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Sony has released the second trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The film will be released Dec. 21 in the U.S.

#Passengers #ChrisPratt #JenniferLawrence

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There’s a new trailer for Rogue One out.  Looks like droid K-2SO (voiced by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk) may be the breakout star of this one.

Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Monday for a Dec. 16th release.


#StarWars #RogueOne

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Just got to see Marvel’s Doctor Strange today, so I’m going to give you my take in a pretty spoiler-free kind of way.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel superhero movies, this ranks up there with the best of them.  In case you don’t know the backstory, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a hotshot neurosurgeon whose hands are badly damaged in a car accident.  Unable to get them healed in the U.S., he travels to Nepal to search out a mystical healer.  Little does he know the “healer” is a sorcerer, The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).  She is, in fact, the current Sorcerer Supreme.

The Ancient One takes Strange and teaches him the mystic arts, along with Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong).  Just in time, it turns out, for villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and some of his followers to make some mayhem on behalf of an even bigger bad.

My favorite character in this movie, outside of Strange himself, may just be The Cloak of Levitation.  If you see the movie you’ll understand.

As you can imagine for a film about the mystic arts, the special effects folks had a massive amount of work on this one.  Some critics have called the film “trippy,” and all I can say is, don’t go to see this if you’re a) drunk, b) are having vertigo, or c) get sick on roller coasters.

Do stick around for the credits.  There are two extra scenes, and yes, you’ll have to sit all the way through the credits for the final one, but it will be worth it.

Worth a full price admission if you can’t get into a matinee.

#DoctorStrange #BenedictCumberbatch

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The Mel Gibson/Danny Glover Lethal Weapon films are classics, so when I saw Fox was doing a television series I wasn’t sure I wanted to try it or would like it.  I was wrong.  This and Designated Survivor are the only new shows on my DVR list, and of the two I always try to watch Weapon live and I’ll catch up Survivor on DVR.

Is the series as good as the films?  I’d say it’s about 85% as good, but you’re talking putting together an hour long show every week, instead of a two-hour film in three months.  I can tell you the best thing about the series in two words: Clayne.Crawford.  Crawford takes on the role of batshit crazy, suicidal cop Martin Riggs.  Damon Wayans is Roger Murtaugh, Riggs’ older partner.  When he’s partnered up with Riggs it doesn’t take long for him to figure out that arrangement could be just as dangerous for his longevity as the heart attack he just recovered from.

I hadn’t seen Crawford in anything before Weapon, but if you want you can still catch him in the Sundance Channel’s series Rectify.  He is very impressive as Riggs, which is not an easy role.  One minute he’s making jokes and pulling stunts, and the next he’s reminded of his pregnant wife who died in a car crash, and the pain he’s feeling comes like a punch in the gut.  He has the comic chops to go toe to toe with Wayans, who is great at the comedy but is not Crawford’s equal in the drama department.  Nonetheless these two have great chemistry on screen.

The supporting cast includes Jordana Brewster (The Fast and The Furious) as an LAPD psychiatrist and an excellent Keesha Sharp as Roger’s lawyer wife Trish.

There’s a serious amount of action, car crashes and general mayhem in each episode, which tells me Fox is spending some bucks on it.  They’ve ordered a more-or-less full series of episodes (18), so here’s hoping the show will get a second season renewal.

Promo below:

#LethalWeapon #LethalWeaponFox

 

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