MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 12/02/2016
Running Time: 137
Rated: R
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges.
Crew: Director: Kenneth Lonergan. Producers: Matt Damon, Lauren Beck, Chris Moore, Katie Pastore, Kimberly Steward, Ryan Stowell and Kevin J. Walsh. Executive Producers: Declan Baldwin, Josh Godfrey, John Krasinski and Bill Migliore. Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan. Cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Despite Casey Affleck’s star turn in the riveting, 2007 crime thriller, “Gone Baby Gone” and him receiving a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination for the 2007 movie, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” Affleck always seemed stuck in the shadow of his older brother Ben.

Well, that may all change very soon with the release of Casey Affleck’s new movie, “Manchester by the Sea.” The powerful, family drama has been the darling of the film festival circuit.

"Manchester by the Sea" recently earned eight nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and should be well represented at its 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards which will air on the A&E Network Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan, (“You Can Count on Me” and “Gangs of New York”), “Manchester by the Sea” is an engaging and emotional juggernaut of a movie. It grows on you frame by frame, character by character.

And while Affleck’s performance is dark, brooding and captivating, the film is also bolstered by fine work from its supporting cast of C.J. Wilson (TV’s “House of Cards” and “The Characters”), Gretchen Mol (TV’s “Chance”), Kyle Chandler (TV’s “Bloodline”) and a scene-stealing Lucas Hedges, (“Kill the Messenger”).

Affleck shines in roles where he’s gets caught up in situations beyond his control. In “Manchester by the Sea” he stars as Lee Chandler, a blue-collar, hard-working Boston janitor who gets by cleaning toilets, repairing leaking sinks and doing other little household chores for most anyone who needs it.

Lee isn’t a cheery kind of guy. He doesn’t smile much and is easily agitated. He has no problem starting or ending bar fights just because someone looked at him the wrong way.

There’s a reason for Lee’s pent up anger, but the less we initially know about his past is really a good thing. The movie plays out in flashbacks.

Lee’s demeanor changes for the better whenever he spends time with his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) who has a commercial fishing boat in his hometown of Massachusetts, Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Joe’s young son Patrick is played by Ben O’ Brien, (“Letting Go”) and later as lanky teen, Lucas Hedges.

But the joy that Lee was able to wrestle from spending time with Joe and Pat comes to a screeching halt when Lee learns that Joe has died of congestive heart failure.

Lee’s life takes an unimaginable turn when he also discovers that Joe has left a will requesting that he become Patrick’s legal guardian. Joe knew that Patrick’s alcoholic mother, Elise (Gretchen Mol) wasn’t capable of giving his son a proper upbringing.

Yet Lee, can barely take care of himself. To raise a teen boy certainly wasn’t how he envisioned his life.

Then again, Lee, who was once a family man and married to a young woman named Randi (Michelle Williams, upcoming “Janis” (Joplin) movie) and a father of three kids, never imagined their life would be filled with such horrific pain and tragedy.

“Manchester by the Sea” isn’t fault-free. There are moments that the movie, which runs 137 minutes, drags a bit mainly because of some of its repetitive and cumbersome flashbacks.

Yet, watching Lee being suddenly thrust into this world that he didn’t see coming, is where Affleck really takes charge and ignites “Manchester by the Sea.”

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

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Rated: PG
Opens: 11/23/2016
Moana

Rated: R
Opens: 11/23/2016
Rules Don't Apply

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 11/18/2016
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Rated: R
Opens: 11/18/2016
The Edge Of Seventeen

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 11/11/2016
Almost Christmas

Rated: PG
Opens: 11/04/2016
Trolls


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<b>This Christmas</b> Title: This Christmas
Year Released: 2007
Running Time: 117
Production Company: Screen Gems
Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Director of Photography: Alexander Gruszynski
Screenwriter: Preston A. Whitmore II
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Normally my “Old School Video Picks” are movies from the 1970s through the 1990s. But since this is the Christmas holiday season, I wanted to slightly break away from tradition and spotlight the movie, “This Christmas.” It’s one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies.

