Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Release date: November 22, 2019
Running time: 108 minutes
Starring: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Matthew Rhys 

In Tom Hanks's latest portrayal of a childhood icon, he takes on the role of Mister Rogers.  However, this movie is not at all what I expected it would be, but that was a very good thing.  I expected this movie to be a dramatization of Mister Rogers's life, but that wouldn't have been a very good use of the man with a highly rated documentary on Mister Rogers's life released just last year.  Rather, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is a fictionalized, inspired by story about a troubled, but ultimately good man meeting Mister Rogers.  The timing is set more modern, in the late 90s, and the problems that Lloyd (Matthew Rhys) deal with are modern, relateable problems including family drama and a troubled past.  And with this background, Lloyd meets Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks) who uses his endless understanding and patience on his new friend.


Tom Hanks completely transforms himself into the iconic man, taking on his clothing, his mannerisms, his love of people, and his amazing sense of empathy.  Some of the "Mister Rogers" scenes take place on set during a filming of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, others take place in New York, but all the time Hanks is a perfect portrayal of Rogers.  His new friend, Lloyd, also does a wonderful job as a good, driven man with a lot of personal issues.  Lloyd is a complicated character with a lot of baggage, and that is portrayed wonderfully by Rhys.  

The movie also does a great job with the style of the film.  Oftentimes it will cut to a fictitious Mister Rogers show, and the movie will go into a 4:3, old style broadcast format.  This gives a sense of authenticity to these scenes and the movie as a whole.  They also recreated neighborhoods and animated them similarly to how they Mister Rogers' neighborhood was animated.  


Although I liked the story and thought that this was a good choice for this movie, given the close proximity to the fantastic documentary, the fictionalized story might turn off many movie goers.  And many also might feel like this is a bait and switch due to the movie being mostly about a random person and his problems.  But what this does allow is a film that is able to be set in a more modern time, with modern problems, yet show how Mister Rogers's philosophy on life and people is just as applicable now as it has ever been.  With so many problems in this world, Fred Rogers's wonderful personality and ideas are just as relevant now as they were back then.  


A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood shows that the ideas of kindness, friendship, and understanding are just as relevant now as they have ever been.  Tom Hanks's perfect portrayal of Mister Rogers is a treat to watch and will help the iconic man touch a new generation of people.   



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Screening: 1917

1917

Wide Release
January 10, 2020

Cast:George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch

Director:Sam Mendes


Rating:R

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).

The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.  https://www.1917.movie/

Screening Details:

1917
Tuesday, November 26
7:00pm
Regal Majestic



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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Frozen 2

Release date: November 22, 2019
Running time: 103 minutes
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel

It's Frozen 2.  If you have kids, you're going to watch it.  You don't need me to tell you anything about this movie because you already bought your tickets for opening weekend.  But in any event, Frozen 2 follows our band of sisters and friends from the first movie as they are forced to journey outside of Arendelle due to a new threat.  The group will learn about Arendelle's past, which they will need to understand to help save Arendelle's future.  


The original movie was a surprise hit that had a wonderful combination of heartfelt story, catchy songs, strong female lead characters, and the right amount of magic to capture audiences.  Frozen 2 tries to recapture this combination, and at times it is successful.  The movie starts off slowly, with an overdose of songs and some strangely off animation.  However, once the group gets past the first act, the movie really picks up.  The animation becomes more beautiful, with some really spectacular weather and elemental effects, and as always, pretty amazing snow and ice.  The songs also become more spaced out and meaningful.  

The story of Frozen 2 is decidedly darker and more grown up than the first film.  Similar to how Harry Potter became more mature as the series progressed, Frozen 2 seems to be trying to appeal to the audiences that loved the original but are now 6 years older.  However, don't worry, there is still plenty of silly humor and ridiculousness to appeal to the younger viewers.  However, a pleasant surprise was that--similar to what Pixar has mastered--many of the jokes of Frozen 2 have a double meaning to appeal to the adults in the theater.  There were plenty of times that the entire theater, adults included, laughed out loud.  And there is one song that has a fantastic, eighties inspired presentation that had the older folks enthralled.  

