KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 09/22/2017
Running Time: 141
Rated: R
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.
Crew: Director: Matthew Vaughn. Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling and David Reid. Executive Producers: Dave Gibbons, Pierre Lagrange, Stephen Marks and Mark Millar. Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn. Cinematographer: George Richmond.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” two guys are placed headfirst into a meat grinder and turned into hamburger patties, a young woman has a tracking device slipped into her vagina, Elton John appears as a foul-mouthed, hostage/wacko and Juliane Moore (upcoming “Suburbicon”) plays a psycho billionaire drug lord.

These are just some of the highlights—or lowlights depending on your sensibilities—in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to 2014’s sleeper hit, “Kingsman: Secret Service” which earned a staggering $414.4 million.

Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”), who directed the first “Kingsman,” is back at the helm in “The Golden Circle” and he ramps up the violence, action and sheer absurdity. More is more. Actually, more comes close to being too much as “The Golden Circle” runs a dizzying 141 minutes.

Still, Vaughn has choreographed some doozy action sequences throughout the movie starting with the opening scene that has two guys throwing down inside a speeding car while Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” blasts your eardrums wide open.

And speaking of music. You know “Kingsman:The Golden Circle” is going to be one crazy ride when it features John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Annie’s Song” along with a countrified version of Cameo’s monster jam, “Word Up!” Larry Blackmon must have given his stamp of approval. And I have to admit, it’s a pretty unique cover of Cameo’s party anthem.

Most all of the players are back this time around in “The Golden Circle” including Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth, “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.”) who in the first movie was shot in the head and supposed to be dead. Turns out he only lost his eye and a bit of his memory and has been holed up in a private medical facility.

Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton, “Billionaire Boys Club” and “Eddie the Eagle”), the savvy, young Londoner who Harry/Galahad mentored and recruited, now has his work cut out for him as a full-fledge member of the covert spy organization comprised of well-dressed gents.

Eggsy would rather spend time with his girlfriend, Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström, “Sami Blood”), but duty calls.
Eggsy has to find who blew up the Kingsman headquarters.

All signs point to the crazed drug leader Poppy Adams (Moore). She runs a 1950s styled theme park like operation that’s hidden in a remote jungle that’s loaded with robotic attack dogs and several strapping bodyguards.

For some strange reason, Poppy—who keeps Elton John on lockdown and in a shock collar--wants to decimate the planet. Consequently, she’s laced her drugs with a virus that sends users on a really bad trip. They develop these weird looking blue colored marks on their faces and over time become paralyzed.

Poppy even has the president of the United States (Bruce Greenwood, TV’s “Young Justice”) in a bind and is forcing him to legalize narcotics.

So Eggsy and his John Denver loving handler, Merlin (Mark Strong, “Miss Sloane”) join forces with another U.S. spy team—the Statesman--based out of Kentucky and who work out of bourbon distillery.

They’re led by head Statesman, Champagne “Champ (Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”), secret agents, Tequila, (Channing Tatum, “Logan Lucky”), Jack Daniels/Whiskey, (Pedro Pascal, TV’s “Narco”) and a tech assistant named Ginger Ale (a nerdy/homely Halle Berry).

There is plenty of blood-spattering shoot ‘em up moments to satisfy the most ardent fans of Matthew Vaughn’s madcap spectacle.

Even so, “The Golden Circle” rages on a bit longer than it should and in doing so loses a bit of the golden luster that made the original truly shine.

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Lady Sings The Blues Title: Lady Sings The Blues
Year Released: 1972
Running Time: 144
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Screenwriter: Suzanne De Passe
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: When you’ve watched a movie so many times that you basically know the dialogue verbatim, that movie really means something and resonates with you.

The 1972 autobiographical drama, “Lady Sings the Blues” is the one for me. No matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (“Iron Eagle” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”), “Lady Sings the...
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Wonder Woman <b>(Sept. 19) </b> Title: Wonder Woman (Sept. 19)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 141
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Patty Jenkins
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“WONDER WOMAN”

It took a couple of women to heat up the box office this past summer. Gal Gadot (“Justice League”) lit up the screen as the iconic DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman.