Directed and written by Preston A. Whitmore II, “This Christmas” which was released in 2007,...
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Jason Bourne <b> (Dec. 6)</b> Title: Jason Bourne (Dec. 6)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 123
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Greengrass
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“JASON BOURNE”

“Jason Bourne” is the fifth installment of the “Bourne” series starring Matt Damon in the title role as the super spy. Bourne is currently off the grid and trying to piece together his life now that his memory is slowly returning.

But it’s been a rough go for him. He’s had to spend his days trying to make a meager living as a street fighter in several slummy Eastern European towns.

When he crosses paths in Greece with his former colleague Vicky Parsons (Julia Stiles, TV’s “Inside Amy Schumer”)—whom he sent into hiding in “The Bourne Ultimatum”—Bourne can’t believe what she’s uncovered.

Nicky has obtained information about Operation Treadstone—where it all began for Bourne--as well as an invasive national security surveillance program known as Iron Hand. Plus, Nicky has some news about Bourne’s father Richard Webb (Gregg Henry, TV’s “Chicago Med” and “Scandal”) who was allegedly killed by terrorists.

It looks like Bourne is back on the grid now. After hearing all this stuff Bourne is ready to go all in. But he has some formidable foes in his path.

There’s the snarky CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones, “Criminal”) who is so eager to capture Bourne that he’s enlisted The Asset, (Vincent Cassel, “Black Swan”) a top assassin who also wants Bourne for putting him in a Syrian prison.

CIA operative Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”) is on board too, although her allegiances are rather questionable as the movie unfolds. Even so, Vikander’s mysterious character adds to the film’s intrigue.

Part of CIA Director Dewey’s (Jones) grand surveillance operation involves a renowned Silicon Valley tech guru named Aaron Kallor (a superb performance from Riz Ahmad, “Nightcrawler” and TV’s “The Night Of”) and the use of his Deep Dream social media platform which can track info on his users. However, the idea doesn’t sit well with Kallor and he tells Dewey that he wants out of the deal.

Much like director Michael Bay, Greengrass knows his way around spectacular action sequences. He delivers some jaw-dropping car and motorcycle chases that has Bourne maneuvering his way through Athens, Berlin, London and then a real doozy smash-em-up on the Las Vegas strip.

While there’s plenty of adrenaline charged action in “Jason Bourne,” it’s the film’s quieter moments between Bourne and everyone else that he’s four steps ahead of, that are just as riveting and make this “Bourne” another supreme addition to the franchise.
(Highly Recommended).

The Secret Life Of Pets <b>(Dec. 6)</b> Title: The Secret Life Of Pets (Dec. 6)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud.
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS”

The secret is out. Animal lovers and pet owners will find a lot to relate to and even more to laugh at in “The Secret Life of Pets”, an irresistibly cute and cuddly movie from directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney (“Despicable Me”).

If you ever wondered what your furry friends really do while you’re away, well, “The Secret Life of Pets” offers a funny glimpse at a few animals and some of the mischief they get in to.

Little did Katie (Ellie Kemper, TV’s “Sofia the First”) realize what she was getting into when she brought home a gigantic mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet, TV’s “Modern Family”) as a companion for her Jack Russell terrier Max (Louis C.K. “Trumbo” and TV’s “Maron” and “Portlandia”).

These doggies don’t hit it off well at all. Duke is a big bully who knows how to get his way and it irks Max to no end.

When Katie goes to work, Max and Duke put on a show for the other animals who watch their antics with glee from the comfort of their New York apartment building.

Gidget (Jenny Slate, “Zootopia”) is a white Pomeranian who has been digging on Max forever. Then there’s Chloe, (Lake Bell, TV’s “Childrens Hospital”), a fat cat who embraces her inner diva and isn’t afraid to devour a good meal in the refrigerator. And poor Norman.
He’s a guinea pig (Director Chris Renaud) who is constantly getting lost.
He’s not the only one though. The movie takes a wacky and funny turn when Duke strays from home and Max has to round up a motley crew to find him.

It becomes a dangerous adventure as they have to enlist the help of a wise-cracking, crazy bunny (a very funny Kevin Hart, “Central Intelligence”).

They also team with the Army of Flushed Pets, an underground bunch of discarded and unwelcome lizards, snakes, rats and even sea monkeys that hate humans.

