THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 08/18/2017
Running Time: 118
Rated: R
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Élodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell and Richard E. Grant.
Crew: Director: Patrick Hughes. Producers: Les Weldon, Berry van Zwieten, John Thompson, Suzie Shearer, Matthew O' Toole, Peter Mechkoff, Veslin Karadjov, Dana Goldberg, Mark Gill, David Ellison, Valentin Dimitrov, William Paul Clark and Mark Birmingham. Executive Producers: Jason Bloom, Christa Campbell, Boaz Davidson, Marcel de Block, Tom de Mol, Scott Einbdinder, Jeffrey Greenstein and Lati Grobman. Screenwriter: Tom O'Connor. Cinematographer: Jules O' Loughlin.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Despite its hackneyed and silly storyline, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” works largely because of the star power and charisma of Samuel L. Jackson (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”).

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” directed by Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”) and written by Tom O’Connor, (“Fire with Fire”), is a mashup of the buddy cop/action films of the 1980s and 1990s like “Midnight Run,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard with a Vengeance.”

In this action comedy, Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a bodyguard who used to be at the top of his game. So much so, his classification rank was listed as an “Executive Protection Agent.”

Michael’s claim to fame, was that he never lost a client. So, a lot of high-ranking officials requested his services.

But Michael’s good fortune changes instantly when a Japanese arms dealer he was guarding gets whacked seconds after boarding his private plane.

And just like that, Michael’s “A” rating is gone and his reputation is tarnished. Now, he spends his days doing some free-lance gigs and pretty much hating his new life.

For a minute, it seems that luck is about to shine on Michael when his Interpol ex-girlfriend, Amelia (Elodie Yung, TV’s “The Defenders”) asks him for a favor.

She needs him to take notorious hitman, Darius Kincaid (Jackson, crazy as ever), from the United Kingdom to the International Court of Justice so he can testify against a Belarusian thug named Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman, “The Space Between Us”).

There’s reason to be worried about Darius’ safety because every witness that’s testified against Vladislav has turned up dead.

Then again, as Darius’s feisty, incarcerated wife, Sonia (a scene stealing, Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”) knows, Darius is too smart and incapable of being killed. By the way, Hayek’s jail scene and her flashback bar fight are hilarious and two of the highlights of the movie.

Michael decides to take the assignment and it’s on. Especially when he meets Darius and realizes they know each other and are mortal enemies.

But now, they’re forced to get along. As you can imagine, Darius’ hard-edged ways don’t jibe with Michael’s by the book, straight laced tactics. And their entire banter—including Darius’ profanity laced one-liners--get lots of laughs. So do a couple of bits with Darius singing an impromptu blues song in the car with Michael and also when he sings with a bunch of delighted Italian nuns in a van.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” checks all the boxes when it comes to over the top action. There are plenty of bloody shootouts and crazy car chases throughout scenic Europe as Darius and Reynolds try to stay two steps of the big goons who are gunning for them.

Overall, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” isn’t side-splitting funny, but many of the jokes and gags hit more than they miss.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

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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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Everything, Everything <b> (Aug. 15)</b> Title: Everything, Everything (Aug. 15)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 96
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Stella Meghie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING”

At first blush, it seems as if the movie “Everything, Everything” from director Stella Meghie (“Jean of the Joneses”) will be another simplistic, sappy teen drama. It’s based on the 2015 young-adult novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

But those not familiar with the novel, will likely be pleasantly surprised at how convincing the lead characters Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson are and how unpredictable this love story is.

When you’re young and in love, everything seems possible. Unless of course, you’re like 18-year-old Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg, “The Hunger Games” and “Colombiana”).

Maddy is a beautiful girl with a megawatt smile and personality for days. Yet, Maddy suffers from a rare disorder known as SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency).

It prevents her from going outside and interacting with others because she’s allergic to just about everything. If she does go outdoors for any length of time, she could die.

Consequently, Maddy has spent most her life locked away in her house. Fortunately, her mother Pauline (Anika Noni Rose, TV’s “Quad” and “Power”) is a doctor and she’s hired a nurse named Carla (Ana de la Reguera, TV’s “Power”) to look after Maddy while she’s at work.

While being a prisoner in your own home must be awful, Maddy’s house is an immaculate, architectural wonder. If you had to be locked inside somewhere day in and day out, well, this would be the place.

Maddy spends her time being homeschooled, writing blogs, reading and designing miniature diners, but most of all daydreaming.

She longs to go to see a real beach, take a swim—even though she’s never learned how—and experience the sun beaming on her face.

These are simple things most people take for granted, but they are extraordinary ones for Maddy.

Her life takes a major turn when some neighbors move into the house next to hers. She immediately locks in on Olly (Nick Robinson, “The 5th Wave,” “Jurassic World” and “The Kings of Summer”). He’s a lean, dorky kid who dresses in all black, needs a haircut, but is still kind of cute. He’s also about the same age as Maddy.

When Olly notices Maddy looking out of her bedroom window, it’s puppy love at first sight. They wave, smile and make cute with each other. At first, they communicate via paper messages held up to their windows and then later by texts and email. It’s sweet and all, but Olly wants to know why Maddy can’t come out to play.

Much of “Everything, Everything” consists of Maddy envisioning a fantasy world with Olly in it. That’s until Maddy convinces Carla (Ana de la Reguera) to let Olly come over to the house and into her room. She promises Carla that he’ll stay on one side of the room and they won’t touch each other.

Surprisingly, Carla, goes against her better judgement and allows Olly over to the house. It’s a big mistake all around especially when Maddy’s mom discovers what Carla has done and because Maddy and Olly are now hooked on more than a feeling.

One day, Maddy decides to throw caution to the wind and bust out of her protective bubble. She heads over to Olly’s house and begs him to go to Hawaii. She’s able to get a credit card online and determined to see this through.

Love will make you do some crazy things. And for Maddy to risk her life over a dude she barely knows seems more than crazy.

Or is it?

Maddy discovers life beyond her four walls and has a blast with Olly in Hawaii. However, a major incident occurs resulting in a startling revelation involving Maddy’s mother. It changes Maddy’s life in a monumental way.

“Everything, Everything” has a sweet marshmallow-y innocence about it. It’s charming, refreshing and quite good.
(Recommended).

<b>King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (Aug. 7)</b> Title: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (Aug. 7)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 136
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Guy Ritchie
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD”

Director Guy Ritchie brings his visionary style to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

The fantasy adventure is a unique take on the classic Excalibur myth and traces King Arthur's (Charlie Hunnam (The Lost City of Z”) journey from the streets to the throne.

No one is likely to confuse “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” with the 2004 “King Arthur” film that was directed by Antoine Fuqua. It featured Clive Owen in the title role and also starred Keira Knightley and Ioan Gruffudd.

Although “Legend of the Sword” is unevenly paced and filled with fast and furious overblown action at times, it often works in spite of itself.
The plot quickly morphs into a wild and bizarre tale. King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana, “The Finest Hours”) knows his days are numbered. That’s because his brother Vortigern (Jude Law, upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3”) is out to kill him and does since he wants to be king.

Meanwhile, Arthur (Hunnam) is growing up in a brothel and roaming the back streets of Londinium with his crew, oblivious of his royal lineage.

It’s not until years later and with the help of the Resistance and a mysterious woman known as The Mage (Astid Berges Frisbey, “Alaska”); Arthur is forced into taking his rightful place as the successor of the throne by drawing the sword Excalibur from a stone.

Claiming what is rightfully his takes some doing and requires a lot of protection and brute force. The man who would be king is aided by a motley crew with names like Wetstick (Kingsley Ben-Adir, TV’s “Death in Paradise”), Backlack (Neil Maskell, TV’s “Wet Stick”) and Chinese George (Tom Wu, “Kick-Ass 2”), Sir Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou, “The Legend of Tarzan” and upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon 3”), Goosefat Bill Wilson (Aidan Gillen, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and even a big bird and snake.

The quest to obtain the throne is filled with peril and some clever maneuvering by young Arthur.

While much of “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” may not all add up, Ritchie has directed an entertaining movie.
(Recommended).

Editors’ Note: Some of the Blu-Ray extra features include:

Arthur with Swagger--Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a rebel, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies.

Sword from the Stone -- Director Guy Ritchie as he breathes 21st Century life and luster into England's most iconic legend and he creates Camelot for a new audience.

Parry and Bleed--Charlie Hunnam and other cast members get a crash course in swordplay. Vikings versus Saxons style! Building on the Past-- Londinium comes to life with a new design of Medieval Urban life, built from scratch.

Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur--Join stunt choreographer Eunice Huthart as she teams with Director Guy Ritchie to create the mind-blowing action of King Arthur.

Camelot in 93 Days --Friendships and romances strengthen and fray as the realities of a 93 day shoot set in.

Legend of Excalibur --The world's most famous sword is brought to life for a new generation.

Scenic Scotland --Wrapping a monumental production on location in glorious Scotland.

<b> Going In Style (August 1.) </b> Title: Going In Style (August 1.)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 96
Production Company: Warner Bros.Pictures
Director: Zach Braff
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Comb

“Going in Style,” from director Zach Braff (“Oz the Great and Powerful” and TV’s “Scrubs”), is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name that starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.

While the original “movie is a bit darker and somber, this “Going in Style,” from Oscar nominated screenwriter Theodore Melfi (“Hidden Figures”) seamlessly blends comedy and pathos resulting in a thoroughly entertaining bank heist movie.

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star as best buddies from Brooklyn who have spent their entire lives playing by the rules. They’ve worked hard for nearly 40 years at a steel manufacturer and raised very good families.

Now, Willie (Freeman), Joe (Caine) and Albert (Arkin) are ready to enjoy their retirement pensions.

That’s the plan anyway.

Turns out that the wonderful company Joe, Willie and Albert worked for all those years, suddenly is bought out and now relocating to Vietnam. Those pensions, well, they’re frozen and will be gone. Poof. Just like that.

It’s not like these guys can just go out and get another job.

Plus, Willie has a medical condition that he’s kept from everyone. Albert, who is Willie’s roommate, is barely hanging on financially. He makes a meager living by playing the saxophone and teaching music to talentless kids.

Joe, who helps take care of his single-mother daughter Rachel (Maria Dizzia, TV’s “The Blacklist”) and his granddaughter Brooklyn (Joey King, TV’s “The Flash”) is about to lose his home to foreclosure.

They deserve a lot better. So does everyone else who worked at the company and is in a similar predicament. They worry too about their eccentric VFW lodge friend Milton (Christopher Lloyd, TV’s “The Big, Bang Theory”) who suffers from dementia.

Joe nearly loses it when he goes in the bank to talk about his plight with a condescending and smug branch manager named Chuck (Josh Pais, TV’s “Younger” and “Ray Donovan”).

During their testy discussion, three masked men walk into the bank and rob it with precision execution. They demand everyone get on the ground. When they make their way over to Joe he tells them that Chuck the manager is about to take his house from him. One of the robbers steals from Chuck, but tells Joe to keep his wallet.

Joe is so impressed by the whole episode that he can’t wait to tell Willie and Albert what happened. They’re stunned, but even more floored when Joe suggests—and means it—they should stage their own heist. Seriously rob a bank. He says they should steal just the amount of money they’re owed for their pensions. If they get more than that, they can give the rest to charity.

It’s a crazy idea. Willie and Albert initially don’t want any part of this risky and illegal adventure. But the more they think about it, the more attractive it becomes.

Besides, Joe reasons that if they get caught, they will at least get three meals a day, a roof over their heads and better healthcare than they have now.

Before branching out to the big time, Willie and Joe decide to start small and try to steal a few things from the local grocery store that’s run by Kenan Thompson (TV’s “SNL”). It’s also where the seductive, red-haired Annie works. (a very funny Ann-Margret, TV’s “Ray Donovan”) Boy, does she have a thing for Albert.

But the guy’s trial run is an epic and hilarious disaster which doesn’t get them arrested, but lets them know they are amateurs and they need some help if they plan on doing this thing right.

