TrailerWatch: Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” takes a surreal, absorbing look at WWII

Taika Waititi as an idiotic imaginary Hitler. SIGN ME UP. I’m getting a strong What We Do in the Shadows goofy satire vibe off of this, with touches of Wes Anderson and Monty Python. And I’ll bet they’ll be touching, learning-time moments as well. Oh how I wish I was at TIFF for the premiere… Synopsis!

Lonely German boy Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has his world view turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Jojo comes to theaters October 18th, 2019.

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TrailerWatch: “IT CHAPTER TWO” ups the stakes are

This teaser of frightening delights is getting me amped! The new, adult cast looks great, and it’s feeling very close to the books…

It Chapter Two hits theaters September 6th, 2019.

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“The Lion King” (2019): fun, pretty…but why?

“Are you gonna stop me?”

Story: Seen Kimba the White Lion? That.

Genre I’d put it in: Live Action Unnecessary But Gorgeous Disney Remakes

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the traditionally animated The Lion King. Continue reading

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TrailerWatch – Renée Zellweger channels “Judy”

Shut up you’re crying. Oh man am I gonna be a blubbery mess when I catch this in theaters. I’m already verklempt after this trailer. Start filling out your Oscar ballots y’all. Synopsis!

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.

Judy hits town in September.

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TrailerWatch “Disney’s Mulan” thinks on honor and duty while kicking ass

This first teaser trailer for the live action Mulan ain’t bad y’all. Yes I’m still tetchy about the possibility of swapping dragon Mushu with a phoenix, and Disney booting all the singing (OH COME ON)…

But I’m definitely here for the gorgeous wide shots of training warriors. And, of course, Gong Li as Mulan’s mother, because Li is perfection.

Give it a look – I’m still grumpy over the proposed changes, but I have to admit I’m impressed as hell with this teaser. Mulan hits theaters next year.

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Blu-ray Review: “Shark Bait” – 6 Killer Shark Movies!

411: Ready for Shark Week? Yeah baby, it’s hitting town July 28th through August 4th. These so-bad-they’re-great movies may not get you into the water this summer (BECAUSE SHARKS), but they will have you enjoying the hell out of yourself. Get ready for implausible stories, new romances kindled by disaster, and creative as hell deaths with hilariously awful FX.

These originally on SyFy movies are just what the doctor ordered, if you’re in the mood for some Sharknado-type fun. And each of these films delivers a slightly different spin on the “shark’s gonna getcha” story, so things don’t get dull.  The Blu-ray transfer on these films is great – probably because each film has already spent time on the small screen via cable – so the hilariously cheesy FX are crystal clear. Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Stuber”!

Ready for a day off (and some seriously yummy chilled watermelon and grilled corn (YUUUUUM)? Well, one last thing before we get this 4th of July party started; screening passes to Stuber! Synopsis!

When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.  Directed by Michael Dowse, this action-comedy from 20th Century Fox also stars Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino and Karen Gillan.

Ready? Let’s go! Continue reading

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