Powered by Blogger.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Movie Review: #Denial

A monotonously ordinary film about an extraordinary subject.

Review by Matt Cummings

Let's be honest: the polar ice caps are melting, Elvis is dead, and The Holocaust sadly did happen. But even such an event that saw millions of Jews led to their deaths was actually denied by some in the decades afterwards, and was even the subject of a lawsuit in England. And while that subject should result in serious courtroom drama and important social commentary, Denial is ceetainly not that. It squanders an excellent cast and a high-interest topic in one of the most ordinary and boring films of the year.

The NY native and Holocaust professor Deborah Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) becomes the target of a frivolous lawsuit by the crackpot and 'historian' David Irving (Timothy Spall), claiming that Hitler never ordered the gassing of Jews at Auschwitz. His hope is that if he can win this claim in court, the entire argument of Jews being gassed instead of dying in camps from hard labor will die as well. Forced to hear the case in England - where the burden of proof is placed on the defendant instead of on the accuser - Lipstadt takes on a fierce legal team including the solicitor Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) and the barrister Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson). But when she and Holocaust survivors are kept off the witness stand, Lipstadt must place her trust in a legal system she knows nothing about, placing her book and the entire history of The Holocaust in a potentially precarious position.

For a film that should contain incredibly high stakes - and therefore intense personal drama - Denial feels perceptibly lukewarm and is honestly quite boring. Nothing here feels particularly inspired or emotionally gut-wrenching, because so many of the performances never rise any higher than a merely bubble on the surface. Take Spall’s Irving: he comes across more like a Donald Trump figure, a disturbed moron convinced that his corner of the world contains the truth and that everyone else is ugly and unintelligent. We can't take him seriously, because under that refined British ego is an obvious misogynist crackpot. That makes Lipstadt's team look like intellectual giants whose victory is self-assured. And without any effort, they seem to easily cruise to victory.

But even with that admission, there is a story that Denial could tell effectively but ultimately doesn't: the human emotion of The Holocaust and the toll on its survivors. And yet, Director Mick Jackson stays far away from that urge, which never gives his film the emotional anchor it needs. Instead, it drifts from scene to scene, becoming almost clinical in the way Rampton attacks Irving's claims. But beyond that, we know very little about these characters, except they've been thrust together in an effort to prove one of the worst calamities of mankind. There is one interesting moment late in the trial, but it soon passes as we both wait for the decision and check our watches for when this snoozer will end.

There are a couple of stirring - but way too quick - scenes during a visit to Auschwitz, when Lipstadt tours the death camp. But the effect is lost as the legal team moves about collecting evidence to use against Irving. Screenwriter David Hare delivers an efficient but ultimately dull collection of facts, draining any emotion out his screenplay. Taken with Jackson's direction, our actors are forced into tiny boxes from which they never emerge. All we know about Weisz is that she loves her dog and jogs frequently, but we never get beneath that exterior. The same goes for Wilkinson, who's painted only in terms of what he can do for Lipstadt. Any personal story he has was either edited out or never existed in the first place. I'm sure Hare could have taken more interesting angles here, letting the courtroom serve in shorter pieces to all the characters their own moments in the sun. Nope, not here.

By the time Denial's credits roll, we've become aware of the old adage "Be careful what you wish for." We've desired an effective true story for quite some time; and while recent historical dramas have entertained, they've also taken liberties with the stories. Denial proves that any 'Based on a true story' also requires some emotion to get the engine going. This was a trial on free speech - as Hare recently wrote about in The UK Guardian - as much as it was about the historical accuracy of The Holocaust; but Jackson never delivers the emotion gut punch to make us give a damn. This is an ordianry film about an extraordinary subject, and that's too bad because the results could have been Oscar worthy.

Denial is rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language and has a runtime of 110 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
Read more...

Movie Review: #TheAccountant

The Accountant is a wild, whipsmart slap in the face with a ledger. And we're OK with that.

Review by Matt Cummings

The fall movie season is already shaping up to be far better than this Summer's bomb-fest. Ben Affleck's The Accountant is another welcomed shot-in-the-arm, a wild but intelligent action film that features a great cast, some terrific comedy, and matches our need for amazing violence and solid storytelling.

