Screened Out – The Revenant

By : Stephen Miller
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck

Beautiful, savage, and relentless; those are the words that come to mind watching The Revenant, the newest film by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel). The acting is brilliant. The landscape photography is gorgeous. The film makes its point long, long, long before it’s willing to move on.

It’s like its protagonist – driven, focused, and overwhelmingly cruel. Whether The Revenant succeeds depends on how committed you are to a dogged, ferocious film at 2 hours and 40 minutes, as horrifying, bloody, cruddy things keep piling up.

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Screened Out – Legend

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton

There’s about an hour and forty minutes of good stuff here. Unfortunately, this biopic is nearly two hours and fifteen minutes long. It also focuses on the boring parts. Legend doesn’t completely claim what’s shocking about its real-life story.

The flick does offer the gimmick of Tom Hardy playing twins. Set in 1960s London and concerning two very fascinating gangster personalities, it should have had so much more. It should’ve explored Ronnie Kray’s violent sexuality and his and his brother’s dangerous commitment to each other, even as their relationship promised ruin.

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Tom Hardy shuts down reporter after asked about his sexuality

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tom Hardy and a reporter shared an awkward moment at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 12.

Hardy was promoting his new film Legend, where the British hunk plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The Kray twins, one of whom is bisexual in the film, were notorious London gangsters.

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Screened Out – Mad Max: Fury Road

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Mad Max: Fury Road is chock full of testosterone – the real deal, not the fake stuff that tries too hard to cover how gay it is (see 300). My very gay best friend swore this flick made him straight for a few minutes. I mean genuinely straight, not “Republican minister straight.”

Fury Road is also filled to the brim with grit, gore, and apocalyptic car chases. Even for the dark, hopeless world it shows, it’s actually really fun! Not only a great reboot of the Mad Max franchise, this B-movie bonanza is the first great guilty pleasure of the summer.

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Screened Out – The Drop

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace

Do you long for an autumnal chill? You may find something cold to drink with The Drop. This gritty, violent, inner-city thriller may have some faults – mostly a boring title and a sluggish first act – but the performances, especially Hardy’s tantalizing role, deliver a short crime drama worth a watch.

Novelist Dennis Lehane wrote the script; he also provided the source material for Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River. This brief film is of the same brew as those flicks. The Drop is based on a short story, “Animal Rescue,” also be Lehane.

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