Screened Out – In the Heart of the Sea

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Ben Wishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Riley, Tom Holland

Captain Ahab made some bad choices in relentlessly pursuing that notorious white whale. Ron Howard made some bad choices in his filming of the “real” story behind Moby Dick.

It’s not that ITHOTS is a bad film, per se. In fact, many a casual filmgoer will like it. Unfortunately, filmmaking is about making decisions, and a good many of them here don’t make any sense whatsoever. When looking for specificity in moviemaking, you will find a lot lacking in Howard’s approach.

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Screened Out – Suffragette

By : Stephen Miller
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Cary Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Wishaw, Natalie Press

In this last election, only between 14 and 15 percent of voters actually cast a ballot. Sure, these were mostly municipal elections, which for some reason, people think are insignificant. However, it’s easy to see that many could forget how our forbearers waged bloody fights for the privilege. In America, women lobbied for 74 years. In both the U.S. and England, the struggle got more and more violent as women’s rights were denied.

Suffragette shines a light on the history of the U.K. campaigns of the 1910s. It’s a much-needed story told with great art direction and fantastic actors all around. Unfortunately, there are a couple small errors that keep this important subject from being a great film.

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