New Terminator Genisys Poster and Trailer

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES and SKYDANCE PRODUCTIONS Present

“TERMINATOR GENISYS”

Executive Producers Bill Carraro, Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, Megan Ellison, Robert CortProduced By David Ellison, p.g.a. Dana Goldberg, p.g.a.

Written By Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier

Directed By Alan Taylor

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee

Synopsis: When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

Official Site:  http://www.terminatormovie.com/

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerminatorGenisys

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/terminator

Official Instagram: http://instagram.com/TerminatorGenisys

Unbroken Movie Review

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Mike: Today  we are reviewing Unbroken, the true story of Louis Zamperini and his tale of survival, based on the bestselling book.

What did you think?

Michael I: You never really know what you’re going to get when an A-lister decides to go behind the camera to direct. Sometimes it turns out really well, like George Clooney or Ben Affleck’s efforts. But in this case, Unbroken ends up being simply mediocre.

Mike: I find that this is a case where the book is simply better than the movie. I was excited about this, because anytime I love a book I want to see it as a movie. This time it was much harder to watch Louie’s trials and hardships than to read about them.

Michael I: The story itself is amazing: Olympic hero Louie Zamperini is called to serve in World War II, has his rescue plane shot down and survives 47 days stranded at sea to be held as a POW in a Japanese war camp. The theme of Unbroken is obvious, but I’m afraid the finish line is anticlimactic and unfulfilling.

Mike: This is one case where the book was better. There is a lot of story to fit in a two-hour movie, so something has to be sacrificed. Un fortunately, the filmmakers eliminated his life after the war, which really is the payoff of the story.

Michael I: Despite the disappointing third act – albeit because it’s true – there are some key takeaways from this show: relative unknown Jack O’Connell can carry a movie, Angelina Jolie can direct (yes, don’t believe the haters), and Director of Photography Roger Deakins is a god. I love Deakins’ work and will spend two hours just watching his photography on screen, no matter the subject.

Mike: I completely agree. The photography is incredible and the beginning scenes on a B-24 bomber may be the most realistic I have seen.

Michael I: Director Jolie did a fine job, however I’m afraid that she picked a lemon of a project. Personally I think it’s due to the fact that they tried to cram such grim material into a two-hour film. This could’ve played out so much better as a mini-series event. If the story was allowed to breathe, along with more interaction with key characters, we could’ve fallen in love with the fact that it’s based on a true story that doesn’t have everything tied up nice and neat at the end.

I felt great sympathy for the lead character, and at some points felt like I had been duped into some sort of voyeuristic S&M performance. Watching Zamperini and his two cohorts wasting away on a raft was punishing enough, but then witnessing the recreation of his imprisonment was too simply too heavy to bare. Unbroken is an incredible human-interest story, but the best stories of endurance have a physical or mental payoff. Sure, Zamperini reaches the finish line when the Japanese surrender, but there’s no final confrontation between him and his torturers.

Mike: Even so, I feel like people should see this story, especially if they haven’t read the book or aren’t familiar with this tale. Disappointment with elements of the movie should not keep anyone from seeing this story.

Apparently Ethan and Joel Coen were asked to rewrite the script last year before production. I’m curious how the Coen brothers would’ve handled this movie if they were asked to direct it instead of Jolie. Personally I don’t see how the structure or theme would’ve fit into the usual Coen vision, but it’s something to ponder.

Mike: How do you rate this?

Michael I: Quite possibly the most hyped movie from an awards standpoint to end up with no nominations of any importance, Unbroken leaves this audience member exhausted with no real payoff. I give it a 3 out of 5.

Mike: I give this a 3 out of 5. I was hoping for a movie that lived up to the book, but it just didn’t turn out that way.

The Title of Bond 24 is SPECTRE

The next Bond film will be titled SPECTRE.

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The title and cast of the 24th Bond film were revealed this morning, marking the start of principal photography on Monday 8th December. The movie will be released November 6, 2015.

The cast includes Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser and, of course, Daniel Craig as 007.

James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-three films produced and the twenty-fourth about to go in production. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced the past seven Bond films together, including the highly successful, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall. All of the James Bond films have been made in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios or United Artists, its predecessor.

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond adventure, was a worldwide box office phenomenon, opening #1 in 70 territories around the world, taking in over $1.1 billion worldwide, and setting a new all-time box office mark in the UK by becoming the first film to take in over £100 million.