Duke and Max also have to stay steps ahead of the mean dog catchers who consider them to be a menace to society.

“The Secret Life of Pets” features a splendid voice cast that includes: Bobby Moynihan as a wacky pug named Mel; Hannibal Buress (“The Nice Guys”) lends his talents to Buddy, a dashing dachshund.

Albert Brooks is a wicked red-tailed hawk named Tiberius who uses his special set of skills to help find Max and Duke.

Dana Carvey nearly steals the show here as Pops, a partially paralyzed basset hound that gets around with the help of wheels attached to his backside.

In addition to the film’s zany and storyline, “The Secret Life of Pets” emphasizes responsible pet ownership. It’s 90 minutes of pure, kid- friendly folly.
(Highly Recommended).

Pete's Dragon <b>(Nov. 29)</b> Title: Pete's Dragon (Nov. 29)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 102
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: David Lowery
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“PETE’S DRAGON”

It’s not often you come across cinematic perfection. Yet, Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” is picture perfect.

This marvelous and magical adventure is a remake of Disney’s 1977 musical version of the film which is about a boy and his friendly pet dragon, Elliot.

There’s no music this time around in “Pete’s Dragon,” which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t them Bodies Saints”), but rather a genuine warm-heartedness that is purely delightful.

The film’s star, Little Pete (Oakes Fegley, “This is Where I leave You”), will win you over and Elliot the dragon will charm you too.

The story begins when Pete’s mom and dad are driving along in their car. Pete is reading his favorite book aloud. Yet, before he can finish a couple of sentences, a deer darts out in front of their vehicle causing it to swerve and flip. Pete is unhurt, but just like that, his parents are dead.
Scared and alone on a road near a forest, Pete starts to walk around aimlessly.

He becomes even more frightened when a pack of hungry wolves surround him. Within minutes of making him their dinner, a big, green, furry dragon swoops down and rescues little Pete.

When Pete asks the dragon if he’s going to eat him and the dragon lifts Elliot ever so gently in his hand and flies off with him, Pete knows he’s safe and has found a friend to the end.
Over time, Pete remarkably adjusts to living and surviving in the forest thanks mainly to Elliot.

Meanwhile, Mr. Meacham (a terrific Robert Redford), is a retired and friendly woodworker in the Pacific Northwest. He likes to tell stories to the neighborhood kids who swing by for treats and his tall tales.

He really has their attention when he talks about his childhood and coming face to face with a dragon in the forest. Most don’t believe him, but a few of the kids do and they wonder if they will ever see this famous dragon.
Even Mr. Meacham’s daughter Grace, (Bryce Dallas Howard, “Jurassic World”), the local park ranger, thinks her dad is stretching the truth. After all, she’s worked for years in the forest and has seen many animals, but never a dragon.

But as her dad explains, “just because you don’t see the dragon, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”

And there’s a reason Grace hasn’t seen Elliot. He’s a massive creature with a special skill that allows him to become invisible.

His disappearing act comes in mighty handy when a few of the locals—including Grace’s fiancée Jack (Wes Bentley, TV’s “American Horror Story”), his daughter Natalie (a sensational Oona Laurence, “Bad Moms”) and Jack's hot-headed brother, Gavin (Karl Urban, “Star Trek Beyond”)--spot Elliot and Pete. Soon everyone wants to hunt them down.

Well, Elliot isn’t about to let anyone get near Pete and he doesn’t go down without a fight. This close-knit community--including its sheriff (Isiah Whitlock Jr., TV’s “Lucifer”)--has become unglued about the entire ordeal.

“Pete’s Dragon” soars when Elliot has to stand his ground against the adults looking to take him down, but the film’s real shining moments involve Pete and Elliot’s interaction.
(Highly Recommended).

The BFG <b>(Nov. 29)</b> Title: The BFG (Nov. 29)
Year Released: 2016
Running Time: 117
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Steven Spielberg
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“THE BFG”

The big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved, 1982 children’s novel, “The BFG” is a fantasy filled adventure.

This “BFG,” from director Steven Spielberg, centers on an inquisitive and smart little girl named Sophie (the delightful Ruby Barnhill of TV’s “4 O’Clock Club”) who lives at a London orphanage that’s run by the persnickety matron, (TV’s Marilyn Norry, “Dead of Summer”).

