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Title: Justice League
Release Date: 11/17/17
Rating: Not yet rated
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Cast: Amber Heard, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Ray Fisher
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Based on characters created by: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel and Chris Terrio

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.


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Café Society (2016)

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Title: Café Society
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell
Release Date: 7/15/2016
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance CAFÉ SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

Bobby’s family features his relentlessly bickering parents Rose (Jeannie Berlin) and Marty (Ken Stott), his casually amoral gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll); his good-hearted teacher sister Evelyn (Sari Lennick), and her egghead husband Leonard (Stephen Kunken). For the hooligan Ben, there are no questions that can’t be answered with brute force, but the others are more likely to ponder deeper matters, like right and wrong, life and death, and the commercial viability of religion.

Seeking more out of life, Bobby flees his father’s jewelry store for Hollywood, where he works for his high-powered agent uncle Phil (Steve Carell). He soon falls for Phil’s charming assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), but as she’s involved with another man, he settles for friendship. Bobby also befriends Rad (Parker Posey), a model agency owner, and her husband Steve (Paul Schneider), a wealthy producer.

When Vonnie’s boyfriend breaks up with her, Bobby seizes the opportunity to romance her, and she ultimately returns his affections. When he asks her to marry him and move to New York, she is tempted, but things do not go as smoothly as planned.

Heartbroken, Bobby returns to New York, where he begins working for Ben, who has muscled his way into owning a nightclub. Bobby displays natural talents as an impresario and swiftly promotes the club into the hottest in town, renaming it “Les Tropiques.” Rad introduces him to the beautiful socialite Veronica (Blake Lively) and he courts her assiduously. Although he is still carrying a torch for Vonnie, when Veronica reveals she’s pregnant, they marry and begin a genuinely happy life together.

Everything seems to have fallen into place for Bobby until the night Vonnie walks into “Les Tropiques.”

Poignant, and often hilarious, CAFÉ SOCIETY, a film with a novel’s sweep, takes us on a journey from pastel-clad dealmakers in plush Hollywood mansions, to the quarrels and tribulations of a humble Bronx family, to the rough-and-tumble violence of New York gangsters, to the sparkling surfaces and secret scandals of Manhattan high life.


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Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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Title: Now You See Me 2
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Written by: Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine
Release Date: 6/10/2016
Running Time: 129 minutes

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THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.


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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

Title: Louder Than Bombs
Rating: R
Directed by: Joachim Trier
Written by: Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert
Release Date: 4/8/2016
Running Time: 109 minutes

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An upcoming exhibition celebrating renowned photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father and withdrawn younger brother than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, the father Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the wife and mother they remember so differently.


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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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Title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (aka. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: An IMAX 3D Experience and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 3D)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Laurence Fishburne
Release Date: 3/25/2016
Running Time: 153 minutes

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Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.


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American Ultra (2015)*

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Title: American Ultra
Rating: R
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Written by: Max Landis
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton and Topher Grace
Release Date: 8/21/2015
Running Time: 95 minutes

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A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.


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The End of the Tour Review – 4 out of 5 Stars

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End of the Tour seems like a film that will go underappreciated for a large set of reasons. From a distance, the story is about this interview Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) did with acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal). There’s no big moment or intense sequence, no sex or violence, from start to finish End of the Tour is a conversation about a variety of topics between two fascinating people. The simplicity and the seemingly mundane storyline will turn off a lot of people. However, those who accept what the film is going for and try to give it a chance will be rewarded with a complex character study complete with a fantastic turn from Jason Segal and an enriching screenplay that will give you plenty to explore and chew on during and after the film.

The storyline is give or take what I said above. After the suicide of beloved author David Foster Wallace in 2008, writer David Lipsky reflects on an interview he did with Wallace for Rolling Stone Magazine in 1996. As the title suggests, Lipsky is talking with Wallace on the last stop of his book tour for Infinite Jest. Lipsky receives a look into the private and more personal aspects of Wallace’s life and Wallace slowly begins to learn more about Lipsky as well throughout the trip. They discuss art, creativity, sexuality and fame among other things throughout their five days together.

