Amazing Alley – PrimeTime Amusements
You’ve never seen an alley bowler like this before! Thanks to the wonders of Aumented Reality (AR) technology, the Amazing Alley by LAI Games lives up to its name!
At it’s heart, the Amazing Alley is an alley bowler – roll the ball down the lane, aiming for targets that are waiting at the back of the machine. LED lighting enhances the look, but this game goes one step further by using a reflected display. This “Augmented Reality” twist provides a pseudo-holographic effect, overlaying animated 3D graphics over the targets and showing animations as though they were magically appearing in the air! This allows the Amazing Alley to be more interesting and versatile than your typical alley bowler, as target values can easily be changed. The game also incorporates specific target play, pushing the player to hone their skill by hitting targets with a star hovering over them. Collect all required stars to win a bonus!
The prototype version of Amazing Alley debuted at IAAPA Expo 2019, where we were there to check it out. Video available in 4K UHD; subscribe to us on YouTube to stay up-to-date with the latest product videos!
Thanks to this “amazing” effect, customers will be drawn to this game over any of it’s alley bowler competitors. That in turn means incredible earnings, which are sure to be solid for many years to come.
LAI Games’ Amazing Alley Features:
– More than just an alley bowler, thanks to Augmented Reality technology
– Both familiar and new, with a large display hidden away above the playfield and inside the game
– Standard target layout of alley bowler holes, enhanced with the screen and LEDs
– Larger circus-style topper makes this feel like it came straight from the midway
– Graphics overlay allows players to enjoy more versatile gameplay, increasing replay value.
– Game balls are dispensed straight through the center instead of from the side
– Various pieces of etched artwork are backlit with RGB LEDs
– Two lanes per cabinet; bank multiple units together to further impress!
– 1x ticket dispenser per lane; eTickets ready
– Coin or card swipe compatible
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Why Use Us – PrimeTime Limousine
PrimeTime Limousine provided an absolutely fantastic service with an amazing party bus for my bachelorette party! The bus itself was so great with enough lasers, lights, and speakers to rival the most elaborate dance club.
Matt, our driver, was incredibly kind and encouraged us to blast our music, sing obnoxiously loud, and dance all over the bus! We arrived on time to all desired destinations and the company was even kind enough to gift a gift-card to me from one of the wineries we attended.
They were the best wedding limo quote for a 14-person limo in the area. DJ was our driver and was great. He even came into the church while we were taking pictures and played a few songs on the piano! We didn’t use it for that long even though we had it for 4 hours….
It was great to have a little extra room and not be squished in!
Prime Time Limo was great! They were on time, the driver was professional and very nice. We rented the 14-passenger Suburban limo and it was clean and beautiful. Working with Dawn at their office was always a pleasure too. I don’t think we could’ve asked for anything more.
PrimeTime Limo was great! We had such a great experience on our wedding day. We drove from Delaware to center city Philadelphia. Bridal party in stretch limo and bridal family in party bus. The limo driver was very helpful and helped out with decreasing the tension/stress in the room at start and then helped open the door at the church when the bride walked down the aisle. The same limo driver drove us (bride and groom) to the airport the next morning to start our honeymoon! Great experience and I would recommend primetime limo to anyone!! Thank you so much for such great experience!
Highly recommended – everything was very clean and very safe and informative driver. I hired them for a Bachelorette Party and all of us ladies had such wonderful time! Prime Time is easy to work with and has all the latest features that added to the fun. Definitely great service who I will use again and again for special events
About Prime Time – Prime Time Children’s Center
As soon as you enter our doors, you’ll understand why families have trusted us for over 30 years. It’s a place where children feel secure. Where play is a priority, but where that play is carefully designed to develop children’s social skills and prepare them to enter school ready to learn and succeed.
A child’s world is small and everything in it means so much, new experiences and opportunities happen every day, and they are important to later development. At Prime Time Children’s and Youth Activity Center we are committed to building a social foundation of love and learning for your child. This we do by supervising and encouraging safe activities that promote independence. We provide new challenges and successes and encourage self-expression. We hope to expand your child’s horizon by guiding them in discovery and providing an introduction to the world of wonder.
Prime Time is located at the Calvert ~ Arundel Business Park in Owings, Maryland. The Centers offer over 12,000 square feet of building space and over an acre of outdoor play space, with lots of door to door parking for parents on the go. The Centers are manned with a computer access security system that parents and staff use to sign in and out and one by which each parent is permitted access to the facility anytime their child is there. As well, there is a camera system inside and outside. The playground has a variety of equipment to challenge the developing child and is easily accessible from each room. There are many large windows to allow the sunshine and cool breezes in. Nutritious meals and snacks are served each day. The staff are continually trained in early childhood education courses, CPR and first aid.
We think of our relationships with families we serve as a very special trust: therefore we believe the best way to meet our families expectations is by working closely with them to provide a safe, warm, nurturing environment for their child at the “Prime Time” in their child’s life.
We offer separate programs for each of twelve different age groups, from 8 weeks of age to 15 years of age. Prime Time is licensed by the State of Maryland and is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, National Association of Child Care Professionals, and has been accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children, National After School Association, National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, and National Accreditation Commission. Prime Time has also received many awards including but not limited to the 2008 – National Association of Child Care Professionals award, 2009 – Best Child Care & Pre-school award and the 2012 – Maryland State Future Business leaders of America Partnership award. Come and take a tour, we would love to show you around!
Visualizing the Primetime Emmy History | Microsoft Power BI Blog
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Like every other TV fan around the world, I’ll be watching. That is why I decided to honor the men and women that create these amazing shows for us with a visualization of Emmy Primetime and International winners since the first ceremony in 1949 using Excel and Power BI.
In this visualization you will be able to explore the winners by show, network, actor/actress over the history of the awards. For international awards, you will be able to see a map and ranking with the total awards won by country.
How did I build this? I basically used 2 data sources to build this visualization:
- List of Primetime Emmy Winners from Wikipedia
- List of International Emmy Winners from Wikipedia
Tapping into this data sources was actually very easy using Power Query Online Search (“List of Primetime Emmy Winners” and “List International Emmy Winners”). I just typed both searches and voila! The data was already in Excel. I had to work big time with the first one since categories have changed over time and not all the fields were available (for example decade or category such as Drama and Comedy), but I was able to do it using all the shape and transform functions within Power Query.
After that it was just adding the tables to the Power Pivot data model and create the dashboards with Power View using bar charts, slicers, maps and tables.
It’s important to note that I only used the main categories for this visualization (the ones available on the data sources):
- Best Comedy, Drama and Variety TV series (no movies for TV)
- Lead Actor and Actress (no supporting acting, writing or directing)
- No reality show awards (Some people might think this is a good thing…)
- For international Emmys, the awards are not Primetime but totals on all categories within this type of award
Some interesting insights you can explore using these dashboards include:
- All in the Family is the show with most Emmy awards in these categories since 1949 (11)
- The Daily Show (one of my favorites) from Comedy Central is a close second with 10
- CBS leads the scoreboard for networks with the amazing number of 146 awards
- Before the 80s, CBS dominated the Emmys, but NBC took their lead until the 2000s. CBS re-gained the top spot starting in 2010
- Cable networks such as HBO, AMC, Comedy Central and Showtime have become more important over the past 15 years
- The list of shows winning awards in 2 different decades is an exclusive (and very high quality) club: show such as Cheers, Sopranos, Frasier and Taxi are members of this club
- Only 2 actresses and 1 actor have won 5 Emmys since 1949: Candice Bergen, Carroll O’Connor and Mary Tyler (famous for 2 shows: The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
- Last but not least, Chile, the country where I’m from has won 1 international Emmy for Children and Young People: ¿Con Qué Sueñas? (What is your Dream?)
That’s it! Enjoy this visualization and tune in tonight to see which actors, actresses and series will take the Emmy home this year.
Welcome to Our WebsiteScroll through some of our latest testimonials:Hi Paulie (as Johnny calls you)!You simply rocked Mary and Peter’s wedding with your enthusiasm, your talent, your band and your sweetness! I truly don’t think anyone got off the dance floor/patio all evening. Food was secondary to the music!! Thank you for making us a night we will long remember. Mary and Peter are thrilled! And so are we!all the best to you and your band,~MegMeg Catanzarita MS CCC SLPWe just wanted to thank you guys!!! You were absolutely amazing!!
has been raving about the band and both vocalists!! We were so thrilled to have
you at our wedding reception, you truly got everyone on the dance floor and we
Kaitlyn and Jimmy Clifford
Sorry we didn’t get a chance to talk to you a little more at the wedding but we just wanted to send you a note to say you guys were unbelievable!!!
Thanks so much for learning some of those songs we had requested – we really appreciate it. We had a wonderful night and thanks to you the whole crowd was on the dance floor start to finish! We have received so many compliments and accolades on the band saying how “awesome” you were.
Meg and Jeremy Just can’t thank you enough for making lifetime memories for my daughter her husband and the families. You guys out did yourselves!! Everyone is texting all day Best wedding ever!! 10 out of 10!! That band is amazing!!Favorite moments:Watching Lauren and Brian dance to their favorite song lol they are the best. Also you standing on the railing singing the song shout!! And so much more! You made a lifetime of memories for my daughter just like your dad did for my husband and I. Thank so very much!!!!Paulie
— Many thanks for the beautiful music you all provided for our wedding last weekend in Philadelphia. You guys are the best!!! and the room full of happy dancers can attest to that. Your selections from the ceremony, through the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing were exactly what everyone wanted and we thank you for it. Several people asked about your band — guests and hotel management so your reputation is spreading far and wide!! We appreciate your willingness to travel the distance — you make us look good!
Stan and I have no more daughters but I hope I get invited to some wedding somewhere that you will be playing at. You probably need no references; but if you ever do, please do not hesitate to let us know. We would lay it on thick!!
