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Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM

            Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment's
Emma Watson stars in STX Entertainment's "The Circle."(STX Entertainment/

While many fans are waiting for this week's release of Emma Watson's live-action take on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," it is her next movie that may have fans reconsidering their online personas.

"The Circle" examines what happens when everyone lives their lives on social media.

Baised on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Watson portrays Mae Holland, who gets her dream job at a tech company called The Circle. 

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The company, founded by Eamon Bailey, played by Tom Hanks, monitors every moment of everybody's life and makes all those moments available to anyone online.

The movie's director, James Ponsoldt, told USA Today that, "Bailey's notion is knowing is good, and knowing everything is better."

"He believes all experiences should be available to everyone, not only the privileged or people who can afford to them. He's deeply interested in technology that can make people share all human experiences with everyone," Ponsoldt added.

Holland (Watson) adopts the no-holds-barred access by sharing everything with strangers via new camera technology that fits anywhere and broadcasts in real-time wirelessly.

She becomes famous, so much so the freedom of broadcasting her entire life becomes her prison.

And while movie-goers will see striking similarities to current tech companies, Ponsoldt told USA Today that it isn't based on any one company.

"'The Circle' is probably like many tech companies, pushing ethical boundaries over how much autonomy and freedom we should have and how much privacy we should have, Ponsoldt said.

"The Circle" also stars John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Bill Paxton in his last movie. It hits theaters on April 28.

Ron Howard hints at the Empire’s role in the Han Solo movie

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

It's the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope! Let's take a look at some of the numbers that this film shattered.

The upcoming Han Solo movie may find the smuggler crossing paths with a familiar enemy.

Ever since Ron Howard signed on to direct the untitled Han Solo prequel, replacing original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, he’s been sharing secretive teaser photos from the set. So far, he’s given us sneak peeks of an uncooperative astromech droidsome colorful costumes, and a couple of Wookiees. But his newest photo teases the appearance of at least one Imperial baddie.

» Ron Howard tapped to direct Han Solo stand-alone film

Howard shared a pic on Twitter of a shiny, black Imperial helmet — a helmet that looks a lot like the ones worn by Death Star troopers in the original trilogy. Even more interesting: that control panel sure looks like the one Han blasts apart while rescuing Princess Leia from the Death Star detention center.

» Alden Ehrenreich will play young Han Solo in upcoming 'Star Wars' film

So does that mean the Han Solo movie will feature an appearance by everyone’s favorite moon-sized battle station? What we do know is that this is the first suggestion that young Han will have at least one run-in with the Empire during the film.

Alden Ehrenreich is on board as the young Han, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge round out the cast.

The Han Solo movie will hit theaters May 25, 2018.

» This is the ‘Star Wars’/Pink Floyd mashup you’re looking for

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When it’s hot or stormy, there’s always this ... 

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip.” CONTRIBUTED
Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip.” CONTRIBUTED

Well, based on today’s forecast you might be hot and miserable or stuck indoors due to storms.


Sounds like a perfect weekend for the movies. And some great new releases hit theaters this weekend, plus you could always take in a few classics.

>> 7 cheap, family friendly summer movie programs

Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip.” CONTRIBUTED


Longtime friends trek to New Orleans for wild times.

Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

MPAA rating: R for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material

>> MOVIE TIMES: Girls Trip

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Fionn Whitehead in a scene from “Dunkirk.” (Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)


British and Allied forces are pinned down on the French coast and facing long odds in writer-director Christopher Nolan’s World War II tale.

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense war experience and some language

>> MOVIE TIMES: Dunkirk

This image released by STX Entertainment shows Dane DeHaan in a scene from “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” (Lou Faulon/STX Entertainment via AP)


Plot summary: Based on the graphic novel series, government operatives travel to a rapidly expanding intergalactic metropolis called Alpha, a Utopian convergence of talents where dark forces are at work.

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman

Directed by Luc Besson

Running time: 2 hour, 17 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language

>> MOVIE TIMES: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


When it was released in 1970, “Kelly’s Heroes” was unlike other military-themed movies of the time.

Director Brian G. Hutton’s film, which starred Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and Carol O’Connor, was a war movie but it was also a comedy and a heist flick.