Albert R. Broccoli’s 007 Stage: The world famous 007 stage at Pinewood was built in 1976 for the Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. After a search across Europe, the Bond producers failed to find a stage large enough to house the three submarines the scene required, so they decided to build a new stage and tank specifically for that film. The 007 stage remains one of the largest sound stages in the world.

http://www.007.com/

Beyond the Lights Review

Beyond the Lights

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Michael: Tonight, Mike and I are reviewing “Beyond the Lights”, by director Gina Prince-Bythewood of “Love and Basketball” fame. So Mike, what were your impressions?

Mike: I thought it was entertaining, but it was missing something. I felt like the leads were likable, but either their acting or the script or both was lacking.
How about you?

Michael: I’m going to pre curse this review with the following: I’m not a fan of this genre (romance/drama). I try to stay as far away from it as possible, because it causes the most amount of eye-rolling a straight man should do. Now with that said, if I had more estrogen in my system, maybe I’d like it. Maybe.

Mike: I don’t mind romance drama, but it has to be something out of the ordinary. This was pretty ordinary. The best parts of this for me were the inside look at the life of a pop music star. They even had some singers playing themselves and it seems like some of this may have been filmed at some actual music awards shows.

Michael: Yes. Yes, Yes. Very cliche. But unfortunately, that’s how most movies get made: they follow the same formula we’ve always seen.

It had a different background, however, but we now the story: push-pull, breakup, give-take, breakup, one last hurrah, then happily ever after.

Mike: The name actors in this are Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, but they are in supporting roles. The focus of the story are the young actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. I will say that both are very sympathetic and will probably appeal to younger moviegoers.

Michael: Yes, and Parker’s from Va. Beach!

Mike: Nice. I didn’t realize. I always like to give a shout out to actors who are Virginians.

Michael: And here’s the plot: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Mbatha-Raw) on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Parker), a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Mike: I knew Parker looked familiar, but couldn’t place it. He was in the World War drama Red Tails, a movie that didn’t do that well, but I enjoyed.

Mbatha-Raw is British and daughter of a Caucasian mother and an African father, just like her character Noni in the movie. I don’t know if she did her own singing, but the music was one of the high points of the movie. It even encouraged me to go listen to some Nina Simone.

I also love that she has credits in two British TV mainstays: Dr Who and MI-5.

Michael: Mbatha-Raw did a great job as the troubled rising pop star, and I had my reservations that she could hold up against Minnie Driver’s performance. It was a little struggle there, but she was believable. And I certainly hope that Mbatha-Raw sang those parts. Now I have to find out!

Mike: Either way, I could be persuaded to buy the soundtrack.

Michael: Of course, the soundtrack actually lists ‘Noni’ as the singer of the songs in question!

Mike: The film was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who made her mark with Love and Basketball. I admit to not having seen this, but I know it was a big deal at Sundance around 2000.I have seen her 2008 adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, which was outstanding.

In that case I think she benefitted from better source material and lead actors.

Looks like Parker was in that one too.

Michael: I think the acting was fine. It had strong production value. It was shot well. But it’s a story about a pop singer who has to find her way. We’ve seen it dozens of times — and done better (“Bodyguard”). I suppose one could call this an update of that movie, but it lacked the suspense angle.

Mike: I can definitely see the Bodyguard comparison, but I have to tell you as popular as it was, I am not a fan of that one at all.

Michael: But I’m also not the demographic (female) that they’re advertising to.

Mike: No, neither one of us is, but a number of men could probably sit through this with their wives or dates.

How do you rate this?

Michael: I give it 3 out of 5. It had strong performances and the director did a fine job, but the story concept within its genre was weak for me. What about you, Mike?

Mike: I give this a 2.5 out of 5. I found the movie average, but the actors very appealing.I do give a thumbs up to the soundtrack. This movie will probably do better with its actual demographic, than with us.

Free Movie Passes!

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of Relativity’s BEYOND THE LIGHTS.  The movie opens nationwide on November 14.

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The screening is this Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 PM.

Regal Short Pump
11650 W Broad St, Henrico, VA 23233

Please click on the link below to get your free passes!

www.relativityscreenings.com

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

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A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, “Before I Go to Sleep” is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

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