Screened Out – Tomorrowland

By : Stephen Miller
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Britt Robertson, George Clooney, High Laurie, Tim McGraw, Raffey Cassidy, Pierce Gagnon, Keegan-Michael Key

Disney has had varying success when it comes to creating the ride first and the movie second. That awful dreck Haunted Mansion sullied one of my favorite rides at the park. For the first Pirates of the Caribbean, there are the other four films of motley quality. Now The Incredibles’ Brad Bird and Lost’s screenwriter Damon Lindelof present a frustrating a movie based on a whole Magic Kingdom land.

Tomorrowland suffers under Lindelof’s favorite gimmick – not even hinting what the *#&^! movie is about until 20 minutes from the end! It’s what makes his scripts for Prometheus and Star Trek: Into Darkness lacking. All of his work is filled with cool stuff to see; the story never raises the stakes early enough, so we flounder, waiting for reasons to care. He thinks doodads create mystery and motivation.

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Screened Out – Wish I Was Here

By : Stephen Miller
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Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King

This is Zach Braff’s infamous Kickstarter film, the one that he shot by raising funds through the Internet. It feels like everyone who gave him five bucks also gave plot ideas. Though Wish possesses some lovely scenes, great acting and charm cannot pull it together.

As a writer and a director, Braff showed serious promise with Garden State, ten years ago. In contrast, this misbalanced but touching dramedy tries to cover too much story.

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