This action-thriller's premise is fairly unique: a high-function autistic child becomes the hugely successful accountant/soldier Christian Wolff (Affleck) who's worked with some of the top bad guys to clean up their books. This draws the attention of retiring Treasury agent Ray King (JK Simmons) and a fellow volun-told (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) who's forced to uncover Wolff's wild past. As he investigates a tech company's suspect books, Wolff soon realizes that his work endangers the life of Dana (Anna Kendrick), the employee who discovered the error in the first place. When the hitman Brax (Jon Bernthal) is sent to take her out, Wolff must protect Dana and expose the hitman's financial backing while keeping King from arresting him.

The Accountant is truly a complicated film. That plot summary only scratches the surface of the reveals and the incomprehensible math which Wolff utilizes to expose who's been tampering with the tech company's profits. When these and many other reveals are exposed by Writer Bill Dubuque, it only further enlivens the story, demanding our attention lest some shadowy figure offs us. Dubuque also inserts a thoroughly enjoyable dose of acerbic comedy, led mostly by Affleck's quiet disdain for cheap conversation and social situations in general. Every time he opens his mouth, Wolff digs his hole a little deeper. The same goes for Simmons early on, as he graphs a slice of his Whiplash performance onto King.

The Accountant is also mesmerizingly brutal as evidenced by Director Gavin O'Connor absolute control of Dubuque's script. He gets the best out of Bernthal's intelligent hitman, Kendrick's overly nerdy/shy nature, and Affleck's hot-cold personality. Dubuque addresses the autism issue with enough care that we empathize with Wolff when he's not allowed to finish whatever he's working on. The way he 'processes' such disappointment might seem too much for some, but if you have a problem with it, then you'll really not like the incredible action which might also look very familiar. Credit Producer Peter Lawson with impressing some of his experience from John Wick to work here, including one scene that will remind audiences of the bizarre cash system used at The Continental Hotel. O'Connor even makes the math scenes pop, not necessarily worrying if we understand them (because I think only an autistic person could) but making them far more interesting than they should be.

The Accountant thrives because it deftly balances at least three genres with perfect precision. Wolff's insistence on high-powered weaponry is fantastic, especially when he starts shooting up Brax's team, then proceeds to beat them into submission as well. But it also offers up a soapbox of Autism 101, which might seem a bit off-putting until you learn of yet another sweet reveal involving Wolff's phone partner. The ending is a bit dull, only because the rest of it is so thrilling and hilarious (think Hell or High Water comedy).

As unpredictable a film you'll see this year, The Accountant never stops impressing us with its action, acerbic comedy, and expert acting. And while it also sends us an odd message about the importance of autism, it's one hell of a thrill ride all the same, filled with enough Gun-Fu and intelligent conversation to keep anyone entertained. See it early, see it often, and you can thank me in the morning for my brilliant recommendation.

The Accountant is rated R for strong violence and language throughout and has a runtime of 128 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
Read more...

Birth Of The Dragon Trailer

Young, up-and-coming martial artist, Bruce Lee, challenges legendary kung fu master Wong Jack Man to a no-holds-barred fight in Northern California. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural film chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man. Birth of the Dragon is directed by American writer-turned-filmmaker George Nolfi, director of The Adjustment Bureau, and writer of Ocean's Twelve, The Sentinel, The Bourne Ultimatum and the TV show "Allegiance" previously.



Birth Of The Dragon uses a still-disputed private brawl between martial arts masters Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) in 1964 as the fuel for a San Francisco-set coming-of-age story involving a rough and tumble young white man [Billy Magnussen doing his best Steve McQueen] who matches the feuding fighting legends in the brawl as he pursues a Romeo and Juliet romance with a young Chinese immigrant [JingJing Qu] under the control of the Chinese mob. This mashup of fact and fable was financed by China-based Kylin Pictures, produced by Groundswell’s Michael London and Janice Williams, and written by Christopher Wilkinson and Steven J. Rivele. It is the sophomore directing effort of George Nolfi, the Adjustment Bureau writer-director whose past scripts include Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum. Here, Nolfi explains why the outcome of the brawl isn’t as important as how it influenced the legend Bruce Lee became, and how Chinese funding could be a salvation for movie heroes not suited up in spandex.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Clint Eastwood To Direct Impossible Odds Based On Jessica Buchanan Kidnapping

THR is reporting the drama will be based on the memoir 'Impossible Odds,' written by Buchanan, husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco.

After tackling a true-life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

Warner Bros, Eastwood's longtime home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project.

Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script.

