Father Figures

“Fraternal twin brothers, Kyle and Peter Reynolds (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) have learned that their father did not die when they were young as they had previously believed, and their eccentric mother, Helen Baxter (Glenn Close) had slept with many rich, famous and powerful men in the 1970’s. When they go on a road trip to find out who their real father is, they find out more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know, as well as encountering a mysterious hitchhiker and other misadventures.”

Wonder – Probably the best film of 2017

From the way the trailers and critics react, this is probably the next big one, the next paradigm changing film, a new step in this self-morphing art we call cinema.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. -IMDB

Wonder doesn’t shy away from its bestselling source material’s sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings. -Rotten Tomatoes

Let There Be Light – Deepdive into the movie

Let There Be Light stars Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, and Daniel Roebuck.

A look at the new film “Let There Be Light” with Kevin Sorbo.

After a near-death experience, the world’s most famous atheist must reinvent himself to save his family and his soul, starring Kevin Sorbo.
Tom Trento interviews Dan Gordon who, with Sam Sorbo, co-wrote the screenplay for “Let There Be Light.” Dan provides some behind-the-scenes insight into this inspiring movie that explores the deeps and heights of human nature, morality, and God.

Marcus Pointe Baptist Church presents Kevin Sorbo at the Spirit of Christmas Service.

Novitiate

In 1954, seven-year-old Cathleen Harris is introduced to Catholicism by her agnostic mother (Julianne Nicholson) and is drawn in the faith. At 12, a shy and reserved Cathleen is offered a scholarship and enrolls in a newly-opened Catholic school, to where she claims to have felt the presence of God. At 17, to her mother’s dismay, Cathleen (Margaret Qualley) pursues a vocation as a nun, claiming to have earned a religious calling.

Cathleen enters a Catholic convent as a postulant under the tutelage of the Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo).In the convent she meets fellow nuns Sister Evelyn (Morgan Saylor), Sister Emily (Liana Liberato), and Sister Margaret (Ashley Bell), all of whom suffer from sexual urges during consecration.[3] Meanwhile, the Reverend Mother becomes alarmed with the planned reforms of the Second Vatican Council, terrified that changes the archbishop insists upon will destroy the community that has been the home for these women their entire adult lives.

Jigsaw Movie 2017

A criminal named Edgar Munsen manages to evade police and is pursued onto a rooftop, where he activates a triggering mechanism. He is shot and severely injured by police detective Halloran and his fellow officers.

Elsewhere, five people are held captive inside of a room in a run-down barn, each with a metal noose around their neck leading them to a wall of buzzsaws. A taped recording from John Kramer explains that to escape, they must give a sacrifice of blood and will eventually need to confess their past sins. The chain nooses begin to pull them towards the saw blades. Four manage to survive by offering blood via purposely cutting themselves on the saws, though one man who was still unconscious during the message and only woke up moments before the ending of the game appears to die. The next test reveals that one of the group-members, Carly, inadvertently caused the death of an asthmatic woman by stealing her purse, which had her emergency inhaler inside. A trio of syringes are revealed; one contains an antidote for a poison in her system, another a saline solution, and the third a potent acid. She must inject one into herself in order to save the rest from being hanged. Eventually, volatile group-member Ryan stabs all three into her to save himself, partially melting Carly’s face and killing her.

During the games, Halloran and his partner, Detective Hunt, begin to investigate the matter, especially with the discovery of bodies that appear to belong to the unnamed man and Carly, who were both killed in the barn. Halloran becomes suspicious of forensic pathologists Logan and Eleanor. Though in turn Logan, a military veteran and former doctor whose wife was killed two years prior, is suspicious of Halloran’s motives. Munsen is kidnapped from the hospital by an unseen assailant. When the police captain orders John Kramer’s grave be exhumed, Munsen’s body is found inside.

In another room, Ryan tries to cheat by escaping through a door marked “No Exit”, and his leg is trapped by razor-sharp wires, immobilizing him. Fellow group members Anna and Mitch discover an unlocked door leading into a grain silo, but are quickly trapped inside. A taped message explains that Anna and Mitch will be buried in grain and then killed by falling debris unless Ryan pulls a lever that will free him from the wires around his leg. Ryan eventually agrees, but upon pulling the lever, his leg is instantly severed, though Anna and Mitch survive. Mitch is tested next. A taped message reveals that he sold a motorcycle with a faulty brake to a young man revealed to be John Kramer’s innocent nephew, which resulted in his death in an automobile accident. Mitch will be lowered into a spiral-shaped blade, unless he can reach for a brake lever. However, he is unable to complete the task and is subsequently killed, with his body being shredded.

