Early Christmas at Palace this week

Daddy’s Home 2 -From Left, Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson, Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg, Golden Globe nominee® Will Ferrell, and Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow, in Daddy’s Home 2.

With the Christmas holidays looming, the Jamaica Stock Exchange listed movie company, Palace Amusement is bringing the joy and bliss of the holiday season to the screens this week.
Celebrate the delight of family with the comedic-drama; Daddy’s Home 2.  In Daddy’s Home 2, stepfather-Brad (Golden Globe nominee® Will Ferrell) and biological father-Dusty (Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg), have finally mastered the art of co-existing.  Things are finally going well at home and this year, it seems the kids are getting the drama-free Christmas they have been wishing for. Their holiday suddenly gets complicated by the arrival of Brad’s cuddly father (Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow) and Dusty’s hell-raising dad (Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson), who throw the festive season into a complete chaos. When the whole clan winds up in a rental house for a week, they must set aside their differences and operate as a unit — or risk ruining Christmas for everyone.  WWE superstar, John Cena and Linda Cardellini co-star in this sequel to the 2015 hit comedy Daddy’s Home.  Daddy’s Home 2 is released by paramount pictures and directed by Sean Anders.

Jacob Tremblay (Auggie), Oscar Award® winner- Julia Roberts (Isabel) in a scene from Wonder.

Wonder, seeks to tug the heart of the audience, with an emotional and touching plot.  The film tells the inspiring tale of Auggie, who has endured 27 surgical operations, which resulted in a facial deformation. His Journey proves that he is more than a 10-year-old kid with facial disfigurements. He is a brainy, good-hearted kid with a desire to be treated like an ordinary fifth-grader. Auggie, born with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS), which prevented him from going to a mainstream school, becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  As his family and friends struggle with his acceptance at school, Auggie’s extraordinary journey unite them all and teaches that ‘You can’t blend in, when you are born to stand out’.  Wonder is based on the New York Times bestseller- Wonder and is directed by Stephen Chbosky who also writes the screenplay with Steven Conrad. The film stars; Jacob Tremblay (Auggie), Oscar Award® winner- Julia Roberts (Isabel), Oscar Award® nominee-Owen Wilson (Nate) and Izabela Vidovic (Via).

Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Another exciting film releasing this week is; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Mildred Hayes is opening everyone’s eyes to several marginalized social issues in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  This sensational drama, tells the story of a mother who is relentless in the pursuit of her daughter’s murderer. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move by commissioning three signs in her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. Baring the snag of her neighbours, the billboards counted a roaring success to gain the chief’s attention but started a battle between Mildred and the small town’s law enforcement. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is directed and written by Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (Bruges) and stars Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Sam Rockwell.
The Met’s ‘The Exterminating Angel’ will encore this Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex. Thomas Adès’s.
 The Exterminating angel surrounds a group of high-class individuals at a dinner party gone awry.  As a party of aristocratic dinner guests arrive at the home of Edmundo and Lucía de Nobile, the household staff hurry to leave, offering meager excuses for their absence. Following the festivities, the attendees realize—with no legitimate explanation—that they cannot leave the room. Trapped for days, the group descends into madness, chaos, and confusion.  The Exterminating Angel is an intense experience and the libretto by Tom Cairns hews closely to Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film of the same name.











Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Cineplex

Academy Award® nominee Imelda Staunton at her outmost best in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Showing this Sunday, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Anyone who believes in the old saying; ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’, is yet to see James Macdonald’s marvelous, gripping and truth-telling revival of National Theatre Live: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
This high-energy drama encores this Sunday, November 12th, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is produced by James Macdonald and stars, Academy Award® nominee Imelda Staunton, Game of Thrones actor- Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway (The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre).

Johnny Depp & Dame Judi Dench on screen Wednesday.

The nativity scene from The Star.

Five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh stars in and directs an all- star powerhouse in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express which tells the tale of a lavish train ride through Europe that quickly unfolds into a suspenseful mystery.
The acclaimed ‘greatest detective in the world’ must race against time, to find the murder before he/she strikes again and in this case, no one is exempt from being a suspect.
Starring are Academy Award® winners, Dame Judi Dench and Penélope Cruz, as well as Academy Award® nominees, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Grammy Award® winner Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley.
This week’s movies are being carried in the Palace Amusement’s cinemas in the two movie houses in Kingston and one in Montego Bay.
In Sony Pictures Animation’s the Star, a brave little donkey named Bo longs to experience the world beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove who has lofty aspirations. Along with three camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told — the first Christmas.

