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George Clooney and Jack O'Connell in Money Monster, A ReviewMoney Monster is a slightly above average crime thriller with an interesting but mild twist of a story.

The film is directed by Jodie Foster and stars George Clooney as Lee Gates, a slightly extravagant television money analyst who is more about the ratings than some of the content he delivers. Imagine if you will, Howard Stern being a television financial analyst with his showmanship attached to it. Yea, there you go. But this mode of how Gates delivers information gets him in a bit of hot water with one viewer (played by Jack O’Connell) who takes something Gates says to heart, invests his entire savings in a stock, only to lose it all on the venture.

The man shows up during a live telecast and takes Gates and his production crew hostage with a gun and a vest bomb strapped to Gates. After that Gates and his producer, Patty (played by Julia Roberts) works at figuring out how to diffuse the situation and this highly irritated fan.

George Clooney movies.

This is the oddest character that I’ve seen Clooney play. His characters are usually more serious and in control of their realm, but this one, though smart within his realm of finances, exudes less of a dominating mindset and more of a hopeful personality when he’s not on camera in his finance show. He’s more a product of his extravagant production values than the power of his knowledge. Throughout the film, he maintains this flimsy character positioning, where he knows what he’s talking about, but he just does not feel like he believes himself. That alone is pretty impressive as far as roles go.

Roberts plays his no-nonsense producer, which falls right within her skill set as an actor. She is the backbone of the secondary story.

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George Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban in The Monuments Men a review

The Monuments Men is about “An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.” It is directed and written by George Clooney.Clooney is also in the cast and with him stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban and more.

On IMDb it’s called a war drama while Wikipedia has this confused perspective that the film is a comedy-drama war film. It is based off a non-fiction book called “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” by Robert M. Edsel.

A friend I trust told me that this movie was nothing to write home about but didn’t suck too horribly either.

Considering what the movie subject is about and when it takes place, I was expecting a little bit more excitement threaded into the story about this special squad of men. Most of Hollywood loves a good war movie and injects the action and thrills as quickly as possible.

But this film is a bit different. But not different enough to stand out as a great movie.

The opening act is, as far as I can tell, fairly well off balanced.

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Actors Turned Directors or Producers – Sometimes The Fan Loses Out!

December 6, 2012

Do You Ever Worry Your Favorite Actor Isn’t Doing More TV or Movies? There are days when someone you really like seeing in a role, just disappears from the screen, both big and small. Sometimes, it’s because of good things like retiring to run their own animal reserve, sometimes it’s because they’re in jail or […]

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Disney’s Secret Tent-pole Movie Looking At George Clooney

November 10, 2012

A bit ago I chatted about a secret Disney project that was being called a tent-pole project with ramifications for multi-platform aspirations. Attached to this secret project was Damon Lindelof (script) and Brad Bird to direct. I was starting to take the guess with that piece that this might have been the new Star Wars […]

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‘The Descendants’ Review

April 18, 2012

A movie review of The Descendants, from Brusimm. The Oscar winning movie, The Descendants, stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause and is directed by Alexander Payne (Cedar Rapids, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, The Savages). Payne also co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced. Actually, in addition to the Oscar, The Descendants […]

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The Ides of March: A Movie Review

January 22, 2012

This is a movie review of THE IDES OF MARCH and in a word, this movie is worth catching, no matter how you get to it.

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The American with George Clooney, A Movie Review from Cinema Static

April 16, 2011

‘The American’ with George Clooney, A Movie Review from Cinema Static

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