Logan and Eleanor speak in a bar about their distrust of Halloran, before Eleanor takes Logan to her “studio”, revealing that she is an obsessive fangirl of the “Jigsaw Killer” case, and has built replicas of many of his previous traps, which she worries could incriminate her. Detective Hunt has followed them and informs Halloran of the studio. Halloran orders the two be arrested, though Logan is able to convince Hunt, an old friend, that Halloran is actually to blame, given his past dealings with Edgar Munsen. Logan and Eleanor depart for the barn after Eleanor is able to deduce the location of the game. Halloran manages to pursue them.

Anna tries to cheat and slips through a doorway to freedom, only to be captured. She awakens with a gravely wounded Ryan, each chained up in a room with a hooded figure. The hooded figure removes his robe to reveal John Kramer. John reveals that Anna, an old neighbor of his, suffocated her infant child in a fit of rage, and threw the blame on her husband by planting the body next to him while he slept. Her husband later committed suicide in a fit of grief, thinking he accidentally smothered his own baby. John explains that the two have not yet earned their survival, and have gotten his message “backwards.” He places a loaded gun between them, telling them it is the “key” to their survival. Anna misinterprets John’s message and attempts to shoot Ryan, only for the gun, which is revealed to be rigged, to backfire and kill her. Ryan begins to cry upon realizing that keys to their chains were hidden inside of the gun, and destroyed when Anna pulled the trigger.

While Logan and Eleanor investigate the barn, they are ambushed by Halloran. Eleanor escapes, and while pursuing her Halloran is drugged and knocked-out by an unseen assailant. Logan and Halloran both awaken inside of collars rigged with laser cutters. The two are told that they must confess all of their sins or else they will die, and they will have the choice of who will face their test first. Halloran forces Logan to go first. Logan confesses that he made a mistake and mislabeled John Kramundiagnosed which caused his cancer to go un-diagnosed until it was too late. Despite confessing, Logan appears to die. Halloran confesses at the last second, admitting that he has allowed criminals and murderers to walk free for personal gain.

Suddenly, Logan’s body stands up, stating that he faked his death in order to get Halloran to confess, and revealing that the barn game takes place ten years in the past. He was the unnamed man who appeared to die in the first game of the barn trap, but because he was unconscious when the first message was delivered, John Kramer saved him, feeling Logan should not die out of error. John subsequently took Logan on as his apprentice. The bodies that were found were actually the bodies of criminals that Halloran allowed to walk free, and they were placed into the same tests that Logan was meant to face ten years prior. Logan also reveals that Munsen, one of the criminals Halloran let go, was responsible for murdering his wife. However, because Halloran refused to confess all of his sins, and because he selfishly broke the rules and forced Logan to go first, he will die, and be framed as the new Jigsaw killer. Logan tells Halloran that he “speaks for the dead”, and reactivates the laser-collar around his neck. Logan slams the door as Halloran’s head is sliced apart, killing him.

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. An unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown, it stars Judi DenchAli FazalMichael GambonEddie IzzardTim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar. The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, and was theatrically released on 15 September 2017 in the United Kingdom and 22 September 2017 in the United States. It has grossed over $42 million

The Foreigner

The turgid revenge thriller “The Foreigner” is an all-around lousy movie. For starters: Jackie Chan, an action star who is struggling to find age-appropriate roles in his sixties, is barely in “The Foreigner,” an adaptation of Stephen Leather’s source novel. This is especially disappointing since Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media production company is prominently foregrounded in the film’s opening credits, and he’s featured prominently in the film’s marketing. Then again, maybe Chan’s absence is for the best given how unconvincing his performance is as grieving 61-year-old ex-military man Quan.  Source: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-foreigner-2017

Happy Death Day

Death Day is what happens when groundhog day has a threesome with Scary Movie and a random NY Romantic comedy.

“In an attempt to elevate a familiar structure, eager new comedy horror Happy Death Day takes the classic slasher formula and adds a nifty twist. Theresa, known as Tree (Jessica Rothe), is waking up in a bad place: a dorm room, to be exact. She’s not quite sure how she got there, but a hangover and someone called Carter (Israel Broussard) are all the clues she needs. Even worse, it’s her birthday, an occasion she loathes, and the ensuing 24 hours provide her with social embarrassment, romantic entanglements, sorority sister drama and, well, her death. But then Tree wakes up, stuck in the same day, unable to break the cycle until she finds out who wants her dead.”

American Made – Movie – 2017

Tom Cruise decides to go NARCO. Based on the story of a kick-ass airplane pilot that goes “Breaking Bad” in the 80’s and eventually winds up working for the CIA, and Pablo Escobar. Like all movies Mr. Tom does, these great ideas belonged to other people in other countries and their movies, songs ( narco Corridos) and tv series about Latin American Druglords now got a spin. It’s like the movie Blow and the movie Snatched had a baby and they called it American Made.

