Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tag: Crime

Baby Driver (2017)

Title: Baby Driver
Rating: R
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Written by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx
Release Date: 6/28/2017
Running Time: 113 minutes

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A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Kate for this submission


Urban Hymn Review


Urban Hymn – What starts as a gritty look at the life of two street kids in London turns into a movie-of-the-week with a violent twist.

As the movie begins, we follow best friends Jamie and Leanne (Letitia Wright and Isabella Laughland) as they loot several stores during the London riots in August of 2011. They’re both street-wise kids who know how to flip stolen merchandise into cash. They both live in a group home managed by social workers, but the place has the feel of an institution where the inmates run the asylum. Into this home comes Kate (Shirley Henderson), a new social worker. Jamie is assigned to her and we quickly learn how little respect Jamie and Leanne have for authority. The two friends only care for each other it’s clear that as long as they’re together, they’ll be in a destructive downward spiral.

All that changes when Leanne misses a meeting with her parole officer and gets sent back to jail. Without Leanne’s interference, Jamie and Kate start to talk and Jamie soon takes an interest in Kate’s choir. Jamie turns out to be a talented singer, and she joins the choir. Singing gives her life a purpose, and Jamie starts turning her life around. But just as things start looking up, Jamie is arrested for her activities during the riots and is sentenced to a six month term in jail. What follows is a back-and-forth struggle for Jamie as she tries to move forward with her life through music, but at the same time tries to be loyal to Leanne who’s always protected her. Leanne’s desperate to keep hold of Jamie and sees Kate as someone who’s trying to separate them. A final confrontation is looming, and it will be rough for Jamie, Leanne, and Kate.

This flick gets off to a strong start but starts to coast about midway through when Jamie joins the choir. At that point it turns into a generic rebellious teenager redemption story and coasts until the surprise twist at the very end of the movie. Both Wright and Laughland give strong performances and they’re very convincing as troubled teens, one looking at a promising future while the other is resigned to a life of crime and prison. The only thing that really bugged me was Jamie’s performance that ends the movie. She plays a guitar and sings at a student concert. It’s a nice piece with a small band and a chorus backing her, but for the entire duration of the song she plays the same chord on the guitar. Her fingers never move on the fretboard. Yeah, I know it’s a tiny point but it annoys me when music scenes look so fake on the big screen. Jamie does have a very nice voice, so that makes up for the guitar shortcoming. Give it a watch and stick with it to the end.

Review by: Frank S.

Release Date: 5/12/2017

Rating: NR

Cast: Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland, Ian Hart, Shirley Henderson, and Jack McMullen

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Screenplay by: Nick Moorcroft

Vincent N Roxxy (2016)

Title: Vincent N Roxxy
Rating: R
Directed by: Gary Michael Schultz
Written by: Keith Kjarval, and Gary Michael Schultz
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Zoë Kravitz, and Zoey Deutch
Release Date: 6/2/2017
Running Time: 110 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Crash, The (2017)

Title: The Crash
Rating: R
Directed by: Aram Rappaport
Written by: Aram Rappaport
Starring: Dianna Agron, Minnie Driver, Frank Grillo, John Leguizamo, Mary McCormack,
Christopher McDonald, Jim Ortlieb, Maggie Q, AnnaSophia Robb, and Ed Westwick

Release Date: 1/13/2017
Running Time: 84 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In the not so distant future, a team of white collar criminals are enlisted by the Federal government to thwart a cyber-attack that threatens to bankrupt the United States of America.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Free Fire (2016)

Title: Free Fire
Rating: R
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Written by: Amy Jump, and Ben Wheatley
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, and Armie Hammer
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Running Time: 90 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Prison, The (2017)

Title: The Prison
Rating: NR
Directed by: Hyeon Na
Written by: Hyeon Na
Starring: Seok-Kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han, and Woong-in Jeong
Release Date: 3/31/2017
Running Time: 125 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A troubled ex-cop is imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident. He discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an inmate who has been running a crime syndicate with the help of the warden and guards which provides them 100% alibi.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Fate of the Furious, The (2017)

Title: The Fate of the Furious
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Written by: Chris Morgan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson,
Ludacris, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron

Release Date: 4/14/2017
Running Time: 136 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Brent and David for this submission


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Going in Style (2017)

Title: TitleGoesHere
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Zach Braff
Written by: Theodore Melfi
Based on the 1979 story by: Edward Cannon
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King,Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, and John Ortiz
Release Date: 4/7/2017
Running Time: 96 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Graduation (2016)?

Title: Graduation (aka. Bacalaureat)
Rating: R
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Written by: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, and Rares Andrici
Release Date: 5/20/2016
Running Time: 128 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Romeo stands in the kitchen in front of the open window and listens to the trains passing in the distance. It’s June, and it’s getting dark outside. He has to talk to Eliza and doesn’t yet know what he will tell her. Being a father and growing older have lately become overwhelming for him. He’s tired, and his life is very different to what he imagined it would be back when he was 30.
ROMEO ALDEA (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad.
His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has got a scholarship to study psychology in UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student as she is.
On the day prior to her first written exam, an incident jeopardizes Eliza’s departure.
Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Unknown

 

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? Unknown

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Title: Ghost in the Shell
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Written by: Jamie Moss, and William Wheeler
Based on the comic by: Masamune Shirow
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche
Release Date: 3/31/2017
Running Time: 107 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Ivan for this submission

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