Movie About the Armenian Genocide Opens This Weekend

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The Promise, which chronicles the Armenian Genocide and stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, opens this weekend in Boston area cinemas. 

The movie is set in the last days of the Ottoman Empire just before World War I. Bale is an American war correspondent and Isaac is an Armenian apothecary.

The movie’s reviews on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes have not been great, but producers believe there is an organized effort by those who deny the Armenian Genocide to give the movie low marks, according to CBS News.

Bale told CBS that efforts to make the film had been stopped due to influence from Turkey, but it was bankrolled by the late Armenian-American businessman Kirk Kerkorian invested $100 million before he died in 2015.

The Promise is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours 14 minutes. It is playing locally at the West Newtown Cinema, the Capitol Theatre in Arlington, Apple Cinemas in at Cambridge’s Fresh Pond, Showcase SuperLux at The Street in Chestnut Hill, Regal Fenway, AMC Loews Boston Common and AMC Assembly Row. For show times and more theaters click here.

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