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Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers” films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Nocturnal Animals”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Black Hawk Down”), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill (“La La Land,” “Sicario”) under their Black Label Media banner. Oscar winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) and Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2”) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik and Val Hill.

The main cast also includes Michael PenÞa (“The Martian, “Ant-Man”) and Navid Negahban (“American Sniper,” TV’s “Homeland”). Joining Hemsworth, Shannon and PenÞa as the “12 Strong” U.S. Special Forces team are Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Geoff Stults (“Only the Brave”), Thad Luckinbill (“Only the Brave”), Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies”), Ben O’Toole (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Austin Hebert (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), Kenneth Miller (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Kenny Sheard (“13 Hours”) and Jack Kesy (TV’s “The Strain). Actors portraying soldiers of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance include Laith Nakli (“24: Legacy”), Fahim Fazli (“American Sniper”) and Yousuf Azami (“Lone Survivor”), and Said Taghmaoui (“Wonder Woman”) as a Taliban military leader. Also seen in the film are Elsa Pataky (the “Fast & Furious” films), as Nelson’s wife, and William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down,” “Armageddon”) and Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Hangover”) as U.S. Army officers.

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“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Rasmus Videbaek (“A Royal Affair”), production designer Christopher Glass (“The Jungle Book”), editor Lisa Lassek (“The Avengers,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”), costume designer Daniel J. Lester (assistant costume designer on “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”) and Academy Award-winning stunt coordinator/second unit director Mic Rodgers (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Braveheart”).

Slated for release on January 19, 2018, “12 Strong” will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Lionsgate is handling international distribution.

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Disney & Pixar’s “Onward” is a “Quest” for Closure

Disney and Pixar always have a way of making films that are hilarious, heartwarming, and above all us tearjerkers! The latest installment to their family of CGI films, “Onward,” is no less amazing or emotional! It’s a coming of age story that transforms one brother and still closure, for another.

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Disney and Pixar always have a way of making films that are hilarious, heartwarming, and above all us tearjerkers! The latest installment to their family of CGI films, “Onward,” is no less amazing or emotional! It’s a coming of age story that transforms one brother and still closure, for another.

Grade: A

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The story is set in a fictional world technology has taken the place of magic. Magic is all but forgotten and out of practice, until two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) are left a magical staff by their late father on the former’s birthday. The staff possess The Phoenix Crystal, a magical gem that can resurrect a person for a single day. Somehow, the crystal breaks and only revives the lower half of their father. At Barley’s behest–and his love of magic–the two go on a hilarious, but heartwarming “quest” to find another Phoenix Crystal to fully revive their father before their day with him runs out. There are pixies, booby traps, a manticore (a mythical beast typically depicted as having the body of a lion, the face of a man, and the sting of a scorpion.), a centaur stepfather, and even a dragon! Still through it all there’s brotherhood. We love it!

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“Onward” is definitely a film for the entire family. However, it addresses the loss of a parent and closure, two issues seldom discussed so thoroughly in a film targeting children. Losing a parent can leave a whole in someone’s heart. For people who have not lost their parents, you will find yourself cherishing them, and for those who have it may force you to confront lingering surroundings their death. The last real film to address the loss of a parent actually came from Disney and Pixar as well, “Coco.” Similar to “Onward,” it is a journey of two family members on a quest of restoration which ultimately becomes one of closure.

There is not a single moment of the film you will not enjoy with characters so layered and sweet you will probably love them for the rest of your life. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt really prove they can do it all–be superheroes (Spider-Man and Star-Lord, respectively from the Marvel Studios films), save the world, and even do voice acting! Chris revealed in a recent interview how he relates to his character, Barley. “I was Ian and my brother was Barley,” Pratt said at a press conference. “My brother, for instance, always wanted to be an actor. He did plays. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Being an actor is awesome. I want to be an actor.'” Tom, however,  is no one’s older brother. In reality, he is instead the oldest of four siblings. Thus he does not relate to his Ian being in that manner. He does however reveal his younger brothers have learned one very important lesson from him. “How to be gracious losers when they lose at golf — that’s what I’ve taught them,” Holland said. “I’m a terrible loser, so they’ve learned what not to do from their big brother.”