Thanks so much.
Just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you for rocking our wedding reception last Saturday! Our first dance & parent dances were perfect… And to start off open dancing with “September” was beyond awesome. You’ve gained another 200 fans for sure. Thanks again for everything,Katie & Tim BattyHi Paul and the Primetime musicians,
Your band made my daughter’s wedding reception! Guests were asking all evening where we found you. Of course we found you at Lauren Wilson’s ( the matron of honor )wedding in Vermont. We were pleasantly surprised that you were from Syracuse.The music you play is perfect for dancing and great for all ages. My young 20’s cousin’s as well as my 81 year old mother danced all evening.
Julie DuFloHey Paul! You guys were amazing and all of our guests were blown away too by your music. Our families who don’t normally dance were even on the dance floor that night! Absolutely nothing but amazing things to say. Really can’t thank you enough! See you at the Retreat! Chris & Chelsea Dear Paul and the rest of Prime Time Horns,
We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding a night to rmember! Even months later, all of our family and friends continue to rave about how asesome the music was! Even though our big day is over, don’t think you are going to get rid of our “crew” that easily! We will forever be “groupies” and can’t wait to see you sometime soon on a local dance floor! Thank you for all of your hard work and help! You guys are THE BEST!
Kyle and Beth Pritchard
Thanks to you and all of Prime Time for making our wedding reception! You had EVERYONE on the dance floor! You do a great job feeling the crowd and keeping everyone dancing! Thanks! WE LOVE PRIME TIME!
Shannon and Dan Kane
Dear Paul and the Prime Time Band,
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding on April 5th! You did a wonderful job and of course we love your band. I heard nothing but great comments about the band and music. Thank you again,
Love, Lisa and Ed
Thanks again for performing at our wedding. Everyone loved the band and had a blast dancing!
Love, Karen and Mike 10-4-14
Dear Prime Time Horns,
Thank you so much for such an incredible reception! Your rendition of our song was BEAUTIFUL (truly) and perfect. You got everyone dancing, you stayed extra for us-everyone LOVED you guys-you are amazing musicians. You made our reception a party to remember!
Thank you! Love Marie and Bill Lakie
Just wanted to thank you for putting on such a great show at our wedding on Saturday. The night would not have been the same without Primetime there. I had so many guest tell me how wonderful the music was. Thanks again for all of your hardwork!
Luciana and Wade 6/22/13 Shenendoah @ Turning StonePaul – Thanks so much for the fantastic music at the wedding. Everyone commented they haven’t had that much fun at a wedding. The dance floor was always filled with dancers, you kept everyone out there with your great variety of music. Thanks again,
Kevin Kutas 9/29/2012Paul,
Just catching my breath after a joyous wedding on Saturday. Of course, Prime Time was wonderful again and our families and friends had a terrific time on the dance floor. I am pretty sure the military guys did too J
As I told you Saturday night, it was a true pleasure to work with you again, as it allowed me, going into wedding #2, to have great confidence that the music would be tremendous.
If you need any references, and I am sure you do not, don’t hesitate to contact the Fletchers.
Although Jim and I are at the end of the wedding – hosting cycle in our lives, as you could probably tell, there are many more first cousins who will need a band over the next few years. I am sure you will be hearing from some of them in the future.
Best wishes…and see you at the Retreat!
We just got back from Europe last week, so sorry that this thank you is so delayed!! THANK YOU for making our wedding such a BLAST! We have had tons of our guests comment on how fabulous you guys were. No one had ever seen a dance floor fill up so quickly! Our wedding definitely wouldn’t have been the same without you. I hope you guys had fun because we know that we did! Once again, I cannot thank you enough for everything! We will definitely spread the word to others about what a great job your band does (and in fact, we’ve already told one couple who’s looking for next summer…) Anyways, thanks again – – we look forward to coming out to see you play sometime soon!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Stephanie & Conor Murphy :)Hi Paul,
We just got back from our honeymoon and I had been meaning to email you to say thank you to you and the band for such a wonderful time at our wedding reception.
Our parents heard so many positive compliments about the music at our reception- you guys truly made it special!
Thanks so much for your efforts the day of, and for all the back and forth prior to the wedding. My parents mentioned the other night they are going to have to follow you guys around local venues this summer to hear some tunes and reminisce about the reception.
KatieDear Paul and Prime Time Horns,
Thank you so much for playing at our wedding!!! All we have heard since the wedding has been “Who was your band? They were AWESOME!” Everything w as absolutely perfect and you definitely kept everyone on the dance floor all night long!
We really can’t say enough about what a great job you did with both the music and also the MC duties. Also, we truly appreciated you learning a new song for our first dance in such a short period of time. We really couldn’t be happier with everything and we thank you so much for making our big day so memorable.
~Katie and Tim (11/26/11 wedding)Paul:
You guys were SO good last Friday. Dan and I, our parents, extended family, friends and wedding party are all still recovering from theparty you threw. Thanks for making it so much fun!We will forever sing your praises to our single friends now thatthere’s no more LaFexes to get married. A sincere thanks for makingeach of our weddings a blast.Be well.Anne LaFexPaul and Prime Time,Words cannot truly express how grateful and appreciative Kyle and I are to you guys for playing at our wedding in Binghamton on August 6th. You all made the night undeniably memorable not only for the both of us but for all who were in attendance that night. There are too many “who was that band, my god they were phenomenal” to count or mention. Paul asked me at the bar “are you ready to blow the roof of this place during dinner” and did you ever!! From “10th Avenue Freezeout” to “Shout” you all had everyone dancing and having the time of their lives. We owe a big cheers to you for playing our 1st dance song “hold on” to perfection and would not have had it any other way!! You truly have earned the reputation of CNY’s premier band…With many thanks and support,Nick and Kyle Lynn TucciHi Paul,
Wow! You guys (and girl) were awesome! Marielle and I had a blast and every person we’ve talked to said you were the best band they have ever heard at a wedding. My Mom and Dad loved the Aerosmith song and Marielle said that was the first time she had ever seen her Father dance! Thank you guys so very much!
And also a special thank you for being so poised and professional.
Thanks again for everything Paul, and we’ll be seeing you guys at future shows!
-Craig Coon and Marielle Lanoir
July 8, 2011Hi Paul! Thank you for everything you and your band did to make our wedding such a fun and memorable night! Andyand I just got back from our honeymoon and we have been looking through pictures and talking to friends and family. Everyone keeps saying it was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding, we know that is a direct compliment to you guys! Thank you for helping make our wedding such a special night!! Kelly and Andy6/18/11Hi Paul,
I wanted to send you a quick THANK YOU! for making our wedding day that much more spectacular. Everyone absolutely loved the band and I think you and the band could tell from all the dancing. A day has not yet passed when someone has approached me to say “the wedding was beautiful and the band was amazing!” We absolutely enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and you and the band are to thank for that! Thank you again for everything!!
We just got back from our honeymoon in Aruba and I wanted to send you a quick note (with a formal one to follow) to say thank you for playing at our wedding. Your band was absolutely phenomenal! As you could see from the wedding, we are a big dancing family and we wanted to have a great band to help us party, and you guys did not disappoint in the least bit!! So many people told us how great you guys were and how much they enjoyed the band, so we cannot thank you enough for making our wedding so memorable and such a great time for everyone! If we can convince my sister to get married in NY you will certainly be getting a call from my father because he especially was more than pleased with how well you guys did.
We frequent upstate NY quite a bit so we will be sure to check your schedule and come see you guys play.
Thank you again!
Megan AucoinDear Prime Time,
Before school begins again, I would like to take the time to thank your amazing band for your contribution to a very special wedding day for Emily and Greg. As you know, we booked you without the bride and groom ever hearing you, based on our experiences hearing Prime Time at a few weddings. Emily and Greg were totally amazed and delighted by the whole night. We really appreciated you learning “My Wish” in time for the weddding, that was extremely special. Every song was great and the nearly continuous play kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night. Even the sworn “non dancers” got up and danced! The entire Long Island contingency was totally amazed by the vocals, the horn section and the great sound……the most interesting comment I heard about Prime Time that I thought you might like to hear was that “it wasn’t about the band, it was about Emily and Greg” and that was totally true. So thanks again for letting Steve and I and all our friends be your backup singers the entire night.
Keep playing and we will be in touch when our younger daughter decides to get married.
The coolest father of the bride and his wife Steve and Jean Lemanczyk Paul,
Thank you so much for helping to make Brooke and Andrew’s wedding the special day that they have always dreamed about. You and your band were fantastic! You did a great job as the master of ceremony, and the band played all the right songs to keep everyone on that dance floor the whole night. Everyone also enjoyed the keyboard music during the cocktail hour. I told you that an open bar and a good band make for a fun reception, and you certainly proved my point. So many people came up and commented on how great you were. You don’t need to worry about us recommending you because your name will be the first one we give out. Please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference because we will certainly rave about your performance.
Again, many thanks for providing our guests with a night of wonderful entertainment. It was so nice to see everyone having so much fun.
Lynne Hanly Hello Primetime!
Elizabeth Strodel here. I wanted to write and say thank you for letting me sit in with the band. I had a great time and really appreciated it. You guys sounded great! Everyone had a great time…shout was awesome!. Please thank Lenny especially for letting me play his amazing drums, they were probably the nicest I have ever played. Good luck with all the date’s this summer. Come check out The Delinquents sometime.
Elizabeth Strodel As a planner and guest at the D’Amico/DeFio wedding you were the bright spot in an unfortunate dark night! After the electricity went out at Belhurst Castle we needed something to get us moving. A bit apprehensive your musicians got everyone singing, dancing, but more importantly smiling. I have to say that this wedding was the most fun I have had in a long time and you helped make it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your musical talent but most of all your endurance on a very STEAMY night! you all should be commended! You are a class act!
