Movies: Men in Black: International, American Woman, Papi Chulo

Men in Black: International

It’s always somewhat amusing when the film industry launches a new rendition of an existing franchise, in this case “international”. What does that mean anyway?! The first three releases were about aliens on earth to cause havoc and such.

Oh, the big twist here is the newest MIB agent is a….wait for it, woman! Gasp! How’s that for innovation!?

Grumbling aside, it is a fun movie with some new ideas and unique action scenes. It might be a bit intense for younger children.

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Men in Black: International (2019)

Release Date: June 12, 2019
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson
Genres: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Runtime: 115 min
Original Title: Men in Black: International
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Cast Men in Black: International

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Role: Agent H
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Role: Agent M
  • Liam Neeson
  • Role: Agent High T
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Role: Riza
  • Emma Thompson
  • Role: Agent O
  • Rafe Spall
  • Role: Agent C
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Role: Pawny (voice)
  • Jess Radomska
  • Role: Spike - Alien
  • Viktorija Faith
  • Role: Jellyfish Alien
  • Ania Sowinski
  • Role: Alien Boss Wife
  • Andy Beckwith
  • Role: Player 1
  • Stephen Wight
  • Role: Ethan / Guy
  • Penelope Kapudija
  • Role: Baby Passerby
  • Jacqueline Ramnarine
  • Role: Clubber
  • Bern Collaço
  • Role: MIB Scientist
  • Hiten Patel
  • Role: Tech Geek
  • Anatole Taubman
  • Role: French Salesman
  • Nasir Jama
  • Role: MiB Cub
  • Adrian Alvarado
  • Role: Molly's Dad
  • Ruth Horrocks
  • Role: MIB Agent
  • Gary Baxter
  • Role: Human Alien
  • Marcy Harriell
  • Role: Molly's Mom
  • Laurent Bourgeois
  • Role: Alien Twin
  • Larry Bourgeois
  • Role: Alien Twin
  • Ashish Chanchlani
  • Role: Ashish Chanchlani
  • Kayvan Novak
  • Role: Vungus / Nasr / Bassam

Crew Men in Black: International

  • F. Gary Gray
  • Director
  • Matt Holloway
  • Writer
  • Art Marcum
  • Writer
  • Lowell Cunningham
  • Characters
  • Walter F. Parkes
  • Producer
  • Laurie MacDonald
  • Producer
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Executive Producer
  • Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Executive Producer
  • E. Bennett Walsh
  • Executive Producer
  • Christian Wagner
  • Editor
  • Zene Baker
  • Editor
  • Stuart Dryburgh
  • Director of Photography
  • Charles Wood
  • Production Design
  • Lennart Breede
  • Visual Effects Technical Director
  • Matt Willard
  • Editor
  • Danny Elfman
  • Original Music Composer
  • Chris Bacon
  • Original Music Composer


American Woman

It’s an odd title. It’s set in rural Pennsylvania when a younger woman’s daughter goes missing. The grandmother is now left to raise the child.

The acting is powerful and believable, but sometimes difficult to watch. It’s ultimately rewarding.

We were not planning to see this film but changed our minds at the last minute. We were glad we did.

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American Woman (2019)

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Starring: Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Amy Madigan
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 111 min
Original Title: American Woman
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Scott Free Productions, Romulus Entertainment
A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.

Cast American Woman

  • Sienna Miller
  • Role: Debra
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Role: Katherine
  • Aaron Paul
  • Role: Chris
  • Amy Madigan
  • Role: Peggy
  • Sky Ferreira
  • Role: Bridget
  • Will Sasso
  • Role: Terry
  • Macon Blair
  • Role: 
  • Pat Healy
  • Role: Ray
  • Alex Neustaedter
  • Role: Tyler
  • Maggie Castle
  • Role: Actress
  • Rachel Singer
  • Role: Mrs. Derrick
  • Joseph Oliveira
  • Role: Man at the House
  • Lexie Roth
  • Role: Search Party Member
  • Danielle Lyons
  • Role: Search Party Volunteer
  • Aidan Fiske
  • Role: Jesse
  • Dennis Staroselsky
  • Role: Professor Walters
  • Aidan McGraw
  • Role: Young Jesse
  • Michael Marchand
  • Role: Police Officer
  • Bates Wilder
  • Role: Detective O'Brien
  • Tom Mariano
  • Role: Search Party Member

Crew American Woman

  • Brad Ingelsby
  • Screenplay
  • Ridley Scott
  • Producer
  • Erika Olde
  • Executive Producer
  • Jake Scott
  • Director
  • Joi McMillon
  • Editor
  • Carmen Cuba
  • Casting
  • Brad Feinstein
  • Producer
  • Michael A. Pruss
  • Producer
  • Kevin J. Walsh
  • Producer
  • Joseph Ingrassia
  • Executive Producer
  • Brad Ingelsby
  • Executive Producer
  • Shea Kammer
  • Executive Producer
  • Ryan Stowell
  • Executive Producer
  • Happy Massee
  • Production Design
  • John Mathieson
  • Director of Photography
  • Alex Bovaird
  • Costume Design
  • Adam Wiltzie
  • Original Music Composer

Papi Chulo

Where to start! The reviews for this film are all over the board. “A buddy comedy” NO! A “cross cultural bromance” Absurd!

It’s the story about Sean, a young gay weather forecaster in Los Angeles who struggles with the loss of his life partner. On the verge of a mental meltdown his employer compels Sean to ‘take a couple of weeks to get his life together’.

Sean decides to focus on some household repairs that result in hiring a day laborer, “Papi”. While Papi (Ernesto) welcomes the daily income, Sean welcomes the distraction of any companionship.

Ultimately, it is a story about healing and renewal. Agreed, it’s not perfect, but it’s more believable than a lot of the recent releases.

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Papi Chulo (2019)

Release Date: June 7, 2019
Starring: Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 98 min
Original Title: Papi Chulo
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies:
A lonely TV weatherman strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker.

Cast Papi Chulo

  • Matt Bomer
  • Role: Sean
  • Alejandro Patiño
  • Role: Ernesto
  • Elena Campbell-Martinez
  • Role: Linda
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey
  • Role: Ash
  • Michael Shepperd
  • Role: Stan
  • Tommie Earl Jenkins
  • Role: Tom
  • Shaughn Buchholz
  • Role: Mike
  • Tom Beyer
  • Role: Floor Manager
  • Irene White
  • Role: Director
  • Caitlin Kimball
  • Role: Horticultural Student #1
  • Marisa Szczepan
  • Role: Horticultural Student #2
  • Brandon Kyle Goodman
  • Role: Devan
  • Blaine Swen
  • Role: Todd
  • Martin Morales
  • Role: Shaved Ice Vendor
  • Nick Bush
  • Role: Boat Attendant
  • Blaine Mizer
  • Role: Karl
  • Rosemary Dominguez
  • Role: Nurse Navarro
  • Rolando Molina
  • Role: Juan
  • Patricio Doren
  • Role: Jesús
  • Dan Crane
  • Role: Hipster
  • Monica Garcia
  • Role: Gloria
  • Frankie Quinones
  • Role: Rogelio
  • Hector G. Torres
  • Role: 
  • Daniel Edward Mora
  • Role: Hugo
  • Benjamin Revolori
  • Role: Ernestito
  • Edgar Arreola
  • Role: Elisio
  • Kevin Sifuentes
  • Role: Carlos
  • Thom Rivera
  • Role: Brother-In-Law
  • Mario Revolori
  • Role: Mario
  • Glenn Taranto
  • Role: News Anchor Kenny
  • Michelle Ortiz
  • Role: News Anchor Julia
  • Ryan Guzman
  • Role: Rodrigo
  • D'Arcy Carden
  • Role: Susan
  • Mike Ferguson
  • Role: Bar patron
  • Jose J. Santana
  • Role: Day Laborer
  • David Saucedo
  • Role: Hector
  • Rosalio Garcia
  • Role: Bar thug

Crew Papi Chulo

  • John Butler
  • Director
  • John Butler
  • Writer

Movies: Pavarotti, Echo in the Canyon, Ma

Pavarotti

This is an amazing Documentary about the life of Luciano Pavarotti. It uses rare footage to build the lifetime picture of this remarkable artist. He was the son of a baker. He grew up in Modena, Italy.

His life is on display in this remarkable film. It’s not always perfect. Life rarely is. But this film is a delightful journey worthy of your time and attention. No doubt, potential Oscar material.

Note: For once, John and I were not the oldest ones in the theater. 🙂

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Pavarotti (2019)

Release Date: June 4, 2019
Starring: Luciano Pavarotti
Genres: Documentary, Music
Runtime: 115 min
Original Title: Pavarotti
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: HanWay Films, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures
Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, filmmaker Ron Howard examines the life and career of famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Cast Pavarotti

  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Role: Himself (archive footage)

Crew Pavarotti

  • Ron Howard
  • Director
  • Ron Howard
  • Producer
  • Mark Monroe
  • Writer
  • Nicholas Ferrall
  • Executive Producer
  • Jeanne Elfant Festa
  • Producer
  • Brian Grazer
  • Producer
  • Mark McCune
  • Supervising Producer
  • Michael Rosenberg
  • Producer
  • Nigel Sinclair
  • Producer
  • Emily Precious
  • Production Manager
  • Ellie Dunbar
  • Production Manager
  • Jennifer Quesenbery
  • Location Scout

Echo in the Canyon

This star studded retrospective about the California music scene of the mid-60’s is focused on the famed Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles.

It’s a who’s who of the music from the era with dozens of famous and or infamous artists of that period. If you are a movie buff, a 60’s music fan, or a history buff, you will find something to enjoy in this film.

More clips of the live performances and less jabber jawing about who did what to whom…would have improved the documentary even more.

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Echo in the Canyon (2019)

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Starring: Jakob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr
Genres: Documentary, Music
Runtime: 82 min
Original Title: Echo in the Canyon
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Mirror Films
A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Cast Echo in the Canyon

  • Jakob Dylan
  • Role: Himself
  • Tom Petty
  • Role: Himself
  • Eric Clapton
  • Role: Himself
  • Ringo Starr
  • Role: Himself
  • Stephen Stills
  • Role: Himself
  • David Crosby
  • Role: Himself
  • Roger McGuinn
  • Role: Himself
  • Beck
  • Role: Himself
  • Regina Spektor
  • Role: Herself
  • Graham Nash
  • Role: Himself
  • Cat Power
  • Role: Herself
  • Lou Adler
  • Role: Himself
  • John Sebastian
  • Role: Himself
  • Jackson Browne
  • Role: Himself
  • Michelle Phillips
  • Role: Herself
  • Norah Jones
  • Role: Herself
  • Jade Castrinos
  • Role: Herself

Crew Echo in the Canyon

  • Andrew Slater
  • Director
  • Andrew Slater
  • Writer
  • Andrew Slater
  • Producer
  • Eric Barrett
  • Producer
  • Eric Barrett
  • Writer

Ma

Ooh doggie! This psycho/thriller features an Octavia Spencer as we have never seen her before! Her character is manipulative, campy and creepy concurrently. It’s a bit of a shame the film delivers a B movie experience.

