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Friday, January 19, 2018

Den of Thieves

A on of the newest movies directed by Christian Gudegast who also wrote the script with Paul Scheuring, takes a unique plan and plot out of the ultimate bank heist by creating a group of professional bank robbers that attempts to rob a Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles.

Making the impossible possible, the established Pablo Schreiber, known as Ray Merrimen, the ex-marine, merciless, cutthroat gang leader, known as the criminal mastermind of the operation, focus on pulling off not only breaking in the Los Angeles reserve bank, but to get away with it too. This has never been done before. The goal is to steal unmarked, untraceable cash in an unlocked-down fortress of money by replacing it with stolen marked money right under the nose of the law enforcement in Los Angeles. Of course, strategy and intelligence plays a big part in the criminal bank robbers working together to pull it off. These bad guys are intense. They are fearless. They are brutal and they will kill anyone who gets in their way.

The plot thickens as Gerard Butler asserts his role as the hard core Nick "Big Nick" O'Brien, the elite team leader of the LAPD to bring own the notorious, brutal, professional bank robbers. In fact, he rather not do things by the books, skimming along the lines of illegal to get the job done. He won't stop at nothing until he brings these guys down. Of course, in the midst of all of that, it doesn not make things any better. Nick is caught up in a collapsing marriage to Debbie (Dawn Olivieri) that contributed to his on going outlandish, psychotic behaviors.

So when Donnie (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) is kidnapped by Flanagan to snitch and expose the operation of his team. Viewers would think that Donnie
getting exposed in front of Merriman and his men he would have been punished or to say the least, end up in a ditch
somewhere. But no: Merrimen questions him, and is apparently reassured by Donnie’s answers that he was captured, tortured
and strong-armed, by Flanagan but told him nothing of their plan. And to think that Donnie exited the federal reserve building without
getting caught, questioned or detained as a delivery boy. In the end when all was said and done viewers had a lot of loose
ends that failed to pull the story line airtight. There were too many mishaps and loose areas that failed in achieving it goal.

However, Den of Thieves is still worth watching. Although there are a lot of unnecessary fillers though out the movie.
(Review by Dr. Dwanna Swan-Ary)

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Post

What makes Steven Spielberg so amazing is the fact he can make almost any story amazing. His best includes some of my all time favorite movies, including 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the following years “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Close encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Color Purple,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” which won a well deserved Best Director statue from the Academy.

Now, with his latest drama “The Post,’ Spielberg re-teams with Oscar winner Tom Hanks for this based on a true story tale that looks at a pre-Watergate scandal involving president Richard Nixon and his misdealing with the Vietnam War. Hanks’s co-star is perennial Oscar w nominee and inner Meryl Streep who is Kay Graham, who essentially runs the Washington Post, a tough publisher who is looked at differently because she is a woman with authority.

The pair share great on-screen chemistry and share screen time like they are old friends just catching up on the day’s work.

What to me is the fact Hanks has been such a great go to actor for roles of any type. He does just fine as Ben Bradlee, who was important to oversee the day-to day dealings with the newspaper and cover everything in both Washington D.C. and the world.

He already has his best actor statues with “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” Nowadays he just does projects that essentially still keep him relevant in today’s world. Honestly, I don’t see him embracing anything in the superhero realm anytime soon.

Streep, as usual is aces in her as Graham, who essentially runs the newspaper she used to share with her late husband.

The supporting cast all shine as well. This includes Bob Odenkirk, whose chatterer states he always wanted to be part of a smaller rebellion. Also amazing in her small part is Sarah Paulson as Tony, Ben’s wife and confidant.

I have a feeling this one might be front and center in this year’s Oscar race.

I could be wrong, however, since his 1985 gem “The Color Purple” was completely shut out of the win column entirely. So you know, it was nominated for 11 separate Oscars, but did not even land a single win in any category.

My other predicament is that a newspaper movie just won the Busy Picture statue with last year’s amazing true life tale with “Spotlight.” The trouble is, the statues do not always go to the right person or entity.

Regardless, this is a movie one needs to see in the theater. Yes, it is that good.

Grade: A+
(Review Ricky Miller)

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12 Strong

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

“12 Strong” delivers the bravery!

Not a huge fan of war films nor the thriller of the events took place in real life, but this film have brought some interesting, historical viewpoints for everyone who needed to be aware about the happenings of 9/11 and the most important wars (e.g. Civil War, Cold War, Vietnam War, etc.) from centuries and decades.

Chris Hemsworth provided the juiciest, strongest role as Captain Nelson of the Special Forces who was sent to Afghanistan to take down many enemies and murders down the valley and the mountains. Nicolai Fuglsig, who made his directorial debut in this film, and Chris Hemsworth both teach students, veterans, and teachers the valuable lesson about the serving the country and made sacrifices to help others and comrades in order to restore glory and hope for the citizens who were the main targets by shooters. It seems like getting into something new and interesting just like a man going into war or the army and a college student going into college. The main viewpoint is not only fighting, but also tackling through each difficult obstacles as well as taking advices. It was problematic thing to do for the director to set everything in desert areas and to valleys of rocks.

Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, and Navid Negahban are there as Hemsworth army and supporting comrades to defend off the Taliban army. They both provided the steadiest and flawless performances with bloody marks all over the film, thought it was tough to keep the murder out of the way (and to be seen throughout some war-bloody sceneries) once the Taliban shooters were spotted as well as leaving families and children behind to go into war while keeping promises. And even Elsa Pataky, who was Hemsworth’s wife and portrayed as Captain Nelson’s wife, provided a strong message about love and family.

