THE GENTLEMEN – Movie Review

By | January 24, 2020

The Gentlemen Review

Let me start by saying that although I did not know very much about this film, I knew I wanted to see it simply because of the cast. Cinemarcos had to be convinced but then again, he is not the anglophile that I am proud to say I am.

Imagine, if you will, a kid from what one might describe as lower class America, actually earning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, and then imagine said kid, combining that incredible mind and his knowledge of marijuana (thanks mom and dad), and the relationships he cultivates with his “to the manor born” classmates into his future successful empire. Mickey Pearson, becomes practically one of them due to his success and close ties. These relationships will become part of the, shall we say, secret to his success. But it also might just be part of the revenge tactics that will bring a sleazebag investigator into his, for the most part, peaceful existence, when Mickey looks down his nose at, should we say a less then desirable Tabloid owner, Frazier, played almost too realistically by Simon Barker, as he tries to lift himself out of the slime that is the thugarazzi media. Thus, begins our story, which I will not reveal much more than this about. There is just so much that will surprise you along the way, with some seemingly small side stories that will tie it all together in the end, and I just think you need to figure it out for yourselves.

I mean, come on! Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Pearson, white trash boy, who has risen in position and relationships to call himself a friend of the upper crust. Michelle Dockery as Rosalind, wife and beloved obsession of Mickey, playing cockney nouveau riche to the hilt. Charlie Hunamm, well, what can I say? Is it sexist to say he’s my kind of eye candy when he doesn’t take his clothes off at any point but just looks amazing in an array of what I would think are Savile Row suits? What about Henry Golding as Dry Eye? Young thug working hard at trying to strong arm and negotiate his way into the big leagues? I truly got a kick of seeing him do something very different from his usual well bred, princely scion characters. His portrayal and accent truly transformed him. But to me the greatest performance, although it may be billed as supporting, was Hugh Grant. Mr. Grant, and I do believe he deserves to be called Mr., can play many roles and has done so through out his career, but as Fletcher he has totally transformed himself. I didn’t think he could play low brow cockney trash, but play it well, he did! He was smarmy, trashy and sleazy and that’s putting it lightly. I nearly forgot to mention Colin Farrell as Coach. Not because he didn’t play a good role but Colin is usually one of the greater bad guys and here his role was comedically light.

As aforementioned, Cinemarcos wasn’t really interested and just attended to accompany me, but through out the film he was laughing out loud and truly enjoyed all the action and twists this film brought about. As usual, he had to quiet me down, yes, I am one of those annoying film goers that screams and yells at the screen from time to time, but man, was it fun!

Seeing the English countryside and the beautiful Victorian architecture of some great English houses, was an added plus for this lover of all things British. The quips and witty repartee were entertaining and I am actually glad that some of the action gets played back in slowmo and explained for those of us who find it hard to keep with Guy Ritchie’s ADHD action packed scenes.

The movie is tense and incredibly fast paced but what else would you expect from Guy Ritchie? I would compare it to an amusement park ride, it takes all kinds or twists and turns and even backtracks a bit and, in the end, delivers a surprising thrill.


By | January 24, 2020

The Friend Review

Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Roadside Attractions will partner on the U.S. distribution of the heartfelt and moving true story, The Friend, which recently premiered at TIFF. A fall 2020 theatrical release is planned.

Based on Matthew Teague’s award-winning autobiographical essay published in Esquire Magazine, The Friend tells the extraordinary true story of Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and Matthew Teague (Casey Affleck). After receiving life-altering news, the couple find unexpected support from their best friend, Dane (Jason Segel), who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater – and more profound – than anyone could have imagined.

The Friend stars Jason Segel (The End of the Tour, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Dakota Johnson (The Peanut Butter Falcon, 50 Shades of Grey) and Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, The Old Man & the Gun). Additional cast includes five-time SAG Award® nominee Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), and two-time Tony Award® and Emmy Award® winner, Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Transparent”) Isabella Kai, Violet McGraw and country music sensation Jake Owen.

The Friend is directed by acclaimed BAFTA nominee, Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish, Megan Leavey) from a script by Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back, Run All Night). The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures and Scott Free Productions. Producers are Academy Award® nominee Kevin Walsh (Manchester by the Sea), Michael Pruss (Earthquake Bird), Ryan Stowell (Thoroughbreds) and Academy Award® nominee Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game). Executive Producers include acclaimed multi-hyphenate Ridley Scott, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Ted Deiker, Ingelsby, and Matthew Teague, who consulted with Ingelsby on his screenplay adaptation.

The production was filmed on location in Fairhope, Alabama, where the Teague’s real life story took place.