However, despite all this positive, Frozen 2 is not a perfect film.  The songs are entertaining, but don't have the same instant appeal as the first movie's soundtrack.  I'm sure they will grow on me (and I'm also quite sure I will be listening to the soundtrack over and over again for the next couple of years), but it seemed like they were less catchy and had more exposition to move along scenes.  Some had awkward phrasing or forced statements that didn't seem natural like the soundtrack of the original.  And the story, despite being pretty complicated with a bunch of new information that doesn't really fit with the previous movie, also wraps up extra quickly (likely to keep the movie at under two hours).  But, again, it's Frozen 2 and you know you're going to see it.  There is plenty to like and keep you entertained for the entire film, and it lets us revisit the beloved characters from this world.

Frozen 2 is a movie you know you're going to see; thankfully the beautiful animation, catchy songs, and laugh out loud moments (for kids and adults) will make you appreciate a trip back to Arendelle. 


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Review: Ford v Ferrari

Release date: November 15, 2019
Running time: 152 minutes
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe

Ford v Ferrari tells the unlikely story of when the Ford Motor Company sought to reshape its image and start a European racing team to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.  Ford taps the most famous American race car builder / driver, Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) to make this happen.  Shelby, in turn, relies on his friend Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a brilliant driver and mechanic who is more comfortable around cars than people due to his tendency to say exactly what he is thinking.  These two start an unlikely odyssey to take on Ferrari in the most grueling and famous race of the year. 


Despite Ford v Ferrari telling the tale of corporate bravado, the main draw of the film are the personalities of Shelby and Miles.  These two men had very different personas but shared a love of racing and a desire to be the best.  The conflict and camaraderie between these two race icons is painful and exhilarating to watch, as is the product of their collaboration, the Ford GT40.  Damon and Bale are amazing to see, with Bale especially going all out as Miles.  

As you would expect, a movie about race cars should make you feel like you are experiencing one.  And Ford v Ferrari does not disappoint.  From the loud whine of the engines to the boom of the cars on the track, Ford v Ferrari's sound is top notch.  Additionally, for theaters that are equipped with some sort of force feedback, the vibration of the race is perfectly communicated through the seats, really making you feel like you are behind the wheel!

Ford v Ferrari tows the racing line for national pride, and thankfully stays on track.  It doesn't derail itself with unnecessary nationalism despite the clear America vs Italy rivalry.  Rather, the focus is on competition and business pride, which was a pleasant surprise.  The movie is also on the long side, but like the Le Mans race, it takes time but has a great pay off.

Ford v Ferrari is a high octane experience with fantastic acting, a compelling story, and a combination of exhilarating sound and heart pumping race scenes that will make you think you are on the track!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

What to Watch This Weekend: November 15, 2019

In Theaters: The Good Liar
The Good Liar takes a dream duo of Mirren and McKellen and weaves a tale of deception that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  For more information, check out our review!


In Theaters: Better Days

Better Days is a powerful film that tackles intense, emotional subjects.  It has strong performances, a heart wrenching story, and shows some of the darker aspects of human nature and our society.  For more information, check out our review!

At Redbox: The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Peanut Butter Falcon was a surprise hit earlier this year and is now available at Redbox.  It has nearly universal critical and audience appeal, a heartwarming story, and strong performances that should not be missed.

Streaming (Netflix): Zombieland
The sequel is doing quite well in theaters but if you still haven't seen Zombieland: Double Tap, or just want to refresh yourself on the cult classic original, Zombieland is available to stream on Netflix.  Just remember Rule #77, watch this movie!


Streaming (Amazon): Instant Family

Instant Family is a feel good dramady that tackles adoption.  It has a good combination of heart and comedy that will make a nice film to watch during this cold winter weekend. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: Charlie's Angels (2019)

Release date: November 15, 2019
Running time: 118 minutes
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Banks

After 40 years of continued service and keeping Charlie's vision alive, John Bosley (Patrick Stewart) is ready to head into retirement after internationally running and training the Townsend Agency. Bosley is confident that the Agency is in good hands with some of his best. New Bosley (Elizabeth Banks) now steps up to work with this generation's angels: Sabina Wilson (Kristen Stewart), Jane Kano (Ella Balinska), and new recruit Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott), an engineer who developed the Calisto project, a clean and sustainable energy source that in the wrong hands could be catastrophic. The angels both take Elena under their wing and try to prevent this technology from getting into the wrong hands.

While this movie is a lot of fun and straight up silly at times, it contains a through line of female empowerment. And unlike other movies this year that attempted this but ended up reverting to the classic theme of the guy saving the day, Charlie's Angels stays true.  Female empowerment is relayed not only through its plot but through dialogue as well as a strong soundtrack that I very much enjoyed. Besides Patrick Stewart being the natural treasure he is as well as getting physical in the movie (I know WOW right!); Kristen Stewart also delivers big time. She is charismatic, bad ass, and has a funny wit throughout the film.  She was absolutely made to play roles like this. The rest of the cast is fun to watch and the best part is that you can tell the entire cast had an amazing time filming this movie.