Synopsis

American Made (previously known as Mena) is a 2017 American biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom Cruise. The plot focuses on Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s. In order to avoid jail time, Seal approached United States government officials and served as an informant for the DEAThe film was released in the UK on August 25, 2017, and will be released in the United States on September 29, 2017. It is the first film directed by Liman to be released by Universal Pictures since The Bourne Identity in 2002. It will be released in 2D and IMAX in select theaters.

All Saints Movie 2017

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills.


Plot Summary

After Michael Spurlock leaves the sales world under less than honest circumstances, he decides the most natural thing for him to do is become a pastor so he can have more time for his family and so he can give back to the world rather than take from it. Thus, he is assigned by the parish to head up a dying church in small town Tennessee as a training ground under the church closes up. Then Michael is promised to move on to better things. However, the longer he is at the small church, the more Michael sees that there is purpose for it, especially since it is serving hundreds of Burmese refugees who have no one to turn to. With God’s intervention, they begin to see miracles happen right before their eyes.

Production Quality (2 points)

In keeping with the traditions of Affirm Films, All Saints is a good production on the surface and has no obvious errors. Video quality, camera work, and audio quality are all on the professional standards they should be on. The soundtrack is effective and is culturally relevant. The sets, locations, and props are all well-constructed and realistic. However, this film needs some serious editing work. Time is spent on all the wrong things and the plot overall lacks flow and continuity. However, Affirm has likely done enough to meet minimum market standards.

Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)

Though this is a very intriguing true story that had a lot of potential, this potential is not reached. There are so many things that could have gone into this film that did not finish developing. The story is too dominated by the whining, unsure main character. Unfortunately, there is very little focus or purpose to this plot, even though there were plenty of opportunities to have this. There are a lot of disjointed and unrelated sequences that fill up the runtime and stunt character development by crowding out any scenes of meaningful dialogue, of which there are few. In the end, it’s sad to see how this story turned out because it had so much going for it.

Acting Quality (2 points)

John Corbett really puts a damper on this cast since he comes off as very fake and unsure of himself at the same time. Yet if you can look past him, the other cast members post some good performances. There is especially good multicultural casting and acting, even if we don’t get to see enough of them. Overall, this is a good section and makes this movie at least palatable.

Conclusion

Most people will probably be fine with this film, but it’s still a very disappointing experience. Why can’t we at least see some flashbacks of the Karen people in Burma? Their subplots are barely developed or explored as John Corbett dominates the runtime with his awkwardness. In short, though there was a chance for some interesting stories here, it barely materializes and wastes an amazing opportunity. We believe it’s time for Affirm Films to step out in faith and take a chance on a new genre of Christian film rather than churning out run-of-the-mill films like this one. – https://boxofficerevolution.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/all-saints-2017-movie-review/

Leap! 2017 Movie

Rated badly in rotten tomatoes, “From its bland story to its unremarkable animation, Leap! does little to distinguish itself from a long list of like-minded — and superior — family-friendly alternatives.

Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette , Félicie learns that talent is not enough – it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.

Cast: Maddie Ziegler as Camille Le Haut, Elle Fanning as Félicie Milliner, Dane DeHaan as Victor Carly, Rae Jepsen as Odette

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to protect Kurosawa, a Japanese arms dealer. All apparently goes well, but Kurosawa is shot in the head at the last minute. Two years later, Bryce has fallen into disgrace and ekes out a living protecting drug-addicted corporate executives. Meanwhile, Vladislav Dukhovich, the ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, is put on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Court of Justice. The prosecution is unable to make headway against him, as they cannot substantiate their allegations with physical evidence and Dukhovich assassinates any witnesses who could do so. The prosecution’s last hope is notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for the exoneration of his wife Sonia, who is currently incarcerated.

Interpol Assistant Director Jean Foucher assigns Amelia Roussel, a greenhorn agent who is Bryce’s estranged ex-girlfriend, to lead a squad of Interpol agents tasked with escorting Kincaid to The Hague to testify. However, the convoy is ambushed and everyone except Kincaid and Roussel is killed. The two retreat to a safehouse, where they deduce someone in Interpol must have betrayed them to Dukhovich. Realizing that they need someone who is completely unaffiliated with Interpol and can remain trustworthy, Roussel contacts Bryce. Bryce is reluctant to help, as he has had multiple conflicts with Kincaid in the past and believes that Roussel was responsible for the death of Kurosawa two years ago, but ultimately agrees to aid them in exchange for the restoration of his good name. Roussel returns to Interpol to update them on the situation while Bryce and Kincaid escape an attack by Dukhovich’s men.

