Screened Out – Hello, My Name is Doris

By : Stephen Miller
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Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Stephen Root, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Tyne Daly, Peter Gallagher

A great performer can make a bad film good; she’ll never make it great. Doris is not terrible. It’s got its problems – mostly a vacillating tone, from comedy to drama to even stalker thriller. What keeps this boat from completely tanking is Sally Field as the title character.

Every so often, Doris cares about its lead as much as it wants us to. The rest of the time, it’s makes us squirm and wince as it dives from embarrassment to cliché and back.

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Screened Out – The Big Short

By : Stephen Miller
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Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Billy Magnuson, Rafe Spall, Tracy Letts, Margo Robbie

This Oscar-nominated dark comedy succeeds – and the people in the film succeed – by betting on failure. While the rest of us were reeling from the financial crash of 2008 – foreclosing our houses, losing jobs, watching our retirement funds disappear – a small group of counter-thinkers were getting rich.

Director/co-writer Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Anchorman) finally arrives with a film that entertains while it infuriates. It’s callous, cavalier comedy about a subject sometimes hard to understand: subprime loans. Next to Spotlight – another true story about uncovering a scandal – The Big Short has the best ensemble cast this year.

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