Monday, December 17, 2018

Tag: History

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Title: Mary Queen of Scots
Rating: R
Directed by: Josie Rourke
Written by: Beau Willimon
Based on the book by: John Guy
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Ian Hart, Gemma Chan, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Adrian Lester, and James McArdle
Release Date: 12/7/2018
Running Time: 123 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Queen of France at 16 and widowed when she was barely 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, Mary has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules as England’s Queen. Contrary to earlier accounts, and based on Dr. John Guy’s research, we see Mary as a capable politician and leader who wanted an alliance with her cousin Elizabeth. Mary fights to govern her unruly kingdom at a time when female monarchs are reviled as monstrous. To secure their thrones, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Mary’s reputation is under continual attack from her enemies, who construct lies about her sexual conduct. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens–driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Tony for this submission


Favourite, The (2018)

Title: The Favourite
Rating: R
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss, and Jenny Rainsford
Release Date: 11/23/2018
Running Time: 119 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank and Gabe for this submission


Outlaw King (2018)

Title: Outlaw King
Rating: R
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Written by: Bathsheba Doran, David Mackenzie, and James MacInnes
Starring: Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, and Rebecca Robin
Release Date: 11/9/2018
Running Time: 121 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


In Harm’s Way (2017)

Title: In Harm’s Way
Rating: NR
Directed by: Bille August
Written by: Greg Latter
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Yifei Liu, and Fangcong Li
Release Date: 12/1/2018
Running Time: 107 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In the 1940s, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed Americans’ morale. The president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, decided to risk it all to bomb Tokyo, raising the public’s hopes. Bombardment air crafts led by U.S lieutenant colonel Jimmy Doolittle took off from a massive aircraft carrier. However, after completing their missions, the bombardment air craft pilots had to bail out at the coastal areas near Zhejiang due to a shortage of fuel. A young pilot, Jack Turner, was saved by a young local widow named Ying, who risked her life as she hid the injured American pilot in her house. Despite not being able to communicate verbally, they fell for each other and a tear-jerking love story went on between the two.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


22 July (2018)

Title: 22 July
Rating: R
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Paul Greengrass
Based on the book by: Åsne Seierstad
Starring: Anders Danielsen Lie, Jonas Strand Gravli, and Jon Øigarden
Release Date: 10/10/2018
Running Time: 143 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
A three-part story of Norway’s worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway’s political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: This film is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks on 22nd July 2011, and all those still affected today.

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Great Battle, The (2018)

Title: The Great Battle
Rating: NR
Directed by: Kwang-shik Kim
Starring: In-sung Jo, Joo-Hyuk Nam, and Sung-woong Park
Release Date: 9/21/2018
Running Time: 135 minutes

IMDb

What did you think of this film?
A historical film about the siege of Ansi Fortress and the epic eighty-eight day battle that Yang Man-chun and his Goguryeo troops fought against 500,000 invading Tang dynasty men to defend it.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


First Man (2018)

Title: First Man
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Josh Singer
Based on the book by: James R. Hansen
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas
Release Date: 10/12/2018
Running Time: 141 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission

Was seeing First Man in IMAX worth the cost?

Colette (2018)

Title: Colette
Rating: R
Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
Written by: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, and Eleanor Tomlinson
Release Date: 1/25/2019
Running Time: 111 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: For Richard


Operation Finale (2018)

Title: Operation Finale
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Written by: Matthew Orton
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Haley Lu Richardson, Joe Alwyn, Pepe Rapazote, and Greta Scacchi
Release Date: 8/29/2018
Running Time: 122 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travel to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under the alias ‘Ricardo Klement’ and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country’s right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank, and Tony for this submission


Memoir of War (2017)?

Title: Memoir of War
Rating: NR
Directed by: Emmanuel Finkiel
Written by: Emmanuel Finkiel
Based on the novel by: Marguerite Duras
Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Shulamit Adar, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, and Emmanuel Bourdieu
Release Date: 8/17/2018
Running Time: 127 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
It’s 1944 Nazi-occupied France, and Marguerite is an active Resistance member along with husband Robert Antelme and a band of fellow subversives. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, she becomes friendly with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to learn of her husband’s whereabouts. But as the months wear on with no news of her husband, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Unknown


 

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Unknown

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