(Just a note about this wedding. The power went out at 8:00 due to a thunderstorm and Prime Time played without power on the dance floor until midnight.) Hi Paulie amd Prime Time!!!!!
I wanted to Thank you for the outstanding job you did at our wedding!!!!! Your sister has a beautiful voice! We will be seeing you when were in syracuse. We will come hear you guys somewhere. Thank so much for making our wedding over the top. LuciaPaul and Prime Time,
I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the band for the amazing job you guys did at our wedding. People are still to this day talking about the band. People who previously would have never considered bands for a wedding are now thinking about it! Everyone we have talked to said that it was the best wedding reception they had ever been to. Absolutely everyone had a blast. I knew that Primetime would be good, but you guys went above and beyond all expectations. Thanks for making it such a memorable event. Mike ShepherdDear Paul and Prime Time,
We wanted to thank you for all of your efforts that made our wedding truly special. We had the time of our lives and our guests enjoyed the entertainment immensely. Its just a shame that everyone’s feet were so sore from all the time on the dance floor! Thanks again and we look forward to hearing you again the next time we visit Central New York.Best Regards,
Carolyn and Andy Weinberg
What can I say? Thank you so much for making our wedding so fun! You truly are extraordinary entertainers. Everyone had a great time, including us and especially the mother of the bride!
Andrea and Josh Waldman
We can not thank you all enough for the fantastic performance you put on at our wedding (03/08/08). We have received so many compliments from our family and friends stating the band was absolutely terrific and they had so much fun dancing and listening to you all play and sing. We are so appreciative for the tremendous effort you put into helping make our wedding so special and memorable. Thank you so much. You are the best!
Tim and Tara Galanaugh
“Josh and I just got back from our honeymoon and we had a lot of time to reflect about our wedding reception. Not only did Josh and I love your guys performance, but have gotten multiple e-mails and phone calls about how awesome you guys are!!! You guys really know how to get a crowd moving!! Thank you so much for making my reception one I had dreamed about!!! Thanks again and I would definitely recommend you to all of my friends and family!!!”Katie Hensel
100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime (October 2021)
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You could spend a few weeks watching every Amazon Prime movie and still only end stuck somewhere in the birdsong video section, so Rotten Tomatoes is using our Tomatometer to find the very best movies on Prime, delivering to you our guide of 100 best movies streaming on Amazon Prime right now.
Ultimately, all of these featured movies are Certified Fresh, meaning they maintained a high Tomatometer score after meeting a minimum critics review threshold. Continue on for the 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now!
Updated: Raising Arizona, Die Hard, Atonement added.
Adjusted Score: 106182%
Critics Consensus: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided — or utterly repugnant — corners of American culture.Synopsis: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to… [More]
Adjusted Score: 92980%
Critics Consensus: A smart, well-acted, and refreshingly messy coming-of-age story, Selah and the Spades suggests a bright future for debuting writer-director Tayarisha Poe.Synopsis: Five factions run the underground life of a prestigious east coast boarding school. The head of The Spades walks a… [More]
Adjusted Score: 103126%
Critics Consensus: The Lost City of Z‘s stately pace and visual grandeur hearken back to classic exploration epics, and Charlie Hunnam turns in a masterful performance as its complex protagonist.Synopsis: At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of… [More]
Adjusted Score: 95789%
Critics Consensus: Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.Synopsis: Disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) finds a chance to redeem his honor after being hired by wealthy Swedish… [More]
Adjusted Score: 87919%
Critics Consensus: The Night Eats the World finds a few unexplored corners in the crowded zombie genre, with a refreshing emphasis on atmosphere and character development.Synopsis: After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97129%
Critics Consensus: The music, the performances, the precision in capturing the post-college malaise — The Graduate’s coming-of-age story is indeed one for the ages.Synopsis: Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents’ house, he’s trying to avoid the one… [More]
Adjusted Score: 91050%
Critics Consensus: The Alan Partridge movie ditches the TV series’ nuanced humor for something broader, and succeeds in presenting the character on a global scale.Synopsis: Radio host Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) gets a chance to boost his sagging career by serving as a liaison between… [More]
Adjusted Score: 91656%
Critics Consensus: A slimy, B-movie homage oozing with affection for low-budget horror films, Slither is creepy and funny — if you’ve got the stomach for it.Synopsis: Wheelsy is a small town where not much happens and everyone minds his own business. No one notices when evil… [More]
Adjusted Score: 93776%
Critics Consensus: Forest Whitaker’s performance as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin powers this fictionalized political thriller, a blunt and brutal tale about power and corruption.Synopsis: While in Uganda on a medical mission, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) becomes the personal physician and close confidante… [More]
Adjusted Score: 90929%
Critics Consensus: Boasting taut, high energy thrills and some cracking dialogue courtesy of an uncredited Quentin Tarantino, Crimson Tide finds director Tony Scott near the top of his action game.Synopsis: After the Cold War, a breakaway Russian republic with nuclear warheads becomes a possible worldwide threat. U.S. submarine Capt. Frank… [More]
Adjusted Score: 91614%
Critics Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis’ horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker’s astounding make-up effects.Synopsis: David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks… [More]
Adjusted Score: 90419%
Critics Consensus: Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.Synopsis: Three elite climbers fight through obsession and loss as they struggle to climb Mount Meru…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 90200%
Critics Consensus: A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.Synopsis: Eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of events due to the malevolent influence of a passing… [More]
Adjusted Score: 93242%
Critics Consensus: Veteran character actress Melissa Leo delivers a stunning performance in this powerful — if grim — indie film.Synopsis: After her husband deserts her, working-class mother Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is in great need of money to find a… [More]
Adjusted Score: 99091%
Critics Consensus: Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.Synopsis: A hard-partying woman receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated… [More]
Adjusted Score: 92389%
Critics Consensus: The utterly gorgeous special effects frequently overshadow the fact that The Abyss is also a totally gripping, claustrophobic thriller, complete with an interesting crew of characters.Synopsis: Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They… [More]
Adjusted Score: 95960%
Critics Consensus: True Grit rides along on the strength of a lived-in late-period John Wayne performance, adding its own entertaining spin to the oft-adapted source material.Synopsis: After hired hand Tom Chaney (Jeff Corey) murders the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), she seeks vengeance and… [More]
Adjusted Score: 90037%
Critics Consensus: Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that’s well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.Synopsis: Nacho Vigalondo’s time-travel thriller opens with Hector spying on a beautiful woman undressing in the woods near his property. Investigating,… [More]
Adjusted Score: 93515%
Critics Consensus: Sensitive, well-acted, and solidly directed, Words on Bathroom Walls is an admirable addition to a genre that too rarely does justice to its worthy themes.Synopsis: Diagnosed with a mental illness during his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96921%
Critics Consensus: Led by a marvelous performance from Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van wrings poignant, often hilarious insight from its fact-based source material.Synopsis: In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman… [More]
Adjusted Score: 99509%
Critics Consensus: Made by a filmmaker in command of her craft and a star perfectly matched with the material, The Souvenir is a uniquely impactful coming of age drama.Synopsis: A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100274%
Critics Consensus: A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.Synopsis: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks… [More]
Adjusted Score: 106084%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly elevated by a typically committed lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay as one of modern cinema’s most unique — and uncompromising — voices.Synopsis: A contract killer uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save a kidnapped teen from a life of prostitution…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 91534%
Critics Consensus: Itzhak serves as an entertaining introduction to the life and career of a brilliant artist with a personality as warm as his music.Synopsis: The life and music of Israeli conductor and musician Itzhak Perlman…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 91604%
Critics Consensus: This documentary focuses less on the music and more on the personality clashes and in-group tensions to great, compelling effect.Synopsis: Actor Michael Rapaport examines the music of the 1990s hip-hop group as well as the conflicts that drove the band… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96816%
Critics Consensus: Effortlessly mixing scares, laughs, and social commentary, Attack the Block is a thrilling, briskly-paced sci-fi yarn with a distinctly British flavor.Synopsis: South London teenagers (John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones) defend their neighborhood from malevolent extraterrestrials…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 112684%
Critics Consensus: A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent.Synopsis: Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the… [More]
Adjusted Score: 94432%
Critics Consensus: Peter Weir’s devastating anti-war film features a low-key but emotionally wrenching performance from Mel Gibson as a young soldier fighting in one of World War I’s most deadly and horrifying battles.Synopsis: Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson) are two young Australian sprinters who want to join the army to fulfill… [More]
Adjusted Score: 93562%
Critics Consensus: RUMBLE shines a long overdue spotlight on key contributions to the American musical lexicon, satisfying rock scholars while offering a fascinating — albeit sobering — primer on the foundations of a genre.Synopsis: Filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge examines the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history. She exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96583%
Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens’ most disciplined movie, but it’s one of their most purely entertaining.Synopsis: An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96472%
Critics Consensus: Journey’s End brings R.C. Sherriff’s 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb’s hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.Synopsis: Led by an officer whose mental health is rapidly disintegrating, a group of British soldiers await their fate in an… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98137%
Critics Consensus: Epic in scope yet clear-eyed and intimate, Human Flow offers a singularly expansive — and sobering — perspective on the global refugee crisis.Synopsis: More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and… [More]
Adjusted Score: 102358%
Critics Consensus: Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore’s performance in the title role — and she’s gloriously up to the task.Synopsis: A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97264%
Critics Consensus: Dizzyingly original, the loopy, multi-layered Adaptation is both funny and thought-provoking.Synopsis: Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the… [More]
Adjusted Score: 99480%
Critics Consensus: Part satire, part shockumentary,Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. Jagshemash!Synopsis: Outrageous situations occur when Borat, a popular reporter (Sacha Baron Cohen) from Kazakhstan, comes to the United States to film… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96671%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch’s relatively straight second feature finds an admirable synthesis of compassion and restraint in treating its subject, and features outstanding performances by John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins.Synopsis: Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick… [More]
Adjusted Score: 93854%
Critics Consensus: James Cromwell and GeneviÃ¨ve Bujold are outstanding in this tender, affecting, insightful drama about the bonds and sacrifices of marriage.Synopsis: A farmer (James Cromwell) fights back when local authorities hamper his efforts to build a cottage for his dementia-stricken wife… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97333%
Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.Synopsis: Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell’s actual video footage, Werner Herzog’s remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98141%
Critics Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.Synopsis: Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96821%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.Synopsis: A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98789%
Critics Consensus: Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.Synopsis: Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small Ohio town with his loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and hearing-impaired daughter (Tova… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98039%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.Synopsis: Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu… [More]
Adjusted Score: 104425%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.Synopsis: Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie’s grandfather, launching them on a poignant… [More]
Adjusted Score: 108936%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.Synopsis: In the 1950s, two kids search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 106343%
Critics Consensus: With a brilliantly stark visual aesthetic to match its lean narrative, Cold War doesn’t waste a moment of its brief running time — and doesn’t skimp on its bittersweet emotional impact.Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an… [More]
Adjusted Score: 102763%
Critics Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.Synopsis: In 1961 New York City, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in hand, he struggles… [More]
Adjusted Score: 96423%
Critics Consensus: Expertly balancing tones, Paper Moon is a deft blend of film nostalgia and finely tuned performances — especially from Tatum O’Neal, who won an Oscar for her debut.Synopsis: Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O’Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97995%
Critics Consensus: Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.Synopsis: In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) starts out as a bit… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100004%
Critics Consensus: A romance for the ages, Sylvie’s Love wraps audiences in the sweet embrace of its old-fashioned romance and celebration of Black love.Synopsis: In Sylvieâs Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100500%
Critics Consensus: Sensitively directed by Phyllida Lloyd and brought to life by co-writer Clare Dunne’s starring performance, Herself charts one woman’s journey with empathy and grace.Synopsis: Single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100538%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.Synopsis: Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always tried to take good care of his health, so it comes as a cruel… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97911%
Critics Consensus: George C. Scott’s sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.Synopsis: Biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98817%
Critics Consensus: A globetrotting caper that prizes its idiosyncratic pieces over the general puzzle, Charade is a delightful romp with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn’s sparkling chemistry at the center of some perfectly orchestrated mayhem.Synopsis: After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French… [More]
Adjusted Score: 95307%
Critics Consensus: Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.Synopsis: In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98076%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and rich with emotion, Invisible Life beguiles in the moment and leaves a lingering, dreamlike impression.Synopsis: Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as two sisters forge their respective paths through their city’s teeming bustle,… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100303%
Critics Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.Synopsis: New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas… [More]
Adjusted Score: 104166%
Critics Consensus: An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort.Synopsis: Hitchcock’s romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes… [More]
Adjusted Score: 106180%
Critics Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.Synopsis: After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to… [More]
Adjusted Score: 108240%
Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject — one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.Synopsis: When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as… [More]
Adjusted Score: 105197%
Critics Consensus: A classic of the Western genre that broke with many of the traditions at the time, High Noon endures — in no small part thanks to Gary Cooper’s defiant, Oscar-winning performance.Synopsis: Former marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is preparing to leave the small town of Hadleyville, New Mexico, with his new… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100294%
Critics Consensus: Its infectious enthusiasm for its subjects – and Iggy Pop’s ingratiating presence – more than make up for the effortlessly entertaining Gimme Danger‘s relative lack of context or depth.Synopsis: Emerging from Ann Arbor, Mich., amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock ‘n’ roll blew… [More]
Adjusted Score: 108523%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.Synopsis: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce… [More]
Adjusted Score: 97567%
Critics Consensus: The Secret of Roan Inish is a gentle fairy tale filled with optimism that’s suitable for the whole family.Synopsis: Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100995%
Critics Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades — as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.Synopsis: Notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a… [More]
Adjusted Score: 98590%
Critics Consensus: Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject’s physical deterioration — and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.Synopsis: Diagnosed with ALS, former NFL football player Steve Gleason starts to record video journals for his unborn son…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 98344%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero’s debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.Synopsis: A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search… [More]
Adjusted Score: 110177%
Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.Synopsis: After their flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, Iran, must… [More]
Adjusted Score: 101710%
Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that’s stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.Synopsis: Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline –… [More]
Adjusted Score: 108967%
Critics Consensus: Love & Friendship finds director Whit Stillman bringing his talents to bear on a Jane Austen adaptation — with a thoroughly delightful period drama as the result.Synopsis: In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) uses devious tactics to win the heart of… [More]
Adjusted Score: 114287%
Critics Consensus: Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch’s filmography — and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver’s career credits.Synopsis: Paterson (Adam Driver) is a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who follows the same routine every day. He observes… [More]
Adjusted Score: 118147%
Critics Consensus: Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.Synopsis: After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole… [More]
Adjusted Score: 102447%
Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.Synopsis: Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100378%
Critics Consensus: Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments.Synopsis: Filmmaker RaMell Ross captures small, but nevertheless precious, moments in black lives…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 104618%
Critics Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.Synopsis: After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 103122%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.Synopsis: While exploring a Mississippi River island, Arkansas boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey),a fugitive… [More]
Adjusted Score: 103554%
Critics Consensus: Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, Sideways is a decidedly mature road trip comedy full of excellent performances.Synopsis: Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to… [More]
Adjusted Score: 116123%
Critics Consensus: An evocative look at the experiences of the deaf community, Sound of Metal is brought to life by Riz Ahmed’s passionate performance.Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When… [More]
Adjusted Score: 118379%
Critics Consensus: The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.Synopsis: Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch… [More]
Adjusted Score: 125195%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble.Synopsis: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit… [More]
Adjusted Score: 103608%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.Synopsis: The ambassador of the Latin American republic of Miranda (Fernando Rey), M. Thevenot (Paul Frankeur), his wife Simone (Delphine Seyrig)… [More]
Adjusted Score: 100490%
Critics Consensus: Steadily drawing viewers into its harrowing tale with equal parts grim intensity and startling compassion, Night Comes On heralds the arrivals of debuting director Jordan Spiro and her magnetic young stars.Synopsis: Released from juvenile detention, a teen and her 10-year-old sister embark on a quest to avenge the death of their… [More]
Adjusted Score: 103397%
Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.Synopsis: In Santa Mira, California, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is baffled when all his patients come to him with the… [More]
Adjusted Score: 106290%
Critics Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.Synopsis: When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island,… [More]
Adjusted Score: 103552%
Critics Consensus: As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity.Synopsis: After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and… [More]
Adjusted Score: 105785%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and original, Blow the Man Down is a cinematic journey that’s not to be missed.Synopsis: Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of… [More]
Adjusted Score: 111297%
Critics Consensus: Hitchcock exerted full potential of suspense in this masterpiece.Synopsis: A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what… [More]
Adjusted Score: 109040%
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey… [More]
Adjusted Score: 105030%
Critics Consensus: Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.Synopsis: Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and… [More]
Adjusted Score: 107539%
Critics Consensus: Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.Synopsis: Aging wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is long past his prime but still ready and rarin’ to go… [More]
Adjusted Score: 120539%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.Synopsis: Kumail is a Pakistani comic, who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As… [More]
Adjusted Score: 117812%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly powerful reflection on larger-than-life figures, One Night in Miami finds Regina King in command of her craft in her feature directorial debut.Synopsis: On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest… [More]
Adjusted Score: 110760%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.Synopsis: When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson, has gotten engaged to… [More]
Adjusted Score: 109608%
Critics Consensus: Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is a tremendously entertaining combination of noir, black comedy, and character study.Synopsis: An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help… [More]
Adjusted Score: 110305%
Critics Consensus: With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan’s thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.Synopsis: Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb)… [More]
Adjusted Score: 105551%
Critics Consensus: Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.Synopsis: Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings,… [More]
Adjusted Score: 107987%
Critics Consensus: Ash Is Purest White finds writer-director Zhangke Jia revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye.Synopsis: In an industrial city in China, a young dancer named Qiao falls in love with a mobster named Bin. When… [More]
Adjusted Score: 105918%
Critics Consensus: Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.Synopsis: Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life…. [More]
Adjusted Score: 101101%
Critics Consensus: Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense captures the energetic, unpredictable live act of peak Talking Heads with color and visual wit.Synopsis: Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the… [More]
Adjusted Score: 104049%
Critics Consensus: Typifying the best that the Western genre has to offer, Stagecoach is a rip-roaring adventure given dramatic heft by John Ford’s dynamic direction and John Wayne’s mesmerizing star turn.Synopsis: John Ford’s landmark Western revolves around an assorted group of colorful passengers aboard the Overland stagecoach bound for Lordsburg, New… [More]
Adjusted Score: 114266%
Critics Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story — and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.Synopsis: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Ore.,… [More]
Suzette Traveler Spotlight PrimeTime Healthcare
What is your favorite part about working with Prime Time Healthcare?
Going to the places I ask for. My recruiter is my rock. The way Prime time looks after me while out. Steve has rescued me many times. From breaking down in my car, to talking to me about personal issues. Calming me down. When my dad was put on hospice an I left an assignment to go be with him. Prime time stood by me.
Which state has been your favorite place to travel and why?
Well in South Dakota for the 4th time . It’s just different. Beautiful. Come see!! Hard to explain. But I call it HOME
How many states have you traveled too? Where do you want to go next?
