Saturday, 27 August 2016

War Dogs Movie Review

Director: Todd Philips
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper and Ane de Armas

What's it all about?

Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz (Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Hill), who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

What are my thoughts?

“War Dogs” is a movie that has been on my horizon for sometime. I saw the trailer and liked it but didn't love it. Furthermore I like Teller and Hill but equally they are not in my top tier of actors in Hollywood. I really enjoyed Teller in "Whiplash" though, but I thought he was miscast for “Fantastic Four”, he's not a comic book actor, he is more suited I feel to serious roles. As for Hill, I have enjoyed him in many roles such as the Jump Street movies, “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” but I've never “really” loved him.

However I decided to take the plunge and see “War Dogs”. I'm glad I did, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would based on the trailer and the lead actors. The movie is told from the standpoint of Teller’s character Packouz. He narrates the movie Wolf of Wall Street style, albeit with freeze frame narrations. I had heard that this story telling element became tiresome in this movie, but I was fine with it.

The two lead actors have very good chemistry and work well off each other. Between the two I definitely preferred Teller’s character who plays the straight man trying to keep a young family together to Hill’s douchbag two faced loner.

“War Dogs” is a biographical crime drama with comedic elements, the trailer slightly miss sells the movie making you think that it's a comedy. It's not. The humour though when used, worked well.

It's a little slow to start in the first act, as the movie spends a while getting the pieces of the puzzle together. However, as the film wore on it became more and more engrossing as these two guys got themselves deeper and deeper into trouble. It was at the latter stages of the movie that I found myself enjoying it a lot more.

Teller and Hill aside, the only other notable players were Bradley Cooper as Henry Girard a shady arms dealer (His role is very small), Sydney Pollack as an investor of Teller and Hill’s company and the devastatingly beautiful Ana de Armas as Iz, Teller’s wife.

As the summer winds down and we get ready for the more “serious” season of Autumn and beyond, you could do a lot worse than “War Dogs”.

War Dogs is out now!

Review by Carleton Rutter

Blair Witch TV SPOT - Remember (2016) - Horror Movie

Starring: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry
Blair Witch TV SPOT - Remember (2016) - Horror Movie

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

Sully Official IMAX Trailer (2016) Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers.

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley Sullenberger (book)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart

Sully official trailer courtesy of Warner Bros.

Jack Goes Home - Official Trailer (2016) Britt Robertson, Natasha Lyonne Horror Movie

After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity.

Release Date: October 14, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Thomas Dekker
Writer: Thomas Dekker
Stars: Britt Robertson, Natasha Lyonne, Nikki Reed, Rory Culkin

Jack Goes Home official trailer courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Southside with You - Official UK Trailer - in cinemas 30 September

Inspired by accounts of the first couple’s first date, Richard Tanne’s romantic and intimate directorial debut Southside With You follows the story of the charming first-year law associate Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers), as he takes reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) on a daylong trip in and around Chicago’s South Side in 1989.

Michelle, a career-oriented, Ivy League-educated attorney and the only black woman at her firm, has her guard up against even a whiff of perceived impropriety. The last thing she wants is for her superiors to judge the firm’s two African-American colleagues for unprofessional behaviour. Barack agrees in theory, but his profound attraction to Michelle trumps caution. And he’s self-confident enough to believe he can remain professional and capture her heart at the same time.

Although the pair have no inkling they will someday make history together, their date marks the first spark of romance between the future first couple, making this sweet and inspiring love story all the more poignant.