Superbowl TrailerWatch – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

“You know you can’t stay here.”

Holy cow this trailer had me at the very start.  That toy-horse-with-raptor-shadow was perfection.  PERFECTION.

And YESSSSS – IT’S BLUE Y’ALL!!!  What, like I’m the only one who fell in love with that gal.

Give this a watch, and then read the full 411 from Universal after the jump.  Fallen Kingdom will make us jump on June 22nd.

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Superbowl TrailerWatch – “Solo: A Star Wars STory” hits hyperdrive

“Thought we were in trouble there for a second. But it’s fine. We’re fine.”

The same can be said of Solo, a movie that seemed to pop up out of nowhere after being in pre-production for what seemed like forever.  Was this a slapdash effort?  Would it kill the chances of other origin stories?

Well, with this first look at Solo, I’m in for more.  From the opening music that sounds like a riff on “Icky Thump” to Chewie’s roar, I’m thinking that this’ll be a lot of fun.  More than that, who’s to say at this point?  But with glimpses of Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover, it’s looking pretty darn fan-licious.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits our galaxy May 25th.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Early Man”!

Happy Monday everyone!  What, you’re not stoked for a new day of work?  Well, I understand.  How about getting stoked for free passes?  Because I’ve got passes for Early Man, the latest from the Wallace and Gromit crew!

Synopsis!

Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

I’d write more about how cute and cool the trailer looks, but let’s get to it. Ready?  Let’s go!

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

Nutshell: A fun ride, if you ignore the fact that this final film in the Maze Runner series is a tangled mess of cliches and overused tropes. I wish I could say I enjoyed the ride, but I was too bored with the scattered plot to do anything but shove popcorn into my gaping maw, and drool over zombie FX (and Aiden Gillian, of course).   GradeC-

“When the hell does it stop?”

Story: Uh, I’ll pass on this one.  Something about the “Gladers” and Co. rescuing a friend, and then…? Boom, rage zombies, boom.

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TrailerWatch: “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

“Cadets?  You better gear up.”

I think I might dig this sequel, even though Idris Elba is nowhere to be seen. Why?  Because this feels like a mix of mystery (who let the Kaiju back into our world?) and Top Gun (cadets training to become Jaeger pilots).  Naturally, as a kaiju-aholic, I could be deceiving myself.  But I hope I’m not.  I need to know more about the plot before I fully believe in Uprising, because while the first half of this trailer is absolutely incredible, the second feels like a pander-fest for Michael Bay film aficionados.

After you peep this trailer, you decide. And then read on for the full 411 – including an in-depth synopsis – from Universal!

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Wayback Review: “Fast Five”

Today I share the very first movie review I wrote after moving here to B’more.  Originally published in April, 2011, I bring you: Fast Five!

I’ve prided myself on the fact that I’ve never seen a single movie in the Fast and Furious franchise.  Figured I could sniff out a load of “hours of my life I’ll never get back” a mile away.  But if the other films in the series that preceded Fast Five have stunts and special effects anywhere near as breathtakingly amazing, perhaps I’ve been a bit too presumptuous. Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Fifty Shades Freed”!

UPDATE: WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED, Y’ALL HAD SOME INCREDIBLE IDEAS!!!

Ready to see how Christian and Anastasia end up?  Because I’ve got passes for the Baltimore area screening of Fifty Shades Freed!  But first…synopsis!

Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury.  But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

The trailer looks like this story will have a lot of thriller elements to it.  And if I have to be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the first film, but damn if Fifty Shades Darker didn’t sink its hooks into me.  I ain’t ashamed y’all.  Ready?  Let’s go!  Continue reading

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