That said, if you are interested, you’ll want to see this one for the ending alone. This film is not at all appropriate for younger children.

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Ma (2019)

Release Date: May 29, 2019
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller
Genres: Thriller, Horror
Runtime: 99 min
Original Title: Ma
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Blumhouse Productions
Sue Ann is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.

Cast Ma

  • Octavia Spencer
  • Role: Sue Ann
  • Diana Silvers
  • Role: Maggie
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Role: Erica
  • McKaley Miller
  • Role: Haley
  • Allison Janney
  • Role: Doctor Brooks
  • Corey Fogelmanis
  • Role: Andy
  • Tanyell Waivers
  • Role: Genie
  • Heather Marie Pate
  • Role: Ashley
  • Gianni Paolo
  • Role: Chaz
  • Dante Brown
  • Role: Darrell
  • Dominic Burgess
  • Role: Stu
  • Luke Evans
  • Role: Ben Hawkins
  • Victor Turpin
  • Role: Pietro Kramer
  • Kyanna Simone Simpson
  • Role: Young Sue Ann
  • Missi Pyle
  • Role: Mercedes
  • Skyler Joy
  • Role: Young Erica
  • Andrew Matthew Welch
  • Role: Young Ben

Crew Ma

  • Tate Taylor
  • Director
  • Jason Blum
  • Producer
  • John Norris
  • Producer
  • Phillip Dawe
  • Co-Producer
  • Robin Mulcahy Fisichella
  • Executive Producer
  • Beatriz Sequeira
  • Co-Producer
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Executive Producer
  • Gregory Tripi
  • Music
  • Christina Voros
  • Cinematography
  • Lucy Donaldson
  • Editor
  • Lee Jin
  • Editor
  • Kerry Barden
  • Casting
  • Paul Schnee
  • Editor
  • Marc Fisichella
  • Production Design
  • Carmen Navis
  • Set Decoration
  • Megan Coates
  • Costume Design

Movies: The Third Wife, All is True, Dark Phoenix

The Third Wife

This film is set in 19th century rural Vietnam where the wealthy landowner marries his third wife, a 14 year old named May. The goal is to bear a male child for her husband and gain status.

Much of this film is visually stunning. That said, it’s also often confusing and without explanation. That also said, it is the unspoken nuances that are intriguing and make this movie so interesting. We think this film is worth seeking out. It’s a fascinating peek into the past. Vietnamese with English subtitles.

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The Third Wife (2019)

Release Date: January 11, 2019
Starring: Nguyễn Phương Trà My, Trần Nữ Yên Khê, Lê Vũ Long, Mai Thu Hường
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 96 min
Original Title: The Third Wife
Original Film Language: Tiếng Việt
Production Companies: An Nam Productions, Three Colors Productions, Mayfair Pictures
Though only 14 years old, May is selected to be the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her new home seems idyllic, her husband favours her, and she quickly becomes pregnant with what she is certain will be the desired male progeny. But trouble is quietly brewing: she witnesses a forbidden tryst that will spark a chain reaction of misfortunes — and stir in May urges that until now had been dormant.

Cast The Third Wife

  • Nguyễn Phương Trà My
  • Role: May
  • Trần Nữ Yên Khê
  • Role: Ha
  • Lê Vũ Long
  • Role: Hung
  • Mai Thu Hường
  • Role: Xuan
  • Như Quỳnh
  • Role: 

Crew The Third Wife

  • Ash Mayfair
  • Director
  • Chananun Chotrungroj
  • Cinematography
  • Julie Béziau
  • Editor
  • Ash Mayfair
  • Producer
  • An Ton-That
  • Music
  • Edouard Morin
  • Sound Designer
  • Ash Mayfair
  • Screenplay


All is True

Here is another audience worthy production featuring Kenneth Branagh as an aging William Shakespeare who returns home to resume the family activities as his fame and fortune transition in his senior years.

It’s a wonderful film with exceptional acting, a rare peek behind the curtain. The viewers will need to decide for themselves if “all is true” or not.

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All Is True (2018)

Release Date: December 21, 2018
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 101 min
Original Title: All Is True
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: TKBC
A look at the final days in the life of playwright William Shakespeare.

Cast All Is True

  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Role: William Shakespeare
  • Judi Dench
  • Role: Anne Hathaway
  • Ian McKellen
  • Role: Henry Wriothesley
  • Kathryn Wilder
  • Role: Judith Shakespeare
  • Jack Colgrave Hirst
  • Role: Tom Quiney
  • Matt Jessup
  • Role: Frank
  • Lydia Wilson
  • Role: Susanna
  • Alex MacQueen
  • Role: Sir Thomas Lucy
  • Hadley Fraser
  • Role: John Hall

Crew All Is True

  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Director
  • Patrick Doyle
  • Music
  • Zac Nicholson
  • Cinematography
  • Ben Elton
  • Writer

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix is indeed dark! The unity we’ve come to expect begins to melt. Trust begins to dissolve. Powerful unknown forces threaten the X-Men world as we know it. The scenes become quite intense and destructive.

We were surprised to see some young children in attendance. Even though the film is rated PG-13, we do not recommend this for young children.

Special Note: The X-men series, part of 21st Century Fox, was one of the most innovative and successful franchises for almost 20 years. When Disney acquired most of Fox’s assets as part of a $71.3 billion package, everything changed. Time will tell the future of the X-men product.

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Dark Phoenix (2019)

Release Date: June 5, 2019
Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Genres: Science Fiction, Action
Runtime: 114 min
Original Title: Dark Phoenix
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: The Donners' Company, 20th Century Fox, Genre Films, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre
The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy.

Cast Dark Phoenix

  • Sophie Turner
  • Role: Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix
  • James McAvoy
  • Role: Charles Xavier / Professor X
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Role: Erik Lensherr / Magneto
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Role: Raven Darkholme / Mystique
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Role: Vuk
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Role: Hank McCoy / Beast
  • Evan Peters
  • Role: Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
  • Tye Sheridan
  • Role: Scott Summers / Cyclops
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Role: Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
  • Alexandra Shipp
  • Role: Ororo Munroe / Storm
  • Lamar Johnson
  • Role: Ben Hammil / Match
  • Kota Eberhardt
  • Role: Selene Gallio
  • Scott Shepherd
  • Role: Dr. John Grey
  • Summer Fontana
  • Role: Young Jean Grey
  • Halston Sage
  • Role: Alison Blaire / Dazzler
  • Brian d'Arcy James
  • Role: President of the United States
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Role: Elaine Grey
  • Ato Essandoh
  • Role: Jones
  • Andrew Stehlin
  • Role: Ariki
  • Chris Claremont
  • Role: White House Guest

Crew Dark Phoenix

  • John Byrne
  • Comic Book
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Screenplay
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Producer
  • Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Producer
  • Chris Claremont
  • Comic Book
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Director
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Music
  • Mauro Fiore
  • Director of Photography
  • Richard Norton
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stan Lee
  • Executive Producer
  • Lee Smith
  • Editor
  • Alyssa Weisberg
  • Casting
  • Claude Paré
  • Production Design
  • Michele Laliberte
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Daniel Orlandi
  • Costume Design
  • Chris Dowell
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Justin Haut
  • Production Supervisor
  • Brian Smrz
  • Second Unit Director
  • Richard King
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Randy Torres
  • Sound Designer
  • Michael W. Mitchell
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Cameron Waldbauer
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Frederic Breault
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Phil Brennan
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Hugo Léveillé
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Jonathan Piche-Delorme
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Zachary Tucker
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Hank Amos
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • James M. Churchman
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Michael Scherer
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Tim Wong
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Nina Lauren
  • Stunt Double
  • Michael Langford
  • Animation Supervisor
  • Wesley Chandler
  • Animation Supervisor
  • Daniel Auclair
  • Production Manager
  • Dr Bhanu Pratap Singh
  • Assistant Director

Movies: The Biggest Little Farm, The Tomorrow Man, The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Biggest Little Farm

Every once in a while a film comes along and reminds us how basic some topics can be. In this case, it’s a straight forward explanation on how we get our food. It’s also the layers above and below the ground that make it all possible. It’s the air and the creatures whose daily life cycles determine what grows and what doesn’t.

This film should be required viewing for all of us in cities and rural areas alike. This story is told in simple terms and reveals amazing realities. It’s suitable for all ages including children. Don’t miss it!

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The Biggest Little Farm (2019)

Release Date: July 11, 2019
Starring: John Chester, Molly Chester
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 89 min
Original Title: The Biggest Little Farm
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: FarmLore Films
The successes and failures of a couple determined to live in harmony with nature on a farm outside of Los Angeles are lovingly chronicled by filmmaking farmer John Chester, in this inspiring documentary.

Cast The Biggest Little Farm

  • John Chester
  • Role: Himself - Narrator
  • Molly Chester
  • Role: Herself

Crew The Biggest Little Farm

  • John Chester
  • Director
  • Mark Monroe
  • Writer
  • John Chester
  • Writer
  • Amy Overbeck
  • Editor
  • Laurie David
  • Executive Producer
  • Erica Messer
  • Executive Producer
  • Sandra Keats
  • Producer
  • John Chester
  • Producer
  • Jeff Beal
  • Original Music Composer

The Tomorrow Man

This film features the star power that seasoned accomplished actors can bring to the screen. It’s also a reminder how life moves us forward, sometimes with a nudge and sometimes with a forceful shove.

It’s a story of how people from completely different lives stumble upon common threads that suddenly bind themselves together.

By contrast, we will tell you the last scene was not welcomed and not needed but clearly reflects the novice Director’s judgement and limited skills.

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The Tomorrow Man (2019)

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Starring: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton
Genres: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 94 min
Original Title: The Tomorrow Man
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Symbolic Exchange, Anonymous Content
Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.

Cast The Tomorrow Man

  • John Lithgow
  • Role: Ed Hemsler
  • Blythe Danner
  • Role: Ronnie
  • Derek Cecil
  • Role: Brian
  • Katie Aselton
  • Role: Janet
  • Sophie Thatcher
  • Role: Jeanine
  • Eve Harlow
  • Role: Tina
  • Wendy Makkena
  • Role: Beverly St. Michaels

Crew The Tomorrow Man

  • Noble Jones
  • Director
  • Noble Jones
  • Writer
  • Nicolaas Bertelsen
  • Producer
  • Joe Pirro
  • Executive Producer
  • Luke Rivett
  • Producer
  • James Schamus
  • Producer
  • Tony Lipp
  • Producer
  • Figo Li
  • Executive Producer
  • Avy Eschenasy
  • Executive Producer
  • Jennifer Dong
  • Executive Producer
  • Paul Leonard-Morgan
  • Music
  • Zimo Huang
  • Editor
  • Glen Scantlebury
  • Additional Editing
  • Marcus Heleker
  • Assistant Editor
  • Hannah Cooper
  • Casting
  • Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.
  • Production Design
  • Kassandra DeAngelis
  • Set Decoration
  • Kerry Hennessy
  • Costume Design
  • Eric Hollenbeck
  • Production Manager
  • Noble Jones
  • Director of Photography

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

This film is both complicated and confusing. It speaks to a fifth generation black man and his closest friend and their quest to both protect and secure a classic Victorian home as squatters.