Like most kids, Sophie’s imagination often gets the best of her. But, one night as she’s trying to sleep, she looks out her window and sees this tall, figure lumbering about the street. He’s rummaging through trash cans for food.

Sophie knows she isn’t dreaming, but can’t believe her eyes. When this mysterious giant (the superb “Bridge of Spies” Oscar winner Mark Rylance), makes eye contact with Sophie, he quickly swoops her up with his gigantic hand.

Sophie is terribly frightened, at least until he tells her that he’s a “Big Friendly Giant.”

Unlike the other giants in his homeland who steal food from humans and even worse, devours them, the BFG also blows magical and wonderful dreams into the lives of kids as they’re sleeping.

It’s all a bit much for little Sophie to take in. And when the BFG takes her to his giant cave, she sees first-hand just what he’s up against.

The “BFG” is constantly ridiculed and bullied by his flesh-eating colleagues, notably one named Bloodbottler (voice of Bill Hader, TV’s “Silicon Valley” and “Finding Dory”) and the most vicious giant of them all, “Fleshlumpeater (Jermaine Clement, TV’s “Trip Tank” and “Inside Amy Schumer”) who can sniff out humans even among the funky smell of the “BFG’s” nasty and slimy looking food like Snozzcumber.

The “BFG” tries to keep Sophie out of harm’s way, but it’s not always easy for him when Sophie’s adventurous spirit takes hold.

During their time together, Sophie and the “BFG” soon learn some valuable life lessons and forge a heart-warming friendship.

While “The BFG” does have its share of dark—but not overly frightening moments for kids—the overall whimsical nature of the film is what makes it such giant-sized fun.
(Recommended).
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22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards Dec. 11 By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS NOMINEES

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) recently announced the film nominees for the 22ndAnnual Critics’ Choice Awards.

The winners will be revealed live at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on the A&E Network on Dec. 11 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT. Yours truly will be attending.

The awards broadcast will immediately follow the “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” on A&E. As previously announced, actor and comedian T.J. Miller will return as the show’s host.

So, all those nights N2Entertainment.net spent reviewing movies, has resulted in the BFCA nominations for the “22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.” Here they are:

BEST PICTURE:

“Arrival,”
“Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight” and
 "Sully.”



BEST ACTOR:

Casey Affleck– “Manchester by the Sea,” Joel Edgerton, “Loving,”

Andrew Garfield–“Hacksaw Ridge,” Ryan Gosling– “La La Land,”

Tom Hanks– “Sully” and Denzel Washington–“Fences.”

BEST ACTRESS:

Amy Adams—“Arrival,” Annette Bening– “20th Century Women,”

Isabelle Hupper – “Elle,” Ruth Negga—“Loving,” Natalie Portman – “Jackie” and Emma Stone – “La La Land.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Mahershala Ali—“Moonlight,” Jeff Bridges—“Hell or High Water,”

Ben Foster – “Hell or High Water,” Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea,” Dev Patel– “Lion” and Michael Shannon—“Nocturnal Animals.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Viola Davis– “Fences,” Greta Gerwig – “20th Century Women”

Naomie Harris– “Moonlight,” Nicole Kidman—“Lion,” 

Janelle Monáe, “Hidden Figures,” Michelle Williams– “Manchester by the Sea.”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS:

Lucas Hedges– “Manchester by the Sea"

Alex R. Hibbert– “Moonlight”

Lewis MacDougall– “A Monster Calls”

Madina Nalwanga – “Queen of Katwe”

Sunny Pawar – “Lion”

Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:

“20th Century Women”

“Fences”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

BEST DIRECTOR:

Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”

Mel Gibson– “Hacksaw Ridge”

Barry Jenkins– “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan– “Manchester by the Sea”

David Mackenzie – “Hell or High Water”

Denis Villeneuve – “Arrival”

Denzel Washington – “Fences”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”

Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”

Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – “The Lobster”

Kenneth Lonergan– “Manchester by the Sea”

Jeff Nichols– “Loving”

Taylor Sheridan– “Hell or High Water”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Luke Davies– “Lion,” Tom Ford– “Nocturnal Animals,” Eric Heisserer– “Arrival,” Todd Komarnicki– “Sully,” Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi– “Hidden Figures” and August Wilson –“Fences.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Stéphane Fontaine – “Jackie,” James Laxton– “Moonlight,” Seamus McGarvey– “Nocturnal Animals,” Linus Sandgren – “La La Land” and Bradford Young– “Arrival.”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

“Arrival”--Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”--Stuart Craig/James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock and “Jackie”--Jean Rabasse and Véronique Melery, “La La Land”– David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco and “Live by Night”--Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh.

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross– “La La Land,” John Gilbert– “Hacksaw Ridge,” Blu Murray– “Sully,” Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon – “Moonlight” and Joe Walker – “Arrival.”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

Colleen Atwood – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Consolata Boyle, “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Madeline Fontaine, “Jackie,” Joanna Johnston, “Allied,” Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh– “Love & Friendship,” and Mary Zophres– “La La Land.”

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP:

“Doctor Strange”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Jackie”

“Star Trek Beyond”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

“A Monster Calls”

“Arrival”

“Doctor Strange”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“The Jungle Book”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:

“Finding Dory,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Moana,” “The Red Turtle,” “Trolls” and “Zootopia.”

BEST ACTION MOVIE:

“Captain America: Civil War,” “Deadpool,” “Doctor Strange,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Jason Bourne.”

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE:

Benedict Cumberbatch– “Doctor Strange,” Matt Damon– “Jason Bourne,” Chris Evans – “Captain America: Civil War,” Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge,” Ryan Reynolds– “Deadpool.”

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE:

Gal Gadot– “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Scarlett Johansson – “Captain America: Civil War,” Margot Robbie– “Suicide Squad,” and Tilda Swinton, “Doctor Strange.”

BEST COMEDY:

“Central Intelligence,” “Deadpool,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “The Edge of Seventeen,” “Hail, Caesar!” and “The Nice Guys.”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY:

Ryan Gosling–“The Nice Guys, Hugh Grant–“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Dwayne Johnson–“Central Intelligence,” Viggo Mortensen–“Captain Fantastic” and Ryan Reynolds– “Deadpool.”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY:

Kate Beckinsale– “Love & Friendship,” Sally Field – “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” Kate McKinnon– “Ghostbusters,” Hailee Steinfeld– “The Edge of Seventeen” and Meryl Streep– “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE:

“10 Cloverfield Lane,” “Arrival,” “Doctor Strange,” “Don’t Breathe,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “The Witch.”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Elle,” “The Handmaiden,” “Julieta,” “Neruda,” “The Salesman” and “Toni Erdmann.”

BEST SONG:

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”– “La La Land,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls,” “City of Stars” – “La La Land,” “Drive It Like You Stole It” – “Sing Street,” “How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana” and “The Rules Don’t Apply” – “Rules Don’t Apply.”

BEST SCORE:

Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight,” Jóhann Jóhannsson– “Arrival,” Justin Hurwitz– “La La Land,” Micachu– “Jackie” and Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka– “Lion.”

Editor’s Note: Be Sure To Tune In To The Critics’ Choice Awards On The A&E Network Dec. 11 at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

For A List Of the Critics’ Choice Television Nominees Check “Screen Scene.”


Chris Pine and Ben Foster By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

CHRIS PINE AND BEN FOSTER TALK “HELL OR HIGH WATER”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--Multi-talented actor Chris Pine continues to build upon his impressive film career.

Audiences have embraced the handsome, 36-year-old actor as the new Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” rebooted movie series--including the latest installment, “Star Trek Beyond."

Pine has received critical acclaim for his star turns in films such as the seafaring adventure, “The Finest Hours” and “Into the Woods.” The latter movie spotlighted his surprising vocal talents.

Pine has also been tapped to star in the upcoming Ava DuVernay directed movie, “A Wrinkle in Time” which features Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andre Holland and Zach Galifianakas among others.

Pine will also play Steve Trevor in the much anticipated “Wonder Woman” movie. However, it’s Pine’s outstanding performance in his latest movie, “Hell or High Water” (See N2Entertainment.net’s DVD Review) that has everyone taking notice. There’s good reason too.

