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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:42 PM

Rock the Kasbah - Misguided wartime comedy from director Barry Levinson. Bill Murray stars as Richie Lanz, a has-been music artist manager struggling to pay the bills. When he gets an offer to escort one of his clients, singer Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), to a USO gig in Afghanistan, he can't pass up the money. But things don't work out as planned, and Richie finds himself mixed up with crass American arms dealers Jake (Scott Caan) and Nick (Danny McBride), scary private military contractor Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis), a hooker with a flair for costumes (Kate Hudson), and young Pashtun woman Salima (Leem Lubany) who wants to be a singing star, despite the fact that she'll likely be killed for trying to perform in public. Also featuring Taylor Kinney, Glenn Fleshler, and Fahim Fazli.

 

American culture clashing with traditional Afghan conservatism is the crux of this story, with side dishes of Western exploitation and loser's redemption. Murray gives it his all, but the script just isn't there, and most of his memorable dialogue seems improvised. Hudson has a fluctuating accent but looks good in her outfits, while Lubany has a nice voice (if it's really her's on the soundtrack). Willis gets to look tough, but he's getting a bit long in the tooth to keep going for the macho shtick. He was always better when he was subverting that archetype, anyway. By the time the story begins to heavily focus on the Afghani version of American Idol, you realize that Levinson and screenwriter Mitch Glazer didn't have anywhere interesting to take this story, and the many flailing story threads that could have led to something more in depth are left drifting in the desert wind.    5/10

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:41 PM

Project Almanac - Teen "found footage" science fiction romance. Brilliant high school senior David Raskin (Jonny Weston) discovers a strange device buried in the basement floor of his deceased father's laboratory. Along with his equally smart classmates Quinn (Sam Lerner) and Adam (Allen Evangelista) and David's younger sister Christina (Virginia Gardner), David unlocks the workings of the machine, which proves to be a time machine. The foursome, joined by Jessie (Sofia Black-D'Elia), who David has a crush on, start traveling back in time, a few hours at first, and gradually further and further. They use their magnificent machine to achieve high schooler dreams, like winning the lottery and buying expensive cars, clothes, and toys; getting revenge on teachers and bullies; and manufacturing romantic moments. But they soon start to realize that their innocent actions are having a dire ripple effect. Also featuring Amy Landecker, Gary Weeks, Michelle DeFraites, and Gary Grubbs.

 

This is innocuous kid stuff, with just enough scattered cursing and banal romance to placate the 13-17 crowd. The filmmakers don't get too outlandish, or original, with their premise, and there's really no suspense or surprises, especially to those versed in time travel stories. The cast is blandly pretty and adequate, while the annoying found footage format allows for little in the way of directorial flair.   5/10

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:59 PM

Pound of Flesh - Cheap action flick starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Deacon Lyle, a highly trained expert in rescuing kidnapped people around the world. When he gets summoned to Manila to meet with his brother George (John Ralston) about his sick niece, Deacon runs across a shady gang of organ thieves who drug him and steal his kidney. When Deacon recovers (about 2 hours after surgery), he sets out to find the kidney thieves and get revenge. Also featuring Aki Aleong, Charlotte Peters, and Darren Shahlavi. Some of the action scenes are well choreographed, but the script is dreadful, and the production looks very low-rent, with tons of obvious green-screen work. Van Damme shows of his 55-year-old physique with protracted nude scenes, and despite the ludicrous nature of him doing so hours after major surgery, he also does most of his fight scenes, unlike contemporary Steven Seagal, although I think they cast Van Damme's double in a separate role earlier in the film, which makes him easier to spot later on when he's supposed to be Jean-Claude. This was a Canadian film, set in the Philippines, and shot in and co-financed by China. At one point, Van Damme beats a woman with a bible.   4/10

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:55 PM

Pixels - An overload of Gen-X nostalgia in this science fiction comedy starring Adam Sandler as Brenner. 30 years ago Brenner had been an arcade video game champion, even competing in the world championships, but losing to Eddie the "Fire Blaster". Now, as a grown man, Brenner is a lowly home electronics installer. His childhood friend Chewy (Kevin James) has improbably become the US President, and so when aliens attack Guam, the President summons Brenner for advice. It seems the aliens are attacking using the shape and tactics of old 1980's video games, footage of which was sent out on a deep space probe decades earlier. The President assembles a team, including Brenner, former child prodigy-turned-conspiracy theorist Ludlow (Josh Gad), DARPA scientist Violet (Michelle Monaghan, and the imprisoned Eddie (Peter Dinklage), to fight back against the aliens using their video game strategies. Also featuring Jane Krakowski, Matt Lintz, Sean Bean, Dan Aykroyd, Lainie Kazan, Ashley Benson, and Brian Cox.