“Gabriela and her outstanding cast have crafted a profoundly moving portrait of the emotional bonds that sustain us. We are thrilled to be partnered with Roadside Attractions in presenting The Friend to U.S. audiences this fall,” said Gravitas Ventures’ Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Piantedosi.

“Everyone knows the value of a great friend, yet it’s rare to see friendship dramatized in film,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff. “To see these three great actors shine the light on what friendship means when the going gets tough adds up to something quite profound.”

Said the producers, “We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Gravitas and Roadside Attractions to present the special journey that is The Friend. This personal yet universal story, which the Teague family was generous enough to share, makes us laugh, cry, think, feel, and is a beautiful reminder of the compassion that exists in this world. We cannot wait for audiences everywhere to see it.”

Nolan Gallagher and Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content. STXinternational handled international sales and is releasing directly in the UK.

The Friend marks the second partnership for Gravitas Ventures and Roadside Attractions – the two companies will release Andy Tennant’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and inspired by Rhonda Byrne’s worldwide bestseller, on April 17, 2020.

In Theaters January 24, 2020

By | January 24, 2020


THE TURNING Release PosterFor more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next January, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Turning takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.





THE GENTLEMEN Release PosterFrom writer/director Guy Ritchie comes THE GENTLEMEN, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).






ELSEWHERE Release PosterStill mourning the death of his wife (Munroe), Bruno (Young) is hopelessly attached to the seaside cottage they built together. When he’s evicted by his soulless in-laws, Bruno vows to get it back at any price. Desperate to escape the gracious but neurotic hosting of his parents (Bridges, Weaver), and with the aid of his enabling best friend (Jeong) Bruno sets a risky plan in motion to recover his home. But posing as a handyman for the cottage’s intriguing new tenant (Posey) turns his life – and his intentions – upside down.




THE LAST FULL MEASURE Release PosterTHE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war. Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd). Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.


A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Digital, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD Release Date

By | January 23, 2020

Put on your comfiest cardigan and spend some quality time with Academy Award®-winner[1] Tom Hanks when he takes on the role of a lifetime as childhood icon and broadcast legend Fred Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, coming to digital February 4 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.



  • Over 15 Minutes of Additional Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers
  • The People Who Make a Neighborhood: The Making Of
  • Dreaming Big, Building Small: The Puppets & Miniatures
  • Daniel Tiger Explains: Practice Makes Perfect
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • OWN DVD >>

    OWN BLU-RAY >>

    OWN 4K BLU-RAY >>


    By | January 23, 2020

    Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired global rights to indie thriller SHEPARD, which stars Greg Proops (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), Will Beinbrink (It: Chapter Two), Kurt Krause (“American Crime”), Kareem Grimes (“All American”), Paulina Alvarez (“Party of Five”) and Ashley Nicole Williams (“Motherland: Fort Salem”). Directed by Jourdan McClure and written byPhilip Landa, producing partners in Dull Boy Films, Shepard will be available on both cable and internet demand platforms on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    At the behest of his social worker (Proops), bullied 17-year-old Ray (Krause) moves in with his Aunt (Thea Gill, “Queer as Folk”) and cousin Kim (Alvarez) for his latest shot at a normal life. But for Ray, every new home placement is the same; getting tormented for being the weird, new kid. The one bright spot in this new town is his biology teacher, Mr. Dwyer (Grimes), who encourages Ray to look to the future. Unfortunately, Kim’s boyfriend Eric (Reed Michael Campbell) views Ray as an ever-increasing rival for Kim’s attention and frames him for stealing booze from a liquor store. Just as Ray is about to be beaten by a baseball bat-wielding store clerk (Galen Howard, “Brooklyn 99”), a stranger cold-cocks the clerk. Ray is thunderstruck. This stranger is just the kind of guy Ray wishes he could be; a man of action with no regrets. And this dangerous, mysterious man, Shepard (Beinbrink), sees something in Ray. He sympathizes with the struggles and pain Ray has experienced. An odd friendship forms, but Shepard is leading Ray down a violent path of vengeance from which there can be no return.

    “At its core, Shepard is a cautionary tale about being so desperate for help that you place your trust in the wrong person and then a bad situation turns disastrous in a flash,” said Landa.

    “Shepard was an opportunity to play in a different space which was both creatively rewarding and fun,” McClure added.

    “Shepard is the type of film you don’t see coming. Jourdan and Philip did an exceptional job at creating something fresh and full of energy that audiences are really going to enjoy,” said Brett Rogalsky, Acquisitions Coordinator at Gravitas Ventures.

    Director Jourdan McClure (Children of Sorrow) and Writer Philip Landa (Outrighteous) are represented by Zero Gravity Management. John Paladino is the Executive Producer. Brett Rogalsky from Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Tiffany Boyle at Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmaking team.