TICKETS ON SALE: "Red Tails" @ ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena & Yard House Dinner

  • January 21, 2012 · 2:30 PM
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Please join the Fanatics and our sister group, SoCal African American Cinema Connection for a matinee screening on January 21 at ArcLight Cinemas Pasadena of "Red Tails" (FaceBook / Sound Track /YouTube / Twitter).   We'll meet inside ArcLight Cafe at 2:30 pm before walking over to auditorium at 2:45 pm for 2:55 pm showtime.  Tickets can be purchased online or through iPhone app.  Please update your RSVP with seat number and whether you're joining us for dinner at Yard House after the movie.


Plot Summary: 1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once – one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base - leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills - while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings.

Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight - a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses - Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy – and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.

Cast:  Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Jazmine Sullivan, Edwina Finley, Daniela Ruah, Stacie Davis, Gerald McRaney

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Due to anticipated size of group and to expedite ordering and settling our food bill, post-movie chat and pre-set dining menu at 5:30 pm at Yard House.  We'll walk over to restaurant AFTER MOVIE CREDITS STOP ROLLING.  

Look for @SoCalMovieFans to check in on FourSquare and Twitter.   

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  • BustAGroove

    Thanks to everyone who came out to support this film and SCMF. Hoping to see more smiling faces at other Meetup events. I appreciate that George Lucas had vision and tenacity to see this movie get made and distributed on wide-scale. I'm hoping that if studios green light sequels, that dialog will improve. I felt that Lightning's character was important to the movie because he was one of the few that rocked the boat about racial inequalities in the USA and in the military. I was more impressed with Howard's acting than Gooding's.

    January 22, 2012

  • BustAGroove

    Yard House's service below par, ordered appetizers but server said none were ordered (manager offered our table complimentary dessert), food was delicious but lukewarm, although we pre-arranged with Yard House special event coordinator that server would split bill, we got one bill. Had difficulty communicating amongst group and waitstaff because music was blazingly loud.

    January 22, 2012

  • BustAGroove

    @Gary: I've added you to the Yard House dinner count.

    January 21, 2012

  • BustAGroove

    Contact information sent to "YES" RSVPs at 3:52 pm.

    January 20, 2012

  • BustAGroove

    I'm giving Yard House the FINAL HEADCOUNT on 01/21/12 at 12:30 PM. So, those that don't update RSVP that want to join us for dinner are taking chance that Yard House won't be able to add-on additional seating.

    January 19, 2012

  • BustAGroove

    @YES RSVPs FOR DINNER: We won't order from a pre-set menu. Restaurant is unable to provide us individual dinner checks or more than one credit card per dining check. We'll receive 1 dining check for every 3 people in group. Please bring C-A-S-H to settle your portion.

    January 18, 2012

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