DUNKIRK
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 07/21/2017
Running Time: 106
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy. Mark Rylance Tom Hardy
Crew: Director: Christopher Nolan. Producers: Christopher Nolan, John Bernardm, Erwin Godschalk, Maarten Swart, Emma Thomas and Andy Thompson. Executive Producer: Jake Myers. Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan. Cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Everything about Christopher Nolan’s new World War II drama “Dunkirk” is extraordinary.

From the haunting Hans Zimmer score and stellar cast, to Hoyte Van Hoytema’s striking cinematography.

With the exception of being showcased in the 1942 movie, “Mrs. Miniver,” a sweeping, heroic story of “Dunkirk” hadn’t been brought to the big screen until now.

Nolan, (“Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight Rises”) who wrote and directed “Dunkirk,” has said in interviews that making the film was a passion project that came about after he and his wife sailed across the English Channel to Dunkirk, France.

“Dunkirk” chronicles the epic rescue mission of nearly 400,000 Allied soldiers which included more than 200,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force, the British army in Western Europe.

They were surrounded by Nazi German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk, France.

The event took place from May 26 to June 4, 1940. It remains the biggest evacuation in military history.

Nolan takes a minimalist approach with “Dunkirk.” He’s limited the dialogue and instead focuses more on details.

This makes for a riveting and taut story that clocks in at a mere 106 minutes. For the record, it’s Nolan’s shortest film to date.

But believe me; you won’t be concerned with time while watching “Dunkirk.” Your eyes will be so fixated on every large and small aspect of this film. And there are many to behold. Nolan shot the film in IMAX and 65mm formats.

He eschews the typical Hollywood theatrics and overused CGI special effects here. Yet he really brings this survival tale to life from land, air and sea.

You witness very immersive, aerial dogfights and bombs exploding all with frightening intensity.

“Dunkirk” is told from three separate, yet connected perspectives/chapters.

Chapter 1, “The Mole” occurs over the course of a week on a pier as the stern and weary Navy Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh, upcoming “Murder on the Orient Express”) deals with the hellish, mass destruction around him.

“The Sea, One Day” follows civilian mariner, Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”), his teen son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney, TV’s “The Last Post”) and his friend George (Barry Keoighan, “Norfolk”).

They set sail along with other fearless civilians on ferries and boats to help in the search and rescue missions.

“The Air, One Hour” centers on Royal Air Force Pilot, Farrier (a terrific Tom Hardy, upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”) and his fellow pilot Collins (Jack Lowden, “A United Kingdom”).
They have one hour. Their planes are also running low on fuel as they fend off a fierce aerial assault by the German Luftwaffe and provide cover for soldiers on ground and in the water.

While “Dunkirk” certainly bounces around, the movie never feels disjointed. Each character has a fascinating story within a story like young troopers Tommy (played by newcomer Fionn Whitehead, TV’s miniseries “Him”) and Infantryman Alex, (a surprisingly good Harry Styles from One Direction), as well as an emotionally scarred soldier (Cillian Murphy, TV’s “Peaky Blinders”) who is rescued from a torpedoed vessel. He refuses to go anywhere near Dunkirk again. He has his reasons of course.

While danger and tension runs sky high throughout “Dunkirk, “ this is a war movie that also dares to be different in that there are no lingering shots of carnage and very little blood and guts splattered all over the screen. It’s even rated PG-13.

“Dunkirk” is every bit hard-core and sentimental too, not to mention a fascinating history lesson. I attended the press screening with my sister, a history professor--the toughest critic of all--and she was blown away by it.

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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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KONG: SKULL ISLAND <b> (July 18)</b> Title: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (July 18)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 120
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Jordan Voght Roberts
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“KONG: SKULL ISLAND”

There were only a few movies that kept this summer movie season from being a complete bust.

“Kong: Skull Island” stands out among the pack. The creature feature from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) reminded us just how fun and exciting going to the movies can be.

This reboot has it all from terrific acting, a riveting storyline and terrifying monsters, including that big hairy ape, King Kong.

“Kong: Skull Island” pays homage to its predecessors, without taking itself too seriously. After all, a man versus monster’s flick of this magnitude should really be about big fun and screenwriters Dan Gilroy, (“Night Crawler” and “The Bourne Legacy”), Max Borenstein (“Godzilla” and the upcoming “Godzilla vs. Kong”) and Derek Connolly (“Jurassic World” and “Safety Not Guaranteed”), provide just that.

“Kong: Skull Island” takes place in 1973, amid the Vietnam War. The country is in turmoil and yet scientist Bill Randa, (John Goodman, “Patriot’s Day” and “10 Cloverfield Lane”), a senior official in a government organization called Monarch,” keeps badgering U.S. senator (Richard Jenkins, “LBJ” and “The Hollars”) to authorize and fund a surveillance and land-mapping expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.

