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BONES Brings its Final Season to DVD-All Twelve Season Come in a FLESH & BONES Box Set!

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Jeri Jacquin

This week is a big one for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with the release of BONES The Final Chapter but that’s not all. The FLESH & BONES COLLECTION is also here with all 12 seasons together for the first time ever!

In 2005, television audiences were introduced to a series that was intense and different. The story created by Hart Hanson brought the writings of Kathy Reichs to life. Reichs was a novelist and forensic anthropologist which provided a treasure trove of stories to be told.

Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a forensic anthropologist who is part of the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington D.C. FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) discovers that Brennan, who he nicknames Bones, has the skills he needs to help investigate unidentifiable remains. These two come together to seek out the answers through science and a little humor.

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Discovering that actually need one another to solve crimes that doesn’t mean that Brennan doesn’t make her feelings about it all quite clear. When boss Dr. Daniel Goodman assigns her from season one, this leads to 12 seasons of the most fascinating stories on television.

The finale of season one was emotional when Booth looks into the disappearance of Temperance’s parents and a reuniting with her brother Russ but a strange message left by father Max is the cliffhanger. That is only season one as the intensity grows well into the final season.

Immediately the season takes off with a bang when Zack kidnaps Bones but it doesn’t last as Booth has come to understand his ways. Being blamed for a series of murders, Zack becomes a target and knows that Temperance and Booth are the only ones who can help.

Turning 40 for Temperance starts out with helping co-workers, Booth is surprised at what is happening with her but can’t linger on it. Their next case is the death of a man who helps autistic children. Perhaps that is what brings on Cam and Arastoo wanting to adopt but also Booth and Brennan thinking of expanding the family.

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That gets put on hold when the priest who married them is discovered murdered, but was he? Booth investigates deeper and discovers there is a darker truth to it all. It becomes clear as he uncovers more that the family may be in danger. Max helps defend the family and the truth surfaces. Aubrey is also faced with a difficult decision regarding her own family member and it isn’t an easy one.

Zack’s case has been waiting for an appeal but Hodgins thinks there may be evidence to help his case. Getting help from Gordon Wyatt and Angela, they take it all step by step and believe they have enough to solve the case but it might not be enough.

Bringing the series to a close I’m sure wasn’t an easy one as each of the characters in BONES is distinctive and, after 12 years, have become part of our weekly viewing. In the next to the last episode, the six main characters are telling us a story from their perspective. I’m actually not going to get into detail because this is definitely an episode that begins to clear the decks but don’t think for a moment it isn’t intense!

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David Boreanaz takes the helm in the final episode that is filled with emotion and twists that are everything the television audience has come to expect from the show. I will admit my jaw dropped a few times followed by “I didn’t see that coming”.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

The 525 minute 3-disc DVD of BONES The Final Chapter includes the episodes The Hope in the Horror, The Brain in the Bot, The New Tricks in the Old Dogs, The Price for the Past, The Tutor in the Tussle, The Flaw in the Saw, The Scare in the Score, The Grief and the Girl, The Steel in the Wheels, The Radioactive Panthers in the Party, The Day in the Life, and The End in the End. Also, the Special Feature of Back to the Lab: A Bones Retrospective and, of course, A Gag Reel.

THE FLESH & BONES COLLECTION of BONES is amazing with all 12 seasons together for the first time ever which includes over 6 hours of Bonus Features. Those features include Back to the Lab: A BONES Retrospective, BONES at Comic Con, BONES: Inspired by the life of Forensic Anthropologist and Author Kathy Reichs, A Visual Effects and Making of Featurettes, Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes, Gag Reels, Deleted Scenes and so much more!

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Deschanel as Temperance took that character to places and emotions that were ever changing.  Boreanaz as Booth was the yin to Temperance’s yang and I couldn’t even begin to imagine this series without these two actors. It’s always emotional when our favorite shows come to an end but, there is good news as well for BONES fans.

All 12 seasons means you can once again journey with your favorite characters and storylines because 20th Century Fox understands our need to keep our favorites close. Watching BONES from the very beginning gives us all a chance to pick up on nuances we may have missed and remember why BONES became such a hit series!

In the end – they gave us heart and humor and we can only give out heartfelt thank you for an amazing ride!