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I will admit first off to never having read anything from the two authors that are featured in the movie. I can’t speak for how well the film captures Wallace because he’s a person I knew very little about going in. Regardless, Jason Segal gives an outstanding performance here. Jesse Eisenberg is great here as David Lipsky but it’s very much the type of part he usually plays and I wouldn’t call it a part that stands above all the other things he’s done before this. It’s Segal who shines brightly here as the humble, eccentric David Foster Wallace. I’ve seen Segal do a great job in comedies before this but this feels like the first time where we’re getting to see Segal play a meaty role. This is the first time I can truly see him as more than the admittedly charming lead of an Aptow style comedy. The performance and the screenplay do a near perfect job of capturing this guy who’s both absolutely brilliant and yet honest and approachable at the same time. David Foster Wallace isn’t presented as this perfect, godly man who is giving constant wise advice to the other main character. The movie makes sure that they show him for his strengths through his observations of life but the film also captures his insecurities and his vices that make him far from a holy sage. This beauty of Segal’s performance isn’t in these loud, flashy moments but in these quiet scenes where he gets to show the man as this real person who could be funny or sad or wrong or egotistical. On the last night at his house, Wallace gets to the core of what scares him in life and it’s hard not to be taken by the grace and warmth with which Segal handles the scene.

Though he pales in comparison to the other lead, Jesse Eisenberg as I mentioned above is also doing great work here as this also quite intelligent writer who is also a little jealous of the talents and the fame that Wallace has received. The role of a neurotic, cynical writer is the part that Eisenberg was clearly born to play as he sinks into the character with the ease of a new pair of socks. The movie does a great job of making sure that David isn’t overshadowed by the other David. Through and through, this film is about the conversation between these people and even though one of them is more famous and well known than the other, they are both highly engaging characters with fascinating looks on life. Even though one of the roles is more challenging and big than the other, both of the leads did a great job bringing to life these two real people and adding sincerity and understanding to their dialogue. This is one of those movies where the leads need to be perfect or the whole film falls apart. It’s because of this that I think both of these actors deserve massive credit for how they tackled the screenplay.

The substance of the script is both simple and challenging to explain. The film contains such a small story yet it in its hour and forty minutes it has a lot to say about human nature. The relationship between these two characters in fascinating as one seeks what the other doesn’t want. Lipsky wants his books to be famous and he wants people to know who he is but Wallace has gained what Lipsky wants and yet it terrifies him to no end. Throughout the film, he’s shown as this usually very private person who tries to keep hidden these aspects about his daily life from the media. He sees his “fans” as well intentioned people who he’s often uncomfortable being around. He tries to juggle his fame with his very down to earth job teaching at a university. He seeks these hometown moments like watching Broken Arrow and taking care of his dogs rather than embracing the success of his books. He believes that this fame will put more pressure on him for his next books and it’ll lead him to eventual ruin. This fear is that much more affecting and haunting due to his eventual suicide 12 years later. This aspect fascinates director James Ponsoldt and it could be seen as the true core of the relationship between the two Davids.

There are several different areas that these two bring up throughout the tour. There’s a great scene where Wallace explains his fears of the things pornography will eventually allows people to do in terms of their relationships with others. Besides the idea of fame, the film is also a lot about what makes people want to write and what drives their work. The film presents the ways Wallace approaches his work as well as how he wants other to see his work and you also get a great look into journalism and how Lipsky is viewing what he is creating with the interview between them. There’s this somewhat random yet surprisingly intimate moment near the end where Lipsky privately records to himself the different small little quirks of Wallace’s house. There are multiple times where Lipsky and Wallace argue about something yet it never feels fake or planted there to add tension to the story. They have different opinions and share them to each other and then they accept and understand them the way you would in an actual debate.

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I make the film sound like just a profound conversation after another profound conversation but the film actually works because it’s nothing like that. There are certainly scenes where they argue about these heavy topics but there are an equal amount of moments where they are discussing very natural, often quite humorous things from Wallace’s attraction to Alanis Morissette to their heavy appreciation of Die Hard, its personal little sequences like these that keep the film human and watchable.

When you look at what the basic outline of the movie is, it’s a miracle that this didn’t come off as more arrogant or boring. But through the talents of the leads as well as the screenplay, this film manages to be both darkly contemplative and charmingly natural. The film is as much about hidden truths of the universe as it is about the small comforts of Wallace’s snowy little home in Illinois. End of the Tour is certainly restrained by the small scale of its story but the directors and writers and the actors make the most of every minute to create something that is poignant and entertaining.

Rating:(4/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 7/31/2015

Rating: R

Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer and Joan Cusack

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Screenplay by: Donald Margulies

Based on the Book by: David Lipsky

End of the Tour, The (2015)*

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Title: The End of the Tour
Rating: R
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Written by: Donald Margulies
Based on the book by: David Lipsky
Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Chlumsky
Release Date: 7/31/2015
Running Time: 106 minutes

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The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’


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Night Moves (2013)?

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TITLE: Night Moves

RELEASE DATE: 4/23/2014

RATING: R

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

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Double, The (2013)

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TITLE: The Double

RELEASE DATE: 4/4/2014

RATING: R

A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

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