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Friday, August 18, 2017

Movie Review: #LoganLucky

The white-trash hilarity of Logan Lucky makes for a wonderful viewing experience.

Review by Matt Cummings

Ah, White Trash where have you been in 2017 movies? Your bacchanalian ways, highly questionable fashion choices, and deep Southern accents have been sorely missed during one of the worst box office summers in 20 years. And while the comedy Logan Lucky will make absolutely no money upon its release, the film deserves high praise for its excellent direction, stellar cast, and whip-smart writing.

Having just been fired from his construction job due, hick Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) is searching desperately for a way to see his daughter while his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) has moved in with a local car dealer who doesn't seem to know how to drive stick shifts. Jimmy's sister (Riley Keough) is also concerned that Jimmy's days as a pro-football prospect might be his best. But Jimmy's brother Kyle (Adam Driver) hasn't given up, even though he himself is sidelined by a war injury that has left his arm missing. He's soon rewarded by learning that Jimmy plans a massive theft of cash from an upcoming NASCAR race and soon jumps aboard to assist. To win the day, he'll need the services of none other than prisoner Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a blonde-haired explosives genius who's is shocked to learn that the brothers intend to break him out...then put him back in to finish his prison term. As the day of the race unfolds, the team will hurriedly check off items from Jimmy's list, before learning that Jimmy himself is way ahead of them.

Director Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the quirky heist film, having given us the stylish and still relevant remake of Ocean's Eleven. That movie redefined the genre, sparking a renewed sense of Vegas cool that hadn't been around since Swingers. And while Logan isn't likely to renew Hick Culture any time soon, it still succeeds because it so perfectly adds that element to its DNA. Tatum and Driver are great together, making stupid almost seem acceptable; they work really well off each other, elevating Writer Rebecca Blunt's sometimes not-as-funny-as-it-could-be script with a genuine sense of hillbilly charm. Soderbergh excels at bringing great casts together, giving each major character enough on-screen time to develop their characters, but also forcing them to work with others to achieve success. If you had any doubt of Tatum's abilities after his 2011's The Eagle and 2015's Fox Catcher, you won't have them after watching Logan Lucky.

The real winner here is Craig, who returns to his once-trademark independency, imbuing Joe Bang with both a seriously wonderful Southern drawl and complete brilliance when it comes to bomb making. One scene in particular - perhaps my favorite - shows Bang explaining the physics of explosives to the Logans as they stand there dumbfounded by him. He's done Bond, been a hitman in Road to Perdition, and served the Pope in Elizabeth, but it's possible that Logan Lucky will win him praise long after he's done in Hollywood, and I hope they pay attention. If there's one (other) problem with Blunt's script it's that so few female actors here get a chance to shine. Keough gets the better of it, while Waterston is in a grand total of three scenes which could have been portrayed by anyone. Holmes doesn't get to do much here, but there's clearly no doubt that her stint on television has improved her acumen.

And still, Logan Lucky is destined to make no money. Not exactly filled with big Summer stunts, it hangs precariously adrift in a late-August timeslot that doesn't help its chances. Too high for the teen crowd and a little too low for the Ocean's Eleven, the film doesn't exactly appeal to four-key demographic marketers. And yet, Logan Lucky should be a film you check out, not because it somehow does the genre fresh, but because it serves as something that most Summer films couldn't muster: make it competent and entertaining, a little smart, and a lot funny.

Logan Lucky should appeal to moviegoers. But then again, we've seen this summer how audiences' preferences seem to depend on which way the wind blows. Take a chance on this one, and you'll be handsomely rewarded with great casting, fun plot twists, and enough smart humor to remind you of the better 2016 The Nice Guys, which seems poised to replace it as Most Underappreciated Film of 2017. Just don't be surprised if you're joined by Hick Culture, who might have confused the slick ads with a gathering for Single Cowboy dating services.

Logan Lucky is rated PG-13 for language and some crude comments and has a runtime of 119 minutes.

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Patty Jenkins Will Direct Wonder Woman Sequel

It's hardly a surprise, since there had already been talk of her involvement in the movie's early development, but now, according to Deadline, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is signing her deal to make the sequel.

