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Miss Sloane

Even if some of the crumbs left in this plot were less than subtle and the consistent reminder that Sloane always waits to play her “trump card,” the climax of this film was highly satisfying. Very similar to the prison scene in Flight, there is an annoying “did you catch this thing that we already explained through great direction and story telling? Well just in case you didn’t we will spell it out to make sure you really understood” prison scene at the end of this film. Never the less, this is a good watch.

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J. Edgar

Expectations have a huge influence on my perception of a film and there is no better example than J. Edgar. I had only heard criticisms of Clint Eastwood’s biopic of the infamous FBI director which led to my surprise on how much I enjoyed it. Yes the color gradient is too grey and the old man make up is jarring, but J. Edgar is a competent period piece that chronicles the modernization of America through the life of a highly flawed man. This film dips into the fascinating post WWII American history which blends well with the performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench.

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Mission: Impossible II

I scoffed hard at the over the top actions scenes, face swaps, bad acting, dove explosions, and poorly choreographed flip kicks, but by the end of the motorcycle chase scene I was cheering at the anime style stunts. M:I-2 cranks it up to 11 and its hard not to appreciate it for at least that. I changed my rating from 2.5 to 3 stars due to the inclusion of the Limp Bizkit song during the end credits.

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout

This is a 4.5 star film if it weren’t for the mask switcheroo quadruple cross scene in the tunnels. I was happily sinking into the Christopher Nolan like direction and tone until I was reminded on how goofy the IMF is in a modern setting. The action scenes and stunts are the gold standard but it’s unfortunate that they are beholden to the tired IMF plot devices.

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Casualties of War

Sean Penn’s performance is baffling. His acting originally made me confused, which evolved into disappointment, and ended with fascination. Penn prevented this captivating story from reaching its full impact, but the film is still worth watching despite his peculiar interpretation of his character. Doing the DiCaprio finger point at the TV meme every time a cameo was made by Ving Rhames, Erik King, John Leguizamo, and Wendell Pierce enhanced my enjoyment of this film.

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Mine

Mine is an intimate survival film that has a plot and concept with a lot of potential. Other films in the genre like All is Lost and Arctic successfully captured the subtle character development and constant suspense that make survival films enjoyable. Instead of using creative direction and storytelling to learn about the main character, Mine chose to utilize dreams/delusions where the character literally punches his inner demons and vulnerabilities in the face. Armie Hammer is a capable actor who has several performances that I enjoy and I think with a few script changes he could have been more of an empathetic character instead of a tired cliche. In a parallel not too far off universe, Mine is a great film.

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