Buchanan was working in Somalia when, in October 2011, she and a colleague found themselves caught by land pirates, sold out by their escort and protector. For the next 93 days, she and her co-worker lived in the desert while Buchanan’s husband, Landemalm, tried to work various agencies to have his wife rescued. In the end, President Barack Obama approved the engagement of SEAL Team 6, which parachuted into the area, killed all the pirates and extracted the pair.

The story had already been eyed for the big screen in 2013 when the book was optioned by Clear Pictures Entertainment and Silver Reel Partners, which also secured Buchanan and Landemalm’s life rights.

Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro will oversee the project for Warners.

Sully stars Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the US Airlines pilot who became a hero after landing his passenger plane on the Hudson River. The movie, which cost $60 million to make, has soared to over $107 million domestically and follows Eastwood’s 2014 hit, American Sniper, which starred Bradley Cooper in the telling of the heroic true-life story of sniper Chris Kyle.

The one-two punch of those movies show that Eastwood, at 86 years old, is settling into a groove focusing on American-bred stories that clearly resonate with domestic audiences.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – New Ongoing Series Coming This December

Because you demanded it! Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – the new ongoing series coming this December! From superstar writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) and fan-favorite artist Kev Walker (Marvel Zombies) comes Marvel’s first ongoing series starring an original character created in the comics!

“What I wanted to do was show what makes Aphra tick,” says writer Kieron Gillen, in an interview with StarWars.com. “That’s the work I feel I’ve got to do with the character, and that kind of push and pull she has between the stuff she does, which is good and bad”.

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

“We all love Aphra so much,” says Star Wars line Editor Jordan D. White. “We were overjoyed that she found a way to survive the wrath of the Dark Lord. Now, she’s free to continue her rogueish adventures in digging up old droids and weaponry and selling them to the highest bidder…so long as she can stay off the Imperial radar.”

This December, the Star Wars galaxy expands into thrilling new directions as Doctor Aphra makes her explosive solo debut. It’s high adventure in deep space when STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 (OCT160975)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
Variant Covers by ELSA CHARRETIER (OCT160977) and JAMIE MCKELVIE (OCT160976)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160980)
Story Thus Far Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (OCT160979)
Droids Variant by ROD REIS (OCT160978)
Blank Variant Also Available (OCT160981)
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 12/7/16

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

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 more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com.
© 2016 MARVEL

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

FUSION & UNIVISION TO DEBUT ‘HATE RISING’ DOCUMENTARY IN UNPRECEDENTED SIMULCAST ON OCTOBER 23

FUSION AND UNIVISION TO DEBUT ‘HATE RISING’ DOCUMENTARY IN UNPRECEDENTED SIMULCAST

Filmmaker Catherine Tambini’s Feature Documentary with Award-Winning Journalist Jorge Ramos to Make Television Premiere in Dual-Language Broadcasts on October 23.

FUSION and Univision today announced the feature documentary Hate Rising will make its television premiere October 23 @ 10PM during unprecedented dual-broadcasts on FUSION in English and Univision Network in Spanish. The film is directed by Emmy-nominated Catherine Tambini (The State of Arizona), reported by award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos, and produced by Univision Story House in conjunction with FUSION. Hate Rising will be released theatrically in Los Angeles on October 14 and in New York on October 21.

This timely film shows the astonishing and very concerning rise of hate in America. From the Klu Klux Klan to the so called Alt-Right movement, White Supremacist groups are growing in numbers and influence. Their ideas, usually confined to private and secretive gatherings, are becoming mainstream thanks, in part, to the rhetoric being used during on the campaign trail this election cycle. The Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed it “The Trump Effect.” There is a small, radical segment of the White non-Hispanic population who feels threatened by the demographic changes in the country and are resisting the possibility of becoming a minority. Throughout the documentary, Ramos explores the mainstreaming of these ideas on TV, social media, and in our communities and classrooms. Over four months Ramos traveled to small towns across the nation speaking with Neo Nazis, members of the KKK and the Alt-Right. He also heard stories of Muslims and Latinos who have been the victims of hate crimes. Last year Ramos himself, a Mexican immigrant who is also an American citizen, experienced the anger and intolerance simmering just beneath the surface of our society when a Trump supporter told him to “get out of my country.”

