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Going In Style hits theaters April 7th (pictured Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine)


  • Photo Courtesy of NEW LINE CINEMA

It’s the time-honored tale of big banks that rob retirees of their pensions without penalty. Going in Style follows three old-timers desperate to pay their outstanding bills with no bailout of their own in sight. From co-workers to co-conspirators, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Albert (Alan Arkin) concoct an outlandish scheme to steal from the very bank that stole away their golden years. Despite some very bad odds and very bad backs, these three stooges employ the dubious help of Jesus (John Ortiz), who teaches them how to be very badass. By design, this film delivers countless laughs as it bucks the usual bank heist formula and puts front and center three feeble and furious men in their eighties, guns blazing, as they bust in and go for broke.

A reboot of the 1979 classic that starred Hollywood legends Lee Strasberg, George Burns, and Art Carney, Going in Style snags Zach Braff (Garden State) to lend his comedic eye as director while New Line Cinema polishes this latest version with gold — Oscar gold. Holding four Oscars amongst them, living legends Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) cram their caper comedy with so much style it’s almost criminal.

Going in Style” breaks into theaters on April 7th.


The Ticket hits theaters April 7th (pictured Dan Stevens)


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The Ticket wins with a tour de force performance from darling of Downton Abbey Dan Stevens. The actor plays James, a man blind since childhood who miraculously regains his vision after a tumor pressing on his optic nerves shrinks. As James indulges in all there is to see, he grows increasingly blind to the damage that his wild exploits do to his family and friends. Stevens masterfully executes a nuanced degradation of James as the character’s untamed confidence and insatiable hunger for more refashions him from the loving family man into a cheating, overzealous narcissist.

Featuring compelling performances by Malin Ackerman (Billions), Oliver Platt (Chicago Med), and Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire), The Ticket is both psychological drama and modern day fable, a powerful sophomoric effort from director Ido Fluk (Never Too Late). Credit must also be given to the poetic cinematography of Zack Galler (The Abandoned), who opens the film with mere patterns of light and dark, then accentuates James’ growing perceptions with more and more vibrant and quixotic visuals.

From English roots to Hollywood stardom (currently playing the Beast to Emma Watson’s Beauty and starring in the FX series Legion) and with such an eye-opening performance, Dan Stevens deserves the spotlight that now shines upon him, proving that in this film, he is the one worth seeing.

“The Ticket” premieres in theaters on April 7th, to view the trailer click here.

Child Prodigy!

Gifted hits theaters April 12th (pictured Chris Evans)

Child Prodigy!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

In a world where one must stand out in order to fit in, where do we draw the line? Children grow up thinking they have to be somebody to make it in this world, but what happens if they don’t get a chance to just be a kid. In Gifted, a young prodigy and her uncle must navigate the line between a normal childhood and a life devoted to mathematics.

Gifted stars Chris Evans (Captain American, The Avengers) as Frank Adler, the uncle of Mary Adler (Mckenna Grace, Independence Day: Resurgence), a seven-year-old girl who shows exceptional skill in mathematics, much like her late mother. When a private school for the gifted offers Mary a scholarship, Frank turns it down, sure that his deceased sister would want Mary to have a normal childhood. But Frank’s mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan, Alice Through the Looking Glass) has other plans. The question arises: who truly knows best for this little girl?

Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man movies), Gifted was shot entirely in 35MM, giving it very true to life imagery. The movie also stars Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), and Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire). If you’re looking for something to make you feel, to make you think, and to make you cry, this movie is for you.

Gifted” drops into theaters on April 21th.

Free Fire!

Free Fire hits theaters April 21st

Free Fire!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of A24 Films

Everyone loves a good action-comedy. Especially when the cast is great and the action is hilarious. But, let’s face it, nothing beats a good, old-fashioned shootout. In Free Fire, we get just that, as a stellar cast comes together to, well, survive when a disagreement puts all of them in a situation that could easily result in their very hysterical deaths.

Free Fire first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September of 2016. It stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Room, Kong: Skull Island), Sharlto Copley (Powers), Armie Hammer (Nocturnal Animals), Cillian Murphy (Anthropoid), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street). Together, they attempt to purchase a haul of guns from another gang. However, when the guns offered are not what was ordered, tempers fly and calamity ensues. Stuck in a warehouse where moving will result in getting shot, they must figure out how to get out without dying. And with this cast, you can be sure it’s going to be a bloody good time.

Ben Wheatley, who brought us A Field in England, serves as director of Free Fire. He also serves as writer, along with Amy Jump, who wrote High-Rise, which Wheatley directed as well. The film was the closer of the 2016 BFI London Film festival in October of 2016. It also stars Game of Throne’s Enzo Cilenti and Maleficent’s Sam Riley.

Free Fire” hits the United States on April 21st.

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