Screened Out – The Founder

By : Stephen Miller
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Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini

I have friends who are boycotting The Founder – the movie about American businessman Ray Kroc – because they hate McDonalds and all it stands for. That’s sort of like boycotting Schindler’s List because you think the Holocaust was bad.

McDonalds isn’t making any money off of this lightly comic flick about their less-than-reputable owner. And it’s not like Micky D’s is going to offer Happy Meal toys and collectible cups based on The Founder.

Although, now I’ve typed that, I wish they would.

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Screened Out – Wild

By : Stephen Miller
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Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski

In the first scene of Wild – halfway through her 1100-mile hike – Cheryl Strayed pauses to peel off her hiking boots and pull her detached toenail from her big purple toe. Then, one of her boots slides down a cliff. In frustration, she throws the other shoe after it while releasing a primal scream.

Don’t let that make you think everything is hopeless. Strayed is portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, the plucky heroine of Election, the Legally Blonde films, and Walk the Line. So, we already know with rock-solid certainty that she will be fine.

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Screened Out – The Fault in Our Stars

By : Stephen Miller
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Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Sam Trammel

“I am not a mathematician, but I know this,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster (a radiant Woodley) in The Fault in Our Stars, “There are infinite numbers between zero and one. There are .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get.”

Why? Because, at 16, she is slowly dying of cancer. Experimental treatments have only prolonging the inevitable. So, why, then would she ever let herself fall in love with Augustus Waters (a charming Elgort) – who has barely survived his own cancer, having lost a leg?

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