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Movies Opening This Weekend – August 19th – 2016 [videos]

It really happened; two young men win a government contract from the Pentagon worth $300 million dollars, so they do what every red blooded American do. They work hard to fill that order of supplying our allies with arms and ammunitions. ‘War Dogs’ starring Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill is easily one reason to buy a movie ticket this weekend.

Hollywood brings to light another cerebral foreign film in German that will entertain the masses. There’s also a WWII War crimes movie set in Germany, and an aspiring Hip Hop artist moves to Germany hoping to fit in. Three separate films with two things in common; all three are set in Germany, and are terrific works of art.

Finally, have you ever asked “where did the worldwide web come from?” ‘Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World’ is the movie that will chronicle the birth of the internet while showing how the www. Impacts all of us.

Enjoy the movies this weekend – I always do!

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)
Director: Lars Kraume
Stars: Rüdiger Klink, Burghart Klaußner, Andrej Kaminsky, Jörg Schüttauf

If you’re a history buff and fan of foreign films, this movie is a double treat. ‘The People vs. Fritz Bauer’ pulls back the curtains on the WWII German war crimes trials at Nurnberg like we’ve never seen before, as detailed by the man who brought Adolf Eichmann to justice. Brush up on your German for this foreign film blockbuster. [watch trailer

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)
(PG-13) 110 min – Animation
Director: Takeshi Nozue
Stars: Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Neil Newbon

The whole family will love this British semi-animated film. Produced in the vein of current comic trilogies, the kingdom of Lucis is where Crystal resides, but the evil empire of Niflheim will make every attempt to possess the forbidden land to make it theirs. [watch trailer

Morris from America (2016)
(R) 91 min – Comedy
Director: Chad Hartigan
Stars: Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Markees Christmas

Germany seems to be highlighted this weekend as we travel abroad to enjoy the misadventures of a 13-year-old African American boy living in a foreign land, filled with modern day music and comedic situations. Think ‘Straight Outta Compton’ in modern day Germany. This is the most interesting juxtaposition of the year. [watch trailer]

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
(PG-13) 98 min – Documentary
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Lawrence Krauss, Kevin Mitnick, Elon Musk, Lucianne Walkowicz

Hollywood takes its movie goes to the birth of the internet, documenting its wonderful advances that also bring about the stereotypes of humanity vs. constant online interruptions. This movie will make you think about how the world wide web has changed every living soul on earth. [watch trailer]

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
(PG) Adventure
Director: Travis Knight
Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei

Kubo a young man whose has lost his father, desperately hoping to find a mystical suit of armor worn to protect the evil spirit that his father once battled? ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a modern day animated story of good vs. evil, shot with incredible effects in dynamic computer generated style. [watch trailer]

Ben-Hur (2016)
(PG-13) 123 min – Adventure
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Ben Hur, a prince accused of treason by his step brother while serving the Roman empire, is convicted for a crime he did not commit. With rich religious overtones, this will be the classic Ben Hur storyline you’ve never known. Morgan Freeman is spectacular in this film; Jack Huston gives the performance of a lifetime. [watch trailer]

War Dogs (2016)
(R) 114 min – Comedy – War
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper, Ana de Armas, Jonah Hill

Based on the true story, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, earn a government contract worth $300 million from the Pentagon. The problem is they have no idea what they’re doing and that’s when the fun begins. Jonah Hill deadpans his way all through the film, Bradley Cooper proves he can play more than one kind of role. Although the language and adult situations make this an ‘R’ rated film; you’ll enjoy the premise and writing. [watch trailer]


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Kevin Hart Gets Married

Kevin Hart is one of the hottest and funniest actors in the game right now and as of this weekend, he’s officially a married man. On Saturday, he married Eniko Parrish, his girlfriend that he proposed to when she turned 30. Eniko is currently 31.

Just Sunday, Kevin posted many photos on social media and every single one of them is great. Photos of the married couple are adorable and the ones with his son and daughter, Hendrix and Heaven are just too cool. Hendrix served as the best man at the wedding. They are eight and 11 years old, but totally rocked it at the wedding it looks like! Not surprisingly, Eniko was stunning in her wedding dress as well.


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Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Set Free

Making a Murderer was one of the most popular shows on Netflix over the past 12 months and now we’re seeing something come of the documentary. The show covered what was shown as two men being set-up by local police and now one of those men has seen their conviction overturned. Brendan Dassey, the younger of the two men convicted of killing Teresa Halbach in 2005, was the one set free on Friday.

Steven Avery, the older one of the two, was unlawfully in prison for 18 years before being released in 2003. It was just two years later that trouble followed him and he was eventually convicted of murder. We’ll see what comes next of Avery if anything, but it is nice to see justice come for Brendan Dassey.


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The All-Female Take on Ocean’s Eleven

Many years ago we were blessed with Ocean’s Eleven and the others in the movie series that would entertain us all. Now, Warner Brothers wants to go with an all-female cast for the same style of movie. It’s being titled Ocean’s Ocho and will feature some huge female names.

The female stars reportedly chosen to have a role in the movie include Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and even Rihanna! Those are just a few of the names with roles in the movie that is expected to be somewhat of a tough sell to movie fans. Sony just came out with their female version of Ghostbusters and it didn’t do nearly as well as they had hoped.

We loved the Ocean’s series years back, so we’re definitely interested on how the all-female version will look. You can bet we’ll be in attendance when the movie gets released.


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Hollywood Odds and Ends

Here are a few Hollywood Headlines that you may not read about elsewhere…

You knew the storm was coming, but we didn’t realize the winds would be of hurricane proportions. The bank managing Prince’s estate has asked the courts to begin liquidating the late singer’s assets, at the objections of Prince’s immediate heirs. Paisley Park, the home of Prince estimated to be worth over $7 million dollars. The family would like to turn Paisley Park into a museum, while the bank has other ideas.

Woody Allen is set to debut his new Amazon Studios “Crisis in Six Scenes,” a comedy depicting the crazy 60s, dealing with a suburban family dealing with the 60s themes of unrest and social awakening. Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, and Elaine May are written in as characters for the Amazon produced series.

Ricci Martin the youngest son of ‘Rat Pack’ superstar Dean Martin has died at the age of 62 in Utah, while Pete Fountain, clarinetist from the Lawrence Welk show and New Orleans jazz great died last week at 86. Marjorie Lord of the 50s and 60s ‘Danny Thomas Show’ passed away in Los Angeles last week at the age of 97.


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