THE CURRENT WAR | October 4, 2019 Release Date Announced

Newly formed 101 Studios has announced the release date of the studio’s debut film release THE CURRENT WAR. The film’s limited release begins on October 4, 2019 followed by wide release on October 11, 2019.

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THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world.  Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL) with executive producer Martin Scorsese, THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.

THE CURRENT WAR opens in select theaters on October 4, 2019, and everywhere on October 11, 2019!

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GREEN BOOK | Feel-Good Drama ft. Mahershala Ali & Viggo Mortensen

green_book[1]Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Universal Pictures will be releasing the feel-good drama, GREEN BOOK.

In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. The film stars Academy Award winner MAHERSHALA ALI (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) and Academy Award nominee VIGGO MORTENSEN (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy).

Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly.  The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth.  Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.

SYNOPSIS: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.  Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Green book will begin limited engagements on Friday, November 16, 2018, before going wide on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Universal Pictures’ FIRST MAN starring Ryan Gosling | Watch the New Trailer

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From Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle, #FirstMan starring Ryan Gosling opens in theaters and IMAX on October 12.

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), the epic drama of leading under the pressure of grace and tragedy is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Isaac Klausner (Love, Simon) and Chazelle.  Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims and Singer executive produce, while DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas
Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenplay by: Josh Singer
Based on the Book by: James R. Hansen
Produced by: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Damien Chazelle
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Adam Merims, Josh Singer

FIRST MAN – In Theaters October 12

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Movie Review by Kristin: IRREPLACEABLE YOU

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I admit that I can be a bit emotional at times during shows like This Is Us and movies like Love, Simon. None, however, have made me ugly cry quite like this one.

SYNOPSIS: Recently engaged couple Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman) find their dreams for the future shattered when she receives a terminal-cancer diagnosis. Abbie copes with the news by attending a support group, and by trying to plan the details of Sam’s life after she’s gone — which includes finding him a new partner.

IRREPLACEABLE YOU is a bit predictable in the sense that the main characters, Abbie and Sam, discover her diagnosis so early in the film, but the way it’s handled is heartbreaking and lovely all at the same time. I also feel like it was a bit sugar-coated because we never saw Abbie get extremely sick the way that we know cancer can play out — but I’m kind of thankful for that. We know what’s happening, we don’t necessarily have to witness every detail. In that respect, I also think it’s very telling that you’re able to be so emotionally invested in this couple despite not seeing the very worst of this horrible disease. It says a lot about the actors in each scene.

The performances by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman were very sweet and raw. You really felt the love they had for each other, which made the outcome even more beautiful and heartbreaking. With that being said, even though the ending is predictable, watching it play out in such a way had me hooked. It was also fun to see Christopher Walken play a friend to Abbie throughout the film and, ultimately, being the person who made her look at her life differently.

My only complaint is that we didn’t get enough scenes with Kate McKinnon in them! Aside from that, this was a great little movie. One of the moments that really got me was when Abbie tells Sam that she thought planning his future would hurt less than her accepting that she won’t be around to see it. UGHHHHHHH. If you like the odd concoction of sad, romantic and funny movies, I definitely recommend this one.

Side note: I absolutely loved Sam’s dimples in the movie, and I was absolutely SHOOK to discover that he played Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones! Yes, the one that hooked up with Khaleesi and got dumped! Funny what a pair of glasses and a shave could do!

THE SINNER | Renewed by USA Network for Season 2

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USA has announced that THE SINNER will return for Season 2!

The show originally premiered as a six-part miniseries starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, and will return  for a limited season in Summer 2018.

SYNOPSIS: Season 2 lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and a mysterious woman who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.

While Jessica Biel won’t be starring in Season 2, she’ll remain attached to the show as an executive producer alongside Derek Simonds, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, Brad Winters and Antonio Campos.

This show is definitely worth watching. It has you on the edge of your seat throughout every episode, and really makes you sympathize with characters you wouldn’t imagine sympathizing with. The premise for the show was based on the novel of the same name written by Petra Hammesfahr.

You can watch Season 1 of THE SINNER on DVD, Amazon Instant Video, Fandango Now, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, and Vudu.

