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Movie Review – Mile 22 (2018)

Mile 22, 2018.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohen, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, and Carlo Alban.

Synopsis:

James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is an elite American intelligence officer working with a top secret tactical unit. When he’s tasked with smuggling a high value asset (Iko Uwais) out of foreign territory, he must use his unique skillset in order to escape the dangerous concrete jungle with their lives intact.

Oh wow. And not in a good way. Peter Berg’s fourth consecutive film with his action muse, Mark Wahlberg, to put it bluntly, is an absolute stinker.

It’s difficult to know where to begin, so we’ll start with the red herring that is Mile 22‘s opening scene. A sequence which suggests Berg will use his impressive default setting as an action director, one which has served him so well in the likes of The Kingdom and Lone Survivor.
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Review: ‘Mile 22’ Subverts Ultra-Machismo Through Perverse Commitment

Mile 22 is perhaps the least sentimental action film of the decade. Any whiff of internal conflict is undercut by an “Are you done with this yet? We have real shit to do” reaction. This sounds like an exhausting, masculist machine existing just to be the antithesis of the “weepy, uncool” action film, but The Two Bergs (director Peter Berg and star Mark Walhberg) commit to the idea so wholeheartedly that it is able to bypass initial concerns, and instead become something else. The result is at times quite thrilling, and clocking in at 90 minutes, refreshingly concise.

The fourth collaboration of The Bergs follows an elite CIA task force, whose modus operandi includes leaving their fallen behind if necessary, so that there’s quite literally no time for character turmoil or second-guessing. Despite thinking otherwise, there are a few “quiet” moments together, with solid three-minute stretches for conversation in the
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Second Opinion – Mile 22 (2018)

Mile 22, 2018.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, Carlo Alban, Natasha Goubskaya, Sam Medina, Keith Arthur Bolden, Jenique Hendrix, Chae-rin Lee, Billy Smith, Myke Holmes, Emily Skeggs, Terry Kinney, Brandon Scales, Poorna Jagannathan, Elle Graham, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Kate Rigg, David Garelik, Peter Berg, and John Malkovich

Synopsis:

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

Listen. I’ve beaten the WahlBerg drum enough throughout my career (Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg’s celebrity couple name). Please reference my positive critical takes on Patriots Day, Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon. Their dudebro chemistry on and behind the camera makes for grittily tense, zoom-on-faces, savage energy at times. Alas, Mile 22 exists as 2018’s least interesting ghost ops bullet frenzy – sputtering bloodsoaked brutality like a criminal gasping his
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Movie Review – Mile 22 (2018)

Mile 22, 2018.

Directed by Peter Berg.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, Carlo Alban, Natasha Goubskaya, Sam Medina, Keith Arthur Bolden, Jenique Hendrix, Chae-rin Lee, Billy Smith, Myke Holmes, Emily Skeggs, Terry Kinney, Brandon Scales, Poorna Jagannathan, Elle Graham, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Kate Rigg, David Garelik, Peter Berg, and John Malkovich.

Synopsis:

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

Director Peter Berg and his action hero muse Mark Wahlberg should probably stick to dramatizing true stories exclusively following the embarrassment that is Mile 22. Strangely enough, the opening credits somewhat treat what we are about to watch unfold as a true story; intelligence officer James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is given a backstory through debriefing files and mission notes attempting to rationalize his violent outbursts, hyperactive speaking, and his general rudeness as a behavior disorder.
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‘Mile 22’ Film Review: Mark Wahlberg Shoots Off Weapons and His Mouth to Diminishing Results

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‘Mile 22’ Film Review: Mark Wahlberg Shoots Off Weapons and His Mouth to Diminishing Results
Primed to harsh any buzz you might still be enjoying from the exhilarating international spy high jinks of “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” Peter Berg’s “Mile 22” is an angry, hyperviolent downer of an action flick that is the August blowout-sale of its ilk: loud and desperate.

Mixing obnoxious geopolitical cynicism, fashionable fight incoherence and — still? really? — the fading appeal of Mark Wahlberg in grim-hero mode, the movie feels like Berg in a state of retaliatory cinematic aggression after the lackluster showing of his recent real-life-bravery tales, “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day.”

The fictional “Mile 22” — another secret-ops saga about last-resort warriors, albeit with none of the escapist appeal of the “Mission: Impossible” movies — is the movie equivalent of being shouted at by your drunk ex-Army dad about how stupid and pointless your taste in popcorn fare is, and why can’t there be more bloody combat scenes with foreigners?

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Stage Tube: Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Smits, James Franco and More at Opening Night of Ctg's A Parallelogram

A Parallelogram celebrated its opening night Sunday, July 21, at the Mark Taper Forum. The play, by Bruce Norris, is directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Along with the director Anna D. Shapiro and the cast Carlo Alban, Marylouise Burke, Marin Ireland and Tom Irwin, check out the video with Michael Chernus, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Smits and James Franco at the opening night party for 'A Parallelogram.'
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Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center

Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center
To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a Dslr!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York. Longeran introduced the 12 cast members who also joined him at the screening including Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron did, Jake O'Connor, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Kevin Geer (the cops that Lisa Cohen deals with over her deposition) and Carlo Alban (Ramon's son), who briefly appears to console Joan (Smith-Cameron) at a wake (Anna.
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Kenneth Lonergan Talks The Themes, Inspiration & Ideas Behind 'Margaret' At The Film Comment Selects Series At Lincoln Center

To refer to the Film Comment Selects screening of Kenneth Longeran's "Margaret" as anything less than magical would be doing the film the same disservice that Fox Searchlight initially did when it failed to market the film nearly ten years in the making. From Gavin Smith's impassioned introduction to the guests hidden in the front rows of Lincoln Center (Michael Cera! Former Village Voice critic J. Hoberman! Alex Karpovsky quietly filming the Q&A on a Dslr!) the message was simple: cinephiles demanded a second chance at this quiet-yet-overwhelming missive on a post-9/11 New York.

Longeran introduced the 12 cast members who also joined him at the screening including Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, J. Smith-Cameron did, Jake O'Connor, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Kevin Geer (the cops that Lisa Cohen deals with over her deposition) and Carlo Alban (Ramon's son), who briefly appears to console Joan (Smith-Cameron) at a wake (Anna Paquin
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Occupy Broadway 'Takes Back The Stage'

Occupy Wall Street descended upon Broadway Friday night, commencing a daylong occupation of Times Square. The move to New York's theater district is meant to be a show of creative resistance, with a series of street performances and speeches that symbolize the people "taking back the stage" -- in other words, the public spaces that belong to them.

Occupy Broadway's statement lays out their objective:

Occupy Broadway is a symbolic attempt to regain the space of theatre as an accessible, popular art form, bringing it back to where it all started - in a public space, for the common citizen. We are using public space to create a more colorful image of what our streets could look like, with public performances, art, and music. Through this movement, New York re-imagines itself as a work of art, rather than a retail shopping mall.

Friday night's agenda began at 6 p.m., with
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Movie Review: Whip It! (2009)

Juliette Lewis and Ellen Page in Whip It!

Photo: Fox Searchlight Picture Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a success as Whip It takes "girl power" and turns it into a healthy dose of fun. While I wouldn't say Barrymore has any kind of distinct flair or style to her work just yet, she chose a perfect starter project for her first time out and it looks like they had a blast putting it together.

Ellen Page stars as Bliss Cavendar, a small town girl living a life of beauty pageants and working as a waitress at the Oink Joint with absolutely nothing to entertain her until one day she sees three girls on roller skates and Babe Ruthless is born. Bliss soon joins the Roller Derby team known as The Hurl Scouts, and escapes her life in small-town Bodeen, Texas to roll with the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Passes to Drew Barrymore’s ‘Whip It’ in Chicago With Ellen Page

Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two run-of-engagement Chicago passes up for grabs to the new film “Whip It,” which is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut!

Whip It” stars Ellen Page (of “Juno” fame), Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Eulala Scheel, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Rachel Piplica, Kristen Adolfi and Daniel Stern.

To win your free pass to “Whip It” in Chicago courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is tell us how you’ve been a hero in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! “Whip It” opens nationwide on Oct. 2, 2009. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

Whip It” starring Ellen Page is the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore.

Image credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Here
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Whip It - Tons of clips including interviews with Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore and more,

"Whip It" clips are in including interviews with star Ellen Page, director Drew Barrymore and many, many others. There are a total of 28 clips including Toronto International Film Festival clips. The Fox Searchlight Pictures release goes wide on stars Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Eulala Scheel, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Rachel Piplica, Kristen Adolfi and Daniel Stern. Shauna Cross wrote the screenplay.
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'Whip It' - New pics in from the Ellen Page starrer.

We have new images in from Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Whip It" which marks the feature-length directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. The cast includes Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Eulala Scheel, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Rachel Piplica, Kristen Adolfi and Daniel Stern. Check it out on October 2nd. For years, Bliss Cavendar (Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page) has been dreaming of escaping her tiny, truck-stop of a town Bodeen, Texas. Unfortunately her devoted, beauty pageant obsessed mother (Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden) is convinced that Bliss..
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'Whip It' - Toronto International Film Festival Footage.

Check out five clips of Toronto International Film Festival Footage from the Drew Barrymore-directed "Whip It," starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Alia Shawkat, Eve, Zoe Bell, Ari Graynor, Eulala Scheel, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Rachel Piplica, Kristen Adolfi and Daniel Stern. For years, Bliss Cavendar (Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page) has been dreaming of escaping her tiny, truck-stop of a town Bodeen, Texas. Unfortunately her devoted, beauty pageant obsessed mother (Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden) is convinced that Bliss can only succeed in life if she wins the crown at the local Miss Blue Bonnet Pageant, but the awkward outsider knows there’s something bigger and better out there. When Bliss sneaks off to the big city of Austin...
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