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Movie Review – “Blood Stripe”

“Powerful! In what’s bound to be (Kate) Nowlin’s breakout movie, I can’t remember a better female screen portrayal of the U.S. Marine Corps.” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF A hallmark of many successful films is their ability to tackle common, often repeated topic areas found in other big screen endeavors and, yet, still surprise viewers.... Read More »

Movie Review – “Thank You for Your Service”

“Keep (Miles) Teller on your Best Actor list for 2017. Yes, he’s that good in this movie.” Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Fans of 2014’s highly acclaimed “American Sniper” military drama will find common themes embedded in this latest war film depicting U.S. service members returning home after doing battle in Iraq. Never once taking the... Read More »

Movie Review – “Dunkirk”

“Nolan missed the boat (pun intended) on the true heroes over those nine days in 1940. The great reveal at the end–where true civilian heroics emerge–comes too little and too late.” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF “Disappointing” was my first thought after seeing this latest story from unconventional director Christopher Nolan. Like most of you,... Read More »

Movie Review – “Megan Leavey”

“Easily, the best performance of the movie belongs to the German Shepherd “Rex”. His K9 bomb-sniffing training and bonding experience with Leavey leading up to Iraq is fascinating and suspenseful to watch.” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Feeling more like a Hallmark made-for-television movie than a Hollywood big-screen production, “Megan Leavey” offers up a real-life... Read More »

Movie Review – “The Wall”

“Grab some lip balm, a water bottle, and a rifle…this pair needs you.” Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Few modern war films give a voice to the enemy. Speaking parts are usually reserved for the battlefield’s victor, with only short glimpses of the losing opponent scrambling through a thick jungle or getting shot down in the... Read More »

Movie Review – “The Promise”

Fans of the galactic X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron in “Star Wars” will find the Guatemalan-American actor and musician Isaac in his best role since 2014’s crime-fest “A Most Violent Year”. Patrick King, REEL BRIEF “The Promise” premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival billed as a dual-threat romance and war story.  After an enthusiastic reception... Read More »

The Top 10 Films of 2016

Ten films that should be on everyone’s “Must-See List”.  Drum-roll please! Here are the year’s best films in storytelling and performances: 10. Sing Street  Director John Carney, who gave us the 2007 romantic music trifecta of guitar, piano and vocals in the Irish movie “Once”, returns to Dublin for a stellar encore performance involving a... Read More »

Veterans Day 2016

You can’t serve our nation in uniform without gaining a deeper appreciation for what our country stands for and how special it really is.  Regardless of how patriotic you are as that first day arrives, wearing your military uniform outside the gates of training and into the public spotlight bears a special burden as all eyes... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

“Mel Gibson is back!  The most intense, shocking big-screen battle since “Saving Private Ryan”, this faith-based film compromises neither true events nor one’s religious spirit in telling its powerful story.” -Patrick King, REEL BRIEF.com Not since chaos ensued hitting Omaha Beach in 1998’s Saving Private Ryan have movie-goers been left so exposed and defenseless watching bullets... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘Free State of Jones’

“A shockingly brutal and bloody war movie, “Free State of Jones” raises many hot-topic issues—none more so than the dramatic mistreatment of blacks by Southerner plantation and slave owners.  This historic film starkly illustrates the pressures and hardships faced by so many down at the local level.” Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Alright, alright, alright.  Matthew... Read More »

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