Here’s the trailer for Season 1 in case you need convincing:

Enter to Win! WONDER | DVD #Giveaway | Arrives on Digital 1/30 & 4k Ultra, Blu-ray & DVD 2/13 | #choosekind #wonderthemovie

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“The perfect film for the entire family.”
—    Mark S. Allen, ABC TV

A Heartwarming Story About Kindness, Love and Friendship

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The Critically Acclaimed Film Arrives on Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HDTM Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Packand DVD on February 13

4K Ultra HD to include both Dolby Vision and Dolby® TrueHD

Wonder_BD_3DThe incredibly moving and heartfelt family film, Wonder, heads to Digital January 30 and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, and USA Today’s top-selling book of 2017, by R.J. Palacio, writer-director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within. Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes and co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack Thorne, Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (2000, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (2001, Best Writing, The Royal Tenenbaums), Golden Globe® nominee Mandy Patinkin (1984, Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Yentl; 1995, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, “Chicago Hope”; 2003, Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series or Television Motion Picture, “Homeland”), and Jacob Tremblay (RoomThe Smurfs 2).

Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.


I have 3 copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2Kwonder

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning!  😉

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

 

This promotion will end February 14 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


The Wonder home entertainment release includes all-new special features, including a never-before-seen 5-part documentary, multiple featurettes, a music video, and an audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby TrueHD, which provides the most authentic lossless audio experience available for the home theater. Together Dolby Vision and Dolby TrueHD allow consumers to experience both cutting-edge imaging and lossless audio sound technology for an immersive entertainment experience.

Timed to the book’s sixth anniversary, and to Valentine’s Day, Wonder will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Summer of Fun” 5-Part Documentary
    • “A (com)Passion Project” Featurette
    • “Family Matters” Featurette
    • “A Technical Wonder” Featurette
    • “A Note of Kindness” Featurette
    • “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives” Featurette
  • “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” Featurette
  • “What a Wonderful World” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • WonderSoundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video
  • WonderSoundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

 

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MOLLY’S GAME | Available on Digital 3/27 and on Blu-ray & DVD 4/10 | @Mollys_Game #MollysGame

JESSICA CHASTAIN AND IDRIS ELBA DELIVER AN ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE
IN THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY

MOLLY’S GAME

2018 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY BY AARON SORKIN

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL MARCH 27, 2018
AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD APRIL 10, 2018

BD_MollysGame_OCard_3DFrom Aaron Sorkin, the mind behind The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, comes the astounding true story of 26-year-old Molly Bloom, who through sheer nerve, wits, and acumen builds an empire and takes over the ultimate boys club: exclusive high-stakes poker in Molly’s Gamearriving on Digital March 27, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand April 10, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, this sensational film is “one of the most radically entertaining things Aaron Sorkin has ever written” (David Ehrlich, Indiewire) and “Unendingly satisfying” (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair).  Molly’s Game on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes with special bonus content that takes viewers deeper into the life of Molly Bloom and the making of the film.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), delivers a powerhouse performance as the tenacious Molly Bloom and is joined by an outstanding cast including Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Star Trek: Beyond, Beasts of No Nation), Academy Award® nominee Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures, Man of Steel), Michael Cera (“Arrested Development,” Superbad) Jeremy Strong (The Big Short, Detroit), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, “Girls”) and Bill Camp (“The Night Of,” Hostiles).

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game is based on 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 becoming a target of the FBI. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

BONUS FEATURE on BLU-RAYTM and DVD

  • Building an Empire – Writer/Director Aaron Sorkin and star Jessica Chastain comment on Molly Bloom and her remarkable story.

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LOVE, SIMON | Official Trailer, Soundtrack & First Single Released | #LOVESIMON @lovesimonmovie

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20th Century Fox has released the official trailer, soundtrack and first single for their one-of-a-kind teenage drama LOVE, SIMON starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale!

SYNOPSIS: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Executive produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, the LOVE, SIMON soundtrack’s first single “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song),” via RCA Records is now available for pre-order at all digital retail providers. The official soundtrack is available on all platforms on Friday, March 16, 2018! Check out the full track listing and link to the first single below.

Alfie’s Song (Not A Typical Love Song) – Single
Multi-retailer: http://smarturl.it/AlfiesSongLS


LOVE, SIMON (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Album Pre-order
Multi-retailer: http://smarturl.it/LoveSimonOST


LOVE, SIMON
 Soundtrack Track Listing:

  1. Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) Bleachers
  2. Rollercoaster Bleachers
  3. Never Fall In Love Jack Antonoff & MØ
  4. Strawberries & Cigarettes Troye Sivan
  5. Sink In Amy Shark**       
  6. Love Lies Khalid & Normani
  7. The Oogum Boogum Song Brenton Wood
  8. Love Me The 1975
  9. I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
  10. Someday At Christmas Jackson 5
  11. Wings Haerts
  12. Keeping A Secret Bleachers*
  13. Wild Heart Bleachers

*Does not appear in film
**Version does not appear in film

LOVE, SIMON will hit theaters everywhere on March 16, 2018!