Given the success of the film, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. secured her services, and the studio has reportedly offered her a handsome raise to come back and call the shots again, putting her on a much-deserved par with her male colleagues in terms of earnings.

Warners made word of the sequel official at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, announcing a December 2019 release date. Other than that, and the fact that it'll star Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior, no details have been released in terms of setting or other casting. Now, at least, the project has a definite leader.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Film Getting Closer To Happening

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ newest hope.

The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to helm a Star Wars stand-alone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal is made, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone is one of several projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the trilogies telling the saga of the Skywalker family. A Han Solo movie is now in the final stages of shooting under new director Ron Howard, and Lucasfilm is also considering pics centering on Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett, among other characters.

In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber. He is briefly a mentor to a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Alec Guinness' portrayal of Kenobi garnered him an Oscar nomination.

The character played a central role in the George Lucas-directed prequels, which recount the origin of Vader and his betrayal of Kenobi and the Jedis. Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Kenobi in the prequels, has said he would be open to playing the character again. Sources stress, however, that since there is no script, no actor is attached.

Daldry hails from the theater world and made his feature debut with 2000's Billy Elliot, which netted him his first directing Oscar nomination. He followed that up with searing dramas The Hours and The Reader, which also netted him directing noms.

Daldry most recently directed episodes of Netflix’s period drama The Crown, which garnered him an Emmy nomination.

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First Look Frank Grillo In WHEELMAN

Netflix has unveiled a new image from director Jeremy Rush's upcoming WHEELMAN, starring Frank Grillo, Garrett Dillahunt, and Caitlin Carmichael.

It will launch exclusively on Netflix on October 20th.

Frank Grillo (Kingdom, Captain America: Civil War) stars as the wheelman, a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him and the only person he can trust... his fourteen-year-old daughter. All reasons to think fast and drive faster.

Wheelman was written and directed by Jeremy Rush. Frank Grillo, Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team), and The Solution Group's Myles Nestel (The November Man, Machete) serve as producers. J. Todd Harris, Chady Mattar, and Scott Silver serve as executive producers.

Netflix launch date: October 20, 2017
Director: Jeremy Rush
Writer: Jeremy Rush
Starring: Frank Grillo, Garret Dillahunt, Caitlin Carmichael
Producers: Joe Carnahan, Myles Nestel, Frank Grillo
Executive Producers: Todd Harris, Chady Mattar, Scott Silver

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SUPER TROOPERS 2 In Theaters April 20, 2018

“Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic…Super Troopers. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers–Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit, and Farva–are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is…Super Troopers 2.

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American Gods Season 1 On Digital HD October 6 & Blu-ray October 17

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

The critically acclaimed Starz fantasy series “American Gods” Season One, produced by FremantleMedia North America, arrives on Digital HD October 6 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD October 17 from Lionsgate. From writer-producers Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Heroes”) and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, “American Gods” Season One is a visual feast focusing on an ex-convict named Shadow Moon, and his sudden introduction into a power struggle between the Old and New Gods. “American Gods” Season One stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100”), Ian McShane (John Wick: Chapter 2, “Game of Thrones”), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events), Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, “Orange Is the New Black”), Peter Stormare (John Wick: Chapter 2, Fargo), and pop culture icon Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files,” “Hannibal”).




When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

The home entertainment release of “American Gods” Season One features over two hours of exclusive extras including “The Road to ‘American Gods’” documentary, six behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary on the premiere and season finale episodes, God Squad Video Commentary, and an opportunity to explore the Crocodile Bar in 360 degrees. “American Gods” Season One will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $34.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “The Road to ‘American Gods’” Documentary
· “Title Gods” Featurette
· “‘American Gods’ Origins” Featurette
· “Old Gods” Featurette
· “New Gods” Featurette
· “What Is ‘American Gods?’” Featurette
· “Book vs. Show” Featurette
· God Squad Video Documentary
· Explore the Crocodile Bar in 360 Degrees with Commentary by Cast and Crew
· Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew on the Premiere and Finale Episodes
o Episode 101 with Creators-Writers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and Director David Slade
o Episode 101 with Actors Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle
o Episode 108 God Squad Video with Actors Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, and Orlando Jones

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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: American Gods © 2017 FremantleMedia North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: TV-MA
Genre: TV, Fantasy, Drama
Closed-Captioned: NA
Subtitles: Spanish and English SDH
Feature Run Time: 449 Mins.
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78 Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.