South Dakota 4 times, West Virginia twice, Nebraska twice. Worked my home state Missouri twice. Always nice to be closer to granddaughters and family. Baby 5 !! Coming march 2021. Must be on assignment in Missouri..that’s my daughter that’s having baby 5!
What advice would you give a new traveler?
Be open minded. Be safe. Be grateful. The place you go to..they need you. Be kind an gracious. When I’m out, my rule..find 1 thing you love about where you are. Then find 2..etc..make it home. Don’t take a huge amount of stuff. Hit your local thrift stores. Helps their community. I take my pillows, blankets. Probably don’t follow my own advice very well..learn the history of your town. Its amazing. Make friends!! Walk in proud. Prime time has your back. The one thing I would love to really say is to remember we are guests in their house. We don’t go in trying to take over. We go to help. It’s not always easy. But do your amazing best ever self. Leave them wanting more of you!!
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Hiking. Scaring Steve smith is always fun. I’m in rapid city ,SD..he knows what’s coming.
Where is the best place you have eaten while on assignment?
South Dakota has a pizza restaurant..yum..I ate once a week in Harrisonville mo at roosters bar..it was fabulous. And the staff understood I might fall asleep at table after 12 hour shift. Those little places that are hidden. Go find them.
Musical “Primetime” – audience reviews
All reviews • 126 Excellent • 70 Very good • 22 Good • nine Normal • ten Bad • 13 Without rate • 2
23 september 2021
Dull and boring.
For spending the evening quite, but no more.
16 august 2021
Excellent direction, acting and musical numbers!
08 august 2021
Very cool production, great acting, music and dancing. An incredibly talented troupe!
27 july 2021
Not bad.Uncomplicated plot, does not overload. It will do for one time.
27 may 2021
Didn’t like it straight at all! Left half of the musical! It’s still perhaps for teenagers! It is vulgar in places, the plot itself is too banal, all the “underwear” behind the scenes of new shows are shown.
24 april 2021
Got it, vulgar, obviously not for the public 12+
3.5 hours of wasted time.It’s a pity.
22 april 2021
We were respected))), transplanted just before the start of the musical (from the balcony to the ground on the 10th row in the center).
In principle, I liked everything – there really is a feeling of being present at the shooting of a vocal show.
Certainly not a Broadway show, but the Friday night after isolation was a pleasure.
The artists are all singing, and it’s nice that they are mostly young talented people.
I liked the game and the singing talent of the guy from Chelyaba))), the creative director of the show was not bad, and the daughter of the director of the conservatory sang well…The main character was expected to have a great acting performance.
We expected more from Shifrin, but alas …
And so, in principle, you can go and get musical pleasure.
By the way, I liked the theater itself from the inside)))
22 april 2021
Very weak …
20 april 2021
I liked the musical very much, with a sense.Had a great time.
12 april 2021
A musical about the other side of the screen, because everyone, at least sometimes, but wanted at least one eye to look behind the scenes! Musical theater reveals a secret, come and see for yourself!
12 april 2021
We really liked it! A bright, memorable performance. Only the age limit I would put 16+, not 12+.
Thanks to the organizers!
12 april 2021
Interesting plot, original interpretation. Great music and great performers. After the performance, I had a charge of cheerfulness and positiveness. The musical is mainly played by young actors, but very talented. Give all the best. Despite the fact that I am far from 20, I watched and listened to the performance with great pleasure. I’ve been to several musicals, this one is one of the best.I want to note the theater staff: attentive, courteous, polite. If you want to relax in comfort, then you need to visit the Moscow Musical Theater on Pushkinskaya.
11 april 2021
The musical is amazing, but too long. It is very difficult to sit for 3 hours. The staff are all polite.
11 april 2021
Thanks for the rap battle! Cool done! I would like to hear more, slower))) I really liked the game of the General Producer and the main in advertising, great work! The ballet is great as always.I really like to look at the choreographic solutions in this theater.
11 april 2021
I liked the musical very much. And the script, and the music, and the voices.
11 april 2021
Wonderful musical, got great pleasure from acting. 3 hours flew by not noticeably.
10 april 2021
Excellent performance! Spectacular, dynamic, looks easy, you don’t get tired or bored. Impeccable acting, many diverse characters. We were with our daughter, we both liked it very much. The only recommendation is still 14+, for early adolescence, in my opinion,is not suitable
10 april 2021
wonderful performance.they sing and dance wonderfully. dynamic action with subtle humor. really liked it!
10 april 2021
Very talented, beautiful, modern and with a sense of humor !!!!!
09 april 2021
I didn’t like anything about this musical! I totally agree with negative reviews! It was unpleasant to be at this musical! Don’t waste your time or money!
In a quiet and cozy place of Moscow on the border with the natural complex of the Khodynka river water protection territory, surrounded by landscaped parks with century-old trees, in one of the most prestigious places in the Sokol metro area, a business class residential complex is being built ” Prime Time “.This stunning residential complex with underground parking has a convenient location, combining proximity to the center with its dynamic rhythm of cultural and business life, and the quietness of living in a green area, where you can even hear the birdsong. At the same time, it maintains the most convenient transport accessibility, both by personal and public transport.
You will quickly get to any area of the capital without wasting time on traffic jams, because the city arteries are just minutes away: Leningradsky Prospect, North-West Rokada, Khoroshevskoye and Zvenigorodskoye Highways.In 10 minutes you can take a walk to the metro station Airport. At the same time, there are two more stations within walking distance: this is Sokol, and CSKA under construction, from where you can directly get to the Moscow City business center.
One of the advantages of the new project is its architecture, which creates a pleasant perception, associated with comfort and coziness, is made in a neoclassical style. In the style that personifies the capital, in its modern vision of monumental classicism.This architecture is relevant in any era.
There is a significant social infrastructure within walking distance: 5-10 minutes for several educational schools, 3-10 minutes for several kindergartens, 10 minutes for a clinic, 10 minutes for a public services center, 10-15 minutes for several prestigious higher educational institutions.
For a comfortable stay, the complex has its own infrastructure with the most demanded services: supermarket, beauty salon, pharmacy, fitness studio, coffee shops, medical center.At the same time, within the area and within walking distance of cultural, leisure and shopping centers, including: Aviapark, Gallery Airport, etc.90,000 official website, apartment prices from 28 million rubles, reviews
The residential complex “Prime Time” is located in Moscow, in the Northern AO, along Viktorenko Street. The developer is Atlantic LLC, which has been operating since 2015. Housing can be bought on a mortgage under the lucrative programs of the largest banks in Moscow. Metro station “Airport” is within walking distance.Nearby is the Third Transport Ring. The Kremlin is a 15-minute walk away.
RC “Prime Time” is being built in two stages – first a multi-section 15-storey building, then three buildings 16-23 storeys high. The houses are built using monolithic technology. Architectural solutions are an original combination of neoclassicism and ceremonial Stalinist Empire style. The buildings look solemn and stylish. The facades are finished with porcelain stoneware tiles. The territory of the new building is guarded, the entrance to the private area is carried out with passes.On the ground floors of the buildings there will be offices and commercial establishments for the provision of services to residents. Arrangement of its own underground parking is planned. There will be a private kindergarten. A recreation and games area will be located on the roof of the parking lot. Perennial plantings will be planted there, comfortable benches, safe children’s complexes and sports simulators will be installed. Arrangement of the area with landscape design is supposed. Within walking distance are numerous sports, entertainment facilities, shopping centers, schools, kindergartens and other infrastructure facilities.Nearby there are landscaped forest park zones and squares.
The developer offers 1, 2, 3, 4-room apartments with standard and European planning solutions. The windows are glazed, there are niches for the installation of air conditioners, entrance doors. The height of the ceilings is 2.85 m. The basic option for renting apartments is in a rough form, but there is an opportunity to purchase housing with a finished renovation. There are three design finishes to choose from.
Opinion of the portal
RC “Prime Time” is a vivid example of a good modern new building.Convenience, functionality, nothing superfluous – this concept is suitable for those who do not like to overpay money for unnecessary “chips”. You can choose the layout of the apartments according to your taste. There is a parking lot, the adjacent space is “sharpened” for outdoor activities and games. Good internal and external infrastructure, transport accessibility and a good ecological situation complete the attractiveness of the complex for those citizens who want to have everything now.
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All reviews of the play “Primetime!” – Afisha-Theaters
Last week I was able to visit a new delivery at the Musical Theater – the musical “Primetime”. You can say that I jumped on the step of the last car of the departing train, since today the coronavirus paralyzed cultural and social life.More precisely, he temporarily moved everything online. We will all watch movies, TV series and online broadcasts of performances together, since many entertainment online services have made it possible for free access.
The idea of the musical belongs to Mikhail Shvydkoy – the artistic director of the Musical Theater. The music was created by the Canadian composer Maxim Lepage, the libretto was written by Elena Kiseleva, and the lyrics by Alexey Kortnev. Among other things, Canadian colleagues from the 7 Fingers Theater took an active part in the production.By the way, their “Dreams of Bosch”, which came to us last summer, I watched them and was generally satisfied.
What is the new musical “Primetime” about? History is as old as the world. A young girl-singer from the provinces is going to conquer the capital. And “PrimeTime” is the name of a musical TV show, which can become its springboard to a happy life, but, as always, it will not do without intrigue.
References to existing TV shows are so transparent that I wondered who actually watches them? And the older generation, pensioners, are watching.Who, then, might be interested in a musical with a similar plot? Yes, all the same audience, the musical is clearly late for 10-15 years.
Young people today, wherever they are, can express themselves and become popular, bypassing TV. There is YouTube, there is instagram, there is tiktok. And the components of possible glory are now your talent, the cost of any smartphone and a subscription fee to a cellular operator.
