Black Panther – Palace cinemas Friday

Breaking the Twitter record for 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has stockpiled more than five million tweets and growing, on the film’s official social platform and is said to be the first mega budget film with an African-American director and a predominately black cast led by Hollywood a-listers.

The wait is over! Marvel Studios’ Black Panther finally hits theatres this Friday, February 16. The in demand film will be shown at all Palace cinemas on the opening day.
Dubbed a cultural phenomenon and already ranked as the most tweeted about film in the world this year, Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Black Panther is on track to become Fandango’s top pre-seller of all superhero films.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears. T’Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Dubbed Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award® winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, Golden Globe Award® nominee Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, Academy Award® nominees Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya, Golden Globe® winner Sterling Brown, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

The Shape of Water

Academy Award® nominee Sally Hawkins (left) and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water.

With 13 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, The Shape of Water is the top contender for coveted Oscar® glory this year.
The film also copped 2 Golden Globe Awards® for Best Director and Best Screenplay from seven nominations received this year.
An unusual connection is forged, as Elisa, a janitor working in the government’s high security laboratory falls for the lab’s secret project- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
The Shape of Water stars Academy Award® nominees Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer and Golden Globe Award® winner Michael Stuhlbarg and Dough Jones. Academy Award® nominee Guillermo del Toro directs in addition to sharing writing credits with Vanessa Taylor.

Fifty Shades Freed

Newly weds Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in this third and final installment of the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy- Fifty Shades Freed.

Jamie Dornan and Golden Globe Award® winner Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in this climatic chapter based on the world bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon by British author E. L. James.
Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in the 2015 and 2017 blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million worldwide. The film opens on the Palace Amusement circuit on Wednesday February 7 and just ahead of the US release on Valentine’s Day
Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending even before it begins.
Also returning from earlier Fifty Shades instalments are Academy Award winner® Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, British singer/songwriter Rita Ora, Luke Grimes and Victor Rasuk among others. Joining the cast are Arielle Kebbel and Brant Dougherty. The film, directed by James Foley and is a Universal Pictures production.

New Palace Multiplex show times

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Palace Amusement Company have made changes to changes to the schedule at Montego Bay based, Palace Multiplex cinema between January 24 and 30.Wednesday January 24 to Tuesday January 30.
The change has been necessitated by the limited State of Emergency declared in Montego Bay. As a result of the changes, shows will begin earlier than the usual times, but there will be only one show on weekdays at 5:30 PM while shows on weekends will be as follows, early matinees starting from 3:30 PM and later shows will start from 6:30 PM.
The changes is to facilitate the early closing of the cinema for the convenience of Patrons in area.

‘Tis the season for movies

A scene from Downsizing.

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and in like manner, Palace Amusement, the Jamaica Stock Exchange listed movie house, has the best of the season in store for patrons at its cinemas in Kingston and Montego Bay.
Downsizing is the social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a viable solution to overpopulation. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) quickly opt to abandon their stressful lives to get small and move to a new downsized community. Despite the euphoric lifestyle promised in a miniaturized world, wife- Audrey becomes intimidated by the irreversible process and decides to back down, triggering a wave of life- changing adventures, as Paul maneuvers, being the size of an action figure.
Downsizing is released by Paramount Pictures. Multi Academy Award® winner Alexander Payne directs and writes the film with Academy Award® winner Jim Taylor. The film features an all-star lineup with Academy Award® winners Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz and Academy Award® nominee Kristen Wigg in leading roles.

WWE Superstar John Cena, plays the giant bull with a big heart in Ferdinand.

The beloved classic comes to life in a BIG way. Set in Spain, Ferdinand tells the inspiring story of a giant bull with a huge heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. His peaceful existence is tested as he is forced to square off in what could be a fatal bull fight, against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses. Determined to break-free and return home, he rallies a team of misfits (a wisecracking goat and three clever hedgehogs) on the ultimate adventure home.
Ferdinand is based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s children’s novel which teaches; what really matters is invisible to the eyes. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Carlos Saldonha and features the voices of WWE Superstar John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale and Raúl Esparza. Ferdinand is nominated for two 2018 Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song and Best Motion Picture Film.

