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September 2015

#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Martian | Ridley Scott

September 30, 2015

In addition to the spectacle of characters struggling to outlast the elements, survival-specific adventure films typically involve some sort of additional antagonist. Some guy’s trapped in the woods? There’s probably a hungry bear around. Stranded on a desert island? Maybe cannibals, or some kind of prehistoric lizard. Even Interstellar, a film primarily concerned with the unforgiving vastness of time and space and inevitable loss, went ahead and dragged poor Matt Damon out as a bad guy astronaut…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Sicario | Denis Villeneuve

After a raid gone bad, FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, on a hell of a winning streak) is detailed by a “consultant” (Josh Brolin), probably CIA, to ride shotgun on what’s supposed to be a trip to Phoenix but turns out to be…

September 22, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Black Mass | Scott Cooper

Director Scott Cooper has a knack for casting up unremarkable films with great performers and turning them loose, depending on them to transcend otherwise unremarkable material. Crazy Heart had Jeff Bridges filling in for Robert Duvall in a Tender Mercies knockoff (Duvall was also in it anyway). Out of the Furnace had…

September 17, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Visit | M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan might be on the ropes both in terms of his critical perception and industry clout. His last four films were widely (it could be argued, unfairly) disliked by both critics and audiences, and his name was even conspicuously absent from promotional materials…

September 10, 2015
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