For movies opening August 18, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening August 18, 2017

Kam's Kapsules, Big Budget Films, Foreign & Independent Films, movies, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) negotiate a dangerous gauntlet en route to the Hague where he’s set to testify in 24 hours at the International Court of Justice. Co-starring Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung.

Logan Lucky (PG-13 for profanity and crude comments) Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh (for Traffic) comes out of retirement after four years to direct, shoot and edit this comic crime caper revolving around two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who hatch a plan to pull a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during NASCAR’s Coca -Cola 600 car race  Ensemble cast includes Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Dwight Yoakam and Riley Keough. 

Patti Cake$ (R for crude sexual references, drug use, pervasive profanity and a brief nude image) Overcoming the odds saga, set in Lodi, New Jersey, revolving around a Rubenesque rapper’s (Danielle Macdonald) quest for superstardom. With Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhanajay, Mamoudou Athie and Cathy Moriarty.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Crown Heights (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Miscarriage of justic drama recounting the real-life ordeal of Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) who was  sentenced to life in 1980 for a murder he didn’t commit. With Nnamdi Asomugha, Bill Camp and Yil Vazquez.

Dave Made a Maze (Unrated) Nick Thune plays the title character in this horror comedy about an artist who ends up trapped in his living room inside a booby-trapped fort of his own making. With Kristen Vangsness, John Hennigan and Stephanie Allynne.

Gook (Unrated) Racial strife saga, set in South Central L.A.  in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, revolving around the attempt of a couple of Korean-American brothers (Justin Chon and David So) to protect their shoe store from rioters with the help of a street-wise, 11 year-old black girl (Simone Baker). Cast includes Ben Munoz, Curtiss Cook, Jr. and Chris Jai Alex.

Lemon (Unrated) Midlife crisis dramedy about a struggling actor-turned-drama teacher (Brett Gelman) whose world falls apart after he’s dumped by his blind girlfriend of ten years (Judy Greer). With Nia Long, Fred Melamed and Michael Cera.

The Queen of Spain (Unrated) Penelope Cruz stars in this sequel to her 1998 film, Girls of Your Dreams. Follow up finds her character returning to Spain from Hollywood to star in a movie about Queen Isabella. Supporting cast includes Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi and Ana Belen. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

Shot Caller (R for graphic violence, drug use, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Crime thriller about a recently paroled DUI convict (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who finds himself pressured to pull a big heist by the gang that protected him while behind bars. With Omari Hardwick, Benjamin Bratt, Emory Cohen and Lake Bell.

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (Unrated) Reverential retrospective taking a fond look at the careers of pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarist Hubert Smith and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, members of the unsung band that backed up such blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Narrated by Marc Maron, and featuring commentary by Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and Greg Allman. 

 

Source:  Baret News

 

For movies opening August 11, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening August 11, 2017

Kam's Kapsules, Big Budget Films, Foreign & Independent Films, movies, weekly previews, Woody Harrelson, Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Annabelle: Creation (R for horror violence) Tale of demonic possession about a dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) who open their home to a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several orphans only to have them terrorized by one of his creations (Samara Lee). With Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson and Kerry O’Malley.

The Glass Castle (PG-13 for profanity, smoking and mature themes) Brie Larson stars in this adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ best-selling memoir of the same name recounting being raised in a dysfunctional family by an artist (Naomi Watts) and an alcoholic (Woody Harrelson). Cast includes Sarah Snook, Josh Caras and Max Greenfield.

The Nut Job 3: Nutty by Nature (PG for action and rude humor) Animated sequel finds Surly the squirrel (Will Arnett) and his sidekick Buddy (Tom Kenny) joining forces with other animals in order to prevent their crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from paving the park to put up an amusement park. Voice cast includes Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl and Jeff Dunham.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Good Time (R for violence, drug use, sexuality and pervasive profanity) NYC crime drama revolving around a mobster’s (Robert Parkinson) efforts to spring his brother (Ben Safdie) from jail after a botched bank robbery. With Buddy Duress, Barkhad (I’m the Captain, now!”) Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

In This Corner of the World (PG-13 for mature themes and images of war) Animated historical drama, set in Japan during World War II, revolving around the survivor’s guilt of an 18 year-old girl (Non) who married and moved away from Hiroshima before the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown. Voice cast includes Megumi Han, Natsuki Inaba and Nanase Iwai. (In Japanese with subtitles)

Ingrid Goes West (R for sexuality, disturbing behavior, drug use and pervasive behavior) Aubrey Plaza handles the title role in this character study of a stalker who relocates from Pennsylvania to L.A. after becoming obsessed with an Instagram celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen). Featuring O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Wyatt Russell and Billy Magnussen.