This film was wonderful, crispy gathering for everyone, history teachers, and veterans who have served countries for many years. Based on the book, “Horse Soldiers” written by journalist Doug Stanton, producer Jerry Bruckheimer have kept the book as a film dream to produce and to remember of the veterans and soldiers’ sacrifice just like the “Pirates vs British soldiers” intervention from Pirates of the Caribbean series (also produced by Bruckheimer), where the crews are all here to fight for justice. It was an uplifting movie when it comes to bravery stand-ups, action-packed answers, tragedies to learn from, and hitting a few speed bumps when the soldiers were outnumbered or caught red-handed. So grab your bloody maries or anything healthier and watch this soldiers’ move just as you watch Forrest Gump making an impact.

(Review by Henry Pham)

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Forever My Girl with Alex Roe Interview

Bethany Ashton Wolf wrote and directed this easy listening feature that is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Heidi McLaughlin. She developed all of the original songs in the film with Brett Boyett and Jackson Odell two years before shooting commenced. The book's main character was a rock singer, which was changed to country music as Wolf had wanted Travis Tritt to play a cameo role in the film and sing an original song. The simple story has the usual tropes of a Lifetime Movie Channel fare of love lost, found again, catharsis and redemption as told by beautiful young actors in a serene small town, USA.

Alex Roe plays Liam Page, who is now a big ticket country star who ran out on his wedding day to Josie (Jessica Rothe) some eight years previously. He's your typical indulged artist, sleeping with groupies, and self centered, watched over by is co-dependent manager (Peter Cambor} who is reminding him that the record label wants new songs. Except Liam has a writers block at the moment while sulking over his life choices. When he hears that an old friend had passed away in his home town, Liam runs away from his responsibilities of his career to go back. It's a small town, his dad is the pastor (John Benjamin Hickey) and everyone was pretty disappointed that he ran off on Josie. His welcome back was less that heartwarming. Josie punches him in the gut when she sees him. He tries to make amends and discovers that Josie has a 7 year old girl named Billie (Abby Ryder Fortson), which happens to be the name of Liam's late mother. Wait, does this mean...?

The rest of the film follows Liam wanting to get to know his daughter, trying to warm up to Josie, making peace with his father. Meanwhile his manager and PR representative are spinning stories to keep the fans off kilter about his life. Being famous is obviously very complicated. There are some amusing moments like Liam trying to figure out how to order stuff online, asking is manager to send him some credit cards and a car seeing as he just run back home with nothing, riding his bike around town. Billie decides not to make it easy on her father, explaining that she will not ride in his convertible backed by accident statistics. It takes a bit before the looming reality of what it means to be an adult and a father comes crashing down on Liam, and the only way he knows how to deal, is to run.

You can pretty much guess what happens to everyone after all they are still very stupid in love with each other. The journey there is saved by the earnest and sincere performances. Plus the music soundtrack is ready for the radio. A neat pleasant movie coming to Netflix soon.
(Review by reesa)

Round table interview with Alex Roe who spoke with the media at the Hotel ZaZa:

Part 1

Part 2

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of Jan 14 - Jan 20

It's the middle of January and they are saying it might snow. They are always saying it's gonna snow. I'll believe it when I see it. But a word of warning, it's gonna be bitterly cold on Tuesday night, and that is when there are three movies screening. Stay warm and safe, folks.

It's so weird not to have many films scheduled for the end of the month. Black Panther doesn't come out until the middle of next month. Will they promo screen it for us? Who knows? They are not doing a promo for Maze Runner:The Death Cure. Well, enjoy the time off to catch up on the new Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu offerings. Go to the Fort Worth Stock Show.

You know folks, if you are having trouble with a particular website, please write to the website owners. We have no control over your particular browser has trouble accessing pages. We usually check out the links we share with y'all. If it works for us, then it should work for y'all. We can't guarantee the site still has passes available. We look to see at the time. We won't post it if all the passes are gone.

January 14 - January 20

Tues - Jan 16

12 Strong - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Den of Thieves - 7:30 pm - Angelika Dallas
Forever My Girl - 7:30 pm - Angelika Plano

Wed - Jan 17

12 Strong - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
Den of Thieves - Cinemark 17

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Movies Scheduled for the Week of January 7 - January 13

Here we are in the first full week of the new year and it's either freezing or sweating. But that is Texas. At least we were hit with the cyclone bomb and are cars are frozen in the flooded streets. Those wonderful videos on Facebook were from the town I used it live before moving here.

Anyways, it looks like Wednesday is going to be really busy at Northpark. Please stay calm and chill in the face of humanity. School is back, holidays are over, life should settle in the usual patterns. January and February don't usually hold the promise of exceptional movies. Just enough to keep one mildly entertained.

Don't forget the Golden Globes will be celebrating the possible Oscar front runners Sunday night. What was your faves?

January 7 - January 13

Sun - Jan 7

Paddington 2 - 10:00 am - Cinemark 17

Tue - Jan 9

Paddington 2 - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
The Commuter - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
The Commuter - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Wed - Jan 10

Phantom Thread - 7:00 pm - Highland Village Theater

Thu - Jan 11

Alien Intrusion: Unmasking A Deception - One night only, various theaters

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