 

Directed by Chris Columbus, this attempts to blend a big-budget, high-concept studio tentpole movie with an Adam Sandler flick. Yes, a combination no one asked for. The characters from such video game stalwarts as Pac-Man, Galaga, QBert, Donkey Kong, and Centipede make appearances, but as with many of these nostalgia-fests, the time-lines don't quite work, with games, songs and other references not from the early 80's thrown together. This continues the Sandler trend of casting at least one performer I like (this time Brian Cox, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan), so something I would have probably skipped otherwise gets watched. I found it better than most of Sandler's output, and not quite the disaster the critics made it out to be. It's still certainly nothing that I need to see again, though. As with many recent Sandler flicks, it racked up several nominations at the Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Actor (Sandler), Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor (Gad), Worst Supporting Actor (James), Worst Supporting Actress (Monaghan), and Worst Picture.   5/10

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:04 PM

Pitch Perfect 2 - Follow-up to the surprisingly good 2012 musical comedy about the Bellas, an all-girl collegiate a cappella  singing group. Following a disastrous performance for the US President, the Bellas are put on suspension, unable to officially perform anywhere in the country. However, Chloe (Brittany Snow) discovers a loophole in the rules that allows them to perform at the World Championships in Copenhagen. As the team struggles to get ready, Beca (Anna Kendrick) tries to juggle her Bella duties with an internship at a recording company, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has a relationship with former nemesis Bumper (Adam Devine), and newcomer Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) tries to fit in. The Bellas' chief competition will be German group Das Sound Machine, led by Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort-Sorensen). Also featuring Skylar Astin, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Flula Borg, John Hodgman, Jason Jones, Joe Lo Truglio, Reggie Watts, David Cross, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Keegan-Michael Key, and Snoop Dogg.

 

Actress Banks, who produced the first film, steps behind the camera into the director's chair this time out. The result is a mildly enjoyable rehash of more of the same, not as original but with many funny moments. Wilson still leaves me cold, but there's a lot of wit in the script elsewhere, and the songs and choreography are clever and well-done. Earlier today I read that production on part 3 ended this weekend.   6/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

A Perfect Day - English-language Spanish film that follows a group of humanitarian aid workers in the Balkans circa 1995. Leader Mambru (Benicio Del Toro), wildman B (Tim Robbins), local translator Damir (Fedja Stukan), and newcomer Sophie (Melanie Thierry) are trying to find rope to hoist a dead body out of a well. The well provides the only water source for a small village, and if the body, which was intentionally dumped, isn't removed within a set time period, the well will have to be sealed to prevent outbreak of disease. The four travel to the United Nations mission headquarters, where they pick up Russian liaison Katya (Olga Kurylenko), a former lover of Mambru's, who's there to assess the work that the aid group is doing. Their struggle to find adequate rope and make their way back to the village in time becomes a Herculean task with obstacle after obstacle thrown in their way.

 

This was another film that I picked up for the cast, and I didn't know what it was about. When I saw the 90's-era Balkan setting, I groaned to myself, as I've seen numerous films on the subject. But this didn't end up being specifically about the Balkan wars, but rather the thankless difficulties faced by aid workers in hostile locations. The cast is uniformly good, and while the film lacks any really profound statements or daringly original commentary, it's agreeable enough to warrant a viewing.   7/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:55 PM

Pay the Ghost - Modest Canadian supernatural thriller starring Nicolas Cage as college professor (!!!) Mike Lawford. On Halloween night he takes his young son Charlie (Jack Fulton) out for some ice cream, and the child goes missing. Mike and his distraught wife Kristen (Sarah Wayne Callies) do everything they can think of to find him, but to no avail. Mike keeps thinking of a phrase that his son said shortly before going missing: "Pay the ghost". He starts to see the phrase in other places, and when he investigates, he learns of a legend about the Crying Woman, a vengeful spirit that has been known to abduct children on Halloween night. Mike and Kristen will do whatever it takes to get their child back. Also featuring Lyriq Bent, Veronica Ferres, and Stephen McHattie.