The relationships between immediate friends and family is both revealing and confounding. It also is a commentary on our fair city, and the Bay Area for that matter. The stratification on most every topic was best explained as “You can’t hate something if you didn’t love it first.”

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Starring: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 120 min
Original Title: The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Longshot, Plan B Entertainment, A24
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Cast The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • Jimmie Fails
  • Role: Jimmie Fails
  • Jonathan Majors
  • Role: Montgomery Allen
  • Rob Morgan
  • Role: James Sr.
  • Tichina Arnold
  • Role: Wanda Fails
  • Danny Glover
  • Role: Grandpa Allen
  • Mike Epps
  • Role: Bobby
  • Mari Kearney
  • Role: Phyllis
  • Tonya Glanz
  • Role: Nina
  • Thora Birch
  • Role: Becca
  • Finn Wittrock
  • Role: Clayton
  • Cassie Hendry
  • Role: Homeless Person
  • John Ozuna
  • Role: Mover
  • Michael J. Gwynn
  • Role: Tall Hazmat Suit Guy
  • Michael Andrew Reed
  • Role: Homeless man
  • Leah Shesky
  • Role: Aura
  • Jamal Trulove
  • Role: Kofi (of Greek Chorus)
  • Jello Biafra
  • Role: Tour Guide
  • San Quinn
  • Role: Grown Ass Man
  • Daewon Song
  • Role: Uncle Ricky
  • Jordan Gomes
  • Role: Stunna (of Greek Chorus)
  • Andy Roy
  • Role: Andy
  • Dakecia Chappell
  • Role: Candy Lady
  • Michael O'Brien
  • Role: Terry
  • Johnny Walkr Jr.
  • Role: Jimmie's Grandfather

Crew The Last Black Man in San Francisco

  • Joe Talbot
  • Director
  • Joe Talbot
  • Screenplay
  • Joe Talbot
  • Producer
  • Khaliah Neal
  • Producer
  • Natalie Teter
  • Associate Producer
  • Scott Williams
  • Costume Design
  • Nina Henninger
  • Casting
  • Julia Kim
  • Casting
  • Adam Newport-Berra
  • Director of Photography
  • Olivia Kanz
  • Art Direction
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Sage Bilderback
  • Sound Mixer
  • Jimmie Fails
  • Story
  • Joe Talbot
  • Story
  • Rob Richert
  • Screenplay
  • Emile Mosseri
  • Original Music Composer
  • David Marks
  • Editor
  • Christina Oh
  • Producer
  • Jeremy Kleiner
  • Producer
  • Dede Gardner
  • Producer
  • Sarah Esberg
  • Executive Producer
  • Luis Alfonso De la Parra
  • Co-Producer
  • Kimberly Parker
  • Executive Producer
  • Brad Pitt
  • Executive Producer
  • Rob Richert
  • Co-Producer
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Associate Producer
  • Jona Tochet
  • Production Design
  • Elena Nommensen
  • Set Decoration
  • Amanda Ramirez
  • Costume Design
  • Sarah Coy
  • Makeup Artist
  • Tara Marshell
  • Hairstylist
  • Josie Rodriguez
  • Makeup Artist
  • Kimberly Carlson
  • Hair Department Head
  • Natalie Teter
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Hilton Jamal Day
  • First Assistant Director
  • Alex Gilbert
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Jeremiah Kelleher
  • Second Second Assistant Director
  • Dominic Martin
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Corryn Deegan
  • Boom Operator
  • Chris Manning
  • Foley Artist
  • Chris Navarro
  • ADR Mixer
  • Kent Sparling
  • Sound Designer
  • Kent Sparling
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Dmitri Makarov
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Dmitri Makarov
  • ADR Mixer
  • David C. Hughes
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Laila Bahman
  • Still Photographer
  • Valerie Emmi
  • Set Costumer
  • Terri D'Ambrosio
  • Music Supervisor
  • Brian R. Taylor
  • Sound Recordist

Movies: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Souvenir, Booksmart

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

“Godzilla and Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah, oh my!” We couldn’t believe the massive IMAX theater was sold out, especially after watching 2 hours and 12 minutes of screeching and hacking on screen. Not to mention the hordes of teens and twenty somethings annoying their fellow movie goers with constant texting on their telephones.

That said, the film fails miserably. The monsters are poorly conceived and executed. The human characters aren’t any better. The script might have been written by a third grader and most of the adult characters wouldn’t make it 10 minutes on a soap opera. Save your money and frustration and skip this one.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Release Date: May 29, 2019
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe
Genres: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
Runtime: 132 min
Original Title: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Cast Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Kyle Chandler
  • Role: Mark Russell
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Role: Emma Russell
  • Millie Bobby Brown
  • Role: Madison Russell
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Role: Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Role: Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Role: Dr. Rick Stanton
  • Charles Dance
  • Role: Alan Jonah
  • Zhang Ziyi
  • Role: Dr. Ilene Chen/Dr. Ling
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Role: Warrent Officer Barnes
  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Role: Dr. Sam Coleman
  • Aisha Hinds
  • Role: Colonel Diane Foster
  • David Strathairn
  • Role: Admiral William Stenz
  • Anthony Ramos
  • Role: Cpl. Mendoza
  • Randy Havens
  • Role: Dr. Tim Mancini
  • Jonathan Howard
  • Role: Asher
  • Elizabeth Ludlow
  • Role: Griffin
  • Van Marten
  • Role: Dr. Chen's assistant
  • Lexi Rabe
  • Role: Young Madison Russell
  • T.J. Storm
  • Role: Godzilla (mo-cap)
  • Jason Liles
  • Role: King Ghidorah (middle head)/Rodan (mo-cap)
  • Richard Dorton
  • Role: King Ghidorah (left head) (mo-cap)
  • Alan Maxson
  • Role: King Ghidorah (right head) (mo-cap)
  • Joe Morton
  • Role: Dr. Houston Brooks
  • CCH Pounder
  • Role: Senator Williams

Crew Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • Michael Dougherty
  • Director
  • Michael Dougherty
  • Screenplay
  • Max Borenstein
  • Screenplay
  • Zach Shields
  • Screenplay
  • Alex Garcia
  • Executive Producer
  • Jon Jashni
  • Producer
  • Mary Parent
  • Producer
  • Brian Rogers
  • Producer
  • Thomas Tull
  • Producer
  • Scott Chambliss
  • Production Design
  • Daniela Medeiros
  • Set Designer
  • Dean Sherriff
  • Conceptual Design
  • John Hewitt
  • Visual Effects
  • Nick Glennie-Smith
  • Orchestrator
  • Dave Jordan
  • Music Supervisor
  • Lawrence Sher
  • Director of Photography
  • Roger Barton
  • Editor
  • Guillaume Rocheron
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Louise Mingenbach
  • Costume Design
  • Bear McCreary
  • Original Music Composer
  • Bradley Parker
  • Visual Effects
  • Bob Ducsay
  • Editor
  • Richard Pearson
  • Editor
  • Sarah Finn
  • Casting
  • Richard L. Johnson
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Amanda Moss Serino
  • Set Designer
  • Joel Harlow
  • Makeup Department Head
  • Thomas Robinson Harper
  • Second Unit Director


The Souvenir

Oye Vey! The acting isn’t half bad in this film. That’s about the best element. That said, here are some of the tags we found describing the movie: “Pretentious”, “Depressing”, and our favorite “intellectual claptrap”!

That said, how any highly intelligent feminist filmmaker could submit to the domination of her heroine addicted boyfriend is beyond comprehension.

It’s a shame really given some of the A-list actors. Parents should reconsider before allowing children and teens to view this production.

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The Souvenir (2019)

Release Date: May 17, 2019
Starring: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Drama
Runtime: 119 min
Original Title: The Souvenir
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: BBC Films, Sikelia Productions, Protagonist Pictures, BFI Film Fund, JWH Films
A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.

Cast The Souvenir

  • Honor Swinton Byrne
  • Role: Julie
  • Tom Burke
  • Role: Anthony
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Role: Rosalind
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Role: Patrick
  • Ariane Labed
  • Role: Garance
  • Jaygann Ayeh
  • Role: Marland
  • Jack McMullen
  • Role: Jack
  • Chyna Terrelonge Vaughan
  • Role: Tamara
  • Tosin Cole
  • Role: Phil
  • Hannah Ashby Ward
  • Role: Tracey
  • Frankie Wilson
  • Role: Frankie
  • James Spencer Ashworth
  • Role: William
  • Janet Etuk
  • Role: Lora
  • Alice McMillan
  • Role: Elisa
  • Jake Phillips Head
  • Role: Julie's Lover
  • Barbara Peirson
  • Role: Barbara
  • Lydia Fox
  • Role: Lydia
  • James Dodds
  • Role: James
  • El Pilkington
  • Role: Susan
  • Neil Young
  • Role: Radio Interviewer
  • Dick Fontaine
  • Role: Head of Film School
  • Steve Gough
  • Role: Head of Direction
  • Crispin Buxton
  • Role: Head of Production
  • Grace Snell
  • Role: Dress Maker
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Role: Makeup Artist
  • Leighton Spence
  • Role: Student Cameraman
  • Lee Martin
  • Role: School Handyman
  • Nicholas Gallop
  • Role: Doctor
  • Leonardo Bozzo
  • Role: Bell Boy Venice
  • Carla Ornstein
  • Role: NA Speaker
  • Jaz Dalrymple
  • Role: NA Member
  • Peter Hall
  • Role: NA Member
  • Estelle Long
  • Role: NA Member
  • James Barrett
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Roscoe Gibson-Denney
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Eleanor Goff
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Ben Hecking
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Pedro Moura
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Calhan Mundy
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Keifer Nyron Taylor
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Tom Rout
  • Role: Film School Student
  • Fabrizio Matteini
  • Role: Concierge (uncredited)
  • Jack W. Gregory
  • Role: Ray (uncredited)
  • Richard Tree
  • Role: Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • Dora
  • Role: Dora
  • Rosie
  • Role: Rosie

Crew The Souvenir

  • Joanna Hogg
  • Director
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Writer
  • Joanna Hogg
  • Producer
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Executive Producer
  • Luke Schiller
  • Producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Executive Producer
  • Andrew Starke
  • Executive Producer
  • Lizzie Francke
  • Executive Producer
  • Rose Garnett
  • Executive Producer
  • Lesley Stewart
  • Line Producer
  • David Raedeker
  • Director of Photography
  • Helle le Fevre
  • Editor
  • Olivia Scott-Webb
  • Casting
  • Stéphane Collonge
  • Production Design
  • Pedro Moura
  • Art Direction
  • Rebecca Gillies
  • Set Decoration
  • Mimi Winsor
  • Set Decoration
  • Grace Snell
  • Costume Design
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Hair Designer
  • Siobhan Harper Ryan
  • Makeup Designer
  • Sara Doughty
  • Script Supervisor
  • Ilona Cheshire
  • Music Supervisor
  • Matthew Winter
  • Location Scout
  • Nicola Dove
  • Still Photographer
  • Charles-Jean Boucher
  • VFX Artist
  • Paolo Guglielmotti
  • First Assistant Director
  • Toby Hosking
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Jack Sauverin
  • Third Assistant Director
  • Robyn Forsythe
  • Production Manager

Booksmart

If you are in the mood for a quick paced reminder of what high school kids are thinking and doing these days, this is your movie. That said, the script and the acting toggles between slapstick and stupid. It quickly becomes tedious and annoying. Considering these are all Seniors in their final days in High School, it should be concerning that all the parents are missing in action.

