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Bombshell

This film is based on the story of how Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) filed a lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) for sexual harassment. Her cause was bolstered by Fox News host Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron). I will start with what I thought was good. The makeup – incredible. These three actors look so much like the people they are playing. Charlize Theron’s impersonation of Megyn Kelly is uncanny. The acting is excellent by all. I particularly liked Charlize Theron who just always looked and seemed like Megyn (I don’t think there is any role she cannot …

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1917

During WWI, two young men, Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) have been given an assignment: The Germans have been planning a huge deception, and the two need to reach the front line with orders from the General to not advance, as they are heading into a trap. The film is the journey undertaken by the two to get the message there. Blake’s brother is in that regiment, which gives Blake a larger sense of urgency. Technically, the film is brilliant. The camera work is done to look like a single take, which gives it …

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As Astra

Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is an astronaut who has a reputation for being able to push himself to get the job done. He lives in a world where space travel is relatively common; going to the moon to launch to Mars to use as a jumping-off point for a trip to Neptune is commonplace. McBride is given an assignment – to travel to the vicinity of Neptune to find out the source of a series of electromagnetic pulses that are destroying space stations; they are tied to a spacecraft that is headed by McBride’s father. The film is an interesting …

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The latest film brings conclusion to a nine-part movie series. I am not quite sure how to describe the film. We did enjoy it and thought it to be a satisfying end to the series. To get there, however, meant sitting through some rather corny dialog, odd music, and a lot of visits with characters from previous episodes; the film seemed more interested in paying homage to the series than creating anything new and exciting. The story also felt rushed to me. I did like how it brought resolution to the question that started it regarding the power of good …

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Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell (in a strong performance by Paul Walter Hauser, who I remember as the bumbling confederate in the I Tonya) is a wannabe police officer who is working as a security guard at the Atlanta Olympic games. He discovers a bag with explosives and is briefly labeled a hero for saving more people from injury. Soon after, the FBI manufactures a case identifying Richard Jewell as the one who planted the bomb. The story is interesting, although the movie is rather uninteresting. I liked the performances by Hauser and Kathy Bateman, who plays his mother. The part of the …

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Long Shot

Fred (Seth Rogan) is an idealistic, free speech advocate who writes funny and sharp commentary. Because of his writing, he suddenly finds himself unwilling to work for the new management that expects him to “whitewash” his work. Charlotte (Charlize Theron) is Secretary of State who is positioning herself to be the first woman president. Charlotte used to be Fred’s babysitter. When she is advised that she needs to improve her sense of humor, she hires Fred to write her speeches. I liked the movie, mostly because of the great chemistry between Theron and Rogan – they both work well off …

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Hustlers

The story, inspired by true events, concerns Destiny (Constance Wu), a woman who needs money and secures a job dancing in a strip club. There, she meets Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), who takes her under her wing and mentors her. They are working in New York City just before the financial markets crashed, when money flowed through Wall Street and into the NYC party scene. After the crash, they parted ways and later reunited, creating a scheme to drug rich men and get them to rack up their credit cards. The premise itself is interesting – it is kind of a …

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The Great Hack

This documentary attempts to give the full story of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. To refresh memories, Cambridge Analytical use the data from millions of Facebook users to target voters for political advertising purposes during the 2016 elections in the US (as well as the Brexit campaigns). The film tracks the timeline of Cambridge Analytica’s demise, including the involvement of the chief whistleblowers, Chris Wylie and Brittany Kaiser. From a film perspective, I did not think it to be the greatest of documentaries. Particularly in the first half, there is a lot of “filler” space. Granted, some of it is quite …

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

After several years of relative calm after Bricksburg was originally saved by Lucy and Rex, a new threat comes from invaders from outer space. Lucy is captured by the invaders, and it is up to Rex find Lucy and for both of them to once again save their city. I will start by saying that I don’t think this film worked nearly as well as the first one. My daughter called it right: the movie tries way too hard for its laughs. But at a deeper level, the laughs will come to those who are very young and respond to …

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Vice

This film explores Dick Cheney’s rise from his heavy partying and fighting days post-college to his tenure as vice president to President Bush. Actually, it is a film about Dick and Lynne Cheney – his wife seems to have played a significant role in his ascent to power. I had some misgivings on seeing the film – the last thing I wanted to watch was a story about Dick Cheney. I would have been happy to have him retired from my memory. The film overall is a bit of a mess. I found it rather tedious in places, and it …

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