BALTIMORE Giveaway: prize packs for “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral”!

C’mon now. Y’all know Madea is a National Treasure. She’s our not-so-guilty pleasure we can’t help but love. So with her newest film coming on March 1st, I’ve got prize packs and I’m gonna give ’em away! Say HALLELUJER!  But first? Synopsis!

A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as MADEA and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.

I can’t wait to see how she handles the back woods, and of course shows the utmost decorum at a funeral…*ahem* Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Greta”!

Ready to get your art house on? Because I’ve got a thriller from Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) that’ll make thriller and artsy fans happy. Synopsis!

GRETA is a suspense thriller from Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan, staring Chloë Grace Moretz as Frances, a naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City and Isabelle Huppert, as Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher with an aching loneliness. The two begin an unlikely friendship when Frances finds Greta’s purse on a subway and returns it to her.

Ready? Let’s go!

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TrailerWatch: “The Dirt” looks like a kickass hooligan’s holiday

“HOLY SHIT.”

I grew up on Aqua Net, Manic Panic, and 80s Bands. So when I heard that a Mötley Crüe biopic was in the works, I salivated. Would this film be as much fun as I (kinda…because 80s) remember? Damn sure looks like it; Dirt seems to catalogue a whole lot of their highs…and low-downs. Synopsis!

Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.

The Dirt looks to kickstart our hearts on Netflix March 22. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m on the hunt for my leopard skin spandex.

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TrailerWatch: “Frozen 2” sees Elsa and Anna far from home…and gearing for battle?

Gotta say this trailer is darker and much more dramatic than I’d expected from a gang that includes a talking snowman and sassy reindeer. But dark it is. There’s swords, grim determination, and Kristoff riding as if the Nazgul were on his tail. Synopsis!

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.

No synopsis beyond that yet, but I’m betting that’ll come around in a few.

Frozen II comes to theaters in November.

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TrailerWatch: “Yesterday” brings Beatles music to a universe where they never existed

Oh man – what would YOU do if you were a struggling musician who woke up to find that The Beatles never existed…but you remember all their songs? Synopsis!

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

I’ve gotta say that sounds like a huge problem, and I have absolutely zero idea what I’d do…but damn if I’m not dying to see where this film goes. (Plus, huge fan of Love, Actually and Slumdog Millionaire, so with a pedigree like that, this film sounds like a slam-dunk.) Yesterday hits theaters June 28th, 2019.

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TrailerWatch: “Tolkien”!

J.R.R. Tolkien. The man is a legend. And as legends often are, there’s a lot that we’re not exactly sure of, whether from laziness (ME) or uncertainty. But this new biopic looks to dig into the great author’s life as a student and soldier, and drawing connections to his later works. Synopsis!

TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

I’m really loving the look of the WWI scenes, and how they seem to transform into his Middle Earth mythology. I also can’t wait to see his own Fellowship of friends. I’m also eager to hear about how Tolkien’s estate played a part in the making of this film, for authenticity’s sake. Tolkien arrives in theaters May 10, 2019

 

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Elsewhere Review: Heavy Seas Brewery’s Blackbeard’s Breakfast Salted Caramel Porter

Originally published over at The Green Man Review!

I’m not one of the cool kids. I typically can’t handle bourbon-barrel aged brews. Too much like actual liquor; if I wanted a shot of booze, I’d grab tequila or vodka. When I want a beer, I want a beer, dammit. At least that’s what I tell myself, every time I take a sip of a beautifully aged (but too boozy for me) barrel aged beauty too wild for me to handle. Well, I can add one more to the very short list of barrel age-ers that I will definitely seek out. Salted Caramel (let’s just call it BBSC) is a delightful, complex and decidedly friendly porter that will please the palate of any dark beer lover. Continue reading

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