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Movie Review: #TheHitmansBodyguard

The all-too-familiarity of The Hitman's Bodyguard still makes for an enjoyable time.

Review by Matt Cummings

If the old adage can be believed that some old movies need a newer version to rekindle interest in the genre, then The Hitman's Bodyguard might be the best example we've seen this year. And though it feels exactly like its predecessors, the film entertains with a way over-qualified cast that oozes comedic gems and sports great action, ready (but not quite qualified) to join the pantheon of buddy-cop comedies. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is living the high life as one of the world's top bodyguards, escorting an asset all the way to the airport, only to see him get whacked at the last second. As a result, Michael soon loses everything, sending his self-professed "AAA" status spiraling. But redemption is on its way as his ex-girlfriend/Interpol agent Amelia (Elodie Young) recruits him to escort a high-value target: none other than the assassin Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) who promises to expose the Belarusian dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) while on trial. Having attempted to kill Michael 28 times in the past, he and Kincaid don't exactly get along, as an early fight sequence proves. But as Dukhovich's men get closer, Michael and Kincaid soon realize that they need each if they hope to arrive at The Hague in time. Along the way, they'll cut a broad swath of death, mayhem, and inappropriate jokes while Kincaid hopes his testimony will secure the release of his foul-mouthed wife (Salma Hayek) from a European prison. As soon as The Hitman's Bodyguard begins, it's clear what we're going to get: unabashed irresponsible dialogue and action, all set to Director Patrick Hughes' shaky camera style. And while that may not be everything a movie needs to be successful, it all works somehow, even though the crew lineup here might spell disaster. Hughes' short directorial reign included the career-ending Expendables 3, but with Bodyguard he assembles a film with a far-better cast, and bolstered by newbie Writer Tom O'Connor. One big reason for Bodyguard's success is the comedic gold between Reynolds and Jackson. One can easily imagine this becoming a Deadpool movie starring Nick Fury, but it's the chemistry of these leads that keeps us awake once the shooting stops. They joke, punch, hug, and 'get real' with one another with surprising regularity, clearly enjoying themselves in the process. This is Jackson at his most Jacksonian, a foul-mouthed wrecking machine with a penchant for killing people and looking dope while he does it; xXx's Vin Diesel would be proud. If Jackson wasn't so strong here, people would be crushing over Reynolds' straight-man as he plans his shots too much and overly laments about his former life. Another surprise is Hayek's sailor mouth; her dismissal of her fat cell mate, who's forced to stare into a corner before she lets off a defensive fart got a ton of laughs from our test audience. Hayek is unhinged here, almost as dangerous as Kincaid, as demonstrated by the scene of how the two met. But that's Bodyguard M.O. to a tee: give us unbelievable action while two hotheads pour out one-liners like a drunken bartender. But there are two big issues with Bodyguard that almost sink it: the predictability of the plot and the performance of the usually-solid Oldman. One of the most venerated actor of our generation, Oldman is entirely disposable here, turning in a performance that could have easily been copied by a dozen others. His disposability is achieved at film's end when he's easily dispatched by our heroes, after (our course) a long-winded diatribe of insults that doesn't work at all. Having said that, the film still honors the genre with several good action sequences and a ton of comedic insults that effectively overshadow its more serious shortcomings. The Hitman's Bodyguard may feel a lot like Lethal Weapon or Midnight Run, but it refreshes the genre enough for a new generation who might find 30 year old movies a bit dated. One may not remember any specifics upon emerging from the theater, but it more than satisfies as a coda to one of the most disappointing summers in 20 years. Viewed from such a dire perspective, it might actually be worth your time to see. But do check out Logan Lucky and of course Atomic Blonde beforehand. You'll thank me later. The Hitman's Bodyguard is rated R for strong violence and language throughout and has a runtime of 118 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...