We Can All Relate to Being in THE WEDDING PARTY on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD this week from writer/director Thane Economou and Candy Factory is a reminder that June is the time of weddings and all that entails when part of THE WEDDING PARTY.

Paul (Joel Johnstone) and Margene (Meg Cionni) are finally married and now it’s on to the party. The wedding party aren’t even back down the aisle before the craziness begins. First, Jim (Blake Lee) is babying a broken heart but finds a little smile when he sees former high school sweetheart Alex (Allison Paige).

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Seeing the madness Alex is going through keeping everything on schedule, Jim agrees to be her partner-in-line making it all work. Paul and Margene decide to divide and conqueror dealing with their families but Margene isn’t really happy about it.

But that’s not the only problem as Katie’s Dad Ned (Michael Adler) is speaking in tongues so to speak, Pastor Kyle (Deniz Akdeniz) is praising-the-lord-and-passing-the-judgment, Bethanie (Ziah Colon) can’t stay away from the Xanax, bridesmaid Greta (Kat Palardy) can’t keep her voice from calling stray cats, dealing with the ex-Zeb (Pete Ploszek) and groomsmen Skylar (Moses Storm) dealing with Aunt Sylvia’s (Pamela Dunlap) sexual advances!

Every thing that can happen does happen when you are part of a wedding party.

Johnstone as Paul is a man that clear isn’t sure that he is ready for marriage but it’s harder to turn back once the deed is done. Cionni as Margene is beautiful as all brides are and tries to make everyone happy but doesn’t include herself in all of the festivities.

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Lee as Jim is nursing a broken heart but discovers that it might have healed without knowing it when he sees Alex and their night if filled with craziness and laughs. Paige as Alex is moving the wedding along with her binder in hand and finds herself having a good time with Jim – even if the self absorbed ex-Zeb makes an entrance.

Storm as Skylar sort of steals the show with his need to conquest at a wedding and to discover if the rice and birds is a myth. I have to say I loved watching his goofiness, especially when confronted by Aunt Sylvia who calls his b.s. Notice the rubber tracks of his shoes on the ground!

THE WEDDING PARTY received Best Feature Film at the Tulsa American Film Festival, the Technical Brilliance Award at the St. Lois International Film Festival, Official Selection at the Sedona Film Festival, and winner of the Best of Fest at the 2016 Fayetteville Film Festival.

Candy Factory Films is a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly company dedicated to producing unique and compelling films. Candy Factory is at the forefront of a new vanguard reaching distinct audiences. With award-winning and acclaimed films across every genre, Candy Factory is committed to creating and fostering communities around independent and progressive cinema. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.candyfactoryfilms.com.

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THE WEDDING PARTY is probably the most realistic and hilarious film I’ve seen because everyone has had these issues at a wedding. If anything, this film is a fair warning that family and friends are fair game when it comes to celebrating nuptials that are a green light for disaster.

With every laugh the film provides there is also a sense of ‘oh my gawd’ because it’s nice to know that when planning and going through with my own daughters wedding, that our crazy wasn’t exclusive. I believe THE WEDDING PARTY should be critical seeing for anyone that is planning that special day.

In the end stakes rise and cake falls with this wedding party!

WICHITA Brings an Unexpected Creepy to DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from directors Matthew Ward, Justyn Ah Chong and Candy Factory is a thriller that takes twists to another level with WICHITA.

Jeb (Trevor Peterson) is a writer on a children’s television show. Threatened with the prospect of losing the show by the executives, he takes a team of writers to a cabin in the woods under the auspices of saving the show.

What the writers don’t know is that there are hidden cameras hidden as Jeb has another idea of his own. Raven (Persia White), Natalie (Caitlin Gerard), Clark (Demetri Goritsas), Billy (Christopher Robles) and Joan (Melinda Lee) are in the cross-fire of madness. Watching them he becomes obsessed and even more intense. It all comes to a head when he is fired from the show completely.

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Running home to Mama (Sondra Blake) brings out even more darkness and now there is no turning back from it all. As the others in the cabin begin to discover what has been happening with Jeb, it becomes a race to survive. What comes next is a fear that needs to be stopped!

