ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

In the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, Stacey Abrams became the first African-African female nominee for a major party. After a hard-fought campaign, Abrams lost to her Republican opponent Brian Kemp. On the surface of things, this kind of loss probably seemed normal; however, to Abrams and her supporters, this was simply another example of a greater problem that has plagued U.S. politics and the voting rights of its citizens for far too many years. Filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes have made an insightful and revealing documentary that offers its viewers a hard-hitting lesson about the history of voter suppression in the United States. All In: The Fight For Democracy not only concisely and intelligent reveals the voter suppression policies that helped Brian Kemp win his gubernatorial election over Abrams, it also discusses the various, often disturbing ways, public policy in the United States have infringed upon and impeded the voting rights of the nation's citizens.

The right to vote is a freedom U.S. citizens often take for granted. People who have never faced any form of prejudice, along with those who have been fortunate enough to receive a solid education are usually the ones who have never had to encounter the slap-in-the face that is voter suppression. It was the uneducated, the impoverished, and enslaved who were not able to vote in this country, originally. In addition to these groups, women did not have the right when this nation first began. Throughout our history, as the poor, enslaved, and oppressed first had the tastes of freedom, laws were enacted to guarantee their rights to politcal represantation.

However, the state and local governments also enacted various policies and laws that helped strip these rights away. For example, gerrymandering, unreasonable voting requirements, and other highly questionable and unethical practices have unfairly targeted poor and oppressed people, interfering with their voting rights. Such is the case with Stacey Abrams's 2018 run for governor of Alabama. In fact, it was her opponent Brian Kemp, himself, who oversaw the recent changes to voting requirements in Alabama which targeted the various people who supported Abrams.

These are the various issues that this educational, but often maddening, documentary reveals. Working with various activists and others fighting for unbiased voter rights in the U.S., directors Garbus and Cortes use their film as a sadly necessary rallying cry for the real democracy the United States has promised its citizens for so long, but is actually sorely lacking. It is a film I passionately reccommend for all United States citizens, particularly those who often feel apolitical of apethetic about the state politics in our country. All In: The Fight For Democracy will be available for streaming on Amazon beginning Friday, September 18, 2020.

TENET

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B+

I remember sitting through Inception and leaving confused and unimpressed. I watched it again and some aspects became clearer, but I never really did love the film. With Tenet, the ride, even in reverse action, entertains and engages completely. Action-packed from the first moment, Christopher Nolan’s thriller, like Inception, bends time and space with twists and turns that boggle the mind. Tenet folds in and out of itself like a finely formulated piece of origami created in the hands of a master storyteller.

ENTWINED

By Laurie Coker

Rating: D+/C-

Entwined demonstrates how a director can lose his way as he tells his story. Minos Nikolakakis’ takes on more than he can handle in his fairytale horror pick set in tiny cabin in an ominous forest. While his imagery is stunning, Nikolakakis delivers little in the way of entertainment. Encumbered by poor pacing and weighty subject matter, the film never captures the audience and disappoints with an unsatisfying finale.

BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC

By Laurie Coker

Rating: C-

Some thirty-one years after their “excellent adventure” and nearly thirty years post “bogus journey”, Bill and Ted are back facing the music. Reprising their roles as goofy rockers, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter stop at nothing to be Bill and Ted – awkward and seemingly clueless and they do an excellent job, but three decades doesn’t bode well. Original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon along with director Dean Parisot miss several great opportunities to make Bill and Ted Face the Music fun and memorable. It is not a total wash, but it fails to measure up to the first in what is now a trilogy.

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

By Laurie Coker

Rating: A

Dev Patel seems an unlikely choice as Charles Dicken’s famous David Copperfield, but director/cowriter (with Simon Blackwell) Armando Iannucci finds gold with his star. Set in first person, we see Copperfield fight for his place in the world as a writer and gentleman. The Personal History of David Copperfield plays out perfectly – with crafty storytelling, a spunky, entertaining cast, beautiful sets, and gorgeous costuming.

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

From wrtiter/director Armando Iannucci, the critically acclaimed filmmaker behind In The Loop and The Death of Stalin, comes this highly lovable and delightfully entertaining adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. Featuring a tremendously gifted and culturally diverse cast, Iannucci has crafted a Dickens adaptation that has a sharply witty comedic tone. Now to be honest, I have never actually read the novel David Copperfield, but I have read a few of his other works. I will say, though, that this movie has sparked some interest in me. Regardless of whether or not one is familiar with the source material, I truly believe this is one of those movies that is absolutely irresistible.

Dev Patel stars as the titular David Copperfield. The film follows David from birth to adulthood, as told from his perspective. David's life definitely has its ups and downs, but his determination and courage drives him on. He endures the cruel abuse by his stepfather Mr. Murdstone ((Darren Boyd) and life as a runaway with the charming deadbeat  Mr. Micawber (Peter Capaldi). He eventually manages to catch up with his aunt Betsey Trotwood (Tilda Swinton) and her unusual friend Mr. Dick (Hugh Laurie). During his adventures, Copperfield discovers his for telling stories and decides to pursue his dream as a writer.

Much like Greta Gerwig does with her adaptation of Little Women, Armando Iannucci breathes new life into Dickens' novel David Copperfield. Iannucci comedic talents are used to great effect, but never overshadow or distract from the heart of the story. I imagine it was a challenge to condense a 624-page novel into a two hour movie. And overall, the filmmaker does rather well. There are a couple of arcs that come across as rushed, but these moments are not ridiculously bad. Iannucci also displays his talents as a director here. He seems to have a great chemistry with his cast which is full of some wonderful actors.

Dev Patel shines as the smart, sweet, and compassionate David Copperfield. His natural charisma works superbly for this type of winsome protagonist. The film also stars Aneurin Barnard as David's good friend James Steerworth. Barnard brings to the character a defiant rebellious spirit, but also a caring nurturing side that encourages David to pursue happiness.

There are so many great names in this ensemble and so many hyperbolic praises I can bestow on them for their work on this movie. However, I will refrain from getting too carried away and simply mention their names. The movie features superb work by Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Morfydd Clark, Rosalind Eleazar, Benedict Wong, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, and several others. It truly is a joy to see such a diverse cast of talented actors in this period piece.

Which is a rarity, really, when it comes to this kind of movie. Armando Iannucci keeps the "period" in his period film, but manages to modernize things without going too overboard. It is possible that some literature purists might scoff or abhor the liberties that Iannucci takes with this Dickens adaptation, but this type of humorless person lacks the vision, the sense of humor, and obviously the will to be a little daring. And these sensibilities are the things that attract modern minds to classic stories and make them more palatable and relatable.

TESLA

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B-

Most hear the name Tesla and think of electric cars or perhaps the Tesla vehicle that Elon Musk launched into space as part of his SpaceX project. Behind the name is story. Ethan Hawke stars as Nikola Tesla, the brilliant inventor who played with electricity, in Tesla, written directed by Michael Almereyda. Hawke and Almereyda have created a detailed account of man whose brilliance made him both aggravating and extraordinary.

CHEMICAL HEARTS

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on the novel Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, this movie adaptation examines the way teenagers respond to different kinds of heartbreak and how this sorrow forces them to take leaps away from naive innocence. It is a subject dealt with in other, nearly countless stories from literature and cinema, some of which are actually mentioned in this movie. It seems as if both Sutherland and Chemical Hearts writer/director Richard Tanne are not trying to revolutionize teen love stories, but hope to enrich them. Tanbe's film does succeed on certain levels, but also lacks solid character development on the part of its protagonist.

Austin Abrams stars as said protagonist Henry Page, a shy and mostly introverted writer who, at the beginning of his high school senior year, gets selected to be the chief editor of the school newspaper. Thinking his year will be as uneventful as his past high school years, Austin gets a big surprise when he meets transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhardt), a quiet, but alluring young wonan with a bit of a bad attitude. As Austin gets to know her a little better and as she warms up to him, he falls head-over-heels in love with Grace. Grace eventually begins to reciprocate these feelings, but as the relationship progresses quickly, Grace begins to vack off, as some temporarily repressed emotions from trauma in her past begin to surface.

I will say that Richard Tanne makes a solid entry in the teen romance genre with Chemical Hearts. The characters are relatable and likable and their struggles are realistically portrayed for the most part. When it comes to the moment of conflict, though, I feel that the writing is definitely lacking when it comes to the development of the Henry Page character. Nevertheless, I still found myself involved with these compelling characters and this is certainly thanks to the wonderful performances by actors Reinhardt and Abrams.

As Grace, Lili Reinhardt brings a hardshelled toughness that masks pained vulnerabilities. She does an exceptional job of juggling and balancing on this line. Austin Abrams gives a highly lovable turn as the sweet, shy and introspective Henry. His big heart us what charms Grace, and it is a quality that is sure to charm audiences as well. The two actors know exactly how to work that awkward romantic tension between them and evolve that feeling into genuine chemistry.

So, even though this movie has its weaknesses, it is still an enjoyable and moving love story. It is a film with which teens can relate and one that could make adults reflect on their high school years. It is a movie I would recommend with some tempered expectations. Chemical Hearts is now available for streaming via Amazon.

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B+

I love traveling with my grandchildren and together we enjoy listening to audiobooks. On one trip, my granddaughter and I, both huge animal lovers, listened to The One and Only Ivan, the story of a silverback ape raised in captivity. Disney+ brings the book, based on a true story, to streaming television. Thea Sharrock directs a stunning blend of live action and remarkable CGI with an excellent cast of real and voice actors.

TESLA

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Writer/director Michael Almereyda tells the story of Nikola Tesla in a biopic that takes some novel approaches to its visuals and aesthetics, but ultimately struggles to maintain keep its audience engrossed in it. With Ethan Hawke in the plead role, I expected more from this film, but even the actors talents get held back by the film's weaknesses. Nikola Tesla's life story is truly a fascinating one, but Almereyda just doesn't succeed in proving it as such.

The film begins in 1884 when Tesla begins working for Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan). As the two men offen differ in their visions and opinions, it proves to be a match made in hell. Eventually, after failing to make any headway in Edison's company, Tesla quits and decides to venture out with his new partner Anthony Szigeti (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), hoping to change the ways electricity is harnessed and utilized. Tesla would proceed to do this, but his inability to look at the pictures of his career and life would lead to eventual failure.

Despite some of the bold interesting choices made by writer/director Almereyda, the writing, particularly the story and character development, fails to generate excitement and develop a real connection with its audience. It was as if Tesla himself, being extemely intoverted and narrow focussed, was telling the story himself. There are ways to express this mindset and personality type in more exciting and entertaining ways. However, Amereyda follows a mostly dull path that shows a lack of passion for his subject.

Ethan Hawke performs solidly in the role of Tesla, but just can't seem to transcend the limitations of the writing. I found Kyle MacLachlan more interesting and entertaining as rival Thomas Edison. I also enjoyed the acting of actress Eve Hewson who protrays love interest and the film's narrator Anne Morgan. The movie also features solid work by Jim Gaffigan, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Rebecca Dayan.

I feel that Nikola Tesla deserves a more exciting and fulfilling biopic than any film that has already attempted to tell his story. I realize he probably wasn't the most charismatic and personable man, but I believe there are ways of portraying that compellingly. Tesla obviously does not succeed in doing so and leaves much more to be desired.

UNHINGED

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe graces the screen as an utterly detestable and completely deranged man filled with rage and hatred. Director Derrick Borte with a script written by Carl Ellsworth, delivers an intense, shocking thriller, that speaks to the festering issues that silently plague people until all rationale leaves them.  Unhinged is stressful and madly mesmerizing watch andCrowe’s character captivates with his violent craziness.

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on the novel of the same name by Julia Walton, director Thor Freudenthal's and screenwriter Nick Naveda's film adaptation offers a mostly moving portrait of a teen struggling with mental illness and the people who love him that are determined to see him persevere. Actor Charlie Plummer stars as lead character Adam Petrazelli, a meek and kind young man afflicted with schizophrenia, a sometimes debilitating condition that causes both visual and auditory hallucinations. Having tried multiple medications with no successful results, Adam, at the behest of his mother Beth (Molly Parker) agrees to go through a trial period with an experimental new drug. Though this new drug finally offers him some efficacy, the side effects are way less than desirable. As Adam pursues a romantic relationship with his classmate Maya (Taylor Russell), he decides to stop taking the medication all together. This strategy, of course, backfires badly when Adams hallucinations start occurring again.

