FORD V. FERRARI – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 32 mins.

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“A TOTALLY EPIC JOY RIDE, from Beginning to end!” – Matinee Chat with Kathy Kaiser

DIRECTOR:  James Mangold

WRITERS:  Jez Butterworth, Joh -Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller

STARRING:  Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Noah Jupe, Josh Lucas, Ray McKinnon, Tracy Letts, and Caitriona Balfe 

Buckle up boys and girls, as we are about to embark on one totally epic joy ride, as we meet real life race car driver, and designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), who is looking for a new road to travel upon in life, when he decides to venture into the race car making business, by the insistence of Car man extraordinaire, Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal).  Now, with Lee by his side and Mr. Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) himself calling all the shots, it seems that Shelby is in need of his friend, top mechanic, and the best race car driver he knows, Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to join him on his next big adventure…

But, when Shelby is asked to design a race car that can take out Ferrari at Lemans, all bets are off, as it’s going to take all the muscle, all the know-how, all the expertise and precision they can muster, to perfect a car that can not only take on Ferrari, but leave him, and his race cars, in the dust…

I give FORD vs. FERRARI a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!:  Talk about a legendary film in the making, even if you don’t love racing, or Damon or Bale for that matter, it doesn’t matter, as FORD vs FERRARI will turn you into a lover of racing, by the time it’s all through!  Whether you are drawn in by the incredibly intense cinematography – it’s as if you are actually in the race car with Bale throughout most of the film, or whether you are as drawn in as I was by the perfect chemistry between Damon and Bales, as Shelby and Miles, throughout every inch of this film, suffice to say that FORD vs. FERRARI is one of those fast-paced, super exciting films that you will have to view on the biggest screen you can find!  And besides Damon and Bale, the rest of the cast this time around is perfect in every way too, including Tracy Letts playing Henry Ford II, the adorable and very talented Noah Jupe playing Ken Miles son Peter, Jon Bernthal playing legendary car guru Lee Iacocca, or Josh Lucas playing total douche Leo Beebe, no matter what direction this movie heads in, this superb cast, and exceptional true story of American racing at its finest, will draw you in, and not let go! I mean, I’ve been married to a total “gear head” for many, many years now, and even he was blown away by how superb this film was, stating that all I should say is “it’s the best film this year, bar none!” he was that impressed by all of it!   Well, since I haven’t viewed all the Oscar contenders yet this year, I can’t in good faith go that far, but I will tell you that FORD vs. FERRARI won me over, and it will definitely be hitting on my TOP FILMS of the year, and i promise this film will resonate with you, in just he same way, long after you head out after viewing it, at a theater near you…

 

VICE – Rated R – 2 hrs. 12 mins – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS 

“Get ready for a Politically charged joy ride of epic Proportions!” 

Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

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VICE – Rated R – 2 hrs. 12 mins – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS 

WRITER/DIRECTOR:  Adam McKay

STARRING:  Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carrell and Tyler Perry

Woah…hold on to your britches their little lady, as the film that will most certainly continue to stir the pot of controversy on the power wielded to our politicians has finally arrived ~ only we aren’t talking our present day state-of-affairs.  We are heading back a few years to delve into the private and public life of political powerhouse insider – Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), and his bulling over – oh, wait a minute…His strong sense of guidance of former President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).  With his wife Lynne (Amy Adams) by his side every step of the way, and his former mentor, turned side-kick Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell) assisting him in gaining his ultimate power on Capitol Hill too, VICE will take you on a politically-charged joy ride of epic proportions …as you are about to learn the ins and outs of politics “back in the day” via Adam McKay’s take on this very private, yet very powerful man…

