Movie Review by Kristin: Disney’s Live Action ALADDIN

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Hello there, movie lovers!

In light of the newly released Live Action and Signature Collection versions of Disney’s ALADDIN on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray this week, I wanted to repost my review of the Live Action version! I was lucky enough to catch a screening of it here in Miami and, I have to say, it was much better than I expected!

Let me preface my review by saying that I’ve always loved Aladdin. The original movie was one of my favorites & I loooooooved the game on Sega. Collecting apples, leaping onto wooden stairs and hopping from stone to stone to avoid lava in the Cave of Wonders. This movie has all of that, which brings back a strong sense of nostalgia. Who doesn’t love that??

With that being said, let me get to the cast. There were some strong feelings going around when the cast was announced. Not necessarily from myself, but the only actor involved that I really knew of was Will Smith, who was cast as Genie. Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) were unknown to me, but now I can’t wait to see what they do next! The three of them carried the film, along with some scene stealers by Abu, Aladdin’s infamous pet monkey. The chemistry between Massoud’s Aladdin and Scott’s Princess Jasmine was evident from the beginning. Some of the iconic scenes from the original were recreated here, further enhancing that nostalgia!

Personally, I loved the cast. The only one I thought could have been a bit stronger was the role of Jafar. The actor in this movie has a soft voice that doesn’t seem to carry much power when he’s on screen. This isn’t to take away from his work as an actor, I just don’t know that he was entirely right for this particular role. Jafar always had this menacing presence in the original, and I just didn’t necessarily feel that here.

I loooooved the singing and dancing! They changed things up some, allowing Smith to sort of modernize the role of Genie a bit. Some of his songs have more of a little rap vibe as opposed to regular singing & it worked! My only “complaint,” if you can call it that, was that in some of the dance numbers, it seemed like the timing was sped up a little. It looked like it was in fast mode when I think it would’ve been nicer to see it in real time.

One thing I want to mention again is the modernization in this one in comparison to the original. Aside from Genie’s contribution, we also see a stronger female presence when it comes to Princess Jasmine’s role. This version includes a new song, “Speechless,” that touches on how she’s supposed to be seen and not heard, but she refuses to remain speechless. It’s an important message, especially for little girls, that I’m glad they included & Naomi Scott performs the song beautifully.

Admittedly, I had another idea for who should have played Aladdin, and, as I mentioned before, I had no idea who Mena Massoud was. After watching this, my mind has been changed & I think Massoud played the role of Aladdin way better than I expected! He was charming and really seemed to embody the character we all know and love.

I definitely recommend checking this out when you can! It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it brings back a little piece of our childhood we didn’t know we needed!

 

ALADDIN | Official Channels

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | #Aladdin

 

 

 

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Movie Review by Kristin: ALADDIN

aladdin_4c_payoff_one_sheet_27x40_cmykGood morning, movie lovers! Happy Hump Day!

Last night I was able to catch a screening of Disney’s live-action ALADDIN here in Miami and, I have to say, it was much better than I expected!

Leading up to this Friday’s release, I feel like the movie hasn’t had a lot of promotion. Everywhere I look there are promos for this Summer’s release of The Lion King, but barely anything for ALADDIN. I’m hoping that word of mouth will do the movie some good!

Let me preface my review by saying that I’ve always loved Aladdin. The original movie was one of my favorites & I loooooooved the game on Sega. Collecting apples, leaping onto wooden stairs and hopping from stone to stone to avoid lava in the Cave of Wonders. This movie has all of that, which brings back a strong sense of nostalgia. Who doesn’t love that??

With that being said, let me get to the cast. There were some strong feelings going around when the cast was announced. Not necessarily from myself, but the only actor involved that I really knew of was Will Smith, who was cast as Genie. Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) were unknown to me, but now I can’t wait to see what they do next! The three of them carried the film, along with some scene stealers by Abu, Aladdin’s infamous pet monkey. The chemistry between Massoud’s Aladdin and Scott’s Princess Jasmine was evident from the beginning. Some of the iconic scenes from the original were recreated here, further enhancing that nostalgia!

Personally, I loved the cast. The only one I thought could have been a bit stronger was the role of Jafar. The actor in this movie has a soft voice that doesn’t seem to carry much power when he’s on screen. This isn’t to take away from his work as an actor, I just don’t know that he was entirely right for this particular role. Jafar always had this menacing presence in the original, and I just didn’t necessarily feel that here.

