A Spike Lee Joint – BLACKkKLANSMAN Trailer

Focus Features to release BlacKkKlansman in August 

 

Story: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.  Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

Director: Spike Lee

Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace

Producers: Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield, Jason Blum, Jordan Peele, Spike Lee, and Shaun Redick

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In Theaters August 10

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Kings Movie Review

The movie “Kings” is an attempt to tell the story of the LA riots in 1992. It zooms in to a close-up level on a black foster mother raising quite a few kids while living in the South Central section of LA. After the beating of Rodney King, there were four cops on trial for the incident. The verdict came back ‘not guilty’, and much of the town exploded in violence. Black people were outraged and took to the streets in droves.

Mille (Halle Berry) somehow has seven or so children in her care. She gets some money from the state for raising the kids, but she also gets some more cash by selling bundt cakes. Which is a very black thing to do, I hear. There are some her kids with names, but there are so many it all seems a blur of who is who.  There is an incident at night where Millie pulls another young black boy off the streets, who is being stopped by the cops. She just takes him in and that’s that. Also, there is some young black girl who drops out and maybe gets involved in a gang, but it is not clear.

 

There is a neighbor who lives alone named Obie (Daniel Craig) and he is one of the only white men left in that part of the city. He plays classical music (it figures) and he gets annoyed when Millies younger boys play ball in the alley. There is one day when Mille is mad at the three younger boys and tells them to stay outside, because they misbehaved will not get supper. Obie sees them and takes the three smaller kids in and gets them some food and cares for them. Millie is panicked, but she sees that her grumpy neighbor has a softer side.

The weeks go on and there is a rising sense of tension, until the verdict comes in from the trial. Then a match that has been thrown onto a puddle of racial gasoline ignites the city into flames. There are roving gangs of violent gangs and multiple stores being looted. There are multiple fires across the city, and the firemen and policemen cannot come out to save structures or people. The raw power of hatred has overcome society, and Millie and Obie are trapped in the middle.

This movie very uneven and it has a place that it wants to get to. But it never seems to get to that place. In a time where there are major true stories to tell (LA race riots), this movie would rather serve up a weak fictional story of a black mother and some white guy. There is a very awkward sort-of romance that is tacked onto this relationship. But that does not feel deserved at all. The characters of each of the kids is so fuzzy that I could not tell which black teenage foster son was the ‘good son’ and which was the ‘mean streets son’.

 

And there is no indication of that silly movie title and what it means. “Kings’, does that mean LA Kings, the NHL team in LA? Does it mean that LA cops see all the inner-city black dudes as ‘Kings’, as in a bunch of Rodney Kings? Does it mean there was a defective deck of cards, and it contained only face cards, the ‘King’ type card? Inquiring minds what to know!

 

If this movie wants to see what an excellent movie about a race riot looks like, then they can check out ‘Detroit’. It is a movie from last year, but it also had some similar themes of racial injustice and black rage. This movie “Kings’ is a Hallmark version of a real gritty, down-to-earth expose of a race riot.

 

Playing in Phoenix area at Harkins Shea 14

Skyscraper New Poster Revealed

SKYSCRAPER

Father. Fighter. Hero. There’s no limit when it comes to family.

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Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers.  On assignment in China, he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.  A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central IntelligenceWe’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas,Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San AndreasCentral Intelligence).

Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (BaywatchBallers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull IslandPirates of the Caribbean series) and Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel).  The film will be released by Universal Pictures.

Genre: 3D Action-Thriller

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Noah Taylor, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan

Written and Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Produced by: Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Hiram Garcia

Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod, Eric Hedayat

THE EQUALIZER 2 TRAILER

THE EQUALIZER 2

 

Denzel is back in action!

 

Not all enemies are created equal.

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington Pedro Pascal Ashton Sanders with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo

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In Theaters July 20

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Hotel Artemis Trailer

Check in to ‘HOTEL ARTEMIS.’ 

NO GUNS. NO COPS. NO KILLING THE OTHER PATIENTS.

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

Written and Directed by Drew Pearce, writer of IRON MAN 3, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION and SHERLOCK HOLMES 3.

#HOTELARTEMIS hits theaters June 8, 2018!

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In Theaters June 8th

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Kings Trailer

KINGS

 

STARRING: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan “KR” Walker, and Rachel Hilson

DIRECTOR: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

WRITER: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

PRODUCER: Charles Gillibert


SYNOPSIS:

KINGS stars Oscar winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig as citizens of the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions during the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. In her first English-language film following the critically acclaimed Mustang, writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s KINGS tells a dramatic story of family bonds and the lengths one mother will go to bring her children home. Halle Berry stars as MILLIE, a tough and protective single foster mother of eight who must ally herself with OBIE (Daniel Craig), her neighbor and a local loose cannon, when racial tensions start to run dangerously high.

As the civil unrest in Los Angeles grows following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, Millie and Obie must navigate the chaos that surrounds them in order to ensure her children’s safety. KINGS focuses on the fragility of family relationships and touches on turmoil and tensions of the past, which sadly prove to be more relevant than ever in today’s social and political climate.


