Friday, December 15, 2017

Tag: Jeremy Renner

Wind River (2017)

Title: Wind River
Rating: R
Directed by: Taylor Sheridan
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, and Julia Jones
Release Date: 8/4/2017/strong>
Running Time: 107 minutes

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WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In Memoriam Mike Luger

Special thanks to Kristo for this submission


House, The (2017)

Title: The House
Rating: R
Directed by: Andrew Jay Cohen
Written by: Brendan O’Brien, and Andrew Jay Cohen
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner, and Ryan Simpkins
Release Date: 6/30/2017
Running Time: 88 minutes

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When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford.

With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas)—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: Bloopers are shown after the film, but before the credits roll.

Special thanks to Tami and Sean for this submission


Arrival (2016)

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Title: Arrival
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Based on the book by: Ted Chiang
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg
Release Date: 11/11/2016
Running Time: 116 minutes

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When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.


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Captain America: Civil War (2016)*

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Title: Captain America: Civil War
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, William Hurt and Daniel Brühl
Release Date: 5/6/2016
Running Time: 147 minutes

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Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.


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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the kind of film that was meant for summers. I have seen several more ambitious and thought provoking movies this summer but Rogue Nation is the type of film that was built in the name of pure entertainment. It doesn’t have an original story and at the end of the day I would only call it pretty good, but this movie is nothing if it doesn’t have some breathtaking action scenes, a strong cast and a good sense of humor.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the leader of IMF, a secret organization that does the dirty jobs that need to get done behind the back of the public. They have become controversial and they are shut down while Ethan is tracking down a secret organization called The Syndicate that fights for the opposite of what IMF wants. With the help of his friends Luther (Ving Rhames), William (Jeremy Renner) and Benji (Simon Pegg) as well as the help of a mysterious lady named Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) who is either working with them or for The Syndicate, Ethan must hunt (hah) down Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the twisted, brilliant soldier who has become the head of the terrorist group.

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As I mentioned before, the story for this is pretty weak. Firstly, The Syndicate is a clear copy of the underground criminal organization Spectre from the Bond franchise. It’s only that much more ridiculous when you consider how that area is going to be brought to life later this year in the unsurprisingly named Bond film Spectre. Secondly, not nearly as much effort was put into building The Syndicate here in comparison to how they present Spectre in Bond. Spectre was an idea that was built up throughout the early Bond films and you actually got the sense that one person would be there to replace another if they were to fall down in those movies. It’s this maddening and unstoppable secret only spoken of in the darkest of shadows. Here, the only real big member of the Syndicate you get to see is Solomon and we never get to see any of the other big names that work for this thing. You don’t get the sense of The Syndicate being this big, complex thing that will keep chasing IMF. The way they conclude The Syndicate by the end feels too easily wrapped up as though this entire thing falls the moment Solomon falls. It doesn’t make any sense and its clear the writers have no interest in making The Syndicate this massive thing that will an equally important role in future Mission Impossible movies.

Also, for as uninspired as the overall story is, it sure has a confusing way of explaining a lot of areas of the plot. On a small scale, a lot of the smaller pieces that are there to move the story forward seemed unsatisfying. The film seems to create these ridiculous, hard to follow plot points that justify another action scene or help move its mundane, useless storyline forward. It goes out of its way to make the story this hard to follow thing which I can usually respect in something like a drama or a science fiction. The problem is that the overcomplicated story here clearly isn’t meant to be understood and you can shut it out and have an equal if not better experience watching the flick doing so. The movie goes out of its way to add these weird twists and sloppy explanations and if you try to follow them you will be rewarded with something that is not nearly as rewarding or enriching as it presents itself up to be. The movie is smart in the artificial, messy way that doesn’t require for them to include actual intelligence.

