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Hell or High Water: Movie Review
Action, adventure and an entertaining crime caper.
|It’s West Texas. Small towns, dirt roads, dirtier cars and well-traveled criminals. Meet the Howard brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster); they’re about to rob a bank. Hell or High Water is a thrillingly good story. Part crime drama, part family relations, part heist movie merged into a film that is pure good story-telling and mesmerizing filmmaking.||2016 |
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Screenplay by: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
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War Dogs: Movie Review
Balances the true story with comedy.
|War Dogs starts cynical. War is not about freedom or whatever other noble pursuit the government is using the media to sell the public on; it’s about money. A movie about war, weapons dealings, illegal actions and shady government contracts isn’t necessarily a comedy. But combine that with two pot-smoking, wise-cracking idiots, and you’ve got War Dogs – a comedy. It balance its cynical message and extreme story by always staying on the right side of funny.||2016 |
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Screenplay by: Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic
Starring: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill
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Indignation: Movie Review
Interesting, fascinating and entertaining story of love, death and beliefs.
|Indignation is a story of love, death and faith. It’s a story of college experiences, the Korean War and determination. And it’s told with an eye for detail, and an ear for dialogue, and told through a lead character who is simultaneously completely confident with who he is, and completely unsure what he’s supposed to do. It’s fascinating to watch unfold, even if it never goes far, and it’s almost always entertaining.||2016 |
Directed by: James Schamus
Screenplay by: James Schamus
Based on the novel by Philip Roth
Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon and Tracy Letts
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Café Society: Movie Review
A clash of secrets and affairs in two different worlds.
|Café Society presents a new style of Woody Allen film. Stylistically it’s perhaps similar to Magic in the Moonlight – romance in the air even if everything else isn’t quite clicking. Thematically it’s very similar to almost every Woody Allen movie – romantic idealism, romantic idealism within a comedy of errors, murder, and belief that another city or another time period is better than the one you’re currently living in. But narratively, it’s unlike any story Allen has told before.||2016 |
Directed by: Woody Allen
Screenplay by: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart
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Bad Moms: Movie Review
Lessons on bad moms with some comedy and a lot of exaggerated simplicity.
|Bad Moms is like one of those ideas that is both good and bad. A part of me feels like we’ve been given this lesson - that being a mother is hard and the dangers of modern perfectionism can destroy children and parents alike – a hundred times before, but upon reflection, perhaps we haven’t. And if they want to impart that lesson with some hard-core partying, then maybe it isn’t all bad.||2016 |
Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Screenplay by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell
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Nerve: Movie Review
A gripping game of dare gets a little out of hand.
|The premise of Nerve could have gone very wrong very quickly. But it doesn't matter that the game isn't real because the characters are real and very well established. Very swiftly the audience is immersed in this relatable but still exciting teenage world that definitely fits the movie. That's the first two acts. The third act bites off more than it can chew and attempts to undo the better elements already established. But at least it's still fun and interesting.||2016 |
Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Screenplay by: Jessica Sharzer
Based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan
Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: Movie Review
An idiotic plan leads to some screaming, some comedy and some heart.
|Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is, appropriately enough, as advertised. It’s a comedy, an immature comedy, a dirty comedy, and follows the title’s plot that Mike and Dave need to find dates for their sister’s wedding and surprisingly (unsurprisingly) things don’t go as planned. It’s also reasonably funny. Over-the-top in many places, but for the most part it finds the somewhat funny side of each situation.||2016 |
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Screenplay by: Andrew Jay Cohen, and Brendan O'Brien
Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine
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Now You See Me 2: Movie Review
Bigger, bolder nonsense that is just as fun.
|With the original Now You See Me ending with a twist so spectacularly absurd that it goes from improbable to ludicrous rendering the entire film a farce, it seems a sequel is just gratuitous. Perhaps they know that; the first one did make decent money after all. But their task here is much harder, they have to go bigger, bolder, and more ridiculous than the first time around. Surprisingly, they did that without making it worse.||2016 |
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Screenplay by: Ed Soloman
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Rufffalo
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Movie Review
The female-side of war told in an entertaining and fascinating character study.
|A movie about a female journalist covering the war in Afghanistan doesn’t exactly scream comedy, and getting the audience to accept that it is, is probably Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’s only misstep. The goal was to tell the female side of the story which is rarely its own subject. And that’s exactly what connected me to this movie, even if I wasn’t entirely enthralled by some its comedic details.||2016 |
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Screenplay by: Robert Carlock
Based on book by Kim Barker
Starring: Tina Fey
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