 

This is a decidedly B-movie thriller, but it's better than many of Cage's recent low-budget efforts, as faint as that praise may be. There's enough Celtic myth, psychic visitation and ghostly murder to keep things marginally interesting. The story stays firmly in cliche territory, though, without any real surprises, resulting in an underwhelming viewing experience. Still, you could do worse, and ghost story fans will find this worthy of a passing look.   5/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:35 PM

Yes, Wright is hard to figure out. I did see The Soloist, and it wasn't very good. He also made Hanna, an odd pseudo-science fiction action movie with Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett that had its moments, but was completely unlike Pride & Prejudice and Atonement (I still haven't seen Anna Karenina). I knew from reviews that Pan was supposedly terrible, but I wasn't quite prepared for that level of awfulness. I watched it for Jackman, who was terrible in it, and Rooney Mara, who got in trouble for not being a Native American.

Anna Karenina is admittedly a litmus test, love it or hate it, film with the whole production designed like a big stage production (with backgrounds dropping out of the rafters and performers stepping on and off of the stage), and even though Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Vronsky) wasn't good in it, I think that the rest of the cast was extremely strong. This though sounds like a film that the phase "train wreck" was made for.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:26 PM

Ouch, yeah, Pan was instantly notorious as being one of the worst conceived movies in recent memory, and it was promptly savaged by most movie critics. I'm really sorry that you had to go through that. What's really strange, at least to me, is why Joe Wright directed this. He directed three fine films, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina (also a 2009 film unseen by me called The Soloist that received mixed notices) and then he made this. Why? He has seemingly learned his lesson and is retreating to do Darkest Hour, a film about Winston Churchill due in November.

 

Yes, Wright is hard to figure out. I did see The Soloist, and it wasn't very good. He also made Hanna, an odd pseudo-science fiction action movie with Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett that had its moments, but was completely unlike Pride & Prejudice and Atonement (I still haven't seen Anna Karenina). I knew from reviews that Pan was supposedly terrible, but I wasn't quite prepared for that level of awfulness. I watched it for Jackman, who was terrible in it, and Rooney Mara, who got in trouble for not being a Native American.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:18 PM

Pan - Stunningly awful fantasy adventure from writer Jason Fuchs and director Joe WrightIn this prequel to the Peter Pan story, we find young Peter (Levi Miller) as an orphan in WW2-era London. Along with many other children, he's kidnapped during the night by a flying pirate ship owned by the dreaded Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). The ship takes them to Neverland, where they are forced into labor at Blackbeard's mines, searching for nuggets of pixie dust. Peter teams up with older fellow laborer Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and mine foreman Sam Smiegel (Adeel Akhtar) as they steal the flying ship and hide out with the forest-dwelling natives who are resisting Blackbeard. Also featuring Rooney Mara, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Cara DeLevingne and Amanda Seyfried.

 

I don't what they were smoking to think this was a good idea. The phony-sounding dialogue, the manic score, the CGI-substituting-stuntwork action scenes that hold zero weight, or the terrible performances from the usually reliable pros in the cast: any of these would be bad enough by themselves, but combined, it makes for one excruciating experience. I think my mind was permanently scarred when the slave/miners started singing songs by Nirvana and the Ramones. No, really, that happens. Someone thought having child-laborers chorus-singing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a Peter Pan movie was a good idea. This was truly one of the worst big-budget films that I've ever seen.   2/10

 

Ouch, yeah, Pan was instantly notorious as being one of the worst conceived movies in recent memory, and it was promptly savaged by most movie critics. I'm really sorry that you had to go through that. What's really strange, at least to me, is why Joe Wright directed this. He directed three fine films, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina (also a 2009 film unseen by me called The Soloist that received mixed notices) and then he made this. Why? He has seemingly learned his lesson and is retreating to do Darkest Hour, a film about Winston Churchill due in November.



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:46 PM

Pan - Stunningly awful fantasy adventure from writer Jason Fuchs and director Joe WrightIn this prequel to the Peter Pan story, we find young Peter (Levi Miller) as an orphan in WW2-era London. Along with many other children, he's kidnapped during the night by a flying pirate ship owned by the dreaded Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). The ship takes them to Neverland, where they are forced into labor at Blackbeard's mines, searching for nuggets of pixie dust. Peter teams up with older fellow laborer Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and mine foreman Sam Smiegel (Adeel Akhtar) as they steal the flying ship and hide out with the forest-dwelling natives who are resisting Blackbeard. Also featuring Rooney Mara, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Cara DeLevingne and Amanda Seyfried.

 

I don't what they were smoking to think this was a good idea. The phony-sounding dialogue, the manic score, the CGI-substituting-stuntwork action scenes that hold zero weight, or the terrible performances from the usually reliable pros in the cast: any of these would be bad enough by themselves, but combined, it makes for one excruciating experience. I think my mind was permanently scarred when the slave/miners started singing songs by Nirvana and the Ramones. No, really, that happens. Someone thought having child-laborers chorus-singing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a Peter Pan movie was a good idea. This was truly one of the worst big-budget films that I've ever seen.   2/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:28 PM

Our Brand Is Crisis - Political drama from producer George Clooney and director David Gordon Green. Jane (Sandra Bullock) was once one of the highest-paid, most-feared political campaign managers in America. Years of doing dirty deeds had left her an alcoholic wreck, so she retired and moved out to the country. She's approached by Nell (Ann Dowd) and Ben (Anthony Mackie) about traveling to Bolivia to help them with the campaign of presidential candidate Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida). She only accepts when she learns that Castillo's chief opponent's campaign is being run by Jane's old nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton). Once back in the field, Jane starts to find her stride again, but at what cost? Also featuring Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, Dominic Flores, and Reynaldo Pacheco. This is really heavily-trod material. The shady, under-handed tactics in a high-stakes political campaign have been exposed in fictional and documentary film and television for decades. So why these filmmakers felt the need to revisit it all again I can't say. Maybe the Bolivian setting made them feel it would be exotic enough to warrant a retread. Bullock is okay in the lead, while Thornton, sporting a cueball hairless look, gets to quietly make disparaging remarks about her. And Mackie sure seems to have had a busy year, with 5 major films in 2015.   6/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:06 PM

The Night Before - Seasonal comedy from writer-director Jonathan Levine. Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogan), and Chris (Anthony Mackie) are longtime friends who have an annual tradition. Ever since Ethan's parents were killed in a drunk-driving accident in 2001, the three friends spend each Christmas every year together, drinking, partying and raising hell across NYC. This year though is supposed to be their last: Isaac is about to become a father for the first time, and pro football player Chris has become too famous to comfortably party in public. Ethan is understandably distraught, as his life is at a dead end, and he doesn't want the tradition to end. They're all determined to make it a year to remember, though, and they hope to crash the city's most exclusive party, the Nutcracker Ball. Also featuring Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell, Michael Shannon, Jason Jones, Ilana Glazer, Nathan Fielder, Tracy Morgan, and a few celebrity cameos.

 

This proved to be funnier than I expected. Rogen has one of his best roles as the soon-to-be dad who is given permission by his wife to really cut loose one last time (she even provides him with a gift box filled with drugs that she bought off of Craigslist). His night of psychedelic mushrooms, pot, cocaine and everything else under the sun turns him into a babbling, sweaty lunatic. I was also impressed with Michael Shannon as a pseudo-mystical drug dealer who dispenses sage advice as well as weed. Like many of the comedies that Rogen appears in, there's an underlying message of boys becoming men and trading dope-addled partying for sober responsibility.   7/10

 

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:20 AM

Very impressive: that Michael Caine has made so many movies (maybe more than 70!) and that you have seen 70 of them. I think Michael Caine is very versatile, but I do wonder sometimes about his movie choices.

 

My sister commented years ago that Michael Caine was in everything. Maybe he had debts he couldn't ignore!

 

I read Caine's autobiography The Elephant to Hollywood, and he addressed his prolific output. He said often it was to meet financial obligations, paying off mortgages, buying a boat, etc., but that he also just likes to work. He'll take jobs just to work with certain performers, directors or producers, and he likes the free travel that's included in location shooting.

 

As for the number of movies that he's been in, my list of his films currently stands at 133 titles, with 70 seen. 63 more to go! 


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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:52 AM

The Last Witch Hunter . . .  This was my 70th Michael Caine movie.   6/10

 

Very impressive: that Michael Caine has made so many movies (maybe more than 70!) and that you have seen 70 of them. I think Michael Caine is very versatile, but I do wonder sometimes about his movie choices.

 

My sister commented years ago that Michael Caine was in everything. Maybe he had debts he couldn't ignore!


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 11:35 PM

Mortdecai - Misfire comedy-mystery starring Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai, a British aristocrat and art expert who is short of funds. His loyal manservant Jock (Paul Bettany) and his disapproving wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow) want him to sell off his remaining art treasures to pay the tax man, but MI6 agent Martland (Ewan McGregor) offers to fix Mortdecai's tax troubles if he'll help track down a missing Goya painting that may hold the code to unlocking a fortune. Also featuring Olivia Munn, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonny Pasvolsky, Michael Culkin, Michael Byrne, and Jeff Goldblum. 

