Friday, January 28, 2022

Screening: See I Want You Back Early And Free

We have partnered with Amazon for an early screening opportunity to see I Want You Back!  The film is coming to Amazon Prime on February 11, 2022, but you can plan a date night and see it early and free!!  Details and entry form are below!

I Want You Back

Directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence)

Written By Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (Love, Simon writers and This Is Us co-showrunners)

Produced By Peter Safran and John Rickard of The Safran Company, Aptaker and Berger

of The Walk-Up Company

Starring Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Gina Rodriguez, Mason Gooding, Dylan Gelula, Jami Gertz, Isabel May and Luke David Blumm

Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) are total strangers, but when they meet, one thing instantly bonds them: they were both unexpectedly dumped by their respective partners, Anne (Gina Rodriguez) and Noah (Scott Eastwood), on the same weekend.  As the saying goes, “misery loves company,” but their commiseration turns into a mission when they see on social media that their exes have happily moved on to new romances, Anne with Logan (Manny Jacinto) and Noah with Ginny (Clark Backo).  

Terrified that, in their 30s, they have lost their shot at happily ever after and horrified at the prospect of having to start over, Peter and Emma hatch a desperate plot to win the loves of their lives back.  Each will do whatever it takes to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and send them running back to their arms. 

111 Minutes | Rated R

   Screening Info:

I Want You Back

Tuesday, February 8th

7:00 pm 

Landmark E Street


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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Blast Off And Check Out Moonfall Early And Free

We have partnered with Lionsgate for an early screening opportunity to see Moonfall!  The film is coming to theaters on February 4, 2022, but you can see it early and free!!  Details and entry form are below!

Moonfall

Release Date: In Theaters February 4, 2022 

Cast: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Plummer, Michael Peña, John Bradley, Donald Sutherland

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Written by: Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen

Produced by: Harald Kloser, p.g.a., Roland Emmerich, p.g.a.

In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.

   Screening Info:

Moonfall

Wednesday, February 2nd

7:00pm

Regal Majestic

Silver Spring, MD

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Giveaway: Enter For A Fandango Code To See The 355 In Theaters Free

We have partnered with Universal Pictures to giveaway passes to this female spy thriller!  Enter now for your chance to win a pass to see the 355 in theaters (check out video review)!  

Release Date: January 7, 2022
Running Time: 122 Minutes
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, with Édgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan
Director: Simon Kinberg

When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Oscar®-nominated actress Jessica Chastain) will need to join forces with rival badass German agent Marie (Diane Kruger, In the Fade), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Oscar® winner Penélope Cruz) on a lethal, breakneck mission to retrieve it, while also staying one-step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan, X-Men: Days of Future Past), who is tracking their every move.

The contest runs from through tomorrow, January 13, 2022.  Winners will be notified on January 14, 2022 so you can enjoy the film during the weekend.  

The Fandango ticket codes are valid through January 30, 2022 or until The 355 leaves theaters.

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Giveaway: Sing Your Heart Out And Enter To Win A Sing 2 Prize Pack

We have partnered with Illumination for a giveaway of a SING 2 PRIZE PACK to celebrate the digital release of the film, available now on On Demand!  The prize pack details are still being finalized but might include: 

  • Character plushies
  • T-shirts
  • Keychains 
  • Headbands 
  • Bucket hats

Enter below and if you are selected, I will reach out to get your address and preferred shirt size. The sizes are only Youth S - XL, and we will do our best to accommodate size requests.

Sing 2

Running time: 110 minutes

Writer/Director: Nathalie Biancheri 

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Garth Jennings, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Bobby Cannavale, Letitia Wright, Eric André, Chelsea Peretti, and Bono 

Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City. But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).

   Entry Form:


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Screening: Check Out The New Hotel Transylvania Early And Free!

We have partnered with Amazon Screenings for an early screening opportunity to see Hotel Transylvania Transformania!  The film is coming to Amazon Prime on January 14, 2022, but you can see it early and free!!  Details and entry form are below!

Hotel Transylvania Transformania

Release date: January 14, 2022, on Amazon Prime.

Running time: 98 minutes

Directors | Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska

Screenwriters | Amos Vernon & Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky

Cast | Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Brian Hull, Fran Drescher, Brad Abrell, Asher Blinkoff 

Drac and the Pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the 'Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank), and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis).

   Screening Info:

Hotel Transylvania Transformania

Saturday, January 8th

10:30 am

Landmark E Street

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Friday, December 24, 2021

The Tender Bar Review: Ben Affleck Shines In A Heartfelt Coming of Age Story

Release Date: December 22, 2021
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Directed By: George Clooney
Written By: William Monahan
Cast: 
Ben Affleck (Argo, Good Will Hunting), Tye Sheridan (Mud, The Card Counter), Lily Rabe (Miss Stevens, “American Horror Story”), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, I Am Not a Serial Killer), Max Martini (13 Hours, “The Order”), Rhenzy Feliz (“Runaways,” “American Horror Stories”), Briana Middleton (Augustus, Sharper), Max Casella (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Jackie), Sondra James (“Sick of It,” Joker), Michael Braun (“The Sinner,” “The Affair”) and newcomer Daniel Ranieri.