Peterson as Jeb was absolutely terrifying in this role. There is an innocence about him yet when the spit begins to fly I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near him. The amazing ability to mix the Jekyll and Hyde of this character added to the thrill of the storyline.

The ensemble cast works together so well that it is a ride the viewer is willing to go on. I am still weirded out with the final scenes between Raven and Joan being trapped in the room with Jeb. Horror, thriller and twist fans should make this a night of lights out with someone to hang on to.

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Candy Factory Films is a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly company dedicated to producing unique and compelling films. Candy Factory is at the forefront of a new vanguard reaching distinct audiences. With award-winning and acclaimed films across every genre, Candy Factory is committed to creating and fostering communities around independent and progressive cinema. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.candyfactoryfilms.com.

WICHITA is a mash up of every scary, fear and evil part of us with a dash of a boyish face you can believe in – until you can’t. I loved the addition of Mom’s story and casting Blake absolutely makes it clear that Jeb isn’t singing with a full hymnal.

WICHITA is available June 20th on DVD but also iTunes, Amazon and Google Play with a running time of 85 intense-never-a-sane-moment minutes. With an ending that will leave the entire film up for discussion, the storyline never lets up for a moment and certainly takes its own demented path with ease.

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The Official Selection of the 2016 Santa Fe Film Festival, Official Selection of the 2017 Film Invasion Los Angeles, and Official Selection of the 2017 Durango Independent Film Festival WICHITA takes us on a journey that is disturbing yet also fascinating from beginning to end.

In the end – something psycho this way comes!

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE Comes to Bluray and a Chance to Win!

 

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Coming to Bluray this June from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl in a riveting and powerful true story THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE.

In 1939 Poland, working wife and mother Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) became a hero to hundreds. Antonina and her husband Jan (Mr. Heldenbergh) care for animals at the Warsaw Zoo and have raised a family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned when the country is invaded by the Germans and they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed zoologist (Mr. Brühl).  To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the Zoo’s hidden passages to safeguard human life.

Based on the true story told in The New York Times best seller by Diane Ackerman, the critically acclaimed and heart-pounding WWII drama The Zookeeper’s Wife debuts on Digital HD on June 20, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 4, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Niki Caro (North Country) from a screenplay adaptation by Angela Workman (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan), the film stars two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help), Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), and Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl (Rush).

Focus Features’ The Zookeeper’s Wife on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD comes packed with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes as well as a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and captivating interviews with the real-life Żabiński family.

We have an amazing opportunity for five of our readers to win a copy of THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE! Please email hellomoviemaven@aol.com with ‘animal lover’ in the subject line along with your name and address. We will be pulling winners and notifying them through email. We are so excited to be offering this amazing film so get your entries in now!

 

 

Welcome to the Reception and TABLE 19 on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray/DVD and Digital HD this week from director Jeffrey Blitz, the comedy writing of Jay and Mark Duplass and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the best group at TABLE 19.

Preparing for a weekend getaway wedding, Eloise (Anna Kendrick) isn’t as happy as one would think. Also invited is Walter Thimple (Stephen Merchant), the Kepp’s Bina (Lisa Kudrow) and Jerry (Craig Robinson), Rezno Eckberg (Tony Revolori) and former nanny Jo Flanagan (June Squibb).

Showing up in their wedding finery, they head to the reception discovering they are all being seated at table 19 in the back of the hall. Spending a few moments making introductions, Eloise shows up and proceeds to lay it on thick.

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She informs them all that she was once the maid-of-honor but broke up with boyfriend Teddy (Wyatt Russell) who happens to be the brother of the bride. Stunning her table-mates with her forwardness, Eloise gets a bit brutal informing them of why they are at Table 19.

Bina and Jerry spend time snipping at one another, Walter can’t seem to answer direct questions put to him; Rezno has a mother who pushes him to find a girl at the reception and Nanny Jo has tales to tell of the bride and her brother.

Eloise tries to forget that she’s in the same room with Teddy and it is everyone at table 19 who stands by her – and each other. The most unlikely table becomes the most likely to find the true meaning of friendship.

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Kendrick as Eloise is endearing and has a biting wit that gets her into a bit of trouble. Losing brides maid status is the least of Eloise’s’ problems yet sitting at table 19 offers her more than she could have ever expected. Kendrick has the awesome knack of bringing relatability to a character and even when she’s being a tad wretched, she easily receives forgiveness.

