Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tag: Michael Shannon

12 Strong (2018)

Title: 12 Strong
Rating: R
Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig
Written by: Ted Tally, and Peter Craig
Based on the book by: Doug Stanton
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults,
Thad Luckinbill, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hébert, Kenneth Miller, Kenny Sheard, Jack Kesy,
Navid Negahban, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle

Release Date: 1/19/2018
Running Time: 130 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks. Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers. Despite forming an uneasy bond and growing respect, the new allies face overwhelming odds: vastly outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: Photos of the Green Berets depicted in the film are shown before the credits roll.

Special thanks to Jalen, and Saran for this submission

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Shape of Water, The (2017)

Title: The Shape of Water
Rating: R
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro, and Vanessa Taylor
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg,
and Octavia Spencer

Release Date: 12/8/2017
Running Time: 123 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Steven for this submission


Wolves (2016)?

Title: Wolves
Rating: NR
Directed by: Bart Freundlich
Written by: Bart Freundlich
Starring: Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino, Taylor John Smith, Chris Bauer and John Douglas Thompson
Release Date: 3/3/2017
Running Time: 109 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Anthony Keller (Taylor John Smith) is the captain of his NYC high school basketball team, riding his way to Cornell on a sports scholarship. He is smart, well-liked, and confident. But he can only maintain his popular jock facade for so long, as his troubled father Lee (Michael Shannon) has a gambling addiction that threatens to derail his dreams both on and off the court.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Unknown

 

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Unknown

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Frank & Lola (2016)

Title: Frank & Lola
Rating: NR
Directed by: Matthew Ross
Written by: Matthew Ross
Starring: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon and Justin Long
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Running Time: 88 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A psychosexual noir love story set in Las Vegas and Paris about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and ultimately the search for redemption. Matthew Ross’ debut feature stars Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots as a couple that builds an intense relationship that saves each other from their mutual despair, but begins to crack as a man from Lola’s past temps her future with Frank.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Title: Nocturnal Animals
Rating: R
Directed by: Tom Ford
Written by: Tom Ford
Based on the novel by: Austin Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Running Time: 117 minutes

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Susan Morrow (portrayed by Ms. Adams) lives an incredibly privileged yet unfulfilled life with her husband Hutton Morrow (Armie Hammer). One weekend, as Hutton departs on one of his too-frequent business trips, Susan receives an unsolicited package that has been left in her mailbox. It is a novel, Nocturnal Animals, written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield (Mr. Gyllenhaal), with whom she has had no contact for years. Edward’s note accompanying the manuscript encourages Susan to read the work and then to contact him during his visit to the city. Alone at night, in bed, Susan begins reading. The novel is dedicated to her…

…but its content is violent and devastating, as Edward tells the tale of Tony Hastings (also portrayed by Mr. Gyllenhaal). Driving across a lonely stretch of Texas one night, Tony and his family are harassed by a trio of joyriders, and forced off the road into a confrontation initiated by the gang’s ringleader, the disturbingly insinuating Ray Marcus (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Tony is all but powerless to act as his family is kidnapped and he is left stranded. When day breaks, Tony manages to reach the police for help, and laconic Lieutenant Bobby Andes (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon) takes on the case. Andes forges a strong connection with the distraught Tony, and dedicates himself to pursuing the suspects once Tony’s worst fears are realized…

Moved by Edward’s writing, Susan cannot help but reminisce over the most private moments from her own love story with the author. Trying to look within herself and beyond the glossy surface of the life and career that she has made, Susan increasingly interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and re-awakens a love that she feared was lost – as the story builds to a reckoning that will define both the novel’s hero and her own.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Dedication: FOR RICHARD AND JACK


Complete Unknown (2016)

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Title: Complete Unknown
Rating: R
Directed by: Joshua Marston
Written by: Joshua Marston and Julian Sheppard
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon and Kathy Bates
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Running Time: 90 minutes

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As Tom (Michael Shannon) celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends in Brooklyn, he is startled to see a woman from his distant past at the party. Jenny — or Alice (Rachel Weisz), as she now calls herself — first denies even knowing Tom, but as the evening progresses, she reveals a shocking secret. After disappearing from Tom’s life 20 years earlier, she began to reinvent herself every few years, taking on a new name, a new career and a new life each time. After giving Tom a glimpse of what life could be like if he lets go of the safety and security he has so carefully created, Alice asks him to make a choice that will change everything.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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Title: Elvis & Nixon
Rating: R
Directed by: Liza Johnson
Written by: Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes
Starring: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville and Colin Hanks
Release Date: 4/22/2016
Running Time: 86 minutes

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In 1970, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) flies to Washington D.C. with the goal of convincing President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to deputize him as a federal agent-at-large. Showing up unannounced at the Northwest Gate of the White House with his buddy Jerry Schilling (Alex Pettyfer), Presley persuades awe-struck guards to hand deliver a letter to Nixon requesting a secret meeting. White House staffers Egil “Bud” Krogh (Colin Hanks) and Dwight Chapin (Evan Peters) tell the president that a sit-down with Elvis during an election year could generate good PR, but Nixon is in no mood to humor the legendary rocker.

Undeterred, Jerry and Elvis’ sidekick Sonny (Johnny Knoxville) re-group with Krogh and Chapin to hatch a deal: Elvis will sign an autograph for Nixon’s daughter Julie in exchange for face time with the president. Prior to making his grand entrance, Presley is instructed in a litany of White House protocols, which he quickly disregards. To Nixon’s surprise and the astonishment of his nervous aides, the pair bond over their shared contempt of counterculture.

Based on an actual encounter that took place on December 21, 1970, Elvis & Nixon hilariously re-imagines the unlikely meeting between rocker and politician as dramatized by two of America’s finest actors.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Midnight Special (2016)

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Title: Midnight Special
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Written by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard
Release Date: 3/18/2016
Running Time: 111 minutes

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A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Freeheld (2015)

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Title: Freeheld
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Peter Sollett
Written by: Ron Nyswaner
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon
Release Date: 10/2/2015
Running Time: 103 minutes

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New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


99 Homes (2014)

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Title: 99 Homes
Rating: R
Directed by: Ramin Bahrani
Written by: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern
Release Date: 9/25/2015
Running Time: 112 minutes

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A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Dedication: For Roger Ebert


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