TwiView: The Upside (in theaters now). Kevin Hart (Dell) & Bryan Cranston (Philip) form the unlikeliest of friends in this touching, urbanely funny, and spirit lifting dramedy. After stumbling onto a job as a care companion for Philip, an agitated paraplegic billionaire, Dell discovers hope, challenge and change are in store for them both as each helps the other to recognize ‘the upside’ to their very different but equally difficult lives. For Dell, an estranged father to his son and girlfriend, there are lessons of humility and responsibility. For Philip, it’s learning that he can recover the pieces of his life he’d long thought gone based on his crippling condition. The film is light hearted enough and full of adventures between the two as the curmudgeonly Philip is shown a new way of looking at life by the optimistic and one-liner filled Dell. The true standout in the film is Nicole Kidman (Yvonne), who works for Philip as an Executive household secretary of sorts (even though she’s Harvard educated and capable of so much more). Kidman’s ability to showcase command of Philips home staff, while simultaneously displaying frailty over her own life and choices was mesmerizing. ‘The Upside’ is funny, yes – but at its root is a story of redemption – for both Dell & Philip. See it with a friend or date and see if you can gauge if in fact that is Julianna Margulies (TV’s ER & The Good Wife), portraying Philips long time pen-pal turned blind date. B+
How much power does the human body generate? Enough to run a massive city-size engine? Probably not. And good thing it doesn’t have to in this jaw-dropping sci-fi apocalyptic thriller. From famed action and fantasy helmer Peter Jackson (King Kong), comes an imaginative future-world based on the real-life novella series. Set in a future world where a cataclysmic event has limited the planets populations, a densely packed but massively mobile city known as London roams the Earth assimilating all it contacts – a young female fighter named Hester emerges and teamed with her newfound friends Tom & Anna, wage a war for the people.
Yeah baby! We need a strong sci-fi tale to usher us through the holiday season, and we want you at the Baltimore area screening with us. How you say? Check the details below the film highlights, and get posting! #staygeeky
Loving you some Grinch? We’re kind of excited about Benedict Cumberbatch’s take on the wild, woolly, hater of all haters. Cumberatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all? Check the contest details below the banner and find out with us! #staygeeky
TwiView: A Star Is Born (2018), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) stars and directs this immersive and beat banging remake. From the start you’re treated to a barrage of original soul, blues, and rock music courtesy of co-star Lady Gaga (Machete) and Cooper, who each co-wrote the bulk of the films tracks. This age old tale (redone for the 4th time?) follows an aging rocker, Jackson Maine (Cooper) who still has the fans and the sound, but is fading in a pop music world. After accidentally discovering Ally (Gaga), they begin developing music and a relationship together. No ‘rock love story’ ends happily ever after, and Jackson’s eventual descent into a booze and pill ridden lifestyle eventually takes its toll with he and Ally, his brother and manager (played so powerfully by the great Sam Elliott), and even on him. If you’re a fan of blues-rock ‘ala’ Santana, Clapton or Page/Plant, the rock track ‘Black Eyes’ will slay you. On the softer side is Cooper’s ‘Maybe It’s Time.’ This film will definitely garner some awards nominations; for Cooper it’ll be Oscar level for gaga it’ll be an MTV award. The film runs a bit long at 138 minutes and you feel it in the 3rd act which seems to drag to its conclusion. In the end, it’s a soulful and rocking good time watching these two blossom and the ultimate downer to see how their relationship falls apart. B+
TwitView: Crazy Rich Asians (in theaters WED 08.15.18) Loved it, Awkwafina, loved her! From the famed book comes the fun, catty and deliciously gaudy world of filthy rich Asians. Rachel meets Nick but she doesn’t know he’s heir to billions and is the most eligible bachelor in the Asian community. After coaxing her to visit his home and family in Singapore, she gets a crash course in real family, vile amounts of money, and a heaping of deceit. Along the way she has her best friend from college, Peik (Awkwafina) watching her back. The film runs a little long at 2 solid hours, but its good eye candy with its host of characters and pageantry. It’s insightful, infuriating, and satisfying – all while you learn a bit about Asian culture. It’s sweet, a great date movie and a Cinderella ending – what more could you ask at the multiplex? B+
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. This Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers)
Like dinosaurs? Like free stuff? How about game show prize wheels filled with swag? Well you came to the right place! We’re promoting the gargantuan dino follow up to smash ‘Jurassic World.’ Check out the film details, and the how to meet us on the scene to score your set of admit two’s and maybe more! #staygeeky
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens nationwide on FRI 06.22.18
Avengers, Infinity War (in theaters this week!) No spoilers for the MCU faithful. I was pleasantly surprised the film could squeeze that many heroes into a storyline and still manage to give the viewer a sufficient helping of each including backstory. This has to be the most ambitious MCU film to date in terms of effects and sheer firepower on display. Josh Brolin (Thanos) is a great villain who is surprisingly not one-sided. Be prepared for an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ type ending where you are both elated at the possibilities for the storyline while simultaneously being a bit depressed. For the diehards, there is one post-credit sequence and it’s all the way at the end of the credits but it’s worth waiting for as it caps the film off and gives a great teaser to what’s coming next. B+ (Weekend Box office prediction: $265M domestic)
It’s post and win time geeky faithful! This time, we’re promoting a hilarious and R-rated romp about a trio of teenage girls on the cusp of their senior prom who attempt to outwit their parents attempts to thwart them from having sex that night. From the Producers of Neighbors (Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg), comes a raunchy, sticky, and pre-pubescent good time! Want to make the Geek For E RSVP list to the Baltimore screening? Check out the details below the banner!
MOVIE SCREENING: Pacific Rim, Uprising (TUE 03.20.18 @ 7:30PM – Cinemark Egyptian 24, Arundel Mills Mall) It’s post and win time geeky faithful! This time we’re promoting the ‘rock ’em-sock ’em’ robot vs Kaiju action-blast staring John Boyega (Detroit) as a young and brash Jaeger pilot who recruits a ragtag crew of misfits and fighters to face a new kind of threat; an unstoppable one the world has never seen. Want to catch the Baltimore screening with us? Check out the details on our Facebook post and stay geeky! #pacificrim2 #pacifcirimBaltimore #kaijuvsJaeger