Kudrow as Bina is a woman clearly unhappy with the way her life is turning out. Feeling alienated from the young married life she remembers is causing a rift now. Kudrow gives us her funny side mixed in with a motherly attitude towards the group. Robinson as Jerry seems to have become fixed in his life as a diner owner and book reader but that’s only on the surface.

Russell as Teddy has a magazine rack full of issues and wishes Eloise would just go away so he won’t have to deal with any of them. Merchant as Thimple is absolutely hilarious as his story unfolds. He starts as the odd man out who isn’t as odd as people may think. Revolori as Rezno is a young man clearly trying to find his way through life and at table 19 he’s doing it wearing a furry tie. He is a straight forward character who clearly needs to break free!

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Squibb as Nanny Jo is the jewel in this film, the icing on the wedding cake and the stuff that older lady’s are made of. I loved every moment of her performance and no one could have ever done it better. She is amazing and all I could think is how cool it would be to hang out with a Nanny Jo.

Other cast include Margo Martindale as Rezno’s mother Freda, Thomas Cocquerel as Huck, Andrew Daly as Luke Pfaffler, and Maria Thayer as Kate Milner.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

TABLE 19 is a quirky, twisted, hilarious, heartfelt, jaw drop of a story filled with moments that are so relatable for anyone who has ever attended a reception. None of this surprises me as the Duplass brothers have once again brought every range of emotion in one afternoon. If anything else, the next time anyone attends a reception after seeing the film will wonder why they are at their assigned table.

Of course I’m leaving out a lot of detail because I had such a good time watching this film that I want everyone to enjoy it as well. This cast is just magical bringing out the best and worst of their characters only to discover that we are all broken in some way or another. This is the film you share with everyone because every minute is relatable!

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The Bluray and DVD Special Features includes Deleted Scenes of Carol Milner Kills It, Cousin Donny Toasts It, Infamous Kate Works It and Table 19 Swings It and the Featurettes Table of Rejects, Head of the Table and Table for Six. Make sure to give the special features a look because it adds so much more to the film.

Quick to judge, quick to anger, quick to run and quick to realize that we all need one another to get through the craziness of life. These characters just remind us to have a sense of humor while it all plays out the way it’s supposed to. So, get some cake and gladly sit up at TABLE 19.

In the end – don’t fit in…take a number!

Take a Trip Back to the Cornfield of Comedy with HEE HAW Pfft! You Was Gone! on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from Time Life is a trip back to the cornfield of comedy with the release of HEE HAW Pfft! You Was Gone!

Seriously, I can honestly admit that my childhood included the Sunday ritual of tuning into the CBS series Hee Haw. After Sunday dinner, my seven member family would find out places on the braided carpet (have I aged myself?) with popcorn and prepare to spend time laughing.

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Running from 1969 to 1971, Hee Haw was hosted by the country singers Buck Owens and Roy Clark. Filled with country culture and music, there was an equal mix of comedy and musical guests including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton and more.

Sketches on the Joke Fence and pop ups in the cornfield captured audiences’ funny bone. The iconic and song-stuck-in-your-head “Where, oh where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? I search the world over, and I thought I’d found true love, You met another and Pfft! You was gone!” were only part of the hilarity.

Grandpa Jones was often asked “Hey Grandpa! What’s for Supper?” and trust me sometimes the menu sounded very southern and delicious. If you needed a visit to Archie’s Barbershop, you could be sure to hear a twisted fairy tale or two or perhaps visit The Culhanes of Kornfield Kounty with Minnie Pearl and Junior Samples.

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A Season 1 episode includes Merle Haggard singing Mama Tried and sketches from The Culhanes and KORN News. From Season 2, Marty Robbins crooned to television audiences I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again. The comedy of Owens and Clark with Pickin and Grinnin brought even the singers to laughter.

Dolly Parton brought her famous song Coat of Many Colors in 1972 along with Roy Clark and his stunning performance of There’ll Be Peace in the Valley For Me. The Kornfield Kounty gang returns along with the newest tale from Archie’s Barbershop and a menu of vittles with Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper?

