Watch YESTERDAY star Himesh Patel perform Live at Abbey Road Studios. Today marks the anniversary of The Beatles recording ‘Yesterday’ 54 years ago from the very same legendary studio. Tickets are on sale now for the film Billboard calls “the feel-fantastic movie of the summer.” In theaters June 28.

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Watch YESTERDAY star Himesh Patel perform Live at Abbey Road Studios. Today marks the anniversary of The Beatles recording ‘Yesterday’ 54 years ago from the very same legendary studio. Tickets are on sale now for the film Billboard calls “the feel-fantastic movie of the summer.” In theaters June 28.

The YESTERDAY original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available for pre-order here.

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In Yesterday, Himesh Patel is Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support and devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). When Jack wakes up after a freak accident to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).

Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon
Director: Danny Boyle
Screenplay By: Richard Curtis
Story By: Jack Barth and Richard Curtis
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson, Bernie Bellew, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle
Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier, Liza Chasin

Blumhouse’s NEW HORROR FLICK  BLACK CHRISTMAS, is being released Nationwide Friday, December 13, 2019

 

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Blumhouse’s NEW HORROR FLICK BLACK CHRISTMAS, and will be released on its previously announced date: Friday, December 13, 2019—wide. 

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Blumhouse, the leading brand in horror, recently took Halloween to that franchise’s highest performance and now returns to another genre classic with an upgrade engineered for today: Black Christmas.

Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish. 

This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas

From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 horror classic starring Imogen Poots (Green RoomThe Art of Defense), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), Brittany O’Grady (Star), Lily Donoghue (The GoldbergsJane the Virgin) and Caleb Eberhardt (Broadway’s Choir Boy). 

Black Christmas is produced by Jason Blum (HalloweenSplit) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good GermanRumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (CamBloodlineLucky) for Divide/Conquer. Hendricks’ partners in Divide/Conquer, Greg Gilreath (CamBloodline) and Zac Locke (Adopt-A-HighwayBloodline), will executive produce.

Review of MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 54 mins.

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MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 54 mins

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

( i ) = This is my symbol for a MIB neuralizer.  When you see this you have been neuralized and you should forget what you have just read.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL is not a sequel, it is a spinoff.  Now without telling you who, it does have some characters you will remember from the first 3 movies but make no mistake MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL is its’ own movie filled with brand new characters, following a brand-new story.  That being said, let’s discuss these two new leads we follow and whether or not they did a good job. McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli  ( i ) .  The new story follows Tessa Thompson as someone who has been searching for the MIB her entire life.  She wants to be part of this organization and is willing to do anything to be recruited. It’s illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland because they get lonely  ( i ) .  Chris Hemsworth is already working as an agent with the MIB and he definitely plays a character that audiences have never seen before or at least the kind of MIB agent we’re not used to.  Thompson and Hemsworth’s chemistry is almost as good as the first time we saw them together in THOR: RAGNAROK. Seeing them together does bring a smile to your face and completely feels natural.  They are definitely a great duo to watch. Wombat poop is cube-shaped ( i ) .  As far as the new MIB movie goes, the main question on audiences’ minds is going to be – “Can MEN IN BLACK work without Will Smith as the lead character?”  The answer…Absolutely! I’m not saying he’s not in this movie and I’m not saying he is in this movie, but what I am saying is that the world of MIB can function without having to follow just Will Smith.  There are plenty of stories that can involve lots of different characters. Now, let’s stop talking about the cast and move on to the director F. Gary Gray. The British royal family isn’t allowed to play Monopoly ( i ) .  MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL marks the first time in the MEN IN BLACK franchise that a new director, other than Barry Sonnenfeld, has sat behind the camera.  Gray has done some very good films (which include FRIDAY, THE NEGOTIATOR, THE ITALIAN JOB, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS) and I was very excited to see what he was going to do with this new chapter of MEN IN BLACK.  Right away I could tell he understood the world, made it his own and kept it familiar to all the loyal MIB fans and because of all this, I hope they give him a chance to make another MIB film. Lego is the largest tire manufacturer in the world ( i ) .   Finally (and briefly) I want to give the special effects of this film a nod.  Creating new and exciting MIB aliens has to be very challenging, but once again…mission accomplished.  The hard part of this task is exactly what F. Gary Gray had to deal with. Can you come into this world and create aliens/creatures that seem familiar, but are new, fresh and exciting?  The special effects team did this and more. Great job all around. My suggestion is to go see MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL in the theaters. It’s a fun ride from start to finish and gives the audience everything they are looking for out of a MEN IN BLACK movie.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.  Sea otters have a pouch under their forearm to store their favorite rocks ( i )

Review of THE DEAD DON’T DIE – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins.

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THE DEAD DON’T DIE – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins. 

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Jim Jarmusch 

STARRING:  Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover Tilda Swinton and Selena Gomez

As Writer and Director Jim Jarmusch compiles some of his favorite actors from his previous endeavors, including 2005’s Broken Flowers, 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and 2016’s Paterson, once again for this film ~ it seems that the police force of the quaint small farming community of Centreville, comprised of Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray), Office Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) and Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloe Sevigny) are going to be forced to take on a very unexpected Zombie Apocalypse, whether they, or the town folk of Centerville are prepared for it, or NOT!!

I give THE DEAD DON’T DIE a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX, HULU or other streaming service!  Even though I am so over the whole Zombie genre of entertainment, when you put together two of my favorite actors ~ Bill Murray and Adam Driver ~ I have to give your film a looksee, even with its rather mixed reviews coming out of Cannes this year…

So, as I went in hoping that THE DEAD DON’T DIE was going to not only scare me, but make me laugh, and maybe even cry…sadly, it didn’t actually do anything of the sort.  I did love all of this films pop culture references throughout, as they definitely did bring a smile to my face more than once along the way ~ but between the monotone/deadpan delivery of the entire storyline, and the less than intriguing performances throughout, even by two of my favorite guys ~ THE DEAD DON’T DIE didn’t come across very entertaining at all.  I mean, I knew going in it was a spoof of sorts, and I also tried to keep in mind how much I loved Jarmusch’s film PATERSON from a few years back ~ Drive was superb in it  ~ but even those attributes couldn’t force me to like this film more than I did, when it was all said and done.  Don’t get me wrong, if you love the undead, then you might totally want to see what this star-studded cast has to provide for Jarmusch’s attempt at a Zom-Com. But for me, neither the cast, nor the almost funny script can make me force you to head out to the theater this weekend, to catch a glimpse of it.  And I also wanted to share that my 19 year old daughter, who was counting down the days until we got to view this film, wasn’t totally wowed by what she experienced either, thus confirming that it wasn’t a generational thing, or a “I don’t enjoy scary movies” thing, as much as it was a “this movie was just subpar across the board for thing” which we totally agreed upon when we conversed about this film, at length, once it was through…

Review of SHAFT – Rated R – 1 hr. 51 mins. 

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SHAFT – Rated R – 1 hr. 51 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Tim Story 

WRITER:  Kenya Barris, Alex Barnow 

STARRING:  Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree and Regina Hall

Welcome to #5 – as in the 5th Installment for SHAFT, and this time we get to meet John Shaft Jr., a.k.a. JJ (Jessie T. Usher), who is working in cyber security for the FBI, when his close friend and confidant Karim (Avan Jogia) dies unexpectedly.  Determined to find out who killed his best friend, it seems that JJ is has no choice but to enlist the help of his estranged father SHAFT (Samuel L. Jackson), to help him decipher what really happened to his friend, and to make those who took his friends life, pay…

I give SHAFT a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM WHEN IT HITS ON DVD!  Samuel L. Jackson is about to swagger his way right back into your heart, as rerising this role, and this character, seems to be as comfortable as putting on an old pair of shoes.  And adding to the fun this time around is the addition of his son JJ – played by Jessie T. Usher, who is also perfectly cast, as he manages to totally go toe-to-toe with his absentee father, every step of the way!  And when you add in the addition of JJ’s mom, played by the beautiful and very talented Regina Hall, plus 71’s Original Shaft Alum, Richard Roundtree, you can’t help but to thoroughly enjoy this film more and more, with each passing frame!   I was also pleasantly surprised by the comedic content displayed all throughout this film as it brings an element of enjoyment throughout, that I was totally not expecting.  Suffice to say that if you love Jackson, you have to see him ~ in all his glory ~ reprising this role at a theater near you this weekend.  But even if you’re thinking that you’re not up for this SHAFT Reunion at the theater, then I must share that SHAFT is one of those films that is definitely worth catching once it hits on DVD in a few weeks, as it action packed persona, and comedic attributes make for one very entertaining joy ride, no matter how you view it!

