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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“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”


Story: When we last left our gang of LEGO pals, they were faced with an invasion by DUPLO monsters. But several years have gone by since then, and let’s just say that things aren’t as awesome as they used to be, because Emmet and the gang have to try to survive while battling the toughest foe they’ve encountered yet. Welcome to…Apocalypseburg?

Genre I’d put it in: Successful Sequels

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Sequel to The LEGO Movie, based on the LEGO brand toys. Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Happy Death Day 2U”!

Ready to get your spooky sequel on? Because I’ve got passes for the follow-up to the fun horror film Happy Death Day, aptly named Happy Death Day 2U! Synopsis!

Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of Happy Death Day 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse’s (Split, Get Out, The Purge series) surprise 2017 smash hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns. This time, our hero Tree (Rothe) discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Ready? Let’s go!

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TrailerWatch: “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”!

Johnson, Statham and Elba. If ever there was a post Magic Mike XXL eye candy movie that could be watched on mute, this one’s it. But also cars, ‘splosions and stuff! Synopsis!

Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever—and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent(The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Hobbbs & Shaw opens August 2nd, 2019.

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