The Only Living Boy in New York (R for profanity and drug use) Dysfunctional family drama about the love triangle which develops after a recent college grad (Callum Turner) discovers that his father’s (Pierce Brosnan) cheating on his mother (Cynthia Nixon) with a younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). With Jeff Bridges, Kiersey Clemons and Wallace Shawn.

Planetarium (Unrated) Supernatural fantasy about a couple of psychic sisters (Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp) who are hired by a film studio executive (Emmanuel Salinger) to star in a movie about spiritualism. Support cast includes Louis Garrel, Amira Casar and Pierre Salvadori. (In English and french with subtitles)

A Taxi Driver (Unrated) Fact-based drama, set in South Korea in 1980, recounting how a cabbie (Kang-ho Song) helped a German reporter (Thomas Kretschmann) covering an insurrection in the city of Gwangju. With Hae-jin Yoo, Jun-yeol Ryu and Daniel Joey Albright. (In Korean with subtitles)

The Trip to Spain (Unrated) Third installment in the culinary series finds comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cracking jokes while traveling around Spain and sampling the local cuisine over the course of five days.

Whose Streets? (R for pervasive profanity) Black Lives Matter documentary taking an unvarnished look at Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the police shooting of 18 year-old Mike Brown. 

 

 Source:  Baret News

 

For movies opening July 21, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 21, 2017

 

Big Budget Films, Independent & Foreign Films, Movies, Kam Williams

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Dunkirk (PG-13 for intense battle scenes and some profanity) World War II saga recreating the evacuation of over 300,000 Allied soldiers from the shores of France after they were surrounded and on the verge of being slaughtered by the Nazi army. Ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Barry Keoghan and One Direction’s Harry Styles. (In English, French and German with subtitles)

Girls Trip (R for pervasive profanity, crude humor, coarse dialogue, drug use and brief graphic nudity) Female empowerment dramedy revolving around four college classmates (Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish) who reunite for the first time in years  to attend the Essence Festival in New Orleans. With Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh and Mike Colter, with cameo appearances by Mike Epps, Common, Ne-Yo and Mariah Carey.      

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13 for action, violence, suggestive material and brief profanity) Adaptation of Valerian and Laureline, a graphic novel set in the 28th Century chronicling the exploits of a couple of time-traveling government agents (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) assigned to neutralize a mysterious, dark force threatening a metropolis and the future of the universe. Supporting cast includes Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Clive Owen and Rihanna. 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

The Fencer (Unrated) Golden Globe-nominated biopic, set behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, chronicling the life of legendary fencer-turned-political fugitive Endel Nelis (Mart Avandi) who risked his liberty by entering a children’s team in a national tournament being staged in Leningrad. With Kirill Karo, Lembit Ulfsak and Liisa Koppel. (In Estonian, Russian and Armenian with subtitles)

First Kill (R for profanity and violence) Action thriller about a successful Wall St. broker (Hayden Christiansen) who finds himself pressured to cooperate with the gang of bank robbers that took his young son (Ty Shelton) hostage for ransom. Supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Gethin Anthony and Magi Avila.

Landline (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) Skeleton-in-the-closet comedy, set in Manhattan in 1995, about a couple of sisters (Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn)  spying on the father (John Turturro) they suspect of cheating on their clueless mom (Edie Falco). With Jay Duplaa, Finn Wittrock and Ali Ahn.

The Midwife (Unrated) Bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship which blossoms between a high-strung midwife (Catherine Frot) and her late father’s, free-spirited mistress (Catherine Deneuve). Featuring Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire and Mylene Demongeot. (In French with subtitles) 

The Pulitzer at 100 (Unrated) Writing retrospective reflecting upon the centennial celebration of America’s most prestigious literary award. Featuring commentary by prior winners Toni Morrison, Carl Bernstein and Thomas Friedman.

Romeo Is Bleeding (Unrated) Grassroots biopic about idealistic poet/activist Donte Clark’s effort to put an end an escalating, deadly turf war in his Richmond, California ghetto by inviting rival gangstas to participate in a production of Romeo and Juliet. 

Santoalla (Unrated) Missing persons documentary revolving around a grieving Dutch widow’s investigation into her husband’s mysterious disappearance a decade after they moved to a tiny Spanish village inhospitable to outsiders. (In English and Galician with subtitles)

   

Scales: Mermaids Are Real (PG for mild peril and mature themes) Coming-of-age fantasy about an 11 year-old girl (Emmy Perry) who, on the eve of her birthday, learns that she’s destined to morph into a mermaid when she turns 12. With Morgan Fairchild, Elisabeth Rohm, Nikki Hahn and Judy Tenuta. 

Who the [bleep] Is That Guy? (Unrated) Prestige biopic about Michael Alago, a gay Puerto Rican from Brooklyn who grew up to become a legendary A&R exec only to have his career wrecked by a combination of AIDS and substance abuse.

 

Source:  Baret News

 

For movies opening July 14, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun               

by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 14, 2017

Kam's Kapsules, Big Budget Films, Foreign & Independent Films, movies, The Big Sick, Weekly Previews, Keanu Reeves

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The Big Sick (R for profanity and sexual references) Romantic comedy recounting the real-life courting of fan (Zoe Kazan) by a Pakistani stand-up comedian (Kumail Nanjiani as himself). Supporting cast includes Ray Romano, Holly Hunter and SNL’s Aidy Bryant. 

War for the Planet of the Apes (PG-13 for action, violence, mature themes and disturbing images) Captivating capstone to the popular primate trilogy pits Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the simians against an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson) in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of both species once and for all. With Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Judy Greer. 

Wish Upon (PG-13 for profanity, violence, disturbing images and mature themes) Body count horror flick about a mysterious music box that grants a grateful 17 year-old’s (Joey King) every wish, including money, love and popularity. Trouble is, she has no idea her good fortune comes with a deadly price. Co-starring Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee and Mitchell Slaggert.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Battle Scars (Unrated) Post war drama about a veteran’s (Zane Holtz) attempt to readjust to civilian life after suffering devastating physical and psychic wounds during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Featuring Ryan Eggold, Jamal Woolard and Heather McComb. 

Birthright: A War Story (Unrated) Women’s reproductive rights are the subject of this documentary examining the effort to repeal Roe v.Wade.

Blind (R for profanity, sexual references and brief drug use) Romance drama about a blind widower (Alec Baldwin) who having a risky love affair with the wife (Demi Moore) of a powerful, white-collar criminal (Dylan McDermott) temporarily imprisoned for insider trading. With Eden Epstein, Viva Bianca and Dorothy Liman.

Bronx Gothic (Unrated) Reverential biopic about Okwui Okpokwasili and her autobiographical, one-woman play about coming-of-age black and female in New York in the Eighties.   

Chasing Coral (Unrated) Climate change documentary featuring divers’ time-lapse photography as well as scientists exploring why the world’s coral reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Lady Macbeth (R for profanity, sexuality, frontal nudity and disturbing violence) Adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s classic novel, set in the 19th Century, about a miserably-married teenager (Florence Pugh) who cheats on her rich, sadistic husband twice her age (Paul Hilton) with one of the servants (Cosmo Jarvis). With Christopher Fairbank, Naomi Ackie and Anton Palmer.

To the Bone (Unrated) Fact-based drama about a 20 year-old anorexic (Lily Collins) who enters a rehab clinic run by a physician (Keanu Reeves) with an unorthodox bedside manner. Cast includes Carrie Preston, Liana Liberato and Brooke Smith.

