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Film Review: ‘The Choice’

4 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Now pay attention, because I’m about to tell you the secret of life.” These would be hard opening lines for any film to live up to, but when spoken at the beginning of “The Choice” — the latest, and quite possibly worst, tissue-thin weepie to issue forth from the Nicholas Sparks page-to-screen assembly line— the gulf between what’s promised and what’s delivered is wide enough to be spotted from space. Beginning as a merely mediocre retread of standard Sparksian tropes, veering off into self-parody around the hour-mark, and finally concluding with one of the most brazenly cynical climaxes recently committed to film, “The Choice” presents audiences with a fairly easy decision at the multiplex.

In spite of his status as a critical punching bag, Sparks is usually a successful storyteller. At least, successful stories have been told with his assistance. Nick Cassavetes’ 2004 adaptation of “The Notebook,” to cite the most obvious example, »

- Andrew Barker

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Movie Review – The Finest Hours (2016)

1 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Finest Hours, 2016.

Directed by Craig Gillespie.

Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Kyle Gallner, John Magaro, Graham McTavish, Michael Raymond-James, Beau Knapp, Josh Stewart, Abraham Benrubi, and Eric Bana.

Synopsis:

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

The aggrandizing and melodramatic delivery of The Finest Hours will surely put some viewers off, but there’s no denying that the period piece, dramatic recounting of what the film describes as “The most daring rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history” is pulled off with elegance and grace. One of cinema’s greatest abilities is the power to transport us to different times and places, and while that is successfully captured here (whether it be with 1950s wardrobes or vehicles), it is the personality of the characters »

- Robert Kojder

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes the Weekend Box Office with $41M

31 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While January isn't typically a big month for box office blockbusters, there can be the occasional movie that opens big. Two weeks ago, Ride Along 2 breathed some life into the new year with a respectable $35.2 million opening frame, but last weekend, it dropped a whopping 64.7% and slipped from first to third place, with the holdover The Revenant taking the top spot in its fifth week in theaters. This weekend is shaping up to be the biggest frame of the new year so far, with three heavily-promoted new releases, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black and The Finest Hours. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 3 took the top spot at the box office with $41 million.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is expected to easily take the top spot with a projected $48 million, which isn't terribly surprising given this franchise's pedigree of critical acclaim and box office success. »

- MovieWeb

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' #1; Holdovers Make Up for Money Lost in the Snow

31 January 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 reigns atop the weekend box office, bringing in more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun didn't fair so well as holdovers from last weekend make up for dollars lost due to last weekend's snowstorm. Not a single film in the top ten dropped more than 34% and the overall top twelve was up nearly 25% compared to last weekend, which is also a 46% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $41 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 crushed the previous January, animated opening weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job (2014). It's also bordering on a enough to become the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. Compared to the first two Panda films, the opening does signify yet another »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominating U.S. Box Office, Aiming for $44 Million Weekend

29 January 2016 2:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the panda will rule the U.S. box office this weekend with “Kung Fu Panda 3” grossing four times as much as nearest rival “The Finest Hours,” early estimates showed Friday.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has been expected to dominate with at least $40 million at 3,955 theaters, is heading for a $13 million opening day — dwarfing a trio of Friday launches for Chris Pine’s “The Finest Hours” with $4 million at 3,143 sites, Marlon Wayans’ “Fifty Shades of Black” with $3.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun” with a miniscule $300,000 at 1,210 screens.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, appears likely to finish with $44 million, or close to 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.

The cartoon is a tonic for the box office following a weekend »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Portman Goes Western in Jane Got a Gun - and 10 Great Roles That Got Her There

29 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Box Office: Chris Pine’s ‘Finest Hours’ Opens to Choppy $375,000 on Thursday

29 January 2016 8:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s sea-rescue adventure “The Finest Hours” has opened with a moderate $375,000 on Thursday night.

The Finest Hours,” which recreates the 1952 Coast Guard rescue mission off the New England coast, has been forecast for an opening in the $10 million range this weekend — an unpromising start for a film with a reported $70 million price tag. It will open Friday in 2,700-plus 3D locations and 190 Imax screens, with older males expected to be the largest demographic.

The action-adventure, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana, topped previews for two other recent Disney entries — “McFarland,” which opened with $260,000 on its way to an $11 million opening weekend, and “Million Dollar Arm,” which scored $250,000 in previews and launched with $10.5 million.

This weekend will also see the opening of Open Road’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” spoof “Fifty Shades of Black,” starring Marlon Wayans, at 2,075 sites. The film took in $275,000 during Thursday previews.