 

Director David Koepp and screenwriter Eric Aronson seem to have concocted a number of silly, exaggerated characters but they don't have much of a plot to put them in or jokes for them say that elicit much laughter. There's one terrible running gag about Depp's mustache, and how much it nauseates the women who see it, and another about how much sex the brutish Jock seems to always be having. An extended bit involving multiple people projectile vomiting is also a "highlight". Even for fans of Depp (of which I'm one), his simpering antics grow old quickly. Bettany is fun in a change of pace role, while Paltrow, McGregor and Munn are all wasted in parts that only require them to look pretty (which they do well). This was nominated for 3 Golden Raspberry Awards, for Worst Actor (Depp), Worst Actress (Paltrow), and Worst Onscreen Duo (Depp and his mustache).   4/10

 

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:27 PM

Momentum - Routine action thriller from South Africa. Alexis Farraday (Olga Kurylenko) is a retired special forces agent for a foreign power who agrees to help an old colleague with a jewel heist in Cape Town, South Africa. After the job is done, her friend is killed by a group of highly-trained "cleaners" led by Mr. Washington (Jame Purefoy). They take the diamonds that she wants, but she has a computer flash drive that they're after, so it becomes a back-and-forth of hunt-and-hunted. Mr. Washington doesn't have long to get the drive, though, since his boss "the Senator" (Morgan Freeman) will accept no failure. Also featuring Jenna Saras, Aidan Whitock, and Karl Thaning. Some of the action scenes are well done, and Kurylenko makes for an attractive heroine. Purefoy gets to strut and preen as the sharply-dressed bad guy. Otherwise, this is unremarkable.   5/10

 

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 07:34 PM

Mr. Holmes - Disappointing film from an interesting premise, directed by Bill Condon and based on a novel by Mitch Cullin. Famed detective Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is 93 years old, a bit doddering and suffering from encroaching dementia. He lives in a small home on the Dover coast, where he spends his time tending his apiaries and dealing with his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her precocious son Roger (Milo Parker). Holmes is also hoping to finish writing the story of his last case from many years previously, right after his friend Dr. Watson had retired and moved away. The film switches back and forth between his very old age and his final case. Also featuring Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam. Frances De La Tour, and Phil Davis.

 

The concept held promise, but the film doesn't do much with it. Neither the doddering phase nor the final case sections are very interesting, although I didn't mind the burgeoning friendship between Holmes and the young boy Roger. I liked McKellen in the role, and would like to have seen him in a better Holmes story. Linney, an actress I usually like, wasn't very good here, and seemed to struggle with her accent a bit. The main problem I had with the film is a description that I am often loath to use: I thought it was boring. I generally hate to dismiss something as boring or dull, as I often find such complaints are made by people who are expecting something from a movie that it never pretended to offer in the first place. But I could find no other way of expressing my trouble with this movie. I did like the in-joke casting of Nicholas Rowe, star of Young Sherlock Holmes back in 1985, as a big-screen Holmes that McKellen sees in a theater.   6/10

 

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 04:56 PM

Mississippi Grind - Indie drama from writer-directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a degenerate gambler circling the drain. His addiciton has cost him his savings, his family, and he's in serious debt to loan shark Sam (Alfre Woodard). One night, at an Iowa casino poker table, Gerry runs into Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), an out-going hustler and card shark. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, and Curtis convinces Gerry to drive him to New Orleans for a big-stakes private poker game. Curtis starts to realize just how far gone Gerry really is, while Gerry hopes, like so many gamblers, to hit it big and straighten his life up once and for all. Also featuring Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, and Marshall Chapman.

 

This is another case of a very mediocre film containing an outstanding performance, in this case that of Mendelsohn, who has really come into his own over the past decade. He imbues the tired stereotype of the hopeless addict with honesty, nuance, and without a touch of sentimentality. Reynolds's character of Curtis is a bit more of an enigma, and I'm not sure I ever really understood his motives. Miller is decent in a small role as a "paid companion" friend of Curtis's.   6/10

 

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 03:35 PM

Have you reviewed The Dead Girl on this thread? Hope you don't mind these periodic queries. It's just that I would be interested in your take. I've seen this two or three times over the years. I don't think I will again though, I've had enough but it's a damn good film. An indie with Toni Collette and a splendid Marcia Gay Harden.

 

No, but I did it see it, back before I was posting on here. I recall it as being rather grim. I liked the group of good actresses, Collette, Harden, Rose Byrne, Brittany Murphy, Piper Laurie, Mary Steenburgen, Kerry Washington before she became a big TV star.






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