Early Looks at – Parkland and The Monuments Men
Early look at two movies both based on actual events. Parkland, follows the events that occurred at Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and The Monuments Men, an Allied group, tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II.
Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The film weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. The young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service, an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history.
The FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.
In Theaters: September 20, 2013
Director: Peter Landesman
Starring: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Bitsie Tulloch
The Monuments Men:
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
In theaters: December 18th, 2013
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman