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Movie Review: Dark Places

We had been out last night to attend the Movie Premiere of “Dark Places” courtesy of Front Row Filmed Entertainment. The question of this movie is Can a woman leave her dramatic past behind ? How can you escape your demons when a terrible multiple murder case shapes your life and you just cannot start over? Against this dilemma is Charlize Theron fightning in Dark Places, in which she plays a desperate young woman who gets ever again overtaken by the past.

Libby Day (Theron) had to witness as a young girl in 1985, as her mother (Christina Hendricks) and her two sisters were brutally murdered. Libby was sure that her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) was in charge and brought him with this statement behind bars. The massacre became a media phenomenon and even 28 years after the murder Libby can not pull herself away from it. When a group of almost obsessive hobby detectives , who are trying to clear out former crimes, contacted her, Libby gets to deal with her past one last time and allows the question of whether Ben is actually the real culprit.

We went with a completely false expectation into this film, because we unconsciously let us confuse with the poster for Let Me In from 2011 and expected a story of eagerly undead. No way! Dark Places presents a thrilling psychodrama with a great Charlize Theron and a even better Christina Hendricks. This is not a loud noisy movie, but a personal, deeply shocking drama in which a family is almost wiped out and leaves so deep scars in the survivors – Libby and her brother Ben. Or, as he aptly talking with his sister at the end of the film says: “You are just as trapped as I am.”

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Charlize Theron (Monster, Young Adult) plays as one would expect from her, and provides both strong and vulnerable facets of her role convincingly out. You can feel how Libby herself is rowing as a woman in her late thirties without firm support from one occasion to the next occasion, in herself turned untouchable and acts proud at the same time while actually only wanting to forget her inner exhaustion. One day she meets Lyle (Nicholas Hoult, Warm Bodies) who wants to solve the case with her, because many details are speaking against Ben’s guilt talking. Sometimes his scenes seem a bit poorly designed although the “enlightenment” does not come out of nowhere, but does not look as harmonious. Also worth mentioning is Sweetie Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie), which does not act quite innocent in Dark Places. Who can look so nice lascivious-torn and simultaneously innocent, is really acting great. Particularly poignant but plays Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), the abandoned wife and mother of four children. She seems so fragile and self-sacrificing, and in spite of the strong reluctance the star of the film.

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No, Dark Places is not a drama that would be highly praised at film festivals, but the always alternating dramatic and quiet moments arise with the interspersed flashbacks make up a really good movie that touched. And the tension can in no way be ignored. It is also the subject of Satanism – allegedly discovered by many teenagers in the 80s for themselves – played as a hanger, which manages to confuse the Viewer and leaves him with fascination , wonder and also a bit helpless throughout this film.

I can recommend the film with absolutely clear conscience. For me, it is above average in terms of excitement and Entertainment although the wheel is not reinvented here, but it still surprises at the one or other Occasion.

Acme Blog Movie Rating:

“Dark Places” is Releasing in UAE Cinemas on July 30, 2015 and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:

And the 4 Tickets for “Ted2” are going to…

Ted2-Poster2We had been giving away 4 Tickets for you and your friends to see the upcoming Thunderbuddies Movie Ted2 directed by Seth MacFarlane starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried and Morgen Freeman.

The screening will take place on Thursday, July 30 (tomorrow) at 8:20PM at the Reel Cinemas at The Beach in JBR.

The right answer on the asked question of who played the wife of Mark Wahlberg in the first Installment of Ted was of course Mila Kunis.   As usual not everybody can be a winner on such competitions, and we got a new competitions for another cool Movie starting very soon!

 

And The Winner for the 4 Movie Tickets is:

Roxanne Hauser  wrong Country

Hensel Frank

You should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works! Should no return mail be received till 12pm tomorrow I will pick randomly another lucky winner.

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short:  Months after John’s divorce, Ted and Tami-Lynn’s marriage seems on the same road. To patch things up, Ted and Tami-Lynn plan to have a child with John’s help, but their failed efforts backfire disastrously. Namely, Ted is declared property by the government and he loses all his civil rights. Now, Ted must fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle with an inexperienced young lawyer to regain his rightful legal status. Unfortunately, between Ted’s drunken idiocies and sinister forces interested in this situation to exploit him, Ted’s quest has all the odds against him.

You can watch the Trailer below:

New petrol price effective Saturday announced today!

We knew it since quite some days now that the petrol prices will be adjusted towards global prices. Today the prices you will pay to fill petrol in August have been released.