 

 Source:  Baret News

 

Top Ten DVD List for July 11, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 11, 2017 

DVD Releases, Top Ten, This Week, Kam Williams, movies, The Fate of the Furious

                   

The Fate of the Furious [8th Installment of High-Octane Franchise]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3KS6S9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Songwriter [Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071VSD8Z6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Underground: Season Two [Underground Railroad Epic]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN//B072L69KC7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Diana: Queen of Hearts [Lady Diana Retrospective]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZC6PY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Lost City of Z [Adaptation of Fact-Based Best Seller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071YLQH65/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Rake: Series 2 [Law and Disorder]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XW8RDBS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Species [Collector’s Edition]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3KS3G5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: Prime Suspect [Tennison]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XBP7992/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Smurfs: The Lost Village [Adventure in the Forbidden Forest]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y2M7YY9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Beast [Soviet Afghan War Saga]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0725PJD71/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Gardens of Stone [Vietnam War Classic Re-Release]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071Z7MBTL/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

King Solomon’s Mines [Patrick Swayze Miniseries]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZSTFPC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dragon Wars: D-War [An Ancient Evil Awakens]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072BWBWPB/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

London Heist [Brit Revenge Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07259QLZP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20R

Spark: A Space Tail [Fearless Monkey Animated Adventure]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0716S2XQG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Caillou: Things That Go! [From Planes and Trains to Boats and Cars]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WVJ7T5X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Tunnel: Sabotage [Season 2]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N703WAA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: My Mother and Other Strangers [Irish Tale of Forbidden Love

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y1YFNTD/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

For movies opening July 7, 2017

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 7, 2017

Movies, Kam's Kapsules, this week, previews, film, Big Budget, foreign & Independent films, entertainment

BIG BUDGET FILMS

A Ghost Story (R for brief profanity and a disturbing image) Romantic fantasy revolving around a recently-deceased musician (Casey Affleck) whose spirit miraculously returns home to comfort his inconsolable wife (Rooney Mara). Supporting cast includes Kenneisha Thompson, Will Oldham, Liz Franke and Kesha. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG-13 for action, violence, profanity and suggestive comments) Tom Holland assumes the title role in this reboot of the Marvel Comics franchise which finds Peter Parker living with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and attending high school in Queens while being mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) until it’s time to morph into his superhero alter ego to engage a new nemesis (Michael Keaton). With Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.

   

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Austin Found (Unrated) Midlife crisis dramedy about a fame-craving, former beauty queen (Linda Cardellini) who has her daughter (Ursula Parker) kidnapped in order to land back in the limelight. With Craig Robinson, Skeet Ulrich, Patrick Warburton and Jaime Pressly.

City of Ghosts (R for profanity and disturbing violence) War on Terror documentary chronicling an intrepid band of Syrian journalists’ efforts to shed light on ISIS’ gruesome crimes against humanity.

Hickok (Unrated) Luke Hemsworth plays Wild Bill Hickok in this biopic where the legendary lawman’s reputation as the fastest draw in the West is put to the test while trying to restore peace in a wild frontier town. Co-starring Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Dern.   

Santoalla (Unrated) Missing persons documentary revolving around a grieving Dutch widow’s investigation into her husband mysterious disappearance a decade after they moved to a tiny Spanish village inhospitable to outsiders. (In English and Galician with subtitles)

   

Swim Team (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting the exploits of three members of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swimming team composed entirely of teens on the autism spectrum.

Undercover Grandpa (PG-13 for violence and suggestive material) Action comedy about a shy teen (Dylan Everett) who enlists the assistance of his grandfather’s (James Caan) World War II buddies to rescue the kidnapped girl of his dreams (Greta Onieogou). With Lou Gossett, Jr., Paul Sorvino and Jessica Walter. 

 

 Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

LEGO Batman, DVD Releases, movies, Kam Williams, A United Kingdom, Honorable Mention

                       

LEGO Batman

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06W53FHJJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A United Kingdom

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y4S4VBX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Un Padre No Tan Padre

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07227R5HG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

John Wick: Chapter 2

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XWWZ955/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XSG672L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chapter & Verse

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XYCM3V2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHDLC8N/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music Baby!