In 1972, 9-year-old J.R. Maguire (Daniel Ranieri, later Tye Sheridan) spends hours scanning the airwaves for The Voice, his name for the radio deejay father who deserted him and his mom years earlier. As he dreams of the day when they can be reunited, he and his fiercely protective mother Dorothy (Lily Rabe) live with her family in his curmudgeonly grandfather’s (Christopher Lloyd) rundown house in Manhasset, Long Island, both working tirelessly to fulfill her dream of an Ivy League education for J.R.  Hungry for male attention, the boy finds comfort at the nearby Dickens pub, where the man behind the bar is his Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck). A self-educated truth-seeker with a closet full of classic books and a thirst for knowledge, Charlie takes the boy under his wing, encouraging J.R.’s aspirations of becoming a writer. As J.R. grows to young adulthood with sporadic contact with his birth father, Charlie guides him through the mysteries of manhood and includes him in bowling nights, ball games and trips to the beach with his loyal band of quirky friends.

The Tender Bar has a lot to like about it, starting with the great cast.  Although this is an all star setup, and Tye Sheridan does a great job as J.R. in his journey of discovery, the real star of this show is Ben Affleck.  His bartender character is endearing and enjoyable, with a father-like quality and a ton of relatability.  I really liked how he was tough, but also fair to J.R. and lent his ear to the young man and his friends.  He also was a character full of surprises, with a lot more going on than you originally expect.  The film also really sets the 1972 tone with some great music.  It uses this soundtrack to set the stage and does a wonderful job transporting you to this time.  And the film also has a ton of heart, as you would expect in a journey of self discovery. I loved seeing J.R.'s family helping him out and trying to guide him along on his journey.  

But the issue with the Tender Bar is the length of the story.  It's not just a pure duration, but it feels like the story goes through several arcs, some of which don't feel entirely necessary.  I enjoyed the journey for the most part, but it did seem to go on a little too long.  And on top of that, after this longer journey, you don't really end up with a satisfying conclusion.  I guess this is because the film is based on a memoir, so staying true to that original medium and life are an important aspect, but it really did feel like the film just ended.  You didn't get a great revelation, you don't really know what happened after (though you could look it up), the film just kind of concludes without much fanfare.  And maybe this should be applauded as the movie didn't try to go for a Hollywood ending, but for a viewer I left feeling unfufilled.

The Tender Bar is a film that will warm your heart, showing a coming of age story with an unconventional family environment and a loving, extended family.   

Rent it.

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The Tender Bar is playing in select theaters on December 22, 2021 and on Amazon Prime on January 7, 2022.  For showtimes, click here.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Are You Happy Now Review: A Slow Pace With Plenty of Heart

Release date: December 7, 2021
Running time: 95 minutes
Written and Directed By: David Beinstein 
Starring: Ismenia Mendes, Josh Ruben, David Ebert

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW is the story of Adam, who can’t live without Gina, so when he finally gets the nerve up to ask her to marry he's devastated by her principled refusal. “Husbands used to own their wives!” she retorts, having no interest in recreating her parents tortured home. Gina finally agrees to marry, but Adam's hardly up to the task. Does true love mean divorce?

Your enjoyment of Are You Happy Now will depend greatly on your enjoyment of the cast. The main person of interest in this one is Josh Ruben.  Personally, I really like Josh Ruben and thankfully his character in Are You Happy Now is an enjoyable one.  I liked his mix of slacker character, strange quirks, and overall desire to better himself despite his many mess ups.  And strange quirks this movie has, especially when Adam meets up with his compatriot Walt (Ebert).  And overall, this movie had some laughs and plenty of moments, as Adam tries to understand and come to terms with his own relationship and issues.  And in the end the movie does have a decent amount of heart, even if it takes a while to get there.

But as I just said, Are You Happy Now has a very slow to develop story.  Josh's character is kind of a slacker and that shines through in this film.  Although he seems to want to improve his character, there isn't much drive behind it.  And the biggest issue with this dark comedy is that it is just not that funny.  It has its moments that will make you chuckle, but when you have a talent like Josh Ruben, you expect more.  You will definitely have a smile on your face at times, but you will often also have a blank look as the jokes just don't hit.  And after this very long journey of self discovery, the movie leaves you with an ending that feels appropriate but also unfulfilling.  It will make you wonder whether the journey we took was worth the overall payoff.  

Are You Happy Now has quirky characters and heart, but the long story and hit or miss comedy might make you ask yourself this penultimate question during the film.

Rent it.

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