Zero Dark Thirty (5:55PM Show)

  • January 12, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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This is a movie about the details behind the hunt for and the killing Osama bin Laden.  Personally I am curious about the details of this, and I wonder how well it will play out in a movie. 

Showtime is 5:55PM, I will be at the theater by 5 and we will head in for seats by 5:30. 

In general, I arrive at the theater an hour before the show to start gathering people, and we head in for seats about 30 minutes before the show, so we can sit together.  This also allows us to take turns getting snacks, etc., before the previews start.

Although this is not opening weekend, there has been a lot of buzz about this movie and it has gotten rave reviews.   I STRONGLY recommend that everyone buy tickets in advance.  

If you miss the group ahead of time, come find us after.  We gather in the hallway outside of the theater we just saw the movie in, to discuss the film a bit, allow for restroom breaks and to get a head count of all those who would like to go out after for drinks and munchies.

$$$$Managing the after event is much easier if everyone brings cash, so please plan ahead if you want to go out with the group after.$$$

Movie Details:

Release Date: December 19, 2012 (NY, LA; wide: Jan. 11)
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Screenwriter:Mark Boal
Starring:Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language)
Official Website: 

Plot Summary: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. "Zero Dark Thirty" reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker") for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

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  • Paul K.

    I think I understand at least some of the controversy surrounding this film, regarding its factuality and, especially, with respect to its depiction of torture, and I actually went into the cinema really expecting to dislike this film. However, a short way into the film, I found much of my concern about the film's historical accuracy slipping away. Whether U.S. agents did/didn't torture people in the hunt for UBL, I thought that "Zero Dark Thirty," esp. the 1st 1/2, provided a remarkably powerful, deep, mature, thought-provoking consideration of the subject of torture in general. Beyond this, the movie had an engrossing overall story/narrative, just the right tone, rich atmospherics, and, last but not least, terrific acting, all-around, from a wonderful cast. A great piece of film-making. Socializing with group members after the movie at the Rockbottom was fun, as always. Thanks, Doreen for organizing. Again, I think you made the right call in choosing "ZDT" over "Gangster Squad."

    2 · January 13, 2013

    • Paul K.

      Yair Marcow wrote: "The courier known as Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti was, all along, exactly the person whose identity... was initially given up by the detainee Ammar following his torture at the beginning of the film." and "[T]he film also included for a time a red herring supposition...that Abu Ahmed was already dead, but the initial lead did pan out." Thanks very much for correcting my faulty memory on these important points, Yair. So, if I understand correctly one concern about the film, whether anyone (like the character "Ammar"in the movie) was ACTUALLY tortured and subsequently gave up information that helped U.S agents find Osama bin Laden matters very much, because the film sends a potentially very dangerous message: that, at least sometimes, torture is effective-torture works. Am I in the right ball-park now, or am I still out in left field? (I know I'm hopelessly mixing metaphors there. ;-p LOL)

      January 14, 2013

    • Yair M.

      Paul: Sure, glad to help. Yes, I think that you've both now correctly got the film's narrative and that you've given a reasonably fair outline of one of (the?) major critiques of the film.

      Also FWIW I belatedly discovered that IMDB has a fairly detailed synopsis of the film which, while it wouldn't help much with any of the hazier facts or arguments, should (much more reliably than I could) supplement memories of the film's clearer plot points:­ .

      January 14, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Fun movie (so to speak) and nice conversation afterwards

    January 14, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    Thought the movie was really well done. Kept my attention through out. The discussion after the movie was interesting also. Discussing not only the controversy of using torture as a method to gather intel but also sharing how we heard about and what we felt when we heard Bin Landen was dead.

    January 13, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Having seen "Zero Dark Thirty" twice this week, I MUST share what I feel is the film's most disconcerting, distracting, and perhaps illuminating revelation: John Barrowman looks a lot like Tom Cruise.

    Sorry I couldn't stay and chat, see you at the next shindig :)

    January 12, 2013

    • Yair M.

      That's not entirely a new revelation (cf. e.g. 2008's­ ) though it would likely hold up better than the film's other revelations under Senate scrutiny.

      January 12, 2013

    • Mike M.

      By my calculations, the Barrowman/Cruise revelation stetches back to 2002, with the so-bad-it's-good classic "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon", wherein Barrowman unveils his master plan to become budget Tom-Cruise-cum-Mark-Harm­on (cf. e.g. Bobby Costanzo's early 90's run at the budget Danny DeVito market) :P­

      1 · January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't rsvp because I thought I'd be out of town today, but I'm here. Can I still go?

    January 12, 2013

    • cbb

      Same case here...

      January 12, 2013

    • Dave

      Here is a link to a discussion on how accurate the film is

      January 10, 2013

  • Nancy

    Armin, I see a showing at AMC on Saturday ... Where are you looking?

    January 9, 2013

    • Armin F.

      Hmmm, this is weird, I checked like 3-4 times yesterday and was puzzled why there was a showing in Somerville and none in Boston. Well great to know then...will see at the movies. Sorry about any confusion I might have caused.

      January 9, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    I see there are some people in the group who seemed a little anxious about the movie outing. First, there WILL be an event at the AMC Lowes this weekend. We are going to see the 5:55PM show. Be aware that this movie is 2hrs 37minutes previews. So I selected an earlier show so we can still have an after event. Second, the AMC Lowes only pre-releases a few moive times prior to the Wednesday before the weekend, usually for newer movies, and even then not all the available times are listed. Occasionally when a huge new movie is opening, they will offer tickets in advance and if that happens I will notify the group.

    Third, though this is not the opening weekend for this film. There has been rave reviews and lots of buzz so I still STRONGLY advise you to go to Fandango and buy your tickets ahead of time.

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Armin F.

    Hi, this may have been brought up by other members already but it seems that there is no showing at the AMC. There is however a showing in Somerville...

    January 8, 2013

  • Pamela B.

    Have tickets been bought in advance n are they gone...or can I get one at box office ...anyone know?

    January 6, 2013

    • Doreen C.

      As far as I can tell, they have not finalized the schedule for next weekend yet. When they do, they will be available on line. I will check on them and announce to the group when they do come out

      January 7, 2013

  • Ellen B.

    I'm glad for the date change. Now I'll have time to read the book written by one member of the Seal team.

    December 19, 2012

    • Dave

      I read that book in 48 hours. It's great. If you like that, I recommend going on youtube and watching a documentary called Class 234

      January 6, 2013

  • Milagros R.

    Hi i am new to the group and just wanted to introduce myself. I hope the movie outing is still on.

    January 6, 2013

  • Jessy W.

    FYI, this is actually opening in Boston this coming Friday. Showtimes are listed on Fandango for Saturday on Boston Common are 12:10, 3:45, 7:20, and 11:00.

    January 2, 2013

    • Doreen C.

      I notied that. They keep changing release dates on this one. But I am booked this weekend, so I am going to keep it as is.

      1 · January 2, 2013

  • Dave

    THanks for posting. The last seal movie rocked

    November 28, 2012

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