But you can do it the old way, through TV, if you really want to. Throughout the first act of the musical, we are watching the backstage life of the PrimeTime show – its producers, big bosses, cameramen, cleaners and, of course, the participants and participants themselves, including our heroine Anya performed by Galina Bezruk.
There is an interesting character of the stylist who is called Maker. Here Efim Shifrin brought his under-Lagerfeld out of the film “Gloss” to a new round of evolution and even played both a comedy and a tragedy on essentially scant material. It seems almost all the applause of the first act was his.
The main feature of the second act is the rap battle. Here I really want to praise the creators for their desire to join the world of youth. It turned out, in my opinion, not bad – both by ear and visually. The text of the rap battle was written by Mikhail Rezler.
The character of the Commercial Director (Maxim Zausalin) turned out to be a convincing villain. Of the participants in the show, the very touching simpleton Matvey was shown by Denis Kotelnikov.
Galina Bezruk is a fine fellow, considering that I lost count of how many times she was raised in support. You understand that combining choreography and live performance is not an easy task.
Let us summarize.
What I didn’t like:
– duration. With intermission, it turned out more than 3 hours. Some pieces could and should have been cut without waiting for peritonitis.
– there is no benger – the song that would become the most memorable in the musical and that each viewer could then hum to himself. The song “Town”, alas, does not stretch. In general, it didn’t work out very well with music.
– poetry is also not a strong point of the musical, alas.
is an illogical ending. Perhaps for me personally. But because, as the development of the heroine Anya was carried out in the second act, I expected a different fate for her and a different song at the end.
What I liked:
– Maker Efima Shifrin.
– The actors did a good job, their work is visible. There are no complaints about them at all. In general, the work of everyone is visible: both costume designers and props.
Well, and whether to go to the musical, let everyone decide for himself. In any case, we will wait for everyone to have such an opportunity again.
Prime-time – Cars – Kommersant
Alexander Stavrov, photo by Alexey Barashkov
“Was it just me or was Pierce Brosnan driving in the next car?” – probably for the third time I asked my partner.And once again he, laughing, advised me to switch from my obsession to something more real. Say, you shouldn’t see the profile of a Hollywood star in every major Greek.
This video has sunk into my soul. In it, a producer or agent offers Brosnan a new role. “You don’t even have to say that this is a role in an action adventure movie,” the actor confidently declares. “Yes, sort of,” the agent replies. “Imagine that you are driving a beautiful car on a snowy road … No, not at a speed of 300 km / h, but only 45 km / h.You look at a tree, and there … no, not a sniper in ambush, but an owl, then you drive around a bend, and on your way it appears … no, not a self-propelled gun with rocket missiles, but an elk … ” And further in this spirit. The next mission turns out to be not only feasible, but extremely enjoyable. With picturesque views, cottage comfort and a charming feminine in the finale.
KIA Sorento Prime is a car for those who are focused on success in society and full of healthy ambitions.
Seven is a lucky number
In the end, I took the advice and turned my attention to the surrounding reality.Moreover, my mission was no worse than Brosnan’s. Or maybe even more tempting, considering that outside the window there is the sea and the sun, around the next bend there are stunning views, and lightly dressed feminines are at every turn. Like a vacationer on the first day of his freedom, I wanted to lure as many people as possible into my riotous whirlpool. If not for a pragmatic partner, I would have recruited fellow travelers and drinking companions even before we got to Corinth. After all, driving together in a spacious Kia Sorento is a sheer misunderstanding.Unlike many other crossovers in the Sorento, every passenger is a VIP. A wide doorway, a flat floor, a rear sofa that moves by 270 mm, a ceiling raised by 14 mm above the third row of seats – all this allows you to travel with greater comfort. Most of all I was amazed that not only cup holders were provided for the passengers of the third row, but also a separate air conditioning unit! With such amenities, it is a pleasure to travel around even the entire Aegean coast.
The panoramic roof with a robust composite resin frame and large glass area adds not only a sense of freedom, but also sunlight, and with it, mood.
Of course, mood is subtle matter. In the port town of Nafplion, I had a chance to talk with the owner of a local tavern, Dinas. By the way, I told him about the Moscow tradition of shooting at clouds with cannons in order to drive out the rain and ensure good weather for the big holidays. And he kept shaking his head in disbelief and sighing that he had no cannon to make it rain and drive away the sun from time to time. Unsurprisingly, when he looked at the Sorento, he immediately appreciated the sun blinds on the door windows.For southerners, this is the same important element of the crossover configuration as for northerners – “warm options” with heated seats, and second-row seats, with heated pillows, and backrests – a steering wheel and outside mirrors.
The body of the Sorento, along with expressive forms, has also gained more power: the share of high-strength steels has increased from 24% to 53%, torsional rigidity – by 14%.
Especially my new acquaintance was struck by the trunk with a secret.”It’s like our Kanaf”, – he could only say, hinting at the famous city source, having bathed in which the goddess Hera always became a virgin again. There are no miracles in operation of the Kia system, which allows you not to strain when your hands are busy with heavy bags, there are only modern technologies. If there is a transponder key within a one and a half meter zone from the tailgate, a sensor is triggered. The car electronics first gives a signal, and after a few seconds opens the rear door. By the way, the trunk of the new Sorento is able to take more luggage: its volume is 605 liters.
I suggested that such a practical car could be useful on the farm of a local fisherman or farmer, but Dinas shook his head: “Why dissemble? This car is not for hard work.” It’s not for nothing that the Prime nameplate flaunts on the trunk of the crossover. The silver bezel and the styling of the central user interface are masterful stylings of an elegant Swiss chronometer. Inside, the car looks richer thanks to better quality materials and special paintwork on the Soft Touch panels.
Like a Swiss watch, the Sorento strikes not only with style, but also with functionality. Behind the wheel is at ease for a driver of any size: a wide range of adjustments – up to 14 – allows you to move the seat and sit at least completely above the “road”, at least having moved away from the pedal block for the entire length of his model or basketball legs. In the expression “a good way to go” is not a bad meaning, but the joy of the obvious fact, if you are driving a Sorento. Steering accuracy is increased by an electric power steering mounted on the steering rack.The electronic stability control system keeps the car on the track, even with risky actions by the driver. And the cornering traction control system, which reduces the effect of understeer, allows you to lay sharp turns on serpentines almost as dashingly as riders do at the Acropolis rally.
The main attraction of Epidaurus, one of the points of our route, is the ancient theater, built in the 4th century BC. NS. An amazing feature of the theater is that even a whisper from the stage is heard at the very top rows.Just like in the Sorento cabin, where you can easily talk even in an undertone at the highest speeds. However, it would be naive to compare the acoustics of a seven-seater car and a building designed for 14 thousand spectators. The fact that the theater performed, in addition to the aesthetic, also a healing function, sunk into my soul. After all, performances contributed to catharsis, and with it, bodily recovery.
– Perhaps a couple more days of similar riding in an easy walking mode through the resorts of the Peloponnese, and our reports on the Sorento test drive will turn into treatises on catharsis, – I shared my assumption with my partner.
In response, he again laughed at my eccentricity.
The name Kia, as you know, stands for “Leaving Asia to the whole world.” Coming up with names for their models, marketers from all over the world choose predominantly warm places.
Located in the south of Italy. The ancient Greeks called it the city of the sirens. The hermit Antonin is considered the patron saint of the city; a holiday in his honor is held on February 14.The song of Ernesto de Curtis “Come back to Sorrento” has brought particular popularity to the resort.
Former capital of Brazil. The second largest city in the country. Famous for its beaches, in particular Copacabana and Ipanema, architecture and annual carnival. Capital of the 2016 Olympic Games. From 1978 to 1990, Formula 1 races were held at the Rio “Jacarepagua” circuit.
Desert in the southwestern United States with an area of 35 thousand square meters. km. Habitat of 2000 different plant species.In summer, temperatures in the Mojave usually rise to + 50 ° C. Notable for the depopulated ghost towns. One of the favorite geographic features in popular culture.
KIA SORENTO90,000 The results are amazing – Teachers’ newspaper
Hello, dear Directors Club! I am not a director, and therefore not a member of the club, but I dare to speak out, since I am the author of the project “Comprehensive Health Improvement System”, which concerns both each person and society as a whole: from spiritual health to physical health and social health improvement, as well as economic, political … There everything is in a chain.
When I started testing the elements of the project at school, the results were amazing! And in terms of discipline, and in terms of academic performance, and the general atmosphere, and cooperation with organizations … As they say, on all fronts. But the teachers had to strain themselves in the sense of spiritual work on themselves.
Why am I doing this? In one of the “Directors’ clubs” there was a phrase that upbringing is no less important function than education. In my opinion, it is not true. It is upbringing that is the primary function of education, since school is an ideological institution.
The first mass schools were parish schools, where at the beginning not science was given, but education.
So, now the school does not fulfill the social order of the society. It did not differ in any way from any production: we take a “blank” – a student, sharpen it to the necessary essence (according to the program) and give it out to society in the best possible way …
Man is a feeling, emotional, loving being. These feelings can be developed only in one social institution – the school. The task of forming a society lies in the field of education.But this requires that teachers become educators, philosophers, psychologists who can solve their problems, help others – parents, children, and for this you need to know the laws and how they work not only in mechanics and economics, but also in the social sphere.
Knowledge of spiritual laws is needed here, not just faith and culture. When all these issues are resolved, then our society will change, and hence our life. And it will definitely be! This is what my project is about.
Olga ZLOBINA, deputy.school director for educational work, Volgograd90,000 Prime Time. How to Get Rich
In recent years, as reality TV became fashionable, television companies have repeatedly tried to persuade me to become a host. They offered me substantial sums of money, but the concept was always easy to guess. They wanted the camera to follow me everywhere, watching me make deals, brush my teeth and (certainly) comb my hair. None of the projects aroused any interest in me.
