Archive for December 2nd, 2016

2nd December
2016
written by Adam

Drifting between a post-apocalyptic America, military battle in the Middle East, and events leading up to deployment, soldier Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) re-traces his steps through a haze of PTSD in a visit to Counselor Peyton’s (Gary Oldman) office. Waiting at home, wife Natalie (Kate Mara), and his young son Jon (Charlie Shotwell) stand by for Gabriel’s return; meanwhile, the loss of best friend Devin (Jai Courtney) has a whole new set of ramifications. mandown Directed by Dito Montiel and written by Adam G. Simon, this gimmicky analeptic film delivers its political message with little tact or precision opting for more of an eye rolling bludgeoning. Attempting to be mysterious in an easily decrypted manner Montiel falls short of the goal and sadly isn’t given a tremendous amount of story to work with at the same time, challenging. On the flip side, the ensemble manages to deliver a solid performance all round; sadly, the sum of all cinematic elements still fails to add up to a victory. Maybe worthy of a rental later when you’ve exhausted other options, Man Down is rated R.

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2nd December
2016
written by Adam

Deeply cracked and broken by a tragic life event, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) returns to his hometown of Manchester upon news of his brother’s (Kyle Chandler) passing. Faced with becoming the legal guardian of his 15 year old nephew (Lucas Hedges), Lee is deeply troubled. How to sort out life, love, and huge regrets, welcome home to Manchester.manchester Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, this untidy tied bow of a story strikes deep at the heart of drama to ring painfully discordant tones on a frozen landscape. Slugging through the weight, Affleck and Michelle Williams deploy some of their best work to date reminding audiences that there are two masks in the theatre world, one the smiling comedy and two the crying drama, this film strongly sitting in the category of the latter; however, still hitting elements of the former, illustrating well rounded fully functioning characters and emotional connections. Powerhouse on a budget, we’ve got a strong contender going into awards season here. Manchester by the Sea is rated R.

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