The movie does largely accomplish being high entertainment in two different areas, the action scenes and the charm. The film has the shame of being a really good action film the summer of one of the most beautifully crafted action movies I’ve ever seen (oh what a film, what a lovely film). That being said, this movie manages to have some really impressive scenes that will leave you wondering how they were able to do that. The moment of Tom Cruise hanging outside the door of a plane has been posted everywhere by now but to actually watch it and then remember that this is a real stunt that Tom Cruise pulled off is unbelievable. An intense scene with an equally unforgettable stunt happens later on when Ethan Hunt has to rob something underwater. He actually has to hold his breathe underwater for 3 to 4 minutes all while being tossed around by this strong current. It’s such an exciting, well shot scene that makes you wonder how Cruise was able to perform it and how director Christopher McQuarrie was able to shoot it.

But all of this doesn’t match the brilliantly executed fight scene at the opera house in Vienna. The basic premise of what is going on here sounds like something out of an old Hitchcock movie. Ethan is fighting a sniper during the play as this assassin tries to take down the Austrian chancellor on a specific note in a song. It doesn’t have the best stunts in the film or the most tension but it is proof that a fight scene can be beautiful if it’s perfectly shot and edited. The classical music mixes together with shots of the two men fighting at the top of this opera house all while these other people on different sides are trying to a much smaller extent to foil the plans of their opponents. It’s this excellent moment of chaos set to this classy, magical setting and soundtrack. It’s hard to explain here but it’s grand and epic when you’re watching it unfold. It’s this simple sounding action scene but it manages to be both an original piece of filmmaking as well as a thrilling tribute to a much more elegant age in studio thrillers.

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The movie has great action scenes but it’s also helped by its great cast. The film has this group of actors who are doing their best possible version of something they’ve done countless times before in previous movies. Tom Cruise plays the eccentric, action film leader he was in Oblivion or Top Gun. Simon Pegg plays the wacky comedic relief he was in the Star Trek films. Alec Baldwin is the stern, cynical bureaucrat like in Mercury Rising or Pearl Harbor. The difference here is that these actors seem to be doing the perfected versions of these parts they’ve play dozens of times. Tom Cruise is one of the best action film stars working in Hollywood and he breathes wit and charm into these parts that would’ve felt dull and bland with a darker, more humorless lead like Chris Hemsworth or even Brad Pitt. Pegg is significantly better here than in the Star Trek film because he manages to play an important part to the story as well as be really, really hilarious. I also used to consider Jeremy Renner a very uninteresting actor when it comes to being in action films but I think he’s starting to become a lot more charismatic in films like this and Age of Ultron than he was several years ago in The Bourne Legacy. The definite best of the lot is new Mission Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa. She’s smart, cool and sexy and the confusion and frustration she has with being caught between these two identities makes for the heart of Rogue Nation. Ilsa is the femme fatale that you would expect to see in again, an old Hitchcock film. It’s also really respectable that she doesn’t end up with Hunt by the end of the film.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation isn’t surprising or new but it packs a lot of fun due to its likable cast and some outstanding action scenes. I would definitely recommend checking this action flick over all the ones that still happen to be in theaters. It’s a cool, breezy piece of popcorn entertainment that will leave you feeling pleasant and satisfied.

Rating:(3.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 7/31/2015

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce

Based on the television series by: Bruce Geller

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)*

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Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron (aka. Avengers: Age of Ultron and IMAX 3D Experience and Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D)
Rating: PG-13
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon
Based on the comic book by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: 5/1/2015
Running Time: 142 minutes

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When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.


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During Credits? Yes

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After Credits? No

Note: After the credits we see “The Avengers will return”.

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Kill the Messenger (2014)

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TITLE: Kill the Messenger

RELEASE DATE: 10/10/2014

RATING: R

reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

Immigrant, The (2013)

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TITLE: The Immigrant

RELEASE DATE: 5/2/2014

RATING: R

On the mean streets of Manhattan, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.

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During Credits? No

After Credits? No

NOTE: Special thanks to Frank S. for this submission


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

TITLE: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (aka. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D & Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters An IMAX 3D Experience)

RELEASE DATE: 1/25/2013

RATING: R

In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

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Bourne Legacy, The (2012)

TITLE: The Bourne Legacy

RELEASE DATE: 8/10/2012

RATING: PG-13

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

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