Friday, February 16, 2024

Screening: See FX's SHOGUN Early And Free


FX’s Shōgun, an original adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel, is set in Japan in the year 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as “Lord Yoshii Toranaga” who is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him.

When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, “John Blackthorne” (Cosmo Jarvis), comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants. Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, “Toda Mariko” (Anna Sawai), a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line. 

While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her and her duty to her late father. 

The 10-episode limited series features an acclaimed Japanese cast, unprecedented for an American production, including Tadanobu Asano as “Kashigi Yabushige,” a notorious backstabber and close ally of Toranaga; Hiroto Kanai as “Kashigi Omi,” the young leader of the fishing village where Blackthorne’s ship was found; Takehiro Hira as “Ishido Kazunari,” a powerful bureaucrat who is Toranaga’s chief rival; Moeka Hoshi as “Usami Fuji,” a widow who must find new purpose amidst her lord’s fight; Tokuma Nishioka as “Toda Hiromatsu,” Toranaga’s trusted general and closest friend; Shinnosuke Abe as “Buntaro” (“Toda Hirokatsu”), Mariko’s jealous husband; Yuki Kura as “Yoshii Nagakado,” the brash son of Toranaga with a strong desire to prove himself; Yuka Kouri as “Kiku,” a courtesan renowned for her artistry throughout Japan; and Fumi Nikaido as “Ochiba no Kata,” the revered mother of the heir who will stop at nothing to put an end to Toranaga and his threat to her son’s power.
Screening Details
SHOGUN Episodes 1 and 2
Thursday, February 22
AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850e Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Screening: See THE UNDERDOGGS Early And Free


Jaycen "Two Js" Jennings (Snoop Dogg) is a washed-up ex-professional football star who has hit rock bottom. When Jaycen is sentenced to community service coaching the Underdoggs, an unruly pee-wee football team in his hometown of Long Beach, California, he sees it as an opportunity to rebuild his public image and turn his life around. As Jaycen works to transform the foul-mouthed Underdoggs into top-notch champions, he reconnects with his past, including an old flame and few of his ex-teammates and rediscovers his love of the game.

Directed by: Charles Stone III
Written by: Danny Segal & Isaac Schamis
Produced by: Kenya Barris, p.g.a., Calvin Broadus, p.g.a., Constance Schwartz-Morini, p.g.a., Mychelle Deschamps, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Jeremiah Samuels, Anni Weisband
Music by: Joseph Shirley
Cast: Snoop Dogg, Tika Sumpter, Mike Epps, Andrew Schulz, and George Lopez
Genre: Sports, Comedy
Rated: R for pervasive language, sexual references, drug use, and some underage drinking
Screening Details
Tuesday, January 23
Landmark E Street
Washington, DC

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Giveaway: Enter to Win A Blu-Ray Copy of The Holdovers


I have partnered with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away a Blu-Ray copy of the new holiday (painful) classic, The Holdovers!   Enter below for your chance to win!

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).

The Holdovers
Release Date: December 29, 2023 (Digital), January 2, 2024 (DVD and Blu-Ray)
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: David Hemingson
Producers: Mark Johnson p.g.a, Bill Block, David Hemingson
Executive Producers: Andrew Golov, Thom Zadra, Chris Stinson
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, introducing Dominic Sessa
Runtime: 100 Minutes
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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Screening: See THANKSGIVING Early And Free


Directed by: Eli Roth
Screenplay by: Jeff Rendell 
Story by: Eli Roth & Jeff Rendell 
Patrick Dempsey
Addison Rae 
Milo Manheim
Jalen Thomas Brooks
Nell Verlaque
with Rick Hoffman
and Gina Gershon

After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays…or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table?
Screening Details
Wednesday, November 15
Landmark E Street
555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Screening: See Netflix's LEO Early and Free


  • Netflix is inviting families to free screenings of the upcoming animated musical comedy, LEO, starring Adam Sandler, as part of a one-weekend-only event on November 11th and 12th.
  • Netflix will offer 300 showings of LEO at 150 locations across the U.S. To choose from the full list of theaters and showtimes in your area, and to download tickets, visit powered by Atom Tickets. Fans can reserve up to 5 free tickets on this site or can download the free Atom Tickets app to search for showtimes in their area.
  • LEO Film Synopsis: Actor and comedian Adam Sandler (Hotel TransylvaniaThe Wedding Singer) delivers signature laughs in this coming-of-age animated musical comedy about the last year of elementary school – as seen through the eyes of a class pet. Jaded 74-year-old lizard Leo (Sandler) has been stuck in the same Florida classroom for decades with his terrarium-mate turtle (Bill Burr). When he learns he only has one year left to live, he plans to escape to experience life on the outside but instead gets caught up in the problems of his anxious students — including an impossibly mean substitute teacher. It ends up being the strangest but most rewarding bucket list ever…
  • Premiere on Netflix: November 21, 2023
  • Director: Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel, David Wachtenheim
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Mireille Soria
  • Executive Producers: Barry Bernardi, Allen Covert, Paul Sado
  • Writers: Robert Smigel, Adam Sandler, Paul Sado
  • Original Score by: Geoff Zanelli
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jo Koy, Jackie Sandler, Heidi Gardner, Robert Smigel, Nick Swardson, Stephanie Hsu, Nicholas Turturro
  • To follow and participate in more fun with Leo, check out @leomovienetflix on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Screening: See THE KILLER Early And Free

Staring Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton

After a fateful near-miss an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn't personal.
Screening Details
Wednesday, October 25
AMC Georgetown
Washington, DC

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Giveaway: Enter to Win Ride On on Blu-Ray

I have partnered with Well Go USA to give away a Blu-Ray copy of the Jackie Chan action drama, Ride On!   Enter below for your chance to win!

After debt collectors attempt to seize the beloved stunt horse of washed-up aging stuntman Luo (Jackie Chan), video of the dynamic duo’s daring escape goes viral on social media, immediately reviving Luo’s movie career. But in the midst of this triumphant return to film, the furious debt collectors return with a court order that no amount of fame—or acrobatic antics—can help the pair evade.

Written and Directed by: award-winning filmmaker Larry Yang
Starring: Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise, Railroad Tigers), Kevin Guo (Adoring), Wu Jing (The Wandering Earth series, Walf Warrior series), Xing Yu (IP Man, Shaolin), and Andy On (New Police Story). Bonus material includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes and an English dub.

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