Foucher approaches Dukhovich, revealing himself to be the traitor, and demands his payment for selling out Kincaid; Dukhovich stabs him in the hand and informs him he will only be paid when Kincaid is dead. Dukhovich’s men track Kincaid’s location through his cellphone and ambush him and Bryce. While they are able to fight them off, their vehicle is destroyed. The two hitchhike to a ferry terminal and take a ferry to Amsterdam, where Sonia is being held. Kincaid escapes from Bryce to send flowers to Sonia, and Bryce tracks him down and kills several more hitmen. Kincaid reveals that he killed Kurosawa 2 years ago, having shot him in order to collect the bounty on his head. Enraged at the revelation that he has spent two years blaming Roussel for ‘betraying’ him when in reality the client’s death was a sheer fluke, Bryce abandons him.

As Bryce bemoans his failures, a group of hitmen attacks Kincaid. Bryce changes his mind and helps Kincaid escape, but is captured. Dukhovich’s men torture him in an attempt to find Kincaid, who tracks Bryce down and rescues him. The two battle their way to The Hague, arriving just in time for Kincaid to testify. He successfully proves that Dukhovich ordered the slaughter of a village; Dukhovich tried to hire Kincaid to assassinate a political rival, but in the process Kincaid witnessed the execution of a village, uploading photos of the massacre to a secret web site that he provides the court with access to. Dukhovich resorts to his backup plan; to bomb the court, allowing him to steal a gun and attempt to kill Kincaid. Bryce jumps in the way of the bullet and orders Kincaid to stop Dukhovich from escaping. Roussel notices Foucher acting suspiciously during the attack, and deduces he was the traitor. She subdues him with Bryce’s aid, and the two rekindle their relationship. Kincaid pursues Dukhovich to the roof of the building, where he attempts to escape by helicopter. Kincaid destroys the helicopter and corners Dukhovich. Dukhovich attempts to break Kincaid by claiming he will never be able to redeem himself for his sins, but Kincaid laughs it off, stating that he doesn’t care but that Dukhovich should not have shot Kincaid’s bodyguard, and then Kincaid kicks Dukhovich off the roof to his death. In the aftermath, Sonia is released, and Kincaid breaks out of jail to celebrate their anniversary, living happily ever after.

Annabelle: Creation

This is a crazy but by the book scary movie. This is what happens when the Exorcist and Chucky movies had a baby. Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife Esther are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple lost their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one of the girls finds a seemingly innocent doll that seems to have a life of its own.

Despicable Me 3

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy.
 
Initial release: June 14, 2017 (Philippines)
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Based on: Characters; by Sergio Pablos
Box office: $10 million
Music composed by: Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira

Rough Night – (2017) – Behind the Scenes, Sneak Peaks and Trailers

With a very rotten, “Rotten Tomatoes” score of 52%, sexy Jess ( Scarlett Johansson ) and her girlfriends try to do the female version of Hangover. Let’s hope dumb teens don’t think this is safer, realistic or desirable. ( That’d be really stupid, but probably)

Five best friends (Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon) from college reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amid the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

The initial release is also planned for June 15, 2017 ( in Brazil?). The film, directed by  Lucia Aniello, got Dominic Lewis to do the music, Paul W. Down to help her co-write the script, all thanks to money men ( Producers and Patrons) Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, Matthew Tolmach and Dave Becky. Their collective efforts are for not really appreciated with average rotten tomatoes score of  5.8/10, but this is still early. It might just be one of those “Cult Films”

Cars 3 (2017) – CRASH SCENE, TRAILERS AND BEHIND THE SCENES

At a surprising 66% Rotten Tomatoes score and thus an understandable 97% “I want to see it” score, and its ultra dramatic crash scene now a trending virally on the internet Cars 3 is almost as good as the first one (Rotten tomato score “77%” on Cars 1). Here are a few behind-the-scenes, trailers, and sneak preview scenes from the 2017 movie, Cars 3.

Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.” -RottenTomatoes when talking about Cars… the first. Let’s see what they say when their official cars 2 review comes out.

The Film Cars Three is directed by Brian Fee and with a great voice cast, including Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen’s voice, Cristela Alonzo as the voice of Cruz Ramirez Chris Cooper, as our dear old Smokey’s voice and Nathan Fillion as Sterling’s voice.

Owen Wilson, Lightning McQueen, Cristela Alonzo, Cruz Ramirez, Chris Cooper, Smokey, Nathan Fillion, Sterling

Cars 3 Trailer #2 2017 / Movieclip

Cars 3 Trailer #2 (2017): Check out the new trailer starring Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, and Owen Wilson! Be the first to check out trailers and movie teasers.

Cars 3 is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar and scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighteenth Pixar film, the third installment in the Cars franchise and a sequel to Cars 2 (2011). It is being directed by Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on Cars (2006) and Cars 2. The film is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017. -Source: Wikipedia.org

 

 

Movie Clip: Paris Can Wait 2017 Coming Soon!

Paris Can Wait Movie Clip – Are You Okay? 2017.  Take a look at the new movie clip starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin!

Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.