Spring is almost here, and what better way to start it off than with a little brotherly love. Be sure to catch “Onward” in a theater near you today, and nationwide!

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Universal’s ‘Invisible Man’ is Monster Movie Magic!

If you’re a fan of monster movies, you may have given up hope after Universal’s failed monster mash franchise kick-starter The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. This movie proved that big names and big budgets don’t guarantee stellar reviews. So when Kontrol Magazine received an invitation to see a special Atlanta screening on Wednesday, February 18 of Universal’s next monster flick, The Invisible Man, I was leery. 

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If you’re a fan of monster movies, you may have given up hope after Universal’s failed monster mash franchise kick-starter The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. This movie proved that big names and big budgets don’t guarantee stellar reviews. So when Kontrol Magazine received an invitation to see a special Atlanta screening on Wednesday, February 18 of Universal’s next monster flick, The Invisible Man, I was leery. 

Grade: A+

From the moment the movie began, it was evident that writer-director Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man was going to be something different. One of the film’s actors, Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), made that clear in her in-person introduction about the movie. Whannell, along with his partner in crime James Wan, helped redefine the horror genre with Saw and Insidious. The Saw films, in particular, pushed the boundaries of on-screen cinematic violence and helped introduce the term “torture porn” into the modern vernacular.

Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid | UNIVERSAL

Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid | UNIVERSAL

Whannell’s The Invisible Man is a thoroughly modern thriller that sidesteps the previous H.G. Wells adaptations do what Whannell does best: elevate the genre and scare people. The movie has been screened for critics, and they’re taking to social media in droves to report that The Invisible Man is the real deal — a tense, terrifying thriller grounded in real-world issues and featuring a performance for the ages from Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Critics have every right to go absolutely bonkers over The Invisible Man. Moss stars as Cecilia Kass, whose boyfriend Adrian was both a wealthy tech genius and manipulative, abusive partner before apparently committing suicide. Cecilia eventually becomes convinced that he has returned to torment her as… well, an invisible man, although she understandably has a hard time getting anyone to believe her.

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  • Critic Witney Seibold was one of many to praise the film’s examination of the dynamics of abuse while also standing in awe of just how damn scary it is — and how much Moss sells Cecilia’s mounting terror. “[The Invisible Man] is not just one of the most tightly-wound thrillers in recent memory, but it is a pertinent and all-too-real look at the panic and damage left by an abusive relationship,” she tweeted. “Elisabeth Moss digs deep.”
  • We Live Entertainment editor-in-chief Scott Menzel concurred. “The Invisible Man is a tension filled thrill-ride from start to finish,” he tweeted. “Elizabeth Moss delivers a… captivating performance that is… some of her finest work to date.”
  • The Playlist’s Griffin Schiller called the film “a modern horror classic… Poignant & timely, packed full of edge of your seat anxiety inducing suspense! Sound & production design are MASSIVE standouts but Elizabeth Moss OWNS this film.”

The Invisible Man, which also stars the amazing new talent, Storm Reid, and the sexy Aldis Hodge, opens February 28, 2020. The response from critics and everyday moviegoers is setting an apparent theme: Monster movie magic is in the air. This film has all the ingredients to be one of the year’s biggest horror hits.

Watch Storm Reid Speak About The Invisible Man

 

Written By: Byron Jamal

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First Love. Last Letter. | TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU Final Trailer!!

It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?”

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It is sequel time! Just when we thought “To All The Boys I Loved” was neatly wrapped a done, Netflix blesses us with a sequel–“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You!”

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self.

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To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – Jordan Fisher, Lana Condor – Photo Credit: Netflix / Bettina Strauss

But when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

We have to say we cannot wait for this film. The last film was so heartwarming and had all the angst and hi-jinks we love from a teen romantic comedy. It really looks like Lara Jean has her work cut out for her as she navigates these new challenges in her love life.

What do you guys think about the trailer for “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You?” Are you #TeamJohn or #TeamPeter?Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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