First Look At Saoirse Ronan In Mary, Queen of ScotsMary, Queen of Scots

Photograph by John Mathieson

Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie.

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the US and Universal Pictures International (UPI) will distribute the film internationally.

The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Joining the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, “Line of Duty”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”, Me Before You). Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”) and Guy Pearce (Memento, LA Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Saoirse Ronan earned her first Academy Award nomination for Focus and Working Title’s Atonement, and was again an Academy Award nominee for Brooklyn; she also starred for Focus as the title character in Hanna, and other past credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, How I Love Now and The Lovely Bones, as well as the upcoming Ladybird, On Chesil Beach and Loving Vincent. She recently made her Broadway debut in The Crucible. Ronan resides in Ireland. Margot Robbie, a BAFTA Award nominee, has starred in such blockbuster hit movies as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan, and Suicide Squad, for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award.

The filmmaking team for Mary, Queen of Scots includes Academy Award winners costume designer Alexandra Byrne, make-up and hair designer Jenny Shircore and editor Chris Dickens, Emmy award winner production designer James Merifield and BAFTA award winner director of photography John Mathieson.

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said, “We are privileged to be collaborating with our partners at Working Title on this stellar production, and with Josie as she makes the exciting move from stage to screen work. With two of today’s most vital actresses bringing to life two female titans, Mary, Queen of Scots will be one of the movie events of 2018.”

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have been co-chairs of Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, since 1992. Working Title has made more than 100 films that have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, including over $1 billion at the U.K. box office. Its films have won 12 Academy Awards (for Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and The Danish Girl; James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything; Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking; Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and Joe Wright’s Atonement and Anna Karenina), 39 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, and prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.

Mr. Bevan and Mr. Fellner have been honored with the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the PGA’s highest honor for motion picture producers. They have been accorded two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers: the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTA Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honored with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).

The company’s commercial and critical hits include The Interpreter, About a Boy, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Fargo, Dead Man Walking, Bean, High Fidelity, Johnny English, Billy Elliot, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones’s Baby, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Nanny McPhee, United 93, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Hot Fuzz, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Burn After Reading, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, I Give It A Year, About Time, Rush, The Two Faces of January, Trash, The Theory of Everything, Legend, Everest, The Program, The Danish Girl, Grimsby, Hail, Caesar! and the recently released Baby Driver.

Working Title’s slate includes The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and Val Kilmer; James Marsh’s untitled Hatton Garden project, starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, and Ray Winstone; Victoria & Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria; Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; and the untitled Entebbe project, a gripping political thriller directed by José Padilha and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl.

Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. In addition to Victoria and Abdul, the untitled Entebbe project, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Darkest Hour, current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, winner of the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival; the breakneck action-thriller Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy; Jason Reitman’s new comedy Tully, starring Charlize Theron and written by Diablo Cody; and the untitled new film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

Focus Features, Universal Pictures International, and Working Title Films are part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Watch BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT Only @drafthouse Locations On August 31

On Thursday, August 31st, audiences across the country will immerse themselves like never before in legendary director Sir Ridley Scott's mesmerizing neo-noir vision, BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT.

Tickets for all screenings are available now at drafthouse.com/bladerunner.



Alamo Drafthouse and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are proud to present BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, screening for the first time in glorious 4K resolution, taking viewers even deeper into Ridley Scott's post-apocalyptic, dystopian vision. Starring Harrison Ford as the iconic Rick Deckard, BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT is widely accepted as one of the most important and influential science-fiction movies of the twentieth century. The film has appeared on more 'Top Five' sci-fi lists than any other film.

To mark the film's 35th anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on September 5th. The new edition features restored and remastered original elements, added/extended scenes, added lines, new and improved special effects, and director and filmmaker commentary.

"THE FINAL CUT is the product of a process that began in early 2000 and continued off and on through seven years of intense research and meticulous restoration, technical challenges, amazing discoveries and new possibilities," said Sir Ridley Scott upon the film's original release in 2007. "I can now wholeheartedly say that BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT is my definitive director's cut of the film."

