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February 2018

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The 15:17 TO PARIS!

The 15:17 To Paris (pictured Director Clint Eastwood) hits theaters February 9th

The 15:17 TO PARIS!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros.

On August 21st, 2015 Thalys train 9364 made its way from Amsterdam to Paris. Tourists, residents, and Thalys staff alike felt it was just another beautiful evening in the European countryside, until 5:45pm, just as the train passed from Belgium into France. At that point, Ayoub El Khazzani emerged from the bathroom with an AKM assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition and various other DIY-bootleg weapons. If not for the heroic actions of 2 Frenchmen, and three Americans (two were off-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces) the 554 passengers may have wound up dead.

The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Also starring in the film are Jenna Fischer (The Office); Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes); Ray Corasani (The Long Road Home); PJ Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street); Tony Hale (Veep); and Thomas Lennon (Transformers: Age of Extinction).

The film is directed by Clint Eastwood, the screenplay is written by Dorothy Blyskal, and produced by Jessica Meier, Kristina Rivera and Tim Moore.

The 15:17 to Paris” hits theaters February 16th.

NOSTALGIA!

Nostalgia hits theaters February 16th (pictured Jon Hamm)

NOSTALGIA!

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN
  • Photo Courtesy of Bleecker Street

Film and television not only entertains viewers, but provides a window into other worlds, providing insight into the life and mind of the filmmaker. “Nostalgia’s” Mark Pellington must have been dealing with much love and loss, and spent a lot of time contemplating the value of personal mementos. Bleeker Street’s film “Nostalgia” is a mosaic of stories that explores relationships to objects, artifacts, and the memories that share our lives. The film follows the lives of people connected through loss and analyzes the way people find love and solace in memories they share with one another.

Built around the theme of grief, “Nostalgia” follows a protagonist, moving from one group of characters to another. Much like the style of films like “Go” and “Pulp Fiction,” “Nostalgia” passes the story from one protagonist to the next to propel the film through it’s story arc.  Insurance agent (John Ortiz) visits an elderly man (Bruce Dern) to analyze the value of some of his possessions. Next, he meets with a widow (Ellen Burstyn) who lost her house in a fire but has salvaged a few objects. The widow goes to Las Vegas and meets a collectibles shop owner (Jon Hamm) who carries the film forward as he and his sister (Catherine Keener) try to salvage their parent’s letters and photographs. “Nostalgia” takes the character’s stories and weaves their experiences into a tapestry of love and loss.

Nostalgia” hits theaters February 16th.

ENTANGLEMENT!

Entanglement hits theaters February 9th (pictured Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler)

ENTANGLEMENT!

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN
  • Photo Courtesy of Dark Star Pictures

Dark Star Pictures and Director Jason James deliver an incredible, impossible, all too real film about the things we keep inside ourselves. About learning to let go of our fears and about accepting the fact that, on some level, everything is connected. “Entanglement” is a comedy-drama about the interconnectedness of all things. About destiny and the possibility that everything happens for a reason. A film about what ties us together, and the things we do to try and stand apart. When it comes to life and love, everything’s related!

“Entanglement” tells the story of Ben (Parks and Recreations’ Thomas Middleditch) recovering from a suicide attempt and accidentally meeting a woman (The Face of Love’s Jess Weixler) and falling in love. While searching for the meaning of existence, Ben uncovers a family secret. His life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben discovers that he almost had an adopted sister and sets out to see if his life could have been different. Dragged back to life and an exciting world of adventure and wonder and the seemingly impossible, by Hanna (Weixler), Ben is forced to confront some dark truths as he faces the possibility that everything he thinks he knows about himself just isn’t real, and that life and love is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined!

Entanglement” hits theaters February 9th.

Black Panther!

Black Panther hits theaters February 16th

Black Panther!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Marvel

The Marvel universe is vast and rich. Thanks to the popularity of the current movie franchise, some of its most fascinating and fiercest characters are making their way to the silver screen. Cue the center spotlight for Black Panther.

First introduced in “Captain America: Civil War,” the Black Panther is the story of King T’Challa (known in costume as the Black Panther) returning home to Wakanda, a fictional, technologically advanced nation in the heart of Africa. Deeply shrouded in Ancient Egyptian myth and motif, T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman probably best known for portraying baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42”) pairs up with CIA agent Everett Ross (Michael Jordan) and a force of all-female fighting special agents to prevent nothing less than total world war.

While Black Panther promises two hours and 15 minutes of pure adrenaline-pumping, visually assaulting, spectacular Marvel madness that we’ve all come to love and expect, it’s the soundtrack that’ll really bring this piece to life. In recent days with movies like “Baby Driver,” high-energy films have tapped the music video treatment to carry audiences from start to finish. So when you do see Black Panther, be sure strap yourself in for a rockin’ IMAX, 3D, heart-pounding comic adventure. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

 Black Panther” opens nationwide February 15th.

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