But this movie's plot just isn't strong and for an action movie well, it simply lacks action.  On top of that, the effects were too noticeably CG at times and the film lacked suspense.  Although the tone of this movie is trying to take itself lightly, similar to movies like the Fast and the Furious franchise, it just doesn't provide a strong plot to compliment the strong empowerment message. The movie's plot and action are just average. However if you are a big fan of the franchise I am sure you will find tons of Easter eggs and references from earlier iterations (and make sure to stay through the entire mid-credit scene for extra goodies)!

If you are looking for a fun movie that has a charismatic cast and a strong female empowerment message, then check out Charlie's Angels and make sure to earn your angel wings!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: The Good Liar

Release date: November 15, 2019
Running time: 109 minutes
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey

The Good Liar is a suspenseful movie where seasoned con man Roy Courtney (McKellen) tries to charm his way into the life of Betty McLeish (Mirren).  Roy hopes to get one last score and sees in Betty an easy mark.  But his efforts are hampered by previous bad blood, Betty's suspicious grandson Steven, and Roy's own slip ups as he gets deep into the con.  


The draw for this film is the powerhouse cast of Mirren and McKellen.  Both of them are at the top of their game and do a fantastic job as an older couple with a blossoming relationship, despite one of them being not all that they appear to be.  Mirren is charming and trusting, pulling you in when she wants to but also closing up when Roy gets too comfortable in his new relationship.  McKellen slides perfectly between the facade he is putting before Betty and his every day con business.  It is a masterclass in deception with McKellen completely changing his persona, from his eyes, to his gait, to his clothes, when he goes from one world to the next.  The two headliners are joined by a great supporting cast who help enhance this world and keep the film moving along.

The story of the Good Liar is well done and methodically paced.  At some points the story slows down greatly, which I believe is to give the audience time to really learn about these characters.  It can be slow but the story is always interesting.  There is enough intrigue and side plots to keep the audience entertained even when the pace stalls.  The con takes Betty and Roy all over the world with a good variety of locales contrasting the fast pace of London with Betty's quiet, suburban life.  And despite a few odd plot holes and a twist that is nearly impossible to see coming, the film tells a fascinating tale of deception that is a joy to watch, despite sometimes also being painful to see.

The Good Liar takes a dream duo of Mirren and McKellen and weaves a tale of deception that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This is not a con, make sure to check out this film!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Better Days

Release date: October 25, 2019
Running time: 135 minutes
Starring: Dongyu Zhou, Jackson Yee, Fang Yin

Better Days is a powerful Chinese film dealing with bullying, childhood pressures, trying to rise above your station, and the intense need to succeed that some youth experience.  The film focuses on a young Chinese student about to take the Gaokao, a national Chinese college entrance exam that determines what university someone will go to, and by extension what kind of life they can have.  In it, young Chen Nien (Zhou) struggles to study and prepare for the Gaokao, while also dealing with a host of problems that shouldn't be on her plate, such as being bullied, having to take care of the household alone, and dealing with the mistakes of her mom.  However, she is soon helped along this journey by a chance encounter with an unexpected street thug Xiao Bei (Yee).  

Better Days biggest strength is the powerful performances by its young stars.  Zhou and Yee propel this emotional story forward with their strong acting.  Zhou starts off rigid, but towards the end she really shows her strength as an actor; she is refreshing and I can't wait to see what else she does.  Yee is also challenged as a street thug with a much deeper understanding of life than he lets on.  They are a treat to watch and really the driving force behind this emotional story.  And the chemistry that they exhibit really drives the story forward.  The rest of the characters are perfectly cast and they really contribute to the emotional effect that the story has on you. 

And the story of Better Days is an important one.  The bullying and ordeals that some of these kids endure is hard to watch at time, but important to show.  As more and more pressure is being placed on children to succeed, the story of Better Days and the bullying that Zhou faced is even more crucial to showcase.  The film is an emotional roller coaster with many lows and a very few highs.  The story progresses slowly, but it gives you a chance to really dig into the characters and their emotional journey.  I was never bored with this film, I simply wanted to see what happened next. 


Better Days is a powerful film that tackles intense, emotional subjects.  It has strong performances, a heart wrenching story, and shows some of the darker aspects of human nature and our society.  

