Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tag: Octavia Spencer

Ma (2019)

Title: Ma
Rating: R
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Written by: Scotty Landes
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown
Release Date: 5/31/2019
Running Time: 99 minutes

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Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe.

Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.

She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.”

But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In loving memory of Aaron Khristeus and Kenneth Jovan Jackson

Special thanks to Tony and Rom for this submission


Luce (2019)

Title: Luce
Rating: NR
Directed by: Julius Onah
Written by: J.C. Lee and Julius Onah
Starring: Naomi Watts, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Tim Roth, and Octavia Spencer
Release Date: 8/2/2019
Running Time: 109 minutes

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High schooler Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) overcame a nightmarish past as a child soldier in Eritrea to become the definition of the All American teenager. As a valedictorian, track star, and all-around popular kid, his life seems set until he suddenly finds himself at odds with an overbearing teacher Ms. Wilson (Octavia Spencer). When his loving adoptive parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) become entangled in the suspicions of this teacher, complex questions of prejudice suddenly bubble to the surface, threatening to expose the ugly truths about all involved.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Gabe for this submission


Instant Family (2018)*

Title: Instant Family
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Sean Anders
Written by: Sean Anders and John Morris
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, and Margo Martindale
Release Date: 11/16/2018
Running Time: 119 minutes

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When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Special thanks to Tony and Frank for this submission


Kid Like Jake, A (2018)

Title: A Kid Like Jake
Rating: NR
Directed by: Silas Howard
Written by: Daniel Pearle
Starring: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer, and Leo James Davis
Release Date: 6/1/2018
Running Time: 92 minutes

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A Brooklyn couple has always known that their four-year-old son is more interested in fairy tale princesses than toy cars. But when his preschool director points out that his gender-nonconforming play may be more than a phase, the couple is forced to rethink their roles as parents and spouses.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


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


Shack, The (2017)

Title: The Shack
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine
Written by: John Fusco, Andrew Lanham and Destin Daniel Cretton
Based on the book by: William P. Young
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw
Release Date: 3/3/2017
Running Time: 132 minutes

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After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Gifted (2017)

Title: Gifted
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: Tom Flynn
Starring: Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer and Mckenna Grace
Release Date: 4/7/2017
Running Time: Unknown

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Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Hidden Figures (2016)*

Title: Hidden Figures
Rating: PG
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Written by: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Based on the book by: Margot Lee Shetterly
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn and Kevin Costner
Release Date: 1/6/2017
Running Time: 127 minutes

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The incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Special thanks to Diana for this submission


Great Gilly Hopkins, The (2016)

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Title: The Great Gilly Hopkins
Rating: PG
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Written by: David Paterson
Based on the novel by: Katherine Paterson
Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer and Julia Stiles
Release Date: 10/7/2016
Running Time: 99 minutes

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Wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old Gilly is well known in the foster system. Totally unmanageable, she has stayed with more families than she can remember and has outwitted them all. After all, how can she settle down when her real mother, the beautiful and glamourous Courtney, might be out there waiting for her?

When Gilly is sent to live with the Trotters, the weirdest family yet, she isn’t planning to stick around. But cheerful, affectionate Maime Trotter isn’t giving up on Gilly just yet – she is sure there’s a hurt little girl in there somewhere. Gilly knows she has to escape, and if she can’t run then she’ll lie her way out. But her grand plan doesn’t go as intended, and she starts to think maybe she was wrong about Trotter. Maybe wrong about everything.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Memoriam: In Memory of Susan Smith

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, The (2016)

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Title: The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 (aka. The Divergent Series: Allegiant: The IMAX Experience)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Written by: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage
Based on the book by: Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller
Release Date: 3/18/2016
Running Time: 121 minutes

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After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Was seeing The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 in IMAX worth the cost?