In Theaters This Week (1/19/2018): 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Forever My Girl

Gerard Butler in Den of Thieves

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This weekend sees three more Oscar contenders go wide and three 2018 films going up against the NFL and snow. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (1/19/2018): 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Forever My Girl

Movie Review: Molly’s Game (2017) *Go All In on Sorkin’s Latest!*

Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin has written Emmy-winning TV shows (Sports Night, The West Wing, The Newsroom) and Oscar-winning films (Moneyball, The Social Network), but Molly’s Game is the first one of his scripts that he also chose to direct.  What does an Aaron Sorkin-directed film look like?  Well, it’s a lot like his scripts as it turns out.  It’s fast, it’s smart, it’s funny, and it’s brilliant.  Throw in the performance of Jessica Chastain’s career, an astounding true story, and Molly’s Game is one of the best films of 2017.

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7 Days in Entebbe Trailer #1 (2018) “Experience the Rescue Mission That Shook the World.”

In 1976, an Air France flight was hijacked by terrorists and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda.  The flight contained over 90 Israeli nationals, and while the world tried to figure out how to extricate the plane and its hostages from both the terrorists and a country currently under the rule of dictator Idi Amin, Israel came up with its own plan and executed one of the most daring covert ops in history.  The incident inspired the 1976 TV film The Raid on Entebbe, but I’m surprised no one has adapted this for the screen, given how incredible the story is and how it is, in many ways, one of the first battles in a war on terror that the rest of the world was fighting long before the US joined after 9/11.  Starring Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike, and directed by Jose Padilha (Narcos), 7 Days in Entebbe will open March 25, 2018.Daniel Bruhl in 7 Days in Entebbe

Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is one of the most underutilized leading ladies in Hollywood.  I’m not sure why Chastain doesn’t get more vehicles, but when she does, she’s absolutely riveting.  She’s creating strong, complex characters in films like Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and Miss Sloane.  She’s also been a critical part of some of the best ensembles in recent memory in The Martian, The Help, and Interstellar.  Chastain excels at creating layered characters that exude strength and vitality and her presence on the screen is the equal to any actress of her generation, so hopefully more quality opportunities will come her way as her career continues to progress. Continue reading Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies

Site Note: My Favorite Scene Going Bi-Weekly!!!

Christopher Walken on SNL

While I have no more cowbell for you (pause for sighs and boos), I do have more awesome movie scenes.  “My Favorite Scene” is the oldest column in the nearly five-year history of Killing Time.  I’ve written over 240 of them, but I haven’t even scratched the surface of the movies I want to take a look at.  For Tuesday’s column, I try to pick a movie that has some relevance to a star or a film coming out that weekend.  This keeps the films pretty much in the 5-10 year past ballpark.  That’s fine, but I never get to go back further and that’s what the Saturday installments will largely do: examine great scenes from films a little further back.  I’ve already plotted out 2018’s entries, and I’m really excited about the line-up of films we’ll hopefully get some discussion started on.  Some of these I’ve examined in my every-other-month IMDB TOP 250 columns, but those films can’t get enough revisiting.  The first Saturday entry, The Shawshank Redemption,is already up!

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