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Friday, November 8, 2019

What to Watch This Weekend: November 8, 2019

In Theaters: Doctor Sleep
Doctor Sleep pairs a stellar cast, with a big score, and enough nostalgia from the original movie to keep you entertained.  For more information, check out our review!

At Redbox: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark brings the classic horror short stories to life on the big screen.  For more information, check out our review!

Streaming (Amazon): Overlord
The alternate universe war movie tells a different side of Nazi Germany.  It has a lot of good action and what I loved most about it is that despite its clearly unrealistic antagonists, the movie is presented in a way that makes it fit into a plausible WW2 alternate history. 

Streaming (HBO): Glass
if you have the patience for Shyamalan's vision of a super hero universe, it presents an interesting premise and a chance to revisit some fantastic characters.  For more information, check out our review!

Review: Playing With Fire

Release date: November 8, 2019
Running time: 96 minutes
Starring: Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, John Cena

In Playing With Fire, four daredevil "smoke jumpers" (firemen who use a helicopter to jump right into a dangerous fire) have to put out a new kind of disaster when they are forced to take care of three children in their isolated fire station.  The kids have a blast playing with dangerous equipment and disrupting these men's lives, while the smoke jumpers (Cena, Key, Leguizamo, and Mane) must adapt quickly if they are going to survive this latest challenge.  


The premise of this movie is ridiculous, but luckily the cast makes this film a fun little adventure.  Cena is very entertaining as the gruff, straight edge commander of the smoke jumpers, who only wants to pursue his career and has no interest in insubordinate children.  The rest of his crew (Key, Leguizamo, and Mane) provide lots of additional comic relief as they relate to and run away from their new rambunctious roommates.  Greer provides a love interest and a much needed strong female character.  And the kids do a great job in their natural roles, as troublemaking kids.  

The movie puts the smoke jumpers in a number of ridiculous situations that are highly dangerous, but also highly entertaining for a kids movie.  These kids destroy LOTS of equipment and cause lots of trouble, and it is up to the smoke jumpers to fix their messes and keep them in line.  Sure, the film is pretty far-fetched and the situation is silly, but it is also enjoyable to see.  And although there isn't a lot of fire after the first two scenes, that is probably better as my children enjoyed the silly antics more than the serious fire scenes.  And speaking of children, my kids couldn't stop raving about the movie after we left, which is a pretty good indicator for a children's movie. 

Playing With Fire takes a very funny cast, ridiculous situations, and lots of funny moments and tells a silly but heartwarming story that the whole family will love!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: Doctor Sleep

Release date: Novermber 8, 2019
Running time: 151 minutes
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor, Jacob Tremblay

Forty years after the events in The Shining, Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor)--struggling with his sobriety and frankly loosing his grasp on life--finds a new purpose in life.  He settles into a new home, joins AA, and picks up a job the local nursing home where he utilizes his shining ability to become "Doctor Sleep."  While his journey to stay sober and suppress his childhood trauma seem promising at the start, soon this is derailed when he meets Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran).  Abra is a young and fearless teenager who Danny can relate to due to her own abilities similar to his own.  However, soon Abra is put in danger as a clan of people try to hunt her for her abilities.  


Director Mike Flanagan's mission with Doctor Sleep was to ensure that the source material from Stephen King's novel was in fact a direct adaptation while still acknowledging Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.  After watching this movie I have to say: job well done. About 90 percent of this movie is on par with the novel, with the final act of this movie heavily referencing The Shining events and also including plenty of call backs to Kubrick's vision throughout the film. Along with a stellar performance by Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, making her major film debut was Kyliegh Curran.  Kyliegh was absolutely phenomenal and has a promising career ahead of her. 

On top of the acting, as is evident from the trailers, the score is a major bonus as well.  Let it be known that this soundtrack and score are legit!  The score really provided the old school horror and chilling feeling to complement some booming sound effects.  These all come together to provide an authentically modern score that still pays homage to 80s era films.  While the first hour of this movie felt a little slow, it quickly picks up after that with plenty of action and horror elements. 

Doctor Sleep pairs a stellar cast, with a big score, and enough nostalgia from the original movie to keep you entertained.  Whether you are a fan of the novel or have seen Kubrick's original masterpiece, you will thoroughly enjoy Doctor Sleep.  I promise, this movie will not put you to sleep!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Screening: The Report

THE REPORT
In DC Theaters November 15, 2019; nationwide on November 22nd
Rated R with a running time of 118 mins

SYNOPSIS:  THE REPORT is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Benning) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

THE REPORT is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and features outstanding performances by a powerful cast led by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm. Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney complete the powerful ensemble that brings this essential story to life.