“Fear and hate have always existed, but the increasing divisiveness we see playing out in Americans' everyday lives and across social platforms means that we need to focus a lot more on achieving a more civil, public discourse. Words and messages matter and hopefully by this film shining a spotlight on some of the darkest parts of our culture and society, we will all take a constructive step forward to face some uncomfortable truths and challenges and how to solve them,” said Isaac Lee, Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications Inc.

Jorge Ramos is a Mexican-American journalist and author. He is the anchor for the award-winning broadcast “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” on FUSION and has co-anchored the award-winning evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” (Univision News) since 1986. He also hosts “Al Punto” (To the Point), Univision Network’s Sunday public affairs program. Ramos is one of the most highly respected journalists in the United States and Latin America. Over the past year, Ramos was included on TIME’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People” and Fortune named him to their list of the world’s Top 50 Greatest Leaders. He has published 12 books, including his most recent, Take a Stand: Lessons From Rebels.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

#BRAVENEWJERSEY New Poster & Clips

New poster, clip, & stills of Director/Writer Jody Lambert's feature film debut BRAVE NEW JERSEY is here! The film will be celebrating it's World Premiere this weekend at this year's Austin Film Festival on Saturday, October 15th at 7PM at the State Theater.



The film follows a small New Jersey town in 1938 that is overcome with mass hysteria on the night of Orson Welles's legendary 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, the hoax which fooled millions into believing America was being invaded by Martians. It stars Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality), Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth), Erika Alexander (Last Man Standing), and Leonard Earl Howze (Barbershop).

BRAVE NEW JERSEY at Austin Film Festival
Film Page: http://bit.ly/2chJ59G

World Premiere Screening:
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 7:00PM
Location: State Theater
Talent in Attendance: Jody Lambert (Director/Co-Writer), Michael Dowling (Co-Writer), Taylor Williams (Producer), Jen Roskind (Producer), Dennis Lambert (Composer), Kelly Winrich (Composer), and Cast Members Tony Hale, Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Matt Oberg, Dan Bakkedahl, Grace Kaufman, Leonard Earl Howze, Harp Sandman, Noah Lomax, and Gabriel Landis

Second Screening:
Date: Saturday, October 17th
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Alamo Drafthouse Village
Talent in Attendance: Jody Lambert (Director/Co-Writer) and Michael Dowling (Co-Writer)

About BRAVE NEW JERSEY
Synopsis: Brave New Jersey is a comedy about a small town on the night of Orson Welles's legendary, 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast -- the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of one New Jersey town are faced with what they believe is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up.

Logline: In 1938, the War of the Worlds radio broadcast claimed Martians were invading America. They weren't. But no one told that to one town in New Jersey.

Director: Jody Lambert
Writers: Jody Lambert, Michael Dowling
Producers: Taylor Williams, Jen Roskind
Starring: Tony Hale, Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Dan Bakkedahl, Sam Jaeger, Mel Rodriguez, Erika Alexander
Runtime: 83 mins
Genre: Comedy

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

#InsidetheBucket Podcast #102

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery!
On this politically-charged episode ofInside the Bucket, Matt and Brandon finally pull back the drapes on this election season and promptly piss in its corner. But one can only blast that for so long, and soon they get back to the real business of bringing you up to speed on all things going on in the world of entertainment. Matt's kittens re-join the show (see them on Twitter at mfc90125), as the team delivers the freshest, ballsiest news from the week that was (mostly) covered on our websiteSANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM. Already dripping with SJF ballsy grease, the boys endeavor to discuss several items of supposed importance.

The boys discuss three news items: the first trailer for Power Rangers and John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as various news about Justice League.

But soon, the political discussion returns before the boys finally get it together to bitch and complain as they move into this week's box office report and the most relevant Blu-ray releases, including Ghostbusters and Hannibal The Complete Series. Then it's on to Rants and Raves, where further griping ensues. See the show notes below for a listing of the things that have their panties in a bind this week. The show ends with a review of The Girl on the Train.

We encourage you to participate in mailbag, as well as our Open Forum Friday, which is your chance to get in our business about running a passion project like our trainwreck. Please email us at Comments@SandwichJohnFilms.com with any thoughts you have about our show.

Be warned: Inside the Bucket is an EXPLICIT PODCAST. We tend to say controversial things and cuss just for the heck of it. So, please be careful if you are listening to us while at work.

We hope you laugh as much as we do bringing the show to you. As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings.

Please make sure to check out our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM and make sure to like us onFacebookand follow us on Twitter!