Fifty Shades of Black »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Dormer, Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany And More Star In Spy Thriller Official Secrets

29 January 2016 6:12 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Kellvin Chavez

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The Finest Hours – The Review

28 January 2016 10:05 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Toss on the life jackets (or as they were called during WWII, “Mae Wests”) and prepare yourself for a nautical thriller, one “inspired by true events” (barely a month into 2016 and here’s the second “non-fiction” flick after 13 Hours). Now it’s not a wartime actioner with destroyers battling subs. As you may have gathered from the numerous TV spots, this story is more of “man versus Mother Nature” one, along the lines of The Perfect Storm from way back in 2000. Since then we’ve seen film heroes fighting storms and killer waves in Life Of Pi, All Is Lost, and the very recent (maybe six weeks) In The Heart Of The Sea. This new flick is not set a couple hundred years ago like that whale-hunting adventure, only 64 years next month. This is a tale of determination and courage exemplified by the Us Coast Guard in one of the most astounding sea rescues, »

- Jim Batts

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Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins And Harrison Ford Join Official Secrets

28 January 2016 9:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paul Bettany (Avengers film series, Iron Man film series), Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games trilogy, The Forest, HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit films, upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Sherlock), Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford have joined the espionage thriller Official Secrets which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler (Devil’S Knot).

Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Other Boleyn Girl) will direct the true story based on the best-selling book The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion. The screenplay is written by Sara and Gregory Bernstein.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producing the feature film and are handling the financing and international sales at the upcoming European Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and represents domestic rights.

The film is slated »

- Michelle McCue

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Movie Review: The Finest Hours

28 January 2016 9:12 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

February of 1952 brought about an epic winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod, the Coast Guard made one of history’s bravest attempts at rescuing a split in half oil tanker (one of two ships demolished that evening). The new film, The Finest Hours is the account of those events.

I had very high hopes for this film, based on true events. The Finest Hours having a wonderful cast, Chris Pine plays lead as Bernie Webber, the shy, insecure Coast Guard captain with a failed history of rescue attempts. Then there is Holiday Granger who plays Webber’s love interest Miriam, the beautiful, bold, aggressive woman that is bound and determined to get what she wants. The cast also includes, Casey Affleck in the integral role of Ray Sybert, the sinking ship’s operations manager.

We are taken through the events and unfortunately the 117-minute film seemed to go on much longer than that. »

- Betsy Russo

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The Finest Hours Review

28 January 2016 2:39 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Traversing the dangerous waters of January release season is an unenviable task, but luckily, The Finest Hours represents a momentary break in this month-long storm. While Craig Gillespie’s voyage is no masterclass in seafaring cinema, he’s able to suitably navigate Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ source novelization with glimmers of cinematic gravitas.

It’s a larger-than-life story that unfolds with definite “Wow” factors, built on the shock and awe of sheer survival instincts. Writers Scott SilverPaul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson pay tribute to the unwavering resiliency of our heroes, but, in an expected turn of events, they also unnecessarily bloat the film with safe-coasting dramatics. Like I said, it’s a perfectly fine two hours at sea – nothing more, nothing less.

Chris Pine stars as the iron-willed Bernie Webber, a heroic Coast Guard angel who braved fierce conditions to save 32 stranded tanker crewmen in 1952. Only half »

- Matt Donato

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[Review] The Finest Hours

28 January 2016 9:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When at the end of Casablanca, Rick puts his unexpected sense of duty before love and tells Ilsa that their problems “don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world,” he might as well have been describing the biggest issue in Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours, a lush disaster film that assumes audiences will undoubtedly root for love at all costs, even if it’s just a device used to avoid constructing a solid dramatic structure. Gillespie allegedly set out to tell the story of the greatest small boat rescue mission in Coast Guard history, but in the process ended up making a film about the dullest marriage proposal of all time.

When the film begins it’s 1951 and shy Coast Guard officer Bernard Webber (Chris Pine) is en route to a blind date where he will meet Miriam Webber (Holliday Grainger). Miriam is introduced with »

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'The Finest Hours' Review: A Thrilling and Epic Tale of Heroism

28 January 2016 8:41 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Finest Hours is a rousing, old-fashioned tale of remarkable heroism and grit. A massive winter storm capsized the oil tanker SS Pendleton off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts on February 18, 1952. Unfortunately for them, another ship, the SS Fort Mercer had the same problem hours before. The Coast Guard sent a fleet of boats to the Fort Mercer, and then were caught completely off guard by the Pendleton disaster. Defying all conceivable odds, a crew of guardsmen led by Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), ventured into the storm and saved thirty-two men from the Pendleton. Based on the novel by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, The Finest Hours is the incredible true story of the greatest small craft rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history.

