Matinee Chat Podcast – VOL # 33 – Reviews of 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, KNIGHT OF CUPS and ZOOTOPIA

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JOHN GOODMAN TO JOIN THE CAST OF PATRIOTS DAY -OPENS IN THEATERS DECEMBER 2016

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CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced that Golden Globe-winner John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Inside Llewyn Davis,Argo) will join Academy Award®-Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Zootopia) and Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Lone Survivor) in PATRIOTS DAY.  The film will be directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor) and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky.

PATRIOTS DAY chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.  Goodman will play former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.  Commissioner Davis played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.

“Commissioner Davis is an American hero, and John Goodman brings the extraordinary combination of humility, gravitas and empathy to portray him,” commented Berg.

PATRIOTS DAY will be co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate with the former handling production and marketing and the latter handling distribution.

Gersh and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC represent John Goodman.  The film will begin production in Boston later this month and will open in Boston, New York and Los Angeles on December 21, 2016.

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ABOUT LIONSGATE

 Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbusterHunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise,SicarioThe Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFFJohn WickNow You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

New Trailer for FINDING DORY! Hits Theaters June 17, 2016

A brand new trailer for DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY is now available on Ellentube.

FINDING DORY opens in theatres June 17, 2016.

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FINDING DORY. Pictured (L-R): Destiny and Dory. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FINDING DORY

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U.S. Release Date:                         June 17, 2016

Voice Cast:                                                   Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell,Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton

Director:                                                       Andrew Stanton

Co-Director:                                                 Angus MacLane

Producer:                                                      Lindsey Collins

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.

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  • “Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for best animated feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (original screenplay, original score, sound editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for best motion picture–comedy or musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 19 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory—with more than 25 million—is the most liked individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film.

 

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Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. Like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/DisneyPixar, and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar

TRIPLE 9 – Rated R

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Starring Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, & Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson

What happens when you add together the Russian mafia, a slew of corrupt cops and a man whose most precious commodity is his son’s well-being?? You get one action-packed thrill ride of a film! ~ THIS IS TRIPLE 9

Attempting the biggest heist of his career, while working for his sister-in-law Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), and her Russian mob ~ Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is relying on his team of BAD BOYS ~ Marcus Belmont (Anthony Mackie), Gabe Welch (Aaron Paul), Russell Welch (Norman Reedus), and Jorge Rodriquez (Clifton Collins Jr.) ~ to pull this off, and so they each make a load of dough when it’s over…

With the job completed, and everyone ready for “pay day”, it seems that Ivina has just one more little job that she needs done…before anyone gets paid or before Michael can be with his son…

Puffing away his afternoons – but hot on the trail to find out who these dudes are that are messing up his town – Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen (Woody Harrelson) finds that his nephew, and fellow cop Chris Allen (Casey Affleck), may just be play an integral part of the next job these boys have planned…

Knowing that the only way to get his son back ~ and end all this craziness FOR EVERYONE~ Michael agrees to Jorge’s suggestion of causing a TRIPLE 9 ~ Police code for “officer down, making sure to keep all of the police occupied with one of their own expiring, as Michael and his crew finish the task at hand…

I give TRIPLE 9 a rating between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE OF DVD ~ With a star studded cast ~ including Kate Winslet doing yet another accent, plus Ejiofor, Harrelson, Mackie, Paul, and Affleck back on the screen, you know going in that this one is going to be better than average. Add a twisting and turning ending to the storyline, that proves just when you think you know the score, you don’t ~ ANYONE REMEMBER THE DEPARTED 😉 ~ and you have one action packed thriller that is going to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout most of it’s 115 minutes. SO why the IN BETWEEN rating? At times, TRIPLE 9 seemed to drag on for me…we have the premise of where we are going ~ so lets MOVE IT ALONG, SHALL WE!!! I also felt that the people portraying some of these characters had so much more to bring to this film, but, for some reason, chose to hold back…Maybe a Directing issue??? Not really sure… But, as far as action packed films go – ITS GOOD – and you get to see another fabulous performance by CASEY AFFLECK ~ two awesome characters to play in back-to-back films isn’t so bad…and HARRELSON gives us what we love to see from him too ~ a quirky, kick-ass character to LOVE. And, rest assured that the GRAPHIC VIOLENCE you expect going in is most definitely there… I just wish they could have sped up the storyline a bit, expediting all the drama and intrigue that you eventually get to. If you love action packed, graphically violent films, loaded with lots of STARS ~ then this is definitely the film for you to CATCH ON THE BIG SCREEN at a theater near you this weekend. If you aren’t as intrigued by bad cops, Russian Mafia and guts and gore galore as the next guy – then this film might just be perfect for you to catch when it breaks on DVD in a few months too ~ you can’t go wrong, regardless which avenue you choose…