You don’t want to miss the“Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip when it Rolls into St. Louis on Sat. June 22 @ Kiener Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Mark you calendars TOY STORY Fans, as the TOY STORY Summer Road Trip RV is rolling into St. Louis Saturday June 22nd!!!

“TOY STORY 4”-THEMED RV HITS THE ROAD FOR 20-CITY TOUR

“Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip Rolls into St. Louis on Sat. June 22

WHAT: A “Toy Story 4”-themed RV rolls into St. Louis, featuring photo opportunities for fans, film-themed prizes, carnival games and lots of family-friendly fun.
WHO: Local “Toy Story” fans are invited to take part in the activities. Two film ambassadors will be on hand to share details about fan-favorite characters—Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep—as well as new characters coming to the big screen—Forky, Bunny, Ducky and Duke Caboom, among others—learn more about this all-new adventure.
WHERE/WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 10:00am to 3:00pm Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO 63101
ABOUT THE TOUR: “Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip is traveling coast to coast this summer to generate excitement surrounding the June 21 opening of the movie. The fully-wrapped RV will hit 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Denver and more. #ToyStory4  #SummerRoadTrip  #GoRVing
ABOUT THE MOVIE: When Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.  Directed by Josh Cooley and produced by Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” opens on June 21, 2019.
ABOUT GO RVING: GO RVING is providing the RV for the “Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip.  They’re teaming up with Disney and Pixar in celebration of the movie with an integrated marketing campaign to inspire RV travel that takes family and friends on unforgettable adventures – just like Bonnie’s family and the “Toy Story 4” friends. RV road trip adventures are as much about forming unbreakable bonds as the travel itself. Now in its 22nd year, Go RVing challenges Americans to ‘find their away’ and pursue their passions more frequently when they travel by RV. Formed by the RV manufacturers, dealers and campgrounds to educate consumers about the benefits of RV travel and camping, Go RVing shares its messages of self-exploration through travel to today’s hurried families and adventure-seekers. Road warriors can get their own RV adventure started by visiting GoRVing.com.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Mark Schulte, mschulte@alliedglobalmarketing.com, 314.422.4380

 

Review of DARK PHOENIX  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 53 mins

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DARK PHOENIX  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 53 mins

Director:  Simon Kinberg

Cast:  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

DARK PHOENIX is the 12th installment in the X-MEN franchise started by 20th Century Fox back in the year 2000.  Here is a list of all the films up to DARK PHOENIX just in case you can’t place them all:  

  1. X-Men (2000)
  2. X2 (2003)
  3. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  5. X-Men: First Class (2011)
  6. The Wolverine (2013)
  7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  8. Deadpool (2016)
  9. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  10. Logan (2017)
  11. Deadpool 2 (2018)
  12. Dark Phoenix (2019)

Now back in March of this year, Disney completed their merger with Fox and because of that deal, all the X-Men characters will eventually make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  What does this mean? It means DARK PHOENIX should be the last installment of the X-MEN franchise starring all the actors you have grown to love over the past 20 years. And to be honest, I am actually looking forward to this franchise coming to a close because the continuity throughout these films can be summed up in one single word…chaos.  Aside from X-MEN & X2, none of the films flow together properly and some of them probably should not have been made. It is time 20th Century Fox ended it all and moved on to something else. As far as DARK PHOENIX goes, I actually enjoyed it and was surprised by its director Simon Kinberg. This is his first feature film debut behind the camera as a director and he really made some bold choices.  He’s normally credited as a writer or producer, but with DARK PHOENIX he shows his audience that he can do it all. One thing that stands out for me in particular is the way he shoots his camera. It has a fluidity to it that I really wasn’t expecting and was highly impressed by throughout the film. The main issue I had with DARK PHOENIX is that it did take me awhile to connect to my X-Men characters.  Aside from Michael Fassbender, the main returning stars seemed to be just coming back for the paychecks and not the story. They came across as anxious to leave and “ready to go”, like someone at party that doesn’t know anyone and already has one foot out the door. But all and all, this was a very enjoyable movie and an adequate ending to such a discombobulated franchise that I have loved since the beginning.  My suggestion is to go see DARK PHOENIX in the theaters and give a proper goodbye to a series of movies that has been around for so long and done so much for comic book movies to become what they are today. And btw, it’s not really goodbye because you know the MCU is going to bring all the X-Men back later in their upcoming films along with some others we haven’t even seen yet. Very exciting!!! Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.

