret government research facility.  One day, she finds out that said research is being conducted on a humanoid from the sea who can’t connect with his vicious captors.  Hmm.  Perhaps she’s not alone in the world after all?

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Tracee Ellis Ross reads “The Handsy Man” to set things straight 

Tracee Ellis Ross is a goddamn national treasure. And while this is a Jimmy Kimmel Live bit, I’d like to order a few copies of that book. Y’know, just in case. 

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Ready for season 2 of “The Crown”?  

YouTube’r dimitreze did an amazing side-by-side comparison of the show with the real world pictures and videos of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Watch this, and get stoked for season 2 of The Crown! Beans on toast and Victoria sponge optional, but I think it’s a good idea. Carbs! 

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TrailerWatch: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” trailer tease! 

Ooh – dinosaurs!!! 

Who else is ready to check out the whole trailer this Thursday? 

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Ferdinand”!

Ready for some animated fun?  I’ve got passes for Ferdinand, a cute story about a bull and…well…synopsis!

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Wonder Wheel”!

Get ready for a star-studded cast, Woody Allen at the helm, and a film that has Awards Season Onslaught written all over it (that’s a good thing, y’all.) I’ve got passes for Wonder Wheel, and I’m ready to share.  Synopsis!

WONDER WHEEL tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures a tale of passion, violence, and betrayal that plays out against the picturesque tableau of 1950s Coney Island.

I can’t wait to see that cinematography; Coney Island is such a fantastic place.  Also, who doesn’t love Winslet and Timberlake?  Let’s go!

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