Screened Out – Captain America: Civil War

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Viola Davis

Captain America: Civil War recognizes human loss. That’s a wonderful thing. Now we don’t just see empty cities crumble and cars explode. We know there is death – real and painful human collateral – as these heroes fight to save the Earth. This moral conundrum launches a war among The Avengers. It’s a painful a battle that pits onetime friends and compatriots against each other.

The Russo brothers – the directors behind Captain America: Winter Soldier – have the fighting, explosions, and entertainment. Yet much of Civil War isn’t repeated special effects. Mixed in are actually dialogue-heavy scenes. In fact, these are well written, clever scenes of a good length that help embellish character. Somehow, the Russos built on the convoluted mess of Age of Ultron. From that, they made a film that’s actually worth discussing.

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Screened Out – Burnt

By : Stephen Miller
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Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman

There is a whole collection of movies that can be classified as “food porn.” The best among these flicks is Babette’s Feast and Big Night. However, even Ratatouille, last year’s Chef, and the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can be good examples. Foodies watch them not only for the obsession with everything gustatory; there is also a visual style to the dishes, one that – when filmed well, can cause hunger pangs.

Though the food is always gorgeous, as a movie, Burnt falls somewhere in the likeable but flawed category. This story about a bad-boy chef looking for redemption feels like tasty but reheated leftovers. At one point the chefs say the food in the flick is good but unsurprising; they could’ve been talking about this film. They say the menu rests too much on classic style. So does this plot.

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Screened Out – Woman in Gold

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Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Max Irons

One of author James Baldwin’s famous characters once said, “It is my burden to always see both the beauty and the pain.” He could’ve been talking about Maria Bauer Altmann.

There are millions of possible stories about the Holocaust – perhaps more than each of the 11 million people who died under Nazi rule. Woman in Gold is a fascinating and moving exploration of a wealthy Jewish family of Austria and the art of their heritage. It’s a story told with great emotion.

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Screened Out: Rush

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s a movie to get your engines revving.

Formula 1 racing makes NASCAR look idiotic. Instead of a bunch of heavy muscle cars constantly running around in circles, Formula 1 has twists and turns, sex appeal, meticulous engineering, lightning-fast strategy, and adult immaturity with a gloss of worldwide chicness.

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