Review of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 26 mins.

 

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – Rated PG – 1 hr. 26 mins.

DIRECTORS:  Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

WRITER:  Brian Lynch 

STARRING:  Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan, and Ellie Kemper

It’s been two year since we’ve last hung out with Max (Patton Oswalt), and his furry friends, and it seems that Max and Duke’s homelife has changed quite drastically, in such a short time.  With a new family, and a new playmate for them to enjoy too, Max and Duke seem to be enjoying the perfect life.  When Max and Duke get to join in on the family vacation this Summer, Max must leave his old friends to hold down the fort back home, as he meets many new critters on road, including Rooster (Harrison Ford).  As the adventures back home are getting crazier by the minute, it seems that for Max and Duke, their shenanigans on vacation are too, as all of our favorite furry friends must make the most of their exciting Summer, regardless of where they are hold up next…

I give THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!   Oswalt does a fabulous job, stepping in as Max (in place of Louis CK) for this really fun sequel.  And if you loved Snowball, aka Kevin Hart as much as I did in the original film, get ready to be blown away by how he is “da man” totally throughout this film too.  I was also excited by the addition of the Harrison Ford as Rooster ~ the bold and boisterous country dog ~ and the addition of Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, as the powerful female dog on a mission.  From the joy that exuded all throughout the theater from the youngsters in attendance, who were giggling and cheering throughout, to the multi-dimensional, and hilariously heartwarming storyline, to the fabulous characters  – both old and new – THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, is definitely the perfect family film for anyone in your family to view this weekend.  I mean, even my 19 year old daughter was laughing her “you know what off” the whole way through,  and if you’re a parent, you know that that is a feat in itself to accomplish, no matter what the situation, thus proving that THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will put a big ol’ smile on your face too, no matter what age YOU are!

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will host one-night advance screenings of the acclaimed female empowerment documentary MAIDEN on Monday, June 24th in theaters across the country.

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ANNOUNCES

SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ADVANCE SCREENINGS NATIONWIDE

OF THE GRIPPING NEW DOCUMENTARY  “MAIDEN”

WITH RECORDED Q&A WITH CAPTAIN TRACY EDWARDS

“Gripping! Stunning! A crowd-pleaser, likely to leave audiences cheering!” — The Hollywood Reporter

“An inspirational experience for anyone who enjoys film” — The Playlist

“Great immediacy, suspense and rooting value” — Variety

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will host one-night advance screenings of the acclaimed female empowerment documentary MAIDEN on Monday, June 24th in theaters across the country. The film will screen in the top 50 major markets and will include a recorded Q&A with subject Tracy Edwards. The film will be released in theaters on Friday, June 28th.

The gripping and inspirational story of the first all-female crew to enter an around the world yacht race has been playing to standing ovations around the world.  After it’s triumphant premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film went on to win over audiences at the Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals.  Edwards “leaned in” before there was a Lean In movement.

MAIDEN (the film) has partnered with influential female groups including the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and Girl Scouts of LA, The Jane Club, and The Women’s Image Network to present Edwards inspirational story to audiences of all ages.

Maiden is currently docked in New Zealand and will embark on June 9th for Hawaii before heading to the West Coast of the States.

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Directed by Alex Holmes (STOP AT NOTHING: THE LANCE ARMSTRONG STORY), MAIDEN is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief, Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew.  With their help, she went on to shock the sports world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.

** Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival**

** Official Selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival **

** Official Selection of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival **

ALL IS TRUE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 41 mins. 

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“Branagh’s performance is more mesmerizingly beautiful with each passing frame!”  Kathy Kaiser, matineechat.com

  

ALL IS TRUE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 41 mins. 

DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh 

WRITTEN BY:  Ben Elton 

STARRING:  Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Kathryn Wilder, Lydia Wilson, Sam Ellis and Ian McKellan

Distraught over the burning of a play house during one of his productions, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself returning home, to live out his days with his wife Anne (Judi Dench), and surviving children Judith (Kathryn Wilder) and Susannah (Lydia Wilson).  Having never truly mourned the loss of his only son Hamnet (Sam Ellis), Shakespeare finds his life in complete disarray, as the women in his life are less than amenable to his arrival in their lives, nor his attempt to finally mourn the loss of son, so many years removed.