Golden Globe Award® nominee Anna Kendrick, backed by the singing Bellas in Pitch Perfect 3

In Pitch Perfect 3, the Bellas are now college graduates and are making their way out into the real world. Unfortunately, that isn’t going well, as they discover that there aren’t many job prospects for making music with your mouth. The now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. A sequel to Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and the third and final installment in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, the film stars Academy Award® nominees; Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick and John Lighgow. The film also stars; Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Alexis Knapp.

Kevin Hart, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillian and Golden Globe Award® nominee Jack Black, in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle, the four teenagers discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They must now go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they will be stuck in the game forever. A sequel to Jimanji (1995) the film is directed by Golden Globe Award® nominee Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart, Golden Globe Award® nominee Jack Black and Nick Jonas, Karen Gillian, and Bobby Cannavale.

‘The Nutcracker’ at Cineplex this Sunday

The Elysium of love, family and togetherness will be celebrated this Sunday at Palace Cineplex, with the beloved Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This year marks 51 years since the premiere of The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theatre.
A holiday favourite for the whole family, after more than half a century, this incredible classic still manages to enchant audiences worldwide. The Nutcracker will open at Palace Amusement Cineplex on Sunday December 17, 11:30 am.
The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince. Soon joined by her other toys, that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. The Libretto is based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale remains one of the greatest classics in the world.
The ballet’s success is owing to the genius behind the production, Yuri Grigorovich who is also the living symbol of the Bolshoi. He created the ballet, with legendary dancers Ekatarina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev in the roles of Marie and the Prince, two years after he became artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. The ballet’s acrobatic leaps and breathtaking lifts transformed the production from being a children’s tale to a philosophical parable. The 91-year-old choreographer, has received several honours and distinctions for his invaluable contributions to the Arts and people of the Soviet Union. Among the other prestigious awards in his catalogue are: the Order of Lenin (highest civilian decoration of the Soviet Union), Order of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria (1st class), Order of Merit for the Fatherland and Order of the science and art of Egypt.
The Nutcracker has remained relevant largely due to its amazing choreography and music synergy. The choreography is masterfully delivered by the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet. Marie is danced beautifully by Kristina Kretova. Ivan Vasiliev – best known for his portrayal of strong heroic roles such as Spartacus plays the prince and The Corps de Ballet stunningly dances completing the ensemble pieces.
The Nutcracker sends a timely message of love during this festive season, and is a delight for both children and adults alike, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.
The Bolshoi Ballet remains the unshakeable reference of ballet for several years and the 2017-18 season continues with several prime productions namely; The Taming of the Shrew- January 7, 2018, Romeo and Juliet- February 14th, 2018 and The Lady of The Camellias- February 25, 2018.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Palace

A new generation of intergalactic heroes and foes is rising. Having taken her first steps into the world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) must now join forces with the galactic heroes and legends in an adventure unlocking mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the 8th episode in the science-fiction saga started by Lucas George in 1977. This film a direct sequel to the 2015 installment, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ continues with the story of Rey and her discovery of the exiled. The film ends with an emotional dedication to the late Carrie Fisher who plays princess Leia. The actress died at age 60 after completing her work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson directs, and writes the film with Academy Award® winner George Lucas. This Installment sees the return of; BAFTA Award winner Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, BAFTA Award winner John Boyega, Golden Globe Award® winner Oscar Isaac, Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o, and Golden Globe Award® nominee Andy Serkis. New cast members include Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran. Walt Disney Pictures Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on Friday December 15, at the Palace Amusement Cinemas.
This movie is expected to be a big hit and money maker for the the Jamaica Stock Exchange listed Palace Amusement Company to round out a successful 2017 for them.

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.











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