Joe turns to his former son-in-law Murphy (Peter Serafinowicz, “John Wick: Chapter 2”), a low life druggie, with hopes he knows an even lower life that would give them a hand or at least good advice about robbing banks.

Murphy suggests a pet store owner and man of many trades named Jesus (John Ortiz, “Kong: Skull Island”). He knows a thing or two about illegal activities and gives the men a crash course in what they will have to do to succeed.

Their preparation and anxiety leading up to the big day is pretty funny. And when the moment arrives, well, let’s just say that there are a couple of interesting twists involving a cute little girl, a watch and a know-it-all-FBI agent (Matt Dillon, “Rock Dog”) that turns “Going in Style” into a witty and unpredictable crime caper.

“Going in Style” goes for the laughs, but it also makes some timely and poignant statements about how society treats senior citizens. The movie doesn’t shy away from putting the haughty, “too big-to-fail” banking industry on blast either.

Freeman, Arkin and Caine bring their A-game. These geezers turned gangsters keep it real and really funny.
(Highly Recommended).

Gifted <b>(July 25)</b> Title: Gifted (July 25)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 101
Production Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Marc Webb
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"GIFTED"

Playing a “regular” guy in “Gifted,” must have been a welcome change for Chris Evans.

The “Captain America” star gets to jump out of his superhero suit, lay down his shield and play the father to a superb McKenna Grace, (TV’s “Designated Survivor”).

The weepy “Gifted” is from director Marc Webb, (“500 Days of Summer”).

While “Gifted” might seem like a dead ringer for a “Lifetime” television movie, it deserves the big screen treatment. The film’s fine cast and screenwriters opt for gravitas over formulaic fluff.

Frank Adler (Evans, “Avengers: Infinity War”) stars as a former philosophy professor, turned hard-working boat repairman in central Florida.

Since his sister—a brilliant mathematician--committed suicide, Frank has stepped up to take care of her outgoing and adorable seven-year-old daughter Mary (a superb McKenna Grace, TV’s “Designated Survivor”).

Mary and Frank have a fun life together. While he doesn’t make a ton of money to buy her everything she needs or wants, he has done an excellent job homeschooling and raising her along with their one-eyed cat named Fred.

Mary also enjoys spending time singing and dancing with Frank’s friendly neighbor, Roberta (the always impressive Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”).

Things change when Frank decides Mary should interact with other kids her age. He enrolls her in a local, public school so she can start first grade.

Mary is hardly shy. She has no problem speaking her mind. She also has no desire to go to school and believes she was learning just fine at home.

The first day in class Mary’s teacher Bonnie Stevenson (an excellent Jenny Slate, “Despicable Me 3” and TV’s “Bob’s Burgers”) asks her what three plus three equals and Mary’s sassy response of “seriously” is priceless. In her cute and grown up way, Mary tells Mrs. Stevenson that this class is far too easy for her.

Mary’s classmates look on in surprise, especially when Mrs. Stevenson thinks she’s going to stump Mary by asking her to answer some harder math problems.

Turns out little Mary is a genius with numbers and theoretical math much like her mother, a promising mathematician, dedicated to the Navier–Stokes problem (one of the Millennium Prize Problems).

Mrs. Stevenson and the school principal meet with Frank and tell him that Mary deserves to be in a private school with other gifted kids.

The principal even offers Frank a full scholarship for Mary, but he turns it down.

Frank just wants Mary to be normal. He’s even proud that Mary stood up to a school bully and punched him in the nose to defend a classmate (an adorable Michael Kendall Kaplan).

But now, Frank’s dilemma is whether he’s hindering Mary’s education by not allowing her this opportunity, or helping her by letting her experience real life like most other kids.

Things get even more complicated when Frank has a brief affair with Mrs. Stevenson--yeah Mary’s teacher--and Mary finds out in a humorous, PG-13 way.

But, when Frank's well-heeled mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan, “Birdman” and TV’s “Sherlock”), learns of Mary’s educational news, she’s all in. She sues to seek custody of Mary since she believes the girl is a "one-in-a-billion" mathematical prodigy who should be specially tutored and follow in the footsteps of her great mother.

