January 2018 Film Releases

New year and lots of new movies coming out! Good mix this month with some horror, some romance, and lots of action.

Insidious: The Last Key

Release Date: January 5th
Dir. Adam Robitel
Prod. Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan, Leigh Wannell
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Starring: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Wannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard

Elise Rainier travels to New Mexico to investigate disturbing supernatural forces in her old home.


Stratton

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Release Date: January 5th
Dir. Simon West
Prod. Matthew Jenkins
Studio: Momentum Pictures
Genre: Action Thriller
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton

 

Dominic Cooper stars as John Stratton, a Special Boat Service operator in Northern Ireland who must track down a terrorist cell.


The Commuter

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Release Date: January 12th
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
Prod. Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action
Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan banks, Elizabeth McGovern, Sam Neill

 

A man gets caught up in a deadly game while on his way home from work. What started as a normal day now has him racing to find a hidden passenger on the train to save his life and those of his fellow commuters.


Proud Mary

Release Date: January 12th
Dir. Babak Najafi
Prod. Tai Duncan, Paul Schiff
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Action Thriller
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover, Neal McDonough, Xander Berkeley, Maragaret Avery

Taraji P. Henson plays Mary, a hitwoman working in Boston who inadvertently orphans a young boy when her latest job goes sideways.


12 Strong

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Nicolai Fuglsig
Prod. Jerry Bruckheimer, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: War Drama
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes

Based on the book, Horse Soldiers, the film follows 12 soldiers who, after the 9/11 attacks, are sent to Afghanistan to help fight the Taliban.


Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Christian Gudegast
Prod. Mark Canton, Christian Gudegast, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Heist Action Thriller
Starring: Gerard Butler, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, Max Holloway

Following a group of robbers as they plan the biggest heist of their careers as well as the cops who both work against and with the criminals.


The Leisure Seeker

Release Date: January 19th
Dir. Paolo Virzi
Prod. Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Genre: Italian-French Road Film
Starring: Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren

A couple escape from their adult children and their lives full of doctors appointments by taking a road trip from Boston to the Florida Keys.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Death Cure

Release Date: January 26th
Dir. Wes Ball
Prod. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman, Wes Ball
Studio: 20th Century Box
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction Action Thriller
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulet, Patricia Clarkson

In this final chapter of The Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas and the other Gladers must break into the “Last City”. Controller by WCKD and full of deadly traps, it will be their most dangerous adventure yet, but it will also get them the answers they need.


Lots of great films being released in 2018 and this is just the start!

Which of these films are you most excited about?

Personally, I can’t wait for The Death Cure or Insidious. Not too sure I’ll paying to see Liam Neeson ride a train though.

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Dancing With the Stars Week Six: “A Night at the Movies” Recap

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This week on DWTS the couples were off to the movies!

The scoring this week was out of 40 as the regular judges were joined by special guest judge, Shania Twain.

Each couple was assigned a film genre and had to come up with a dance that both incorporated the ballroom style they were given and that genre.

Each dance was interesting and incorporated the genre they were given in a unique and creative way.

Something else that was unique and creative (and quite controversial) was Shania Twain’s performance mid-way through the show. There is a lot of critique about her entire appearance during week six, but what I’m talking about is when she got up to perform her song “Soldier”.

Now, I’m no expert, but I work in a music store. And during her performance she sounded exactly (like scarily so) like the recording of that song that is on her new album. I’m not saying for sure whether or not she lip synced, but something about the whole performance was definitely off.

Moving on to nicer and less controversial performances, here are the scores from Monday night:

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Derniere Danse” – Indila
Score: 36
Film Genre: Foreign
#TeamSmackDown
*Safe*

Drew & Emma
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Legend” – The Score
Score: 30
Film Genre: Action
#TeamHotProperty
*Safe*

Nick & Peta
Dance: Samba
Song: “Wild Wild West” – Will Smith feat. Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee
Score: 26
Film Genre: Western
#TeamMomandPops
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*Jeopardy*

Victoria & Val
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Score: 31
Film Genre: Sport
#TeamViVa
*Jeopardy*

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Jive
Song: “Feel it Still” – Portugal the Man
Score: 37
Film Genre: Spy
#TeamGetchaPopcorn
*Jeopardy*

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Holly Rock” – Sheila E.
Score: 31
Film Genre: Animation
#TeamFrannyPack
*Safe*

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Let’s Be Bad” – Smash cast feat. Megan Hilty
Score: 36
Film Genre: Musical
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom
*Safe*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Supermarket Flowers” – Ed Sheeran
Score: 39
Film Genre: Drama
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Safe*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Human” – Sevdaliza
Score: 40
Film Genre: Sci-Fi
#TeamSTARK
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Perfect Score*
*Safe*

The competition is continuing to heat up the further into it we get and every dancer brought their A-game this week.

Unfortunately, there still had to be an elimination. Throughout the course of the night it was announced which couples were safe and which ones were in jeopardy.

