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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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Kong Skull Island movie reviewApocalypse Kong!

Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts off a script by Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Minority Report) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Monster Trucks).

Vogt-Roberts brings a lot of television directing experience to the plate, along with Kings of Summer that he helmed.

The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, the new Jennifer Lawrence, I mean Brie Larson, Samuel L (What movie am I not in) Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Shea Whigh and more.

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Kong Skull Island movie reviewThe film starts out fast.. it’s 1944 and we watch two combatant fighter pilots crash on an island in the South Pacific, but before they could try and kill each other, they spot King Kong. Talk about a fast entrance by the titular monster!

After that we jump to 1973, where Bill Randa (Goodman) it trying to get funding for an expedition to Skull Island, declaring that this is the best time to try and nab funds, considering how effed up the government is right now. (Did we just catch a present-day social commentary? It might have been the best part of the film!)

Randa gets his funding and a team to escort his people to this isolated Skull Island and off they go.

We meet the military escort to get a feel for the characters, especially Preston Packard (Jackson), who seems to now want to return home to a life where there is no combat or next mission.

Once we get the team sorted out, it’s time to journey to Skull Island and watch the mess of meeting King Kong ensue.

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Review

January 15, 2017

Now You See Me 2 sees the old gang from the excellent first film back together but this time around, instead of having their victims chasing their own tails, the whole gang themselves are forced to figure a way out of traps and snares set for them by old and new enemies. But this time […]

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ASSASSIN’S CREED Review

January 8, 2017

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Irons, is the film adaptation of the video game. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel.This film is yet another attempt at converting a video game franchise into a film franchise, and for the most part, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but that’s only a guess, because I […]

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TRANSCENDENCE with Johnny Depp – Review

March 2, 2015

I finally pulled up Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman and Clifton Collins Jr.. (Yes, klooking at the cast you can sayPirates meets Iron Man 3, meets Dark Knight, meets Riddick, meets Pacific Rim!) The movie’s tone starts out dark or slow paced as we […]

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POMPEII Review, When Titanic Meets Gladiator

January 1, 2015

Pompeii has quite the cast helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who brought us the vehicle for his wife’s career, Milla Jovovich, in the Resident Evil movie franchise. The film story description reads “A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. […]

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FLIGHTPLAN (2005) Review

December 21, 2014

FlightPlan (2005) stars Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Kate Beahan, Michael Irby and more in a tense emotional thriller about a woman in a bad situation, isolated within an airliner. I just caught this older movie and found it to be fairly entertaining. It starts out with us watching Kyle Pratt (Foster) dealing with […]

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Review of I, FRANKENSTEIN

December 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein hits every level of the entertainment spectrum from delivering canned, boring, and predictable events that can still be perceived as popcorn fun, if you don’t care about the nuances of a story wasted away with a boring delivery. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as one of the best looking, near male-model Frankenstein monster […]

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Reviews: ‘Parker’, ‘Safe’ and ‘Redemption’

March 11, 2014

Today’s review is a 3-for-1 set of movie reviews, for movies all starring Jason Statham. And to be honest, you may be very surprised by what I’ve got to say about one of the movies. – Yes, I had a day and decided to play catch up on my Statham movie experience. As Jason Statham […]

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‘Carrie’ (2013) Review

February 17, 2014

Carrie (2013) is a remake of the 1976 movie starts out full speed ahead, as we watch a confused mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore), giving birth to a child. She’s confused because she didn’t know she was pregnant until the child popped out. For some reason, she almost kills the child, but something stays her […]

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‘Pain and Gain’ Review

September 2, 2013

Pain and Gain, a movie about actual events from the 90’s. It may actually replicate events way to well for my taste, but see what I have to say for real. Pain and Gain starts out with Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) being chased by police. (The movie takes place in 1994/1995). We then pop back […]

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Review: ‘Total Recall’ Remake

April 29, 2013

I just caught the remake of the 1990 movie, Total Recall, the 2012 remake starred Colin Farrell as Quaid/Hauser, Kate Beckinsale as his “wife,” and Jessica Biel as Melina. Bryan Cranston played Cohaagen. It was directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld movie franchise, Live Free Die Hard). And I had the impression that the movie was […]

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Movie Review of Bloody Disgusting’s ‘Rammbock: Berlin Undead’

July 8, 2011

Movie Review of Bloody Disgusting’s ‘Rammbock: Berlin Undead’

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‘I Am Number Four’ Movie Review fr Cinema Static

June 6, 2011

‘I Am Number Four’ Movie Review fr Cinema Static

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‘The Green Hornet’ with Seth Rogen, A Movie Review from Cinema Static

May 13, 2011

‘The Green Hornet’ with Seth Rogen, A Movie Review from Cinema Static

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