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November 2015

#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 | Francis Lawrence

November 24, 2015
Mockingjay (2015)

After surviving multiple rounds of teenage gladiatorial combat, inadvertently inciting an armed uprising, and becoming a media darling and symbol for revolt against a tyrannical dictatorship, Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, but you knew that) is tired of all the killing. But when the leader of the rebel forces (Julianne Moore) orders her to stay behind and help produce more propaganda for…

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by Luke Gorham Film

Burnt | John Wells

November 16, 2015
Burnt (2015)

The re-emergence of the culinary arts as a mainstay of the international zeitgeist has been an evolving narrative for the past decade, most noticeably found on the small screen with fully-dedicated cable channels and network reality shows. Burnt banks on this built-in relevancy and familiarity in telling the story of Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), a once-renowned chef in Paris who has majorly flamed out thanks to years of alcohol abuse, drug use, and general dickishness. Heading to London after three…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Spectre | Sam Mendes

November 3, 2015
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Over the years the James Bond movies have fought to stay relevant in one way or another. Look at some of Roger Moore’s more amusingly ludicrous outings, a trip into vague blaxploitation territory in Live and Let Die, or reaching for some of that Star Wars glory with Moonraker. Or recall in Goldeneye M’s condemnation of newly-minted Bond Pierce Brosnan as “a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War.” Each new iteration of the character promises to be more modern, more politically…

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by Matt Lynch Film

Room | Lenny Abrahamson

November 1, 2015
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Ma (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) live in Room, the backyard shed of a man who has kept Ma (real name Joy) as a sexual prisoner for seven years. Jack was born in captivity and has no understanding of the outside world; Joy maintains an elaborate series of fabrications to explain the realities of their existence to him. Eventually, the two escape, and the difficult, emotionally wrenching acclimation to a “normal” life strengthens the bond between…

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by Luke Gorham Film

The Walk | Robert Zemeckis

November 1, 2015
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Those who’ve seen James Marsh’s superior 2008 documentary Man on Wirewill be familiar with most of the narrative territory explored in Robert Zemeckis’s faithful recreation The Walk. Detailing the astonishing 1974 tightrope walk performed by Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) between the newly-constructed World Trade Center towers, Zemeckis’s film operates in three ready-made segments.…

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