Gold (***1/2) is a beautiful loser

If you like McConaughey, then watch this film. If you are on the bubble and think he just may have gotten lucky, watch this film. Tell me if it doesn't make you feel like he's finally proved himself worthwhile.

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The Girl on the Train (***) has a familiar track

The Girl on the Train is a movie that feels like it probably was quite well enjoyed by all of the stellar cast that volunteered to be in the film.

Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

Joy - 2015 Written and Directed by David O. Russell Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco If there is a special ability portrayed by the actors and director of Joy, it's that none of this feels that much like a movie. This half-fiction portrayal of the life of the creator … Continue reading Joy (****) – Norma Rae can stuff it

Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Deliver Us From Evil - 2014 Director Scott Derrickson Starring Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale Screenplay by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman  Scott Derrickson has a way of making things seem really bad. Not just movie bad, but real, we're not gonna make it bad. Sinister was replete with all sorts of things we'd all seen before, but … Continue reading Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Zero Dark Thirty - 2012 Director Katheryn Bigelow Starring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Duplass, James Gandolfini Screenplay Mark Boal I spent much of the Bush administration reading books about the wars in the middle east after 9/11.  Most of it was read in disgust … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.