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Movie Review: ‘Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ amps up a true-tale WWII heist

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The latest Guy Ritchie flick “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” has a spine of true story to it, even if it does all it can to amplify a long-declassified World War II tale with enough dead Nazis to make “Inglourious Basterds” blush.

The result is a jauntily entertaining film but also an awkward fusion. Ritchie’s film, which opens in theaters Friday, takes the increasingly prolific director’s fondness for swaggering, exploitation-style ultraviolence and applies it to a real-life stealth mission that would have been thrilling enough if it had been told with a little historical accuracy.

In 2016, documents were declassified that detailed Operation Postmaster, during which a small group of British special operatives sailed to the West African island of Fernando Po, then a Spanish colony, in the Gulf of Guinea. Spain was then neutral in the war, which made the Churchill-approved gambit audacious. In January 1942, they snuck into the port and sailed off with several ships — including the Italian merchant vessel Duchessa d’Aosta — that were potentially being used in Atlantic warfare.

Sounds like a pretty good movie, right? The story even features James Bond author Ian Fleming, giving it more than enough grist for a WWII whopper. “Operation Postmaster” makes for a better title, too, than the ungainly “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” Ritchie, however, already has an operation — last year’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” — in his filmography.

Ritchie, who turned Sherlock Holmes into a bulked-up action star, has always preferred to beef up his movies. It’s a less-noted side effect of the superhero era that regular ol’ heroes have been supersized, too, as if human-sized endeavors aren’t quite enough anymore. And “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,” in which a handful of operatives kill approximately a thousand Nazis, has a fine, brawny duo in Henry Cavill and Alan Ritchson.

In the movie’s opening scene, they’re relaxing on a small ship in the Atlantic when Germans rush aboard. After a few laughs and a Nazi monologue that plays like a poor man’s version of Christoph Waltz’s masterful oration in “Inglourious Basterds,” the duo makes quick mincemeat of them, leaving blood splattered across the henley shirt of Anders Lassen (Ritchson, a charming standout).

Not much has changed in Ritchie-land, though he’s swapped tweed for skintight tees and cable-knit sweaters in a rollicking high-seas adventure. As in the director’s previous movies, everyone — and, as before, nearly all male — seems to be having a good time. Likewise, Ritchie revels in his characters’ debonair nonchalance while meting out all manner of savagery.

This image released by Lionsgate shows Eiza Gonzalez in a scene from the film "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." (Daniel Smith/Lionsgate via AP)
This image released by Lionsgate shows Eiza Gonzalez in “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” (Daniel Smith/Lionsgate via AP)

The assembled group of operatives are said to be delinquents and misfits, though they steadfastly adhere to the polite manners of past Ritchie protagonists. They may kill with bloodthirsty impunity but what really matters is upholding an old-school sense of style. When the undercover agents Marjorie Stewart (Eiza González, who silkily cuts like a knife through the film) and Mr. Heron (Babs Olusanmokun, excellent) ride a Nazi-controlled train on their way to Fernando Po, they look in disgust at the German sausages they’re served. Later, someone will say, “I hate Nazis not because they’re Nazis but because they’re so gauche.”

And in proficiently staged set pieces, Ritchie makes his own case for a bit of class. As a journeyman filmmaker now pumping out a movie a year, he’s in many ways grown to be a more complete director. He’s adept at giving the many members of his large ensemble moments to shine — including Henry Golding, Alex Pettyfer, Cary Elwes, Freddie Fox as Fleming, Til Schweiger as a barbaric Nazi and Rory Kinnear as Churchill.

And once the film — based on the nonfiction book by Damien Lewis — settles into a seedy, sunny West African setting and the nighttime heist finale, “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” proves a spirited, if grossly exaggerated diversion.

“The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare,” a Lionsgate release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association for strong violence throughout and some language. Running time: 92 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

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Stones Tour ’24 Hackney Diamonds Ridgedale, Missouri

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(May 23, 2024) – Today, The Rolling Stones have announced they will be extending the STONES TOUR ’24 HACKNEY DIAMONDS with an additional stop in Ridgedale, Missouri on July 21 at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena. Tickets are on sale Friday, May 31, 2024, at 10 a.m. local time. For ticketing information, please visit www.rollingstones.com.
Mick, Keith and Ronnie kicked off their wildly anticipated tour in Houston, Texas, last month and have brought their legendary show to cities across the United States, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, treating fans to their iconic hits and new music from their critically acclaimed new album HACKNEY DIAMONDS. The STONES TOUR ‘24 HACKNEY DIAMONDS will make stops in 12 more cities across the U.S. and Canada with stops in East Rutherford, Foxboro, Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Denver, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Santa Clara with a final stop in Ridgedale. Full tour routing is below.
Hackney Diamonds is their first studio set of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Since then, the Stones have continued to smash box office records on a series of global sell-out tours and released 2016’s GRAMMY® Award winning Blue & Lonesome, which featured their brilliant versions of many of the blues tracks that helped shape their sound and topped album charts around the world. In 2022, they thrilled European audiences totaling nearly a quarter of a million on the anniversary Sixty tour. The Rolling Stones have sold over 250 million albums worldwide.
Thunder Ridge Nature Arena — a decade in planning, development and construction with the ambition to create America’s most beautiful outdoor amphitheater — is scheduled to open this May as a one-of-a-kind immersive outdoor “musical postcard from Mother Nature.” Located in Ridgedale, Missouri, just a few miles from Branson, Thunder Ridge Nature Arena is described by its creator and visionary — noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris as a “gift of the Ozarks to the world.” It is the only venue on Earth completely dedicated to conservation.
AEG Presents’ Concerts West is the promoter of the Stones Tour ’24 Hackney Diamonds. For tickets and information, head to www.rollingstones.com.
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National Mango Board Continues Momentum into Peak Season with Disney Collaboration and ‘Taste the Joy of Mangos’ Sweepstakes*

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ORLANDO, Fla., May 20, 2024 — Get ready to make some joyful memories with mangos this summer. In celebration of Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2, the National Mango Board and Disney have teamed up for an epic sweepstakes, offering fans the chance to win tickets to the premiere of the highly anticipated film, only in theaters June 14. The sweepstakes launches May 20 and will run through May 31.
As part of the sweepstakes, the National Mango Board and Disney will give fans a chance to win a Grand Prize of two tickets to the World Premiere, which will take place in Hollywood, California. The winner will also be granted a two-night stay and coach air travel for two. Adding to the excitement, the National Mango Board is delighted to be a World Premiere Sponsor.

“We are thrilled with our collaboration celebrating Disney and Pixar’s new movie, Inside Out 2,” said Dan Spellman, Director of Marketing for the National Mango Board. “We’re excited to bring the JOY of mangos to shoppers this summer.”
Consumers can enter the sweepstakes by visiting Mango.org/inside-out and registering before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 31. No purchase is necessary to enter this sweepstakes; all that’s needed is a name and an email address. The Grand Prize winner will be selected by a random drawing in early June.
Additional components of the collaboration include point of sale displays in participating retail locations, social media content and an interactive landing page where site visitors can enjoy the movie trailer and explore mango recipes that are always fan favorites.
The collaboration launches as mangos enter peak season in-store. Packed with vitamins and fiber, mangos are a delicious and nutritious treat. To learn more about the National Mango Board, visit Mango.org.
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The National Mango Board is an agriculture promotion group supported by assessments from both domestic and imported fresh mangos. The board’s vision, for mangos to move from being an exotic fruit to a daily necessity in every U.S. household, was designed to drive awareness and consumption of mangos in the U.S. marketplace. One serving, or ¾ cup of the superfruit mango contains 70 calories, 50 percent of daily value of vitamin C, 15 percent of daily value of folate, 15 percent of daily value of copper, eight percent daily value of vitamin A, eight percent daily value of vitamin B6, seven percent of daily value of fiber and an amazing source of tropical flavor. Learn more at Mango.org.
About Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2:
Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as Headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment show up. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Kensington Tallman, Liza Lapira, Tony Hale, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Ayo Edebiri, Lilimar, Grace Lu, Sumayyah Nuriddin-Green, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paul Walter Hauser and Yvette Nicole Brown. “Inside Out 2” is directed by Kelsey Mann, produced by Mark Nielsen and executive produced by Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera and Dan Scanlon. The film features a screenplay by Meg LeFauve and Dave Holstein and story by Mann and LeFauve. With music by Andrea Datzman, the all-new feature film releases only in theaters June 14, 2024.

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Angela Omoike final walk as Mrs Florida American 2023

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Angela Omoika takes final walk as Mrs. Florida American 2023 during the 2024 Mrs. Florida America Pageants Sunday night, May 19 at the Westgate Lakes Resort in Orlando.

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