Friday, August 22, 2014

Enter to win a Fandango Gift Card!!!

Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher star in 'LIfe of Crime' and it's hitting theaters, on demand and iTunes August 29th! Want to catch it in a theater near you?? Like 'Life of Crime' on Facebook to get up-to-date information where the film is opening! Wanna win a $15 Fandango Gift card?? Just tweet me @TheMovieDiaries why you wanna see Life of Crime and automatically be entered! Just make sure to tweet to me and use the hashtag #LifeofCrime in order to be considered!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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"You ain't never had a friend like me"-Genie

Robin Williams was a comedian and actor who got his start on the 1978 sitcom Mork and Mindy, and around that same time starred in stand up comedy specials for HBO. In 1987 he starred in Good Morning, Vietnam and earned his first Academy Award nomination. In 1992 he lent his voice to the Disney animated film, Aladdin as the funny, lovable Genie. After the success of Aladdin, he starred in tons of family movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Jumanji, Jack, and Flubber just to name a few. But, it wasn't until the 1997 film, Good Will Hunting that Williams proved that he is not only incredible at making people laugh but he is truly remarkable in serious roles as well. His performance in the film earned him an Academy Award and the realization to many, that there's more to Robin Williams than just jokes. 

I didn't know Robin Williams, nor have I ever met him, but I've been a fan since the first time I watched Aladdin in the movie theater at the age of 8 and couldn't stop laughing at the crazy, hysterical Genie. Til this day, when Mrs. Doubtfire comes on, I still leave the channel on and watch it as if I was 9 years old again sitting at the edge of my seat hoping he doesn't get caught for being a woman nanny. He was an inspiration for so many children in the film Hook when he portrayed Peter Pan. There was not a single character Williams couldn't portray. He was witty, full of energy and always 100% committed to every role he played. 

Robin Williams was just 63 years old when he passed away on Monday August 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife and three children and millions of fans who are devastated by his passing. He was not only an actor, a comedian but a friend to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He not only raised money for the hospital but also visited one-on-one with patients to make them smile and laugh.  I think more people need to remember how he lived, rather than how he died. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes begins with the harrowing notion that the human race is being wiped out by a deadly epidemic and the genetically evolved apes are continuing to develop more and more human-like. While most of the world is struggling to survive, the apes are living on top of an energy source that can help the few survivors that are still alive. But, due to the abuse the apes endured in their past, none of them are willing to cooperate, except for their intelligent, courageous leader, Caesar who had mostly fond memories of being with humans. It’s an epic war between apes and humans. Who will win the fight?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a fast paced, thrilling film that is a must see this summer. Following the success of the previous film Rise of the Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes grows much darker and more intense. The humans are desperate to survive, whereas the apes are living more comfortably than ever, since now they are the kings of the world. Caesar is trying to accommodate to the humans, but due to several mishaps, it’s difficult for him and his fellow apes to trust them. Caesar’s right hand “man”, Koba is scary and evil and will stop at nothing to end the human race.
The storyline of the film is great, the thought that apes could have that power is frightening to think about, although very far fetched, directorMatt Reeves and writers Mark BombackRick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver create this setting to make audiences believe that anything could be possible. The film turns increasingly dark as time passes by and one ape, Koba who is beyond ruthless, is the culprit. In the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the audience roots for the apes. After all the torture they endure throughout the film, the audience hopes to see them fight back and “rise” to the top. In this film, it’s hard to decide which side to root for, especially watching Koba.
The acting in the film is perfect. No one outshines another and no one over acts. Jason ClarkeGary Oldman and Keri Russell are great as the few survivors just trying to get by. Their constant desperation creates the eerie tone of the film, and sets up the chaos that everyone on Earth must endure. Andy Serkis portrays the emotions of Caesar the leader of the apes, and he does a fantastic job. It’s almost scary how human-like Caesar’s expressions and mannerisms are. The CGI created in the film is astonishing.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is highly recommended to anyone that enjoys action packed, sci-fi films, such as it's predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and movies with great graphics. Also, to anyone that enjoys films filled with hope, fear heart and the thought that an intelligent ape can be compared to one of William Shakespeare's most noble characters is utterly fascinating.

Wonder Woman Revealed!!!

In case you may have missed it, the San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder tweeted out the first picture of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume. What do you think? Are you excited for this film and to see this classic character finally be portrayed in a movie?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vote For The New Snickers Bar!!!

Calling all Chocoholics!

A delicious new SNICKERS® Bar is coming. It has more peanuts, more caramel, and more chocolate. It has more of everything people love most about SNICKERS – except nougat and a name. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that for the first time consumers will have the opportunity to help name the newest product from SNICKERS!
The as-of-now unnamed bar includes a single delicious layer of crunchy roasted peanuts and smooth caramel perfectly blended and enrobed in milk chocolate. And fans get to name it. Consumers can visit the SNICKERS Facebook page (, through June 13, 2014, to choose from one of five possible names:
SNICKERS Nuts Galore
The new bar will be out in stores in 2015!

After you vote, write in the comment section or tweet me @TheMovieDiaries and tell me which name you voted for and why, for a chance to win A SNICKERS BITES pack, a SNICKERS Almond bar, a SNICKERS Peanut Butter Squared bar, a SNICKERS Rockin’ Nut Road Bar, and a pair of movie tickets!!! Don't miss out, tweet me or comment below before June 19th for a chance to win!

*Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Snickers Voting Pack with an assortment of Snickers Brand products and two (2) movie tickets. via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Arclight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival is starting tomorrow and running every Tuesday until June 3, 2014. Check out some great films and the official press release below!



LOS ANGELES (May 1, 2014)–The ArcLight Cinemas is proud to announce the launch of the Arclight Documentary Festival’s Spring Series, a new documentary screening series debuting on May 13th 2014 at ArcLight Hollywood.

Four films will be screening in the inaugural season, which takes place at ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm from May 13 through June 3. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow each of the films, as well as an open reception in the upper bar of ArcLight Hollywood.

“ArcLight Cinemas is about the celebration of film and we are delighted to be able to bring such exceptional documentaries to a city that has long been the epicenter for incredible storytelling,” said Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president, cinema programming. “We have always been a home for cinephiles and we couldn’t be more pleased to introduce the work of such a talented group of documentary filmmakers to our audiences.”

Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Marjan Safinia curated the festival program. “I’m a self-diagnosed documentary junkie. Everything I do is driven by my passion for documentaries. There are so many great films made each year, and not all of them have a chance to play here in the heart of Hollywood. So it’s a particular thrill to partner with ArcLight Cinemas for this series. It’s a dream venue for bringing together festival favorite films, their filmmakers and appreciative audiences who love don’t always get a chance to see them here in LA. I hope the series grows to become a regular meeting space for documentary lovers and documentary filmmakers to connect with each other around inspiring and thought-provoking films.”

About the films in the series:
112 Weddings, by award-winning director Doug Block (an HBO Documentary Film) will kick off the series on May 13. The film looks at one of the most common yet mysterious of all human experiences–marriage. Over the past two decades, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker has supported his career with a side business videotaping weddings. Long curious about how those marriages turned out, Block tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples, with funny, insightful and deeply moving results. This is the Los Angeles premiere of the film.

SlingShot, by director Paul Lazarus, will screen on May 20. With unparalleled access to a quirky and very private modern American hero, SlingShot takes us into the world of Segway inventor Dean Kamen. Kamen holds over 440 patents, primarily for devices designed to improve people’s lives. But for the last 15 years, his focus has been on bringing clean water to the world through his remarkable invention the SlingShot. Since 50% of human illness is caused by water-borne pathogens, Kamen stands liked David, armed with his SlingShot, against the Goliath of this problem. The film is an inspiring portrait of an American legend who commutes to work in a helicopter he flies, lives in a house with secret passageways and might just have enough passion, will and innovative thinking to create a solution for a problem that affects billions. This is the Los Angeles premiere of the film.

The Internet’s Own Boy, The Story of Aaron Swartz by director Brian Knappenberger (Filmbuff/Participant Media) will screen on May 27th. The film tells the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.  This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to civil liberties. The film premiered at Sundance 2014 and this is the Los Angeles premiere of the film.

Rich Hill, by directors Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo (The Orchard) closes out the season on June 3. Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with unfortunate circumstances—an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment—adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. Spending a year with these boys and their families, the homegrown Missouri filmmakers craft a tale that is cinematically rich and exquisitely intimate and moving. The film puts a memorable human face on rural poverty and the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth. Rich Hill won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. This is the Los Angeles premiere of the film.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the ArcLight Documentary Spring Series, please visit

About ArcLight Cinemas
ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents an evolution in the movie going experience. ArcLight Cinemas with locations in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, La Jolla and El Segundo offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome (only at the Hollywood location) and state-of-the-art “black box” auditoriums as well as a cafĂ© bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online without a fee and printed at home and at the theaters’ automated ticketing kiosks.  For more information about ArcLight visit