This sets up a courtroom battle that initially Frank loses. Mary is then separated from him and placed temporarily with another couple. It’s heartbreaking to Frank and Roberta. But Frank and his lawyer Greg Cullen (Glenn Plummer, TV’s “Suits”), pull out all the stops to get Mary back home.

“Gifted” works because it isn’t manipulative. The performances are convincing and the film is written with compassion and sincerity.

For those wishing Hollywood would make more family movies, here you go. “Gifted” is a real gift.
(Highly Recommended).
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Dunkirk By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“DUNKIRK” OPENING JULY 20 AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE

“Dunkirk,” from director Christopher Nolan,” will open in IMAX 70mm film nationwide at The Esquire IMAX Theatre on July 20 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Continuing the legacy begun by IMAX trailblazer Christopher Nolan and his use of the 15 perf 70mm IMAX cameras in” Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” the majority of “Dunkirk” was shot using IMAX cameras.

Exclusively in IMAX theatres, these sequences will expand to fill the entire screen and will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and provide audiences with a truly cinematic and immersive experience.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre will be offering The IMAX Experience featuring 15 perf/70mm film projection which combines the brightest, clearest images at almost 10 times the resolution of standard projection formats, with powerful, laser-aligned digital sound and customized theatre geometry to create the world's most immersive movie experience.

Sequences of “Dunkirk” shot in 35mm film have 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.

MORE ABOUT “DUNKIRK”--

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) comes the epic action thriller “Dunkirk.” Nolan directed “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”) and Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”).

The film was produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), with Jake Myers (“The Revenant,” “Interstellar,” “Jack Reacher”) serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team on “Dunkirk” included: director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Spectre,” “The Fighter”), production designer Nathan Crowley (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), editor Lee Smith (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy, “Elysium”), costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Bullets Over Broadway”), and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

The music was composed by Hans Zimmer (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy, “Inception”). “Dunkirk” was filmed on location in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language.

To learn more about Dunkirk, visit the film’s Official website: Dunkirkmovie.com

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


BEING BLACK ENOUGH By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

DEVIN RICE'S “BEING BLACK ENOUGH” PREMIERES JUNE 10 AT THE TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES IN LOS ANGELES

Devin Rice Studios announced the world premiere of Devin Rice's “Being Black Enough” or (“How to Kill a Black Man”) at the 20th Dances With Films Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Los Angeles on June 10.

Based on writer-director-star Devin Rice's youth in Los Angeles, the semi-autobiographical drama touches on what it means to "be Black", how race is seen through the eyes of different people and groups and the consequences of these perspectives.

On the genesis of his directorial debut, Rice said, "Being Black Enough” is a very personal film, laced with my own life experience. All throughout my childhood, even up to today, I was made fun of for not being 'Black Enough.' This, based on the clothes I've worn, the way I speak, my interests in life and not just from White or Black people, but from people from all walks of life. Everyone seems to have this idea of what it means to be 'Black'. This unspoken thing that's understood all throughout America. It's like self-perpetuating slavery without chains."

Rice felt the need to make this project after he saw the increasing news coverage of Black men being shot by the police. "It made me frustrated and very angry...What if that was me who got shot by the police?"

Shortly after Rice wrote the script and he and his producing partner Jacqueline Corcos crowdfunded the film. They ended up making it for a meager budget and wore nearly all the filmmaking hats themselves, inspired by films like “El Mariachi” and “Clerks.”

Editor’s Note: “Not Black Enough” debuts on June 10 at the Chinese 6 Theatre in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. The theatre address is 6801 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028.

For tickets and more information log on to: https://danceswithfilms.com/being-black-enough/

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


wonderwoman By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“WONDER WOMAN: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE JUNE 1

“Wonder Woman: An IMAX 3D Experience”– the epic action adventure from Warner Bros. Pictures, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the title character--will open at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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

The IMAX 3D release of “Wonder Woman” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D 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.

ABOUT WONDER WOMAN: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.

Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

“Wonder Woman” is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

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.

ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined.

Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2016, there were 1,215 IMAX theatres (1,107 commercial multiplexes, 16 commercial destinations and 92 institutions) in 75 countries.

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