Movie Screening: Lucy (TUE 07.22.14 – 7:30PM)

Are you a fan of Scarlet Johottie?  I know I am. Throw legendary action helmer Luc Besson (The Professional) into the mix and now you’ve got something explosive.  Lucy is a reluctantly enhanced killing machine on a mission to thwart the forces that have turned her.  Morgan Freeman (Wanted) stars as a wayward scientist trying to track and understand the ‘being’ that has been created.  Want to check them all on on the big screen at the Baltimore screening?  Sure you do, click below the banner to find out how to get your tix.

ScarJo is a bio-engineered killing machine

ScarJo is a bio-engineered killing machine

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Movie Screening: Get On Up! (TUE 07.29.14 – 7:30PM)

“does it feel good? Yes.  Does it sound good? Yes.  Well that’s funky music baby!”

The godfather of soul is getting his day on the silver screen as Chadwick Boseman (42) stars in this true-story epic of the troubling and triumphant rise of one of the most electrifying and eclectic performers of our time.  From his meager childhood beginning to his meteoric rise to greatness, this film will have you moving to the beat and ‘getting on up’ to the funky sounds of the coolest soul brother in the land.  Want a set f admit two tix to see the Baltimore screening?  Click below the banner for details!

Chadwick Boseman stars as the legendary King of Soul, James Brown

Chadwick Boseman stars as the legendary King of Soul, James Brown

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Movie Review — The Purge: Anarchy

TwitView: Thought-provoking, violent and in-your-face.  This ain’t the first film. Cool. A-

Last year, people headed to the theater in droves to see The Purge.  Unfortunately, they hated it.   But with The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco is hoping a more wide-scale view of his near-future distopia is more to your liking.  Apparently he knows the deal, and wants to give moviegoers what they wanna see in this new sequel.  Him-a culpa.

But is Anarchy any good?  If you like your satire jet-black with tinges of red, you betcha.  Class warfare, The Man as slaughter king, and shades of the Nuremberg Defense run rampant here.  I for one found it a fascinating look at how far things could get out of hand if absolute power was vested in people who may not have everyone’s best interests at heart.  In opening up the Purge landscape from a single house to the streets of LA, Anarchy gives us a taste of mayhem and the hopelessness of those who are unable to protect themselves.  There’s also a heapin’ helpin’ of old-school horror here, with the usual tropes played out.  In the Purge’s chaotic landscape, that’s comforting, and helps the film stay grounded rather than turning into an mish-mosh of aimless scenes.

No emergency services for 12 hours and all crime including murder is legal.  Let the anarchy begin!  

It’s 2023, a year after the events of The Purge.  The “New Founding Fathers” are showing signs that they’re as out of control as the Purge they hail as a method of peace.  As you’d expect, Purge Night is unfairly balanced against the homeless and anyone else who can’t afford elaborate security systems.  That the government has an ulterior motive shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s played out to detestable effect when the rich — possibly the untouchable Level 10? — have homeless and/or hapless citizens rounded up off the streets for their own behind-closed-doors bloodsport.  Rumbles of resistance begin around the country.  Meanwhile, 5 citizens try to survive the night:

  • Sergeant (Frank Grillo), a man who lost his son last year in a horrible accident.  He’s been waiting 12 months for payback.  But when he sees people on the street being dragged out of their homes, can he sit by?  Of course he can’t y’all.
  • Working class woman Eva, and her headstrong daughter Cali who questions the “integrity” of the Purge (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul).  As their barely-safe-enough apartment complex gets attacked by what looks like an army, they must hit the streets.
  • Couple Shane and Liz (played by real-life husband and wife Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) are snarking at each other on the way to wait out Purge Night at Shane’s sister’s house.  When their car breaks down minutes before the Purge begins, they have no choice but to run.  Fast.

There’s also a group of black-clad stormtroopers in huge tractor-trailers that seem to have a lot of money at their disposal, those fat-cats I mentioned earlier, and people with surprising (and unsurprising) scores to settle.  And let’s not forget the seriously creepy gang of masked Purge-ers that seem a bit too excited about Purge Night.

Film Title: The Purge: Anarchy

*shudder*

The Purge: Anarchy brings up ideas of how life would be in a society like the one in this film.  You’d have to be nice to everyone, all the time…or else who knows what could come through your door on the one night anything is legal?  Friends, family, co-workers, even that guy that says hi to you whenever you grab your daily coffee.  Do you have a foolproof security system to protect yourself from those you’ve wronged?  Are you sure?  If not, you better be nice to everyone, all the time.  I’m betting in this world security systems and ulcer meds are king.  (If you want to start a conversation pre-Anarchy, I suggest reading HuffPo’s piece on what the original film can teach us.  Good stuff.)

There’s hints of a third film, and I for one would love to see it.  But more still, this mythology screams for a short-story anthology, or at least a series of webisodes.  There’s so much more about the Purge’s mythology I’d like to know; what about folks too sick to leave a hospital — are medical staff locked in with those patients?  If so, is there a moratorium on Purge-ing medical centers?  Are  you safe in the country, or on a farm surrounded by nobody…or would you be a sitting duck?  So many questions.  ‘Til there are answers, I guess I’ll just be glad that The Purge: Anarchy was thought-provoking — and downright disturbing – enough to make me consider these things in the first place.

Movie Review – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

TwitReview – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” proves that monkeys make everything better. The war begins between Apes and Humans. Great Ape battles and very dull humans (characters and acting). Grade: B

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Swag Bag: Obvious Child (2014)

Fan of Jenny Slate?  I am.  My first exposure was as Sarah Guggenheim on Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies.’  Sorry, I wasn’t a fan or even remembered her from her SNL days, and her sitcoms from the years never stuck her image in my head like ‘Lies’ did – she made me want to like her.

Jenny’s back with Obvious Child in theatres now.  Based on the short story of the same name, it follows Donna (Slate) as she navigates the whirly ways of an unplanned pregnancy in your twenties.

Wanna catch it this week?  For free?  How about we throw the swag in the image in with too??  You get all, a ticket for two to see it locally at The Charles in Baltimore, a gray night-t, and a grab bag of must have essentials for a night on the town followed by a walk of shame (aspirin for the hangover, a condom for safety, lip gloss to keep it styling, hairband to pull back your locks, and a box of Chiclets to keep your breath tight).

How do I get, what do I need to do?

Jenny slate returns to the big screen in this seasons most off topic, off putting and endearing dramedies

Jenny slate returns to the big screen in this seasons most off topic, off putting and endearing dramedy

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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy – 17min IMAX-3D Sneak Peek!

Remember Starlord!

Remember Starlord!

MARVEL AND IMAX GIVE FANS WORLDWIDE AN AMAZING FIRST LOOK AT THIS SUMMER’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EPIC ADVENTURE—

MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”

 

MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”: AN IMAX® 3D FIRST LOOK

FEATURES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE TO BE SHOWN IN 150 SELECT IMAX® THEATRE LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ON JULY 7 AT 7 P.M.

 

Burbank, Calif. (June 27, 2014) –Marvel Studios announces Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”: An IMAX® 3D First Look, featuring 17 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The sneak peek will be showcased in 150 IMAX® theatre locations across North America on July 7 at 7 p.m.

 

Select IMAX 3D® theatres nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theatres on August 1.

 

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says, “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”

 

“IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the most die-hard in the world and we’re excited to offer them this exclusive extended first-look at one of the summer’s hottest upcoming movies in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “James Gunn’s visionaryfilm in IMAX 3D is going to give our audiences an immersive experience they won’t find anywhere else, and we’re thrilled to get the ball rolling and reward fans early at this unique event.”

 

Tickets to the July 7 Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:  An IMAX 3D First Look are free and are available now for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-served basis through www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy.

 

Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition collectible Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” IMAX poster.

 

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

 

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

 

Kevin Feige, p.g.a., is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay.

 

About Marvel Entertainment:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit: marvel.com. © MARVEL

 

About IMAX Corporation:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

 

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

 

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAXnXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

TwiView: Think Like A Man 2 (2014), C+

What’s a Twiview?  It’s a movie review in Twitter form. 140 characters for a short attention span world.

Not a good sequel, not a good movie, more like the Kevin Hart show.  Redemption was in great flashback 90′s tunes.  C+

(and the plus is for the music)

Kevin Hart isn't THAT funny

Kevin Hart isn’t THAT funny