CREED

Creed

CREED  * * * *

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew and Phylicia Rashad. Screenplay by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. Directed by Ryan Coogler.

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THE NIGHT BEFORE

The Night Before

“Stylistically, the movie attempts to ape the screeching nocturnal momentum of Scrooged, but the screenplay feels like a rough draft. It’s a lot of half-baked conceits that don’t really fit together, though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh. These are extremely familiar riffs for Rogen, but he happens to still be really good at them.” – Movie Mezzanine, 11/25/2015

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SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT  * * 1 / 2

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci. Screenplay by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy. Directed by Tom McCarthy.

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HEIST

Heist 4

“Competently directed by Scott Mann, Heist isn’t bad for a brazenly derivative, time-killing knock-off.  But the impishly funny final shot of De Niro tossing aside the e-cig and savoring an actual smoke might just as well stand in for viewers craving something more genuine after ninety minutes of recycled tropes.” – Movie Mezzanine, 11/12/2015

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MISS YOU ALREADY

Miss You Already

“Banks’ screenplay keeps all the ugly parts the rest of those movies leave out. There’s a jagged energy and a rawness to it. Miss You Already jerks its tears honestly and I’m hard-pressed to think of a sadder, sweeter image than Barrymore and Collette cuddling in a hospice bed, middle fingers raised in each other’s faces.” – Movie Mezzanine, 11/12/2015

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SINISTER SIBLINGS: THE RASMUSSEN BROTHERS

Rasmussens

“When we were young we had a place called The Blue Mouse. That’s where we saw Harold And Maude and The Tin Drum. I don’t know how they even got The Tin Drum into Utah in the first place. I mean, at least here you can watch things like that at The Brattle surrounded by like-minded people. But imagine being in Salt Lake? Heads were exploding!” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/12/2015

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