I give VICE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Okay, let’s be frank here, at first, I was having a hard time deciding on if I was going to embrace McKay’s new film, or not, even though I loved the ambiance and creativity of McKay’s 2015 film – THE BIG SHORT so much, I decided I had to give this one a chance, as it is one enticingly entertaining film, every step of the way.  I can also assure you that Dick and Lynne Cheney aren’t going to be signing off on their approval of this depiction of their lives before, or during the administration of George W. Bush.  I can also assure you that I chuckled profusely at the fact that McKay covers his own tooshie about 5 minutes into this film, on the fact that this film might, or might not be entirely factual, as Cheney is, and was, a very private person you know! All I know is that even with my own political views being pushed and pulled, I still found the whole experience to be quite intriguing, and enjoyable.  I think that I felt torn one minute, and compelled the next because it’s as if you are watching “the real Dick Cheney” himself the entire film, as Bale’s performance as the former VP is absolutely astonishing, garnering him his Golden Globe nod, and I am sure Oscar will be calling soon as well, for his superb performance throughout every inch of this film.  And talk about going toe-to-toe with your hubby, Adams portrayal of Lynne Cheney is also fabulous every step of the way!  Then when you add in the outstanding performances by Sam Rockwell as G.W., and Carell as Rumsfeld, you have one total powerhouse casted film that you must view on the big screen, and no other way! I was also enamored by the way that McKay manages to weave his own comedic spin into this film as well, giving it the same feel, relevance and creative license in the material he is depicting, as his did in 2015’s masterpiece, THE BIG SHORT!   And even though I am strongly suggesting that every Republican, every Democrat, every person, regardless of your political affiliation see this film at a theater near you, I am sure that VICE will end up coming across as a “hatchet job” for some of the more Conservative Republicans throughout our great land, as it will probably fire up some of the staunch Democrats and Liberals throughout our country too, but, the bottom line is, regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum of our nation, VICE is one of those films that you truly must experience on the biggest screen you can find, and with it being released on Christmas Day, just think of all the even more high-powered political discussions it will garner around the table this evening, adding to the merriment of each of our family gatherings, and those unavoidable political discussions that always find a way to creep in…

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the NEW TRAILER for VICE…You don’t want to miss this trailer!!!

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An American epic that blows the lid off what true power looks like.

Annapurna Pictures presents the first official trailer for VICE.

Written and Directed by Adam McKay, VICE stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell.

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VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay

Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions and Plan B.

Producers: Megan Ellison, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Kevin Messick

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan.

Genre:  Drama/Comedy 

HOSTILES – Rated R – 2 hrs. 14 mins.

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“HOSTILES is more PENETRATINGLY POWERFUL with each passing frame” 

Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

  

HOSTILES – Rated R – 2 hrs. 14 mins.

Director:  Scott Cooper

Writers:  Scott Cooper and Donald E Stewart

CAST:  Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Scott Shepherd, Wes Studi and David Midthunder

In the midst of our countries quest West in 1892, Army Captain Joseph J Blocker (Christian Bale) has seen enough blood shed to last him a lifetime.  When he is requested to escort an Indian Chief (Wes Studi) and his family make to their sacred grounds, Blocker’s hatred surfaces, as he has seen way too much at the hands of these savages.

When he is given a direct order, Blocker has no choice but to obey, as he sets out on his mission to return these imprisoned savages home.  As fate would have it, this journey crosses the path of Mrs. Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike), whose entire family has been taken from this earth by the Indians who inhabit these lands.  Shaken up, but not completely broken, Cpt Blocker must now keep the Indians in his care, and the beautiful Rosalie too, from perishing in the wilderness, or at the hands of his calvery, before their quest is through…

I give HOSTILES a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Incredibly moving, yet disturbingly graphic at the same time – HOSTILES is one of those films that heightens your senses with its imagery, and effects your psyche…with each passing frame.  Bale once again gives a legendary performance as the stoic, warped, yet loving of all mankind Cpt. Joseph Blocker.  Pike gives a very touching and real performance as well, as the mother/wife who has her world turned upside down, only to find that forgiveness and love are the only emotions that we need to survive.  Round out this cast with the exceptional performances throughout by both the Cavalry, and the Indians they are perusing, and you end up with a movie that is so daunting and so moving at every turn, that you won’t want to experience its power any other way, than on a big screen near you.  Take my word for it, HOSTILES is one of those films that serves up an intense multidimensional storyline, with a graphically strong demeanor that you won’t soon forget.  Suffice to say that HOSTILES is also a film that should ONLY BE VIEWED by those of us OVER the age of 17 too ~ so please take heed of the Rating ~ and leave the little ones at home for this penetratingly powerful film…

Kathy Kaiser 

CHECK out first image released for HOSTILES – starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi – making its international debut at tiff!

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Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and vicious outliers they encounter along the way.
 
Director: Scott Cooper
Principal Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Q’orianka Kilcher
Production Company: Le Grisbi Productions/Waypoint Entertainment
Producer: John Lesher, Scott Cooper, Ken Kao
Screenplay: Scott Cooper
Cinematographer: Masanobu Takayanagi
Editor: Tom Cross
Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt
Music: Max Richter
Run Time: 127 minutes

THE PROMISE – Rated PG-13

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THE PROMISE – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs 12 mins.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon & Christian Bale

Writer and Director Terry George brings to life the grotesque and inhumane Armenian Genocide which was cast upon these people at the hands of the Turks during World War I. Historically significant for its truths of what actually happened, even if the love story intertwined within its frames was not…we meet American Journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale) stationed in Paris, with his beautiful wife Ana Khesarian (Charlotte Le Bon).