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHVMGQF/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: American Patriot

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N2BJQAV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

3 Generations

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0713YRV8C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

American Epic

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BGYFTK4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mine

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNMW8J6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bitter Harvest

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XXP2KFK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MRV3UEX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017

 

 

 
 
This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017 

Juice, Bambi, DVD Releases, Top Ten, Movies, Wentworth, Kam Williams

                     

Juice: 25th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XX7R9TY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Operation Mekong

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MY6UZT6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bambi: 75th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XS99HCG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XRQM39S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wentworth, Season 3

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD4DTSP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aaron’s Blood

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071P6HT43/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Young Pope

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTICQ6M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Heartland

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XGZ3Y5L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aftermath

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y6HFF4S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sky on Fire

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNPP6GQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Last Word

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XDDWCGN/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Assignment

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZY1GXH7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Where the Buffalo Roam: Collector’s Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WRXCMF4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Prisoner X

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD3YVCY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

American Masters: Jacques Pepin – The Art of Craft

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XKN1BHS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

The Biggest Part of American Culture: “And the Award Goes To…”

 

The Biggest Part of American Culture: “And the Award Goes To…”

by Amy Lignor

 

Whether it is the biggest part of American culture or just the one most recognized, awards season is actually a time of the year that is waited for by movie, TV, and entertainment fans of all types. Not only are people dying to see what others are wearing, but they are also just American culture, Golden Globes, Johnny Depp, People's Choice Awards, Oscars, Entertainment, standouts, movies, televisionwaiting to cast their personal reviews for the host and/or hostess that was chosen to be at the head of it all. Not everyone can be Billy Crystal—that much became obvious long ago. But the one many are waiting to see (and loving the fact that he and his bad mouth are back at the helm) is Ricky Gervais. He, again, will be leading the Golden Globes. Which is everyone’s favorite awards show of the season because people very much like to watch all those so-called elegant superstars get drunk as skunks.

 

For the “unofficial kickoff” to the 2016 awards season, Johnny Depp was honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala last night and given the Desert Palm Achievement Award for all his good work. But there were other heavyweights of Hollywood who attended, mostly to talk about their own movies and get going on the publicity they need in order to win themselves the “Super Bowl” trophy of awards season – a small, golden man named Oscar.

 

Yes, the people will choose their favorites at the People’s Choice Awards, but the Hollywood Foreign Press is usually the judge of what “should” happen at the Oscars. This time out, it seems the Foreign Press has fallen head over heels in love with the 1950s romance, “Carol,” which garnered five nominations, including best picture in the drama category. But, remember, the Oscars do like to change things up a bit.

 

Whereas “Carol” landed nods for the director, as well as stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, “The Big Short” with Steve Carell and Christian Bale received four nominations, including best picture in the comedy arena. But seeing as that the Oscars do not separate the laughter from the crying, it’s still anyone’s guess who the biggest award will go to in the end.

 

“The Revenant” may just be the twisted movie that finally lands much looked-over Leonardo DiCaprio an Academy Award, even though he has received four Golden Globes thus far. And the rest of the drama category at the Globes offers movies nominated that an Academy Award will most definitely not be given to: “Mad Max: Fury Road” will never take home an Oscar.

 

There are no standouts yet, as far as best picture is concerned, but most are claiming that the Boston Globe drama “Spotlight” is the favorite at the moment. When you ask viewers, however, it is Jennifer Lawrence (again) and her spin in “Joy” that have people raving she should take home all awards this season.

 

When it comes to the world of television, Netflix once again basically proved that regular TV is not necessary. “Fargo,” “Mr. Robot,” “Outlander”… Seems as if the TV world has turned far away from women running around NYC in overly high heels, onto a more scientific/futuristic path, making the return of “The X-Files” in January the perfect fit.

 

Will Smith is another true Oscar contender with “Concussion,” seeing as that anything about the NFL draws headlines. But, oddly enough, the name not mentioned at the Golden Globe nominations was the same name that “kicked off” this awards season: Johnny Depp’s character Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” was never heard of.

 

Are there esteemed veterans this time out? Oh yes. Al Pacino, Maggie Smith, Jane Fonda, even Lily Tomlin is back. But perhaps the most personal with millions of fans is the fact that Sylvester Stallone earned a nomination for “Creed.” In other words, the great Rocky Balboa garnered yet another nomination, as he did back in 1976. Talk about an icon in American culture; it would be nice to see Rocky KO the competition.

