TrailerWatch: “Sonic the Hedgehog” new trailer shows Sonic’s updated look

Well’p, what do you think? Carrey looks dialed to 11, and the new design for the blue fella looks a whole lot less uncanny valley nightmare. And hey – Marsden is top billed, yet there’s nary a whiff of him on the poster. Boo. Synopsis!

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters February 14th, 2020.

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“Doctor Sleep” – from great book to good(ish) film


Story: Danny Torrence survived a hell of a lot when he was a kid. And yet here Dan is all grown up, falling into the same patterns his father did. But as he finally starts to pull himself together, a young girl named Abra asks for his help. Telepathically. Time to revisit old wounds.

Genre I’d put it in: Decent Sequels That Bite Off A Bit More Than They Can Chew

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “Charlie’s Angels” (2019)!

Ready to meet the new Angels? Me too! Synopsis!

Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie’s Angels take flight. In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

Ready-ready? Let’s go!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “The Good Liar”!

Mirren & McKellen! Together on screen! Synopsis!

Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Ford v Ferrari”!

Vroom vroom! Synopsis!

Academy Award®-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “Last Christmas”!

Because you asked for it, MOAR screenings! Okay, just one more, but hey. Synopsis!

Kate (Emilia Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Wayback Review: “The Haunted Mansion”

A little something for All Saints Day… Originally published in 2003 at The Green Man Review!

Ghosts. You can’t live with ’em, you can’t just throw ’em out on the street.

Jim and Sara Evers are husband and wife. They are also the sole employees of Evers & Evers real estate (their sales line: “we want our clients to be happy for Evers and Evers!”) The problem is, Jim can’t seem to leave work at the office, so his wife and two kids, Michael and Megan, are alone on almost every important family function. When Sara gets a call asking her to visit a stately manor with the intention of listing it as a sale property, Jim jumps at the chance, even though it coincides with their weekend at the lake.

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