“Wonder Woman” is also the first female-starring superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins (“Monster”).

Although it took almost 76 years for “Wonder Woman” to get her very own stand-alone film, this one is truly worth the wait and every bit the wildly, entertaining movie that fans hoped for.

“Unlike the popular 1970’s “Wonder Woman” TV show that starred Lynda Carter, Jenkins’ movie eschews cheesiness and has an epic and even regal feel to it.

Screenwriters Zack Snyder (“Justice League”), Allen Heinberg (TV’s “The Catch”) and Jason Fuchs’ (“Pan”) bold and empowering “Wonder Woman” begins as a fascinating and meticulous origins story about Princess Diana, aka Diana Prince (played as an eight-year-old by Lilly Aspell, upcoming, “Extinction” and at 12 by Emily Carey, TV’s “Casualty”).

Diana is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen, upcoming “Justice League”) and Zeus who grew up on the beautiful, hidden island of Themyscira, where all the Amazon women are trained as warriors.

Not Diana. Her mother wanted to shelter her from the historic war torn culture. This despite, Diana watching from afar and emulating the fighting movements of the warrior women hoping she will change her mother’s mind.

Luckily for Diana, she learns to fight on the down-low from her aunt Antiope (Robin Wright, TV’s “House of Cards”) who is impressed by the young girl’s courage and strength. And as Diana gets older and becomes more skilled at fighting, both Antiope and Diana’s mother know her fate is sealed.

Not only is Diana a fearless warrior, but a thought provoking individual who believes her calling is for a greater good. That becomes much clearer when an American pilot named Steve Trevor (a terrific Chris Pine, “Hell or High Water”), crash lands in the waters near the island. Diana springs into action and pulls him from the crumpled airplane right in the nick of time.

They learn about each other rather humorously. Diana has never seen a man of course and naturally has a few questions. She asks him if he’s a “typical example of his sex.” He replies, “I am above average.”

Diana takes her first venture off the island and heads to London with Steve. As Word War I rages on, Diana feels compelled to end all the death and mass destruction. But first, she must find some more suitable clothing to wear to blend in among the rest of the Londoners. That’s where Steve's secretary Etta Candy (Lucy Davis, TV’s “Better Things”) comes in and attempts to gives Diana a contemporary makeover. These lighthearted and humorous moments mesh nicely with the film’s darker ones.

Diana is convinced that finding and killing Ares, the Greek God of war will bring an end to everyone’s pain and suffering. However, Diana’s mission isn’t easy. There are other obstacles in the way such as a haughty German army officer, General Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston, TV’s “American Horror Story”) and an evil chemical weapons specialist, Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya, “The Summit”) who works alongside Ludendorff.

What are they up to?

Well, Steve is about to find out and when their clandestine scheme is exposed, this is when “Wonder Woman” shows her might.

The action scenes are rollicking and have Wonder Woman dodging a barrage of bullets thanks to her gold armored bracelets, amazing shield, a “Godkiller” Sword and “Lasso of Truth.”

As Steve and Diana prepare to take down General Ludendorff, they get some major reinforcement from a crackpot team of fighters that include: Sameer, an actor turned spy (Said Taghmaoui, “The Infiltrator”); a sharpshooter with issues named Charlie (Ewen Bremner, TV’s “Will”), and The Chief (Eugene Brave Rock, TV’s “Timeless”), a native American Indian who doesn’t think that Diana’s talk about Ares the Greek God is as far-fetched like everyone else does.

Sir Patrick Morgan (David Thewlis, TV’s “Fargo”) reveals himself as much more than a British superior and financier as he attempts to wield his power over “Wonder Woman,” but meets his match.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack is chockfull of extra features. They include:

EPILOGUE: ETTA CANDY’S MISSION-- Lucy Davis’ fan-favorite Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.”

CRAFTING THE WONDER-- Director Patty Jenkins talks about the WW origin story, challenges of bringing the comics to life and getting the character just right for fans. Gal Gadot discusses her excitement at getting the role and costumes, weapons, set decoration, production design and locations.

A DIRECTOR’S VISION-- Patty Jenkins discusses her personal love of the character and working on creating Themyscira: The Hidden Island and the Beach battle.