Initially in jeopardy this week: Nick & Peta; Victoria & Val; Terrell & Cheryl.

The last couple called to be called safe was Victoria & Val, leaving Terrell & Cheryl and Nick & Peta in jeopardy.

The couple eliminated in week six was Nick and Peta.

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Sad to see them go, though I think after all the weeks of them being in jeopardy and scraping by we knew it was going to come. Nick brought a lot of fun to the competition and we all know this won’t be the last we see of him. It’s safe to say he’ll be in the audience every week now to cheer on Vanessa.

Which dance was your favourite? Is the couple you’re rooting for still in the running?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Four: “Most Memorable Year” Recap

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“Most Memorable Year” is always a tough week with lots of tears from the dancers and from everyone watching them.

There were some truly beautiful tributes done by many of the dancers tonight and many special moments shared.

All of the stars brought their all this week, seemingly inspired by the beautiful moments they were dancing about.

Here are the scores for week four:

Frankie & Witney
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Adventure of a Lifetime” – Coldplay
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2017, Learned to live in the present
#TeamFrannyPack

Terrell & Cheryl
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “I Have Nothing” – Whitney Houston
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2012, Year he lost his grandmother
#TeamGetchaPopcorn

Nikki & Artem
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2016, The year she made her way back into the ring after a serious injury
#TeamSmackDown

Nick & Peta
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Score: 22
Most Memorable Year: 2011, Year he and Vanessa got married
#TeamMomandPops
*Jeopardy*

Lindsey & Mark
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Anchor” – Mindy Gledhill
Score: 26
Most Memorable Year: 2016, The year she lost her father
#TeamSTARK

Derek & Sharna
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Move on Up” – Curtis Mayfield
Score: 23
Most Memorable Year: 2007, The year his daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer
#TeamHoopsandHeels
*Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Jordan & Lindsay
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Take Me Home” – Us the Duo
Score: 29
Most Memorable Year: 2005, The year he was adopted
#TeamFishUponAStar
*Highest Score of the Night*
*Highest Score of the Season*
*First 10 of the Season*

Sasha & Gleb
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Over my Head (Cable Car)” – The Fray
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2016, Last season of Pretty Little Liars and the year she got engaged
#TeamAteam

Vanessa & Maks
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” – Nick Lachey
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2017, The year her third baby was born and their family completed
#TeamBabiesAndBallroom

Drew & Emma
Dance: Jive
Song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
Score: 24
Most Memorable Year: 2007, The year the Property Brothers came to be
#TeamHotProperty

Victoria & Val
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “I Lived” – OneRepublic
Score: 27
Most Memorable Year: 2017, the year she got her life and her freedom back
#TeamViVa

The tears were flowing from the first dance to the last.

Every dance, no matter the circumstances, was beautiful and inspiring.

Unfortunately, it is a competition and there was an elimination.

The couples in jeopardy during week four were Nick & Peta and Derek & Sharna and ultimately it was Derek & Sharna who were sent home.

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Make sure you tune in next week for Disney Night and let me know below which dance was your favourite. Which one had you crying?

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#TeamFrannyPack

The Walking Dead Review: “Hostiles and Calamities”

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For this episode we are back in The Sanctuary directly following Daryl’s escape. Dwight has just discovered Daryl got away and Negan has returned to The Sanctuary with his new prisoner: Eugene.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this episode.

On one hand, it was great to see what was happening at The Sanctuary during the time we were seeing the group prepare to fight Negan. It was definitely vital for us to learn who had helped Daryl escape, what happened to that person, what Negan did to Dwight, and what happened to Eugene.

On the other hand, I’ve never been a huge fan of these types of episodes, at least not right off the bat. It took binging the seasons a few times before I could sit and watch the Governor-solo episodes and I feel like this is a similar situation.

These types of episodes work really well when watched consecutively back to back with the episodes before and after. On it’s own, when you have to wait a week between the last and the next, I always find these ones hard to sit through and find it difficult to concentrate.

That being said, there were several significant things that happened in tonight’s episode.

We learned that Dwight’s wife was the one who helped Daryl escape and has no ran from The Sanctuary herself.

We learned Dwight has some sort of memory issue. I’m guessing to people who have read the comics this might be something they already know, but to people who haven’t this is definitely interesting information.

We learned that everyone in The Sanctuary may or may not be there by choice and that it’s impossible to tell who can be trusted and who can’t. Seriously, what was with those girls Eugene was with? I couldn’t tell if they were really on his side or Negan’s and who they were playing.

And finally, we learned Eugene is either a bigger coward than we thought or a bigger genius than we thought.

At the very end of the episode, Eugene declares himself to be Negan. This could be an incredibly smart move on his part and might just be a means to survival.

However, like everyone else residing at The Sanctuary, I can’t tell if he can be trusted anymore. Eugene is a coward, that much is well known information by now.

