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Friday, August 05, 2016

Screen Savor: Heroes and Villains

You might feel like your heart is going to pound its way through your chest, almost to the very last scene of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s riveting third full-length feature Green Room (A24 / Broadgreen), but it’s only a movie. Because of that, the film takes its place at the head of the class of the new generation of horror/suspense flicks such as The Witch, It Follows, and The Babadook.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Escaping its Past

After sitting through the dismal Star Trek into Darkness and all of its “He’s not Khan” bull – we all knew he was Khan before Benedict Cumberbatch finally said his name was Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaan – I really wasn’t sure if I was interested in seeing another Star Trek movie. They basically remade Wrath of Khan and flipped the script to have Kirk seemingly perish while Spock watched helplessly ... but he didn’t so it wasn’t going to be possible to remake The Search for Spock as the third movie. And with J.J. Abram abandoning ship to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many were wondering how the franchise would bounce back.

In the season of Baltimore Pride, the Creative Alliance is offering a remarkable cavalcade of LGBT films and presentations during Rainbow Fest. Running from July 28th to 30th, the fifth anniversary of the film festival is expanding to include the comedic wit of author Isaac Oliver, a glittering assemblage of happy hours, as well as a drag party hosted by Betty O’Hellno.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Don’t Hate on Ghostbusters

Not all clients are happy with their ’busting, but there’s a lot to like

You have had to have been living on a remote island with no internet access for the last year to not know there’s a new Ghostbusters movie hitting the big screen. You probably also know that from the second the project was announced with an all-female cast of ʼbusters, the interwebs have been set afire with a type of vitriol usually reserved for warring political parties (and we’ve had plenty of that, too). There will be those who refuse to see the move on principle – and seriously, people, it’s just a movie! – there will be those who go to “hate watch,” and there will be those who are genuinely excited to see the film either out of curiosity or just because it’s been decades since we’ve seen a new Ghostbusters movie. And, for the most part, they will be pleasantly surprised.

What do you get when you combine a first time feature director with the writers of the Neighbors movies, and add a dash of Zac Efron? You get the surprisingly hilarious comedy Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, that’s what! The plot is very high concept, so much so that it was probably greenlighted on a single sentence pitch to the studio: Two brothers, the life of every party, are told they must bring dates to their sister’s wedding so things don’t get out of control.


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