WARRIORS OF WONDER WOMAN-- An up-close look at the female athletes, stuntwomen, boxing and martial arts women who trained religiously to play the Amazons.

THE TRINITY-- Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.

THE WONDER BEHIND THE CAMERA-- A very inspiring and motivational segment showcasing professional women working in various aspects of the movie and reaching out to young women encouraging them to pursue filmmaking careers.

FINDING THE WONDER WOMAN WITHIN-- Poets and celebrities such as NASCAR racer Danica Patrick discuss Wonder Woman’s best qualities.

EXTENDED SCENES AND BLOOPER REEL-- A nice assortment of funny moments including a scene with Diana’s ice cream falling out her cone.

It Comes At Night <b> (Sept. 12) </b> Title: It Comes At Night (Sept. 12)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 97
Production Company: A24 Pictures
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“IT COMES AT NIGHT”

With the handful of scary movies that have recently arrived in theatres, I had almost forgotten about “It Comes at Night.”

While this movie pales in comparison to “IT” and “Get Out,” Director/writer Trey Edward Shults (“Krisha”) upped his game and delivered a psychological drama that will envelope you from start to finish.

Joel Edgerton, who last year starred in the romantic film “Loving,” takes a deep, dark turn in “It Comes at Night.”

When a deadly plague wipes out all civilization, one family is bent on surviving at all costs.

Paul (Edgerton, who is the film’s executive producer), his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo, Alien: Covenant” and “The Purge: Anarchy”), their 17-year-old son, Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr., “The Birth of a Nation” and TV’s “Shots Fired”) along with their loyal dog Stanley, live each day in fear while tucked inside a boarded up cabin in the woods.

They have each other and a plan they believe will get them through this thing. Most notably, they wear gas masks to protect them from any germs, are handy with their guns and have a strict set of rules they adhere to each day. When they go outside for anything, they must do so in pairs. And they can never go out at night.

Paul, a former history teacher, never imagined his life would take such a drastic turn, but he realizes keeping his family healthy and safe is his main priority. They have plenty of food, water and ammo. But, when Sarah’s father (David Pendleton, “Begin Again”) comes down with the disease that makes him look like a blood-puking zombie, they are forced to shoot him and bury him. This leaves them even more frightened and wondering who will be next.

Things get even more bizarre when a guy named Will (Christopher Abbott, “Whiskey, and Tango Foxtrot”) breaks into their home swearing that he’s disease-free and not going to hurt them. He claims he’s only looking for food to feed his wife (Riley Keough, “Mad Max: Fury Road”) and little boy Andrew (Griffin Robert Faulkner) who are just a few miles away from the cabin.

Paul’s not buying Will’s story, but realizes allowing him to leave could have even bigger consequences for his family. So, he drives Will to get his family and takes them to the cabin.
While everyone is sitting and eating their well-rationed food, you get a sense that something is kind of eerie about these strangers. And you’d be so right. Yet, Shults lets your mind race as to what is coming around the bend, or should I say “at night.” When “it” does come, “it” takes you completely by surprise.
(Recommended).

Beatriz At Dinner <b>(Sept. 12) </b> Title: Beatriz At Dinner (Sept. 12)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 82
Production Company: Roadside Attractions
Director: Miguel Arteta
Review By: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“BEATRIZ AT DINNER”

Director Miguel Arteta (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) places race, class and politics center stage in the dark comedy,< b>“Beatriz at Dinner.”

Salma Hayek stars as Beatriz, a working class, holistic medicine practitioner and massage therapist trying to make a decent living in Los Angeles/Altadena.

She lives in a modest house with her pet dogs and goats. For the most part Beatriz keeps to herself and has earned a good reputation among many of her well-heeled clients.

Among them is Cathy (Connie Britton, TV’s “American Dad!” and “Nashville”). Beatriz and Cathy have become very good friends mainly since Beatriz helped her teenage daughter when she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Whenever Cathy is stressed and needs a message at the last minute, Beatriz is able to always squeeze her in and take good care of her.

