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November 2019

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THE GOOD LIAR

The Good Liar hits theaters November 15th (Starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen)

THE GOOD LIAR

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of WARNER BROS.

In his debut novel, Nicholas Searle impresses readers with such rich and masterful storytelling that his words have popped right off the page and onto the silver screen. And to elevate his potent words to Oscar worthy perfection, director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) relies on two masters of their own craft — Dame Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great) and Sir Ian McKellen (All is True).

McKellen plays Roy Courtnay, a suave yet mysterious gentleman who, like all poor saps, is looking for love online. And Mirren plays Betty McLeish, the unsuspecting widow, now sitting on nearly three million pounds that Roy plans on romancing out from under her. As sparks fly and lies eclipse truth, Betty invites Roy to move into her cottage despite her grandson Steven’s dire warning of such a swift seduction. But the more Betty’s and Roy’s futures become intertwined, the more their pasts unravel, fraught with decades of double-crossing and duplicity — the prime dynamic for Mirren and McKellen to show how devilishly good they are at shifting from coy to conniving.

With a spectacular cast also starring Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Phil Dunster (Humans), Jóhannes Jóhannesson (Cursed), Lily Dodsworth-Evans (Poldark), Mark Lewis Jones (Carnival Row), Michael Culkin (The Crown), Celine Buckens (Free Rein), and Laurie Davidson (Will), The Good Liar lives up to its reputation.

The Good Liar” hits theaters on November 15th.

Charlie’s Angels

Charlie’s Angels hits theaters November 15th (Starring Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart, and Naomi Scott)

Charlie’s Angels

  • By AC Remler
  • Photo Courtesy of Sony

In the third theatrical installation of the iconic ‘70s television series Charlie’s Angels, Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the first woman to direct the Angels on the big screen. The latest reboot features next gen Angels Kristen Stewart (Sabina), Naomi Scott (Elana) and Ella Balinska (Jane) as operatives working for the Townsend Agency, which has now expanded internationally.

Action-packed scenes featuring face-punching and high-heeled groin-kicking are not new to the franchise but somehow seem more satisfying in this enlightened age of female empowerment, particularly when fueled by the Gigamesh re-mix of Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls.” The film’s soundtrack also features Ariana Grande, Lana Del Ray and Miley Cyrus.

Resplendent in their platinum wigs and sparkly minis, the Angels are flirty and tough, while displaying endearing gal-pal camaraderie. The film’s bad guys are sufficiently startled when the threesome throttles them with unexpected power. Banks stars as one of the film’s multiple “Bosleys”–a nice gender twist from the traditional male kingpin controlling the Angels’ assignments. She’s joined by Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart who also step into the Bosley character.

Charlie’s Angels” opens in theaters November 15th.

Midway

Midway hits theaters November 8th

Midway

  • By AC Remler
  • Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate

Just in time for Veteran’s Day comes a film portraying the courage, resilience and sacrifices made by WWII American soldiers during Midway, one of the most epic military engagements in naval history.

From director Roland Emmerich, Midway chronicles the high-stakes battle in June of 1942 between Japan and the U.S. in the central Pacific. A lot was at stake. After their string of maritime victories, Japan’s 1st Air Fleet (Kidō Butai) sought to annihilate the American carrier fleet to win the war. The hard-fought battle, which occurred six months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, consisted of multiple striking missions between squadrons of Japanese and American torpedo-armed fighter planes and dive-bombers stationed on carriers. The grit and heroism of combat soldiers and commanding officers are deftly portrayed by an all-star cast including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid. Also of note, Nick Jonas stars as Bruno Gaido, a gunner who displayed unusual courage, while Mandy Moore plays a Navy wife with compassion and vulnerability.

Midway is the 2nd film to portray the complex event. The Battle of Midway from legendary director Walter Mirisch premiered in 1976. This remake delivers spectacular special effects illuminating the fog of war with disturbing clarity­­––the chaos, terror and intensity of a battle of this magnitude and political significance at full-tilt.

 Midway” hits theaters November 8th.

Terminator Dark…

Terminator Dark Fate is now playing (Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton)

Terminator Dark…

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of Paramount

He told us, “I’ll Be Back” and 35 years later, almost to the day, Arnold Schwarzenegger indeed returns in Terminator: Dark Fate. The film is directed by Tim Miller (Dead Pool and Oscar-nominated short film Gopher Broke) and co-written by James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens, The Abyss), David S. Goyer (Blade, Dark Knight Trilogy), Justin Rhodes (RoboCop Returns), Josh Friedman (Sara Connor Chronicles), and Charles H. Eglee (Dark Angel).

Twenty-seven years after Sarah Connor prevented judgment day in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, re-writing the fate of the human race, Dark Fate brings a new, modified liquid metal terminator (Gabriel Luna, Ghost Rider, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), sent from the future by Skynet to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes, Lady la Vendora de Rosas), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis, The Martian), and her friends. Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and Brett Azar as the T-600 join the cast. Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Linda Hamilton (Beauty and the Beast TV Series) returns as Sarah Connor and comes to their aid, bringing the original Terminator (Schwarzenegger) with her, in a fight for the future! There’s no fate but what Terminator: Dark Fate makes for itself! With co-writer James Cameron hinting that the film will serve as the start of a whole new trilogy, Dark Fate comes as a fresh wave of hope!

Terminator Dark Fate” is now playing.

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