Screened Out – The BFG

By : Stephen Miller
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Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Hall, voice of Mark Rylance

Gently folded into this sweet, slow movie are some beautiful images and a single memorable character. No one else here charms like the Big Friendly Giant (the BFG of the title, perfectly voiced by Rylance). Rylance even brings his creature to life when the computer animation around him looks clumsy.

“Human beans is not really believing in giants, is they?” say the BFG in his confused, broken English. “Human beans is not thinking we exist.”

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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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