When Chris and Ana decide to head to Turkey, so that Chris can report on the Ottoman Empires fierce overthrow and inhalation of the Armenian population, Ana finds herself falling fast for the young and quite brilliant medical student Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Issac).

As Ana’s marriage continues to crumble, and Mikael finds himself betraying his betrothed back home, these two find that they have much more in common than just their Armenian heritage…

While Ana and Mikael are testing the waters of their new relationship, it seems that Chris has happened upon the truth of what is happening to the Armenians deep without Turkey. Now, caught between saving his marriage, and reporting the truth of the genocide happening before his eyes, Chris finds himself wanting to keep his wife, although knowing that she has fallen in love with the handsome Mikael.

When Mikael is forced to return home in an attempt to save his life from the Turkish government, he is reunited with his betrothed Maral (Angela Sarafyan), as he tries desperately to forget about Ana, as he must uphold his end of THE PROMISE he made to Maral and her family, so many moons ago…

As the genocide continues, Ana fights to save the Armenian orphans now left behind, while Chris continues to send reports of the savage mass destruction of the Armenian people, back home to America.

When a chance encounter brings Ana and Mikael back into one another’s lives, it seems that the love they once shared is still there, much to the despair of her husband Chris, who still finds himself caught up in the throws of their love for one another as well…

I give THE PROMISE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: This film is extraordinary – from its beautiful portrayal of the Armenian people, to the fictional love story intertwined within the frames of this film, THE PROMISE is truly destined to become a classic that will withstand the test of time. The casting of THE PROMISE was also picture-perfect too, as Issac, Le Bon, and Bale do a superb job of portraying the love triangle that is forming amidst the demise of the Armenian people. Exceptional too, was the exquisite cinematography throughout – from the beautiful countryside, to the fashions of the time – each and every moment of this film is filled with breathtakingly beautiful scenes, even as the atrocities of World War I are unfolding right before your very eyes. THE PROMISE is absolutely one beautifully crafted, and historically significant film, which I suggest each and every person over the age of 13 should experience.

Kathy Kaiser

THE BIG SHORT – Rated R

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From the man who co-wrote such comedic classics as ANCHOR MAN, TALLEDEGA NIGHTS, and THE OTHER GUYS ~ ADAM MCKAY ~ comes a riveting tale of REAL~LIFE ~ with of course satirical comedic twists along the way ~ as a group of financial WISE-GUYS figure out what is really happening to our economy prior to the 2008 collapse ~ and at the hands of our fiscally irresponsible banks too…THIS IS THE BIG SHORT!!!

When Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) – now turned financial guru ~ happens upon what he thinks is a major flaw in the present handling of our housing market by THE BIG BANKS, he decides to invest a major chunk of his investors capital in its future collapse….NICE, RIGHT!!

Meanwhile, a few other financial geniuses, including, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), Mark Epstein (Steve Carrell) and his brother Paul (Peter Epstein) and retired financial analyst Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) ~ who has been brought in by two younger millionaires, ~ all think they have determined the same outcome as Dr. Burry has with our housing market…

As they all continue to investigate their “theories”, the housing market is flying high on it’s glaring subpar interest rates and with it’s over-lending schemes running amuck…

When the collapse finally happens, which a few of these masterminds tried feebly to disclose, ~ and who still managed to walk away with millions, ~ knowing that the BAD GUYS at the Banks were about to take THE FALL OF A LIFETIME eased their minds~ or maybe NOT ~ as the Feds decide to swoop in to try to save the Banks, and their CEO’s, but it seems the “little guy” in all of this isn’t worth saving at all, when it is all said and done…

I give THE BIG SHORT the rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ These last few months of 2015 have been some of the best viewing months of my life, as, once again, this film takes a real life story, and makes it literally COME TO LIFE, and in A BIG WAY! Having lived through this collapse, I was not looking forward to viewing this story, if it had not been for all, I may have had to miss it, but this collaboration of “experts” definitely drew me in~ from Bale, to Gosling, to Carrell, to Pitt ~ even youngster Whitrock and Magaro shine in their respective roles. And additional kudos go to Director and Writer Adam McKay too, as he took some very serious subject matter, added his nuance of comedic genius throughout, and made one heck of film that you absolutely have to experience each and every minute of…

Kathy Kaiser

Watch the official trailer for Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS -In theaters MARCH 4, 2016

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Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman is in theatres starting March 4 from Broad Green Pictures

Director: Terrence Malick

Writer:  Terrence Malick

Producers: Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Kenneth Kao

Executive Producers:  Glen Basner, Tanner Beard

Official Website: http://www.theknightofcupsmovie.com

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/knightofcupsmov

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/knightofcupsmov

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/knightofcupsmov

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