Kathy Kaiser

THE REVENANT ~ Rated R

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“I ain’t afraid to die anymore…I done it already.”

Based on the 2002 Michael Punke novel by the same name, and written and directed by Academy Award Winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu ~ we embark upon an epic tale of adventure, torture, betrayal and survival ~ as lived by real-life trapper & frontiersman Hugh Glass ~ THIS IS THE REVENANT!!!

The time of 1820 ~ as we meet frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DeCaprio), who is leading a trapping expedition through the wilderness of the great Northwest.   When his team ends up in the midst of a battle against a local Indian tribe, Glass, his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), and comrades Capt. Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) and John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), and a few other of their comrades, barely make it out of with their lives…

Striving to make it to the nearest manned Fort, Glass and the others attempt to find the nearest manned Fort, to seek refuge from the cold. While on excursion for food, Glass is mauled by a massive Grizzly, and barely survives the attack. When Glass unexplainably survives, the men attempt to carry him through the wilderness, only to find that this scenario may be the demise of them all. As the good Captain must come to terms with the option of saving one man, or loosing many, he decides to retain a few of his men to keep a watchful eye over Glass until he meets with his ultimate demise, when they can provide a proper burial…

When it seems that death is eminent, Fitzgerald and Bridger (Will Poulter) leave Glass for dead, and head into the wilderness to find the others…

Bound and determined to survive, but without any supplies, or a gun for that matter, Glass struggles to heal from his wounds, as he forges his way back to civilization through hundreds of miles frozen tundra ~ hell bent on making Fitzgerald pay for killing his son, and leaving him too for dead…

I give THE REVENANT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Even though frontiersman and Indians aren’t really a storyline I gravitate to, this true story of betrayal, torture and an epic will to survive, compounded with some of the most extraordinary cinematography I have seen in a very long time, made this FILM a MUST SEE FOR ME.   DeCaprio’s portrayal of Glass is sheer PERFECTION in every way ~ this is by far HIS BEST WORK yet ~ very deserving of his Golden Globe Nod for BEST ACTOR for depicting Glass, as I am sure that his ACADEMY AWARD Nomination for this role is right around the corner as well. Tom Hardy is outstanding too as his rival Fitzgerald, which brings to light just how powerful Inarritu must be with his Directing, as it seems he can bring out a BEST PERFORMANCE in all of the actors he works with ~ does anyone remember a little known film by the name of BIRDMAN, and it’s lead actor MICHAEL KEATON from last year’s award season ~ I must share too, that if you think the that this film is graphically violent in nature from watching the trailer ~ IT IS ~ so don’t say I didn’t warn you… but, there is also so much raw emotion and gripping storyline conveyed on screen by DeCaprio, the breathtakingly beautiful cinematography, and the amazing soundtrack of this film, that I had to name THE REVENANT as MY PICK for the #1 FILM OF 2015!!!

Kathy Kaiser

 

THE FOREST ~ Rated PG-13

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THE FOREST – Rated PG-13

“You cannot stay after dark”… “I’m not leaving without my sister.”