We found this film mildly entertaining and a minimal improvement over the other films this week. It makes one wonder what is going on in the movie industry these days. Where are all the foreign films?

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Booksmart (2019)

Release Date: May 24, 2019
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Booksmart
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions
Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Cast Booksmart

  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Role: Amy
  • Beanie Feldstein
  • Role: Molly
  • Jessica Williams
  • Role: Ms. Fine
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Role: Principal Jordan Brown
  • Diana Silvers
  • Role: Hope
  • Skyler Gisondo
  • Role: Jared
  • Billie Lourd
  • Role: Gigi
  • Molly Gordon
  • Role: Annabelle "Triple A"
  • Mason Gooding
  • Role: Nick
  • Eduardo Franco
  • Role: Theo
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Role: Charmaine
  • Will Forte
  • Role: Doug
  • Victoria Ruesga
  • Role: Ryan
  • Noah Galvin
  • Role: George
  • Austin Crute
  • Role: Alan
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien
  • Role: Pat the Pizza Guy
  • Nico Hiraga
  • Role: Tanner
  • Kyle Samples
  • Role: Butler
  • Stephanie Styles
  • Role: Alison
  • Christopher Avila
  • Role: Rob
  • Gideon Lang
  • Role: Skip
  • Adam Krist
  • Role: Dick
  • Deb Hiett
  • Role: George's Mom
  • Ben Harris
  • Role: Yacht Waiter
  • John Hartman
  • Role: Yacht Waiter #2
  • Ellen Doyle
  • Role: Murder Mystery Nurse
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Role: Motivational Voice (voice)

Crew Booksmart

  • Olivia Wilde
  • Director
  • Emily Halpern
  • Writer
  • Sarah Haskins
  • Writer
  • Chelsea Barnard
  • Producer
  • David Distenfeld
  • Producer
  • Megan Ellison
  • Producer
  • Susanna Fogel
  • Writer
  • Katie Silberman
  • Writer
  • Will Ferrell
  • Executive Producer
  • Adam McKay
  • Executive Producer
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Executive Producer
  • Jillian Longnecker
  • Executive Producer
  • Katie Silberman
  • Executive Producer
  • Scott Robertson
  • Executive Producer
  • Jason McCormick
  • Director of Photography
  • Allison Jones
  • Casting
  • April Napier
  • Costume Design
  • Katie Byron
  • Production Design
  • Jamie Gross
  • Editor

Movies: Rocketman, Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum

Rocketman

We saw this film this last week in Dublin, Ireland in a massive multiplex days before it opened in the US. We were surprised and impressed with the venue, the film, its life long story about Sir Elton John.

And what a life it has been for this pop star who evolved from simple beginnings to become a global icon.

The production features 22 songs and a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll! It’s rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content. We do not recommend viewing for young children.

It’s listed as a drama with a run time of 121 minutes.

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Rocketman (2019)

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Genres: Music, Drama
Runtime: 121 min
Original Title: Rocketman
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Rocket Pictures, Marv Films, Paramount
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Cast Rocketman

  • Taron Egerton
  • Role: Elton John
  • Jamie Bell
  • Role: Bernie Taupin
  • Richard Madden
  • Role: John Reid
  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Role: Sheila
  • Gemma Jones
  • Role: Ivy
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Role: Stanley
  • Tom Bennett
  • Role: Fred
  • Matthew Illesley
  • Role: Young Reggie
  • Kit Connor
  • Role: Older Reggie
  • Charlie Rowe
  • Role: Ray Williams
  • Stephen Graham
  • Role: Dick James
  • Tate Donovan
  • Role: Doug Weston
  • Harriet Walter
  • Role: Helen Piena
  • Jason Pennycooke
  • Role: Wilson
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Role: Arabella
  • Jimmy Vee
  • Role: Arthur
  • Celinde Schoenmaker
  • Role: Renate Blauel
  • Rachel Muldoon
  • Role: Kiki Dee
  • Sharon D. Clarke
  • Role: AA Counsellor
  • Evan Walsh
  • Role: Elton Dean
  • Peter O'Hanlon
  • Role: Bobby
  • Ross Farrelly
  • Role: Cyril
  • Sharmina Harrower
  • Role: Heather
  • Aston McAuley
  • Role: Dave Godin
  • Alexia Khadime
  • Role: Diana
  • Carl Spencer
  • Role: Richard
  • Leon Delroy Williams
  • Role: Clint
  • David Doyle
  • Role: Pub Man
  • Dickon Tolson
  • Role: Barman
  • Leigh Francis
  • Role: Pete
  • Graham Fletcher-Cook
  • Role: Maître D'
  • Sian Crisp
  • Role: Waitress
  • Guillermo Bedward
  • Role: Geoff
  • Max Mackintosh
  • Role: Stephen
  • Charles Armstrong
  • Role: Mr Anderson
  • Barbara Drennan
  • Role: Mrs Anderson
  • Leon Cooke
  • Role: Hugh
  • Micah Holmes
  • Role: LA Transgender Maid
  • Diana Alexandra Pocol
  • Role: Mary the Receptionist

Crew Rocketman

  • Lee Hall
  • Writer
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Director
  • David Furnish
  • Producer
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Producer
  • Steve Hamilton Shaw
  • Producer
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Producer
  • Elton John
  • Executive Producer
  • George Richmond
  • Cinematography
  • Matthew Margeson
  • Music
  • David Appleby
  • Still Photographer
  • Chris Dickens
  • Editor


Aladdin

This latest Disney production is a live action remake of the original classic. Now we were immediately thinking what you may be thinking…tinkering with a global classic!?…Not a good idea!

Agreed…unless the new version upgrades all the qualities of the original. This one does just that! Upgrade the vocals, check! Upgrade the messages, check! Add some surprises, check! Reinvent the Genie roll, Will Smith delivers that and then some.

All said, this film is near perfect, but in fairness, falls a bit short. It’s rated PG for some action/peril. Younger viewers might need some explanation about some scenes.

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Aladdin (2019)

Release Date: May 22, 2019
Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 128 min
Original Title: Aladdin
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Lin Pictures, Rideback, Marc Platt Productions, Hurwitz Creative
A kindhearted street urchin named Aladdin embarks on a magical adventure after finding a lamp that releases a wisecracking genie while a power-hungry Grand Vizier vies for the same lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Cast Aladdin

  • Mena Massoud
  • Role: Aladdin
  • Naomi Scott
  • Role: Jasmine
  • Will Smith
  • Role: Genie
  • Marwan Kenzari
  • Role: Jafar
  • Navid Negahban
  • Role: The Sultan
  • Nasim Pedrad
  • Role: Dalia
  • Billy Magnussen
  • Role: Prince Anders
  • Numan Acar
  • Role: Hakim
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Role: Iago (voice)
  • Frank Welker
  • Role: Abu / The Cave of Wonders (voice)
  • Robby Haynes
  • Role: Razoul
  • Nina Wadia
  • Role: Zulla
  • Jordan A. Nash
  • Role: Omar
  • Taliyah Blair
  • Role: Lian
  • Aubrey Lin
  • Role: Omi
  • Amir Boutrous
  • Role: Jamal
  • Buckso Dhillon-Woolley
  • Role: Matron
  • Omar Abidi
  • Role: Chubby Aladdin
  • Stefan Kalipha
  • Role: Imam

Crew Aladdin

  • Guy Ritchie
  • Director
  • John August
  • Screenplay
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Screenplay
  • Mark Holt
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Alan Menken
  • Original Music Composer
  • Mark Mostyn
  • Co-Producer
  • Jo Wallett
  • Production Supervisor
  • Dan Lin
  • Producer
  • Kevin De La Noy
  • Executive Producer
  • Jonathan Eirich
  • Producer
  • Max Keene
  • Co-Producer
  • Mark Mostyn
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Tess Joseph
  • Casting
  • Lucinda Syson
  • Casting
  • James Herbert
  • Editor
  • Max Keene
  • First Assistant Director
  • Michael Wilkinson
  • Costume Design
  • Alan Stewart
  • Director of Photography
  • Chris Upson
  • Visual Effects
  • Chas Jarrett
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Gemma Jackson
  • Production Design
  • Ravi Bansal
  • Art Direction
  • Renate Nicolaisen
  • Art Direction
  • Peter Russell
  • Art Direction
  • Steve Summersgill
  • Art Direction
  • Loic Zimmermann
  • Art Direction
  • Tina Jones
  • Set Decoration
  • Claire Nia Richards
  • Set Decoration
  • Luke Townshend
  • Set Decoration

John Wick: Chapter 3, Parabellum

This ultra violent film is the third in a series of the “super assassin” John Wicks. After making an “unauthorized kill” Wicks is on the run from an international assassin’s guild.

The entire story is a sick look at extreme violence, endless fighting and debauchery, some of it ridiculous, perhaps intended to add levity to the absurd story line.

The film is rated R for pervasive strong violence along with some language. We cannot recommend this film for children (or anyone for that matter).

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Release Date: May 15, 2019
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne
Genres: Crime, Action, Thriller
Runtime: 131 min
Original Title: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, Thunder Road Pictures, 87Eleven Productions
Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Cast John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  • Keanu Reeves
  • Role: John Wick
  • Halle Berry
  • Role: Sofia
  • Ian McShane
  • Role: Winston
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Role: The Bowery King
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Role: The Director
  • Saïd Taghmaoui
  • Role: The Elder
  • Mark Dacascos
  • Role: Zero
  • Lance Reddick
  • Role: Charon
  • Jerome Flynn
  • Role: Berrada
  • Asia Kate Dillon
  • Role: The Adjudicator
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Role: Tick Tock Man
  • Boban Marjanović
  • Role: Ernest
  • Robin Lord Taylor
  • Role: The Administrator
  • Cecep Arif Rahman
  • Role: Shinobi 1
  • Yayan Ruhian
  • Role: Shinobi 2
  • Arjon Bashiri
  • Role: Assassin
  • Faith Logan
  • Role: Girl in Park
  • Susan Blommaert
  • Role: Librarian
  • Randall Duk Kim
  • Role: Doctor
  • Margaret Daly
  • Role: Operator
  • Unity Phelan
  • Role: Ballerina
  • Andrea Sooch
  • Role: Ticket Taker
  • Sergio Delavicci
  • Role: Ruska Roma
  • Tiler Peck
  • Role: Ballet Choreographer
  • Tiger Hu Chen
  • Role: Triad

Crew John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

  • Chad Stahelski
  • Director
  • Derek Kolstad
  • Writer
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Producer
  • Dan Laustsen
  • Cinematography
  • Tyler Bates
  • Original Music Composer
  • Joel J. Richard
  • Original Music Composer
  • Erica Lee
  • Producer
  • Derek Kolstad
  • Characters
  • Evan Schiff
  • Editor
  • Mary Vernieu
  • Casting
  • Salah Benchegra
  • Casting
  • Marisol Roncali
  • Casting
  • Kevin Kavanaugh
  • Production Design
  • Chris Shriver
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Luca Mosca
  • Costume Design
  • David Schlesinger
  • Set Decoration
  • Letizia Santucci
  • Set Decoration
  • Ian Bailie
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Teddy Setiawan
  • Art Direction
  • Shay Hatten
  • Writer
  • Marc Abrams
  • Screenplay
  • Chris Collins
  • Screenplay
  • David Leitch
  • Executive Producer

Movies: Sauvage/Wild, Ask Dr. Ruth, Long Shot

Sauvage/Wild

Let’s be clear right away. This is the story about mostly professional gay men who sell themselves to others as prostitutes in Strasbourg, France. It’s the product of French Director Camille Videl-Naquet and was nominated for Best Picture at the French version of the Academy Awards.

The lead character is played by the very talented Felix Maritaud, whose performance single handedly carries the entire production. It’s gut wrenching to watch and is not suitable for audiences other than mature adults.

That said, it’s beautifully filmed, with some touches of hopefulness and optimism. Overall, however, it spends entirely too much time on the underbelly. The ending is a surprise.

It’s not rated. It’s listed as a Drama. The run time is 99 minutes. French with English subtitles.

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Sauvage (2018)

Release Date: August 29, 2018
Starring: Félix Maritaud, Éric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 97 min
Original Title: Sauvage
Original Film Language: Français
Production Companies: Les Films de la Croisade
Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here... longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

Cast Sauvage

  • Félix Maritaud
  • Role: Léo
  • Éric Bernard
  • Role: Ahd
  • Nicolas Dibla
  • Role: Mihal
  • Philippe Ohrel
  • Role: Claude
  • Marie Seux
  • Role: Doctor
  • Jean-Pierre Basté
  • Role: Bookseller
  • Lucas Bleger
  • Role: Disabled man
  • Camille Müller
  • Role: 
  • Philippe Couerre
  • Role: 

Crew Sauvage

  • Camille Vidal-Naquet
  • Director
  • Camille Vidal-Naquet
  • Writer
  • Jacques Girault
  • Cinematography
  • Elif Uluengin
  • Editor
  • Roamin Trouillet
  • Music

Ask Dr. Ruth


What a delightful contrast to our first film. It’s the life story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, from her painful childhood being separated from her parents, to her surviving the Holocaust, to her rise to fame as America’s sex therapist.

Now in her 90’s, still standing only 4 feet 7 inches, she is a spitfire. Her mind and spirit radiate uplifting energy through her thick German accent. Her contributions to the world transcend her 44 year career on television, radio, lectures and public appearances.

This film is also not rated. It’s listed as a Documentary with a run time of 100 minutes. We feel this film is suitable for audiences of mature children and above.

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Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Starring: Ruth Westheimer
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 100 min
Original Title: Ask Dr. Ruth
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Delirio Films, Tripod Media
A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

Cast Ask Dr. Ruth

  • Ruth Westheimer
  • Role: Herself

Crew Ask Dr. Ruth

  • Rafael Marmor
  • Producer
  • Ryan White
  • Director
  • Ryan White
  • Producer
  • Jessica Hargrave
  • Producer
  • Chris Leggett
  • Producer

Long Shot

This new release is both familiar and unique. Familiar because it’s a familiar “Rom-com” format and unique because it is close enough to real politics to remind us of a variety of current events.

The acting is quite impressive. The plot is as believable as our current political events. Unlike our political events, the film does not take itself seriously. Consider this film one part heartwarming, one part satire, one part political quagmire and one part comedic fantasy.

This film is rated R for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use. It’s listed as a Comedy running 115 minutes. We do not think it is appropriate for children.

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Long Shot (2019)

Release Date: May 2, 2019
Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 125 min
Original Title: Long Shot
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures, Denver and Delilah Productions, Summit Entertainment
When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Cast Long Shot

  • Seth Rogen
  • Role: Fred Flarsky
  • Charlize Theron
  • Role: Charlotte Field
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Role: Lance
  • June Diane Raphael
  • Role: Maggie Millikin
  • Ravi Patel
  • Role: Tom
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Role: President Chambers
  • Andy Serkis
  • Role: Parker Wembley
  • Randall Park
  • Role: Boss
  • Tristan D. Lalla
  • Role: Agent M
  • Alexander Skarsgård
  • Role: Prime Minister James Steward
  • Gabrielle Graham
  • Role: Franci
  • Boyz II Men
  • Role: Themselves
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Role: Katherine
  • Lil Yachty
  • Role: Himself
  • Kurt Braunohler
  • Role: Wembley News Anchor #1
  • Paul Scheer
  • Role: Wembley News Anchor #2
  • Claudia O'Doherty
  • Role: Wembley News Anchor #3

Crew Long Shot

  • Jonathan Levine
  • Director
  • Dan Sterling
  • Screenplay
  • Evan Goldberg
  • Producer
  • Seth Rogen
  • Producer
  • James Weaver
  • Producer
  • Beth Kono
  • Producer
  • Charlize Theron
  • Producer
  • Marco Beltrami
  • Original Music Composer
  • Miles Hankins
  • Music
  • Yves Bélanger
  • Cinematography
  • Melissa Bretherton
  • Editor
  • Evan Henke
  • Editor
  • Kalina Ivanov
  • Production Design
  • Mary E. Vogt
  • Costume Design
  • Liz Hannah
  • Screenplay
  • A.J. Dix
  • Producer
  • Barbara A. Hall
  • Executive Producer
  • Kelli Konop
  • Executive Producer
  • John Powers Middleton
  • Executive Producer
  • Dan Sterling
  • Executive Producer

Hello all! We will be in Ireland for the next three weeks with limited access to movies. We’ll be back in early June. Until then, we wish you all much happiness and good health. J&J

Movies: Penguins, Dogman, Avengers: Endgame

Penguins

Here is a captivating film about the Adelie Penguins and their summer cycle in the hostile territory of Antarctica. It’s the Disney documentary production that delivers the life cycle of these delightful and determined little fellows into a full blown movie.

This is a family friendly story about the incredible journey these two foot high creatures must endure simply to survive another year. It’s lighthearted, often funny, occasionally tense but ultimately satisfying.

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Penguins (2019)

Release Date: April 17, 2019
Starring: Ed Helms
Genres: Documentary, Family
Runtime: 76 min
Original Title: Penguins
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Disneynature, Film Victoria
The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.

Cast Penguins

  • Ed Helms
  • Role: Narrator

Crew Penguins

  • Alastair Fothergill
  • Director
  • Alastair Fothergill
  • Producer
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Director
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Producer

Dogman

This is an unusual film set in an unnamed seedy seaside village of Italy. It’s pretty bleak from the beginning, and frankly goes downhill from there.

Marcello is the owner of a modest pet grooming business. He also has a young daughter whom he adores. He befriends the town’s bully, Simon, who is simply a horrific thug.

The film is often bleak, intense, surprising and violent. It’s also intriguing.

The film is not rated. It is not appropriate for children. The genre is Drama, Mystery and Suspense with a run time 103 minutes. Italian with English subtitles.

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Dogman (2018)

Release Date: May 17, 2018
Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 103 min
Original Title: Dogman
Original Film Language: Italiano
Production Companies: Rai Cinema, Archimede, Le Pacte, 01 Distribution
Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Cast Dogman

  • Marcello Fonte
  • Role: Marcello
  • Edoardo Pesce
  • Role: Simoncino
  • Nunzia Schiano
  • Role: Simoncino's Mother
  • Adamo Dionisi
  • Role: Franco
  • Francesco Acquaroli
  • Role: Francesco, Video Lottery Owner
  • Alida Baldari Calabria
  • Role: Alida
  • Gianluca Gobbi
  • Role: Restaurant Owner
  • Laura Pizzirani
  • Role: Alida's Mother
  • Giancarlo Porcacchia
  • Role: Gasparone
  • Aniello Arena
  • Role: Police Inspector
  • Mirko Frezza
  • Role: Pusher
  • Marco Perfetti
  • Role: Pusher 2
  • Vittorio Russo
  • Role: Trader
  • Gennaro Iannone
  • Role: Trader
  • Emanuele Barbalonga
  • Role: Master Cane
  • Daniele Saliceti
  • Role: Fair Presenter
  • Nelly Oliva
  • Role: Fair Presenter
  • Miriam Platano
  • Role: Angelo Night Club