Screening Details:

THE REPORT
Wednesday, November 13
7:00PM
Landmark Bethesda Row
7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814


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Review: Last Christmas

Release date: November 8, 2019
Running time: 102 minutes
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson 

It's just turned to November and we already have our first holiday movie, Last Christmas.  Although it feels early, it's never too early to get into the holiday spirit!  Last Christmas follows Kate (Emilia Clarke), a perpetual screw up that is seemingly at the bottom of her luck. We meet her as she is unintentionally burning bridges with old and new friends while dealing with trouble at work and with her family.  However, a chance encounter with Tom (Henry Golding) causes her to begin to change her perspective.  


What you will come to Last Christmas for--other than holiday cheer--is the strong cast including Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, and Emma Thompson.  Clarke is very enjoyable as the constant screw up Kate, with her trademark charm and some pretty funny lines.  Golding is almost too good to be true, and he continues his Crazy Rich Asian role with a character who is almost perfect while still being likable.  Thompson is fine as an overbearing mother, but her ridiculous accent makes it seem like she is playing a parody of a Yugoslavian immigrant.  The writing is enjoyable at times, but too cliched at other times with Golding managing to say the perfect one liner at the appropriate time. 

However, the story of Last Christmas, while being just different enough from other Christmas films is fairly predictable for the genre.  There are little differences in the film, and a major plot twist towards the end, but overall the story was a Christmas cookie-cutter story for a holiday film.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, I just wish that it hadn't wrapped up so conveniently and dwelled more after the major plot twist.  This movie is also a strange love letter to George Michael, with his music prominently displayed throughout.  It is a great soundtrack and his prominence in the film might seem odd until you realize that Emma Thompson (actor and writer of the film) got George Michael's blessing to use the songs before he died.  His songs are woven throughout the film, and there is enough in his catalog to help with pretty much any scene.

Last Christmas has a warm, enjoyable cast, great music, and an overall good message, but the predictable story and cliched lines do not do enough to differentiate it from the other Christmas movies.  

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Housefull 4

Release date: October 25, 2019
Running time: 145 minutes
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol 

Housefull 4 tells the story of a group of friends who are marrying three sisters.  However, one of the group discovers right before the wedding that in a past life, they were all friends and marrying the same group of sisters—but each was betrothed to a different member of the group.  That friend, Henry / Prince Bala (Kumar) must try to teach his friends about their past lives in order to make sure that they all end up with who they were destined to.  


After really loving Kumar in Mission Mangal, I was excited to see what he would bring to this comedy.  And although Kumar does an admirable job as Henry / Bala, his character is just not likable to me.  For the most part, the other men in the cast are funny and somewhat relatable, but they all are beholden to Henry / Bala, who has some weird quirks and less than progressive ideas.  And although the story has an interesting fate mechanic, I didn't love how the characters focused more on fate than on their present life.  This might have just been a cultural issue, i.e., I just didn't understand and have the same experiences growing up to focus more on past lives vs. present day.  But it felt odd that Henry was essentially trying to destroy his current life to fulfill his past life. 

Housefull 4 is a film full of contradictions.  It has some hilarious moments and some humor that just feels juvenile.  It has strong female characters that sometimes end up being pawns in the plan of the male friends.  And it focuses on keeping the past the same when the friends had already made new lives in the present.  It has some very amazing set pieces with some of the most vibrant and active dance sequences I have seen, with some very questionable CGI.  

Housefull 4 is a ridiculous comedy that has a lovable cast and hilarious moments that will keep you guessing what happens next!

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Screening: HONEY BOY

HONEY BOY 
 followed by a reception



From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a- kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.
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DIRECTED BY: Alma Har’el
WRITTEN BY: Shia LaBeouf
CAST: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo, FKA Twigs, Clifton Collins Jr., Martin Starr 

Screening Details:

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

550 Penn St. NE

Washington, DC 20002

November 07, 2019

Thursday 7:00pm


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Screening: Good Liar

THE GOOD LIAR


In theaters on November 15
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Rated R
Run time: 109 mins

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellan, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter
Director: Bill Condon

Drama. Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. Legendary actors Mirren and McKellen star together on screen for the first time in this suspenseful drama about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.
Screening Details:
Monday, November 11
7:00pm
AMC Mazza
5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC
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