Cathy is planning a swanky dinner party and wants Beatriz to swing by for a massage. Beatriz hops in her dusty, old compact car and arrives at Cathy’s tony crib in Newport Beach—albeit late due to traffic—and soon gets everything ready.

But when Beatriz gets ready to leave, her car won’t start. Cathy insists she just stay with them for dinner and worry about it later, much to the dismay of her husband, Grant, (David Warshofsky, TV’s “Scandal”).

After all, Beatriz will be out of her league among the Gucci and Prada wearing movers and shakers that will be at the party like real estate/business tycoon Doug Strutt (John Lithgow, TV’s “Trial & Error”) and his wife Jeana (Amy Landecker, TV’s “Transparent”) along with Alex (Jay Duplass, TV’s “Transparent” and “The Mindy Project”) and his significant other, Shannon (Chloe Sevigny, TV’s “Bloodline”).

The fireworks go boom when Doug and Beatriz cross paths, first when Doug mistakes her for the hired help and asks her to fetch him another drink.

Beatriz swears she knows or has seen this guy somewhere. There’s a reason why she needs to know who Doug is.

“Beatriz at Dinner” screenwriter Mike White (“School of Rock”) plays up the angst that’s slowly building between Beatriz and Doug.

Much of the banter starts out innocently enough and is at times humorous. But, after Beatriz knocks down one too many glasses of Chardonnay, the quaint dinner conversation turns so serious that Connie is forced to restrain Beatriz during one outburst that involves Doug showing off a vacation picture.

“Beatriz at Dinner” could have just featured the one-on-one duel between Lithgow and Hayek. Their fiery verbal sparring is by far the most riveting aspect of the movie, although it does get a bit too heavy handed midway through with its political bent and loses much of its juice.

Still, Lithgow and Hayek are what makes “Beatriz at Dinner” inviting.
(Recommended).

All Eyez On Me <b>(Sept. 5)</b> Title: All Eyez On Me (Sept. 5)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 140
Production Company: Summit Entertainment/Code Black Films
Director: Benny Boom
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“ALL EYEZ ON ME”

The Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” arrived in theatres with not much fanfare. While it’s not a great movie about the iconic rapper, it’s not a terrible one either.

Yet, for a film that had been nearly 20 years in the making and that had producers/directors such as John Singleton, (TV’s “Snowfall”) Antoine Fuqua (“The Magnificent Seven” remake) and Carl Franklin (“Out of Time”) chomping at the bit to helm the project, “All Eyez on Me” could have offered so much more.

Music video mogul Benny Boom valiant effort to bring Shakur’s legendary and bigger than life story to the big screen has its shining moments, but overall the film doesn’t really offer much new or groundbreaking about Shakur that casual and die-hard fans haven’t read about or watched on news shows and documentaries.

Shakur was 25-years old when he was shot during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He did six days later. His murder remains an unsolved mystery.

“All Eyez on Me” lead star, Demetrius Shipp Jr. does an admirable job portraying Shakur’s rawness and swagger and he also bears an uncanny resemblance to the rapper.

The movie focuses on Shakur’s halcyon days growing up in New York and his political upbringing with his Black Panther mother (a terrific Danai Gurira, from the upcoming “Black Panther” and TV’s “Walking Dead”).

It touches on his fascination with the theater and William Shakespeare, his big, music break with Shock G of Digital Underground, his burgeoning film career, his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith (a wonderful Kat Graham, TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”) and efforts to save his mother from drug abuse.

Hill Harper (TV’s “Homeland”) adds a nice dynamic as a journalist interviewing Shakur through various stages of his hard knock life.

The movie’s concert (“The Humpty Dance”) and recording studio scenes (“California Love”) are among the film’s biggest highlights.

There's also the sexual assault charges, meeting Biggie Smalls (Jamal Woolard, “Notorious”), his ambush shooting at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan, moving to Los Angeles and signing with Suge Knight (Death Row Records) played convincingly by Dominic L. Santana, “Mr. Right”).