Written by Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”) and directed by David MacKenzie(“Starred Up”), “Hell or High Water” is a remarkable movie bolstered by incredible performances from Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Margaret Bowman, and Katy Mixon.

In “Hell or High Water,” Chris Pine and Ben Foster (“Inferno”) play two brothers who carry out a series of bank robberies throughout West Texas in order to save their family farm. Hot on their tales are Sheriff Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his partner Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and TV’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”).

N2Entertainment.net recently attended the “Hell or High Water” DVD launch party at Bludso’s restaurant and talked with the very affable Pine and Foster about making “Hell or High Water” and all the buzz it’s receiving.

Here’s what else Pine and Foster had to say.

Q. This isn’t the first time you guys have worked together. Earlier this year, you starred in “The Finest Hours.” Do you guys have a special bond now?

A. Chris Pine-- (Laughs). Yeah, we’ve become like real brothers on and off screen. We really clicked together on “The Finest Hours,” but we spent even more time together filming “Hell or High Water” and were able to really get into our roles. We shot our part of the film in about a month.

A. Ben Foster-- It really was a natural thing for us on the set of “Hell or High Water.” I think working previously on “The Finest Hours” gave us an advantage and that carried over in “Hell or High Water.” We did have a lot of fun on set together and once we started shooting the movie, it was all just rather instinctive.

Q. What attracted you to “Hell or High Water?”

A. Pine-- The script. There was no question that when I saw the story that Taylor Sheridan had laid out and I read it, I just became so fascinated with it. It really moved me because it was a story that although I wasn’t familiar with because of my background, it still spoke to me in a powerful way. I wanted to see how far I could reach inside of me and bring this character out. It was really unlike anything I had done. The other thing is the cast was just incredible. We spent so much time together and I enjoyed every minute of being with the cast and crew. Even doing these events and getting together after the movie means a lot for all of us. I know it sounds cliché, but we really connected.

A. Foster-- Without a doubt, Taylor Sheridan was the reason I wanted to be a part of this movie. The script is so raw and powerful and the characters have such an arc and range. And seeing how Taylor (Sheridan) and David (MacKenzie) magically made the story so riveting is really something. It’s a very special movie for me too.

Q. Why do you believe this movie has garnered such critical acclaim and resonated with audiences?

A. Foster-- I believe part of the reason is that “Hell or High Water” speaks to a variety of people in different ways. I think depending on your life experience you may find yourselves feeling sympathetic to Toby and Tanner’s plight and even rooting for them. There are just so many layers to this movie and it focuses on class, economic factors, and the entire banking fiasco that the country was mired in. They are aspects that are all are weaved into this story and I think that’s the beauty of this movie. It will mean different things to different people.

A. Pine-- I think a lot of the interest in the film is because of its rawness and honesty. Taylor Sheridan and David MacKenzie really captured something unique with this modern day parable.

Q. What was it like to work with the legendary Jeff Bridges?

A. Pine-- Phenomenal. I mean it was like wow! I have one big scene in the movie with Jeff (Bridges) and boy he really brings out the best in everyone he works with. He’s an incredibly gifted actor.

A. Foster-- I was in awe of him. I’m still in awe of him (Lots of laughter). To be able to work alongside someone as great as Jeff (Bridges) just doesn’t get any better. But what really makes “Hell or High Water” sparkle is the entire cast. It’s rare to get such a tremendous ensemble to work with like we had here.

A. Pine-- I’m thrilled to have been a part of such an extraordinary movie like “Hell or High Water.” And I really appreciate everyone who has supported the film along the way.

(Editor’s Note:) “Hell or High Water” is currently available on Blu-ray DVD.


FANTASTIC BEASTS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

"FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE" OPENS NOV. 17 AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The IMAX Experience” opens at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 at The Esquire IMAX Theatre.

The fantasy film from director David Yates is a spin-off of the “Harry Potter” series. It’s written by J. K. Rowling (in her screenwriting debut) and inspired by Rowling’s book of the same name.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” stars: Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (pictured), with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In 1926 as Newt Scamander (Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The IMAX Experience” will be 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.

Editor's Note: Some information used in this report obtained from IMAX Theatre.