DC Screening Pass-palooza – “Cocaine Bear”!

I wanna see this. You wanna see this. EVERYONE wants to see this. Synopsis!

Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “Cocaine Bear”!

I wanna see this. You wanna see this. EVERYONE wants to see this. Synopsis!

Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” ushers in new vibe for Phase 5

“What place is this?”

Story: Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne (Ant-Man and The Wasp) have settled into domestic life after the goings-on of Endgame. Their life includes Scott’s daughter Cassie, as well as Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne (Hope’s parents, and the former Ant-Man and The Wasp). But when Cassie’s scientific research goes bloink, they’re all drawn into the Quantum Realm, where hilarity ensues, and Janet gets to show everyone what the place is all about. Phone home? Please?

Genre I’d put it in: Insec-tastic Sequels
Release Date: 2023
Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the characters from Ant-Man comics, and a continuation of the characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official start of Phase 5 of the MCU.

Gotta say: Before we go anywhere with this, I must humbly beg you to stay away from Wikis, IMDbs, and other assorted movie 411 sites, before you watch this film. I do not want you to deny yourself the fun of experiencing the “WTF??? WHOA!” moments a few casting choices and cameos will bring. We good? Good. Let’s go.

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TrailerWatch – “Air” has Damon and Affleck talking shoes…and yes it sounds cool

I’m not big into the sportsballing. I’m not a sneaker head (though I do love those sneaks with the air pockets. So cool!) But Air has me chomping at the bit. Why? There seems to be a real story here. Synopsis!

From award-winning director Ben Affleck, AIR reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time.

And c’mon, we get to see Affleck and Damon on screen together, along with Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, and Chris Tucker. Sounds like a fun time. Air hits theaters April 5, 2023.

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In Horror – “Forest of Death”

“Well, that was quite an adventure.”

Subgenre: Shape-shifting Shenanigans
Release Date: 2023
FX: Not much, but in this low budget joint that’s actually a good thing
Some Clichés/Tropes: What’s In Those Woods Anyway, Backwoods People Are Creepy By Law, Who’s There I Mean It, Surprise Motherfuckers
Where I Watched: Screener (but available on Amazon Prime and Tubi)

Story: A foursome of twenty-somethings gear up for a house in the woods vacay. A couple, and two friends the couple want to match up. And hey, the house they’re going to is the same one where murders happened in the prologue! Who’da thunk? What could go wrong? Hey, what’s that noise?

Spooky or Nah?: if you looked at the movie poster and saw that it was just an image without actual film details and thought, this is probably a low budget horror movie? Then congratulations darling, you win. (What, I don’t know. But you win it.) This is a joint from DBS Films, who gave us The Haunting of the Murder House last year. Does it stack up? Well…

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza – “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”!

Ready to get small? Synopsis!

Super Heroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought possible.

Ready? Let’s go!

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“Knock at the Cabin” – M. Night gets back to the good stuff

“You’re my friend, Wen. No matter what happens, I want you to remember that.”

Story: Eric and Andrew take their young daughter Wen to a vacation getaway in the woods. Cute cabin, gorgeous views, and lots of grasshoppers for Wen to catch and record (STEAM girl alert!) But when a stranger approaches Wen with a request, things soon become less than relaxing. In fact, when Leonard’s “co-workers” show up, things get downright creepy.

Genre I’d put it in: Tweaked Adaptations That Work
Release Date: 2023
Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the award winning book “The Cabin at the End of the World”, by Paul G. Tremblay

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“Rye Lane” – part romcom, part travelogue, all delightful

“So apparently there are two types of people in this world. The ones who wave at boats, and the ones who hate joy.”

Story: South London recently re-singled twenty-somethings Yas and Dom meet in a unisex bathroom, as you do. Over the course of a few days, they Do Adventures, Make Connections, and try to figure out where to go from here. (Hint: karaoke makes everything better y’all.)

Genre I’d put it in: Romcoms For Everyone – YES EVERYONE
Release Date: 2023 (March 2023 to be specific, on Star & Hulu)
Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Original!

Gotta say: Lane is perfectly messy, hilarious film that feels like Before Sunset through the lens of Wes Anderson on a bender. It’s a great lazy day, “dunno what genre I want” kinda film. Or just one that you can gather a bunch of friends together to check out, so you can all shout about who’s what character on screen. (Me? I’m definitely a Yas. What up, boats?)

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “80 for Brady!

Okay y’all, it’s time to get into the Superb Owl funtimes! Synopsis!

80 FOR BRADY is inspired by the true story of four best friends living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play. Starring Academy Award® nominee Lily Tomlin, Academy Award® winner Jane Fonda, Academy Award® winner Rita Moreno and Academy Award® winner Sally Field, with 7-time Super Bowl Champion and producer Tom Brady, 80 FOR BRADY is in-theatres February 3, 2023.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – “Knock at the Cabin”!

Fantastic book – will the film be as good? Only one way to find out; let’s check it out! Synopsis!

While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

Ready? Let’s go!

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