The Star features a stellar line up voices including Steven Yeun as Bo, Oprah Winfrey as Deborah the Camel, Zachary Levi as Joseph, Gina Rodriguez – Mary, Tyler Perry as Cyrus the Camel, Mariah Carey- Rebecca the Hen, Kelly Clarkson-Leah the Horse, Keegan Michael-Key as Dave the Dove, Patricia Heaton as Edith the Cow, Kristin Chenoweth as Abby The Mouse, Anthony Anderson- Zac the goat, Tracy Morgan as Felix the Camel, Christopher Plummer -King Herod, Kris Kristofferson as old donkey and Joel Osteen as Casper.

The esteemed cast of Murder on the Orient Express. The Star Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Gina Rodriguez, Steven Yeun, and Aidy Bryant in The Star (2017)

The Star is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart (Head Over Heels); executive-produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Lisa Henson and Brian Henson (The Jim Henson Company); produced by Jenni Magee Cook; with a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore; and screenplay by Carlos Kotkin. Digital animation by Cinesite Studios.

The National Theatre Live: Peter pan is back, and this time it will be showing in Montego Bay. Peter Pan is a fresh, and newly imaginative production directed by the Olivier Award nominee; Sally Cookson. It surrounds Peter Pan (Paul Hilton), leader of the Lost Boys, who loses his shadow during a visit to London. The pragmatic Wendy (Madeleine Worrall), helps him to navigate his way and in return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook (Anna Francolini), await. With Pirates, fairies, flights and a colourful cast, Peter Pan is a thrill for both adults and children. This vibrant production will be showing 6:00 p.m. at Palace Multiplex Thursday November 9th, 2017.


Superheroes, scares & laughs at the movies

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Bad Moms Mila Kunis (Amy), Kristen Bell (Kiki) and Kathryn Hahn (Carla) celebrate Christmas their way in A Bad Mom’s Christmas.

It is a good time to be a superhero fan as Jamaica Stock Exchange listed, Palace Amusement releases this Wednesday, the highly anticipated, Thor: Ragnarok, along with Jigsaw and the funfilled, A Bad Mom’s Christmas, to kick start the 2017 Christmas celebrations.
In the latest version on Marvel film, Thor is Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his powerful hammer ‘Mjolnir’. He must survive a race against time to get back to Asgard, to stop the destruction of his home world at the hands of the all-powerful and ruthless Hela. But first he must battle his way to freedom in a lethal duel against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! Determined to return home and unseat the usurper, Thor recruits his friends Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for an epic confrontation against the most powerful force he has ever faced. Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Academy

Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Award® nominee Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Golden Globe Award® winner Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Golden Globe Award® winner Idris Elba, Oscar® nominated Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and, Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo.
You know his name, you know his voice and he knows your sins. Although he is not considered a super hero, the infamous Jigsaw returns in Jigsaw the final installment of the Saw franchise and he is pulling more deadly tricks on the cast. Bodies are surfacing bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer and law enforcement jostles about to fathom the return of the grisly being, after being dead for over a decade. They find themselves chasing the ghost of a dead man while being entangled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of his own? This slasher film stars: Tobin Bell as John

A scene from Jigsaw.

Kramer (Jigsaw) Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Laura Vandervoort and Mandela Van Peebles.
Adding a little light to the line-up while stirring our holiday spirit is A Bad Mom’s Christmas. This comedy features three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms who rebel against the challenges and expectations of moms during Christmas. With kids to please, endless amounts of shopping and nagging families to contend with, Christmas is one of the most complex time of the year for these moms. The arrival of their own moms who are staying over for the holidays marks the final fuse as far as their own personal enjoyment is concerned. Golden Globe® nominee Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell (Frozen 2) and Kathryn Hahn (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) all reprise their roles as the disgruntled mother’s in A Bad Mom’s Christmas, a follow up to the hit 2016 comedy – Bad Moms.