Crew Dogman

  • Matteo Garrone
  • Director
  • Matteo Garrone
  • Producer
  • Jean Labadie
  • Producer
  • Marco Spoletini
  • Editor
  • Nicolai Brüel
  • Director of Photography
  • Michele Braga
  • Music
  • Francesco Vedovati
  • Casting
  • Massimo Cantini Parrini
  • Costume Design
  • Paolo Del Brocco
  • Producer
  • Giovanna Cirianni
  • Set Decoration
  • Dimitri Capuani
  • Production Design
  • Alessio Lazzareschi
  • Executive Producer
  • Jeremy Thomas
  • Producer
  • Massimo Pauletto
  • Art Direction
  • Mario Fontana Arnaldi
  • Assistant Production Design
  • Orlando Chiaro
  • Assistant Property Master
  • Caterina Luvarà
  • Assistant Set Decoration
  • Stefania Vigna
  • Assistant Set Decoration
  • Gennaro Giaquinto
  • Assistant Set Propsman
  • Elio Martinoli
  • Assistant Set Propsman
  • Pietro Scola Di Mambro
  • Concept Artist
  • Marco De Matteo
  • Graphic Designer
  • Luca De Stefano
  • Property Master
  • Giuseppe Liotti
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Mauro Atzeri
  • Additional Grip
  • Mauro Pezzotti
  • Additional Grip
  • Raffaele Prejanò
  • Additional Grip
  • Danilo Marcelli
  • Additional Grip
  • Matteo Garrone
  • Camera Operator
  • Nicolai Brüel
  • Camera Operator
  • Gennaro Gallo
  • Construction Grip
  • Federico Marangoni
  • Construction Grip
  • Francesco Scazzosi
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Valerio Cardelli
  • Electrician
  • Simone Lucchetti
  • Electrician
  • Ciro Tommasino
  • Electrician
  • Flavio Meloni
  • Electrician
  • Eleonora Patriarca
  • First Assistant Camera
  • Alessio Bramucci
  • Gaffer
  • Simone Barbona
  • Grip
  • Carlo Postiglione
  • Grip
  • Lorenzo Sardini
  • Grip
  • Giorgio Pezzotti
  • Key Grip
  • Carolina Linera Krebs
  • Second Assistant Camera
  • Alessandro Brambilla
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Greta de Lazzaris
  • Still Photographer
  • Emiliano Bambusi
  • Underwater Camera
  • Lorenzo Catenacci
  • Underwater Camera
  • Aldo Chessari
  • Underwater Camera
  • Maurizio Cremisini
  • Underwater Camera
  • Roberto De Simoni
  • Underwater Camera
  • Gregorio Schiariti
  • Underwater Camera
  • Luciano Teolis
  • Underwater Camera
  • Euglen Sota
  • Video Assist Operator
  • Adua Servidio
  • Assistant Hairstylist
  • Daniela Tartari
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Dalia Colli
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Federica Emidi
  • Makeup Artist
  • Luigi D'Andrea
  • Prosthetic Makeup Artist
  • Jessica Zambelli
  • Assistant Costume Designer
  • Gloriana Manfra
  • Seamstress
  • Marcello Angelino
  • Extras Casting
  • Adriana Barbaro
  • Extras Casting
  • Adele Gallo
  • Extras Casting
  • Massimiliano Pacifico
  • Extras Casting
  • Aurelia Tamburrino
  • Extras Casting
  • Fernando Sabelli
  • Special Effects
  • Simone Sabelli
  • Special Effects
  • Elio Terribili
  • Special Effects
  • Diego Di Paola
  • Digital Compositor
  • Midhun
  • Digital Compositor
  • Alice Pace
  • Digital Compositor
  • Sara Paesani
  • Digital Compositor
  • Roberto Saba
  • Digital Compositor
  • Barbara Valente
  • Digital Compositor
  • Giovanni Ermes Vincenti
  • Digital Compositor
  • Gerard Diefenthal
  • Visual Effects Coordinator
  • Daphne Mereu
  • Visual Effects Coordinator
  • Rodolfo Migliari
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Alessandro Molaioli
  • Boom Operator
  • Davide Favargiotti
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Mauro Eusepi
  • Foley Artist
  • Marco Labruna
  • Assistant Foley Artist
  • Jussi Honka
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Maricetta Lombardo
  • Sound
  • Mirko Perri
  • Sound Designer
  • Michele Mazzucco
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer
  • Alessandro Borgese
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Giuliana Sarli
  • Assistant Editor
  • Angelo Francavilla
  • Colorist
  • Francesco Scazzosi
  • Colorist
  • Raffaele Cortile
  • Location Manager
  • Paolo Gatti
  • Location Manager
  • Nicola Di Robilant
  • Continuity
  • Laura Basile
  • Production Coordinator
  • Stefano Moffa
  • Production Secretary
  • Lev Sordi
  • Production Secretary
  • Daniela Merlo
  • Translator
  • Gianluca Chiaretti
  • Production Manager
  • Ciro Scognamiglio
  • First Assistant Director
  • Andrea Tagliaferri
  • First Assistant Director
  • Paolo Trotta
  • First Assistant Director
  • Ugo Chiti
  • Screenplay
  • Ugo Chiti
  • Story
  • Matteo Garrone
  • Screenplay
  • Matteo Garrone
  • Story
  • Massimo Gaudioso
  • Screenplay
  • Massimo Gaudioso
  • Story
  • Marco Perfetti
  • Additional Writing
  • Damiano D'Innocenzo
  • Additional Writing
  • Fabio D'Innocenzo
  • Additional Writing
  • Giulio Troli
  • Additional Writing

Avengers: Endgame

Ladies and Gentlemen…if you are a fan of animated films and/or the movie versions, you must make time to see this film! It was released five days ago with sold out theaters shattering earnings of more than 1.2 billion dollars globally!

Why? you may ask! Someone convinced the Marvel enterprise this product was a perfect time to wrap up existing products and clear the decks for the next generation of super heroes and/or beyond…

At three hours and 2 minutes, one must prepare for refreshments and such. Our theater was the largest IMAX theater in San Francisco and was sold out with over 435 seats, a seven story screen and a state of the art sound system.

If you are a fan of this franchise already, be prepared for surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and throwbacks to the numerous characters and their unique qualities.

Parents should be advised this film is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and some language. At three hours long there is a lot to consider, including scenes of sex & nudity, profanity and some intense scenes. That said, we do not think this film is suitable for young children.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Release Date: April 24, 2019
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Action
Runtime: 181 min
Original Title: Avengers: Endgame
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Marvel Studios
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

Cast Avengers: Endgame

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Role: Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Evans
  • Role: Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Role: Thor Odinson
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Role: Bruce Banner / The Hulk
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Role: Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Role: Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • Don Cheadle
  • Role: James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
  • Paul Rudd
  • Role: Scott Lang / Ant-Man
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Role: Rocket (voice)
  • Brie Larson
  • Role: Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
  • Karen Gillan
  • Role: Nebula
  • Josh Brolin
  • Role: Thanos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Role: Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Role: T'Challa / Black Panther
  • Tom Holland
  • Role: Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Role: Gamora
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Role: Virginia "Pepper" Potts / Rescue
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Role: Hope van Dyne / Wasp
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Role: Valkyrie
  • Rene Russo
  • Role: Frigga
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Role: Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Role: Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Role: James "Bucky" Barnes / Winter Soldier
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Role: Loki
  • Danai Gurira
  • Role: Okoye
  • Benedict Wong
  • Role: Wong
  • Pom Klementieff
  • Role: Mantis
  • Vin Diesel
  • Role: Groot (voice)
  • Dave Bautista
  • Role: Drax the Destroyer
  • Chris Pratt
  • Role: Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  • Letitia Wright
  • Role: Shuri
  • John Slattery
  • Role: Howard Stark
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Role: Ancient One
  • Jon Favreau
  • Role: Harold "Happy" Hogan
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Role: Peggy Carter
  • Natalie Portman
  • Role: Jane Foster
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Role: May Parker
  • Taika Waititi
  • Role: Korg (voice)
  • Angela Bassett
  • Role: Ramonda
  • Michael Douglas
  • Role: Dr. Hank Pym
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Role: Janet van Dyne
  • William Hurt
  • Role: Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
  • Cobie Smulders
  • Role: Maria Hill
  • Sean Gunn
  • Role: On-Set Rocket / Kraglin
  • Winston Duke
  • Role: M'Baku
  • Linda Cardellini
  • Role: Laura Barton
  • Maximiliano Hernández
  • Role: Jasper Sitwell
  • Frank Grillo
  • Role: Brock Rumlow
  • Hiroyuki Sanada
  • Role: Akihiko
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
  • Role: Ebony Maw
  • James D'Arcy
  • Role: Edwin Jarvis
  • Jacob Batalon
  • Role: Ned
  • Robert Redford
  • Role: Alexander Pierce
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Role: Nick Fury
  • Lexi Rabe
  • Role: Morgan Stark
  • Joe Russo
  • Role: Grieving Man
  • Michael James Shaw
  • Role: Corvus Glaive
  • Terry Notary
  • Role: Cull Obsidian
  • Kerry Condon
  • Role: F.R.I.D.A.Y. (voice)
  • Yvette Nicole Brown
  • Role: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
  • Callan Mulvey
  • Role: Jack Rollins
  • Ken Jeong
  • Role: Security Guard
  • Ty Simpkins
  • Role: Harley Keener
  • Loen LeClair
  • Role: Baby Scott Lang
  • Lee Moore
  • Role: Scott Lang (93 Y.O.)
  • Bazlo LeClair
  • Role: Baby Scott Lang
  • Jackson A. Dunn
  • Role: Scott Lang (12 Y.O.)
  • Monique Ganderton
  • Role: Proxima Midnight
  • Ross Marquand
  • Role: Red Skull
  • Emma Fuhrmann
  • Role: Cassie Lang
  • Stan Lee
  • Role: Driver
  • Ben Sakamoto
  • Role: Cooper Barton
  • Ava Russo
  • Role: Lila Barton
  • Cade Woodward
  • Role: Nathaniel Barton
  • Lia Russo
  • Role: Lia (Hulk Fan)
  • John Michael Morris
  • Role: Young Hank Pym
  • Michael A. Cook
  • Role: Male S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
  • Brent McGee
  • Role: Camp Lehigh Guard
  • Brian Schaeffer
  • Role: Military Police
  • Jim Starlin
  • Role: Support Group Man #1
  • Jimmy Ray Pickens
  • Role: Support Group Man #2
  • Jack Champion
  • Role: Kid On Bike
  • Russell Bobbitt
  • Role: Diner Owner
  • Hye Jin Jang
  • Role: Japanese Woman
  • Sam Hargrave
  • Role: New Asgard Truck Driver
  • Patrick Gorman
  • Role: Old Steve Rogers Double
  • Aaron Lazar
  • Role: Doctor Strange Double
  • Robert Pralgo
  • Role: Thanos Reader
  • John Posey
  • Role: Alexander Pierce Reader
  • Ameenah Kaplan
  • Role: Gamora Reader
  • Olaniyan Thurmon
  • Role: Teenage Groot Reader
  • Mike Lutz
  • Role: On Set Reader #2
  • Katherine Langford
  • Role: Morgan Stark (teenager; deleted scene)

