Screened Out – Hail, Caesar!

By : Stephen Miller
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Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Scarlett Johannsson, Jonah Hill, Francis McDormand, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

What a disappointment is Hail, Caesar! Re-imagining the life of famous Hollywood “fixer” Eddie Mannix as a saint is fine. Making a messy movie seems a sin for a man who was known for cleaning up messes. Even with the homage to classic Hollywood, what a shambles!

Joel and Ethan Coen always shoot interesting projects (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men). They don’t always do successful ones. Hail, Caesar! is one of their low points. Clunky narration, long tangents, uneven scenes, and a lack of a drive damage this picture’s possibilities as a screwball comedy.

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Screened Out – True Story

By : Stephen Miller
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Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones

It’s no wonder James Franco and Jonah Hill were drawn to this. They’re best friends who usually churn out absurd comedies (This is the End), but True Story was too intriguing to pass up. Unfortunately, the subject matter is more fascinating than this film version, and the real-life characters more complex than the actors.

Hill portrays New York Times writer Mike Finkel – one of four national journalists cited for inaccurate reporting around the turn of the century. It’s a shame, too, because Finkel’s writing style was brisk and entertaining. However, once a journalist makes a choice to misrepresent sources and material, the damage to one’s reputation is pretty permanent.

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Screened Out – How to Train Your Dragon 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchet, Djimon Honsou, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig

Let me start by saying – though this film is much, much darker than the slightly grim original – I still desperately want a pet dragon. That’s the magic of both stories; for children and adults alike, these animated wonders stir the imagination. HtTYD1 & 2 both possess fully realized worlds with engaging characters, stunning artwork, tight story arc, complex theme, and real emotion.

Thin, geeky Hiccup (Baruchel) and his lovely, playful dragon Toothless are now five years older. Muscle-bound Papa Stoick (Butler) is still the chief of their dragon-friendly Viking village Berk, but he knows he cannot lead forever. After Hiccup’s bravery bringing peace and cohabitation between the beasts and humans, his dad thinks Hiccup would make a perfect successor. Stoick deems it so, should he die.

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Jonah Hill apologizes for homophobic slur used

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It seems Jonah Hill, the 22 Jump Street actor, has been getting a lot of press lately for something besides his upcoming movie. Over the weekend, Hill yelled “faggot” at a photographer who kept taunting and pestering the 30-year-old actor.

On June 3, Hill apologized for his error on The Howard Stern Show noting that what he called the reporter was wrong and hopes people can learn from his mistake.

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