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Movie Review: “The Fabelmans” Brings out Michelle Williams Best Performance Yet

We already knew that Steven Spielberg hadn’t lost his touch after his remarkable remake of “West Side Story”. But in his newest drama, “The Fabelmans”, he pulls from his own personal experience as he digs at the family roots that helped shape him into the iconic filmmaker.

If I am being completely honest, as a little kid, the only director I knew of was Spielberg. His films are such a huge part of my upbringing. I don’t think I even understood completely what a director did until I put a face to the creator of “E.T.” and “Jaws”. As we all know, he has an amazing resume of monumental films. So, to get a chance to peep into what started his craft and an insight into his family, is a true honor.

In “The Fabelmans”, we follow Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) from a young boy through college as he navigates family drama while chasing his dream of making movies. Without giving too much away, the biggest drama stems from Sammy’s mother, Mitzi (Michelle Williams). She’s naturally the more melodramatic member of the family. She’s an artist/pianist who encourages Sammy to embrace his creativity. Her children adore her free-spirited, performative behavior, while also admiring their father’s (Paul Dano) intelligence. They actually come off as the perfect family, until Sammy takes a closer look through his lens and sees flaws in his parents’ marriage. This and other trials and tribulations will prove to mold Sammy into a stronger man and help him find solace in his films.

The story is told through fantastic performances by the entire cast.  The standout is LaBelle, who I expect we will be seeing plenty more of after such an authentic and vulnerable portrayal of the young director. And easily one of the best performances of the year, Williams as Mitzi. Your feelings about her may be conflicting at first, but by the end, she’s the one you won’t be able to stop thinking about. Such a layered character we have the pleasure of diving into. Mitzi is a loving, and at times erratic mother whose behavior is “unique”. However, she’s absolutely mesmerizing. Williams deserves an obvious nomination, if not a win for this role.

Now, I may sound like a broken record with this one negative, but the film could have been about 30 minutes shorter and been just as effective. However, the characters are engaging enough to distract you from the runtime.

“The Fabelmans” serves as an ode to the power of filmmaking. Movies have the ability to make people feel what you want them to, and through that you can ignite emotions of laughter, fear, joy, love, and so much more. Spielberg was gifting us with his movie-magic, while also using his art as a therapeutic escape. “The Fabelmans” is a rare gem for movie buffs and an enjoyable film for the whole family.

Rating: A-

Studio Movie Grill Chisholm Trail is Reopens!



WHAT: Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is reopening its newest flagship theater and first in Fort Worth, TX, to welcome movie-goers for what is expected to be a groundbreaking weekend at the box office. Spider-Man: No Way Home, only in theaters, will find a home at SMG with 7 newly added showtimes to be featured at SMG Chisholm Trail for opening weekend.

WHEN: Beginning December 17, 2021, be one of the first to visit the tenth location in Texas, SMG Chisholm Trail, and see the film everyone is talking about in a brand-new house that everyone will be talking about!

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• Level up your experience with SMG’s new non-alcoholic fun featured drink for December, “Spider Bite”, inspired by Spider-Man: No Way Home. Only $1 extra with a kids meal and $5 if purchased individually

WHERE: The Shops at Chisholm Trail Ranch | 5413 Sierra Springs Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76123 Located in The Shops at Chisholm Trail Ranch, a major retail development housing more than 200,000 square feet of stores in a rapidly growing area southeast of the Chisholm Trail Parkway and McPherson Boulevard intersection in southwest Fort Worth.

About Studio Movie Grill: Conceived in 1993, Studio Movie Grill (“SMG”) modernized the traditional movie-going experience by combining first run movies with full-service, in-theater dining and now has 226 screens in 7 states. SMG was named to Inc. Magazine’s List of “Fastest Growing Private Companies” three years in a row, placed 13th in Box Office Magazine’s Giants of the Industry in 2020, and, in prior years, 50 films put SMG in the top 10 at the Box Office with key titles grossing as high as #5 in box office receipts. Honoring its commitment to Opening Hearts and Minds, One Story at a Time™, SMG’s legacy programs include its longtime Special Needs Screenings, which strive to help families. In June 2018, SMG created a unique loyalty program, SMG Access which, as loyal guests earn rewards, has allowed them to join SMG in offering movies and meals to underserved community members. To date, this program has earned over 44,000 movies and meals. For additional information, visit

Historic ‘Vikings’ and ‘Pompeii,’ Exhibitions from the British Museum Come to U.S. Movie Theaters

Fathom Events and More2Screen Team Again to Offer Audiences an Exclusive, Private View of Highly Acclaimed British Museum Exhibitions 

Greenwood Village, Colo. – Sept. 03, 2014 – Fathom Events and the U.K.’s More2Screen are partnering to present two extraordinary cinematic experiences from the British Museum in London that shine a bright light on two cultures – Viking and Roman – that have had a profound impact on western civilization. Anyone with a passion for history, culture or forces in the modern world will be fascinated by the Museum’s Vikingsfrom the British Museum” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. local time, and Pompeii from the British Museum” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. local time. Both events, which will be shown two weeks apart and for only one night each,  provide an inside look into  the two most acclaimed exhibitions of the British Museum’s 2013 and 2014 seasons.

“Vikings from the British Museum” – the Museum’s first major exhibition on the Vikings in more than 30 years – will focus on the core period of the Viking Age: the late 8th to the early 11th century. The “Pompeii from the British Museum” exhibition was the first ever held on the important cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum, and the first in London for almost 40 years.

Tickets for “Vikings from the British Museum” and “Pompeii from the British Museum” are available at participating theater box offices and online at Both events will be presented in more than 470 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcasting at the British Museum and Executive Producer of Vikings from the British Museum, said, “We are delighted that American audiences will be able to have their own private view of two of our biggest and most popular recent exhibitions, in the company of leading experts who really know their subject.  The Vikings influenced so much of our modern world and the extraordinary objects from the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum tell a haunting human story.”

“The British Museum offers an array of exquisite collections from around the world,” Fathom Events’ senior vice president Dan Diamond said. “As part of Fathom’s continued commitment to bring the finest in alternative programming to movie theaters, local communities will have the chance to experience these breathtaking exhibitions of world history and culture like never before.”

“Vikings from the British Museum” – Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. local time

This exhibition offers cinema audiences an exclusive private view of the BP-sponsored exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. Introduced by historians and broadcasters Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes, and featuring Exhibition Curator Gareth Williams and British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, this showcase  will take the viewer through the exhibition, getting up close to objects and exploring the global contacts of the Vikings –  ships and swords, burials and beliefs, language and legacy. The broadcast also explores how we are still connected to the Vikings, through our languages, our poetry, our personal and place names – even our DNA. With practical demonstrations and stunning close-up photography of Viking objects in the exhibition, this program is a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives across four continents, yes, including North America.

“Pompeii from the British Museum” – Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. local time

This encore presentation of an event first shown in 2013, will offer an exclusive private view of the British Museum’s blockbuster show Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. This special encore features an edited tour appropriate for all ages so that younger audiences can attend and enjoy this unique experience. The exhibition focuses on the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, this fascinating show takes audiences around the exhibition with insights from renowned experts who bring these extraordinary objects to life. With accompanying music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, viewers go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities