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!

THE SNOWMAN | Exclusive #Giveaway #thesnowman

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The Snowman, a terrifying thriller based on the novel by Jo Nesbø is now in theaters!

SYNOPSIS: When an elite crime squad’s lead detective, Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

To celebrate the release of this terrifying thriller starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation) we have an exclusive The Snowman  giveaway for you!

 

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The Snowman pack has:

1 – Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll: This limited edition Snowman plush is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of the killer’s Snowman and features a detachable head and the Snowman logo on the bottom.

1 – The Snowman Official Promo Shirt – An official promo T-Shirt featuring The Snowman logo on the front and the signature design on the back.

1 – Replica Snowman Killer Letter – A replica of the Snowman killer’s note, sealed.


Here’s what you have to do to enter the giveaway…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2KSNOWMAN

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

Yes, that’s all you have to do!


This promotion will end October 31 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. & Canadian 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.

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) also star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

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#MovieWednesday: Week 1 | Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Princess Diaries and Justice League

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Hey hey hey!! Happy Hump Day!

Today is dedicated to movies, movies and more movies. So, grab your popcorn and prepare for trailers, release dates, casting news, etc. I’m hoping to have some podcasts posted here as well, so if I can wrangle in some of my cohorts, those will be included on certain Wednesdays too.

I can’t complete my first #MovieWednesday without mentioning the new Star Wars trailer! Ho. Ly. Crap. Balls. The anticipation for this one is REAL! If you’re one of like five people who hasn’t seen it yet, you can watch it below:

Ahhhhhh!!! Were you as impressed and worried as I was?? I work with two Star Wars fanatics who are uber excited about the idea that Rey might turn to the dark side alongside Kylo Ren, but I refuse to accept this. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that perhaps she’s teaming up with Luke Skywalker and pretending to side with Kylo Ren in order to retaliate for (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!) killing Hans Solo. Think I’m reaching? You’re not the only one haha. Let me know what YOU thought!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to be released in theaters December 15, 2017 and tickets are available now!


PB1208[1]This is a rather random choice for #MovieWednesday, but who cares? It’s a movie! I’ve heard so many people talking about the 1987 film The Princess Bride, but I, personally, have never seen it. I decided to change that and I recorded it on my DVR last week. I finally sat down to watch it and realized that it wasn’t necessarily what I expected. It was odd, it was far-fetched, it was cute, it was romantic, it was funny and I liked it! Have you seen it before? Want me to shut up about it now? … As you wish …


One movie that I’m really excited about is Justice League! I don’t even think I need to give an explanation as to why! lol. I’m excited to see Jason Momoa embrace the role of Aquaman, and I’m stoked to see a female superhero (Wonder Woman) holding her own amongst some of the best male superheroes. I’m still a bit salty that Grant Gustin didn’t get to play The Flash in the film since he plays him so well on The CW, but I digress. Check out the newest trailer and let me know your feelings. Who are you most excited to see?

 

Here are the newest movie posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Justice League:

 

#LaLaLand Desembarca en Digital HD 4/11 y en 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD 4/25 #CityofStars

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“Pura magia cinematográfica”
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Ganadora de 6 Premios de la Academia®
y de 7 históricos Globos de Oro®

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Del Director Damien Chazelle, Ganador del Premio de la Academia®, y protagonizada por Ryan Gosling, Nominado al Oscar® por Mejor Actor, y por Emma Stone, Ganadora al Oscar® por Mejor Actriz, La La Land Desembarca en Digital HD el 11 de Abril y en 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack y DVD el 25 de Abril de la mano de Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label

SANTA MÓNICA, CA y VANCOUVER, BC, 13 de marzo de 2017 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) anunció hoy que la deslumbrante obra maestra, musical, ganadora del Premio de la Academia® y del Globo de Oro® La La Land desembarca en Digital HD el 11 de abril y en 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (más Blu-ray y Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (más DVD y Digital HD), DVD y Bajo Demanda el 25 de abril de la mano de Summit Entertainment, una compañía de Lionsgate. Escrita y dirigida por Damien Chazelle, ganador del Premio de la Academia®, y protagonizada por Ryan Gosling, nominado al Oscar® por Mejor Actor, y por Emma Stone, ganadora del Oscar® por Mejor Actriz, La La Land relata la historia de una aspirante a actriz llamada Mia y de un entregado pianista de jazz llamado Sebastian, quienes atraviesan dificultades para llegar a fin de mes en una ciudad conocida por destruir cualquier esperanza y romper corazones. Recreada en el Los Ángeles moderno, este original musical sobre la vida cotidiana explora la alegría y el dolor que acompañan la búsqueda de tus sueños.

“La película del año” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) debutó en el Festival de Cine de Venice y en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Toronto con elogios unánimes por parte de la crítica. La La Land ganó 6 Premios de la Academia®, incluyendo un premio por Mejor Director al director y guionista Damien Chazelle, ganó también 7 históricos Globos de Oro®, y se ha convertido en un fenómeno taquillero a nivel mundial con una recaudación internacional de $400 millones. La película también cuenta con la participación del cantante y compositor John Legend, que ha ganado el Premio Grammy® en diez ocasiones y que está detrás del sencillo “Start a Fire”. La banda sonora de la película también incluye los temas “City of Stars” (ganadora del Globo de Oro® por Mejor Canción Original – Película) y “Audition”.

La La Land es más que la película más aclamada del año – es un tesoro cinematográfico para la posteridad del que te enamorarás una y otra vez. Emma Stone y Ryan Gosling dan vida a Mia y Sebastian, una actriz y un pianista de jazz en busca de sus sueños hollywoodenses –y encontrarse el uno al otro– en una vibrante celebración de esperanza, sueños y amor.

La interpretación mágica que Damien Chazelle hace de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles está llamada a ser un clásico moderno y un icono de la era. El lanzamiento para entretenimiento en el hogar incluye el espectacular largometraje, que puede verse una y otra vez, así como material adicional extenso que revela la historia no contada sobre cómo las pasiones de Damien cobraron vida a través de este proyecto. El contenido especial del 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray y Digital HD incluye audiocomentarios del guionista y director Damien Chazelle y del compositor Justin Hurwitz. También vienen acompañados de 10 cortometrajes con escenas entre bastidores que incluyen: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway”, que ofrece una mirada detrás de cámara para mostrar que Damien Chazelle y su equipo solo contaron con dos días de rodaje para llevar a la realidad la espectacular escena inaugural; “La La Land’s Great Party”, que muestra la creación de la fiesta en las colinas de Hollywood; “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student”, que detalla el esfuerzo realizado por Ryan Gosling para llegar a tocar el piano como Sebastian; “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project” revela la historia de los orígenes de La La Land; “La La Land‘s Love Letter To Los Angeles”, en la que se explica el significado del término La La Land; “The Music of La La Land” se sumerge en el proceso de creación de la música icónica; “John Legend’s Acting Debut” permite conocer los pensamientos del cantante y ganador de varios Premios Grammy® sobre su participación en la película; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” muestra entrevistas con el equipo de diseño de la película; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” marca la tercera vez que Ryan Gosling y Emma Stone comparten pantalla; y “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream”, que explora el extraordinario final de la película. El 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray y Digital HD también cuentan con “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”, que presenta las ideas originales de la película. Los lanzamientos del 4K Ultra HD y Blu-ray de La La Land cuentan con tecnología Dolby Atmos, mezclada específicamente para el entretenimiento en casa y la cual permite situar y mover el sonido a cualquier parte de la habitación, incluso por encima del televidente.

El DVD de La La Land viene con audiocomentarios de Chazelle y Hurwitz titulados “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles” y “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”. Todos los lanzamientos incluyen una selección de canciones. La La Land estará disponible en 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack y DVD por el precio sugerido de venta de $42.99, $39.99 y $29.95 respectivamente.

 

MATERIAL ESPECIAL DEL 4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD

  • Audiocomentario con el guionista/director Damien Chazelle y el compositor Justin Hurwitz
  • Cortometraje “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway”
  • Cortometraje “La La Land’s Great Party”
  • Cortometraje “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student”
  • Cortometraje “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”
  • Cortometraje “La La Land‘s Love Letter to Los Angeles”
  • Cortometraje “The Music of La La Land
  • Cortometraje “John Legend’s Acting Debut”
  • Cortometraje “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land
  • Cortometraje “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”
  • Cortometraje “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream”
  • Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Selección de Canciones

 

MATERIAL ESPECIAL DEL DVD

  • Audiocomentario con el guionista/director Damien Chazelle y el compositor Justin Hurwitz
  • Cortometraje “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway”
  • Cortometraje “La La Land‘s Love Letter To Los Angeles”
  • Cortometraje “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”
  • Selección de Canciones

 


Website: OwnLaLaLand.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LaLaLand
Instagram: @LaLaLand
Twitter: @LaLaLand

#CityofStars  #LaLaLand

#LaLaLand Arrives on Digital HD 4/11 and on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD 4/25 #CityofStars

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“Pure movie magic” 

– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Winner of 6 Academy Awards®
and a Record-Breaking 7 Golden Globes®

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From Academy Award®-Winning Director Damien Chazelle and Starring Oscar® Best Actor Nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar® Best Actress Winner Emma Stone, La La Land, Arrives on Digital HD April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on April 25 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label

 

 

SANTA MONICA, CA and VANCOUVER, BC, March 13, 2017 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) announced today that the dazzling Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winning music-filled masterpiece La La Land arrives on Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. Written and directed by Academy Award® winning director Damien Chazelle and starring Oscar® Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar® Best Actress winner Emma Stone, La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

“The movie of the year” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival to unanimous critical praise. La La Land won 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer-director Damien Chazelle, won a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards and has become a global box office phenomenon grossing over $400 million globally. The film also features ten-time Grammy®-Award winning singer/songwriter John Legend who contributed the single “Start a Fire” to the soundtrack which also includes the tracks “City of Stars” (Golden Globe® winner for Best Original Song – Motion Picture), and “Audition.”

La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

Damien Chazelle’s magical interpretation of the City of Angels is destined to be a modern classic and an icon of the era. The home entertainment release includes the breathtaking film to watch again and again, as well in-depth bonus material revealing the untold story of how Damien’s passion project came to life. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD special features include audio commentary by writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, and 10 behind-the-scenes featurettes including: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Damien Chazelle and his team had only two shoot days to make the film’s spectacular opening number a reality; “La La Land’s Great Party,” looking at the creation of the Hollywood Hills party scene; “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” showing how hard Ryan Gosling worked to truly play the piano as Sebastian; “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project,” that uncovers the story of La La Land’s origins; “La La Land‘s Love Letter To Los Angeles,” in which the term La La Land is explained; “The Music of La La Land” delving into the process of creating the iconic music; “John Legend’s Acting Debut” featuring the Grammy®-Winning singer’s thoughts on being in the film; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land,” with interviews with the film’s design team; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm,” marking the third time in which Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have starred on screen together, and “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream,” exploring the extraordinary ending to the film. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD also feature “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”, showing the original pitches for the film. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray of La La Land will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

The La La Land DVD features audio commentary with Chazelle and Hurwitz, “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles,” and “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm.” All releases include song selection.  La La Land will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

 

4K/BLU-RAY/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
  • La La Land’s Great Party” Featurette
  • “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” Featurette
  • “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project” Featurette
  • La La Land‘s Love Letter to Los Angeles” Featurette
  • “The Music of La La Land” Featurette
  • “John Legend’s Acting Debut” Featurette
  • “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” Featurette
  • “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
  • “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream” Featurette
  • Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Song Selection

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
  • La La Land‘s Love Letter To Los Angeles” Featurette
  • “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
  • Song Selection

 

Website: OwnLaLaLand.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LaLaLand
Instagram: @LaLaLand
Twitter: @LaLaLand

#CityofStars  #LaLaLand

LA LA LAND Screening Giveaway

LA LA LAND Screening Giveaway
La La Land

 

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, “LA LA LAND” tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

LA LA LAND
LOS ANGELES
12/07/2016
7:00PM
Regal LA Live Stadium 14

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PASSES

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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

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Disney’s ZOOTOPIA Screening Passes Giveaway

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Movie fans!! I’ve got screening passes for the upcoming Disney film…

This. Looks. Awesome!!! I can’t wait to see it – – – So…I’ve got screening passes for the following cities below. You better move fast – these will go fast!

Oh and one more thing. PLEASE REMEMBER that these passes are first come, first serve – – if you get passes – – – don’t be late to the screening – – kids sometimes don’t understand when a theater fills up – – that no one else is allowed inside the theater. 🙂

Good? Goooooooood.

ZOOTOPIA

Monday, February 29

7:30PM

LOS ANGELES – AMC Burbank 16: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/893842

PHOENIX – AMC Westgate 20: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/174097

HOUSTON – AMC Gulfpointe 30: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/671496

DALLAS – AMC Northpark: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/990882

SAN ANTONIO – Santikos Silverado: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/543478

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END ALL OF THE PASSES ARE GONE. No purchase necessary. No one will be admitted late into the movie. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. It is our sole discretion at any time to refuse, revoke or limit admission. Only one contest entry per person. Only U.S. residents over the age of 18 are eligible to participate and win. Movie passes do not guarantee entry. Please read screening ticket for all rules.

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ZOOTOPIA – In Theaters March 4, 2016

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Enter to Win! ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Screening Passes

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KUNG FU PANDA 3

Saturday, January 16

2:00 PM

Webster, TX – Cinemark 18 and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

The Woodlands, TX – Cinemark Tinseltown 17 and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

San Antonio, TX – Cinemark McCreless Market – DOWNLOAD HERE

Pharr, TX – Cinemark Pharr Town Center and XD – DOWNLOAD HERE

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*Each theater will feature a Live Stream of the Los Angeles Red Carpet prior to the screening.

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END WHEN ALL PASSES ARE GONE. No purchase necessary. No one will be admitted late into the movie. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. It is our sole discretion at any time to refuse, revoke or limit admission. Only one contest entry per person. Only U.S. residents over the age of 18 are eligible to participate and win. Movie passes do not guarantee entry. Please read screening ticket for all rules.

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 – In theaters January 29

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