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Raising the stakes on the war movie genre, Mendes, along with co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, cinematography master Roger Deakins, and their incredible film crew, creates a hyper realistic point of view on the carnage of the First World War.

We rolled out the red carpet at the Regal Pinnacle ScreenX, 4DX, IMAX & RPX in Knoxville, TN on October 22nd to host an exclusive benefit screening of Lionsgate’s Midway, accompanied by a special appearance from its star Dennis Quaid. The annual charity screening in Knoxville benefits Variety–The Children’s Charity, a philanthropic organization committed to a mission of assisting at-risk, physically challenged, abused, and neglected children.

A great war movie needs many things, not least of which is a great battle, and few WWII naval battles were greater than the Battle of Midway. With Lionsgate set to release their action-drama Midway this Friday, November 8, we look back at some of the depictions of the famous naval battle on the silver screen.

Permeating through the set design and costumes of Jojo Rabbit are vibrant colors that were a reality during the time period, much to the surprise of many who have grown accustomed to the black-and-white and somber colors from historical footage and still images. On-location filming in Europe, combined with an attention to historical detail, combine with a creative freedom that helps to recreate WWII Germany.

Taika Waititi, a 44-year old New Zealand native, has had a rather long and successful career as an actor, filmmaker, and director in multiple movies which have yielded much acclaim and even some awards. Waititi rose to international fame in 2014 after the release of his vampire comedy mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (2014), which he co-write, co-directed, and co-starred in playing the hilarious Viago Von Dorna Schmarten Scheden.

Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. This week we highlight High Strung Free Dance, Pain and Glory, and The Battle of Jangsari.

After directing the most successful Thor movie to date, Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Taika Waititi sets his sights on the greatest conflict the world has ever seen, World War II. Waititi brings the same comedic touch that helped revamp Marvel’s formerly austere God of Thunder to the gravitas of war, creating a uniquely original satire, Jojo Rabbit, starring himself, Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Stephen Merchant. Jojo Rabbit comes to Regal on October 18th.

Seeing as though his birthday is today, and with the release of his two latest roles in Midway and Jumanji: The Next Level coming at the end of this year, we thought we would help him celebrate by lighting a candle to the successes of his acting career that some of you may not have had the chance to appreciate yet!