Tag: Military

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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 »

Movie Review – ‘A War’

“A War” confronts the fog of war, the confusion and realities of split-second combat decisions and its consequences… Rarely has a film captured the sacrifices and hardships of military members and their families like “A War” does so effortlessly. A must-see for anyone who’s deployed or had a family member serve down range.  Patrick King,... Read More »

Movie Review – ‘The Finest Hours’

“An intense, gritty story of determination and survival highlights the Coast Guard’s greatest small-boat rescue in its history.” Patrick King, REEL BRIEF.com Based on the book “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, this thriller crashes a nor-easter storm along... Read More »

Ground truth: ’13 Hours’ Movie Review

“An intense, action-packed story of bravery… It places bearded faces–and their personal stories–up against the mere head counts provided in news reports. “13 Hours” methodically walks Americans through the multiple pleas for support that emerged from Benghazi as the State Department’s compound and CIA annex erupted in gunfire.” Patrick King, REEL BRIEF Based on the real-life terrorist attacks on September... Read More »

Top 10 Films of 2015

Here are the REEL BRIEF Top 10 Films of 2015. 10.  The Big Short Four bold investors see the writing on the bank industry walls–and turn modern banking upside down.  A “☆☆☆☆☆” cast features Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. Using equal investments of superb casting and unique storytelling, Director Adam McKay’s... Read More »

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