By | October 18, 2019

Zombieland Double Tap Review

Ladies and gentlemen and movie fans of all ages, once again you are treated to two reviews for the price of one. Let’s start with your friendly neighborhood Cinemarcos with his take on Zombieland Double Tap. I will be honest with you, it took me a while, like earlier this year, to finally watch the first Zombieland because I thought it was probably cheap and dumb. I did end up being disappointed . . . in myself for taking so long to see such a fun movie. This thing is a hidden gem of a comedy. It’s got it all, and the best part is that it is as light-hearted as it can possibly be. We get, of course, the zombies in all their gore and glory along with a typical founding premise as to their existence, which then begets plenty of gunplay and violence, which then begets plenty of grossness, and all that begets good action, thrills, and a fight for survival, and all that covered in excellent comedy, along with an excellent cast to deliver the excellent comedy and action, a cool set of rules, a hint of despair, and another hint of romance and you’ve got yourself an all-around fun movie. Now even though I’m talking about the first Zombieland, I’m actually also talking about Double Tap. This one is every bit as good as the first and then some. More cast, more gore, more action, more humor, more romance, and more fun. I’ve got to at least mention one of my new favorite characters of all time, Madison, played by Zoey Deutch. She really is adorable, and hilarious. Movies like these are the reason why I enjoy going to the movies . . . to have some fun. So, folks, once again . . .

Tallahassee: It’s time to nut up or shut up.

I have to start by letting you know that I do not like zombie films. Not at all. The Dawn of The Dead movies have not been seen by these eyes, no sir. That being said, as my husband Cinemarcos mentioned earlier, I also had not seen Zombieland until recently. Because I reiterate, I don’t like zombies, I don’t like gore and brain eating which is what most of us expect from zombies. But I gave in and watched Zombieland and found that I really loved it and couldn’t wait to see Zombieland Double Tap. Why, you might ask did Zombieland change my opinion of zombie movies? Well, actually it didn’t. I still hate zombie movies, but Zombieland and Zombieland Double Tap is more than just a zombie movie. See Zombie movies are all about that aforementioned gore and brain eating. Zombieland and Zombieland Double Tap truly is more about the humans, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), who they were before, how they survive, and how they come to be in each other’s company. The one thing they have in common is that they are looking for a place to call home and in the case of Columbus, a family to belong to. All that said, there was a little more “in your face” zombie gore in this film, but, if its possible, tastefully done. You will see possibly a few more “humans” Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson to name a few. Is it possible to live a happy life in Zombieland? I don’t know for sure, but why don’t you go see the film and see for yourself.

In Theaters October 18, 2019

By | October 18, 2019


ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP Release PosterA decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.





THE LIGHTHOUSE Release PosterFrom Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.





JOJO RABBIT Release PosterWriter director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.




MALEFICENT MISTRESS OF EVIL Release Poster“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning from a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Michael Vieira serving as executive producers.




CYRANO, MY LOVE   Release PosterDecember 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and too much anxiety. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There’s one problem: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond must focus and put to pen to paper. For now, he has only the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac".





By | October 18, 2019

The epic film The Warrior Queen of Jhansi has partnered with PVR Pictures for their India distribution beginning on November 29th. This follows back to back distribution agreements with Roadside Attractions for the US market and Mile End for the Canadian market, with both releasing the film on November 15th.

PVR Pictures Ltd., CEO, Kamal Gianchandani said, “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is an enthralling story which has been an inspiration for many generations. We are excited to bring this gem to millions of Indian movie-goers. Swati Bhise, with whom we had the pleasure of distributing The Man Who Knew Infinity has created an epic about India’s greatest heroine and researched the language, costumes and other 19th century detail in great depth. We’re delighted that Swati has brought this great Indian heroine to globalaudiences.”

Swati Bhise said “It’s a great honor to be represented by PVR in India where they have the distinction of thinking outside the box. It’s a privilege to share this epic historical Hollywood film on an Indian subject with an international cast. It’s also the first of its kind with an Indian female lead actor in a Hollywood film and a first to be dubbed in Marathi where we salute the Rani’s roots.”

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi releases all over India on November 29th.

HBO Max Acquires US Streaming Rights to Studio Ghibli Films

By | October 18, 2019

HBO Max will bring the wonder of Japan’s legendary, Oscar®-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, to its slate of premium content that will be available at launch in the spring of 2020. HBO Max will be the US streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues. The landmark deal with North American distributor GKIDS for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these beloved films have been licensed to a streaming platform.

Available at launch of the service will be the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and more.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max.”

“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” said Koji Hoshino, Chairman of Studio Ghibli. “Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”

Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.

HUSTLERS – 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray TM, DVD and On Demand Release Date

By | October 17, 2019

Inspired by the provocative true story about a crew of former strip club employees who turn the tables on their greedy Wall Street clients, HUSTLERS arrives on Digital November 26, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray TM, DVD and On Demand December 10, 2019 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Dazzling critics and audiences alike, the “fiercely funny” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) drama follows a band of business-savvy strippers as they unite to seek revenge in what critics are hailing as “one of the year’s best films” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly). Inspired by journalist Jessica Pressler’s 2015 viral New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores,” HUSTLERS is filled with wildly entertaining and empowering moments from beginning to end and takes audiences behind the scenes of this inspiring real life con.


Feature Commentary with Director Lorene Scafaria