I was once approached by CBS Entertainment CEO Les Munves who wanted to stream the finale of one of the Survivor episodes from the Wollman Rink in Central Park, which I control through a long-term lease. It struck me as a great idea, especially when they said they intend to recreate a jungle similar to the one in which the heroes of this program had to survive.
When I arrived at Wollman Rink that evening, I was amazed at what they could accomplish by transforming the city’s ice rink into a piece of exotic nature.As I made my way to my chair, a handsome young man approached me and said, “Hello, Mr. Trump. I’m Mark Burnett – the creator of the Survivor program. ”
I replied, “Mark, you don’t need to tell me about this. Everyone knows who you are, but I am very pleased to meet you personally. ”
He added: “You know, Mr. Trump, I have one idea, and I would really like to talk to you at the earliest opportunity.”
A week later he came to my office.Before proceeding to the formal presentation of his idea, he did what any sensible entrepreneur does – he made contact with me.
He achieved this by claiming that I was a genius. Some people may find this kind of flattery overwhelming, but when it is directed at you, it tends to be received favorably.
In a hot and sincere manner, he told me that fifteen years ago, when he was selling shirts in Venice Beach and was barely making a living, he happened to read my book, The Art of Dealing, and it changed his life.
“If that’s really the case,” I said, “why didn’t you pay me twenty percent?”
He laughed heartily. I understood that Mark was preparing me, but he did it brilliantly. In any case, I was impressed by his actions.
Burnett then told me about his idea for The Apprentice , a series of programs set in the jungle of New York City, the world’s most violent jungle, where people tear each other apart to get an inch ahead of them. competitors.
His idea was amazing: sixteen candidates will have to compete in a continuously filmed 13-week job race, the winner of which becomes my “apprentice”. Whoever wins will get a job at The Trump Organization and a salary with five zeros – a year to start, and maybe even longer if he or she can prove they are worthy candidates.
What attracted me the most was that the program was supposed to carry an educational burden as well. TV viewers would have the opportunity to see how the real business world functions and what survival in this world is worth, or at least a tiny chance of such survival.
I asked Mark how long it would take from me.
His own words, which I will never forget and which I will always remind him with great pleasure, were: “Donald, believe me, maximum three hours a week.”
Without any anger, I can say that I showed myself to be a complete idiot when I believed this obvious lie.
The first few episodes took about 30 hours each. But, as it turned out, I didn’t mind at all. Gradually, I began to realize that this show could be a really big event, and I was ready to give it as much time as Mark needed.
When we put this project up for auction between major TV companies, everyone wanted to get it. They just fell in love with the idea. We chose NBC, which already aired my Miss Universe, Miss America and Miss Teen contests, so the deal was quick and easy. Neither side had to be convinced of anything, and from the very first meeting, a strong relationship was established between us. Bob Wright, Chairman of the Board of NBC, and Jeff Zucker, President of NBC Entertainment are the best people in the business.They put a lot of work into promoting the show and have been rewarded with rave reviews and better ratings than any other new show this season. I know that this seems like a typical exaggeration for show business, but, nevertheless, everything is true.
When I got used to the extra time a little bit, it became extremely easy to work on the show, because, in essence, what I do during the program is the same as what I do in life: I hire people, I hire them. I am firing and I am trying to keep the work going.
One of my favorite elements of this show was the spectacular appearances (from limousines or airplanes) and disappearances (to the company’s boardroom). It’s always a pleasure to be a CEO, but being a “CEO” on a nationwide program is a hundred times more pleasant. I also enjoyed attracting outside stars like George Steinbrenner and Donnie Deutsch, the best advertiser in the industry, and of course Regis.
When we announced our program in the press, on one of the most popular job sites in recent memory, the reaction was immediate and incredibly powerful.During the first week, 86,000 people visited our page. Over 70,000 CVs were submitted, the very first from Hamburg, Germany. The total was 215,000 before we just stopped counting. This was probably the biggest influx of applicants in business history.
Luckily, Mark and his team knew what they were doing. After reviewing the twelve-page resumes and videotapes that would-be contestants had to send, ten casting directors and five deputy directors continued to study the materials, selecting only those who were considered serious applicants.
The selection process was comprehensive and rigorous. In a spirit of fairness, the program’s creators conducted open interviews in ten major US cities. Tens of thousands of people came to them. In New York, in front of the Trump Tower, they stood for hours in the pouring rain to get a couple of seconds to consider their candidacy. Of course, most of them did not pass, but they all have the necessary qualities to succeed if they had the courage to take such a step.
Their enthusiasm also piqued my desire to participate in this show.
And at the same time, he just stunned me. I thought to myself, “And all these people want to work for me?” It was monstrously flattering. But, by the way, I doubt that the applicants understood what they might doomed themselves to. From the gossip that was circulating in my office, one of the most difficult days I heard that my employees gave the participants of the program The Apprentice , who did not achieve the coveted prize, the name “Fifteen Lucky People”.
Selection for The Apprentice in August 2003.I salute these daredevils gathered outside Trump Tower.
Even before filming began, there were some funny moments. Mark Burnett brought his loving father, Archibald, to meet me. After the meeting, the old man remarked: “Live you are much prettier than I thought. Probably, you don’t do well in photographs. Well, good luck with the program. ” Mark immediately intervened, explaining that his father was from Scotland and suffered from excessive directness. And I liked him terribly.
Mark is one of those people who are pleasant to have around – the British version of the Green Beret.He is absolutely fearless and has tremendous positive energy, which, in my opinion, is the perfect combination for a good leader. We are both big fans of Neil Young, so one day I took him to a concert at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and introduced him backstage. Then we went to Naomi Campbell’s party in New York.
Introducing Mark to others, I always tried to mention the Survivor program, but later realized that sometimes the interlocutors met such a recommendation with rather embarrassed looks, especially when I introduced him to the winner of a poker tournament from China, whom we met at Taj Mahal.It took me a few seconds to realize that the Survivor program is probably not being shown in China. The winner of the poker tournament probably thought Mark was a survivor of cancer or some other illness and didn’t know what to say.
When the film crew first appeared at Trump Tower, they caused a bit of a stir. Our usual routine was disrupted by their mere presence. It was strange to see these cameras all around. But after a couple of weeks, they also turned into a routine.Jay Binstock and Kevin Harris, Mark’s two producers, have become simply integral parts of our organization. NBC executive Jim Dowd visited us with enviable regularity. It got to the point where we began to feel that something was wrong when they weren’t around. They never interfered with our work, and we even missed them when the shooting ended.
Unlike a scripted movie or TV show, The Apprentice you saw on NBC was very much like what actually happened behind the scenes.This is the point of making what is happening behind the scenes in front of your eyes. I can hear you object: “But we know that the boardroom was filmed in the set, and not at all in your boardroom.” It is, but the only reason we built another meeting room is because my own is constantly in use, and if there were a film crew hanging out every week for many months, it would disrupt the work of my company. Therefore, we built a replica of it on the fourth floor of Trump Tower.The reception room was reproduced there, because the movement of the sixteen “apprentices” and the television group would have disturbed my staff and guests, and some of them might not have expected an unexpected close-up.
The set was built right in Trump Tower so I could take the elevator and be there in less than two minutes. My usual business schedule is rather hectic, so the constant travel to the set “on the side” could cause problems. Using the space that we had right in my building turned out to be a great solution.
Living quarters for the sixteen applicants were also built on the fourth floor, and the equipment needed for filming was located there. It was an amazing world: with recording rooms, technical backrooms, lighting fixtures, cameras, and what seemed like just miles of cable. The first time I saw all this, I realized the true scale of the preparation that was required to organize this show, during which the designers, setters, technicians, assistants, producers and directors worked like crazy.Up to 28 cameras could be simultaneously turned on at any point. It was a large-scale operation.
The day after I saw all this, I suddenly mentally slowed down. What if the show turns out to be a dummy? All this work, all this energy … Well, then it just has to work out. And I was determined to do everything in my power to make the program a success.
It was a little reassuring that I didn’t have to play. This comforted me. Mark Burnett said that my value for the show is precisely that I will play myself.Is there such a thing as “playing yourself”? I don’t know, but I try not to think about it. I am just me.
I didn’t have to read scripts or memorize any words. Although I have an exceptional memory, I just didn’t have time for it. Mark informed me weekly about new tasks for the contestants, and we just danced from it. I liked the spontaneity of the process, because in ordinary business life we do not rehearse scenes several times. What happens happens.
What happened in the boardroom and in any other room was not in the least fabricated. And if the events seem dramatic or dramatic, it is because the business is actually full of drama. There is no boredom in it, no passivity – even for the viewer.
Feeling the desire and anticipation of the sixteen final contenders was a great stimulus in itself. I never used the term “contestants” when talking about them, because it was not a game.People who think of their work as a game are not the people I would like to see next to me. Many of the applicants have already taken quite successful positions in their business, so they participated in this venture not only for the prize money. We made sure that they all want to learn something not only after the victory, but also during the filming. This also led to the fact that all applicants were the winners, regardless of the actual result of their participation. What other reality show can boast that everyone is a winner? This is another reason why The Apprentice seemed so attractive to me.This situation was useful for everyone, which means that there will be no losers in it. Just the way I like it.
I know what you are thinking: “However, you fired fifteen people!” Yes, but look what they had to do. See what they could see. See what they’ve learned.
All the tasks that were posed to my potential “apprentices” required some kind of negotiation skills. I was particularly interested in how the applicants were solving the problem of saving the maximum amount when buying the list of goods that we asked them to purchase.Prices ranged from $ 10 to $ 550. The most expensive item to bargain on was a luxury golf club, a Callaway driver. The winning team focused on her. The losers spent their time buying gold, a commodity with a relatively fixed price. The winning team learned one of the essential rules of negotiation and business: if you succeed in a big one, there is no need to waste your time on trifles.
