Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Ghost Story, A (2017)

Title: A Ghost Story
Rating: R
Directed by: David Lowery
Written by: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, and Rooney Mara
Release Date: 7/7/2017
Running Time: 92 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Chasing Amy (1997)

Title: Chasing Amy
Rating: R
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Written by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Brian O’Halloran, Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes
Release Date: 4/18/1997
Running Time: 113 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Holden McNeil is a New Jersey comic book writer who is roommates with his best friend and professional partner, artist Banky Edwards. Their hit comic book series, “Bluntman and Chronic,” is loosely patterned after a pair of acquaintances, Jay and Silent Bob. Alyssa Jones, a lesbian and fellow comic book creator, comes into Holden’s life and quickly becomes a close friend, although Holden is powerfully attracted to her. Eventually, Alyssa realizes that she is attracted to Holden as well and they begin a physical relationship, much to the consternation of Banky, whose ire over losing his best friend to a lesbian seems to border on romantic jealousy. After he learns something about Alyssa’s sexual past, however, Holden’s immature response to his new knowledge destroys both his romance with Alyssa and his friendship with Banky.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: “Jay and Silent Bob will return in “Dogma” … (promise).”


Manchester by the Sea (2016)

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Title: Manchester by the Sea
Rating: R
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
Written by: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol and C.J. Wilson
Release Date: 11/18/2016
Running Time: 137 minutes

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After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Triple 9 (2016)

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Title: Triple 9
Rating: R
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Written by: Matt Cook
Starring: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot
Release Date: 2/26/2016
Running Time: 115 minutes

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In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Finest Hours, The (2016)*

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Title: The Finest Hours (aka. The Finest Hours 3D)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Written by: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
Based on the novel by: Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Graham McTavish, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Eric Bana
Release Date: 1/29/2016

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A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? Yes

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After Credits? No

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Interstellar Review – 4 out of 5 Stars

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Interstellar feels like one of those movies that’s going to get a distinct fan base over time. It certainly has people who hate it and people who love it. I think though that overtime most people will come to respect Interstellar for the beautiful, ambitious vision that it is. I actually kind of loved this movie, flaws and all, for its scope in writing and visuals. So much happens on this near three hour ride that you have to at least see it to believe it.

In the future, drought and dust storms are making it impossible to survive on earth. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot is recruited to go on a mission to find new planets that humanity can live on. To do this mission, he will hold on to the love of his daughter (Jessica Chastain) and son (Casey Affleck) and will go through many life or death struggles.

Regardless of how successful the end product is to you, you have to admit the concepts and ideas presented here are incredible especially for a big budget blockbuster. There is so much in the story that has to do with fascinating concepts like wormholes, new planets, gravity that it seems like something that deserves to be rewatched and paid attention to for the things it tries to get across. You can tell that director and writer Christopher Nolan spent years working on every detail of the story and because of that there are points where my breath was taken away how many levels and ambition there was to what he is attempting to achieve here. He takes all of these different things and he brings them to life with visual effects. Interstellar becomes not just a testament to the advances of modern cinema but also a testament to the advances in science and technology. With these things, Nolan creates a world that is entirely believable and filled with fascinating points that feel daring, intelligent and exciting. For 2 hours and 45 minutes, we are on a journey of discovery that all feels oddly realistic thanks to Christopher Nolan’s passion for modern advances.

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The core of the movie was definitely between Cooper and his daughter. They are both extremely intelligent and imaginative and they have a clear love for each other. When Cooper leaves earth, despite there being world changing things going on, the real thing you care about is whether they will be able to see each other. While Cooper is finding a new planet, his daughter Murphy is looking for the answer to an equation that could help bring humanity beyond as well. Both are millions upon millions of miles apart and are fighting in different dimensions but the love they have for each other is so huge that it not only survives over decades but manages to become the key to saving the human species. There love is so powerful that they both are big forces in each other’s lives even when they can’t see or communicate to the other. The climax is actually Cooper becoming a massive presence covering and protecting Murphy even when he can’t be there with her. The people who are the villains in the movie are those who are lost and alone, those who have given up in the survival of humanity or the good that we can do. And yes, our love and need to nurture can get in the way at many times but in the end, it will be the thing that will keep us moving and it will be our compassion that allows to survive continuously. Many will complain that Interstellar is a movie of ideas without character or heart. On the contrary, this is a movie of ambitious ideas and a fascinating, new view of the world and all of this comes back to people and our deep love for each other. It’s this simple, heartfelt, beautiful message that makes Interstellar so amazing to me. This is a piece of science fiction that manages to be both layered with ambitious things and driven by a large amount of human warmth.

Do I even have to tell you how the movie is technically? The visual effects are the work of a master artist; there is a beautiful, vision to them and the way that they are used that hasn’t been seen in a very long time. Here, visual effects are more than just a cool gimmick; it’s a filmmaker’s way to show us bold, new ideas that haven’t been seen before on film, at least on this scope. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack is dreamlike and it creates a mysterious, moving atmosphere that surrounds a lot of scenes, it’s filled with emotions and feelings that make it feel alive. The editing is fantastic, I was never bored and it did a decent enough job going over a lot of things in a story that could probably be stretched to a ten part mini-series.

Matthew McConaughey’s performance is amazing here as Cooper. With a lesser actor, Cooper could’ve just proved a prop to move the story forward. McConaughey’s performance here is what makes Interstellar feel sincere and touching. He gives this movie the human aspect and he had me pretty close to tearing up in a lot of scenes. You can feel the complete love that he has for his daughter and it’s the thing that drives him to change the world, it’s very personal and raw and it might be my favorite Nolan performance since Ledger in The Dark Knight. Jessica Chastain is great Murphy, Cooper’s daughter. Chastain is one of the most capable actresses working in film today and here she gets a lot of scenes to show how talented she really is. It’s the great performances of her and McConaughey that creates the beautiful, universal relationship between father and daughter that becomes the heart of the movie. Anne Hathaway is very likable in the role, I though Matt Damon was successfully creepy, Casey Affleck as always is awesome and for his first real breakthrough role, David Gyasi did great work as one of the scientists aboard the spaceship. This is one of the most impressive casts of the year and Nolan uses it to bring humanity to this very concept heavy movie.

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I’m not going to come here and tell you that this is a perfect movie. There are a lot of times where you can probably ask about plot holes and if you wanted to you could nitpick this movie until there’s nothing left. But if you were to do that you would have to disregard all of the work that went into the screenplay, the direction, the themes and the cast. I’m not asking you to turn off your brain but I am asking you to consider the boundaries Nolan attempted or even succeeded at breaking to give you this movie. There are so many things you can dissect and explore factually and thematically and even if it doesn’t all come apart and sometimes it’s a bit rushed, so what? You’re still paying to see something that is challenging and clearly meaningful to everybody who was working on it.

Interstellar is the most ambitious movie so far in 2014 and it’s one of the first true spectacles we’ve gotten all year. This is something that deserves to be watched on the biggest theater screen possible. The cast is great, the scientific concepts are used ingeniously and the themes Nolan gets across here are satisfying and moving. Much like the characters in its movie, Interstellar attempts to accomplish big things and take you on a journey like no other out right now.

Rating:(4/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Michael Caine, Topher Grace and Matt Damon

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Screenplay by: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

Out of the Furnace (2013)

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TITLE: Out of the Furnace

RELEASE DATE: 12/6/2013

RATING: R

When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

NOTE: “This film was shot entirely and proudly on Kodak film.”


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

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TITLE: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

RELEASE DATE: 8/16/2013

RATING: NR

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Tower Heist (2011)

TITLE: Tower Heist

RELEASE DATE: 11/4/2011

RATING: PG-13

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No


Killer Inside Me, The (2010)

TITLE: The Killer Inside Me

RELEASE DATE: 6/8/2010

RATING: R

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Special thanks to Tom for this submission


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