While I would like to think he’s just covering himself until he can get back to the group, I also think it’s very possible Eugene has decided to give in to the pickles and video games and join the dark side.

Next week we’re back with Rick and the others and I honestly can’t wait. It looks like it’s going to be a great episode packed with action and walkers

Let me know what you thought of tonight’s episode!

Is Eugene really joining Negan or just trying to survive?

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier: “Rock in the Road”

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7B is here! The Walking Dead returned tonight in an adrenaline packed episode that reunited old friends and introduced new ones.

The episode picked up exactly where 7A left off: with the group at The Hilltop trying to convince Gregory he needed to join them in their fight against Negan.

While this didn’t work, hope was still there as Jesus introduced the group to King Ezekiel at The Kingdom. Unfortunately, this also didn’t work.

This whole interaction was a long time coming and as a viewer it was incredibly exciting to see these three communities come together (I mean, not really, but they all know the others exist now).

We made it almost all the way through the episode thinking that things might actually be starting to look up. Surely The Hilltop and The Kingdom will eventually be convinced to join Rick and the others and they’ll defeat Negan.

They finally had one up on the Saviours. Negan and his men don’t know the three groups know about each other.

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Not only that, but Team Family managed to get their hands on some explosives that were set up and meant to protect The Sanctuary from Walkers, but will now be used against them instead.

Then, in true Walking Dead style, in the last ten seconds the group once again seems to be in immediate danger (though it seems Rick disagrees).

While out looking for Gabriel the group is surrounded by an even larger group of people.

At first I thought they were Saviours, but then realized the weapons were all wrong. Then I thought it was that group Tara had met, but then saw there were men and knew it couldn’t be them either.

And, despite Rick smiling and seeming very happy, I was definitely yelling at my screen by the time the credits rolled.

The only thing this episode was missing was a reunion between Carol and the others. Though, with Daryl now staying The Kingdom, I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later.

Next weeks episode looks amazing and I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here.

Let me know what you thought of the episode!

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74th Annual Golden Globes

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A night full of talented stars, awkward jokes, and too-long acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes are here again!

The event kicked off with an amazing opening number (seriously, how amazing were the kids from Stranger Things?!). This was followed by a monologue that was equal parts awkward and hilarious.

There were, of course, jokes made about Donald Trump and what an awful year 2016 was.

And then it was onto the awards!

Best Supporting Actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy:
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film;$
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

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Best Miniseries or TV Film:
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, & Benjamin Wallifisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song:
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls
“Faith” – Sing
“Gold” – Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Viola DavisFences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
NicoleKidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film:
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This is Us
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
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Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film:
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zuccini
Sing

Between the awards there was a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds, a pair whose deaths truly shook the world.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film:
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy – The Crown
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Drama Series:
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement and delivered the most heartfelt and powerful speech I have ever heard. She urged people to hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions and it was crystal clear who she was talking about.

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Londergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Gravest
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Musical or Comedy:
La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence
Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Actor in a Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Drama:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Drama:
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester
by the Sea

What a truly spectacular night it was! So many amazing actors and actresses won some very well deserved awards and gave some fantastic speeches. Meryl Streep’s in particular is one I believe people will be talking about all year.

Awards Season is officially upon us and I’m incredibly excited to see how the rest of it goes.

Were there any award winners you were surprised by?

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

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The wait is finally over!

After months of agonizing and wondering and betting on who was at the other end of Negan’s bat we finally have an answer.

And you know what?

I want to go back to not knowing. I’d rather continue wondering for years to come if only last night didn’t have to happen.

But it did happen and it is with great sadness that we lost…

SPOILER ALERT

Abraham and Glenn.

Yes, both of them. Both in what is probably the most gruesome and violent death we’ve seen on The Walking Dead. It was horrific to watch and I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much watching a show before.

And yet, as sad as both their deaths were I’m almost glad they went out the way they did and not just from getting bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d have liked to see them both live long lives, but if these two badass characters had to go out, I’d rather have it be in a way that was meaningful to the story, the other characters, and to everyone watching.

With Abraham’s parting words of “Suck my nuts” and Glenn telling Maggie he’ll find her, these are two characters who, despite being gone, are going to continue to play vital roles in this show.

This episode wasn’t just about finding out who was on the other end of the bat though. This episode was also about breaking Rick.

I’d say Negan was successful in doing exactly that.

It will be interesting to see the direction each character takes and the way they handle what has happened.

With Rick broken down, Maggie seemingly prepared to fight, and Daryl held hostage by Negan, there’s no clear path that they can take without more of their own getting killed.

Next week we get our first look at the Kingdom which is where Morgan and Carol are currently staying, completely oblivious to what has just happened to their group.

What do you think will happen next week?

How do you think Morgan and Carol will react when they hear what happened?

RIP Glenn Rhee & Sgt. Abraham Ford

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