Friday, February 16, 2018

Get Out - Free Screening (February 19, 2018)



 
 

NEWS RELEASE 
JORDAN PEELE AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES OFFER FANS FREE
TICKETS TO SPECIAL PRESIDENTS’ DAY SCREENINGS OF
FOUR-TIME ACADEMY AWARD ® -NOMINATED

 
 
 
 
 

First-Come, First-Served Offer Valid at 55 AMC Theatres Nationwide to Guests of the 7:00 P.M. Screenings on Monday, February 19 
Universal City, CA, February 13, 2018—Filmmaker Jordan Peele, in conjunction with Universal Pictures, today announced free screenings of Universal’s Get Out on Presidents’ Day, February 19, at 55 AMC locations nationwide. Each guest who requests a ticket the day of the screening—at a participating location—will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. showing, up to theatre capacity. 
Since its release in theatres in February 2017, Get Out has been nominated for four Academy Awards ® , while inspiring audiences and artists worldwide. A compilation video was also released that showcases the artwork inspired by Get Out—featuring the hashtag #GetOutOneYearLater—to encourage audiences to share more of their artwork, experiences and discussions that were
influenced by the movie. 
The promotion will be available at each of the 55 AMC Theatres playing the special screening of Get Out at 7:00 p.m. on February 19. Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office that day. Each guest must present a valid ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each ID presented, while supplies last. This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on February 19, only.
  
Markets that will be playing Get Out on Presidents’ Day include ones in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO;
Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; New York City, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh/Durham, NC; San Diego, CA; San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA; Seattle/Tacoma, WA; St. Louis, MO; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C. To find out more information, visit www.getoutoneyearlater.com. 
“When Jordan approached us about a way to thank fans one year after the release of Get Out, we thought a Presidents’ Day screening during Black History Month would be a wonderful way to commemorate the film’s impact,” said Jim Orr, President, Distribution, Universal Pictures. “The success of his stunning vision would not have been possible without the audience’s passion for both Get Out’s groundbreaking storytelling and its deft use of art as society’s mirror.” 
For more information and a list of theatres offering the special screenings, please visit www.getoutoneyearlater.com.
 
About Universal Pictures
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Thank You For Your Service - Screening Offer for US Veterans/Active Military


Dear Readers,

Unversal Pictures and AMC Theaters announces free tickets available for US Veterans and Active Military to see THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE on Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at participating AMC theaters.  The first 25 service members to request a ticket, at participating theater, will be given one free admission ticket.  To see if there is a participating theater near you, visit www.tyfysmilitaryoffer.com.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE is in theaters October 27.

P.S.   And to those who have served, are currently serving, or are the mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, daughter, son, other relative of an active duty soldier or veteran...Thank you for your service. 

The Snowman (R/1hr. 59 min.)


Warning!  For those of you who watched the trailer and, like me, thought this was a horror movie, it’s not.  It’s a thriller.  A sometimes-gross thriller, but a thriller nonetheless.  And I liked it.  But only just.  I think the fact that I didn’t have to hide behind my hands through any of it kicked it up a notch or two on the appreciation scale for me. 

The Snowman is about several things all at once.  A child is wronged, women are disappearing left and right, a cop is drunk but seeking redemption, a teenager is seeking a father figure, another cop is seeking revenge, and someone is building creepy snowmen all over Norway.  And in the middle of all that, you get to try to figure out who done it.  I guessed and was right but only after second guesses and questioning my guesses.  You get the point.

There were several things I really liked about this movie.  Michael Fassbender, the scenery, Michael Fassbender, the basic story, though they did walk all over it in spots, Michael Fassbender…  There were also several things I didn’t like.  One of which was the poor editing and the fact that, once again, things happened in the trailer that you will not see in the film.  Who makes these decisions, anyway?  Why would you include enticing scenes in the trailer but leave them on the cutting room floor when you completed the film?  It’s highly frustrating.

Because I might have mentioned him a time or two in this review, let’s take a moment to discuss Michael Fassbender.  As always, he is not hard on the eyes.  And because his character is down on his luck, he’s even more endearing.  Even when he’s a cranky drunk.  Don’t judge me.  I have a feeling there are several ladies out there who would agree.  His character name, though.  Harry Hole?  Why???  Despite his gruff exterior, I like Harry.  Especially as the story progresses.  Harry’s life isn’t exactly where he wants it to be but at least we see him trying to make changes and not wallowing in his desperation.  There’s a lesson to be learned there.   One thing I didn’t like about his character is we never did figure out why he was a drunk.  Or, if we did, I completely missed it.  This movie jumped around so much to give extraneous detail that you’d think his backstory would be included.  Nope.

Rebecca Ferguson is Katrine Bratt.  You pretty much know she’s not quite on the up and up when you first meet her.  I did, anyway.  I liked her but she still seemed…off.  Rebecca did a good job of making Katrine seem haunted, for lack of a better word.  Where Harry’s story was lacking, Katrine’s was included, in a roundabout way.  I truly TRULY did not like the editing on this film.  And, as someone who is okay with a little romance in her thrillers, I was really hoping for a bit of something between Katrine and Harry?  Did it happen?  I’m not telling. 

Val Kilmer was not a major character but I wanted to warn you a bit about him.  He “plays” Detective Rafto.  I was a huge Val Kilmer fan growing up so it was highly disappointing to see him in this role.  I haven’t kept up on any recent news about the actor, himself, so I found myself questioning what on earth was going on with him in the film.  I don’t mean this to sound cruel but I couldn’t figure out why his mouth moved the way it did and why it was a tad foamy.  I kept waiting for some kind of explanation for a malady of some sort other than the fact that he and Michael are both cast as drunks in this film.  It never happened.  So, I decided to do a little research and discovered that he, the actor not the character, has been dealing with Cancer.  Well, okay then.  I do understand that it’s frowned upon for companies to let go of employees when they develop life-threatening diseases but if you’re going to cast someone who develops the kind of health issue that Mr. Kilmer is struggling with, I think it would have been smarter to go with someone else or for him to have stepped down.  It was incredibly obvious that they used someone else’s voice for the very few lines he was given and when the camera moved behind him or didn’t show him at all when he spoke, of course the audience is going to question it and it’s going to pull us completely out of the scene and take us a while to get back in again.  It was a big distraction.  If they were going to insist on using Mr. Kilmer, I believe the editors should have done a much better job than they did.   When people go to see a movie, they’re not there to see an actor, per se, but to see how good the actor portrays their current character.  Detective Rafto was not represented as effectively as he should have been and the movie was the worse for it.  I respect their loyalty to the actor but…

Finally, as far as the cast is concerned, I wanted to mention J.K. Simmons.  I don’t like him as a creep.  Not one little bit.

The Snowman earned its R-rating through violence alone.  There was brief nudity as well but the violence, some of which is quick and gives you absolutely no chance to prepare for it, was the kicker.  It’s not something I’d want to see on a regular basis and is definitely not anything I’d want a child to watch.  Talk about nightmares!!!

I’ve decided I need to read the book to see if certain characters really did get so much more play than others.  And a couple of scenes seemed as if they were added as filler because the director couldn’t think of a better way to explain what was going on.  There was nothing smooth about this film but I didn’t feel it was the total disaster that other reviewers apparently did.  I have no desire to watch it again but it was a nice reprieve from the other movies I’ve been watching during “Scary Movie Month” at my house.