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Endgame Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment, KrautPack Entertainment,

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage

This biographical drama covers the life of Ed Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) for a period of about 10 years until he shocked the world by showing the world the scope of the data the U.S. Government was collecting on private citizens. It covers his love of his job with the CIA, and his relationship to his girlfriend Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) which was doomed from the start because he couldn’t divulge what he was up to without putting her in danger, and she knew very well something major was going on, but had no clue. With a lot of background on the time, and the technical data collection, and the life in the CIA, it’s a very technical look into the events and the motivation behind what happened. Whether you look at Snowden as the devil, or as an American Hero, this will give you the background of what really went on.

I was a bit disappointed in this movie, although I have been anxious to see what it had to say. I think I have figured out why I was disappointed as I struggled to figure out why. I do not think I have ever seen a movie made by Oliver Stone that I was not disappointed with. I don’t mean to say he’s not a good director, or that he is not an amazing talent, but I am saying that his movies never seem to work for me. There must be something on a personal level that make these movies never click for me, even though I have always been excited about the subject matter. It’s just one of those things I guess. So what did I find wrong with this film? Well, typically when you watch a movie about a historical event you are given enough background for even a layman to understand what it all means. From the housing bubble and the stock market crash which was explained to us in a way that I was able to understand, to even the crash and investigations covered in the movie Sully which dealt with complicated issues of whether or not the right choices were made or not, was fairly easy to follow. But I feel, after this one, that I couldn’t really follow the technical gobbledygook that was thrown out at us at a feverish pace. Yet great detail of Ed’s relationship to Lindsay was explained in great detail which doesn’t seem to really have much to do with the story or the motives of Ed Snowden. I found at times it was really slow and hard to stay interested in, and at other times the scope and magnitude of the data that was being gathered was overwhelming and went past me way too fast. I suppose I could get more out of it by watching it again, but I am not sure I want to put myself through the slow parts again. I think it’s a very interesting subject and one very worthwhile to learn about, but I’m afraid this movie is a missed opportunity to explain the story to us normal folks out there. I work in IT and I still found it hard to follow. It’s a shame.

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Fox 2000 Pictures, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation,

Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Michael Liu, Maribeth Monroe

Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and his wife Karen (Isla Fisher) are about the coolest family in the neighborhood. But when the empty house was sold to new people and when they moved in, Tim Jones (Jon Hamm) and Natalie (Gal Gadot) were about the most perfect couple anyone had ever seen. Jeff was out to make friends right away, but Karen was a bit concerned that something didn’t seem right. But Karen was right as it turned out that they were out after criminal mastermind, Scorpion (Patton Oswalt) But before they know it, curiosity killed the cat, and Jeff and Karen are in deep in the middle of the incident and they have no clue whether the neighbors are the good guys or the bad guys.

This rather humorous little spy film is a lot of fun. It’s got a lot of the same gags and plot moves that most of these types of movies have, but the delightful thing about this one is the quality of the performances of everybody in the cast. Zach can really get on your nerves if he’s not in the right role, but this one suited him perfectly as he played it neither too goofy or too straight, but followed the line of a normal guy who is in over his head. He did a great job. Isla Fisher is one of my favorites though, and she was also very good in this role. These are the most well suited roles for them I have seen. Jon Hamm was nearly perfect in his role of the guy who hates his job, but knows he has to make the best of it. He plays a very sarcastic Tim Jones in a very Patrick Warburton kind of way and was very good as well. Gal Gadot I was not so familiar with, but she play Boris’ Natasha in a very good portrayal of the foreign spy girl who keeps her husband on his toes. All in all, it was a very good story played by an excellent cast, and I am surprised this this wasn’t bigger in the theater. But this is a perfect rental, and very much worth watching, so give them some support by renting this and have a very enjoyable evening laughing with them throughout. Yes, you’re going to figure out what’s going to happen early on, but it’s still a great deal of fun to watch it evolve.

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Covert Media, QED International, Revolver Picture Company,

Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson, Ione Skye, Brian Wimmer, Danielle Chuchran, Ella Harris, Carl Hadra, Jan Broberg , Kasia Kowalczyk

Evan Asher (Harrison Gilbertson) and his family, Mom and Dad, and sisters move into an empty house that is haunted. Evan is kind of shy, but when he was out walking, he ran into another girl, Sam (Liana Liberato) out walking as well. Sam is rather mysterious, but the two form a bond. But when Evan finds a strange box in a room through a little door, the two are anxious to find out what it’s all about. But there is a history of something evil in that house, and the device connects them to the source of it to their doom. Something is going on and as they say, “Curiosity killed the cat!”

This is a decent, run of the mill, horror film, but there are some things that are a bit refreshing. Essentially it’s a ghost story, although they make about big deal about this miracle box that connects to another dimension, it’s essentially still just a ghost story. Actually this is a case where the beginning of the film is a lot better than the climax ending. It seemed like it kind of ran out of gas at the end. I can see why the ending is not a favorite of anyone who reviewed this film. But is was creepy in a haunted house sort of way. The two young actors who played the leads took on a rather difficult task to try and carry this film themselves. They did their best with it, and deserve a good deal of credit for taking on a daunting task like this and bringing it as far as they could. The rest of the case was basically just filler, except for the neighbor lady, Janet Morello, marvelously played by Jacki Weaver. She really shone in the role of the creepy person who did frighten me a few times. She has a very minor part, but her part is important to the story, and she is the keystone of the whole setup, and she really aced it. All in all this is a relatively scary little ghost story with a few problems and a botched up ending, but it is higher quality than most of the stuff out there, and though it’s not a hugely popular hit, it is an out of the ordinary surprising little horror film that didn’t disappoint me. I enjoyed it all the way up to the strange ending. Horror fans, give it a shot.

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Warner Bros., Electric City Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment,

Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Christian Wolff (Ben Afleck) is a genius in math, in fact he really has super powers in that area. He is “The Accountant” and is hired out by companies wanting to know what is happening with the finances in their corporation. He is able to see numbers in patterns that no one else can see and is a master at financial forensics. He also happens to be a master shooter, and is unbelievably good as a hired assassin. But as he works to solve the latest client’s problems along with the assistant provided to him, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), the body count starts to rise as the police try to pin him as the culprit, and the client wants him to stop investigating. But being who he is, Christian has to solve the problem and determine what is really behind this audacious crime. J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow also appear to further confuse the pot.

This is a very unusual role for Ben Affleck, but he was actually really good in this film. He plays a very quirky person in an excellent portrayal. Kendrick, on the other hand, is in a much more minor role, although she is important to the story. Her role is more wide eyed innocence, as she admires Christian, but is really in awe with what he can do. And neither of them realize the danger that they have to face. This is a suspenseful, action film, with lots of plot twists, although we’re in on what is going on long before the rest of the cast knows. It’s a bit difficult to follow, so you have to pay close attention to what is going on. It’s actually a good story, and I enjoyed the mystery of determining why the characters in this film do the things they do. I enjoyed this story and I can recommend this film for a pleasant evening trying to solve a great mystery.

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