In Game Night, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are part of a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights. This particular game night though, thing are very different. Very different indeed and fun for the audience…
First of all, I’m really glad that Rachel McAdams is back! I haven’t seen her in a movie since Southpaw (2015). Second, I wish this movie was out already because it looks just like the kind of fun I need this weekend. Oh well.
Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris and Camille Chen also star.
Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight, simply and effectively tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of a huge child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This is a moving story that deals with the abuse of societies most vulnerable and one that rightly shook the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The main focus of McCarthy’s movie is the work of the Globe’s Spotlight team and the people they encounter as a result. It’s through their hard work that we get to learn about what happened once they dedicated themselves to the child molestation case; the obstacles they encountered and what it took to get the truth to print. All of this comes together nicely to create a good mix of tense, suspenseful and dramatic moments.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Journalists as a group can be quite the irritant at the best of times. But then I encounter a bunch as passionate and dedicated to a worthy cause as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and I’m reminded afresh that the heart of the journalist is almost always in the right place.
Being a winner of Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards is one reason I had to watch Spotlight. The others include the important story and the excellent cast attached. There’s Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery and of course, Mark Ruffalo, an actor who always seems to make great choices. – To put it another way, Spotlight is worthy of your attention. Watch it because it’s good.
It may not look like it at first and second glance, (at least not to me) but Doctor Strange, the latest movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton is part of the Marvel universe…
Even though I’m over the ‘saving the world’ storyline synonymous with Marvel’s movies. I’m open to finding out how Doctor Strange will do the same thing but hopefully somehow – maybe in a new way, differently. Hmmmmm…
Some of the footage in this trailer has brought Inception (2010) to my mind. However I do know that this is unlikely to be much like that.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong also star.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.
Just before I saw the trailer for Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, I was very much on a high after watching his deservedly Best Actor, Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014).
The Aloha trailer didn’t look terrible, though some of the dialogue didn’t sit as well as one would have liked. As I watched the movie a few months later, the unfortunate truth of the dialogue did come to be, because there I was cringing in parts.
I found the romance between Emma Stone’s character and Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) a tad forced and unconvincing. It didn’t help that Stone’s character was also rather annoying.
In director, Cameron Crowe’s efforts to capture the seemingly laid back pace of Hawaii, the pace of the movie suffered.
The few beautiful shots of Hawaii’s landscape in the beginning and all the scenes that feature Danny McBride are my favourite things. There were a few other good moments but not significant enough to make Aloha good or worth watching.
It’s all a big shame considering a very talented cast list that includes Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.
Happy film loving. Now go and enjoy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and / or Jerry Maguire (1996) 🙂
More Bradley Cooper Please! It’s hard not to feel this way after his brilliant Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014). Not to say that his new movie, Aloha is a similar kind of film, of course.
Writer/ Director, Cameron Crowe – the man responsible for the1996 hit, Jerry Maguire is back with the story of a celebrated military contractor (Cooper) who must choose between two love interests, played by Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.
Love triangles are notoriously tricky, particularly if you’re the one to do the choosing. So lets look forward to seeing how things turn out for the parties involved in Aloha. Maybe we can get a few tips.
Jennifer Lawrence is no where to be seen in this one. But you will find two great comedy Actors in the shape ofAlec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Danny McBride of Pineapple Express (2008), This Is The End (2013) and other Seth Rogen/ Judd Apatow films.