 Set in the real-life Aokigahara Forest of Japan ~ otherwise known as THE SUICIDE FOREST ~ we meet twin sister Sara (Natalie Dormer), who has arrived in Japan to search for her missing twin Jess, (also Natalie Dormer) as she has apparently vanished somewhere in THE FORBIDDEN FOREST

Even though every native she comes in contact with shy’s away from assisting her with entry into this demonic place, Sara is hell bent on finding her sister and bringing her home…

When a chance meeting brings Sara finally face-to-face with a fellow American named Aiden (Taylor Kinney), it seems that he has gone on expedition before into this God Forsaken place, and he knows just who to hire as a guide to take Sara in…With a tour guide in place, and Aiden by her side, Sara finds that the tales of what lies within the forest may just be true…as she must face the demons within her mind, and within the trees too…

I give THE FOREST a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON STREAMING OR NETFLIX: Intrigued by the story line of this film being set in the REAL FORBIDDEN FOREST of JAPAN, although apprehensive about it being a HORROR FLICK ~ as I am not particularly fond of this genre of films ~ I was pleasantly surprised to see that THIS HORROR FILM was about as tame as any I can remember viewing in quite some time. Dormer’s performance as twin sisters Sara/Jess was just average, as was Kinney’s performance as well, and nothing else struck me as too memorable along the way either ~ except for the ending ~ which I didn’t see coming, forcing me to give this film a higher rating than I was anticipating, when it was all said and done. It isn’t good, it isn’t bad, it just isn’t much of anything, so I recommend if you want to check out THE FOREST, you do it in the comfort of your very own home, a few months from now, because you happen to have a few hours with nothing better to do…

Kathy Kaiser

THE MARTIAN ~ Rated PG-13

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“In your face Neal Armstrong…!!!!”

From Director Ridley Scott ~ the man who brought us such Science fiction trailblazers as BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN, & PROMETHIUS comes a space and time continuum for the ages, as we venture into his next great adventure with ~ THE MARTIAN.

Nestled into their tour on Mars, Capt. Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), and her crew ~ Mark Watney (Matt Damon), Rick Martinez (Michael Pena), Chris Beck (Sebastian Stan), Alex Vogel (Aksel Hennie), and Beth Johanssen (Kate Mara), take on a severe storm, and decide things are getting too rough to continue their mission, and it’s time to go…

Watney gets blasted with debris, disappears from sight, and is assumed dead, so Capt. Lewis and her crew decide that they have no other choice than to head back to Earth without him…

Facing the tragedy head on, NASA Chief Officer Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) delivers the bad news to the nation, and his team ~ including Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Annie Montrose (Kristen Wiig) and Mitch Henderson (Sean Bean), that Watney has perished….

But, wait a minute…not so fast… as an Injured, but still breathing Watney finds himself suddenly stranded on this desolate planet. Quickly Watney comes to the realization that he must muster all of the strength and brainpower he has, in order to find a way to reach NASA, and to keep himself ALIVE!!!

When one of the youngsters at NASA sees movement in the photographs returning from the planet ~ tensions rise ~ as maybe they have just received proof that Watney is not only alive, but making a life for himself on Mars. Sounds like NASA better figure out a way to get him BACK TO CIVILIZATION…and pronto…

I give THE MARTIAN a rating of: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & In IMAX 3D!!! Scott pulled out all the stops this time around, giving us a bird’s eye view of life on Mars, and what it would take for life to flourish there. Damon ‘s arrogance abounds one minute, as he is “THE WORLD’S BEST BOTANIST” you know…and then just as quickly, you feel his pain and torment, as things don’t always go as planned. This star-studded line-up totally works too, as everyone stands alone in their perfectly cast roles! Once again – this film should be viewed in IMAX 3D – as the cinematography is literally OUT OF THIS WORLD ~ and even though a few scenes along the way seemed rather reminiscent of last year’s INTERSTELLAR or 2013’s GRAVITY, if you love space exploration, or Matt Damon for that matter…or even if you don’t like either, you have to rush out to theater near you this weekend to catch this film, as all 141 Minutes of it are absolutely PHENOMENAL to say the least…

Kathy Kaiser