"It's an incredible honor to be able to screen BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT in 4K at Alamo Drafthouse," said Christian Parkes, Alamo Drafthouse Chief Marketing Officer. "This movie is ageless and we're excited to share this stunning restoration with our audiences. What better way for moviegoers to get ready for the upcoming release of BLADE RUNNER 2049 than by seeing this seminal film first in 4K."

Tickets for all screenings are available now at drafthouse.com/bladerunner.

Crafty guests at Alamo Drafthouse screenings will have the chance to win copies of the BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT Ultra HD Blu-Ray by testing their paper-folding skills. Before the film begins, attendees will be invited and instructed on how to create their own origami unicorn out of Alamo Drafthouse's order cards, then submit their creation via Instagram using #AlamoBladeRunner. Five of the best unicorns will win BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT on Ultra HD Blu-Ray.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See CROWN HEIGHTS In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see CROWN HEIGHTS on August 29 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is based on the acclaimed This American Life piece and adapted by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and also as Carl King.



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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


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TULIP FEVER Starring Alicia Vikander Opens September 1

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.



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#AMERICANASSASSIN Trailer 'Get it Done'

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.



CBS Films and Lionsgate will release AMERICAN ASSASSIN in theaters September 15, 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Movie Review: #WindRiver A Perfect Thriller!

Suspenseful. A perfect thriller!

RAMA has returned.

The screenwriter who gave us “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” has come back with “Wind River” which he also directed and I am now convinced more than ever that Taylor Sheridan is one of the best storytellers of our time. There’s something about his thrillers that are just so cunning and sharp and profound, like a great American classic, even novelist Dennis Lehane probably couldn’t come up with materials that are as skillfully played as this. And with “Wind River” Sheridan’s personal artistry mission to do some effort to right the wrongs that the system has committed against the Native Americans, continues.

The story is about a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a tracker/hunter (Jeremy Renner) with a tragic past in order to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation.

Sheridan has tackled themes surrounding the Native Americans before but with this latest one, it’s not so much that he’s preaching about it but he ties it into this entire fabric of community where you sense the clash between outsiders and locals, between whites and natives, so there’s a level of frustration about that arises from this murder investigation that brings up all kinds of cultural suspicions, on top of which there’s also a game of jurisdictions. It’s a complex yet cleverly woven thriller that starts out as a whodunit and evolves into a thirst for retribution. And the fact that it’s set in a very cold harsh environment just adds to the film’s chilling effect.

In many ways, Elizabeth Olsen performs here like Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling where at some points you kinda know that Olsen’s character may be out of her elements, but at the same time that factor actually gives her a good vantage point. Jeremy Renner plays his character like an old timer western hero who knows the ins and outs of everything, a man of few words but gets tough when needed. Their dynamic is not some kind of odd couple cop duo, this is more like each of them trying to prove themselves while bringing justice to the family of the unfortunate girl. And the way Sheridan crafts the mystery from a small radius to a much larger scheme is one that will have you hooked. “Wind River” is highly suspenseful, it’s a perfect thriller.

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Trailer For THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER Starring Colin Farrell & Nicole Kidman

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, DOGTOOTH), starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

A prominent surgeon adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen's actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision.



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What Happened To Monday Clip 'Apartment' Noomi Rapace

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy," seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home...

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THE SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME Featurette

From Pure Flix and Paramount Pictures comes THE SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, starring Academy Award winners Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), and Academy Award nominees Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond).



International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

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New Poster For #AmericanAssassin

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War.



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

License To Drive Remake On It's Way

There are often calls, whenever a remake is announced, for studios (if they must remake at all) to focus on films that aren't considered classics. 1988's Corey Haim/Corey Feldman comedy License To Drive, for all its nostalgia appeal, falls into that category. And now original producer John Davis is cooking up a new version – with a twist.

In keeping with some recent takes on movies (such as the Anna Faris-focused Overboard), the new License will feature female leads. Writers Alish Brophy and Scott Miles are aboard to develop the new concept, which will be a spin on the original.