Crew Avengers: Endgame

  • Kevin Feige
  • Producer
  • Joe Russo
  • Director
  • Anthony Russo
  • Director
  • Christopher Markus
  • Writer
  • Stephen McFeely
  • Writer
  • Jon Favreau
  • Executive Producer
  • Alan Silvestri
  • Original Music Composer
  • Jim Starlin
  • Comic Book
  • Jack Kirby
  • Comic Book
  • Trent Opaloch
  • Cinematography
  • Sarah Finn
  • Casting
  • Christopher Markus
  • Screenplay
  • Stephen McFeely
  • Screenplay
  • Victoria Alonso
  • Executive Producer
  • Judianna Makovsky
  • Costume Design
  • Jason Tamez
  • Production Supervisor
  • Kristine Nadal
  • Visual Effects
  • Jeff Murrell
  • Gaffer
  • Jason B. Stamey
  • Casting Associate
  • Nicholas A. Mudd
  • Casting
  • Nick Scarano
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Isobel Griffiths
  • Orchestrator
  • Joel Marrow
  • Transportation Coordinator
  • Jimmy Ray Pickens
  • Transportation Captain
  • Mitul Patel
  • Security
  • John M. Pisani
  • Unit Publicist
  • James Gunn
  • Executive Producer
  • Stan Lee
  • Executive Producer
  • Mitchell Bell
  • Co-Producer
  • Ari Costa
  • Associate Producer
  • Charles Wood
  • Production Design
  • Julian Ashby
  • Art Direction
  • Thomas Brown
  • Art Direction
  • Jordan Crockett
  • Art Direction
  • Mike Stallion
  • Art Direction
  • Leslie A. Pope
  • Set Decoration
  • Mary Castor
  • Makeup Artist
  • Amber Actaboski
  • Additional Set Dresser
  • Michelle Diamantides
  • Hair Designer
  • Anna Majewski
  • Hair Setup
  • Valerie Patterson
  • Makeup Artist
  • Janine Rath
  • Hair Department Head
  • Adam Cole
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Prashant Sharan
  • Production Manager
  • Chris Castaldi
  • First Assistant Director
  • Nathan Alexander
  • Prop Maker
  • Chris Arnold
  • Set Designer
  • Autumn Atkinson
  • Set Dresser
  • Mark Bialuski
  • Construction Foreman
  • Cameron Blake
  • Additional Photography
  • Jonathan Burdeshaw
  • Sculptor
  • Wesley Burt
  • Concept Artist
  • Gabe Harrington
  • Scenic Artist
  • Rohan Harris
  • Scenic Artist
  • Tyrone Anthony Jones
  • Set Decorating Coordinator
  • Tyler Blythe
  • Sound
  • David Farmer
  • Sound Designer
  • Nia Hansen
  • Sound Design Assistant
  • Samson Neslund
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Shelley Roden
  • Sound Mixer
  • David Boucher
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Scott Dwyer
  • Pyrotechnician
  • James Sled
  • Pyrotechnic Supervisor
  • Daniel Sudick
  • Special Effects Supervisor
  • Breanna Adams
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Charlotte Adams
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Juan Alonso
  • Digital Compositor
  • Muhammad Junaid Baig
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Tommy Barry
  • Visual Effects
  • Shidhyesh Bhogle
  • Lighting Artist
  • Simon Butler
  • Special Effects Assistant
  • Michael T. Chen
  • Animation
  • Peter Chen
  • Senior Animator
  • Abbie Kennedy
  • Layout Supervisor
  • Charlie Lehmer
  • Data Wrangler
  • Stan Lee
  • Comic Book
  • Trinh Tran
  • Executive Producer
  • Jeffrey Ford
  • Editor
  • Matthew Schmidt
  • Editor
  • Ray Chan
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Michelle Diamantides
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Justin Faith
  • Contact Lens Technician
  • Derek Garcia
  • Makeup Artist
  • Jonah Levy
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Anna Majewski
  • Hair Designer
  • Briky Stone
  • Makeup Artist
  • Vasilios Tanis
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Adam Cole
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Zack Duncan
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Lulu Morgan
  • Production Supervisor
  • Simon Downes
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Mark Johnston
  • Third Assistant Director
  • Chris Arnold
  • Set Designer
  • Nicola Barnes
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Tony Bohorquez
  • Concept Artist
  • Claudia Bonfe
  • Assistant Set Decoration
  • Maxwell Britton
  • Set Dresser
  • Robert Broadfoot
  • Set Designer
  • Steven Brown
  • Sculptor
  • Kurtis Campbell
  • Set Dresser
  • Caleb Cascio
  • Graphic Designer
  • Paul Chandler
  • Concept Artist
  • Larry Clark
  • Paint Coordinator
  • Michelle Spreuer
  • Painter
  • Tully Summers
  • Concept Artist
  • Brian A. Waits
  • Set Designer
  • Lisa Walsh
  • Property Master
  • Aoife Warren
  • Draughtsman
  • Robert Zavala
  • Propmaker
  • Matt Aston
  • Boom Operator
  • Kristin Catuogno
  • ADR Recordist
  • Christopher Flick
  • Foley Supervisor
  • Nia Hansen
  • Sound Designer
  • Dan O'Connell
  • Foley Artist
  • John Pritchett
  • Sound Mixer
  • Jacob Riehle
  • Dialogue Editor
  • David M. Roberts
  • Boom Operator
  • Carl Rohrs
  • Sound Mixer
  • David J. Barker
  • Pyrotechnician
  • David Boucher
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Marshall T. Broyles
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Bailey Eller
  • Visual Effects
  • Jonathan Faber
  • Modeling
  • Steven Carlton Ficke
  • Special Effects
  • Hayley Adams
  • Layout Supervisor
  • Jayaraman Adhikesavan
  • Paint Coordinator
  • Rohit Agarwal
  • Matchmove Supervisor
  • Atyeb Ahmed
  • Compositor
  • Matt Aitken
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Daniil Alikov
  • Senior Modeller
  • Juan Alonso
  • Digital Compositor
  • Terence Alvares
  • Compositor
  • Pedro Andrade
  • Compositing Lead
  • Rob Andrews
  • CG Supervisor
  • Doug Appleton
  • VFX Supervisor
  • Louise Aubertin
  • Visual Effects
  • Alessandra Aucello
  • VFX Production Coordinator
  • Dan Ayling
  • Camera Technician
  • Adam Baines
  • Concept Artist
  • Magali Barbé
  • Senior Animator
  • Kris Barone
  • Head of Animation
  • Shyal Beardsley
  • Senior Digital Intermediate Colorist
  • Eric M. Beaver
  • Compositing Artist
  • Mikael G. Betru
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Dheeraj Bhadani
  • Software Team Lead
  • Richard Binnington
  • VFX Production Coordinator
  • Jamie Blyth
  • Rigging Supervisor
  • Fabrizia Bonaventura
  • Lighting Artist
  • Sudeepto Bose
  • Compositing Lead
  • Jason Lanier Brown
  • Digital Effects Supervisor
  • Alexander Bucknell
  • Matchmove Supervisor
  • Luca Cantani
  • Animation
  • Andy Campion
  • Camera Department Manager
  • Dan Carney
  • Technical Advisor
  • Amy Carpenter
  • Props
  • Edward Catley
  • Layout
  • Tristan Connors
  • Senior Modeller
  • Silvia Colonna Romano
  • Modeling
  • Vernessa Cook
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Ben Cowell-Thomas
  • Visual Effects
  • Richard Edwards
  • Stereoscopic Editor
  • Elmar Bragi Einarsson
  • Special Effects
  • Charlotte Fearn
  • Runner Art Department
  • Rick Harris
  • Libra Head Technician
  • George Alexander
  • Stunts
  • Nate Andrade
  • Stunts
  • Christopher 'Critter' Antonucci
  • Stunts
  • Ben Aycrigg
  • Stunts
  • Jennifer Badger
  • Stunt Double
  • Riley Barnes
  • Stunt Double
  • Kelly Bellini
  • Stunts
  • Carrie Bernans
  • Stunts
  • Gianni Biasetti Jr.
  • Utility Stunts
  • Zack Duncan
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stephane Feruch
  • Stunts
  • Mark Fisher
  • Utility Stunts
  • Ryan Green
  • Stunts
  • Carlos Guity
  • Stunts
  • Akihiro Haga
  • Stunt Double
  • Lydia Hand
  • Stunts
  • Maria Hippolyte
  • Stunts
  • Jason Charles Hill
  • Stunt Driver
  • Chris Adkins
  • Grip
  • Amanda L. Akins
  • Grip Production Assistant
  • Nolan Aldridge
  • Lighting Technician
  • Reid Andrews
  • Electrician
  • Scott Barnes
  • Lighting Programmer
  • Stacy Barnhill
  • Key Grip
  • Dacoda Bartels
  • Drone Pilot
  • Beau Bellanich
  • Dolly Grip
  • Zavier Bolton
  • Grip
  • Jesse Cooper
  • Rigging Supervisor
  • Sara Daily
  • Camera Production Assistant
  • Thomas M. Dangcil
  • Lighting Technician
  • Bradley C. Ferm
  • Electrician
  • Storm Flejter
  • Playback Coordinator
  • Michael-Ryan Fletchall
  • Aerial Camera
  • John Garrett
  • Camera Operator
  • Kerry Goodrum
  • Camera Operator
  • Dylan Goss
  • Aerial Director of Photography
  • Jordan Hager
  • Grip
  • James Hatridge
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sam Haynes
  • Rigging Grip
  • Jason Kay
  • Drone Operator
  • Abbie Knights
  • Electrician
  • Ryan L. Lizardi
  • Grip
  • Nick Masters
  • Camera Technician
  • James McMillan
  • Cinematography
  • Quinn McMillan
  • Steadicam Operator
  • Scott Medcalf
  • Lighting Technician
  • Justin Memovich
  • Lighting Technician
  • Annabelle Nutt
  • Gaffer
  • Nikhil Paniz
  • Camera Operator
  • K.C. Roballo
  • Grip
  • Brian Rosso
  • Dolly Grip
  • Devon Stinson
  • Techno Crane Operator
  • Jerry Wheat
  • Lighting Technician
  • Terence Bannon
  • Lead Animator
  • Stephen A. Buckley
  • Senior Animator
  • Manjoe Chan
  • Animation
  • Javier Cimentada
  • Animation
  • Cecile Dubois-Herry
  • Animation
  • Camilo Duarte Franco
  • Senior Animator
  • Isaac Marcos Gonzalez
  • Animation
  • Marco La Torre
  • Lead Animator
  • Bradley J. Lincoln
  • Senior Animator
  • Juan Sebastian Niño Florez
  • Animation
  • Martin Rossi
  • Animation
  • Edwina Ting
  • Senior Animator
  • Ellen Hoffmann
  • Lead Animator
  • Seckin Yalin
  • Animation
  • Brad Bittner
  • Additional Photography
  • Alex Cody
  • Casting Associate
  • Molly Doyle
  • Casting
  • Johnny Gidcomb
  • ADR Voice Casting
  • Nicholas A. Mudd
  • Casting Associate
  • Chase Paris
  • Casting
  • Craig Anthony
  • Costumer
  • Heather Armstrong
  • Costume Designer
  • Javier Arrieta
  • Key Costumer
  • Valentina Aulisi
  • Costumer
  • Jason Blackman
  • Set Costumer
  • Charelle Bronson
  • Set Costumer
  • Samantha Burpee
  • Costume Assistant
  • MacKenzie Cleveland
  • Costumer
  • Joseph Richard Collins
  • Costume Design
  • Wendy M. Craig
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Kassia Dombroski
  • Costume Assistant
  • Myra N. Foy
  • Costume Design
  • Michelle Liu
  • Key Costumer
  • Mike Lutz
  • Set Costumer
  • Keith Muessigmann
  • Costume Coordinator
  • Jenny Reyes
  • Costume Coordinator
  • Valerie L. Rudolph
  • Set Costumer
  • Robin Buday
  • First Assistant Editor
  • Dave Cory
  • First Assistant Editor
  • Cassie Dixon
  • First Assistant Editor
  • Paul Ensby
  • First Assistant Editor
  • Scott Fox
  • Colorist
  • Hector Padilla
  • Assistant Editor
  • Wayan Blue Palmieri
  • Stereoscopic Editor
  • Dylan Suchesk
  • Dailies Operator
  • Craig Tanner
  • Additional Editor
  • Ted Alvarez
  • Location Manager
  • Chris Cloud
  • Assistant Location Manager
  • David Crigler
  • Location Assistant
  • James Lin
  • Location Manager
  • Justin Christopher Ray
  • Location Assistant
  • Jorge Saumell
  • Location Assistant
  • Antony Scott
  • Location Assistant
  • Nancy Wong
  • Location Manager
  • John Barrett
  • Score Engineer
  • Peter Cobbin
  • Recording Supervision
  • Jonathan Connaught
  • Musician
  • Dave Foster
  • Sound
  • Tom Kramer
  • Music Editor
  • Dave Jordan
  • Music Supervisor
  • Shannon Murphy
  • Music Coordinator
  • Nashia Wachsman
  • Music Editor
  • Kirsty Whalley
  • Score Engineer
  • Joe Zimmerman
  • Music Programmer
  • Chris Basso
  • Vehicles Coordinator
  • Sheri B. Burton
  • Driver
  • Tyson Weatherford
  • Transportation Captain
  • Zack Duncan
  • Thanks
  • Nolan Ekberg
  • Thanks
  • Stan Lee
  • In Memory Of
  • Michael Grillo
  • Executive Producer
  • Christopher Markus
  • Co-Producer
  • Stephen McFeely
  • Co-Producer
  • Russell Bobbitt
  • Property Master
  • Dorina Markoff-McNulty
  • Musician
  • Victor Pesavento
  • Musician

