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December 22nd, 2016
09:38 pm

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Collateral Beauty
Saw Collateral Beauty tonight: not the movie it looks like at the beginning but can't describe how without major spoilers. We liked it much more than the horrible reviews would have led us to believe we would. Worth seeing for Naomie Harris, Helen Mirren, Michael Pena, and Edward Norton.

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* 20th Century Women - December.
* A Monster Calls
* Dunkirk - summer 2017.
* The Founder - Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.
* Going In Style - Elderly retirees who lose their pensions due to bank decide to rob the bank.
* Patriots Day - the Boston Marathon bombing.
* Silence - Martin Scorsese's film about Jesuits in 17th-century Japan.

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December 19th, 2016
11:04 am

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the legend of the Christmas spider
For those wondering why I currently wear a large spider lapel pin, it's seasonally appropriate. Really it is.

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December 11th, 2016
10:41 am

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Miss Sloane
We saw and enjoyed Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane last night, a legal-political thriller about lobbyists and politicians in DC. Recommended, especially if you liked Michael Clayton. Great performances by Mark Strong, John Lithgow, Sam Waterston and Alison Pil (both from HBO's The Newsroom), and my new "I will watch anything she's in just for her performance" Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Favorite "probably isn't in other film credits" entry for this film: a copyright acknowledgement at the end (where the brand names are acknowledged) for the textbook _Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials_: apparently the props dept bought a real textbook instead of mocking up one on their own.

Good news is this film doesn't focus on election cycles.

trailers:
* Valerian - Luc Besson has apparently decided that the main problem with The Fifth Element is it was too slow and quiet with too many pastel shades and unsaturated colors. July.
* La La Land - Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and a musical about movies. I already like this movie and I haven't even seen it yet.
* Silence - Scorsese, Jesuits in feudal Japan. I'm expecting something in the vicinity ofThe Mission meets Shogun.
* Passengers - Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pine wake up from cryogenic sleep on a giant starship that should probably be named Titanic.
* 50 Shades Darker - for Valentine's Day. If you have a full movie to work with and the best trailer you can assemble has bad and clumsy dialogue and delivery, I think it may not be a good sign for the rest of the movie.

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October 2nd, 2016
01:44 pm

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August 26th, 2016
09:39 am

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August 4th, 2016
11:25 pm

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June 26th, 2016
05:26 pm

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The Neon Demon
Nicolas Winding Refn's (Drive, Only God Forgives) new movie The Neon Demon about feral models in LA has been tagged as "glam horror". A hyperstylized gialloesque version of Starry Eyes with elements of Mulholland Drive and especially Aronofsky's Black Swan. Gruesome in spots. Nice score by Cliff Martinez. Elle Fanning is great as the lead.
Unique credit: for kinbaku (one short non-graphic scene, fyi).

trailers:
The Infiltrator - Bryan Cranston in Florida drug sting
Indignation - "based on a Philip Roth novel"
Lights Out - If you turn out the lights, there's something stalking you in the darkness. July 22.
Cafe Society - Woody Allen.
Captain Fantastic - quirky family drama, in the same neighborhood as Little Miss Sunshine.
Doctor Strange - November.

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May 18th, 2016
10:00 pm

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May 1st, 2016
11:42 am

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A Hologram for the King
Saw A Hologram for the King last night: basic setup is a struggling American salesman is sent to Saudi Arabia to sell a VR videoconferencing package. I have not read the Eggers novel this is adapted from and can't comment on how the movie relates to the book. Several bits in the film are overly abrupt and disjointed and don't work well, but a great deal of the movie is fine, and the two female leads, Sidse Knudsen and Sarita Choudhury, are excellent. Tom Hanks' amiable fish out of his cultural American waters performance is fine, but Lost in Translation did much of that concept already and I thought better than this. Unless you're an Eggers fan, or a Tom Tykwer fan (my main reason for going), you probably don't need to make a huge effort to catch this theatrically.

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April 30th, 2016
05:20 pm

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The VVitch
I can’t be the only one to look at The Witch poster and think “KERNING, PEOPLE!” http://cdn.film-book.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-witch-poster-01.jpeg

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