The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed for the true life adventures Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, both films that spent too much time glorifying rah-rah heroism to properly tell their stories. But this dramatic thriller, which recounts the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, is a startlingly visceral experience, allowing for a lot more humanity in the characters. Which actually makes them feel both more honest and more heroic.
Wahlberg plays Tommy, a street cop who feels like no one notices that he's rather good at his job. When two brothers (Alex Wolff and Themo Melikidze) explode bombs at the marathon's finish line, Tommy leaps in to help the injured. And due to his local knowledge, he also helps advise FBI investigator Richard (Kevin Bacon), who is working with the local police commissioner (John Goodman). As the frantic manhunt for the bombers extends over the following days, Tommy's wife (Michelle Monaghan) tries to get him to rest, but he pushes on. And with the whole city helping the cops, the brothers are eventually chased into the neighbourhood of beat cop Jeffrey (J.K. Simmons) for an intense showdown.
This film manages to get the balance right between gritty action and inspiring heroics. Berg mixes documentary footage in seamlessly, grounding everything in reality, and he lets the actors draw out the flaws in these real-life people. This makes them much easier to identify with, which in turn makes the action sequences that much more involving. There's a shootout in here that is perhaps one of the most outrageous ones ever put on film, even more remarkable because it's true. And while Wahlberg is the only character who gets some proper depth, he plays Tommy beautifully, bouncing off everyone else in ways that add meaning and energy to the film.
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On the morning of April 13, 2013 the citizens of Boston city awoke in a good mood, it's Patriots' Day and also the day the Boston marathon is held on. As is usually the case, additional police are asked to put on their uniforms and help with crowd control for the event which is always popular with residents and tourists.
Tommy Saunders was one of the officers to take to the streets and help police the event. As the race starts, the mood in the crowd is high and all are seen to be having a good time; The sergeant talks to his boss, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and then sees a familiar face in the crowd; his wife Carol be beckons Tommy over and the two begin to have a brief chat before an almighty noise and tremor is unleashed through the streets.
The police officers on the street run into action and begin to help wounded runners and bystanders. Hundreds of people are on the streets injured and worried; first responders begin treating as many people as possible and sending the injured off to hospital.
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Alex Wolff, Kevin Bacon, Michael Beach, Peter Berg, Michelle Monaghan, James DuMont, Themo Melikidze and Jake Picking at the 2016 AFI FEST Closing Night Gala screening of Lionsgate's 'Patriots Day' held at El Capitan Theatre and Presented By Audi - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 17th November 2016
It’s been fourteen years since Toula Portokalos-Miller had her Big Fat Greek Wedding, but now it’s time to round up the family and do it all over again. Except this time there’s a difference.
When we join Toula and Ian again, they’re now parents to a teenage daughter who’s all set to go to college (as far away from her family as possible).
As they struggle to find the balance between being good parents and making time for each other, the couple still must deal with Toula’s ever-present, overbearing Greek family.
Gentle and very smart, this low-key comedy gets under the skin as it follows a smart young kid into the adult world. Without quite becoming either a frat-house comedy or coming-of-age odyssey, the film knowingly avoids cliches while telling a hugely engaging story with so much charm that it's virtually impossible to stop smiling.
The kid is 13-year-old frizzy-haired genius Eli (Wolff), who longs to attend Harvard but is instead stuck with 27-best choice Whittman College. His first friend there is the oldest freshman, 30-something Leo (Fraser), who is trying to reinvent himself and introduces Eli to the campus' party lifestyle. Then after a run-in with three Harvard snobs, Eli decides to teach his desired university a lesson: he joins Whittman's Mastermind team (alongside Bergman, Lee and de Jesus) and swiftly starts turning their losing streak around as they climb through the ranks and head to a showdown with Harvard at the national finals.
While the competition plot follows a fairly standard trajectory, writer Wierzbianski and director Kent refuse to indulge in trite formulaic melodramatics. Even the way Eli falls for a teen (Garner) from the local town feels fresh and unexpected. And while the humour is rarely laugh-out-loud funny, the smiles are earned because they are grounded in the characters rather than cheap jokes. It also helps that each character is a vivid bundle of complex energy and emotion, nicely played by an up-for-it cast.
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Arrivals at the New York premiere for Les Miserables included 'The Naked Brothers Band' stars Alex Wolff and Nat Wolff, Grammy winning musician Marc Cohn and his wife Elizabeth Vargas and '30 Rock' actor Cheyenne Jackson. When Alex and Nat pose on the red carpet, one photographer can be heard referring to Alex as 'four eyes' while another paparazzo retorts 'don't f***ing insult them!'.
After Noah Jaybird is suspended from college, he ends up living back at home with his mother, where all he does is sit and watch TV. At his mother's insistence he starts looking for jobs in town but to no avail. Finally his mother recommends babysitting and after refusing, Noah reluctantly takes up an offer of babysitting the kids next door.
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