Director Freudenthal and writer Naveda do some exceptional work in giving audiences some vivid and surreal looks int o the mind of character Adam Petrazelli. I have not actually read the novel on which this film is based, so I can only attest to how creatively the hallucinations get presented in the movie. It is definitely a strange journey that ranges between amusing and disturbing. The film does a mostly good job of balancing the humor and the drama, but goes somewhat melodramatic or grandiose at times. That is definitely the film's biggest weakness.

Regardless of this, the lead cast members perform quite well. Charlie Plummer brings a lovably sheepish and appropriately awkward charm to his turn as Adam Petrazelli. He certainly has the range to express the necessary emotions required by his character. Talented actress Taylor Russell first caught my attention in a remarkable movie titled Waves. I was really impressed with her presence and her ability to subtly express various feelings. As Adam's formidable love interest Maya, Russell continues to prove her abilities as a charming and passionate performer.

The movie also features lovely work by Molly Parker, Walton Goggins, and Andy Garcia. Three particular actors, however, manage to steal the show quite often in the the film. These three talents star as hallucinations that represent different facets of Adam's mind. AnnaSophia Robb, Devin Bostick, and Lobo Sebastian all perform exceptionally as Adam's non-existent friends. Though it is a technique that has been utilized a lot in other movies, it's one that works beautifully.

So, I would not be swayed by the fact that tthis movie is a teen romance based on a uoung adult novel. Words on Bathroom Walls has plenty of great things going for it in its favor. It is a film that will tap into a range of emotions, but might particularly resonate with peopke suffering from mental health disorders.

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho, who made a huge splash with his zombie flick Train To Busan, is back with a new installment, Peninsula. Yeon actually takes a page out of the career of zombie master George Romero and has created a sequel with different characters that takes place within the same zombie apocalypse universe. With Peninsula, the director and co-writer Park Joo-Suk go for an even more action-oriented affair that is obviously more fun, but less dramatic and tragic. The result is a fun and exciting movie, but one that lacks the emotional impact of the first installment.

Gang Dong-won stars as Marine Captain Jung-seok. The movie begins more or less where the previous installment ends. A virus that is turning people into violent zombies has rapidly erupted in South Korea, leaving its citizens frantically seeking shelter. Now that Busan is no longer the safe haven it once was, Jung-seok, his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew join the masses of people evacuating the nation. After an infected person manages to get on one of the escape boats, all hell breaks loose when the virus takes hold. Jung-seok and his brother-in-law Chul-min (Kim Do-yoon) manage to escape, but their loved ones are not as fortunate.

Four years later, both Jung-seok and Chul-min continue to live in Hong Kong and cross paths again when they get offered a chance to escape their impoverished existence. A group of Hong Kong people are assembling a small team of people willing to travel to a quarantined peninsula in Incheon where a truck loaded with U.S. dollars is available for the taking. Both Jung-seok and Chul-min agree to participate, despite the risks of being attacked by the zombies that have taken over the peninsula. As the group proceeds with their plans, they discover that it isn't just zombies that pose a threat, it is the uninfected people who continue to reside there.

Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho who co-wrote the film with Park Joo-Suk, Peninsula does offer audiences exciting action and fun, but lacks the emotional depth that makes the first movie so powerful. The story and character development also fail to achieve the same level of greatness and originality. It is an enjoyable and riveting journey, but ine that treads on all-too-familiar territory. The movie features a wonderful cast that performs tremendously despite the limitations of the script.

It is a movie I do recommend, but one for which ardent fans of the first installment should temper their expectations. Should Yeon Sang-ho decide to maje another chapter in this cinematic universe, I do hope that he and his creative partners will come up with something that will launch this franchise forward into more satisfying territory.