 

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Movie Review by Kristin: IT | #ITMovie @ITMovieOfficial

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Goooooood morning!!!

It’s actually a GREAT morning because I was able to sleep after watching IT last night with the family! I don’t know why I agreed to watch that movie at night, but I did. I was tense the entire time and then took the most nerve-wracking shower I’ve ever taken in my life because I was certain that Pennywise was standing outside my shower curtain. Did I mention that I am NOT a horror movie person . . . AT ALL?!

SYNOPSIS: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

Let me start by saying: 1) I do not like clowns. In no way, shape or form do I think a grown adult should be dressing up like that and entertaining children. lol. It’s just creepy in general. 2) As I already mentioned, I am not a horror movie fan, I don’t enjoy being scared, and I totally had to fall asleep last night watching FRIENDS on Netflix so I wouldn’t keep thinking about Pennywise the damn Dancing Clown!!

With that being said . . . the movie was actually better than I expected. I kept getting mad at the typical person walking into the basement instead of out of the house, but I digress. The majority of the cast were minors and I thought they all did a fantastic job! The script was great and they delivered the foul-mouthed lines perfectly. Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Eddie had to be one of my favorites. The other members of the self-proclaimed  “Losers” group alongside Jack Dylan Grazer were Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard (Mike on Stranger Things), Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Wyatt Oleff.

From watching the trailers, you would think that the sole purpose of the movie is for the kids to defeat Pennywise, but I like the little plot twist. It’s more about their fears than it is of Pennywise himself. He represents the respective fear for each of the kids, and I thought that was pretty interesting. It taught me two things: 1) Don’t let anyone know what your fear is and then maybe it won’t try to kill you, and 2) It you ever have to face your biggest fear, make sure you have the kids of Derry on your side.

Aside from being so incredible tense throughout the movie, I thought it was really good. The cast was phenomenal, the plot was interesting and the only complaint I really have is not being able to understand Pennywise a lot of the time because he constantly drooled and slurred his words. But, then again, I probably didn’t want to hear what he had to say anyway! So check it out and, as always, let me know what you thought!

 

Movie Review by Kristin: HOME AGAIN | #HomeAgain_Movie #HomeAgainMovie

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m back with another movie review! This time I was able to put the phone down and watch HOME AGAIN with the niece and I actually really enjoyed it. Admittedly, I thought I was going to love this one, but I can’t say it’s in my top 5. I did enjoy it though, and I definitely don’t think it deserved the low rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

SYNOPSIS: Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. 

Our first thought about the film is that Reese Witherspoon definitely has some sort of anti-aging elixir that we all need to get our hands on. The woman does not age!

Her performance in this movie was so good! She really embodied the role of a freshly separated mom who is feeling her way through being the new head-of-household. She’s not perfect, she’s sensitive and she’s unwilling to give up on herself and her daughters. That’s something that so many women can relate to and it’s part of the charm of this movie.

The relationships she develops with Harry (Pico Alexander), George (Jon Rudnitsky) and Teddy (Nat Wolff) contribute to the charm as well. Each one fills a void that she is missing since her separation from Austin (Michael Sheen) and, although I probably wouldn’t let three strangers live in my home, it provides the near-perfect situation in Alice’s case.

HOME AGAIN has a great blend of comedy, romance and drama that leaves you wanting more. At only an hour and 37 minutes, I feel like there could’ve been at least another half hour of comedy thrown in there. It was a great watch for sure, but it didn’t completely wow me the way the trailer did.

You can grab a copy of HOME AGAIN on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray now! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Movie Review by Kristin: ALLIED | @AlliedMovie #AlliedMovie

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What’s up, movie lovers?

I had some time yesterday to sit down and watch a movie, so I decided to indulge my Brad Pitt-loving self and watch ALLIED on Amazon Prime. It wasn’t my favorite Brad Pitt movie of all time, but the performances were fantastic!

The movie stars Brad Pitt as Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beauséjour.

SYNOPSIS: In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Ok, so here’s what I thought . . .

The first part of the movie had a fair amount of action, but, I admit, I was hoping for a little more. Max and Marion are posing as husband and wife in order to infiltrate and, later, assassinate a German ambassador. I just felt like there was this huge buildup towards the assassination and then maybe 5 minutes where they actually put the plan into action. Personally, I was more interested in finding out who these people were and why they were put together for this particular mission. I don’t necessarily feel like we ever got that answer where Marianne was concerned though. Even the relationship between Marianne and Max felt contrived as opposed to being able to see them gradually fall in love. When Max asked her to come with him to London, I thought it was still part of a mission rather than genuine affection for her. Sure, there was some sexual tension between them in the first part of the movie, but it just didn’t feel like enough for the relationship to continue on elsewhere. I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t, but maybe that was intentional.

The cinematography here was great also. You really felt like you were in the scene with the characters. One of the craziest scenes was a birth scene where nurses rush the patient out in the street during a bomb raid to deliver her baby. With ash floating around them and fire in the sky, the baby was born surrounded by clapping nurses. It was rather unrealistic, but beautifully shot!

Overall, I’m glad I caught this though. The performances by Pitt and Cotillard were fantastic, but I’m a bit biased where Brad Pitt is concerned (don’t judge me). My jaw dropped at least twice throughout the film, which is always a great thing! I would recommend watching this at least once because it definitely held my interest throughout.

I was able to watch ALLIED for free as part of my Amazon Prime membership, but it’s also available on iTunes, DVD and Blu-ray now! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

THE MIRACLE SEASON – First Official Trailer! | #LiveLikeLine

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LD Entertainment has just released the official trailer for THE MIRACLE SEASON. The film stars Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty and Danika Yarosh.

SYNOPSIS: Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team.  After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

THE MIRACLE SEASON is available in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!

 

THE MIRACLE SEASON

Release: April 13, 2018
Director: Sean McNamara
Writers: David Aaron Cohen, Elissa Matsueda
Producers: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Mark Ciardi, Scott Holroyd
Genre: Drama
Cast: Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh, Erin Moriarty
Production Company: LD Entertainment
Distributor: LD Entertainment / Mirror

 

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Movie Review by Kristin: THE WORDS

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After binge watching The Punisher over the past week, I remembered hearing about this movie that Ben Barnes was in a few years ago and decided to check it out.

THE WORDS was released back in 2012 and stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Ben Barnes.

SYNOPSIS: Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.

I actually enjoyed watching this movie. As a writer, I often find myself questioning my own writing abilities. I can’t tell you how many times in a day I sit and ask myself if I’m good enough to pursue this as a career. I’ve read pieces written by others and I wish I had half of the imagination that they had to create such works of art. The truth is that it all depends on who is reading your work. So, that aspect of the movie really intrigued me. I knew how Rory Jansen felt on a personal level.

While there wasn’t any action in this movie, there was heart and relatability. It may not be for everyone – especially those who are unaware of the trials and tribulations that come along with being a writer. It’s not my favorite movie in the world, but I’m happy I was able to watch it.

Bradley Cooper plays Rory Jansen and does a great job! He’s charming and determined to find his place in the literary world, which is definitely not as easy as one might think. I don’t agree with plagiarizing a novel the way that he does, but I don’t think his intention was to actually have the manuscript published. We all find inspiration in the most random of places, so I think Rory was retyping the manuscript in order to find his own inspiration within this story that he fell in love with. When he saw how excited and proud his wife was, he ran with it.

I enjoyed the concept of a story within a story here as well. I don’t know that the point of it all was as cut and dry as I was expecting, but I overlooked that. It was also a bit disappointing that Ben Barnes’s character as the Young Man barely had any lines. His role was instrumental in the telling of the story, but he’s a fabulous, underestimated actor and I wish they would have given the man some more lines! In any case, even with very few lines, he delivers a fantastic performance. One can even argue whether he is the main character of the story.

Perhaps the movie could have made a stronger impact if it had been just a little bit longer. It leaves the audience with so many unanswered questions and I think tying up a few of them might have been more effective.

As I mentioned, this wasn’t my favorite movie, but if you’re a writer I would recommend watching it. If nothing else, just as a reminder that even through all of the rejection letters and silence from literary agencies and magazines, success can be found in the most unexpected places. Also, don’t plagiarize . . . that’s not cool!

Star Studded Red Carpet During LA Premiere of THE SHAPE OF WATER

On November 15 the stars came out for the Los Angeles red carpet premiere of the critically acclaimed film, THE SHAPE OF WATER. The film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, and cast, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins were among those present.

SYNOPSIS: An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Below are photos of the event:

THE SHAPE OF WATER releases nationally in theaters on December 22.

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN| NEW Behind The Scenes Clip!

Watch as the cast of PROFESSOR MARSTON & WONDER WOMEN marvel at the origin story of the most famous female superhero in comic book history in this NEW piece! The film starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote and written and directed by Angela Robinson will hit theaters on October 13th.

