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Tag: Felicity Jones

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Title: On the Basis of Sex
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Written by: Daniel Stiepleman
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, and Justin Theroux
Release Date: 12/25/2018
Running Time: 120 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Tony for this submission


Collide (2016)

Title: Collide
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Eran Creevy
Written by: F. Scott Frazier and Eran Creevy
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley
Release Date: 2/24/2017
Running Time: 99 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Autobahn.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Monster Calls, A (2016)

Title: A Monster Calls
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Written by: Patrick Ness
Based on the novel by: Patrick Ness
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson
Release Date: 1/6/2017
Running Time: 108 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Chris for this submission


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Written by: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll and Gary Whitta
Starring: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Genevieve O’Reilly, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna
Release Date: 12/16/2016
Running Time: 134 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A group of unlikely heroes who, in a time of conflict, band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and, in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication/Memoriam: In Memory of CHRIS BAYZ

Was seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 3D, IMAX or IMAX 3D worth the cost?

Inferno (2016)

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Title: Inferno
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: David Koepp
Based on the book by: Dan Brown
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster and Sidse Babett Knudsen
Release Date: 10/28/2016
Running Time: 121 minutes

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Robert Langdon finds himself on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Was seeing Inferno in IMAX worth the cost?

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Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: 12/16/2016
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 134 minutes

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Cast: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Genevieve O’Reilly, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Screenplay by: Chris Weitz, John Knoll and Gary Whitta

Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication/Memoriam: In Memory of CHRIS BAYZ

Was seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 3D, IMAX or IMAX 3D worth the cost?

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True Story (2015)

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Title: True Story
Rating: R
Director: Rupert Goold
Writer: Rupert Goold and David Kajganich
Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones
Release Date: 4/17/2015
Running Time: 100 minutes

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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.


What did you think of this film?

During Credits? No

After Credits? No


The Theory of Everything Review – 2 out of 5 Stars

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Every year there’s that one movie, you know which one I’m talking about. It’s that film that no one loves yet gets nominated and receives a ton of awards because it’s the safe crowd pleaser. Everything about it is just average and it couldn’t possibly offend anyone. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Blind Side all belong in this category and this year’s new edition to that collection of mediocrity is the dull, uninspired Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

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This is the kind of biopic where you could probably guess every beat that’s going to happen in it. Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a brilliant scientist who is going places until he is told he doesn’t have long to live after being told he has Lou Gehrig’s disease. Luckily, with the help of his wife Jane (Felicity Jones), Stephen is able to keep living and continue exploring his theories.

Let me say this clearly before I get started. This review is in no way a criticism of the life or challenges Stephen Hawking has faced in his life. I’m certain he is an extraordinary and a kind human being who has lived a challenging life. That being said, that is even more reason to be disappointed by what this ultimately is. Honestly, this isn’t going to be a very long review. The Theory of Everything has nothing outwardly wrong with the screenplay or the storytelling or the characters. But at no point in the whole thing was I ever compelled or moved or impressed by anything that was happening on screen.

Everyone seems to be going through the motions and the scenes you usually predict to spot in this sort of stuff. You’ve got the pretty montages that allow the writers and directors to skip over periods of time and not to dig to a deeper level of Hawking’s love and issues. There’s a big, drawn out speech where Hawking sums up all that were supposed to have learned from the past two hours. You even have the third act break up followed by the “uplifting” connection between the two. The film fails where previous films like 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station and Foxcatcher (I’ll get to that movie later) succeeded. Every big moment that would’ve given us a deeper insight into the mind of a surely interesting person seems to have been left out for what becomes a numbing experience. The movie does in two hours what could be achieved in 4 minutes by haphazardly reading over a Stephen Hawking Wiki page while listening to the most stock, inspirational music you can find on YouTube.

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Director James Marsh doesn’t help make this anything original either. Much like the writers, Marsh seems to be reading the biopic for dummies book and he seems to stray from the recipe as little as possible. Things like costume design and production design are as great as you would expect from a big historical drama but all else is reminiscent to say the least.

Something I was actually looking forward to was the score by Jóhann Jóhannsson. I first learned of him last year while listening to his near perfect music for Prisoners. I was hoping he would be able to bring some energy to this because of how amazing that score was. Sadly, even what I was looking forward to with this has disappointed me. The score is the same sappy, schlock you’ve seen in every other heavy handed movie that’s based on a true story. Music can make or break a film and here Jóhannsson makes sure that he hits every single message over the head with a hammer. You don’t need a stirring, loud song to be playing when Stephen Hawking is seeing his baby; it’s a much more powerful moment kept in subtlety.

Another poorly used technical aspect besides the music is the showy cinematography by Benoît Delhomme. It’s not the worst looking movie I’ve seen all year but it all seemed like it tried way too hard to look really, really pretty but failed. Theory lacks natural light and tries to make an overly colorful world. Unlike films by Wes Anderson and David Fincher, this visual style feels out of place and seems more distracting and artificial than beneficial.

The worst part about all of this is that Eddie Redmayne is actually pretty good. Sure, a role like this can come off as overly Oscar baity and can make any sub-par actor look impressive. But it seems as though Redmayne genuinely did care about doing a good job playing Stephen Hawking. It’s a performance that is based a lot on physical actions, but Redmayne manages something fantastic that hints at a much more raw and memorable movie. He presents a man holding on to his humanity even as his body becomes weaker and weaker over time. Whatever is wrong with this movie cannot be blamed on Redmayne and I would even argue it is only he that keeps the movie relevant in the awards season. Charlie Cox is also really sympathetic in a supporting role as Hawking’s best friend and later on Jane’s husband. A lot of people have given high praise to Felicity Jones for her role as Jane Hawking and while there’s technically nothing wrong with her performance, she’s just okay personally. I guess she played the part well enough but she didn’t do anything that stood out or ultimately affected me afterwards. I have no clue why people are so over the moon with the performance. Nonetheless, she is fine and as already mentioned Redmayne’s great.

There are so many amazing movies that aren’t going to get attention because of stuff like The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne is impressive but it’s not nearly enough to save this thoroughly boring experience. Theory leaves very little to the minds of its audience and what it does reward to them is unimpressive and has done before to better effect. Be sure to check the much more rewarding films that are out this holiday season.

Rating:(2/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 11/26/2014

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Tom Prior

Directed by: James Marsh

Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten

Based on the Book by: Jane Hawking

Theory of Everything, The (2014)

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TITLE: The Theory of Everything

RELEASE DATE: 11/7/2014

RATING: PG-13

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Breathe In (2013)

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TITLE: Breathe In

RELEASE DATE: 3/28/2014

RATING: R

When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.

What did you think of this film?


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During Credits? No

After Credits? No