The Ministry of Energy’s fuel pricing committee, which includes representatives from each of the fuel companies, set the new price on Tuesday afternoon. A new price linked to rises and falls in the global market will be set from now onwards on the 28th of each month.

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While petrol in general got around 25% more expensive the price of diesel, on the other hand, has been reduced to Dh2.05/l. Diesel currently retails at Dh2.90/l in Dubai and the northern emirates, including Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The current price of diesel in Abu Dhabi is Dh2.35/l.

What do you think about the new prices? Will it effect you majorly? Sound off in the comments!

And the Exclusive Invites for the Movie Premiere of “ Dark Places ” are going to…

Dark Places_Official PosterFront Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog had given 5 lucky readers the chance to win exclusive double invites to the Dubai Premeire screening of the upcoming Drama/Mystery/Thriller “Dark Places” written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and starring brilliant Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz.

This Premiere will take place  on Tuesday, July 28 (tomorrow), 2015, at VOX Cinemas, Mercato Mall, at 8:45 pm.

This Premiere screening of “ Dark Places ” is held in partnership and with the support of AutoRadio 103.2 FM, the only Russian language radio station in the UAE!

The right answer on the asked question of which main actor of this movie was seen as Furiosa in this years release Mad Max was of course Charlize Theron.

And The Winners are:

  1. Hamdan Adam Sher
  2. Chris Tabelle
  3. Des Amarillo
  4. Dhayzhee Bhon
  5. Zaballa Zou

 

You all should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works!

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

“Dark Places” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on July 30, 2015 and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:

Take That to play in Dubai this October

The former most successful British boy-band will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on October 30 as announced by Done Events.

The announcement shows bandleader Gary Barlow has come good on his promise, made on the same stage during his solo concert last year, to bring the group the next time he returns to Dubai.

Responsible for hits as Back For Good and Babe, Take That is one of the UK’s most successful acts, with 15 chart topping singles to their name. They will make their Middle East concert debut on the back of their new album III. Released last year, the seventh album is their first recorded as a three-piece, following departures of pop-star Robbie Williams and Jason Orange.

Despite the formation change — the band now consists of Barlow and co-vocalists Howard Donald, and Mark Owen — the album continued Take That’s hit-streak with lead single These Days also landing on the top slot of the UK singles charts.

In a statement released by promoters Done Events, Take That is promising Dubai a stellar show.

“We’ve always been very proud of our live shows and are very excited about performing in Dubai for the first time,” they said. “Playing live is something we love the most about what we do and we’re looking forward to putting on the most amazing show we can. We hope to see you there.”

The show also marks Barlow’s return to Dubai. A frequent visitor to the UAE, he described the Emirate as a favourite holiday destination.

Movie Review: Pixels

We had watched “Pixels” last weekend. Here is our opinion on the movie about Aliens that put Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Tetris and Co. in a competition with earth in order to destroy the world in case they win. To prevent this, the US government requests the help of the video game Cracks Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. Pixels is a motley, creative action animation hit with a lot of humor and 80s charm.

The early ’80s, NASA sent a video of the computer game World Cup into space to send out a peaceful greeting to aliens. These, however, understood the “video greeting” not as a peaceful message but as a declaration of war. More than 30 years later, the aliens want to destroy the earth. They send brought to life, pixelated game figurines to a large destructive attack on Earth. Only the Arcade Champions and gamer nerds Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) can prevent the disaster. Pixels

The candy-colored mix of action, sci-fi, comedy and animation is based on the short film by French director Patrick Jean from 2010 who at that time allowed the game characters to attack New York. In the Hollywood feature film “Pixels“, which was filmed in summer of 2014 and used about 90 millions of dollars in production costs, the game characters ate attacking now entirely in the style of “Independence Day” different targets in the world. Directed by comedy specialist Chris Columbus (Home Alone).

The highlight of “Pixels” is mainly that it is interesting for an extremely broad target group. Children and young people will have fun with the splendidly animated action and the typical sympathic loser humor of Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Adam Sandler convinces as pitiable, former games ace, which now works as an installer of hi-fi equipment and Kevin James simply rocks as absolutely incompetent US president. However, the top guy to laugh about is the Long Haired Donkey Kong World Champion Eddie Plant, who calls himself only “Fire Blaster”.

On the other hand the older movie goers will like the many successful allusions and references which are aimed at pop culture and music of the 80s. Moviegoers above 35 are welcomed with high charm and nostalgia factor of memories seeing Madonna, Max Headroom or US pop duo Hall & Oates, while in between hits by Spandau Ballet, Loverboy or Tears for Fears – whose “Everybody wants to rule the world gets a very special presentation by Josh Gade, are played. Not to mention the countless legendary game characters: From Frogger, Mario Brothers, the Smurfs to Pac-Man. The real , eerie-scary doomsday scenario does not become very present in this movie. It is anytime colorful, playful and entertaining, and that is why even children will have their enjoyment on this high-pitched Pixeled world.

Acme Blog Movie Rating: 

 

Win Exclusive Invites for the Movie Premiere of “ Dark Places ”

Dark Places_Official PosterIt is once again Movie Time and once again  Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog are happy to invite 5×2 lucky ones to the Premiere screening of the upcoming Drama/Mystery/Thriller “Dark Places” written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and starring brilliant Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz.

The Premiere will take place  on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at VOX Cinemas, Mercato Mall, at 8:45 pm.

This Premiere screening of “ Dark Places ” will be held in partnership and with the support of AutoRadio 103.2 FM, the only Russian language radio station in the UAE!

The Plot in short: Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

And this is how you can win: Continue reading Win Exclusive Invites for the Movie Premiere of “ Dark Places ”

Win 4 Tickets for the upcoming Movie Release “Ted2”

Ted2-Poster2And here comes already another Movie Tickets competition! This time around we are giving one of you the chance to win 4 Tickets for “Ted2” directed by Seth MacFarlane starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried and Morgen Freeman.

The screening will take place on Thursday, July 30 at 8:20PM at the Reel Cinemas at The Beach in JBR.

The Plot in short: Months after John’s divorce, Ted and Tami-Lynn’s marriage seems on the same road. To patch things up, Ted and Tami-Lynn plan to have a child with John’s help, but their failed efforts backfire disastrously. Namely, Ted is declared property by the government and he loses all his civil rights. Now, Ted must fight a seemingly hopeless legal battle with an inexperienced young lawyer to regain his rightful legal status. Unfortunately, between Ted’s drunken idiocies and sinister forces interested in this situation to exploit him, Ted’s quest has all the odds against him

And this is how you can win:

 

Just leave the answer to below question in the comments: Who played the wife of Mark Wahlberg in the first Installment of Ted  ?

  1.  Eva Mendes
  2.  Mila Kunis
  3.  Scarlett Johansson

The comments will be closed on the evening of the 28th of July. You need to be 18+ on order to watch the movie!  Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Movie Name
  2. Your full name
  3. E-mail

You can watch the Trailer below:

And the Exclusive Invites for the Movie Premiere of “A Royal Night Out” are going to….

Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog had given 10 lucky readers the chance to win 10×2  exclusive invites to the
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Premiere screening of the upcoming Drama/Comedy/Romance Movie “A Royal Night Out”. The Movie is written by Trevor De Silva and Kevin Hood, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring  Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett and Emily Watson.

The Premiere will take place on July 22, 2015 (tomorrow), at NOVO Cinemas Cineplex (near to WAFI Centre and Grand Hyatt Hotel) at 8:30 pm.  This Premiere screening is held in partnership with the Wheeler’s of St James’s by Marco Pierre White Restaurant,  a high-end British fine dining restaurant by a celebrity Michelin Star Chef in DIFC. Each of the winners of this Competition will get as well gift vouchers for a ”2 for 1” weekend brunch! How cool is that?

The right answer on the asked question on which 2014 Movie Release Sarah Gadon (who plays Princess Elisabeth in this Movie) played alongside Andrew Garfield was of course The Amazing Spiderman 2.

And The Winners are:

  1. Chrysann Britto
  2. najmuddinhakim
  3. rosalie halili
  4. vasudev mankani
  5. Sanya Aswani
  6. Gopi Dilip Kathpal
  7. Jay Kathpal
  8. Nihil Narayanan
  9. Zeeshan Arshad
  10. Mark Angelo Guerra

You all should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works!

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again The Plot in short: On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

“A Royal Night Out” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on July 23, 2015 and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:

And the 4 Tickets for “Pixels” are going to…

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We had been giving away 4 Tickets for you and your friends to see the upcoming Adam Sandler Movie “Pixels” directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Ashley Benson and Brian Cox.

The screening will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 8:20PM at the Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall.

The right answer on the asked question on which Movie Adam Sandler was seen in already this years was of course The Cobbler. As usual not everybody can be a winner on such competitions, and we got a new competitions for another cool Movie starting tonight!

 

And The Winner for the 4 Movie Tickets is:

 

Katrina Espiritu Estrella (not reacted)

Marsha Belen Jarin

You should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works! Should no return mail be received till 12pm tomorrow I will pick randomly another lucky winner.

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

You can as wellwatch the Trailer below: