Movie Review by Kristin: BIRD BOX

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I’ve been waiting months for BIRD BOX to finally be released on Netflix, so I was excited to curl up on the couch to check it out last night after doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. Because nothing says holiday spirit like a supernatural apocalyptic movie that has you on the edge of your seat for about 2 hours, amiright? My excitement to see this was heightened after seeing some of the feedback on Twitter about it. I definitely went into it with high expectations and it delivered!

No lie, I felt like I needed a Xanax to calm my anxiety throughout most of the movie — ok, all of the movie. My body was tense the whole time and I just couldn’t stop watching. Unfortunately, it’s easy to compare BIRD BOX to A Quiet Place because they both have similar concepts, but this one took the cake for me.

SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.

BIRD BOX gave me a little bit of what A Quiet Place didn’t. I can’t really pin point exactly what that was, but once the movie was done I didn’t feel like something had been missing. The cast was incredible, the plot was interesting and Sandra Bullock’s performance throughout the movie was probably one of her best performances. (Side note: Why the heck is Trevante Rhodes not being mentioned anywhere? Between BIRD BOX and Moonlight, he deserves a bit more recognition.) One thing that I appreciated in this movie was that viewers never get to see whatever it is that causes the mass suicides once it’s seen. The fear of the unknown is brutal, so I liked that we never really had a physical image to go along with whatever supernatural being was causing this mass terror.

It’s definitely worth the watch.  Douglas (John Malkovich) will make you want to punch your TV screen, Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) will make you want to scream in her face, Felix (Machine Gun Kelly) will make you wonder why his character was even there in the first place if he wasn’t going to be given any significant importance (not that I don’t like MGK), and Mallory (Sandra Bullock) and Tom (Trevante Rhodes) will make you want to be their besties during any apocalyptic situation.

Give it a chance and, as always, let me know your thoughts!

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Movie Review by Kristin: NO SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS

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Hello there!

So, last week I decided to record a Christmas movie on my DVR called NO SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS. The movie aired on Freeform and stars Charles Michael Davis, Odette Annable and Dave Annable. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to actually watch it until last night because . . . the holidays, amiright?

SYNOPSIS: A bartender and a businesswoman find they only have one thing in common; insomnia. 

I actually really liked this one. It had the perfect amount of comedy along with the usual level of predictability, but it all blended really well together. I admit, watching the two main characters deal with insomnia gave me a bit of anxiety haha. The only thing I was a little confused about was that this isn’t really a Christmas movie. It’s almost like ‘Christmas’ was just slapped into the title to reign in all the Christmas movie hunters lol.

Despite that, I thought it was still a great movie. Real life husband and wife, Dave & Odette Annable obviously have incredible on-screen chemistry and they engage in pretty comedic witty banter throughout the entire movie. I’d definitely recommend checking it out, just don’t go into it thinking that it’s a full-blown Christmas movie because it’s not. If you’re looking for a funny little rom-com with a gorgeous cast and a touch of holiday spirit, then this is worth the watch!

 

 

Watch exclusive clip PRACTICAL EFFECTS from HELL FEST

Get in Line for a Thrilling Horror Ride with “Hell Fest” on Digital December 21 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 8 from Lionsgate®

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town.

But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground.

On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

HELL FEST

On Digital December 21, 

On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD On January 8

30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival Announces Pantelion Films’ PERFECT STRANGERS U.S. Premiere

30TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL LINE-UP INCLUDING U.S. PREMIERE OF PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS)

The film opens in the U.S. on January 11th in select theaters 

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Palm Springs, CA (December 18, 2018) – The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has recently announced the complete line-up, including the U.S Premiere of Pantelion Films’ Perfectos Desconocidos (Perfect Strangers). The Festival will screen 223 films from 78 countries, including 48 premieres (4 World, 13 North American and 31 U.S.) from January 3-14, 2019. The line-up includes a focus on cinema from France, India and Mexico, Premieres, Talking Pictures, Book to Screen, Special Presentations, FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions, Gay!La, Local Spotlight, Modern Masters, True Stories, World Cinema Now, a 30-film retrospective of selections from past festivals (free screenings sponsored by Desert Care Network and National Endowment for the Arts), and more.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have the U.S. premiere of Perfectos Desconocidos at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year,” said Director Manolo Caro. “It’s an honor to be able to represent Mexican cinema on a global scale as well as introduce our unique style of storytelling to broader audiences. Working alongside the cast and crew to bring this story to life has truly been a remarkable journey and I can’t thank the PSIFF team enough for giving us this opportunity to showcase all our hard work.”

PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS)
Release
: January 11, 2019
Director: Manolo Caro
Based on the Screenplay by: Paolo Genovese
Produced by: Rafael Ley, María José Córdova, Rodrigo S. González, Manolo Caro
Cast: Cecilia Suárez, Bruno Bichir, Mariana Treviño, Manuel García Rulfo, Miguel Rodarte, Franky Martin, Ana Claudia Talancón, Camila Valero

SYNOPSIS: From Mexican auteur Manolo Caro (THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS) comes PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS), the electrifying story about a seemingly simple dinner. When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva (Cecilia Suarez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), they suspect it’s just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.

The stellar ensemble cast includes Cecilia Suárez (“Overboard,” “The House of Flowers”), Manuel García-Rulfo (“Magnificent Seven,” “Murder in the Orient Express”), Mariana Treviño (“Overboard,” “Club de Cuervos”), Miguel Rodarte (Sundance winner “Time Share,” “Saving Private Perez”), Bruno Bichir (“Narcos,” “DC Comics Titans”), Ana Claudia Talancón (“Crime of Father Amaro,” “Fast Food Nation”) and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. PERFECT STRANGERS is directed and adapted by Manolo Caro based on the original screenplay by Paolo Genovese.

PERFECT STRANGERS | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #PerfectosDesconocidos / #Perfect Strangers

 

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“It’s Officially Official!” | The TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE Sequel is Coming to Netflix!

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Ladies & gents, Netflix has announced the sequel to TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, reuniting stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

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The film is based on the popular YA To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han.

Production Companies include Awesomeness Films, Ace Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment.

Produced by: Matt Kaplan and Dougie Cash

Screenplay by: Sofia Alvarez

Awesomeness Films previously partnered with Netflix on 2018’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and 2017’s You Get Me. Overbrook previously partnered with Netflix on 2017’s Bright and the upcoming Bright 2.

The sequel is currently in development and will be released by Netflix.

 

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE | Official Channels

Instagram | #ToAllTheBoysSequel

www.netflix.com/toalltheboysivelovedbefore

 

 

 

HUNTER KILLER | Available on Digital 1/15 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD 1/29

START A BATTLE TO STOP A WAR

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The Action Goes Underwater on
Digital January 15 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on January 29 from Summit PremiereTM, A Lionsgate® Company

4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack to Include Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®

Experience the year’s most intense action-thriller when Hunter Killer arrives on Digital January 15 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 29 from Summit Premiere, a Lionsgate company. From the producers of The Fast and the Furious and Olympus Has Fallen, the film is a high-stakes action-thriller, taking audiences deep beneath the Arctic Ocean to sneak through enemy waters and stop WWIII from becoming a reality. Hunter Killer features an all-star cast including Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 300, The Bounty Hunter), Oscar® winner Gary Oldman (2017, Best Actor, Darkest Hour), Oscar® winner Common (2014, Best Original Song, Selma), Primetime Emmy® nominee Linda Cardellini (2013, Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Mad Men”), and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, The Machine, 13 Hours).

SYNOPSIS: Deep under the Arctic Ocean, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Butler) is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress when he uncovers a secret Russian coup threatening to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Captain Glass must now assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to rescue the kidnapped Russian president and sneak through enemy waters to stop WWIII.

Take home Hunter Killer and take a deep dive into the making of the film with the “Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer” two-part featurette, as well as an audio commentary with director Donovan Marsh. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on-screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray also feature Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The Hunter Killer 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Donovan Marsh
  • “Surface Tension: Declassifying Hunter Killer”  (Two-Part Featurette)

Movie Review by Kristin: THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES | Starring Kurt Russell

IMG_5238Good morning, everyone!

I’m hoping that everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit – what with Christmas only being less than a week away and all. I’ve just been cookie-baking and Christmas shopping and feeling the onset of my anxiety when I think about what I’ve spent and what I’ll eventually have to pay back lol. I did find some time to sit down and watch THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES on Netflix this weekend and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!

SYNOPSIS: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. 

Kurt Russell is THE perfect Santa Claus. He’s the coolest version I’ve ever seen in a movie, that’s for sure. What other Santa have YOU seen that wears a red leather coat? I’d also seen that the people who handled the special effects in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Home Alone also handled the special effects in this one, so I went into it with pretty high expectations. With that being said, I thought they did a fantastic job. I remember thinking to myself that this is the perfect Christmas movie for kids to see because not only was Santa relatable and very human-like, but it was everything that I think a child might try to envision. For example, how does Santa carry around gifts for so many children in one little bag on his sleigh? This movie brings that idea to life and allows children to see what the inside of that bag might look like.

