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January 2020

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THE GENTLEMEN

The Gentlemen hits theaters Jan 24th (Starring Michelle Dockery and Matthew McConaughey)

THE GENTLEMEN

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of MIRAMAX

His characters are charismatic. His dialogue rocks the screen. His movies slay at the box office. And with his latest caper comedy, director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) serves up all the fixings of a cult classic in the making, full of lock, stock, and two smoking barrels of slick cinematography and that signature British bent. The film is called The Gentlemen, and these chaps prove chivalry is at its best when it’s dead.

The story drops a drug trafficker smack dab in the center of a hostile takeover. Word on the streets of London is that dashing drug lord Mickey Pearson is ready to cash out his illustrious trade of that sweet Mary Jane that’s worth billions. But rather than force a bidding war, his potential buyers have more economical machinations in mind — soon friend and foe alike find themselves in the calculating crosshairs of bribery, blackmail, masterminding, and a lethal dose of bullets flying. In this world, Pearson may be kingpin, but it is Guy Ritchie who reigns supreme in crafting another bonafide blockbuster.

With an incomparable cast that includes superstars Matthew McConaughey (Serenity), Charlie Hunnam (Triple Frontier), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Jeremy Strong (Succession), Colin Farrell (Widows), Henry Golding (Last Christmas), Jason Wong (Chimerica), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), and Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), The Gentlemen sells itself on pure charm.

The Gentlemen” hits theaters on January 24th.

LIKE A BOSS

Like a Boss hits theaters Jan 10th (Starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne)

LIKE A BOSS

  • By Alex Brown
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount

If the past several years were defined by women finally speaking out, then 2020 is the year that they finally take control, including on the silver screen with the release of Like a Boss, directed by Miguel Arteta of Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl, and Cedar Rapids fame. And hold on, because these ladies aren’t playing!

When best friends Mia Carter (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel Paige (Rose Byrne) started their cosmetics company Mel & Mia’s, they wanted to take charge of their own destiny and be their own bosses. Never did they imagine it would lead to the fight of their professional lives. Because when voluptuous and glam-queen cosmetics mogul Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) seemingly comes to their rescue, they learn that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes you have to play hard to keep what you’ve earned. When Luna lends Mel and Mia a substantial sum to erase their debt and grow their company, she does so with less-than-pure intentions, instead taking what isn’t hers for personal gain. But when the two besties uncover her sinister ambitions, there will be hell to pay. Like a Boss promises to be a hilarious start to the new decade, especially with a star-studded supporting cast in Jennifer Coolidge (as Mel and Mia’s coworker) and Billy Porter (as Barrett, a victim of collateral damage in the battle for supremacy).

 Like a Boss” opens nationwide on January 10th.

1917

(center) George MacKay as Schofield in 1917, co-written and directed by Sam Mendes (Photo Francois Duhamel/Universal and DreamWorks Pictures)

1917

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo By François Duhamel

The idea of sitting through a two-hour war film shot in one continuous shot is daunting to say least, but that is what makes Sam Mendes’ WWI drama 1917 so captivating – and what made it an Oscar frontrunner even months before it hit theaters.

Set in the trenches of northern France as two young soldiers (played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) race against time across enemy territory to stop a deadly ambush attack that will kill thousands of British troops, 1917 is a nonstop rollercoaster of action that graphically depicts the horror of the Great War. While the Universal Pictures film is certainly not for the fainthearted – or anyone with a phobia of rats – it is impossible not to get emotionally drawn into the importance of their mission, which goes beyond duty once we learn that the brother of one of our heroes is among those destined to die if they fail.

MacKay and Chapman have the bulk of the screen time but they are amply supported by a cast made up of A-listers and award winners including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Richard Madden. However, what really hit a chord with me about 1917 is that it’s based on true stories told to the director as a young boy by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes, who was a message carrier across no-man’s land.

1917” hits theaters Jan 10th.

THE RHYTHM SECTION

The Rhythm Section hits theaters Jan 31st (Starring Blake Lively)

THE RHYTHM SECTION

  • By Alex Brown
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount

It is every person’s nightmare when they say farewell to loved ones: that they’ll never see them again. That is precisely what happens to Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) when her family perishes in a plane crash three years prior to the start of the film.

When an intensely covert organization informs Patrick that the crash wasn’t an accident, she pulls herself out of a nosedive of self-destruction for a chance to hunt down and wreak vengeance on those responsible. After undergoing intense training featuring weapons, hand-to-hand combat, subversion and controlling her heart rate and breathing (hence, “the rhythm section”), Patrick embarks on her journey to hunt down and destroy her family’s killers.

Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Burnell—who also wrote the screenplay—and directed by Reed Morano, Rhythm promises to have your heart racing from beginning to end as audiences are taken on a journey of desperation and revenge. And because Burnell’s book upon which the film is based is the first in a series, if the film lives up to what the searing previews promise, we can likely expect a lot more from Patrick in the future.

The Rhythm Section” opens in theaters on January 31st.

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