We're introduced to Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) on his first date with Miriam (Holliday Grainger). As the couple's courtship intensifies, Webber struggles with the idea »

- MovieWeb

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“The Finest Hours” offers up an early year theatrical surprise

27 January 2016 11:55 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As I’ve mentioned more than once here, January is not known for being an especially strong month for movies. At the same time, recent years have offered up a few more intriguing things than usual, with this weekend being just the latest example with Disney’s release of The Finest Hours. This high seas adventure is probably something that would have gotten lost in the shuffle during awards season or the summer blockbuster season, but as an early year release, it does have some potential to break through and be an under the radar hit. It’s nothing to go too crazy over, but it’s enjoyable and better than expected, so those of you who have seen all of the Oscar contenders might find this an intriguing option to consider… The film is a look at a true life Coast Guard rescue in 1952. When a pair of oil »

- Joey Magidson

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Will 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Be the First 2016 Box Office Hit?

26 January 2016 11:37 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While January isn't typically a big month for box office blockbusters, there can be the occasional movie that opens big. Two weeks ago, Ride Along 2 breathed some life into the new year with a respectable $35.2 million opening frame, but last weekend, it dropped a whopping 64.7% and slipped from first to third place, with the holdover The Revenant taking the top spot in its fifth week in theaters. This weekend is shaping up to be the biggest frame of the new year so far, with three heavily-promoted new releases, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black and The Finest Hours. According to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com, Kung Fu Panda 3 is expected to win in a landslide.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is expected to easily take the top spot with a projected $48 million, which isn't terribly surprising given this franchise's pedigree of critical acclaim and box office success. »

- MovieWeb

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Chris Pine on the incredible real life high-seas rescue in The Finest Hours

26 January 2016 11:36 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Chris Pine joins the Coast Guard in the powerful true story The Finest Hours.  

As Coast Guard captain Bernie Webber, Pine attempts a daring rescue during a major blizzard at sea in this survival tale.  Based on real events from 1952, the Coast Guard sets out to rescue a crew of men stranded in the raging waters after a nor’easter destroys a pair of oil tankers off the coast of Cape Cod. With their lives in jeopardy and their families waiting anxiously for news on land, The Finest Hours is a story of heroes that will have you on the edge of your seat for this incredible true story of survival against all odds.

[Watch: Chris Pine and Casey Aflleck must stay afloat in The Finest Hours trailer]

The historical events of the film are based on the novel of the same name and on interviews with survivors and witnesses of the disaster.  Starring alongside Pine are Casey Affleck as one of the oil »

- Rachel West

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Chris Pine Feels the Warmth at ‘The Finest Hours’ Premiere

26 January 2016 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On a mild winter Monday night in Hollywood, the freezing cold was very much front and center at the Tcl Chinese for the world premiere of Disney’s “The Finest Hours.”

Chris Pine, who plays the heroic Bernie Webber in a 1952 winter rescue, said the shoot was more taxing than most.

“Days blurred into the next — it was just very cold and very wet for a long time, and you just kind of got through it,” he mused. “I  don’t know of anyone who likes being cold, but you get used to it for awhile.”

Pine admitted that being in “The Finest Hours” did give him a small sense of what the Coast Guard rescuers endured in saving the lives of 32 men from an oil tanker that had split in two during a massive storm off the coast of Cape Cod.

“If there’s a ligamental connection between us »

- Dave McNary

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Chris Pine Sizzles on the Red Carpet and Snaps Selfies With Sailors

26 January 2016 9:55 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Chris Pine made a dashing appearance on the red carpet for the premiere of his new film, The Finest Hours, in La on Monday night. The actor shared a laugh with his costars Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck and also snapped selfies with sailors. Chris plays a ship captain in the Disney action-thriller, which follows the Coast Guard during the disastrous 1952 New England Nor'easter. Keep reading to see Chris in all his handsome glory, then check out 25 more snaps that prove he's the hottest Chris in Hollywood. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana Honor Us Coast Guard at ‘Finest Hours’ Premiere (Photos)

25 January 2016 11:15 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The cast and crew of “The Finest Hours” honored the people who made the film possible at Monday’s Hollywood premiere — members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Josh Stewart all posed for photos with real-life uniformed servicemen and women at the Disney action thriller’s premiere held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Pine snapped selfies with Coast Guard members while Stewart stood beaming on the red carpet with a large group of officers gathered behind him. Also Read: Chris Pine Hits the Ocean to Save Casey Affleck in ' »

- Debbie Emery

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