While I, myself, became salty that a fictional character was taking all of the credit for my hard work in buying gifts for my niece when she was younger, I still found myself enjoying this movie very much. It had the corniness that all Christmas movies have, but it also had adventure and a coolness about it. It brings imagination to life in a new way. I’ve seen a few people say that this movie is safe for children 10+ to watch, but I also have friends who have watched this with their younger children & they loved it. It’s an edgy twist on the idea of Santa and I highly recommend checking it out! If you’re not 100% sure if you should watch it with your young ones, perhaps you should watch it yourself first. Either way, curl up on the couch with some popcorn and hot cocoa and enjoy the swag that Kurt Russell brings to the character!

ALITA | Robert Rodriguez Holiday Greeting

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I’m excited to share this holiday greeting from Director Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Spy Kids) as he invites you to his upcoming Action/Adventure movie ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – in theaters on February 14th.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
Release
: February 14, 2019
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Produced by: James Cameron, Jon Landau
Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez – Based upon the graphic novel (“Manga”) series “GUNNM” by Yukito Kishiro
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

SYNOPSIS: From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR)  and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLEANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #Alita

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 | Watch the Snowball Trailer

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With great power comes great adorability.

Watch the Snowball trailer for #TheSecretLifeOfPets2 now – in theaters Summer 2019.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). www.thesecretlifeofpets.com

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – In Theaters June 7

Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | #TheSecretLifeofPets2

 

 

 

DUA LIPA Announces New Single “Swan Song” For 20th Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

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Global pop singing sensation and 2019 double Grammy nominee Dua Lipa, will co-write and perform a new single, “Swan Song,” for Twentieth Century Fox’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY).  The film will be released in the US on February 14.

“From the moment we saw her video for ‘New Rules,’ we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL,” commented Producer Jon Landau.  “She has the kick-ass strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie.  Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make ‘Swan Song’ the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film.”

Said Lipa, “I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her badass spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”

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SYNOPSIS: From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLEANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities.

 

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #Alita

 

MGM Releases the Official Poster & Film Stills For FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

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Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures presents

In association with Film4 and The Ink Factory
A WWE Studios, Seven Bucks Productions, Misher Films Production
the FIRST OFFICIAL POSTER and FILM STILLS for FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY.

From writer and director Stephen Merchant,
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, with Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson

 FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY opens in Los Angeles and New York
on February 14, 2019 and everywhere on February 22, 2019

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SYNOPSIS: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige™. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY | Official Channels

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | #FightingWithMyFamily

 

WELCOME TO MARWEN | Check Out the Trailer & Character Art

This holiday season, experience the healing power of imagination in #WelcomeToMarwen starring, Academy Award nominee Steve Carell and ultimate girl squad, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González & Gwendoline Christie.

WELCOME TO MARWEN
In Theaters December 21, 2018

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Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis—the groundbreaking filmmaker behind Forrest Gump, Flight and Cast Away—directs Steve Carell in the most original movie of the year.  Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

SYNOPSIS: When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery.  Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic.  As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.  

In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.

The epic drama is produced by Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director.  It is executive produced by Jackie Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary that inspired the film.  welcometomarwen.com

AMERICAN HANGMAN | Official Trailer and Poster Released!

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A NEW KIND OF TRIAL.

Aqute Media and Vertical Entertainment have released the official trailer and poster for AMERICAN HANGMAN. This razor-sharp political thriller about an American citizen who takes the justice system into his own hands stars Donald Sutherland and Vincent Kartheiser.

SYNOPSIS: AMERICAN HANGMAN is a thriller built around a relentlessly ticking clock and a rapidly approaching deadline and verdict. A kidnapping, broadcast live on social media, turns into the trial of a judge who presided over a botched criminal case. This time, however, the audience gets to play judge and jury, deciding if the judge himself gets to live or die.

AMERICAN HANGMAN
opens in select theaters on January 4, 2019

SURVIVE. IN 10 DAYS THE JOURNEY BEGINS. | A new BIRD BOX Trailer has just debuted!

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Bird Box will have exclusive limited theatrical engagements in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London starting December 13.

The film will be released globally on Netflix on December 21 and will have an expanded theatrical release in additional theaters in the U.S., and throughout Europe.

Directed by | Susanne Bier
Written by | Eric Heisserer
Produced by | Dylan Clark, p.g.a., Chris Morgan, p.g.a., Clayton Townsend, p.g.a.
Starring | Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Colson Baker, BD Wong, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich

SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life.  Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in BIRD BOX, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier.