Screened Out – Our Brand is Crisis

By : Stephen Miller
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Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackey, Joaquim de Almeida

Political comedy is already a tricky game; most Americans are sick and tired of the real stuff and don’t want to pay to watch a fake version. We all understand about marketing, positioning, and spin – in movies and politics, both. When you try to tack on a humanitarian message to all the filth and depravity, you end up with an uneven, dishonest film. Not unpleasant, but certainly inconsistent.

Sure, it’d be nice if there were even the minutest shred of humanity in politics. That idea went away when Hollywood quit making Mr. Smith Goes to Washington films.

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Screened Out – Ant-Man

By : Stephen Miller
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Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackey, Corey Stoll

This shrinky-dink superhero story is just smart enough. Ant-Man is an acceptable way to fritter away a few bucks and a few hours. It expands the Marvel movie universe a blip, but that’s about it.

Not that it should do more than that. This mite-sized mercenary – a minor in the Marvel canon – has always been ludicrous character, his story begging for supreme silliness.

The film serves some slapstick; it could’ve delivered more.

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