I loooooved the singing and dancing! They changed things up some, allowing Smith to sort of modernize the role of Genie a bit. Some of his songs have more of a little rap vibe as opposed to regular singing & it worked! My only “complaint,” if you can call it that, was that in some of the dance numbers, it seemed like the timing was sped up a little. It looked like it was in fast mode when I think it would’ve been nicer to see it in real time.

One thing I want to mention again is the modernization in this one in comparison to the original. Aside from Genie’s contribution, we also see a stronger female presence when it comes to Princess Jasmine’s role. This version includes a new song, “Speechless,” that touches on how she’s supposed to be seen and not heard, but she refuses to remain speechless. It’s an important message, especially for little girls, that I’m glad they included & Naomi Scott performs the song beautifully.

Admittedly, I had another idea for who should have played Aladdin, and, as I mentioned before, I had no idea who Mena Massoud was. After watching this, my mind has been changed & I think Massoud played the role of Aladdin way better than I expected! He was charming and really seemed to embody the character we all know and love.

I definitely recommend checking this out when you can! It’s fun, it’s entertaining and it brings back a little piece of our childhood we didn’t know we needed!

 

ALADDIN | Official Channels

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | #Aladdin

 

 

 

BOOKSMART | Screening Giveaway

IMG_7489Hey there, movie lovers!

I’m happy to let you know that screenings for BOOKSMART will be taking place next week and we have your chance at passes in your city! Check the details below for screening info & note that screenings are listed in order by date.

SYNOPSIS: Best friends and academic overachievers, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up over their play-minded peers. But, on the eve of their graduation, these type-A ride-or-dies get a hardcore reality check and realize they may have missed out. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night —a chaotic adventure no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.

ABOUT BOOKSMART: 

TOLD FROM A WILDLY ORIGINAL, FRESH AND MODERN PERSPECTIVE, BOOKSMART IS AN UNFILTERED COMEDY ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL BEST FRIENDS AND THE BONDS WE CREATE THAT LAST A LIFETIME. CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF OUR TIMES, THE FILM IS A COMING OF AGE STORY FOR A NEW GENERATION.

Director: Olivia Wilde
Writers: Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins And Susanna Fogel And Katie Silberman
Producers: Megan Ellison p.g.a., Jessica Elbaum p.g.a., Katie Silberman, Chelsea Barnard p.g.a., David Distenfeld
Executive Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jillian Longnecker, Scott Robertson, Alex G. Scott
Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams with Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis


 

Please note: Screenings are listed in order by date:

Check your city below for more details:

 

San Diego | BOOKSMART Screening

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00PM

Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126

 

Miami | BOOKSMART Screening

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30PM

AMC Aventura 24
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180

 

Dallas | BOOKSMART Screening

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30PM

AMC NorthPark 15
8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas TX 75225

 

Houston | BOOKSMART Screening

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00PM

AMC Studio 30
2949 Dunvale, Houston TX, 77063

 

San Francisco | BOOKSMART Screening

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00PM

AMC Kabuki
81881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

 

Phoenix | BOOKSMART Screening

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00PM

AMC Westgate 20
9400 West Hanna Lane, Glendale AZ, 85305

 

New York | BOOKSMART Screening

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:30PM

AMC Loews 34th Street
312 W. 34th St., New York New York, 10001

 

Chicago | BOOKSMART Screening

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:30PM

Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
2600 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60647

 

Los Angeles | BOOKSMART Screening

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:30PM

Cinépolis Pico Rivera
8540 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

 

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.



BOOKSMART
| Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Giphy | #BooksmartMovie

ALADDIN | Screening Giveaway

aladdin_4c_payoff_one_sheet_27x40_cmykA thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, gritty, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”

The film stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the lovable street urchin Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the Royal Vizier and a powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. “Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and new music written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.


All screenings will take place on Tuesday – May 21, 2019

Check your city below for more details:

San AntonioALADDIN Screening Pass
Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18 & RPX, 2828 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio TX, 78238, 7:00PM

New YorkALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Loews 34th Street, 312 W. 34th St., New York New York, 10001, 7:30PM

ChicagoALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Showplace Cicero 14, 4779 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero IL, 60804, 7:30PM

MiamiALADDIN Screening Pass
Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX, 11471 NW 12th Street, Miami FL, 33172, 7:30PM

PhoenixALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Westgate 20, 9400 West Hanna Lane, Glendale AZ, 85305, 7:30PM

DallasALADDIN Screening Pass
Movie Grill Northwest Hwy, 10110 Technology Blvd. E. Dallas, TX 75220, 7:30PM

HoustonALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale, Houston TX, 77063, 7:30PM

San DiegoALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Mission Valley 20 & IMAX, 1640 Camino Del Rio Rd., San Diego, CA 92108, 7:30PM

Los AngelesALADDIN Screening Pass
Cinépolis Pico Rivera, 8540 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660, 7:30PM

San JoseALADDIN Screening Pass
AMC Eastridge 15, 2190 Eastridge Loop, San Jose CA, 95122, 7:30PM

 

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.


 


ALADDIN
| Official Channels

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | #Aladdin

 

LONG SHOT | Miami Screening

See the source imageHello there, movie lovers!

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron star in LONG SHOT – a new romantic comedy from Lionsgate due in theaters on Friday, May 3rd. Never fear, though! I have your screening passes to see LONG SHOT this Wednesday, May 1st!

SYNOPSIS: Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free spirited journalist with a self-destructive streak. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his baby sitter and first crush. When Fred unexpectedly reunites with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamourous and high stakes lifestyle. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance that becomes embroiled in a series of dangerous and outlandish incidents.


Click the link below to grab passes to the Miami screening for LONG SHOT:

Miami Screening | Long Shot

SCREENING DETAILS:

Location:

Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX
11471 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33172

Date & Time:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:30 PM

(***While supplies last. Please keep in mind that seating is on a first-come first-serve basis, so make sure to plan your time wisely!***)



LONG SHOT
is Directed by Jonathan Levine; Screenplay by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah; Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk and Alexander Skarsgård.


LONG SHOT
| Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Hammer Museum Hosts Lionsgate / Pantelion Films’ PERFECT STRANGERS L.A Special Screening

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HAMMER MUSEUM HOSTS SPECIAL SCREENING FOR PANTELION FILMS’ PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS) 

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

The Hammer Museum hosted a special screening of “Perfectos Desconocidos” (Perfect Strangers) last night in Los Angeles. Attendees from the cast included Manolo Caro, Bruno Bichir and Manuel Garcia Rulfo and special guests included Sofia Vergara, Manolo Vergara, Eiza Gonzalez and Demian Bichir. 

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.

“Perfectos Desconocidos” (Perfect Strangers)
opens in limited release this Friday, January 11th

PERFECT STRANGERS | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #PerfectosDesconocidos #PerfectStrangers

#Thisfunktional #Giveaway: #MaryPoppinsReturns advance screening passes in multiple cities

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Here’s an opportunity to get advance screening passes for a highly anticipated sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” out in theaters December 19.

On December 17 at 7:30 p.m. some lucky fans will get to watch the movie.

Subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the page, follow Thisfunktional on social media – TwitterInstagram and Facebook – to get alerted when other giveaways or contests are posted.

Grab your tickets while they last:

Miami

Cobb Dolphin 19 & IMAX

11471 NW 12th Street, Miami FL, 33172

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Antonio

Regal Cielo Vista Stadium 18 & RPX

2828 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio TX, 78238

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Chicago

AMC Showplace Cicero 14

4779 W. Cermak Rd., Cicero IL, 60804

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Dallas

AMC Valley View 16

13331 Preston Rd., Dallas TX, 75240

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Jose

AMC Eastridge 15

2190 Eastridge Loop, San Jose CA, 95122

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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San Diego

AMC Plaza Bonita 14

3050 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City CA, 91950

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Houston

AMC Studio 30

2949 Dunvale, Houston TX, 77063

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Los Angeles

Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX

8630 Garfield Ave, South Gate CA, 90280

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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New York

AMC Loews 34th Street

312 W. 34th St., New York New York, 10001

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Phoenix

AMC Westgate 20

9400 West Hanna Lane, Glendale AZ, 85305

December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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These are first come, first serve tickets so please show up early to the screening.

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. 

Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”). 

The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca (“Into the Woods”) based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. 

The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. (“La La Land”) with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. 

The music score is by Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray”) and the film features all-new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman (“Smash”) and Shaiman. 

The film also stars Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”) as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer (“Hugo”) as Jane Banks; Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films) as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy. 

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book “Mary Poppins.” 

However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other PL Travers’ books…until now. 

“Mary Poppins Returns” is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. 

The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London 24 years after the first film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. 

Carrying on in her mother’s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers’ rights and provides a helping hand to Michael’s family. 

When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack’s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

In Theaters On December 19

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