The '80s License saw Haim as 16-year-old Les Anderson, desperate to get out on the road, but fails his driving test. Undeterred, he decides to take out girlfriend Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham) in his grandfather's prized 1972 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, and the comic complications spin out from there.

This is just the latest remake on Davis' list: he's also shepherding yet another take on Invasion Of The Body Snatchers alongside other fare such as the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise.

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#MOLLYSGAME Trailer & Images Starring Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba

MOLLY'S GAME is the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

The film stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera,



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Monday, August 14, 2017

First Look At 'Marlon' A New Series Starring @MarlonWayans

Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans (“In Living Color,” “Scary Movie”), this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but sometimes inappropriate) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.



The cast includes Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor, Amir O’Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle

Christopher Moynihan serves as writer and executive producer. Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg and director Andy Ackerman (pilot) also executive produce. “Marlon” is produced by Universal Television, Wayans Brothers Entertainment, Bicycle Path Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.


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Shonda Rhimes Heading To Netflix

THR is reporting the prolific showrunner behind 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' and more has left her longtime home at ABC Studios for the streaming giant.

In a testament to the competition for talent, prolific showrunner Shonda Rhimes — the hit maker behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and more — has jumped ship from ABC Studios to Netflix.

Under the multiple-year deal, Rhimes and her Shondaland banner will create and produce new projects for the streaming giant. Rhimes' longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix. Under what is said to be a rich four-year pact, Rhimes is expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for Netflix.

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”

The move further aligns Rhimes with Netflix, which has featured the Grey's Anatomy library that has helped elevate the veteran ABC medical soap to become the network's most-watched drama — a rare feat for a show in its 13th season. The series heads into season 14 in the fall as it sets its sights on being the longest-running medical drama on television alongside ER.

"Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” Rhimes said. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities."

ABC will continue to remain home to Grey's Anatomy and its upcoming spinoff as well as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder as well as the forthcoming drama For the People. Rhimes had been with ABC Studios for 15 years.

"Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way," Rhimes said. "I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people — especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey. Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix."


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ABC Studios will remain the home to Shondaland disciples Pete Nowalk (How to Get Away With Murder), Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), Stacy McKee (the Grey’s spinoff), Don Todd and Paul William Davies (For the People), Mark Fish (Scandal), Mark Wilding (Grey’s spinoff), Bill Harper (Grey’s Anatomy) and Allan Heinberg.

"We're so proud of the work we've done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship. From the worldwide success of Grey’s Anatomy to today, with five series, a pilot from Allan Heinberg and a number of projects in development, we will continue to shepherd that success together," ABC Studios president Moran said. "The Shondaland imprint will always be an important part of ABC Studios and we wish them all the best in this new endeavor."

Added ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who previously headed drama at the network: "Shonda, Betsy and I started working together with the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy and those early days will forever remain one of the highlights of my professional life. We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and the upcoming For the People and Grey’s spinoff. I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever."

Sources say Rhimes had been renegotiating her overall deal with ABC Studios for the past few months. That the prolific producer would exit the network's studio sibling comes as a blow for broadcast and a hint of things to come in the arms race for talent. With more than 455 scripted originals, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are turning to proven hit-makers like Rhimes for new material. Rhimes is the first African-American woman to notch the rare 100-episode milestone three times in her career (for Grey's, Private Practice and Scandal).

For Rhimes, it gives the star showrunner a new forum to tell richer stories that push the envelope as she has yet to explore the cable or streaming world. Scandal further solidified Rhimes as one of TV's most powerful showrunners and helped ABC bolster its Thursday lineup. With the strength of Scandal and emergence of How to Get Away With Murder, the network moved Grey's Anatomy to its formerly troubled 8 p.m. hour as it created a "TGIT"-branded night consisting of three Rhimes-produced dramas. Creatively, Scandal helped usher in a new era of diversity on the small screen when Rhimes cast Kerry Washington as fixer Olivia Pope. Washington picked up her first Emmy nomination in 2013 and became the first African American to be nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years and fifth overall.
Says 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington: "In my lifetime, I had never seen a black woman at the center of a television drama. When I read the script, I was absorbing something that was at once completely familiar and also totally foreign to my experience."