NEWS (5:45)
  • The first trailer for Power Rangers
  • First trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Justice League wrap news
BLU-RAY RELEASES - Ghostbusters, Hannibal The Complete Series, Ip Man Trilogy, The Middle-Earth Limited Collector’s Edition (23:06)

Who won this week at the box office? (26:22)

Biggest Second-Week Drop-Offs Since 1982

RANTS AND RAVES (30:30)
  • BRANDON - Logan Poster, Defenders Casting
  • MATT - REVIEW: Birth of a Nation, Goodbye to Charles Osgood
REVIEW: The Girl on the Train (1:01:30)


Read more...

NERVE On Digital HD 10/11 & Blu-ray & DVD 10/25

Emma Roberts (TV’s “Scream Queens”) and Dave Franco (Now You See Me franchise) star in Nerve, the suspense-filled romantic thriller for the Millennial generation, arriving on Digital HD on October 11 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand October 25 from Lionsgate. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) with a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer (TV’s “American Horror Story”), Nerve captures the phenomenon of today’s social media climate where thousands of anonymous voices can determine the future of a few individuals. The film also features cameos from social media sensations The Fat Jewish, Arielle Vandenberg and Casey Neistat.



Industrious high school senior Vee (Emma Roberts) is tired of living life on the sidelines. Pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee teams up with a sly and charming competitor (Dave Franco) for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as Vee is caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game takes a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading Vee into a high-stakes finale that will determine her entire future.


The Nerve Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD give viewers the unique opportunity to experience being a WATCHER or a PLAYER. Upon launching the special features, viewers will choose either WATCHER or PLAYER mode. In WATCHER mode go behind the scenes with 15 “Creating Nerve” pods exploring the making of the film, “The Fat Jewish Gets Tattewish” featuring outtakes from Josh Ostrovsky (aka internet personality ‘The Fat Jewish’) in the tattoo shop, and “The Governor’s Ball Takeover” chronicling a game of dare played at the 2016 Governor’s Ball in New York.

Additionally, thrill-seeking viewers can choose the interactive PLAYER mode with an “Are You a Watcher or a Player” interactive quiz, the “Do You Have the Nerve?” Game, for viewers looking for more of an adrenaline rush and Player Profiles of the top six Nerve players. The Nerve Blu-ray also includes an immersive DTS:X audio track that replicates and conveys the fluid movement of sound to create a richer soundscape than previously possible by moving sound to precisely where the mixer placed it. The Nerve DVD includes only the content featured in the WATCHER mode. Nerve will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.


BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
· Watcher Mode:
o “Creating Nerve” - 15 Character Pods
o “The Fat Jewish Gets Tattewish” Outtakes
o “The Governor’s Ball Takeover” – Social Media Stars in a Game of Dare
· Player Mode:
o “Do You Have the Nerve?” Game

o “Are You a Watcher or a Player?” Quiz

o Player Profiles


DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “Creating Nerve” – 15 Character Pods
· “The Fat Jewish Gets Tattewish” Outtakes
· “The Governor’s Ball Takeover” – Social Media Stars in a Game of Dare

For Artwork: www.lionsgatepublicity.com/home-entertainment/nerve/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/WoTblZ5VjAw
Facebook: facebook.com/playnerve
Instagram: @PlayNerve
Twitter: @PlayNerve
#Nerve

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: Nerve, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving dangerous and risky behavior, some sexual content, language, drug content, drinking and nudity - all involving teens
Genre: Thriller
Closed-Captioned: NA
Subtitles: English, Spanish and English SDH
Feature Run Time: 96 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS:X Audio, Spanish 5.1 DTS Digital SurroundTM Audio, English 2.0 DTS Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio, DTS Headphone:XTM Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

ABOUT DTS:X™
DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape - in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to the speaker layout that best fits the space, from a television’s built-in speakers to a home surround theater system to a dozen or more speakers in a commercial cinema. With DTS technology, even the smallest screens will sound huge. Immerse yourself at www.dts.com/dtsx.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama series The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual and the breakout success Greenleaf.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, Sicario, Nerve, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and the breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Images From #DOCTORSTRANGE Hong Kong Fan Event

Today in Hong Kong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, the stars of Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE joined director Scott Derrickson and producer Kevin Feige along with hundreds of fans to celebrate the film.



Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).

See all the images after the Jump...














Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE is in U.S. theaters November 4 in 3D, RealD 3d and IMAX 3D!

