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QUEEN OF SCOTS!

Mary Queen of Scots opens December 7th (Starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie)

QUEEN OF SCOTS!

  • By Alex Brown
  • Photo Courtesy of Focus Features

We may watch the rollercoaster of modern politics with fascination and wonder, like the ever-changing plot of a major-network soap opera, but the twists, turns, and consequences of today pale in comparison to those of the 16th century. Just ask Mary, Queen of Scots, who met her untimely death at the hand of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England.

Luckily you don’t have to travel back in time to ask—Josie Rourke (Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London) and Beau Willimon (American adaptation of House of Cards) bring the story to you in a new film, Mary Queen of Scots. Based on John guy’s novel, Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the film details the troubled, and ultimately deadly relationship between Mary and Elizabeth.

Originally created as a vehicle for another actress, the title role of Mary was ultimately given to breakout Brooklyn star, Saoirse Ronan, and playing her more-historically-admired cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England (the original) Margot Robbie of I, Tonya fame. Sure to serve all the shade and drama that can be expected from noble escapades of the 1500s, the costumes and production have also received wide critical praise.

Mary Queen of Scots opens nationwide December 7th. 

BUMBLEBEE!

Bumblebee hits theaters December 21st

BUMBLEBEE!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of PARAMOUNT

Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3) takes over the Transformers franchise as the latest and lovable female action star. Steinfeld plays Charlie Watson, a typical teenager on the search for her first car who ends up rescuing a beat-up ol’ bug from the junkyard. Hoping to restore it to its former glory, Charlie comes face to face with Bumblebee, a lone Autobot taking refuge on Earth as a gruesome war rages on his home planet. The most diabolical of Decepticons dupe the U.S. military into believing Bumblebee is a war criminal and thus their common enemy. As they fight to destroy what they don’t understand, Charlie boldly stands up for Bumblebee as his only ally, a show of the movie’s valiant message that beyond the battle to save the planet, the true fight is against xenophobia if we are ever to save humanity.

Writer Christina Hodson (Unforgettable) reinvents the usual action flick antics by grounding these high stakes around a love story between the unlikeliest of friends. And with a cast that includes John Cena (Blockers), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Love, Simon), John Ortiz (Peppermint), Megyn Price (The Ranch), Len Cariou (Blue Bloods), Glynn Turman (How to Get Away with Murder), Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), and Angela Bassett (9-1-1), director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) guarantees Bumblebee is both star-studded and action-packed.

 Bumblebee” hits theaters on December 21st.

ON THE BASIS OF SEX!

On The Basis of Sex hits theaters December 25th (Starring Felicity Jones)

ON THE BASIS OF SEX!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of FOCUS FEATURES

Three names. One formidable woman. The Notorious R.B.G. Screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman, Ginsburg’s nephew in real life, and director Mimi Leder (Shameless) offer an intimate and inspirational biopic about the early years of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her quest for gender equality, her fight for women’s rights, and her triumph over sexism and anti-Semitism in her ascent to greatness.

In the role of a lifetime, Felicity Jones (Rogue One) delivers a tour de force performance as Ruth, part lawyer, part crusader, and part rock star. Alongside her husband Marty, played by the dashing Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Ruth sets out to argue the case of the century — Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue — that would eventually topple the entire system of gender discrimination rampant in the workplace. The film is a powerful commentary on the American patriarchy that has undermined a woman’s place and worth for half a century, now a modern day movement that has culminated in a record number of women being elected to Congress all in the name of women empowerment.

With stellar castmates Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), Stephen Root (Barry), Jack Reynor (Strange Angel), Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale), and Sam Waterston (Grace and Frankie), On the Basis of Sex proves the future is female.

 On the Basis of Sex” hits theaters on December 25th.

Aquaman!

Aquaman opens in theaters December 21 (Starring Jason Momoa)

Aquaman!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Third time’s the charm for Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and Warner Bros.’ Aquaman. Audiences got two glimpses of Momoa as Aquaman in DC’s Batman vs. Superman and Justice League. In his third appearance, Momoa finally takes the lead role when Aquaman first appeared in 1941’s More Fun Comics #73 he was portrayed seriously, a founding member of the Justice League. The 1960’s made Aquaman wildly recognized, but the wholesome weak portrayal in the animated series Superfriends led to jokes about his feeble powers and abilities that have become staples of comedy and standup routines.

Director James Wan’s Aquaman is edgier, with more weight and an expansion of the lore. Aquaman is the Son of the Atlantean Queen and a human lighthouse caretaker. He must travel the world and the ocean depths to save both. Previews show love interest Mera (Amber Heard of London Fields) leading him through the Sahara searching for an ancient hidden device. They activate a mystical hologram of an Ancient Atlantean King who explains the power of the trident and its capacity to save or destroy both worlds. In the end we get to see Aquaman in the classic orange and green armor worn by Atlantean Royalty. Unsure if he can embrace his heritage and destiny, he has found it in himself to wear the ceremonial garb. Atlantis has always had a King. What it needs now is something more, a hero!

Aquaman” open in theaters December 21st.

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