Who wants passes to see Bilal: A New Breed of Hero EARLY and FOR FREE? This one tells the true story of a boy who dreams of being a great warrior, but whose plans are thwarted when he and his sister are abducted and sold into slavery. Continue reading →
If you watched the Golden Globes recently, you probably saw countless trailers for the new movie, 12 Strong. I know many of us (me included) first thought, “Oooo, LOOK! A Chris Hemsworth movie that isn’t Thor,” but there are several, much better reasons to see 12 Strong. It’s based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers, which tells the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. There, they worked with an Afghan warlord, and against unspeakable odds, to take down the Taliban. 12 Strong stars Michael Shannon, Rob Riggle, and Michael Peña along with Chris Hemsworth, as well as Elsa Pataky, who is married to Hemsworth in real life. Rob Riggle plays Colonel Max Bowers, the former battalion commander of the 5th Special Forces Group. Riggle is a Marine and actually served under the real Colonel Bowers. Pretty cool, right? Almost as cool as the passes I have to see 12 Strong EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
Set in 1950’s post-war London, Phantom Thread tells the story of a renowned fashion designer whose life is turned upside down when he falls in love with a strong-willed woman.
Sounds pretty meh, right?
Well, what if I told you that Phantom Thread is the latest from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, the same guy who did Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood? It also stars Daniel Day-Lewis and is the first time he and Anderson have worked together since There Will Be Blood won two Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis even co-wrote the Phantom Thread script with Paul Thomas Anderson AND, if you are still for some reason not intrigued by this, you should know that Day-Lewis plans to retire after this film.
What, you’re still not interested?
Then you probably shouldn’t snag any passes to see Phantom Thread EARLY and FOR FREE. Continue reading →
Did you know that the new Paddington movie is currently one of the highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes? Yep, Paddington 2 is currently sitting at 100%, which means that 0% of the critics who’ve reviewed it have found anything negative to say about it. If you take a look at the Paddington 2 reviews (you can do that HERE), you’ll find quotes like,
“…might well be a staple of festive television for years to come,”
or “Paddington 2 won’t save the world, sadly, but it’s existence makes everything just that tiny bit better and more, well, bearable.”
There’s also this little bon mot:
“Unless you’re dead inside, you will not fail to be utterly charmed by Paddington 2.”
Sounds like those of us who aren’t dead inside should be excited!
I haven’t seen Paddington 2 yet, but I plan to do so soon and would love it if you’d join me. Continue reading →
Look, I’m just going to be honest here.
I can’t figure out what the hell The Commuter is about.
I get that Liam Neeson is a businessman who happens to be on a train when Vera Farmiga (who’s a Bad Guy this time) shows up and says he has to do something awful for a whole lot of money. Oh, and Patrick Wilson is in The Commuter too, but he and Vera are not playing Ed and Lorraine Warren, which makes me kind of sad. But Jonathan Banks is in it and he’s always awesome, plus I have passes to an early screening so you don’t even have to pay to see it! Continue reading →
Are you sick of the Holly Jolly B.S. of the holidays? Has the forced emotion and financial blood-letting of the season left you hollow inside, with just a simmering hint of rage?
Oh NOT ME, of course! I’m just peach-fuzzy over the tree-that-has-to-come-down, the extra six pounds I’m now carrying and staggering blankness of my bank account. No, I’m talking about all the other people who want to get back to work just so they can start repairing the wallet-damage that’s been done.
I suspect that Hostiles is the movie for all of you people (re: Us).
It stars Christian Bale as an 1892 Army captain who must escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi also star in what’s highly likely to end up on the Oscar’s short-list. Continue reading →
I’ve got last minute movie passes to one you definitely don’t want to miss! They’re to see the movie Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. This one tells the true story of competitive skier, Molly Bloom, who was arrested for running exclusive, high-stakes poker games. It’s written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and has already been nominated for multiple Golden Globes. The screening is December 20th though, so you don’t have much time to him-and-haw about it. Continue reading →
I get the text below from my friends all the time:
Hey, I’m going to the movies. What should I see?
I always respond with my favorite films that are currently out. I tell them about the 7 Golden Globe nominations that The Shape of Water got or about the gorgeous scenery in Call Me By Your Name. I’ll remind them about Frances McDormand’s powerful performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri or that they could just watch the phenomenal Mudbound at home, on Netflix.
I’ll give them my list of Best Movies Out Now, but when I run into them later and ask what they saw, it’s ALWAYS the goofiest movie out.
When I ask WHY they chose that one, they always say,
“I just wanted something that would make me laugh.”
Look, I haven’t seen Father Figures yet. This story about two men (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) searching for the father that their mother (Glenn Close) said was dead just might be Oscar worthy. Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames and Harry Shearer just might give the performances of their lives. Or, maybe Father Figures is simply the perfect Just-Make-Me laugh movie for you. Continue reading →
What if you could become a multi-millionaire in a matter of minutes, but only if you shrunk yourself to the size of a toothbrush? Your money problems would be washed away and you might never have to work again, but you’d spend the rest of your life living in a doll-sized world. Would you do it? Could you leave everything you knew and loved behind and begin the life of your dreams, by Downsizing?
These are just some of the questions writer/director Alexander Payne asks in his latest movie, Downsizing. Matt Damon stars as Paul, a man who decides to escape the monotony and financial distress of his life by Downsizing, but it sends him on a journey he never could have expected. Kristen Wiig plays his apprehensive wife Audrey and Christoph Waltz is his extravagant new neighbor, Dusan. Newcomer Hong Chau steals the whole show as a housekeeper who has an unexpected past.
So, feel like checking out Downsizing EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
I know that SOME of you aren’t too happy about the new version of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. There was lots of stomping feet and gnashing of teeth when it was announced, since many people felt is was disrespectful to Robin Williams. While I understand that concern, I think steps were taken to preserve his legacy in this new film. For example, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a follow-up, not a remake. There are also rumors that Robin Williams is a part of this film, in some small way. If you’re still worried, maybe you should just see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle FOR FREE, instead of paying for it. Continue reading →