Sixteen applicants quickly became the people I fell in love with and began to care for, like a good boss takes care of his employees.They were all personalities – energetic, intelligent and highly competent. Firing any of them was not easy for me.
Heidi Bressler , age 30, chief accountant from Philadelphia, PA. Heidi is a strong personality, and she always remembered the ultimate goal when solving specific problems. I used my accounting experience to my advantage, and he helped her keep the balance she needed.
Jason Curis , 24, is a real estate entrepreneur based in Detroit, Michigan.Jason knows a lot and knows how, but he is still young and prone to haste. For those of you who missed this part: Jason cut me off in a half-phrase in the boardroom. You should never interrupt your boss during a meeting. A client should never be interrupted during a meeting with him. But Jason will continue his studies and achieve a lot.
Katrina Campin , 24, is a real estate broker based in Coral Gables, Florida. Katrina is already a well-established broker, which is very different from the position of the president of the company.It seems to me that her further implementation will take place in her own line of business, perhaps she will become an independent entrepreneur. She will succeed.
David Gould , 31, drug venture capitalist, New York City. David has an exceptional level of education, he has two degrees at once – an MBA and a MD, but his business skills are still rather weak. He surprised me in the very first episode when he said that selling is not one of his strengths.Why tell yourself what you don’t know how? He was the first person I fired.
Jesse Conners, 21, owner of a chiropractic marketing and management company based in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Jesse was an interesting mixture of sophistication and naivety. She competed as a very experienced player, and then set herself up, agreeing to endure unjustified insults from her colleague. If you want to be successful in business, you need to be able to hit back.But because of this, Jesse should not be underestimated.
Bowie Hogg , 25, FedEx chief accountant based in Dallas, Texas. Bowie’s determination was strong, but when it came to sales, he was unprepared. He has learned a lot and I believe he will be successful in his career.
Christie Frank , 30, is a real estate broker and restaurant owner in Bel Air, California. Christie knows a lot about the real estate world through her experience, but her inability to stand up for herself has shown her lack of focus on an immediate goal.She will help herself if she can learn to concentrate better.
Kuame Jackson , 29, is a Harvard MBA and Investment Manager at Goldman Sachs from New York. He is clear and collected and will do whatever it takes to be successful. Kuame surprised those around him a lot when he started signing basketballs at Planet Hollywood, as if inspiring customers that he was a celebrity. Was his behavior unethical? When you’re desperate, sometimes you have to push your luck.Kuame was a member of the hopelessly losing team. His decision can be condemned, but I do not think that he crossed the line: he tried to support his teammates.
Emmy Henry , 30, is a manager of a high-tech company in Austin, Texas that invested millions of dollars in stocks and lost everything when the electronic business crashed. Emmy is exceptionally smart and has an amazing attitude, including working in a team. I think that circumstances cannot break her and she will achieve perfection.
Troy McClain , 32, is a secured real estate lender with an insurance company and a home developer in Boise, Idaho. Troy is both an optimist and a realist. It’s a great combination and I expect great things from him. Plus, you have to be a truly brave man to let your feet get waxed. It showed me how much he really wants the job.
Tammy Lee , 36, is a stock broker at Merrill Lynch in Seattle, Washington.Experience gives Tammy a realistic view of the world. She is able to stand up for herself and is always mindful of her goals. Inner strength is her main positive quality that will help her in her future career.
Bill Rancich , 32, founder of cigarsaroundtheworld.com, which he started in his Chicago, Illinois apartment, and turned into a multimillion dollar business. Bill is a great guy with a good future, and he has already demonstrated his entrepreneurial qualities.Cautious when thinking, takes his actions seriously, and I would guarantee that Bill will always achieve his goal.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth , 29, is a political consultant based in Washington DC, worked in the Clinton-Gore administration. Like Madonna, the first name is enough for her. Omarosa is the best speaker in the group. She is full of enthusiasm and self-confidence, which will only benefit her. If she had worked with Gore during his presidential campaign, he would have won.
Sam Soloway , 27, co-founder of an online publishing house in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It only lasted until the third episode, but even that seemed like an eternity to some viewers. Sam was the most wondrous repulsive character on television after Howard Cosell. People like him either bring the company down to dust, in smoke and flames, or create IBM. It seems to me that he has a lot of talent, and if he learns to use it correctly, he will be able to accomplish a lot.I can’t believe he proposed on the TV screen. His wife-to-be looks great, but Sam forgot to sign the marriage contract and I hope he never needs it.
Erica Vitrini , 27, Global Marketing Manager at Clinique, acquired her business skills while working at a family-owned pizzeria in New York City. Erica has an amazing mood and good stamina. She is not afraid to voice her opinion, which is very important.
Nick Warnock , 27, is a Xerox salesperson who started an Italian ice cream business in Bayonne, New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles.Nick is a quick-witted guy who tries to accommodate all the options. He is hardworking, but he should be more attentive to what is happening around him. Perseverance will help him achieve what he wants.
They were all good, even Sam. But I found it especially interesting the constantly changing dynamics of the group and the interaction of players, with fickle alliances and coalitions. It is on this principle that joint ventures in business operate.
As everyone could see, at first women prevailed over men, and this made many people think: are women really stronger in business? It seems to me that we are on an equal footing, except for one thing: it is still more difficult for women to make their way, and they know about it.Therefore, they do everything that they have to, just to do their job, and sometimes – without undue shyness.
A lot of people were surprised when I decided to lecture women about how they use their sex appeal. They used it quite successfully at first, but I knew it wouldn’t always be that way. Now it works, and then – unexpectedly – it doesn’t, and I would not want them to fall into this trap.
All the women on The Apprentice have flirted with me – knowingly or unknowingly.But this was only to be expected. Between people, unless they are completely devoid of sexuality, sexual fluids and currents are constantly at work.
As a result of the program The Apprentice , some of my dear colleagues became stars of the TV screen. George Ross and Caroline Kepcher joined me in the boardroom every week. They did the same for the program that they did for me every day: they paid attention to the details, without losing sight of the big picture, and they gave me great advice.When I told them that I wanted them to be on the show with me, without any scripts or rehearsals, they approached it like another work assignment, with impeccable professionalism and exceptional attention, and that is why they looked quite natural on screen.
At Planet Hollywood in Times Square with George Ross and Caroline Kepcher.
I chose Caroline, Executive Vice President and CEO of one of my largest businesses, because she has shown unexpected talent over the years.George, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor, is a shrewd and courageous man with great brains, and he will not tolerate obvious nonsense from anyone in the world.
My assistants Rona Graf and Robin Himmler also regularly participated in the program, and even though they have extremely intense work, you cannot but agree that they do not show the slightest tension on the screen. My executives – Allen Weisselberg, Charlie Reiss, Norma Förderer and Tom Downing – also appeared on TV, and Bernie Diamond was shot four times in camera.When I had to make an important decision to hire an employee, these people were always by my side, so it was only natural for me to involve them when choosing my “apprentice”.
The only person whom I had to persuade for a long time to appear in the program was my main assistant Norma Förderer. She prefers to be a kind of “gray eminence” and does not like to be in the spotlight, but in the end I managed to convince even her.
I have been asked to what extent the success of The Apprentice will matter to my business.The payment that I received for the shooting day, although very solid, naturally did not really matter to me. She was not close to lying next to the one that the stars of the series Friends get for their work. The real value was in the free advertising and publicity that The Trump Organization gained through the program. It’s hard to put it in monetary terms. Before The Apprentice my name on the house was worth $ X million. And that cost has definitely not gotten any lower.I was told that program The Apprentice has the highest rating for a live businessman show in television history. When TV viewers think about doing business in America, many of them will now imagine The Trump Organization.
We are all already hard at work on our second season, which will premiere in the fall of 2004. For those of you interested in signing up and winning, here are four essential qualities I would like to see in my journeyman:
1.Outstanding personality. Someone who can make everyone feel comfortable. Whether you are selling, buying, negotiating, analyzing the market, or managing production, it may be the most essential trait for success. You must be able to connect with the people you meet – every day and every hour.
2. Brains. Not only bookish scholarship, but also “street” ingenuity. Properly applied, this combination creates winners.
3. Ability to be creative. The ability to look beyond the boundaries of the obvious, to think unpredictably and with inspiration, to find connections where others cannot see them. This quality is perhaps the most difficult to cultivate in oneself, it either exists or it does not. But you can be talented in different things. For example, Jeff Zucker is a talented TV channel director. Derek Jeter is a talented receiving player. If they swapped jobs, they might not have turned out to be so talented in the new place.
4. Loyalty and trust. Absolutely essential traits. Unlike talent and brains, any person can have these qualities, so if you do not have them, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Let’s say that you are chosen out of hundreds of thousands of applicants. Let’s say you actually won. You became famous for 15 minutes (maybe longer) and got a year’s work at The Trump Organization with a salary of $ 250,000.
So what’s next?
I titled my book How To Become Rich because when I meet people, the answer is usually the one they want the most to know.I hope by reading these pages you have got an idea of what it takes and how you should live in order to be most likely to achieve this result. Unless you win the lottery and break the bank at one of my casinos, you won’t be rich by luck alone. It takes a lot of work, and I’ve tried to show you exactly how.
My ideal goals are success and influence in society. It costs a lot of money. It’s good when you get paid.In most cases this is absolutely necessary and is a logical step towards success, but it is definitely not the only one. I didn’t run The Apprentice for the money, although it ended up making a lot of money.
It is very nice to feel like someone who can change something in this world, and this is exactly what I meant by “success and influence.”
I hope you become rich. I hope that you will use your talent to change for the better at least the immediate world around you.
Whatever your profession, this is your job.
Get started now.
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