The critically acclaimed 2015 hip-hop movie “Straight Outta Compton,” raised the bar for rap/hip hop biopics. While “All Eyez on Me” is an ambitious effort and Shipp Jr. is fascinating channeling Shakur, the film s overall tone and context often feels askew. It just makes you wonder how much better “All Eyez on Me” could have been with a bit more seasoned direction.
(Recommended).
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ANGELINA JOLIE MOVIE By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

ANGELINA JOLIE'S “FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER" IN THEATERS IN TOP 10 MARKETS ON SEPT. 15

Following standing ovations and rave reviews at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, Netflix recently announced that Angelina Jolie's “First They Killed My Father” will open theatrically on Sept. 15 in the top 10 markets, the same day that it launches globally on Netflix. Prior to that, it screened Sept. 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

On Sept. 10, Jolie joined TIFF"s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey on stage for a discussion of her career, before Oscar nominee Rithy Panh, who also serves as producer on “First They Killed My Father,” joined them on stage as well.

“First They Killed My Father” Will Open At The Following Cinemas:

Los Angeles - The Landmark

New York City - Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, iPic at Fulton Street Theaters

Atlanta - Landmark's Midtown Art Cinema

Boston - Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas

Chicago - Landmark's Century Centre

Dallas - Landmark's Magnolia Theatre

Philadelphia - Landmark's Ritz Bourse

San Francisco - Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema

Washington D.C.- Landmark's E Street Cinema

Seattle - Landmark's Crest Cinema Centre

Directed by Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father” is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung's gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

“First They Killed My Father” is a Netflix film written by Angelina Jolie and Loung Ung and produced by Jolie and acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Academy Award nominee “The Missing Picture.”

ABOUT NETFLIX: Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.


kingsman 2 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

"KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE THE IMAX EXPERIENCE" OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE ON SEPT. 21

Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman--an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe.

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle The IMAX Experience,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded.

In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle The IMAX Experience “ will open at The Esquire IMAX Theatre on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle The IMAX Experience” has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.


THE WORK By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

SXSW GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER “THE WORK” OPENS IN THEATERS OCT. 20

The critically acclaimed documentary feature “The Work,” from director Jairus McLeary and co-director Gethin Aldous, will hit theaters starting Oct. 20 in New York and Oct 27 in Los Angeles with more cities following.

The Orchard and First Look Media’s new entertainment studio Topic acquired North American rights to the film in April this year. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for “Best Documentary Feature” at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2017 and took home the Audience Award for “Best Documentary Feature” at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017.

“The Work” http://www.theworkfilm.com/) has screened at the SF DocFest, AFI Docs 2017, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017, Traverse City Film Festival 2017, Seattle International Film Festival 2017, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival 2017, BAM Cinématek 2017 and Melbourne International Film Festival. It will screen as part of the Rooftop Films 2017 - Summer Series on August 18.

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, “The Work” (88 minutes) follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways.

“The Work” offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

IndieWire’s chief film critic Eric Kohn said The Work is: “The most powerful group therapy session ever caught on camera.” And “A compelling emotional display, one that captures masculinity at its most innocent and leads to profound displays of compassion.”

And Variety's chief film critic Peter Debruge said the film offers a "remarkable vérité potrait." "This documentary makes clear that in its own special way, the “work” is working," said Debruge. “The Work's” power comes in watching how well the prisoners (many of whom have been through the program multiple times before) adapt to helping" an outsider through his own personal catharsis."

Jairus McLeary is a court videographer and filmmaker. “The Work” is his first documentary. He spent over a decade as a volunteer for the four-day therapeutic workshop, ultimately gaining the trust of the convicts in order to film. Gethin Aldous directs motion capture for a major video gaming company. After his own volunteer experience at Folsom he joined forces with McLeary. This is his second documentary feature.

“The Work” showcases the unique approach of the non-profit Inside Circle, which helps prisoners and parolees heal from the inside. According to the organization, The Inside Circle Foundation focuses on reducing prison violence, lowering recidivism, and guiding inmates through healing that allows for meaningful lives after release.

“The Work” is a production of Blanketfort Media and a McLeary Brothers film. The film’s producers include: Alice Henty, Jairus McLeary, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary, Angela Sostre Executive Producers: James McLeary, Rob Allbee, Gethin Aldous. Director of Photography: Arturo Santamaria. Production sound recordist: Thomas Curley.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.