Movie Review: 20th Century Fox's Red Sparrow - #RedSparrow



RED SPARROW
Thriller
Release: March 2, 2018
MPAA Rating: R
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons
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Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.


It’s one thing for Hollywood to pay lip service to women’s issues.  It is quite another to actually act or deliver on that lip service.  Red Sparrow is not a movie that screams “time’s up” or has reverence for the recent “me too” social movement. Like the Cold War era that its based in, Red Sparrow harkens back to a day when men have all of the control and women are pieces of sexualized meat.  The whole experience of this film was off-putting and borderline offensive.

Red Sparrow had very big shoes to fill.  Cold War spy thrillers have been done. Several have been done very well. Most of the spy thrillers have male leads (think James Bond).  It was obvious that the makers of Red Sparrow sought to distinguish it from other films in the genre. Instead of a male lead, they cast a woman (Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova) and promptly enrolled her in “whore school.” It only got worse from there.

The school was managed by Charlotte Rampling (as the Headmistress of the Sparrow School), as if it makes it better that a woman is issuing sadistic and sensationalized edicts to the students.  Rampling is an Oscar nominated actress. The role of Headmistress was a waste of her talent. Watching her issue tasks where the students had to be completely nude and perform public sex acts was uncomfortable, to say the least.

In order to have a proper Cold War era drama, Red Sparrow had to include an American. Joel Edgerton (as Nathaniel Nash) gets thrown-in as a weak incarnation of an American spy.  Nash, literally, gets made for a spy at every turn. What’s worse is that Nash is also a completely awkward love interest for Dominika.

The sex and seduction aspects aside, Red Sparrow was a boring spy caper. There were no hints for the audience follow, no intrigue for solving the plot’s mystery. The whole story gets wrapped in so many sub-plots that the audience forgets what it was trying to solve in the first place. The pacing was either too fast or too slow. Then, came the big reveal, handed to the audience without the necessary build-up.  The ending was extremely disappointing.

None of it worked.  What was billed as a female empowerment film is really a voyeuristic sexual drama, where the heroine’s lead skills were seduction, manipulation and sex. But she can pick locks, too. The uninteresting twists and turns played out as opportunities for Lawrence to remove her clothes on-screen. 

If you’re a fan of semi-nude Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow is for you.  If you like Cold War dramas or spy thrillers, in general, this movie isn’t, so much, for you. Either way, there is no need to see this one on the big screen. The visuals (other than Lawrence’s undressed body) are not spectacular. It isn’t pensive or thought-provoking, it's low hanging fruit.  If you’re inclined to see this dark and over-sexualized tale, Red Sparrow is playing everywhere now. 


HarperAudio to Publish 'Dark Carousel', A Vinyl-First Audiobook



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HARPERAUDIO TO PUBLISH DARK CAROUSEL, A VINYL-FIRST AUDIOBOOK BY JOE HILL

New York, NY (January 19, 2018)—HarperAudio, the audio imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will publish Dark Carousel, a “vinyl-first” audiobook by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill on April 20, 2018. With a release timed to coincide with Record Store Day on April 21Dark Carousel is narrated by television and film actor Nate Corddry and features a cover of “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, recorded expressly for the record by Matthew Ryan.

The package features original artwork, two colorful “splattered” records, and a full-length download of the Dark Carousel audiobook. In cooperation with Think Indie, HarperAudio and vinyl label Wax announced a limited first printing of 2,500 copies.

Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover of Dark Carousel along with an exclusive excerpt from the audiobook: http://bit.ly/2CvJzCR

Says author Joe Hill, “My hard rockin’ fantasies are pretty well documented at this point — the hero of my first novel was, after all, a world-famous heavy metal rocker. I’ve always wanted to have my own LP, and the idea that one of my stories is being released as an audiobook on vinyl blows my Beatles-quoting, Stones-fixated, Zeppelin-obsessed mind. Even better, I’m on the record with Matthew Ryan, a great American rocknrolla. His cover of “Wild Horses” is the best version of the song since the original. I’m so excited for readers and listeners to drop the needle on this story and Matt’s song."

Written about a balmy summer night in 1994. Dark Carousel is the tale of four teenagers out for an evening of fun on the boardwalk who take a ride on the “Wild Wheel” – an antique carousel with a shadowy past – and learn too late that decisions made in an instant can have deadly consequences. What begins as a night of innocent end-of-summer revelry, young love, and (a few too many) beers among friends soon descends into chaos, as the ancient carousel’s parade of beasts comes chillingly to life to deliver the ultimate judgment for their misdeeds.

HarperAudio plans to continue its partnership with Wax by publishing a vinyl edition of the award-winning full cast recording of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events #1, The Bad Beginning featuring Tim Curry on October 23, 2018.

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About HarperCollins
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

Cover Reveal: Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland | Penelope Ward



REBEL HEIR
Rush Series Book 1
Author: Penelope Ward | Vi Keeland
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Model: Micah Truitt
Photographer: Leonardo Corredor
Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative
How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn't supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Rebel Heir is the first book in the Rush Series Duet. Book Two, Rebel Heart, will release six weeks later on May, 22, 2018.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Penelope Ward
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island. 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Returns for a Second Season, March 8, 2018 on Netflix







Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns for a second season on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 on Netflix.

About Marvel's Jessica Jones:
New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after taking down her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an incredible returning cast that includes Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) and new cast members Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez, among others.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter”), Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel's Luke Cage”, “Marvel's Iron Fist”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel's Luke Cage”, “Marvel's Iron Fist”) who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

For more information, follow the show's social pages:
Instagram: instagram.com/marvelsjessicajones/
Facebook: facebook.com/MarvelsJessicaJones/
Twitter: twitter.com/jessicajones
Netflix: netflix.com/jessicajones

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RED SPARROW
Thriller
Release: March 2, 2018
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons
Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
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RED SPARROW
Thriller
Release: March 2, 2018
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons
Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
RED SPARROW Official Channels
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: RedSparrowMovie.com
FACEBOOK: http://fb.com/RedSparrowMovie
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/RedSparrowMovie
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/RedSparrowMovie
HASHTAG: #RedSparrow



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RED SPARROW
Thriller
Release: March 2, 2018
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Justin Haythe
Based upon the book by: Jason Matthews
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Steve Zaillian, Jenno Topping, David Ready
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons
Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
RED SPARROW Official Channels
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: RedSparrowMovie.com
FACEBOOK: http://fb.com/RedSparrowMovie
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/RedSparrowMovie
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/RedSparrowMovie
HASHTAG: #RedSparrow



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