Senator Willis has bigger fish to fry and wishes Bill would just go away. That’s until Bill and his young, Yale educated geologist/partner, Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins, “Straight Outta Compton” and TV’s “24: Legacy”) and biologist San Lin (Tian Jing “The Great Wall”) explain to the senator what’s really happening on Skull Island.

Their research shows that unknown species may be living there. And if they don’t get to them first, well the Russians sure will.

After Bill promises he won’t ask the senator for another favor if he grants this one. Senator Willis reluctantly agrees and even assigns the elite Sky Devils helicopter squadron, led by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and “The Incredibles 2”) to escort the team of explorers.

No one is happier to get the call from Senator Willis than Lt. Col. Packard. He’s an old school military guy with a lot of fight left in him and hated leaving Vietnam.

On the other hand, his Sky devil pilots, Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell, “Gold” and “A Monster Calls”), Earl Cole (Shea Whigham, TV’s “Fargo”), Glenn Mills (Jason Mitchell, “Keanu” and “Straight Outta Compton”), Reg Slivko ( Thomas Mann, TV’s “Fargo”) and Reles (Eugene Cordero, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Good Place”) all understand their call of duty, but had hoped they’d be going home and sleeping in their own beds.

Joining Bill (Goodman) is Houston (Hawkins), Sin Lin (Jing), photojournalist Mason Weaver, (Sacramento’s own Oscar winner Brie Larson, “Room”), senior Landsat official Victor Nieves (John Ortiz, “A Dog’s Purpose”) and SAS vet and skilled tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston, upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok”).

Had they known what they were about to get into, Plan B would have been the route to go because this mission becomes a king-sized disaster.

Flying into the brutal storm to get to Skull Island is the least of their worries. Once they make it out of the turbulent mess, it looks like it’s smooth sailing and everyone is all smiles.

The helicopters soon begin their scientific instrument bombing raids. Big mistake. Not only do they awaken the sleeping giant, but some other menacing looking monsters on Skull Island too.

It’s not long before King Kong makes his presence felt by hurling huge trees at the choppers and swatting a couple others out of the sky like pesky flies.

None of the remaining crew has a clue as to what is causing all this mass destruction until they crash land and wind up on different parts of the island.

Then he appears, slowly with one gigantic hand reaching over a cliff, then the other. Then his massive head comes into view. OMG!

But even at 100 feet tall, King Kong surprisingly isn’t their biggest threat. There’s an army of beasts on this island too. The most dangerous to them and even Kong are ones called Skull Crawlers (large lizard-like creatures with two arm-legs and a massive tail).

Luckily, the explorers and squadron unit stumble upon Hank Marlow (a funny John C. Reilly, upcoming “Wreck-it-Ralph 2”).

Hank’s story unfolds at the beginning of the film. He’s a downed World War II pilot that’s been stranded on Skull Island for 28 years, but has lived in peace with the island natives.

He tells the group of shell shocked explorers that “Kong” isn’t necessarily the bad guy here and he’s really been keeping the villagers on the island safe from the creatures that wiped out Kong’s family and now threaten to control Skull Island.

Even so, Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Jackson) doesn’t care and isn’t buying Hank’s story. He just witnessed this ape kill some of his men with his big, dirty paws. Now the colonel tells everyone—in his most colorful language—that he’s is out for revenge and plans to show Kong who really is king. So, he thinks.

Seeing who gets picked off and how in “Kong: Skull Island” is part of the fun as is watching the massive beast, who has never looked better thanks to the evolved motion capture technology.

All hail the mighty “King” indeed.
(HIGHLY Recommended).

The Lost City Of Z <b> (July 11)</b> Title: The Lost City Of Z (July 11)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 140
Production Company: Amazon Bleecker Studios
Director: James Gray
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE LOST CITY OF Z”

Writer/director James Gray sure knows how to craft fascinating stories and capture them on film. He’s done it with the 2007 gritty, police thriller, “We own the Night,” the romantic drama “The Immigrant” and now with “The Lost City of Z.”

Co-produced by Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment), “The Lost City of Z” is a sweeping and fascinating drama about the mysterious and unsolved disappearance in 1925 of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”) who claimed he discovered a lost civilization in the Amazon.

The movie is based on David Gann’s 2009 best-selling novel, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.”