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Win ROE Passes To See TYLER PERRY’S BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to win Run Of Engagement pass to see Tyler Perry comes BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN in Las Vegas.


This Halloween fear comes home. From Tyler Perry comes BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN. In TYLER PERRY’S BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spend a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeist ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keep a watch eye on a group misbehaving teams.



See how to enter after the Jump...

Email us at giveaways@sandwichjohnfilms.com
Subject- BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN-Las Vegas
Name & mailing address

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

Official site: www.Boo.movie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MadeaHalloween
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MadeaHalloween
Hashtag: #MadeaHalloween

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Win ROE Passes To See TYLER PERRY’S BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to win Run Of Engagement pass to see Tyler Perry comes BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN in Phoenix.


This Halloween fear comes home. From Tyler Perry comes BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN. In TYLER PERRY’S BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spend a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeist ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keep a watch eye on a group misbehaving teams.



See how to enter after the Jump...

Email us at giveaways@sandwichjohnfilms.com
Subject- BOO! A MEDEA HALLOWEEN-Phoenix
Name & mailing address

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

Official site: www.Boo.movie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MadeaHalloween
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MadeaHalloween
Hashtag: #MadeaHalloween

Release date October 21

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES “MIDNIGHT SUN” STARRING @bellathorne & @PSchwarzenegger

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to the romantic drama MIDNIGHT SUN – starring Bella Thorne (@bellathorne; The DUFF, Boo! A Madea Halloween), Patrick Schwarzenegger (@PSchwarzenegger; Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Rob Riggle (@RobRiggle; Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life) and Quinn Shepard (Windsor) and directed by Scott Speer – and will release the film nationwide July 14, 2017.

MIDNIGHT SUN, an epic romantic drama, follows 17-year-old Katie Price (Thorne), sheltered since childhood with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures out to play her guitar for travelers. One night, she meets Charlie (Schwarzenegger) whom she has secretly admired for years. She hides her condition from him, and the two embark on a uniquely powerful romance. Rob Riggle plays Katie’s loving and compassionate father, Jack, who endeavors to give his daughter a good life.

The romantic drama is a heart-breaking, life-affirming story of love, dreams lost and realized over one nearly perfect summer. Based on the Japanese film, TAIYO NO UTA, MIDNIGHT SUN is directed by Scott Speer (STEP UP REVOLUTION) from the screenplay by Eric Kirsten.

John Rickard, Zack Schiller and Jen Gatien are producers. David Boies, James McGough, Alan Ou, Hiroki Shirota and Speer are the executive producers. Katie Silberman and Devin Andre are co-producers. Boies/Schiller financed and produced the film alongside Rickard’s Wrigley Pictures. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales.

“We were swept off our feet by this romantic film,” stated Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. “The movie had men and women – young and old – in tears, and we could tell immediately how strongly this story, and the fantastic performances by leads Bella and Patrick, would resonate with audiences of all ages.”

“John developed an incredibly powerful script that immediately spoke to both of us, and we knew that we had to make this film,” said Schiller. “Bella, Patrick and Rob deliver outstanding performances and Open Road is the perfect home for this project. It’s clear that they are as passionate about this movie as we are.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by CEO Tom Ortenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg and SVP Acquisitions, Lejo Pet. Bella Thorne is represented by CAA and Thor Bradwell at Thirty Three Management. Patrick Schwarzenegger is represented by Management 360, and Rob Riggle is represented by WME and Principato Young. Scott Speer is represented by WME and Principato Young.

WME Global and Sky Moore at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP represented Boies/Schiller in the sale.


ABOUT OPEN ROAD FILMS
Open Road Films is a leading, independent, theatrical motion picture company, releasing a diverse slate of star-driven films, which has included multiple #1 releases and enormous critical response. The company was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. The uniquely formed company is widely known as a filmmaker-focused distributor that supports both box office hits and top prestige titles.


Open Road Films led the 2016 critically acclaimed film Spotlight to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, becoming the youngest studio in history to win the big prize. The film, which earned almost $45 million at the U.S. box-office, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup was directed by Tom McCarthy, who also won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, with his co-writer (and executive producer) Josh Singer. Spotlight has won numerous high profile critics and guild awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film. Spotlight also appeared on over 250 critics’ Top Ten lists for 2016.