George Jones brought his voice of hurt to the song Nothing Ever Hurt Me Half as Bad As Losing You and Tammy Wynette sang Kids Say the Darndest Things. There is more KORN News and a new menu from Hey Grandpa! What’s for Supper?

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 Time Life has brought this never before released anywhere classic collection of the series to fans. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.

It seems only appropriate finishing up with another iconic show song as Buck Owens and Roy Clark would gather with the cast and sing “We loved the time we spent with you, To share a song and a laugh or two, May your pleasure be many and your troubles be few…” with a final closing to another episode of HEE HAW.

Anyone who was part of the HEE HAW era will love revisiting the show once again. Time Life gathers us one and all back together to remember southern comedy, charm and music. This series brought families together to share laughs and see our favorite country musicians sing the hits we would hear on the radio.

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I think that’s what we all miss most about entertainment, finding something that reaches the entire family enough to make them want to sit around the television together. HEE HAW brought just that and we now have a chance to have Sunday dinner and race to our favorite spots with popcorn and have a fun as a family.

In the end – it’s the best down-home country variety show!

MEGAN LEAVEY Speaks on Loyalty, Friendship and PTSD

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Jeri Jacquin

In theaters this Friday from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Bleeker Street Media is a compelling story that needs to be seen because of MEGAN LEAVEY.

Megan (Kate Mara) is a young woman staggering through life. Unhappy with her job and unhappy living at home with mom Jackie (Edie Falco) and her boyfriend Jim (Will Patton), it seems the days just blur.

That is until she makes the decision to hop a bus and join the U.S. Marine Corps. It didn’t take long until Megan was in trouble within the Corps as well that has her cleaning the kennels of the K9 unit.

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There she meets Rex, a four legged anti-social dog who gives trainers a difficult time. Megan continues to ask Gunny Martin (Common) to become part of the K9 unit. When a situation presents itself, Megan and Rex are paired together and so begins a training of each other to become a strong unit through patience and friendship.

Sent to Camp Ramadi in Iraq, Megan and Rex are sent on missions to sniff out IED’s clearing the way for soldiers and the Iraqi people. She also meets Matt Morales (Ramon Rodriguez) who is also part of the K9 unit and starts to become comfortable being part of a team.

Then a mission puts both of their lives in danger changing the path for them both. Megan knows that she can not continue on her path without Rex and with dad Bob’s (Bradley Whitford) push, she is will get Rex back at her side and will do anything to make that happen.

In that is the true meaning of friendship!

Mara as Megan portrays a young woman who clearly has problems dealing with home and family. Making a swift move to join the military, Mara’s character puts up serious walls until she creates an unbreakable bond with Rex. What is amazing is that feeling this connection and watching the story unfold between Megan and Rex; it is not surprising that they would work together so brilliantly. Mara and Rex are lovely in this film and the audience fell in love with them both.

Common as Gunny Martin is a man who clearly doesn’t take any guff from anyone – including a pint size Megan Leavey. Testing her potential and patiently watching to see if her dedication to the K9 unit is solid, he gives us both the tough Gunny as well as a man who understands the hurt of battle.

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Rodriguez as Morales is a wise cracking but dedicated part of the K9 unit in Iraq. He manages to bring down some of Megan’s emotional walls but it can take the snap of fingers to bring them back up. Patton as Jim is not someone Megan is thrilled to have around and this is a small role.

Whitford as Megan’s father Bob is a man who realizes that choices he made in his life have affected his daughter. Wanting to reach out and help her, he just isn’t sure how to do it or if it would make a difference. This is a different role for Whitford and he delivers with a lovely scene when Megan returns from Iraq.

Falco as Jackie is – well – Falco. She is an over dramatic and wildly awesome to watch as Megan’s mother. Big or small, Falco brings her best to every role she does and always manages to surprise me.

Other cast include Geraldine James as Dr. Turbeville, Shannon Tarbet as Barb, Miguel Gomez as Gomez, Jonathan Howard as Peter Walters, George Webster as Finn, Corey Johnson as Master Sergeant and Tom Felton as Andrew Dean.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give MEGAN LEAVEY four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. It is be very easy to call this a feel good film but that would be an injustice to the story being told. There are so many issues that are handled in this story with straight forwardness, no sugar-coating and boldly done.