Rather than portray Fawcett as merely a heroic cartographer and archeologist, Gray goes beneath the surface. He digs into Fawcett’s aristocratic upbringing to reveal his real motivations and steely resolve which drove him to search for this ancient lost city while initially leaving behind his devoted wife Nina (Sienna Miller, “Live by Night” and “American Sniper”) and young son Jack (Bobby Smalldridge, TV’s “Carters Get Rich” and Tom Mulheron, TV’s “Inside No. 9”).

While Hunnam has been lauded for his star turn as the enigmatic, macho motorcycle leader in the now defunct hit TV series, “The Sons of Anarchy,” and he brought medieval gravitas to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” in “The Lost City of Z” he plays Fawcett with profound conviction.

Fawcett (Hunnam), stars as a British military soldier who is first approached by members of The Royal Geographical Society led by, Sir George Goldie (Ian McDiarmid, TV’s “Britannia”). They want him for a mission that entails mapping out and surveying the official border and “blank spaces” between Bolivia and Brazil.

Although it’s a dangerous assignment, Goldie and others within the organization believe this adventure will make a name for Fawcett, especially since his wealthy father’s alcohol and gambling addictions have sullied the family’s reputation.

Still, this is a two-year pilgrimage that Fawcett’s wife Nina (Miller) is not all that thrilled about, but understands why her husband sees this as a golden opportunity.

Fawcett embarks on his first journey in 1906 along with other explorers and his fellow war mate, Corporal Henry Costin (a terrific and nearly unrecognizable Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Series”).

In the movie, Fawcett takes three trips, but in real life he apparently made eight treks to the Amazon. As the story unfolds, Fawcett veers into the depths of the Amazon.

It’s here he must contend with its piranha-infested rivers, horrific heat, numerous insects and airborne diseases. Yet, Fawcett still finds the experience enriching, not to mention eye-opening, while exploring with Costin.

He soon becomes more concerned with the region than restoring his family pedigree. This, even after being suddenly attacked out of nowhere, with bows, arrows and spears by a group of indigenous people.

Who are they? Where did they come from? How long have they been here?
These are questions that consume Fawcett. When Fawcett-- who is rumored to have inspired the movie character “Indiana Jones”--returns to London, he's viewed as a hero until he mentions his discovery of a civilization that’s older than England’s. He’s ridiculed by the scientific establishment since they consider indigenous populations as pure “savages.”

Their contempt and dismissal of his findings only fuels Fawcett’s passion to take more trips to the Amazon even during the throes of World War I.

However, Fawcett’s final trip to the region was on May 29, 1925 with his 21-year-old son Jack (now played by Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”). Fawcett and Jack never returned.

Numerous rescuers were sent to find the pair, but most of them didn’t return from the mission either.

Some historians have speculated that Fawcett and Jack may have been murdered by tribesman, eaten by cannibals or other predatory jungle animals, or possibly endeared themselves among the indigenous people and lived with them with no intention of ever returning to Britain. To this day no one knows.

Their disappearance has been called “The Greatest Exploration Mystery of the 20th Century.”

With the deft directing of James Gray and the beautiful cinematography of Darius Khondji ("The Immigrant"), "The Lost City of Z” nearly transports you to this dark and mysterious jungle.

While it’s not a rousing, action packed movie, although the war and attack scene are impeccably filmed and are jarring, “The Lost City of Z” is a strong, character driven movie that envelops you from beginning to end.
(Highly Recommended).

The Fate Of The Furious <b> (July 11)</b> Title: The Fate Of The Furious (July 11)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 135
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: F. Gary Gray
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS”

Vin Diesel is having an amazing year. He voiced the adorable character Groot in this summer’s blockbuster hit movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” He’s currently filming “Avengers: Infinity War,” and his “Fast and Furious” movie franchise shows no signs of slowing down as “The Fate of the Furious” revved up the summer box office.

The ninth and tenth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise has been announced and let’s not forget about “xXx"4. All are big time actioners and money makers.

“The Fate of the Furious” is the first movie released since Paul Walker’s death in 2013.

Walker, who starred in the movies as Vin Diesel’s closest buddy, Brian O’Connor was given a warm tribute in 2015’s “Furious 7” and is even mentioned briefly in this one.

With “The Fate of the Furious,” director F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) --taking over from James Wan—along with screenwriters Chris Morgan/Gary Scott Thompson (“Furious 7”) have given gearheads and adrenaline junkies more ridiculous, non-stop, pedal-to-the-metal action.

The car races are louder and faster. The crashes more intense and unbelievable. The death-defying stunts that play out in New York, Cuba and Siberia involving armored tanks, a military submarine, heat seeking missiles and the most coveted muscle cars on the planet, are even more eye-popping this time around.