Movies: Ramen Shop, Wild Nights with Emily, The Chaperone

Ramen Shop

This is the story about the son, Masato, who works for his aging father’s ramen shop in a small Japanese town. When the father suddenly dies, Masato travels to Singapore, his deceased mother’s country, in hopes of learning about his family and their cooking heritage.

Soon Masato meets a local food blogger and a new friendship begins, with the food scene as the conduit for an emerging relationship.

There is a sudden turn of events when Masato meets his grandmother, who rejected his mother because she married a Japanese man. It is a reflection of the scars from WWII that are still fresh from the Japanese occupation of Singapore.

Ultimately, it’s a charming film filled with a believable story line. It’s both heartbreaking and uplifting. The food scenes are wonderful.

This film is not rated. It’s in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and English with English subtitles. It’s suitable for maturing children. The run time is 90 minutes.

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Ramen Shop (2018)

Release Date: March 29, 2018
Starring: Takumi Saito, Seiko Matsuda, Jeanette Aw, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 89 min
Original Title: 情牽拉麵茶
Original Film Language: 普通话
Production Companies: Knockonwood, Zhao Wei Films
Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his Singaporean mother who died when he was just ten years old. Acting on a hunch, he takes off for Singapore with the notebook, hoping to piece together the story of his life, as well as that of his parents.

Cast Ramen Shop

  • Takumi Saito
  • Role: Masato
  • Seiko Matsuda
  • Role: Miki
  • Jeanette Aw
  • Role: Mei Lian
  • Tsuyoshi Ihara
  • Role: Kazuo
  • Mark Lee
  • Role: 
  • Tetsuya Bessho
  • Role: Uncle Akio
  • Beatrice Chien
  • Role: 

Crew Ramen Shop

  • Eric Khoo
  • Director
  • Tan Fong Cheng
  • Screenplay
  • Kim Hoh Wong
  • Screenplay
  • Masa Sawada
  • Producer
  • Eric Le Bot
  • Producer
  • Junxiang Huang
  • Producer
  • Yutaka Tachibana
  • Executive Producer
  • Tan Fong Cheng
  • Executive Producer

Wild Nights with Emily

Who knew?! This is the story of Emily Dickinson, the 19th century
American poet who enjoyed a life long affair with her sister-in-law Susan.

The film is also focused on the unpublished body of work by Ms. Dickinson, which at the time totaled over 1,775 poems. There is quite a stir around this issue and you’ll need to wait until the final credits to understand why.

Interestingly this film is rated PG-13 due to a mild element of sex & nudity, one incident of profanity, and a mild scene with alcohol and smoking. The film is listed as a Comedy, Drama with a run time of 84 minutes. It’s ultimately enjoyable, lighthearted and insightful.

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Wild Nights with Emily (2019)

Release Date: April 12, 2019
Starring: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman
Genres: Drama, History, Comedy
Runtime: 85 min
Original Title: Wild Nights with Emily
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Salem Street Entertainment, P2 Films
Explore Emily Dickinson's vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

Cast Wild Nights with Emily

  • Molly Shannon
  • Role: Emily
  • Amy Seimetz
  • Role: Mabel
  • Susan Ziegler
  • Role: Susan
  • Brett Gelman
  • Role: Higginson
  • Jackie Monahan
  • Role: Lavina
  • Kevin Seal
  • Role: Austin
  • Dana Melanie
  • Role: Young Emily
  • Sasha Frolova
  • Role: Young Susan
  • Joel Michaely
  • Role: Edward Dickinson
  • Lisa Haas
  • Role: Maggie

Crew Wild Nights with Emily

  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Director
  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Writer
  • Anna Stypko
  • Director of Photography
  • Anthony Clemente
  • Editor
  • Lee Eaton
  • Editor
  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Producer
  • Alex Peace
  • Line Producer
  • Anna Margarita Albelo
  • Producer
  • Casper Andreas
  • Producer
  • Max Rifkind-Barron
  • Producer
  • Jennifer Kriz
  • Executive Producer
  • Phi Tran
  • Art Direction
  • Isabel Mandujano
  • Costume Designer
  • Eimi Imanishi
  • Production Design
  • Joana Sotomayor
  • Production Design
  • Allison Fry
  • Production Design
  • Todd Remis
  • Executive Producer
  • David Moscow
  • Executive Producer
  • Julia Moser
  • Associate Producer
  • David Albiero
  • Associate Producer
  • Katherine Barber
  • Hair Designer

The Chaperone

See this movie for the outstanding acting, a great cast, the numerous unexpected twists and turns and an insightful peek at life in the 1920s Wichita, Kansas and New York City.

The cast is perfectly in sync with its characters and the story line. It’s not shy about confronting real world circumstances of its day, most of which recur generation after generation. Perhaps that was the undercurrent the Director was seeking. Once again, this film was based on true events.

The film is not rated. It’s listed as Art House & International, Drama. We feel it is not suitable for young children. The run time is 108 minutes. Reviews have been all over the board, but we liked it a lot.

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The Chaperone (2019)

Release Date: March 29, 2019
Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 103 min
Original Title: The Chaperone
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Fibonacci Films
In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City.

Cast The Chaperone

  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Role: Norma
  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Role: Louise Brooks
  • Victoria Hill
  • Role: Myra Brooks
  • Campbell Scott
  • Role: Alan Carlisle
  • Géza Röhrig
  • Role: Joseph
  • Blythe Danner
  • Role: Mary O'Dell
  • Miranda Otto
  • Role: Ruth St. Dennis
  • Kate Grimes
  • Role: Ms. Burton
  • Matt McGrath
  • Role: Raymond
  • Andrew Burnap
  • Role: Floyd
  • Bill Hoag
  • Role: Jack
  • Tyler Weaks
  • Role: Howard Carlisle
  • Ellen Toland
  • Role: Greta
  • Robert Fairchild
  • Role: Ted Shawn
  • Sean Hudock
  • Role: Norman Ross
  • Steve Garfanti
  • Role: Cafe Patron
  • George Hampe
  • Role: Earl Carlisle
  • Ruben Navarro
  • Role: Train Station Father
  • Kate Abbruzzese
  • Role: Gypsy Woman
  • Daphne Gaines
  • Role: Della
  • Vinson German
  • Role: Music Hall Man
  • Susan J. Jacks
  • Role: Nun on Train
  • Noelle Cappuzzo
  • Role: Student Dancer
  • Daisy Pugh-Weiss
  • Role: Young Greta
  • Jonathan Walker
  • Role: Leonard Brooks
  • Stan Demidoff
  • Role: Flower Seller
  • Cilda Shaur
  • Role: Second Woman
  • Craig Geraghty
  • Role: Taxi Driver
  • McLean Peterson
  • Role: Walker
  • Collin Jeffery
  • Role: Martin

Crew The Chaperone

  • Michael Engler
  • Director
  • Laura Moriarty
  • Novel
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Screenplay
  • Nick Matthews
  • Director of Photography
  • Andrew Jackness
  • Production Design
  • Eric Lewis Beauzay
  • Art Direction
  • Candice Donnelly
  • Costume Design

Girls Of The Sun, Missing Link, Red Joan

Girls Of The Sun

This film was inspired by the 2014 ISIS raid on Kurdish territory in Northern Iraq. Several Kurdish women hostages escaped their ISIS captors. These women suffered excessive abuse and vowed to kill their oppressors, knowing the jihadists’ believe a fighter killed by a women will be denied entry into heaven.

A French journalist, Mathilde, becomes embedded with the Kurdish women gathering their stories to share with the world.

While this is an intriguing look at events in recent history, it’s often painfully difficult to watch. It’s not suitable for children. The film is not rated. It’s in French, Kurdish, English and Arabic with English subtitles and has a run time of 1 hour 55 minutes.

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Missing Link

This movie is a bit goofy, but it’s also charming, creative, often quite funny and the animation is top drawer. On the down side, it’s a bit too violent for its PG rating; i.e. a bar room brawl, gun fighting, death… All that said, the film is ultimately a love story.

The story is set in the 19th Century where an English explorer and an 8 foot tall Bigfoot, named Mr. Link, befriend each other.

Considering this is a children’s movie, parents with younger children should consider these references to Sex and Nudity (4), Violence & Gore (3), Profanity (2), Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (1), Frightening and Intense Scenes (2).

This film is noted as a Fantasy/Adventure with a run time of 1 hour, 35 minutes.

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Red Joan

This film is a bit unique because it tells its tale by toggling between two different points in time, the young Joan and the old Joan. It’s based on true events spanning World War II to modern times.

That said, it’s a challenge to describe. One part spy movie, one part love story. First a patriot, then a smuggler. It’s a well crafted film that shares a story well worth considering. The acting is excellent, and as always, Judi Dench is stellar.

The film is rated R for brief sexuality and nudity. It’s listed as a Drama, Mystery & Suspense with a run time of 110 minutes. We do not suggest this film for younger children.

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