SYNOPSIS: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

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THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US | Idris Elba Reads His Own Fan Fiction and The Result is Amazing

It’s Man Crush Monday and today 20th Century Fox has released a new video of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US #MCM star Idris Elba reading fan fiction… about himself! Brace yourself for what happens when our favorite man crush reads your fantasy aloud.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

SYNOPSIS: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. 

The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US hits theaters everywhere October 6, 2017! 

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PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN | NEW Clip released!

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Watch Connie Britton and Luke Evans battle over the world’s most famous Amazon in a NEW clip from PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN. 

The film starring starring Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote and written and directed by Angela Robinson will open in theaters on October 13th.

SYNOPSIS: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

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LANE 1974 | Official Trailer

The Orchard has released the official trailer for LANE 1974!

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SYNOPSIS: A young and impressionable Lane struggles with the repercussions of her iconoclast mother’s erratic moves through the communes and dusty back woods of 1974 Northern California.

Directed by S.J. Chiro, LANE 1974 tells the story of facing adolescence in the midst of adversity and longing for more.

LANE 1974 is due to be released by The Orchard On Digital and On Demand September 26th!

 

LANE 1974

Release: 9/26/17
GENRE: Drama
DIRECTOR: S.J. Chiro
CAST: Katherine Moennig, Sophia Mitri Schloss

SHOOTER | Season 1 Review | #TVreview

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Hey there, TV lovers!

If you’re thinking about catching SHOOTER on USA Network, stop thinking!! Just do it!! I recently caught the entire first season on Netflix and I’m hooked. I was a fan of the film (ft. Mark Wahlberg) and, considering the fact that Wahlberg is an Executive Producer for the show, I figured it would be a good one. I wasn’t wrong.

Ryan Phillippe plays Bob Lee Swagger perfectly. He’s a triple threat: smart, talented and family driven. Swagger, a talented sniper, will stop at nothing to protect his family after he’s framed for murdering the Ukranian President.

Phillippe also has a great supporting cast in Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Eddie McClintock, Omar Epps, Josh Stewart and Tom Sizemore.

There’s action everywhere you look, but the action is driven (on Swagger’s side) by emotion, so there’s a good balance for everyone. To be honest, I thought this was the only season so far, so now I’m going to wrap this up and catch the second season on the USA app!

In case you need more convincing, check out the trailer for Season 1:

Movie Review by Kristin: KIDNAP | #kidnapmovie @kidnapmovie

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What’s up, movie lovers??

I had a chance to check out KIDNAP last weekend and thought it was absolutely insane! If you suffer from anxiety AT ALL, proceed with caution!

SYNOPSIS: A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

The movie starts out with Karla (Halle Berry) working at a diner while her young son, Frankie (Sage Correa) sits at the counter. Her replacement has yet to show up, which leaves Karla alone to serve the rude customers. She finally leaves and takes Frankie to the park where there’s a carnival going on.

Karla and Frankie have a “Marco/Polo” system to keep track of where the other one is because Frankie likes to hide, but Karla steps away from her son for a moment to answer a phone call from her divorce attorney and that’s a wrap. Karla frantically searches for Frankie around the carnival and sees him being led to a car by a stranger. She chases after him, but the car speeds away. Karla jumps in her mini van and chases them.

Now, I sat there wondering what the chances were that this stranger danger was able to have a conversation with Frankie while Karla was on the phone and then had the time to casually walk over to her car with him without anyone noticing anything suspicious. That’s just my analytical mind over thinking.

In any case, Karla chases the car on the highway in a desperate attempt to get her son back. Of course, in a car chase, you have to worry about dodging other cars and accidents, running out of gas and, in Karla’s situation, a strange dude who is threatening to kill her and Frankie if she continues to chase them. He even dangles Frankie out of the car while driving.

These people definitely messed with the wrong momma!! Karla does everything in her power to get Frankie back unscathed, even if it means crashing her car and sneaking into their creepy home. She discovers that this couple has been involved in a child abduction ring within four states and manages to save Frankie and two other girls in the process.

All in all, I thought this was a good movie. Can’t say it was my favorite, but it was cool to see the lengths someone might go to in order to save their child. Movies like this typically piss me off though because in this day and age, you can’t leave your child alone for a second without the possibility of something crazy like this happening. I found myself yelling at the TV for Karla not to pick up that phone call! Or, at the very least, not to turn around where she can’t see her son sitting alone on a bench. It’s definitely an edge-of-your seat kind of film!

The performances were fantastic too. Halle Berry as a frantic mom was the epitome of a strong woman, and the abductors were EXTRA creepy.

I’d recommend it though, so check it out!