Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”!

Colin Firth is back, baby!  And I’ve got passes to see him and the rest of the Kingsman crew (including newcomers Channing Tatum and Julianne Moore!) in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  But first, of course, synopsis!

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

I can’t stop staring at Taron Egerton’s/Eggsy’s orange velvet dinner jacket with lust in my heart.  I know I’d rock it.  Right?  Right.  Ready for your martini, Mr. Bond?   Continue reading

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“The Mountain Between Us” first clip released!

Y’all know I love me some Idris.  I also think that Kate Winslet is an amazing actress.  So when I heard that there was a movie starring both these fine performers?  Well, I couldn’t pass that one up, could I?  NO.  No I couldn’t.  That movie is The Mountain Between Us, and the first sneak-peek has been released.  But first? Synopsis!

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

The trailer looks intense, and this clip shows Elba and Winslet at a time when their characters are getting real about their chances of survival.  The Mountain Between Us opens October 6th, 2017.

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“It” floats just as well as the original

Nutshell: This reboot/remake of the 1990 TV miniseries has a different feel to it, but dammit if it doesn’t pack a punch.  A young cast full of poised-to-break-out stars, a director who knows how to handle the spooky, and a killer score adds up to a film horror hounds will be welcoming with open arms.  We all float here, and the water’s fine. Grade: A-

“Welcome to the Losers Club!”

Story: Derry, Maine is your typical sleepy little American town.  Except for the fact that kids go missing every 27 years.  A LOT of kids go missing every 27 years.  Nobody in town seems to really notice, or pay it much mind though. That seems legit.  But when a group of tween outcasts realize they’re all seeing similar spooky things?  They band together to take down Pennywise the Dancing Clown.  Yeah clown.  Yep, creeps me the hell out too. Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “American Assassin”!

Just in time for cooler temperatures outside, a spy caper is coming to town to give you chills.  The good kind!  I’ve got passes for American Assassin, if you’re feeling spy-y.  And who isn’t?  Synopsis!

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.

I’ve enjoyed watching O’Brien since Teen Wolf, so it’ll be cool seeing him as a Secret Agent Man.  And c’mon, a double-up with Keaton will be good times, methinks. Think so too?  Well then, let’s go!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Home Again”!

Can’t go home again?  Well, yes and no.  Big yes if Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon and Michael Sheen!  Synopsis!

HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create.  And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.

I’ve got screening passes, and I know you want ’em.  So let’s go!

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Fest News: Small Press Expo sponsors Peirce, Telnaes and Lester at National Book Fest

 

 

 

 

Can’t wait for the DC area’s Small Press Expo, so you can get your comic creator fix?  Well you don’t have to – SPX is sponsoring three creators at this Saturday’s National Book Festival!

I could blah-blah about this, but why should I when the wonderful folks at SPX have done all the work for me?  Spoiler: Peirce (Big Nate), Telnaes (editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post) and Lester (syndicated editorial cartoonist) are bound to be incredibly interesting speakers at this Saturday’s Fest!

Read on for all the details!

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Con News: “The Defenders” Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick come to Baltimore Comic-Con!

I love the Netflix Marvel Universe…okay, I wasn’t that impressed with the Iron Fist series.  Not because of the acting; that was great.  But because the screenwriting was absolutely abysmal.  I got whiplash from all the character motivational switcheroos, but that was balanced out by all the yawn-inducing RandCorp blah blah.  Luckily, Iron Fist himself (played by Finn Jones) was treated much better in The Defenders, leaving me actually stoked to see the second season of Fist.  Who’da thunk?  Definitely not me after bingeing IF season 1.

You feel the same?  Or maybe you love all things Fist-y? Well, you can tell it to the man himself, because Finn Jones is coming to this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con! And he’s bringing Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing, one of the best things about the first season of Iron Fist. (The second would be Claire Temple, of course.)

G’head and pump them for Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes deets as well, as they’ve been on that show too.  Finn was Loras Tyrell (R.I.P.) and Henwick was “Sand Snake” Nymeria Sand (R.I.P.)  Find out what it’s like to be on two super-fannish shows when they’re here!

Read on for the full deets!

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