Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tag: Biography

Churchill (2017)

Title: Churchill
Rating: PG
Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky
Written by: Alex von Tunzelmann
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, and Ella Purnell
Release Date: 6/2/2017
Running Time: 105 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, “Clemmie” halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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All Eyez on Me (2017)*

Title: All Eyez on Me
Rating: R
Directed by: Benny Boom
Written by: Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, and Steven Bagatourian
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Annie Ilonzeh, Lauren Cohan, Keith Robinson, Jamal Woolard, and Dominic L. Santana
Release Date: 6/16/2017
Running Time: 140 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Raised in the Bronx by his outspoken mother Afeni (Danai Gurira), a member of the Black Panther Party, Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) confronts police brutality at an early age when FBI agents raid his home on Christmas Eve in search of his activist stepfather. Moving to Maryland in his teens, Tupac attends Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he befriends a young Jada Pinkett (Kat Graham). But just as Shakur begins thriving in this creative environment, his now drug-addicted mother ships him off to live with relatives in Oakland, California.

Discovered at a Bay Area poetry workshop, Tupac joins Digital Underground and tours with outlandish leader Shock G (Chris Clarke) during the group’s “Humpty Dance” heyday. Tupac soon lands a solo deal with Interscope Records and his first movie role, in Juice. Despite the breakout success of his second album “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.,” Tupac’s personal life becomes entangled in a string of arrests, financial problems, and gunfights. The problems culminate in November 1994, when Tupac is shot five times in the lobby of New York City’s Quad Recording Studios. The next day he checks himself out of the hospital and goes to court in a wheelchair. Imprisoned in February 1995, Tupac becomes the first inmate to score a No. 1 album when “Me Against the World” soars to the top of the charts.

Released after eight months, Tupac teams with volatile Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight (Dominic Santana) and artist-producer Dr. Dre (Harold House Moore) in Los Angeles, where he records the world’s first hip-hop double album, “All Eyez on Me.” But he is also embroiled in a bitter feud with East Coast rival Biggie Smalls (Jamal Woolard). Amid the escalating war, Tupac falls in love with Quincy Jones’ daughter Kidada Jones (Annie Ilonzeh). A few weeks after a now legendary House of Blues concert in West Hollywood, Tupac travels with Kidada to Las Vegas for a Mike Tyson fight. Stopped at a red light after the match, with Knight at the wheel, Tupac is shot on September 7, 1996, by unknown assailants and dies six days later. Simultaneously triumphant and tragic, All Eyez on Me tells the untold story of incendiary talent Tupac Shakur, dead at 25, who has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.


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Maudie (2016)?

Title: Maudie
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Aisling Walsh
Written by: Sherry White
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, and Kari Matchett
Release Date: 6/16/2017
Running Time: 115 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.


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Megan Leavey (2017)

Title: Megan Leavey
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Written by: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, and Tim Lovestedt
Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Common, and Edie Falco
Release Date: 6/9/2017
Running Time: 116 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In Loving Memory of Rex April 1999 – December 2012
Dedication: This film is dedicated to the many service men, women, & military working dogs who have sacrificed their lives defending our nation.

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I Am Heath Ledger (2017)*

Title: I Am Heath Ledger
Rating: NR
Directed by: Adrian Buitenhuis, and Derik Murray
Written by: Hart Snider
Starring: Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, and Ben Mendelsohn
Release Date: 4/23/2017
Running Time: 90 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey – extravagant in gesture and in action. It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life. Heath’s artistic nature and expression set him apart from the Hollywood mainstream, vaulted him to stardom and endeared him to the world.


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Quiet Passion, A (2016)

Title: A Quiet Passion
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Terence Davies
Written by: Terence Davies
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, and Duncan Duff
Release Date: 4/7/2017
Running Time: 125 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Lost City of Z, The (2016)

Title: The Lost City of Z
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray
Based on the book by: David Grann
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Running Time: 140 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016)

Title: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
Rating: R
Directed by: Lydia Tenaglia
Starring: Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Francesca De Luca, and Martha Stewart
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Running Time: 120 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of “celebrity chef”… A consummate hedonist, Jeremiah Tower’s career spans the riotous sexual revolution of the 70’s to the high rolling “greed-is-good” spirit of the ’80s. Key interviews with celebrities & celebrity chefs cement Tower’s influence on today’s food culture and reveal how he transformed the restaurant industry and in the process changed the way we eat.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, The (2016)

Title: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (aka. Hymyilevä mies)
Rating: NR
Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
Written by: Juho Kuosmanen, and Mikko Myllylahti
Starring: Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, and Jarkko Lahti
Release Date: 9/2/2016
Running Time: 92 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.


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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City?

Title: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Rating: NR
Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer
Starring: Marisa Tomei, and Vincent D’Onofrio
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Running Time: 92 minutes

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In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.


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