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The Rhimes deal — the streamer's first overall — comes as free-spending Netflix has been aggressive when it comes to luring top talent. Last week, the streamer picked up a talk show hosted by David Letterman and acquired comic book publisher Millarworld as it pushes to own more of its content. (Last week, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman moved from his home at AMC to Amazon under a rich overall deal as the streamer retail giant begins to do the same.)

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Annabelle: Creation Takes The Top Spot

While other cinematic universes have been stumbling, the films spun off from The Conjuring are humming along nicely, winning decent reviews and box office success. The latest addition is Annabelle: Creation, which offers more details on the history of the possessed doll. This latest horror opened to $35 million, according to studio estimates.

It's another solid scare win for director David F. Sandberg, who made last year's Lights Out and, with more movies coming based on supernatural nasties from the first Conjuring and its sequel, the prospects seem bright.

Annabelle's arrival meant Dunkirk was once again second place with $11.4 million, but that's no worry for the movie, which has been out for four weeks already. Christopher Nolan's latest has passed $153 million in the States alone. At third we find the second new arrival of the week, animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, which earned $8.9 million.

The Dark Tower started to crumble quickly, falling from first place for fourth and adding just $7.8 million. With $34 million from its Stateside earnings, the movie is far from earning back even its production budget. The Emoji Movie rounded out the top five with $6.6 million.

Girls Trip continued to do well, earning $6.2 million at sixth, while Spider-Man: Homecoming fell one place to seventh on $6.1 million.

At eighth we find Halle Berry thriller Kidnap, which added $5.2 million, ahead of this week's final new arrival, The Glass Castle. Despite good reviews, it only earned $4.8 million in ninth, though given its more limited release schedule (just 1,461 screens, the low end of wide release), that's perhaps not as surprising as it might seem. 10th was Atomic Blonde, which took in $4.5 million. Thus far, the Charlize Theron action thriller has earned $42 million in the States.

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David Tennant Returns For Jessica Jones Season 2

EW is reporting David Tennant is returning to Jessica Jones.

The actor will appear in season 2 of the Marvel-Netflix drama about the titular super-powered private investigator played by Krysten Ritter, EW has confirmed. The Doctor Who alum starred in the first season as Kilgrave, a mind-controlling villain who tormented Jessica until — nearly two-year-old spoiler alert! — she grew immune to his powers and snapped his neck, killing him in the season finale.



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Review: #GlassCastle

The Glass Castle insults our intelligence for big Oscar moments that I hope will never come.