UNHINGED

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Russell Crowe, the person, has been known to lose his temper quite infamously. So, it came as no surprise to me that he was cast in a movie about a furious and deranged villain who victimizes someone who crosses him in an unfavorable situation. Now, to clarify, I am not saying that Crowe would actually go to the horrible lengths his character does in the film, but let's just say, it is a role that is not a huge reach for someone of his temperament. That said, Unhinged does offer some palpable suspense, excitement and shocks, but never rises high above similar material presented in Lifetime movies with similar themes.

Crowe stars as Tom Cooper, a middle-aged man going through a very bad time in his life. Though the movie never gives exact details, it does reveal that Cooper has recently gone through a divorce that has pushed him to a breaking point. Meanwhile, mother, and future divorcee, Rachel Hunter (Caren Pistorius) stuggles to adjust to her life as a single mom while in the process of her own divorce proceedings. On one particular morning going wrong, Rachel frantically tries to get her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) to school on time, but traffic and fate have other plans. When the frustrated Rachel honks her car horn when Cooper reacts too slowly at a traffic light, it is a decision she will regret during the rest of her soon to be terrifying day.

Written by Carl Ellsworth, and directed by Derrick Borte, Unhinged is definitely a thrilling, tension-filled rollercoaster ride, but never delves deep enough to be taken too seriously. The movie starts out well enough, but when the Rachel character starts making incredulously ridiculous decisions, I grew increasingly frustrated. As the film gets into its intense climax, that's when metaphorical sharks get jumped and the movie goes off the rails. It is sad to say that Lifetime movies have better handled climaxes than this movie. That isn't to say I wasn't entertained, or rather amused. Quite honestly, as this movie itself gets "unhinged," I was laughing hysterically.

As far as the cast is concerned, the performances work well enough for this caliber of movie. Caren Pistorius gives a solid turn, but portrays a character written as someone with limited intelligence. Russell Crowe brings the necessary intensity and rage to his character, but his character also lacks proper development in the writing.

As fun as this movie is, it never succeeds in making an intelligent statement on human affairs. The filmmakers throw in viral videos as examples of similar real events, but this technique comes off as pretentious, given the end result that is this movie. Unhinged is good for some thrills and laughs, but nothing more.

Local News: ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE INTRODUCES THE PRESS ROOM COLLECTION

Source: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Hand-cranked prints, curated creations, and so much more from a unique archive of over 60,000 vintage newspaper movie ad plates spanning the history of 20th century cinema.
Austin, TX — September 1, 2020 — Alamo Drafthouse is excited to announce The Press Room Collection, a new and ongoing collection of prints and other unique items created from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s one-of-a-kind collection of over 60,000 original letterpress plates used for newspaper movie ads from 1930s to the 1980s. The collection launches today at ThePressRoom.bar with an array of items, including a limited-edition poster curated and autographed by Wu-Tang Clan mastermind and kung-fu disciple RZA.
“Kung fu has been called ‘the cinema of vengeance,’ but it was also built on stories of self-reliance, characters finding the strength to overcome impossible odds to carve out their place in society. This theme spoke to audiences worldwide and carried martial arts films into the ‘70s spotlight.
The movies I’ve selected for this print barely scratch the surface of the dynamic and insanely vast world of kung fu, a genre that has become as ingrained in global film, television, music and culture in general as any other. In my new film CUT THROAT CITY, I’ve incorporated that spirit of brotherhood and unique displays of action into my frames. My lead character “Blink,” a comic artist, has drawn his inspiration from the martial arts genre and mixed it with an urban western sensibility to create his world. 
I hope these prints inspire the receiver to create something of their own. They’re also simply cool to look at. Enjoy." 
– RZA

Making the RZA Kung Fu Ad Block Poster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrfQ-L5iTlU&feature=youtu.be

Besides the poster curated by RZA, The Press Room Collection’s initial run of collectibles includes t-shirts, double-sided puzzles (one side original metal plates, one side letterpress print), truly distinctive wrapping paper, die-cut coasters, and a killer shower curtain, all celebrating cinematic culture. In addition, each purchase from The Press Room Collection through September 8th will receive a free Alamo On Demand rental of PRESSING ON: THE LETTERPRESS FILM, the acclaimed 2017 documentary about the 500-year-old printing process’ improbable survival in the digital age.
"This one-of-a-kind archive of cinema art chronicles the complete history of film promotion from the 30s to the 80s,” says Alamo Drafthouse founder and Executive Chairman, Tim League. “Digging into the different styles from decade to decade and genre to genre, you build a mosaic of cinema history, as well as a narrative of graphic design. We are extremely excited to share this Hollywood time capsule with our guests."
Today’s launch precedes the grand opening of The Press Room as a museum, letterpress print shop, bar, and event space set to be located at Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming Lower Manhattan and Orlando locations. 
The Press Room is the culmination of over three years of effort by League, who was inspired after watching director Adam Roffman’s short film THE COLLECTION at SXSW 2017. The film tells the story of Marilyn Wagner and DJ Ginsberg, two Omaha, Nebraska antique shoppers who stumble upon the mother lode of movie memorabilia collections – over 60,000 letterpress plates that span six decades of film history – from CASABLANCA and THE LONE RANGER to THE DARK CRYSTAL and 48 HRS. League acquired the collection last year and began work on the museum project.

About the letterpress collectionFrom the classic films of golden age Hollywood to intergalactic ‘80s battle epics, the incredible visual history of 20th century cinema quietly unfolded in daily newspapers across the country. The stunning advertising images scorched readers’ eyes with Action! Laughs! Kung fu! Romance! Werewolves! – but the unique letterpress plates used to physically print these ads were then discarded and lost to time… until now. 
During a trip to Omaha, Nebraska in the summer of 2019, Alamo Drafthouse founder and Executive Chairman Tim Leagued discovered the unimaginable trove of letterpress plates that had laid in wait for decades. Over four days, tens of thousands of plates were sorted, packed and prepared for a journey to their new home where the Alamo Drafthouse team began the venture of figuring out what to do with them.
The answer is The Press Room Collection, which offers prints and other creations from this one-of-a-kind collection of these rare handmade blocks – over 60,000 original printing plates for films spanning the 1930s to the 1980s. The collection is the largest single archive of these irreplaceable artifacts of movie history, all kept alive by our dedicated master printer, hand-cranking an original 1940 Vandercook press to create distinctive collectible prints celebrating cinema culture.

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Movie News: NO TIME TO DIE

Check out the new poster for NO TIME TO DIE

in theaters November 20.

New trailer coming this Thursday.

Source: MGM Studio

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. 

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Screenplay: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Story: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producers: Michael G. Wilson, p.g.a. and Barbara Broccoli, p.g.a.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, with Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as "M"

Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen 

Score Album on DECCA RECORDS

Official Website: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/53498ddc/UWboFdsqcE_CAWwjBylZpw?u=https://www.007.com/

Twitter: @007

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#NoTimeToDie

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Coming Soon To Blu-Ray And DVD: VALLEY GIRL

EXPERIENCE THE AWESOMEST LOVE STORY EVERY TOLD WHEN

“A classic love story…and a litany of ’80s hits.”

Kate Erbland, IndieWire

Valley Girl

ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY™ AND

DVD FROM

METRO GOLDWYN MAYER PICTURES AND WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Own it on Blu-ray and DVD on October 6

Source: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Burbank, CA – Experience the awesomest love story ever told when “Valley Girl” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, the film is a musical romantic comedy adaptation of the 1983 film by the same name.

From Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Orion Pictures, the film stars Jessica Rothe (“Happy Death Day,” “La La Land”) as Julie Richman, Josh Whitehouse (“The Knight Before Christmas”) as Randy, Mae Whitman (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World”) as Jack and Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Ant-Man,” “27 Dresses”) as Diana. “Valley Girl” was directed by Goldenberg from a screenplay by Amy Talkington. The film was produced by Matt Smith and Steven J. Wolfe.

The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 6. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a Digital version of the movie.

SYNOPSIS

Set to a new wave '80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. A musical adaptation of the 1983 film.

ABOUT DIGITAL

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

Blu-ray + Digital                                                                                 $14.99

DVD + Digital                                                                                    $12.99

DVD Languages: English

BD Languages: English

DVD Subtitles: English SDH

BD Subtitles: English

Running Time: 102 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for teen partying, language, some suggestive material, and brief nudity.