Shakespeare also soon finds that his decision to no longer write is sucking the life right out of him, just as much his decision to try to place himself back into the lives of those that have longed for his love and affections for far too long…

And when alas it seems that Shakespeare’s days on this earth are numbered, he must come to terms with own shortcomings, while trying to devise a plan that will provide for his family, even when he is no longer here to provide for them…

I give ALL IS TRUE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Venturing back to the 1600 England may not intrigue many people to rush out to the theater this weekend, but once you see what Kenneth Branagh has created, you will be glad that you took a chance on this beautiful film, based on the final days of the most world renowned Poet, Playwright, and Actor. Branagh’s performance throughout is absolutely superb, as he seems to channel William Shakespeare throughout each passing frame. This performance is definitely one of his best, and most profound, as he draws you into the life and times of this extraordinarily talented, yet extremely tormented individual.  Dench is also perfectly cast as Shakespeare’s older, and somewhat stoic companion, adding another wonderful performance to her repertoire with this film too.  Writer Ben Elton also did a fabulous job, expressing the arrogance, yet sympathetic nature of the greatest playwright of all time.  Extraordinary too along the way, was the incredible cinematography throughout, dropping you deep into the English countryside, and into a world so perfectly crafted, you feel as if you have been transported back to Circa 1600 England, without any effort at all.  And once you add in the fabulous performances by Wilder and Wilson, playing Shakespeare’s surviving daughters throughout the film, you end up with one incredibly moving ~ and profoundly enjoyable movie experience ~ that surprisingly, even my 19-year-old daughter completely enjoyed.  The only negative thing for me within the entire film was it’s slow start…but if you can make it through the first fifteen minutes, and you allow  this film to totally engross all your senses, you will be glad that you gave ALL IS TRUE a glance this weekend, at a theater near you!

MA – Rated R – 1 hr 39 mins

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MA – Rated R – 1 hr. 39 mins

DIRECTOR:  Tate Taylor

WRITTEN BY:  Scotty Landes

STARRING:  Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller, Gianni Paolo, Dante Brown, Tanyell Waivers, Tate Taylor, Luke Evans and Allison Janney

When a group of teenagers befriend a lonely Veterinary tech named Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), it seems that all their wishes have come true, as she will not only get them alcohol, but allows them to party at her residence too.

When Sue Ann’s behavior starts to get out of control, New girl on the block Maggie (Diana Silvers), has the wits about her to suggest that her, and her friends unfriend, this psycho before it’s too late.

But when Sue Ann, aka Ma, continues her devious ways, and convinces even more teenagers to join in her party, their lives are about to change in an instant, and shall we say, it won’t be for the better…

I give MA a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  Okay, so most of you who have been reading my reviews for quite some time know that Horror films are not my “Genre of Choice” but when one of my favorite actresses of all time decides to take on a roll that is totally different from her roles thus far, I had to venture down this road with her…and I am so glad that I did!  Spencer is not only creepy, but a little scary too, playing the mentally disturbed Sue Ann.  She ended up being even more convincing in this role than I was expecting, which leads me to believe that this role  is about to open up even more doors for the Academy Award winner. Youngster Diane Silvers was fabulous too, playing the brains of the operation, knowing that there is something creepy and sinister afoot with our friend Ma, from the very beginning.  Lewis, Evans and Janney throw in some pretty convincing portrayals along the way too, showing that their own years of experience on screen, can help even a horror film leave its mark on viewers.  And the most exciting part of the evening for me during the advanced screening wasn’t even what was happening on screen, it was the experience of having someone behind me screaming during every disturbing scene, thus saving my own shrieks and shrills from having to come forth, and giving me a sense of inclusion with my feelings on these types of films throughout this particular film.  I wanted to share too, that if slasher films are “your deal”, you might be disappointed this time around, as rather than slashing its way onto the big screen, MA manages to bring you along for a more creepy, and a little less scary psychotic vibe, which totally plays out better for me personally, than all the blood, guts and gore of most Horror films.   But, even with all the accolades, I still wasn’t sold on MA to the extent that this film garners a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN rating, thus making me suggest that if creepy “real-life scenarios” aren’t your version of what Horror films should be, then you might want to sit this one out in the theater, and wait to catch it soon when it hits on DVD!