Today’s First Screening — Clint Eastwood’s “15:17 to Paris”

So here’s what we know about this one. Clint Eastwood, who had basically retired, finds a third act in his directing life with heartland America military true stories.

After “American Sniper,” he casts the real American heroes who stopped a terrorist attack in its tracks on “The 15:17 to Paris,” where U.S. soldiers on leave stopped an armed attacker from carrying out an attack on a French train.

It’s a Feb. movie. Not when Oscar contenders of potential blockbusters are released. “Ghost Rider,” sure. “Gnomeo & Juliet?” Why not?

And they’re not screening it widely. Florida has three NFL cities, two NBA cities, for instance. One showing in the entire state. Tampa.

Embargo? 9 am Thursday, 8-10 hours before the first showing.

Not exactly ringing votes of confidence. But we’ll see. Good story, good director, it could surprise. And reach an audience outside of its elderly Fox News target demo.


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