Laughter & thrills at this week’s movies

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon in Suburbicon

Critically acclaimed stars dominate the screens at the Jamaica Stock Exchange listed, Palace Amusement cinemas this week.
Academy Award® winners Julianne Moore and Matt Damon play the roles of Gardner Lodge and his wife, Margaret in Suburbicon , an idyllic 1950s community where ‘everything is not what it seems’.
Directed by Academy Award® winner George Clooney, this comedic crime thriller uncovers the community’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence when Lodge’s wife is killed during a break-in and he tries to put his life back together in the aftermath. Suburbicon also stars Oscar Issacs.
Geostorm 3D is another thriller to rock the theater this week. In this epic film, Earth was hit with a series of catastrophic weather events in the past, that wiped out entire cities.

Gerard Butler in Geostorm 3D

The world’s leaders then came together to create a massive satellite system to control future natural disasters. But something has gone wrong when the system built to protect earth, is causing several meltdowns with deathly weather patterns around the globe (deserts freeze, tidal waves take out cities). Satellite designer (Gerard Butler) must race to uncover the real threat and avert the catastrophe before it wipes out everyone and everything. Geostorm 3D is directed by Dean Devlin (Godzilla and Independence Day) and stars Golden Globe Award® winner Ed Harris, Law Abiding Citizen star- Gerard Butler and Abbie Cornish.

Met Opera Live hits a high-note on screen

Photo: James Levine, Conductor with
Golda Schultz; Kathryn Lewek; Charles Castronovo; Markus Werba; Christian Van Horn; Tobias Kehrer & René Pape in
Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”; dress rehearsal photographed: Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 11:00 AM at The Metropolitan Opera; New York, NY. Photograph: © 2017 Richard Termine
PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

Palace Amusement Company, a Jamaica Stock Exchange listed company presents Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), a delightful opera at Carib 5 in Cross Roads, this Saturday October 14th.
The opera that starts at 11:55 am will be transmitted live in HD from the Met in New York, features the legendary James Levine conducting Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. The young prince Tamino, finds himself in a strange land, forced to undergo mysterious tests so he can rescue, then marry, the woman he loves, Pamina. Golda Schultz plays Pamina with Charles Castronovo as prince Tamino, Markus Werba as Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro.
If you missed last week’s live transmission of Bellini’s Norma, catch the encore this Sunday, 11:30 am at Palace Cineplex. Norma, tells the story of a high Priestess (Norma) who has secretly broken her vows to love Pollione, a Roman. Norma becomes revengeful as she learns of her lover’s affairs with her protégé, Adalgisa. Sondra Radvanovsky plays the titular role, Joyce DiDonato is her archrival, Adalgisa and Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione -Norma’s unfaithful lover.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja in Bellini’s “Norma.

The Met: Live in HD launched its twelfth season Saturday, October 7, 2017 with Bellini Norma, taking in an estimated attendance of 71,581 in North America and earning a gross of $1.5 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens. An estimated additional 111,760 people saw it live on 800 screens in 37 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, Morocco, and for the first time live to Belarus and Ukraine.
Alternative Content – MoBay| For the next four months Montegonians will get back in on the action from Palace Amusement’s Alternative Content. For a limited time only, Palace Multiplex will be bringing your favourite National Theatre Live plays starting with the must-see, Obsession starring Jude Law, this Thursday at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available at box office or online at palaceamusement.com.

Drama Action Adventure at the movies

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in the action thriller, The Foreigner

The Jamaica Stock Exchange listed movie house, Palace Amusement releases an eclectic array of films targeting audiences of all ages this week. Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in the action thriller, The Foreigner.
A humble businessman with a buried past, seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Grabbing the interest of the youngest demography is, My Little Pony: The Movie. After 30 years in our homes, and seven seasons of television adventures, the ponies are gracing the big screen in an epic journey, as they embark on a mission to save their home Equestria. The film features the voices of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Zoe Saldana Taye Diggs and eight-time Grammy® nominee, Sia Furler.

Taye Diggs and Annie Ilonzeh in ‘Till Death Do Us Part

Taye Diggs proves his versatility as he moves from the role of a ‘cool cat’ in My Little Pony to the charming suitor, Alex Stone in the hit film, ‘Til Death Do Us Part. Newlyweds-Michael (Steven Bishop) and Maddison Roland (Annie Ilonzeh) revel in their seemingly perfect marriage until Michael began to show his abusive and controlling ways. Reaching her breaking point, Maddison decides to escape her abusive husband. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone, and falls in love with him. Her happiness was immediately shattered when her abusive husband learns of her whereabouts and recreates the nightmare she once lived in.