An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg have teamed over the last few years to bring some extraordinary true-life events to the screen with Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day. Mile 22 is their first fictional collaboration, and the first trailer promises an action stuffed outing for the first weekend in August (SOMETHING IS COMING OUT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR!!!). Mark Wahlberg is joined by The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, Rhonda Rousey, and John Malkovich for the film. The Wahlberg/Berg connection has been flawless so far, and I’m hoping they can do fiction as well as they’ve done reality. Personally, I’d like to see them tackle more real tales in the future. Their films have been fitting monuments to dark hours in recent history. I can, however, understand after those three in a row, they could use a little fictional escape. Mile 22 opens August 2, 2018.
Mark Wahlberg began his career as frontman for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and is now one of Hollywood’s most reliable actors. Wahlberg’s career is a mix of projects I find unbelievably irritating (Entourage, Boogie Nights, Transformers) and projects where he has a strong director to bring out his impressive acting talents, both comedic and dramatic. No one does this better than Peter Berg, with whom Wahlberg has teamed to make three incredible films documenting real-life tragedies in Lone Survivor, Patriots Day, and Deepwater Horizon. Scorcese and Russell have worked well with him, but Berg seems to have the best handle on how to reach past Wahlberg’s “Marky Mark” past and find an everyday guy who can rise to extraordinary circumstances. If Wahlberg sticks with Berg, the two of them, can have an extraordinary, career-defining partnership.
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Welcome to the 16th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards and a new category to reward voice over/motion capture work) are the same, and unlike the Oscars, these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings. Continue reading 2017 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)
The Boston Marathon bombings are still a fresh wound for the country, even more so in Boston, so a movie about them so quickly at first glance seems too soon. However, enter Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg who are on a roll turning horrific tragedies and current events issues which normally spiral off into larger debates (The War in Afghanistan, environmental impact, terrorism) into focused stories on the heroism of the day. Some people go their whole lives without having a day. But if you’ve had one, you know that the rest of your life is viewed in light of what happened before that day and what came after. It’s for the people who had these days that Berg is making these films. Deepwater Horizon (which only came out months ago) reminded us that it wasn’t just a horrid environmental disaster; it cost 11 people their lives. Patriots Day‘s scope is larger than Deepwater’s by a factor of ten. It’s Berg’s best film yet, Mark Wahlberg’s best performance of his career, features an outstanding cast of some of the best character actors working, and the end result is a memorial to a city that stood strong during a day that will forever be etched into its psyche. Continue reading Movie Review: Patriots Day (2016) *Boston Strong*
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 week has three 2016 movies opening wide, five 2017 movies opening, and a much-hyped Netflix series to consider for binge watching. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (1/13/2017): Silence, Patriots Day, Live by Night, Lemony Snicket and More!!!