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It is the story of a young woman dealing with the situation her life is in and knowing at some point something had to give. Joining the Marine Corps gives Megan the opportunity to become part of something bigger than herself and not just fighting in a war but becoming responsible for Rex and the lives of everyone around her. Mara takes this role and lets us all experience the journey of this young woman until the end where we come to understand more than we ever could.

Director Cowperthwaite says of her film, “There are so many important story threads, what about the political commentary about the war one could make or about a ton of things regarding women Marines and dealing with their situations…and to focus on this world from Megan’s perspective. You have to hone in on that relationship and how that bond gets built because that is really what the story is – loyalty and friendship.”

In regards to PTSD and returning troops she says, “Dealing with PTSD when our military come home and how we can maybe look at it different, pay attention and be better listeners I think that would be a great thing.”

MEGAN LEAVEY is a story that is well done dealing with issues that might be uncomfortable for some to see but necessary to experience. This film speaks on love, understanding, patience and a friendship that saved not only the lives of others – but of one another as well.

In the end – a true story of a marine and her best friend!

THE MUMMY Needs to Stay Wrapped

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Jeri Jacquin with Vince Munn

Coming this week from director Alex Kurtzman and Universal Pictures is the rise of evil with THE MUMMY.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is in the middle of the desert with sidekick Chris (Jake Johnson) looking for antiquities. With the help of Col. Greenway (Courtney B. Vance) and a well place bomb that has unearthed something huge, Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) sweeps in to take over.

Down in a cavern they find signs of an Egyptian tomb with something evil that is being protected. Nick jumps right in and with one bullet a sarcophagus rises out of a pit of mercury and the mummy of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) resides inside.

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Taking the find to London, Jenny knows only one person who knows what to do. Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) is a collector of all things malevolent. The princess has other plans when the plan carrying them all comes down mysteriously.

Discovering that the dark force is looking for a knife with a special stone, Jenny and Nick (with the help of a weirdly decomposing Chris) must stop the princess from completing a ritual that started hundreds of years ago.

Unfortunately Nick is part of that ritual that changes everything that is to come!

Jeri Jacquin: So, I once again invited my friend Vince to weigh in on THE MUMMY. I do so because although I started out giving the film a chance not wanting to be grouchy, I once again should have trusted my initial instincts. Am I right Vince?

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Vince Munn: Sadly, while the film starts with great promise, it trips over the bandages of its title character on their way to the conclusion. Universal is following in the footsteps of Disney and Warner Bros, making a connected universe of characters that they own.

JJ: So for readers who don’t like spoilers and I try not to do it normally, I feel I have to on this one. Seriously? Egypt, Iraq, the Templar’s and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Are you kidding me? Now you know I became totally disconnected when the last was brought into this film – none of these things are connected and I checked out of the film.

VM: Unfortunately the characters they are using really seem to have no reason to share a connected universe. Taking the classic Universal Monsters by bringing them in to the modern world and connecting them with a secret society of scientists and monster hunters is a ridiculous idea.

JJ: If this is how the studios see the “Dark Universe” then we have a problem going forward. This was supposed to be an intro into the concept and it is totally a hot mess. I don’t care if you put Tom Cruise in the lead, and he doesn’t do a horrible job, it’s just a horrible script.

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VM: Tom Cruise is getting older. Mission Impossible aside, he doesn’t need to be doing this film. I am just glad that for now it’s not the Van Helsing reboot we were threatened with. The rest of the cast (Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella, and Russell Crowe) do a serviceable if not forgettable job.

JJ: Don’t put evil in the air talking about a Van Helsing reboot! I think Crowe as Jekyll/Hyde is not right for this role at all. I can’t even imagine what they were thinking. Then again I didn’t care one wit for the character and actually tried to finish the film not thinking about him again.

VM: Had he been cast as anyone else aside from Dr Jekyll I would be more at ease. He comes off too thuggish and tough as tough Hyde is the dominant mind much like Bud White in LA Confidential.

JJ: What I came away with after the torture of watching THE MUMMY is that Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are safe in my heart and mind of being the coolest version of THE MUMMY. The time period is fantastic and I immediately care about the characters and feel like I’m on a fun trip with tons of craziness. Going home to my DVD of the 1999 THE MUMMY, Rick and Evie made it all better.

