Early screenings for Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Last Jedi might have hit theaters back in December, but 6 months later, there’s another Star Wars film to watch: Solo, A Star Wars Story. The reviews have thus far been pretty good, despite all of the problems and skepticism that has surrounded this movie.

Here’s where the film is coming out early on Thursday, May 24th:

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00PM.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier. 7:00PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00PM and 8:00PM.
    • The 501st Green Mountain Squad will be on hand for pictures.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00PM and 9:55PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 6:00PM and 7:00PM.
    • The 501st Green Mountain Squad will be on hand for pictures.
  • Middlebury Marquis.
  • Merrill Roxy Theater, Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph. 7:30PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00PM, 8:00PM and 9:30PM.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 700PM.
  • Welden Theatre, St. Albans. 7:00PM.

Opening on Friday, May 25th:

  • Sunset Drive-In, Colchester.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
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Watch Deadpool 2 early!

The Merc with a Mouth is back for another outing: Deadpool 2 opens this week, and just about every theater in Vermont is screening it early.

Here’s where you can watch the film on Thursday, May 17th:

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00 PM and 9:25 PM.
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. 6:30 PM.
  • Bijou 4, Morrisville. 7:00 PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00 PM and  9:40 PM.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 7:00 PM and 9:10 PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. (The theater will also do a double feature starting at 4:40 PM.)
  • Merrill Roxy Cinema, Burlington. 7:00 PM.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00PM. (The theater will also do a double feature starting at 4:30 PM.)
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. 7:00 PM.
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7:00 PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00 PM.
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 7:00 PM.
  • Sunset Drive-in, Colchester. 8:45 PM and 10:15 PM.
  • Weldon Theater, St. Albans. 7:00 PM.

Opening on May 18th:

  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.

William Shatner stopped by Ticonderoga’s fan-made Enterprise set

Captain on deck! This past weekend, Star Trek actor William Shatner stopped by Ticonderoga’s Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour, where he met fans and visited the replica sets that defined his career.

The set is the creation of James Cawley, who has recreated the USS Enterprise from blueprints. His fan-made sets are open for public tours, and will be home to a Star Trek fanfilm school. The event attracted over 1000 fans from around the world.

Help a member of the Guardian Legion recover from a devastating house fire

The Guardian Legion is a local cosplay group that focuses on characters from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Two of their members, Aaron and Kat returned home the other night to discover it on fire: they’ve lost everything, including one of their cats.

Their friends have put together a GoFundMe campaign to help them get back on their feet. They’re looking to raise $3000, and have already raised about a third of that. You can contribute here.

Kickstart This: The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls

This is a cool looking Kickstarter project from Burlington game designer David Tepfer: The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls. The project ends in 15 days, and still needs to raise $2000.

Here’s what it’s about:

The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls is a cooperative worker movement/set collecting game themed around the exorcism of ghosts taking up residence in a haunted house. Players take turns exploring the manor, searching for Tools, unlocking Hidden Rooms and using Tools to complete a variety of Tasks.

These Tasks range from calling the police to researching local mythology and earn them various rewards and Exorcism Tokens which contribute to their goal of exorcising ghosts from the manor.

When developing The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls we tried to create a game that would not just look the horror part, but would deliver the tense, high stress dread, and ultimate reward of escape that we have come to love in the horror genre.

$40 will get you the full game and a couple of extras, and there’s a couple of additional tiers with some other perks.

Stuck in Vermont features the 501st Green Mountain Squad

A couple of weeks ago, Vermont’s Green Mountain Squad of the 501st Legion went to Burlington to help Make-A-Wish Vermont send off a recipient to Legoland.

Sammy has undergone a couple of surgeries to remove a persistent brain tumor, and was visited back in December by the group to unveil his wish. As he and his family went off to the airport, troopers from the group escorted him (along with members of the Burlington Police Department) to the airport.

Tetris tournament at The Archives

Burlington arcade bar The Archives is hosting a Tetris tournament next week! The event is being held in partnership with Crag-VT. The event is on May 3rd at The Archives, with registration starting at 6:30PM, with the gaming kicking off at 7:00PM.

There’s a $5 suggested donations to Crag-VT, and there are a bunch of prizes, according to the event page:

  • Switchback Hoodie
  • Halyard Brewing Gift Certificate
  • 2 Hour Sailboat/Kayak/SUP rental from the Community Sailing Center
  • Archives Gift Certificate
  • More to be announced

RSVP here.

Where to watch The Avengers: Infinity War early


The culmination of 10 years of Marvel’s overarching movie series comes with Avengers: Infinity War. It’s an enormously anticipated film, and is likely going to be one of the biggest films in history. It hits theaters on Friday, April 27th, but just about every theater in Vermont is screening it early on Thursday. Check with your local theater to gauge ticket availability.

Here’s where you can watch it early, on Thursday, April 26th:

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00PM.
  • Big Picture Theaters, Waitsfield. 6:30PM.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier. 7:00PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30PM.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 9:30PM.
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro. 7:00PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00PM.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00PM.
  • Merrill Theaters, Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Playhouse Movie Theater, Randolph. 7:00PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:30PM.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 7:00PM.
  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 6:45, 9:30PM.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00PM.

Opening on Friday, April 27th:

  • Sunset Drive-In, Colchester.

Free movie: Willow

The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center‎ will be screening a classic fantasy film next week: Ron Howard’s Willow.

The story is about a farmer named Willow Ufgood played by Warwick Davis, who is drawn into a prophecy when he protects a baby from a tyrannical queen, who has vowed to destroy her and take over the world.

The screening will be free (first come, first serve), and will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center‎’s theater. RSVP here.

Here’s the cover for F. Brett Cox’s upcoming short story collection

F. Brett Cox is a local science fiction and fantasy author out of Roxbury, and is a professor of English at Norwich University: his fiction has appeared in publications like Submerged, Shadows & Tall Trees, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, Eclipse Online, and he edited Crossroads: Tales of the southern Literary Fantastic. Now, he has a new collection of his short fiction coming from Fairwood Press, The End of All Our Exploring, which is due out in August 2018.

The publisher released the cover and opened preorders for the book, which costs $17.99.