Review by Matt Cummings
If 2016's Spotlight and 2015's Room - both Oscar winners - proved anything, it's that stories of incredible abuse can be righted by the healing power of the human spirit. In both cases, our victims succeed, championed by a system of caring whose story is almost as interesting as the victim's. We learn some our most important life lessons from the visual arts, something that I wish The Glass Castle would have remembered. Instead, we get a movie that minimizes the true problem of parental abuse and neglect, and wraps up our story neat and tidy and ready for an Oscar it truly doesn't deserve.
Columnist Jeanette Walls (Brie Larson) lives a very a comfortable life in 1989's New York, having recently become engaged to financier David (Max Greenfield). But under the fine dining and nearly antiseptic living conditions, Jeanette harbors a dark past: her alcoholic father Rex (Woody Harrelson) and eccentric artist-mother Rose (Naomi Watts) have neglected her and the other children for more than 15 years, constantly moving them around, and even denying them food and clean living conditions. Rex's once brilliant mind has come undone, as he imagines literally building his children a glass castle using yet-to-be-developed tech that he himself draws in the middle of the night, fed by a difficult past that he himself cannot escape. Now having located Jeanette in NY, Rex and Rose attempt to convince their daughter not to marry David, not because he's abusive to her, but because the life she has concocted is an entirely fictitious one, something that goes against the nomadic personality of her parents. The results will see the 1989 Jeanette take an intensely personal journey, one that will test her at every step to either accept her new life and reject her father, or return to his manipulative arms. The Glass Castle is frankly an insult. For over two hours, it forces the audience to watch through a keyhole as Jeanette and her siblings are denied a meaningful place to call home, food to eat, and even an education that they must take on themselves to affect. Sure, the result sees each of them rise on their own above the morass, but it's never ever satisfying, and yet it's meant to. Writer/Director Destin Daniel Cretton sets the moments out there for us to at first mistrust and then ultimately hate Rex; but instead of galvanizing the children into action, Cretton just sets them through one terrible moment after another. As each event came and went, I found myself feeling more desensitized over Jeanette's plight, not because she's young and has no idea of her options - but because there are so many of them. We don't need 2 hours of this to appreciate what's happening. When Jeanette finally escapes, it's only to see her fail until Rex comes and saves her with a wad of cash. Sure that's a moment to demonstrate Rex's growth, but it's also a moment of sweet freedom for Jeanette that is replaced with her father seizing the reigns of her life once more.
Moreover, Cretton commits a greater movie sin, making Jeanette's life comfortable (and seemingly calmer) life in NY seem so drab that she almost has no choice but to leave it. And when that ultimately happens - because that's what happens in movies like this - the results make her look like she's been manipulated once again. There is no logic that can be expressed in which a woman who's escaped such treatment would choose to walk away from the stability David provided, unless Jeanette herself was also mentally unbalanced. That isn't how Larson - who's very good here - portrays it. Had she done so - and thus displayed a victim's stance - we might have loved the film. But instead we get the following at the end of the script based on the book by Jeanette Walls: after Rex has passed away - in a scene prior that in no way reflects reality - Jeanette hosts Thanksgiving for the family, having left her finacee and ready to toast not David but Rex. There is no reality in which Castle's logic makes sense, and therefore misses a golden opportunity for the family to witness a real victory. Larson's career has skyrocketed in the past two years, elevated by her Oscar performance in Room, but not even she (or the equally excellent Harrelson) can save this. For all the growth both have made in recent years - waiting to be rewarded when Oscar nominations are handed out in February - it's the underlying DNA of Castle that poisons any appreciation I have for their acumen. Watts is also fantastic, playing The Crunchy Granola with perfect unshaven armpits until she too realizes that Rex is doomed. She's as much a victim of his antics as are the children, and when that moment of realization arrives Watts plays it quite well. The child actors (led by Ella Anderson as the younger Jeanette) also prove their mettle in a film that's frankly hard to watch. Yes, it's fundamentally flawed but it's also such a tough subject that unsuspecting audiences are bound to demand their money back once they realize what they've gotten themselves into. Don't say I didn't warn you.
The Glass Castle insults our intelligence by minimizing the genuine problem of parental abuse and neglect. Sure, our actors are top notch and Cinematographer Brett Pawlak crafts a gorgeous-looking movie, but the suggestion that Jeanette can emerge from this ordeal ready to celebrate her father's life over a toast smacks in the face of anyone's who been a victim. It wreaks of Oscar bait, ready to write up a tearful thank you that I hope will never come. Castle reminds us of the pitfalls of creating a film under such pretenses, sacrificing the real story - and any hope for healing by its audience - for big movie moments meant to tug at our heart strings. Such neat-and-tidy efforts deserve neither our attention nor praise. Skip this one under every circumstance. The Glass Castle is rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking and has a runtime of 127 minutes. Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See PATTI CAKE$ In Phoenix

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In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in PATTI CAKE$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, PATTI CAKE$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LEAP! In Phoenix

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11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LEAP! In Houston

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11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD In ALBUQUERQUE

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD on August 15th at 7:00 PM in ALBUQUERQUE.

The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. The film will be “hitting” your theatres on August 18.


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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

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD In TUCSON

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD on August 15th at 7:00 PM in TUCSON.

The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. The film will be “hitting” your theatres on August 18.


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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-



http://www.thehitmansbodyguard.movie/
Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/hitmansbodyguard/
Twitter-https://twitter.com/HitmanBodyguard
Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/HitmansBodyguard/
#HitmansBodyguard

No purchase necessary

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

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