GIVEAWAY: advance screening for BEN-HUR on Tuesday, August 16 (Philly, PA area)

BEN-HUR

Happy Thursday MMT Fam! We have a special “subscribers-only” giveaway tonight (meaning you must follow this website to qualify). We’ve obtained passes to next week’s screening of BEN-HUR starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman next Tuesday night in King of Prussia.

“Ben-Hur” tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince who is falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns home seeking revenge, but finds redemption instead.

This reboot of the 1959 Charlton Heston vehicle is said to be completely different at its core, so don’t expect the same story if you’re familiar with the original.

Want to put your name in the hat for an admit-two pass? Send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Ben-Hur” and your full name in the body. Winners will be selected at random and notified by Sunday, August 14.

You can watch the film’s trailer below, and get additional info at the official website here.

Good luck!

 

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening passes for ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ Monday, September 8 (Philly, PA)

Happy Friday MMT Family!  MMT has partnered with Allied-THA  to give away advanced screening passes for the highly anticipated sequel to “Dolphin Tale,” Dolphin Tale 2, next Monday, September 8 in Center City.  There are 25 pair up for grabs, so you have to be quick!

To obtain a pass, go to Gofobo.com/rsvp and enter code: MMT3BME.  Passes, like screening seating, are on a first come-first served basis and not guaranteed.

You can read a synopsis and watch the trailer for “Dolphin Tale 2” below, and get additional information about the film at the official Facebook page here.  The movie opens nationwide next Friday, September 12.

Good luck family!  Until next thought, Thomasena

Dolphin Tale 2 synopsis

Several years have passed since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter, a young dolphin who lost her tail after being entangled in a crab trap.  With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for Winter, they saved her life against all odds.  In turn, she helped save the Aquarium—as people came from far and wide to see the courageous dolphin firsthand, enabling CMA to greatly expand their mission to “rescue, rehabilitate and, when possible, release” injured animals.

Yet their fight is not over.  Winter’s surrogate mother, the elderly dolphin Panama, passes away, leaving Winter alone and grieving, unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best friend, Sawyer.  However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for CMA.  The USDA warns Clay they will have to move Winter from the Aquarium because regulations require these social creatures to be paired.  If they don’t find a female companion for her—one that she accepts—CMA will lose their beloved Winter.

But as time runs out, there may still be Hope…

 IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 12TH

 

Highly anticipated film ‘Transcendence’ has second trailer debut

Transcendence movie

What’s new MMT Family?  I just had to share this trailer for the new sci-fi thriller Transcendence with you all!  Posing the question “What if a new intelligence was born?” the film tells the story of a terminally ill scientist whose mind is downloaded into a computer, which makes him extremely powerful and a threat to mankind as we know it.

Opening in theaters on April 17, the film stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Rebecca Hall; and features an appearance by actor Cory Hardrict (husband of actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict). I won’t lie, the movie had me with starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman; but it really had me when I saw the below trailer!  Check it out for yourself and read the below synopsis.

You can get more info about the film at the official website here.  Let me know what you think of the trailer?

Until next thought family, Thomasena

Transcendence synpopsis

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.  His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence.  For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown.  The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Alcon Entertainment presents “Transcendence,” starring Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” “A Beautiful Mind”), Rebecca Hall (“The Town,” “The Prestige”), Kate Mara (“House of Cards,” “Shooter”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Clifton Collins, Jr. (“Star Trek,” “Pacific Rim”) and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby,” the “Dark Knight” movies).  “Transcendence” marks the feature film directorial début of Oscar®-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception,” the “Dark Knight” movies).  Pfister directed the movie from a screenplay by Jack Paglen.  Oscar® nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”) are producing the film with Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter, David Valdes, and Aaron Ryder.

A Quick Review of The Dark Knight Rises

Hey Music Movie Fans!  It’s been a minute for movie reviews and today I come with a quick take on the highly anticipated Warner Brothers film, which is the end of the trilogy based on the DC Knightfall comic series, The Dark Knight Rises:).  Now, I am a big The Dark Knight fan, and couldn’t wait until last Wednesday night when I attended a screening of the film in IMAX. And judging by all of the smiles in the audience, and hands being raised quickly to win prizes during the pre-screening trivia, I knew I wasn’t the only geek, um I meant fan, in waiting ;). Now those who follow this blog know I don’t believe in spoilers, so I will do my best to keep it real and not “spill the beans.”

First off, those who wanted the action ante upped from the second film will in no way, shape or form be disappointed; and being directed, co-written, and produced by Chris Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight) did anyone think it wouldn’t?.  This movie moves from opening sequence and doesn’t slow down too much; but it does allow for some catch up on the now hermit like Bruce Wayne (played by the amazing Christian Bale), who has become a recluse since his Dark Knight/fugitive status eight years prior.  We also have to wait midway in the film for Batman to find his way back to Gotham after an unfortunate run-in with the major villain in this movie, Bane.  Or is Bane the major villain in this movie?. Okay, I am going to leave that there! 😉 Wait, I will say this…I very much enjoyed and missed Heath Ledger as the Joker! Although, Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior) brought the super, hulky, scary to the Bane role, it paled in comparison to the charisma and full-out chaos Heath Ledger created in the sequel to Batman Begins.  Sorry ladies and gents, but had to reminisce a little and no direct comparison of the two actors meant, but simply my realizing the impact Mr. Ledger had on the series.

Okay, I’ll move pass the bittersweet to some of my fave things about the film.  The fight scenes are majorly intense, and I actually cringed at one point (yeah comic book fans you know the scene to which I’m referring!).  Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) always makes me smile and I love the sense of  “calm during calamity” he adds to the Lucius Fox character. And Anne Hathaway (I loved her in Rachel Getting Married) is MAGNIFICENT as Catwoman/Selina Kyle!  But I have a gripe. It always amazes me how over-sexualized the female heroines/villains are made out. Case in point: when Batman rides his motorcycle there is no high rear, or rear raised high more accurately describes it, posterior angle.  But when Catwoman gets a chance to ride?  I’ll leave it there people, but go see the film and tell me you didn’t notice?

Another negative is with a close to three-hour running time, 2 hours and 44 minutes to be exact, you should make sure to load up enough snacks and visit a restroom before getting a theater seat!  It was a very long movie, and unfortunately the IMAX theater I visited was not the most comfortable.  Also, the movie is even more dark than the second in series, so if you have little ones waiting to see the film I would recommend heeding the PG-13 rating, as the violent images are certainly meant for a more mature audience.

Alright, there is so much more I want to say, but again it would involve some spoilers so I’ll just say go see this film!  And stop back and leave a thought or two below after you see it to let me know your favorite character/moment.  Look forward to hearing from you family.

Until next thought, Thomasena.