 

So…get ready. Hold on to your hats, bustles, and drinks as the incredible Gervais brings on the Golden Globes; one night of pure fun leading up to the always elegant (and incredibly boring for two hours) Academy Awards airing on February 28th.

 

GO ROCKY!

 

American culture, Golden Globes, Johnny Depp, People's Choice Awards, Oscars, Entertainment, standouts, movies, television

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening November 13, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Movies, openings for this week, November 13, 2015, Independent & Foreign Films, Big Budget Films

For movies opening November 13, 2015

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The 33 (PG-13 for profanity and a disaster sequence) Fact-based docudrama recounting the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine which left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days. Ensemble cast includes Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Brolin, Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

By the Sea (R for nudity, profanity and graphic sexuality) Romance drama, set in the South of France in the Seventies, revolving around a writer (Brad Pitt) and a retired dancer (Angelina Jolie) who try to revitalize their flagging marriage while vacationing in a quaint village located along the coast. With Melanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup and Sarah Naudi. (In English and French with subtitles)

Love the Coopers (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Holiday comedy, set in Pittsburgh, about the hijinks which unfold when several generations of a dysfunctional family convene for their annual Christmas gathering. Co-starring Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Anthony Mackie, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms and Marisa Tomei

My All American (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief partial nudity) Bittersweet biopic about Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), the college football great diagnosed with cancer a couple days after leading the University of Texas to the 1969 NCAA National Championship. With Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger and Robin Tunney.

  

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

All Rise (Unrated) Legal argument documentary following the fortunes of seven law students from seven different countries (Palestine, Israel, Uganda, Jamaica, Russia, India and Singapore) as they compete in the world’s largest moot court competition staged in Washington, DC .

Casa Grande (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set in Rio de Janeiro, about a spoiled-rotten teen (Thales Cavalcanti) who’s decadent lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when his father’s (Marcello Novaes) hedge fund goes belly up. Cast includes Suzana Pires, Alice Melo and Bruna Amaya. (In Portuguese with subtitles)

Entertainment (R for profanity, sexuality, crude humor, brief drug use and a disturbing image) Road drama about a washed-up comedian (Greg Turkington) who does some stand-up shows in dives while driving cross-country en route to a rendezvous with his long-estranged daughter. With John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz and Dean Stockwell.

Funny Buddy (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a childhood obesity counselor (Kentucker Audley) and an emotionally-stunted trust fund baby (Olly Alexander) competing for the affections of a reclusive animal activist (Joslyn Jensen). Featuring Louis Cancelmi, Anna Margaret Hollyman and Marisa Brown.

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Unrated) Reverential documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most celebrated actresses of her time. Featuring archival footage as well as commentary by Sigourney Weaver, Liv Ullmann, and Ingrid’s offspring: Pia Lindstrom, Isabella Rossellini, Isotta Rossellini and Roberto Rossellini. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

James White (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and drug use) Christopher Abbott handles the title role in this character study, set in New York City, about a self-destructive slacker, still living at home, forced to mature when his mom (Cynthia Nixon) becomes seriously ill. With Ron Livingston, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and David Call.

Man Up (R for profanity and sexual references) Romantic comedy about a woman (Lake Bell) unlucky at love who finally finds Mr. Right (Simon Pegg) after being mistaken for his blind date. With Olivia Williams, Rory Kinnear and Ophelia Lovibond.

Shelter (Unrated) Character-driven drama, marking the directorial debut of Paul Bettany, revolving around the love which blossoms between a homeless street performer from Nigeria (Anthony Mackie) and a heroin-addicted widow (Jennifer Connelly) also living on the streets of New York.    

Song of Lahore (PG for mature themes, smoking and violent images) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling the musical collaborations of a Pakistani classical orchestra and Wynton Marsalis’ big band. (In Urdu with subtitles)

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (Unrated) The making of documentary revisiting the shooting of the legendary actor’s auto racing classic in 1971.

Sweet Micky for President (Unrated) Haitian documentary chronicling Michel Martelly’s presidential campaign in the wake of the earthquake which devastated his homeland in 2010. Featuring appearances by Pras Michel, Sean Penn, Wyclef Jean and Ben Stiller.

Source:  Baret News