GIVEAWAY: advance screening of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT on Monday, June 19 (Philly, PA)

Happy Friday MMT Fam!  We’re giving away passes to the Philly screening of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT taking place on Monday, June 19th at the UA Riverview.

This giveaway is open to both subscribers and non-subscribers, so you have to be quick! But if you belong to the latter group, “What are you waiting for? Subscribe!” 😉

Click here to get to the Gofobo landing and follow the “get my passes” prompt. Tickets, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and on a first come, first serve basis.

You can read the film synopsis and watch the trailer below, and get additional information at the official website here. TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT opens in theaters on June 21.

Good Luck!

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference.  In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening PATRIOTS DAY on Tuesday, January 10 (Philly, PA)

PATRIOTS DAY

Happy Tuesday MMT Fam! We’re giving away passes to our 2nd Philly screening of PATRIOTS DAY before it hits the big screen, but you have to be quick! The advanced screening will take place next Tuesday, January 10 at the United Artists Riverview in South Philly.

To try your luck at a pass, click here to get to the gofobo landing and follow the “get my passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. This contest is open to both subscribers and non-subscribers – but if you fall in the latter group, what are you waiting for? Sign up for free, and qualify for our subscriber only giveaways/contests – and also follow our Facebook page to increase your chances of future wins!

You can watch the trailer for PATRIOTS DAY below and get additional information at the official website here.

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GIVEAWAY: advanced screening of PATRIOTS DAY on Wednesday, December 14 (Philly, PA)

Patriots Day

We have a great giveaway today, for both subscribers and non-subscribers, so you have to be quick! We’ve acquired 60 seats to the Philly advance screening of PATRIOTS DAY on Wednesday, December 14 in Center City.

An account of the Boston Marathon bombing and the intense aftermath, “Patriots Day” is the story of a community’s courage in the face of adversity. Celebrating the average citizens who became extraordinary heroes, this thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan explores the untold story behind the hunt and capture of the bombers before they could carry out a second attack in New York City.

To try your luck at a pass, click here to get to the Gofobo landing and follow the “get my passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can watch the trailer below and get additional info at the official website here. PATRIOTS DAY opens in select theaters on December 21, and nationwide on January 13.

FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY: An MMT Quick Review of DEEPWATER HORIZON by contributor Darryl King

Deepwater Horizon

“For the love of money, people will lie, people will cheat. For the love of money, people don’t care who they hurt or beat.” When companies and corporations put all their value in profits over people, we often find ourselves with situations that result in DEEPWATER HORIZON. This film is based on the true story about an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, its explosion and destruction, and one of the greatest man-made disasters in history. “Deepwater Horizon” explores the lives and bravery of the people who lived and survived this massive incident.

As a movie, “Deepwater Horizon” does a great job at building suspense with nervous anticipation, and providing exciting action without losing focus upon tragic events. The film showers the viewer with accruing themes like greed, company & governmental compliance, and nurturing and protecting relationships – all while developing a pragmatic narrative framed by fine acting performances that make you forget this isn’t a fabricated story… this really happened!

Over the years, director Peter Berg has done a great job at taking material, fantasy or biographical, and discovering the heart of the story, laying out a comprehensive anecdote for the viewer. With such films as “Hancock”, “Friday Night Lights,” “The Rundown” and “Lone Survivor,” Berg has carved out a niche in today’s movie landscape that is highly touted and grounded in realism. Being an actor himself probably aides in pulling out the best performances from his talent, and “Deepwater Horizon” follows that tradition.

Sometimes I forget just how great an actor John Malkovich is, until I see him in a role that requires him to be more than just a character actor. In “Deepwater Horizon,” he is the villain, fallen to the root of all evil – the love of money. Malkovich draws you slowly into hating his character while understanding his motives. His ‘one on one’ meeting/battle with the hero (Wahlberg) is truly fulfilling and rewarding while not over acting within the scene.

Our hero is played by Mark Wahlberg who has gotten used to that type of role – Transformers, Shooter, Italian Job, etc. – but even his courage is over shadowed by the story and the action, which are the true stars of the film. When you add in Kurt Russell as the Senior Official, he is just one of those actors that deepens the gravitas of a film, it grounds the story even more.

We must remember that this oil rig disaster really happened, lives were lost, communities changed and the film doesn’t let you forget that by over-hyping movie stars, or with an over-reliance of special effects and action set pieces because, at its core, “Deepwater Horizon” is a movie about people.

And the movie doesn’t fall prey to locking its focus upon the secondary plot surrounding the wife of Wahlberg, played by Kate Hudson, and his family. Peter Berg could have easily tried to tell a love story and the subsequent fallout resulting from such a tragedy but that would take the focus off of the real story – greed and its collateral damage, heroism and survival.

In the end, “Deepwater Horizon” is a very good action movie, based on real life events, which gives us a glimpse into the bravery and actions of people forced to fight dire consequences. It’s a tale woven together by a good storyteller, with excellent acting performances that win over the audience. “Don’t let, don’t let, don’t let money rule you. For the love of money, money can change people sometimes. Don’t let, don’t let, don’t let money change you.”

Darryl King (photo courtesy of Darryl King)Darryl King is a video director, film writer and avid Marvel/DC comic book/movie lover. In addition to his popular comic book movie reviews, you can check out his reviews of The Magnificent Seven and Jason Bourne right here on MMT.

A Quick Review of Broken City

Broken City Opens 1/18/13

Well Music Movie family it is rare that I endorse two movies in the same opening weekend, but I’m making an exception this week. Not only am I hype about the independent movie LUV opening today, but I am equally excited about the Allen Hughes (Dead Presidents, Book of Eli) driven 20th Century Fox vehicle Broken City. The film stars newly named, honorary Philadelphian himself Mark Wahlberg (Shooter, The Fighter), Russell Crowe (Les Miserables, American Gangster), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Rock of Ages, Chicago) and one of my FAVORITE actors of all time Jeffrey Wright (Cadillac Records, Quantum of Solace).

Broken City tells the story of disgraced cop turned private detective Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), who is hired by NYC’s mayorMark Wahlberg & Thomasena Farrar (Russell Crowe) to tail his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and subsequently uncovers a city-wide conspiracy of corruption, sex, and murder. With his life threatened at every turn, Billy finds himself faced with an impossible choice, which could have disastrous repercussions for his career and family.

I enjoyed this film a lot, and became so engrossed in the story that I forgot a key moment from the beginning; one that really would have helped me figure out part of the ending. Now if you ask me, Mark Wahlberg really cannot do any wrong, and gave his solid tough guy, you’re gonna root for him no matter what performance. Russell Crowe also gave a solid performance as the conniving mayor who places Taggart in the center of a lose-lose situation without hesitation. And did I mention that Jeffrey Wright was one of my fave actors? He delivers, as usual, as the NYC commissioner, and displays that unique ability to make the audience first be annoyed by and ultimately love his character without remembering the negative emotion was first.

director Allen Hughes & Thomasena FarrarWhen the film screened here in Philly last week, I had the pleasure of meeting both Mark Wahlberg and Allen Hughes; and got to share with Allen that From Hell and Dead Presidents are two of my favorite films. I wish I would have remembered to plug giving Jeffrey Wright a lead in a future film! 🙂

I did ask him if he could bring any musician or singer’s biopic to the big screen, deceased or living, whom he would choose and he chose Jimi Hendix; who he believes is the most brilliant man to ever play electric guitar. He noted, however, that he’d attempted to bring the Hendrix biopic to the big screen, before the version starring André 3000 (All Is By My Side currently in post-production). He says the project is “impossible” to get done. Although he didn’t specify, it’s possible he was alluding to obtaining certain permissions from the Hendrix estate, which has barred the version featuring André 3000 from using any Jimi Hendrix music. When I asked if there was any other musician/singer’s story he’d be interested in producing/directing, Allen definitively stated “nope, that’s it.” Now as a fan of music biographies, and both Allen and Albert Hughes, I’m hoping he has a change of heart and finds another artist that can benefit from his creative vision. And if it happens, you read it here first. 😉

With a 109 minute running time, Broken City is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. You can check out the official trailer below, and stop back after you see it to leave a thought or two in the comments section.

Until next thought family, Thomasena