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Battle of the Sexes!

Battle of the Sexes hits theaters September 22nd

Battle of the Sexes!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Emma Stone. Steve Carell. Two names you think of when it comes to great acting and even better comedy. I’m sold based on this pair alone, but let’s broaden the spectrum of what’s going on here for a moment. What do you get when you combine Stone, Carell, and one of the most prolific tennis matches of the seventies? Well, for one, you get the upcoming film, Battle of the Sexes.

Before Roger Federer, Venus and Serena Williams, or Rafael Nadal, there were two of the greatest, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Hailing from a successful run in the 1940’s, Riggs (Carell, the Despicable Me series) challenged King (Stone, La La Land), believing the female game to be inferior to that of the male. King initially declined, and Riggs faced Margaret Court, the top female player at the time. After his win against Court, King finally agreed to a televised match against Riggs and, well, you’ll have to watch the movie to see what happened, now won’t you?

This stellar sports comedy has more than just the likes of Stone and Carell helming its upcoming debut. The cast also features Sara Silverman, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue, and Alan Cumming, so you know it’s going to be great. Plus, nothing’s more fun than a friendly competition, right? Especially tennis in the seventies, I mean, come on.

Battle of the Sexes” lobs into theaters on September 22nd.

Home Again!

Home Again hits theaters September 8th (pictured: Reese Witherspoon)

Home Again!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Open Road

Reese Witherspoon (Walk the LineSweet Home Alabama) is back as Alice Kinney, a newly separated mom picking up the pieces of her somewhat lackluster life. When she moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and falls in bed on her 40th birthday with a much younger guy (and potentially very talented budding filmmaker), she’s met with ire and awe from her friends, family and ex – especially after she invites him and his two best friends to move in with her. Needless to say, there’s plenty of runway for romance and comedy to take off.

Directed and written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut (she’s better known as an actress having been in such films as The Parent Trap), Home Again has managed to attract a warm and winning cast including Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our StarsPaper Towns), Pico Alexander (The Carrie Diaries), Reid Scott (Veep), Lake Bell (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later) and even Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown).

Home Again is a story about it never being too late in life to embrace new beginnings. Witherspoon was loved by a generation in the ‘90s for her early films as the smart and popular love interest. She’s successfully grown with her fans into adult roles maintaining her core base while endearing new audiences in more mature productions (Big Little LiesWild).

Home Again” opens nationwide on September 8th.

The Golden Circle!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters September 22nd (pictured: Colin Firth)

The Golden Circle!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

2015’s breakout hit film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, returns for its 2nd installment, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Despite the early opinions of critics, Kingsman resonated with viewers due to its perfect blend of humor and spy action thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Secret Service (directed by Matthew Vaughn) starred Colin Firth as British secret service recruiter and mentor to Taron Egerton, delinquent-turned-debonair spy “Eggsy.”

The Golden Circle showers us with big name stars such as Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, Cat Woman, Swordfish), Channing Tatum (Step Up, Magic Mike), Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, Hannibal), Sir Elton John, Jeff Bridges (Tron, Iron Man) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones). Joining this hot list of returning stars are Oscar and Golden Globe winning Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The King’s Speech, The English Patient), and Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle, Smoke, Sing) “Eggsy” as the previously unrefined but promising street kid recruited to the agencies ultra-competitive training program. The film addresses the agencies destruction and the world being held hostage. Members of Kingsman discover new allies in U.S. Spy organization known as Statesmen. In a test of strength and wits. The elite agencies must band together to battle a ruthless enemy and, as always with any good spy drama, save the day!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens worldwide on September 22th.

Boston Strong!

Stronger hits theaters September 22nd (pictured: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany)

Boston Strong!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

On Monday, April 13, 2013 two homemade bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring dozens more, including 16 people who lost limbs – Jeff Bauman was one of those, losing both legs. Bauman was there cheering on his girlfriend who was running to raise money for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In the years that followed, as Bauman worked through a grueling rehabilitation, learning how to live in his new body, he wrote a courageous memoir called Stronger. And while it is a factual account of the horrific day and positive affirmation to his fellow survivors, it also serves as a reminder to all people that the best way to fight those who mean us harm is to love and stay strong.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal who also served as a producer on the film, Stronger the movie seeks to bring the pages of Bauman’s story to life. Directed David Gordon Green (All The Real GirlsPrince Avalanche) the film was shot in Boston the same day as last year’s marathon bombing movie Patriots Day, leveraging a full-scale reenactment designed to capture as much of the true feel of actual day as possible. While audiences not familiar with the intimate details of the terror attack will find Stronger informative, those who followed the day closely will get a unique window into the people affected on the front line.

Stronger” opens nationwide on September 22nd.

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