The Hoax

The Hoax is nothing like you’d expect. Sort of like the very definition of the title. Hey! There’s your first clue. They are getting things right. Lasse Hallstrom, the director, is an optimistic fellow. He has to be. Or so he projects himself as. Armed with a bizarre true story and even ridiculously funny script.…

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War Dogs

War Dogs is in many ways a mistake. A good, admirable one. But nonetheless a mistake. Almost as if Jonah Hill’s character is going to deny or defend it. The co-writer and director Todd Phillips makes a wannabe Adam McKay alike biography. Unfortunately, it is not smart. It is not sensible. What it is, is…

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Knives Out

You think of it and you see it. You catch Rian plotting something, he catches you back with a grin observing the truth. This goes unmentioned and every second, for two hours. The writer and director Rian Johnson has all the attention he would want from me. Actually, more than he can imagine. And maybe…

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The Mexican

The film has an extremely tedious routine that it begs us to go through. All the amazing fireworks moments are just not amazing enough to distract us. To call the director Gore Verbenski’s “adventurous” film an oddball is.. actually, perfect. You wouldn’t get more “out of the box” version of a textbook con-this-con-everything film. The…

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The Informant

It is wildy and deliberately misleading. You don’t get that in a genre like such just like the character that doesn’t fit in a film like such. The director Steven Soderberg has been in these cases for so long. Almost a pro. “Almost” is relative here for Matt Damon is the king. The Godfather. He…

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Old School

So it is about a group not coming but working together. That’s the premise and there is no chemistry. And yet I liked it. It is smarter than it pretends to be. Todd Phillips, the co-writer and director, is one of those filmmakers that gets comedy right. We see people take comedy lightly and as…

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Zombieland: Double Tap

The chemistry is hilarious, if not emotionally empowering as it think it does and that’s probably the unsung rule. Ruben Fleischer, the director’s return to this infamous, beloved land is just as it was supposed to go in the previous adventure. Mediocre. But unfortunately, they couldn’t. So they waited for almost a decade and attempted…

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