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In Theaters APRIL 27

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Game Night – Movie Review

Come to Game Night! Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are hosting! Actually, Bateman is one of the producers of the movie, as well, which isn’t all that much of a surprise. This has Jason Bateman comedy written all over it. I was surprised he didn’t write it because it so fit his dry wit. When he gets a fresh winner of a script like this and works with directors like John Francis Daley (Vacation reboot) and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), who know where his strengths lie and use him to his full potential, gold is struck. It certainly is here. This is what I’d consider a must-see because it was so well written and put together. It’s never once slow or overdone. They even took care to make you feel a part of the game. It’s shot to make it seem as if the actors in the film, the ‘players in YOUR game,’ are moving around a board. At one point, you’ll even see these delightfully insane characters involved in a dangerous game of keep away. Warning, you and everyone in the theatre will laugh until you cry so be sure to check at the customer service desk first to see that the volume is turned up to a level where you can hear over one another.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play Max and Annie who have wanted nothing more than to play games since they met over trivia in a bar years ago. Now middle-aged, they haven’t grown up much beyond the kids they were when playing board games with the family was the perfect Friday night. Now they’ve gotten several of their friends hooked and every Friday they stream into Max and Annie’s to see what the night has in store for them. Another satisfying element about the comedy is that each and every one of the actors cast, play off of each other exceptionally well, especially Jesse Plemons who plays Gary, their next-door neighbor who used to be welcome on game night. He was only a part of the fun because they were friends with his ex-wife, Debbie, who has since moved. His character is creepy and some of the earlier funny scenes are watching Max and Annie try to get out of his inviting himself over. Plemons plays him so admirably that you’ll never recognize him as being Todd from Breaking Bad.

What spoils this particular game night isn’t just the threat of Gary finding out it’s taking place, but that Max’s handsome and successful brother, Brooks (Chandler), is in town and wants to play.  Not only does he come play and, as you might have guessed, unapologetically alerts Gary to the festivities, but he decides he’s hosting next. Unenthusiastically, they all decide to attend and the event Brooks has in store for them this evening is unlike what is usually held. No cards, paper, dice or pegs needed, just your wits. He hires a company to stage a murder mystery for them to solve. They’re paired up and the couple who solves the whodunit gets a Corvette Sting Ray. Now the movie turns into a thriller, mystery as Brooks is kidnapped. Twist! Kidnapped not by the company he hired to kidnap him but by people for whom he has done bad business. This is quite a unique set up and a fun adventure for the audience lies ahead.

The comedic timing everyone displays, while all of this is playing out, is spot on accurate. Rachel McAdams is irreplaceable as her Annie and Bateman’s Max banter back and forth, clueless as to what is really going on. Max even tells the kidnappers to drive safely as they’re pulling his struggling brother out of the house. Hysterical. Do yourself a favor and make this movie a part of your Friday Night amusement. You won’t be sorry. It meets all the requirements of a fantastic and memorable night out.

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Game Night Advance Movie Screening

Movie Screening Summary

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

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Small Town Crime Movie Review

The opening scene of Eshom and Ian Nelms’ film, Small Town Crime, tells you all you need to know about Mike, (Hawkes) the protagonist of the film, and a damned engrossing protagonist might I add… however crude, crass and carnal he may appear.  He’s an ex-cop who doesn’t take shit from anyone; just ask him.  He tells everyone this about himself, especially people who want to hire him so… that they don’t hire him!  A
drunk, when we meet him he’s vomiting during his daily workout.  Preferring to spend most of his time inebriated he’d rather drive his muscle car to cash his unemployment check than have to actually work for his money.  Always with a beer in his hand, he has gotten sidetracked in life when his partner on the force is murdered during a traffic stop.  Mike, drunk at the time, is blamed for his death and is let go.

While out driving, drunk of course, he stops when he sees a very bloody young woman lying near the side of the road.  She is beaten half to death but alive.  He gets her into his car and races her off to the hospital, unfortunately, she doesn’t survive.  With not much in life to keep him roused these days, he decides he’s going to kick his investigation tactics back into high gear.  He will avenge her death no matter what it takes. 
What he finds is that his local watering hole, one he frequents and where he knows everyone by name (from being kicked out all too often), is more than it appears.  Underage prostitutes swarm the joint and it seems they have gotten themselves into trouble with people who aren’t looking for the girls for sex but rather are out to get them for what they know.

Mike tracks down the girl’s family and speaks to her grandfather (Forster).  He’s a tough, well-to-do, older man who has nothing to lose, especially now that he lost his granddaughter.  He’ll do everything to even the score and hires Mike to help track down her killers.  He’ll even haul around his own weapon if needed!  Clifton Collins Jr., who originally comes off as a miscreant about to give Mike a lot of trouble, ends up helping to try and solve the mystery they’ve all stumbled into.  Hunches, expertise and cunning get them where they need to be for the answers to all of their questions but a growing body count will have you wondering if the need to solve one murder, sans the local detectives, played by Daniel Sunjata and an aged Michael Vartan, outweighs the need to keep the many alive.

Sure, a crime has been committed and needs to be solved but how many must die to solve the said crime before you get help?  The answer to that question is answered in this gritty thriller that I recommend you see.  I like, and believe you will, too, that things don’t go exactly right for anyone, that Mike is a walking catastrophe and that the viciousness of the picture is brutal.  It gives you that much more reason to stay until the end to see if Mike gets his man or if he gets his adopted family of Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson and their children, all killed!  Did I mention this cast is absolutely stupendous??  By the way, stay for one extra clip after the credits start to roll.  Enjoy!

*Opens at the FilmBar and On Demand January 19th

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