The Summer Cool Films Series presents “Kelly’s Heroes” at Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Friday through Sunday, July 21-23. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Rated PG.

Cost: $6 each or $35 for 10-ticket passbook.

More info: Call 937-228-3630 or visit

‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel reveals plot details, confirms cast

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 6:24 AM

Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as Newt Scamander in the sequel of
Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as Newt Scamander in the sequel of "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them."(Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Warner Bros. announced plot details and confirmed cast members for the upcoming sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

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The untitled film will pit Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) against Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in the movie, which is expected to be released on Nov. 16, 2018.

J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the first “Fantastic Beasts” film and authored the “Harry Potter” series, returns to write the sequel, according to AOL. The film opens in 1927, a few months after Scamander captures Grindelwald. However, the dark wizard escapes and recruits followers to his cause, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The only person who might stop Grindelwald is Dumbledore, who will need help from Scamander.

The sequel reunites Scamander with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler). Also returning is Credence (Ezra Miller), “whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film.”

David Yates returns as film director, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Warner Bros. said the sequel will move from New York to London and to Paris. In a release, the studio said “there are also some surprising nods to the ‘Harry Potter’ stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.”

Cool off with this cool film series at the gorgeous historic Victoria Theatre

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” FILE PHOTO
Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” FILE PHOTO

One sure way to cool off during the summer heat is to head indoors for a Cool Film.

The Victoria Theatre Association's 2017 Summer Cool Films Series begins this week and offers classic films in the gorgeous, historic Victoria Theatre. 

Did we mention free popcorn and soda?

The series includes classic films, cult classics and family classics.

>> 7 cheap, family friendly summer movie programs

“Singin’ in the Rain” FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)



Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.


Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1962. Not Rated.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN — July 14,15 & 16

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Directed by Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. 1952. Not Rated.

KELLY’S HEROES — July 21, 22 & 23

Starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and Carol O’Connor. Directed by Brian G. Hutton. 1970. Rated PG.

CLUE — July 28, 29 & 30

Starring Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd. Directed by Jonathan Lynn. 1985. Rated PG.

BRIGADOON — Aug. 4, 5 & 6

Starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charise and Van Johnson. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 1954. Rated G

Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke.” FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

COOL HAND LUKE — Aug. 11, 12, & 13

Starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy and Strother Martin. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. 1967. Rated PG.

ROYAL WEDDING — Aug. 18, 19 & 20

Starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell and Peter Lawford. Directed by Stanley Donen. 1951. Not Rated.

McCABE & MRS. MILLER — Aug. 25, 26 & 27

Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Rene Auberjonois. Directed by Robert Altman. 1971. Rated R.

“The Muppets Take Manhattan.” FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)


Thursdays in July, 10 a.m.

FOLLOW THAT BIRD — July 6 at 10 a.m. 1985. Rated G.

THE NEVERENDING STORY — July 13 at 10 a.m. 1984. Rated PG.

THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN — July 20 at 10 a.m. 1984. Rated G.

FLIPPER — July 27 at 10 a.m. 1963. Rated G. 

>> MORE: 20 free things to do with the kids over the summer


Select Saturdays in July and August

PURPLE RAIN — July 8 at 10:30 p.m. 1984. Rated R.

LED ZEPPELIN: THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME — July 22 at 10:30 p.m. 1976. Rated PG.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW — Aug. 26 at 10:30 p.m. 1975. Rated R.

All shows & dates subject to change.


Tickets are $6 each ($3 for the Family Matinees) or $35 for a 10-ticket passbook. Passes can be used in any combination across all films. Passbooks are on sale through Ticket Center Stage. They may be purchased at the Schuster Center Box Office in downtown Dayton, by phone at (937) 228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630, or online at – click on Victoria Theatre Association, then Cool Films Series.

Individual tickets are available day-of-show at the Victoria Theatre Box Office, beginning one hour prior to showtime. Films are shown at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.


Guests may enjoy free popcorn and soda in the lobby beginning one hour prior to showtime and a classic cartoon just before the movie.

>> MORE: Guide to drive-in movie theaters in Dayton

“The Never Ending Story” movie poster. FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)