My favorite one of all is when Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) challenges a guy named Raldo (Celestino Cornielle, TV’s “Major Crimes”) to a street race in Cuba to make good on a debt that Dom’s cousin Fernando (Jamarco Santiago, TV’s “Tycoon”) owes him. Dom wins by driving the car backwards as it’s on fire and about to explode.

Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese) provide much of the comic relief and are constantly jawing at each other while trying to impress their colleague, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel, TV’s “Game of Thrones”).

The biggest surprise with “The Fate of the Furious” is it has a pretty cohesive storyline. Not that it matters much because when it comes to these movies no one really cares about the dialogue. It’s all about the action.

But Vin Diesel, looking fit as ever, does more than grunt and groan.
It seems big Dom can’t catch a break no matter how hard he tries. He’s in Cuba on his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, “Smurfs: The Lost Village”) only to have it interrupted by someone he’d rather forget about.

It’s Cipher (Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”), a psychotic cyber-terrorist. She’s soon showing him something on her phone that turns him stone cold. All of sudden Cipher is telling Dom what he’s going to do and when he’s going to do it. Whatever Cipher has on him, it must be major, because Dom takes his marching orders and goes straight up rogue. He turns his back on his “family” to get his hands on some nuclear codes from the Russians.

You’ll understand once you see what Dom is up against.

Another one of Cipher’s henchman is a menacing, red-headed and bearded guy named Rhodes (Kristofer Hivju, TV’s Game of Thrones”) who thinks he’s going to have his moment with Dom.

Kurt Russell, (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”) who reprises his role as government hotshot Mr. Nobody, is part of the mix too, along with his protégé, Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood looking every bit like his old man, Clint).

Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Baywatch”) would rather spend time, with his soccer playing daughter, but realizes duty calls even if it means working with his arch-enemy, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham, “Spy 2”).

When these two meet up, watch out. Their brutal WWE choreographed fight sequences are among the best in the movie, although Cipher (Theron) looks as if she’s having a good time wreaking havoc by remote controlling several self-driving cars on the streets of Manhattan.

And yes, that really is Helen Mirren making a funny cameo appearance as Magdalene Shaw, Deckard’s (Statham) mother.

What started in 2001 as a small, movie about illegal street racing and heists, has blossomed into an incredibly lucrative franchise for Universal Pictures.

Fingers crossed that the next movies in the series are as outrageously entertaining as this one.
(Highly Recommended).

Smurfs: The Lost Village <b> (July 11)</b> Title: Smurfs: The Lost Village (July 11)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 89
Production Company: Sony/Columbia
Director: Kelly Asbury
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

”SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” is infused with a healthy dose of female adrenaline thanks to director Kelly Asbury (“Gnomeo & Juliet” and “Shrek 2”), screenwriters Stacey Harman (TV’s “The Goldbergs”) and Pamela Ribon (“Moana”).

It’s a welcome addition too.

The spunky and "smurf-errific" film is geared toward the little ones and is fully animated unlike the first two films which starred Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria.

“The Lost Village” centers on Smurfette (Demi Lovato) who is experiencing some growing pains and having a bit of an identity crisis.

Smurfette was created from a lump of clay by the power hungry, wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson, TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery”).

Consequently, she always felt like she never belonged among the rest of the Smurfs in the quaint commune, Smurf Village run by the wise, elderly and overprotective Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin, TV’s “Homeland”).

Smurfette discovers a mysterious map and asks her fellow Smurfs, Clumsy (Jack McBrayer, TV’s “The Middle”), Brainy (Danny Pudi, TV’s “Powerless”), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello, “Magic Mike: XXL”) to join her and find out where it leads.

When Gargamel (Wilson), his crafty, feline Azrael and giant bird Monty realize that the Smurfs are nearby, they set out to capture them.

Along the way, the Smurfs must endure some rollicking white-water rafting, avoid pesky, giant dragonflies, humongous rabbits and even dangerous plants.

But during this wild excursion, Smurfette stumbles on a group of similar looking girls like her who are nestled in an underground, lost village.

They include: The tomboyish SmurfStorm, (Michelle Rodriguez, upcoming “The Fate of the Furious”), the hyperactive SmurfBlossom, (Ellie Kemper, “The Lego Batman Movie”) the gentle SmurfLily (Ariel Winter, TV’s “Modern Family”) and the music-loving SmurfMelody (Meghan Trainor).

Their leader, SmurfWillow (Julia Roberts, “Money Monster”) is at first apprehensive about these newcomers, but soon warms up to the Smurfs and welcomes them to their humble home.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” provides mindless fun, but also an empowering message for little girls. The film’s soundtrack is a keeper too and features Meghan Trainor’s infectious and bouncy track, “I’m a Lady.”
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.