VM: Had this been set in the same period as the 1999 reboot, this would be a better film. If you want good popcorn fodder and escapism at its minimum, this is one for you.

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JJ: Well, go to http://www.darkuniverse.com and see what the Dark Universe is. Notice there is nothing modern in this piece and yet watching every piece of this clip is just fantastic. It can not be duplicated and I wish they would stop trying. I’d rather see these films once again in theatres than any ridiculous remake, reimaging, rethinking or retelling (all words for ‘hey, lets waste millions on nothing’).

VM: I wanted more and am now nervous about what is to come in this Dark Universe.

 

That last statement says it all! Nervousness is being kind as I truly don’t think those in charge of creating this Dark Universe know what they are doing. Fans love their Gods & Monsters but when you mash them up and change their look – you’ve slapped fans in the face. THE MUMMY may be spectacular with its special effects and double-iris evil but it is not enough – at least not for me.

I want story, I want to care about the characters enough to cheer for them and throwing a gold book for 2.5 seconds on a library floor expecting me to be happy just don’t do it. Thanks Vince for sharing popcorn with me on this one!

In the end – ancient evil returns without Rick and Evie to save us all!

A Different Buddy Story When Pulling an ALL NIGHTER on DVD

 

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Looking for a buddy film with a twist? Well, on DVD and Digital HD this week from director Gavin Wiesen and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment wants you to prepare yourself for an ALL NIGHTER.

Martin (Emile Hirsch) is a banjo player in love with Ginnie (Analeigh Tipton). Uncomfortably he agrees to meet her father Frank Gallo (J.K. Simmons) over dinner and immediately knows this is going to be uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things because six months later Martin is single.

A surprise knock on the door from Frank puts Martin’s emotions in high gear when Ginnie can’t be found. Jumping from friend to jobs, the two turn into detectives trying to find people who may know where she is.

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That of course means dealing with those who want to make Martin feel worse and people challenging the dynamic-duo. Roberta (Kristen Schaal) and Gary (Taran Killam) are friends who are so busy trying to deal with their own relationship they can’t be of much help. Then there is Megan (Xosha Roquemore) and her crazy boyfriend Bri-baby (Trenton Rostedt) who would rather throw up and fight than to be helpful.

Discovering where Ginnie lives, Frank turns a search for his daughter into breaking and entering with cops chasing them through the streets of West Hollywood. Sitting in a jail cell, Frank and Martin get real and life changes for them both.

Simmons as Frank is very funny in this role. Snappy wit and ice blue eyed stares I enjoyed the laughs he provided. He is the well dressed and self-assured one of the two but sometimes impeccable on the outside can mean a mess on the inside.

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Hirsch as Martin is a self-doubting and depressed ex-boyfriend who can’t seem to get his act together. Spending the evening on the Ginnie-hunt with Frank isn’t exactly his idea of a good time yet something begins to change for him. Every step Martin is being dragged yet this buddying between Hirsch and Simmons is pretty cool.

Schaal as Roberta is a complete psycho yet I know someone exactly like her! Killam as Gary is just a whipped human being and when he tries to escape, doesn’t help Frank and Martin but sure makes me laugh! Tipton as Ginnie is basically the beginning and end of the film as the focus of the all nighter.

Other cast include Jon Bass as Trevor, Shannon Woodward as Lois, Meta Golding as Kelly, Jon Daly as Jimothy, Stephanie Allynne as Tracy, Rebecca Drysdale as Lizzie, and Connor Barrett as Dean.

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The ALL NIGHTER is a dynamic of two totally different people but with one goal – even if it means wearing a pink princess shirt to do it (congrats on that Simmons!). I just love the relationship between Hirsch and Simmons, not just because of the age difference because really that fades fast, but because their one commonality isn’t what keeps them going.

I think it’s more about these two guys who both have serious issues with life and relationships discovering they are in the same boat. Paddling against one another for a bit, they slowly begin to let the current take them and stop fighting each other. Of course finding all this out on the streets of West Hollywood brings the laughs.

In the end – the fastest way to get over an ex is staying up all night with her dad!

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