Other notable Open Road Films releases include: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which took the #1 spot at the box-office during its opening week and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, along with a Golden Globe nomination – it was named one of the best films of 2014 by the AFI and National Board of Review and top critics nationwide; the hit film Chef, written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film; The Grey, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, which opened #1 at the box office; End Of Watch, directed by David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, which opened #1 at the box office; Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; and Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.


Upcoming Open Road Films releases include: Bleed For This (‪11/18/16), starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal and directed by Ben Younger; Sleepless (‪2/24/17), starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Before I Fall (4/7/17), from Awesomeness Films starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and directed by Ry Russo-Young; The Nut Job 2 (‪5/19/17), the sequel to the 2014 hit animated film, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Gabriel Iglesias, Sebastian Maniscalco and Peter Stormare; Blazing Samurai (8/25/2017), the animated family film featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, Michael Cera, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh and more; and Show Dogs (‪11/10/17), a live action family comedy from the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.


The company, led by industry veteran CEO Tom Ortenberg, is based in Los Angeles.

ABOUT BOIES/SCHILELR FILM GROUP
Boies/Schiller Film Group (bsfgllp.com) was founded in 2012 when Producer Zack Schiller partnered with renowned attorney David Boies. The company’s vision is to finance and produce mid-budget wide release films, filling a void created when the major Hollywood studios began to focus primarily on big budget, tentpole movies.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Final Trailer For #ROGUEONE A STAR WARS STORY

A brand new trailer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is here.



“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.


ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is in theaters December 16 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D!

Website and Mobile site: http://www.starwars.com
Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/StarWarsMovies
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StarWars
Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/StarWarsMovies

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love & Friendship Will Premiere On Amazon Prime Video October 20th.

Beautiful, young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica (Clark). In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel), the rich and silly Sir James Martin (Bennett) and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.



Starring Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Pearl Harbor), Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, Big Love), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Fury), Emma Greenwell (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Shameless) and Tom Bennett (Mascots, PhoneShop)

Directed and written by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco)



Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See AMERICAN PASTORAL In Tempe

Enter for a chance to see AMERICAN PASTORAL on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in Tempe.


Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married toDawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.

AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Best Actor, Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005; Lincoln).



See how to enter after the Jump...


Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast


CLICK HERE TO ENTER-


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanPastoral
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmPastoralMovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AmericanPastoral/
Website: http://www.americanpastoral.movie/
#AmericanPastoral

Release Date: October 21, 2016

No purchase necessary

NO RECORDING

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #DENIAL In LAS VEGAS

Enter for a chance to see DENIAL on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in LAS VEGAS.

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Denial is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin") and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (The Reader). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.



See how to enter after the Jump...

Email us  at screenings@sandwichjohnfilms.com
Subject-DENIAL-LAS VEGAS
Name & address

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/BleeckerStFilms
Twitter-https://twitter.com/BleeckerStFilms
Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/BleeckerStFilms/
http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/denial
#DENIAL

Release date: October 21, 2016

No purchase necessary

NO RECORDING

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

New Poster & Trailer Announcement For ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Director Gareth Edwards just debuted a brand new poster for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY on The Star Wars Show and revealed that a brand new trailer will debut tomorrow morning. The trailer will air first on Good Morning America

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

First Look At Amber Heard As Mera From The Upcoming Justice League Film

We've seen several images of the main heroes in Justice League, but thus far Mera, queen of Atlantis (played by Amber Heard), has been more of a mystery. That changes today, as IGN has nabbed a look at the queen as she appears in the movie, along with a costume sketch and concept art that show how her look evolved.

See all the images after the Jump...




Mera in the comic book love interest of Jason Momoa's Aquaman and the ruler of Atlantis (or future queen in some titles). She first appeared in the DC canon in 1963 and she has powers of her own, including the ability to control water. What she'll be doing in the movie is anyone's guess at this point, but she's Aquaman's wife and will be part of the action.

Justice League recently wrapped shooting in London, and director Zack Snyder is currently in post-production to get the film ready for its 17 November, 2017 release date.

Please Leave A Comment-
Source-Empire

Read more...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

IMAGES FROM THE @JackReacher NEVER GO BACK CHINA TOUR & BEIJING SCREENING

Here are images of Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Director Edward Zwick’s as they visit to Forbidden City and the Fan Screening for JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK on October 11, 2016 in Beijing, China.


See all the images after the Jump...






































Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

  © Site Graphics by Randy Jennings by http://www.artfreelancer.com/ 2009

Back to TOP