DVD: DTS-HD, DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray:

DTS-HD

THE CREDITS

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Metro Goldwyn Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

Movie News: NO TIME TO DIE

Movie News: NO TIME TO DIE

Check out the new poster for NO TIME TO DIE in theaters November 20. New trailer coming this Thursday. Source: MGM Studio In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend...

Entertainment News: GRACE AND FRANKIE

Entertainment News: GRACE AND FRANKIE

Rise up for the penultimate season. Grace and Frankie Season 6premieres globally on Netflix  January 15, 2020. Source: Netflix In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are turned upside down when...

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Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: BLOW THE MAN DOWN

Austin Screening Pass Giveaway: BLOW THE MAN DOWN

Source: Amazon

TVR is giving away passes to an advance screening of this movie in Austin, TX, scheduled for Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge in a theater before it streams on Amazon!

Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs’ darkest secrets. 

Go to http://amazonscreenings.com/BTMDTrueViewReviews to claim your passes. Be sure to print the passes and bring them with you to the screening. Do not hesitate as there may be a limited amount of passes available. Arrive early to the theater as seating is not guaranteed and done on a first come, first serve basis. Please spread the word!

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

In the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, Stacey Abrams became the first African-African female nominee for a major party. After a hard-fought campaign, Abrams lost to her Republican opponent Brian Kemp. On the surface of things, this kind of loss probably seemed normal; however, to Abrams and her supporters, this was simply another example of a greater problem that has plagued U.S. politics and the voting rights of its citizens for far too many years. Filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes have made an insightful and revealing documentary that offers its viewers a hard-hitting lesson about the history of voter suppression in the United States. All In: The Fight For Democracy not only concisely and intelligent reveals the voter suppression policies that helped Brian Kemp win his gubernatorial election over Abrams, it also discusses the various, often disturbing ways, public policy in the United States have infringed upon and impeded the voting rights of the nation’s citizens.

The right to vote is a freedom U.S. citizens often take for granted. People who have never faced any form of prejudice, along with those who have been fortunate enough to receive a solid education are usually the ones who have never had to encounter the slap-in-the face that is voter suppression. It was the uneducated, the impoverished, and enslaved who were not able to vote in this country, originally. In addition to these groups, women did not have the right when this nation first began. Throughout our history, as the poor, enslaved, and oppressed first had the tastes of freedom, laws were enacted to guarantee their rights to politcal represantation.

However, the state and local governments also enacted various policies and laws that helped strip these rights away. For example, gerrymandering, unreasonable voting requirements, and other highly questionable and unethical practices have unfairly targeted poor and oppressed people, interfering with their voting rights. Such is the case with Stacey Abrams’s 2018 run for governor of Alabama. In fact, it was her opponent Brian Kemp, himself, who oversaw the recent changes to voting requirements in Alabama which targeted the various people who supported Abrams.

These are the various issues that this educational, but often maddening, documentary reveals. Working with various activists and others fighting for unbiased voter rights in the U.S., directors Garbus and Cortes use their film as a sadly necessary rallying cry for the real democracy the United States has promised its citizens for so long, but is actually sorely lacking. It is a film I passionately reccommend for all United States citizens, particularly those who often feel apolitical of apethetic about the state politics in our country. All In: The Fight For Democracy will be available for streaming on Amazon beginning Friday, September 18, 2020.

TENET

TENET

By Laurie Coker

Rating: B+

I remember sitting through Inception and leaving confused and unimpressed. I watched it again and some aspects became clearer, but I never really did love the film. With Tenet, the ride, even in reverse action, entertains and engages completely. Action-packed from the first moment, Christopher Nolan’s thriller, like Inception, bends time and space with twists and turns that boggle the mind. Tenet folds in and out of itself like a finely formulated piece of origami created in the hands of a master storyteller.

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ENTWINED

ENTWINED

By Laurie Coker

Rating: D+/C-

Entwined demonstrates how a director can lose his way as he tells his story. Minos Nikolakakis’ takes on more than he can handle in his fairytale horror pick set in tiny cabin in an ominous forest. While his imagery is stunning, Nikolakakis delivers little in the way of entertainment. Encumbered by poor pacing and weighty subject matter, the film never captures the audience and disappoints with an unsatisfying finale.

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