Screened Out – The 33

By : Stephen Miller
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Antonia Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Maria Bello, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin

In 2010, the world waited with bated breath as 33 Chilean miners were trapped underground. Reports of them came daily and even hourly. Television and print exposed us to their terrible working conditions and impoverished lives. We asked, would the ground keep shifting? Did anyone die? Would they get out?

The 33 has that obviously riveting, dramatic story at its core. It also often delves into a nifty, gritty filmic language. Unfortunately, the script is buried under miles of cliché and grandstanding speeches. One starts to doubt the veracity, the story is told with so much melodrama.

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Screened Out – Focus

By : Stephen Miller
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Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney

You can feel Focus trying to be as debonair and romantic as the Oceans films and as character-driven as American Hustle. Despites its sites, it never reaches those heights.

It’s not that Smith isn’t an expert at playing slick – he’s less appealing at the romantic banter required here. It’s also not that Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) isn’t sexy. In fact, her glamour and comic timing are the best things about this flick. The complications are entertaining. Although this is pure escapism, it’s just slight on memorable moments and sexual chemistry.

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