R-rated thrillers are hardly ever this dull and listless, but this movie manages to eradicate all of Timberlakes charisma and makes you flash back to Afflecks Paycheck/Gigli era. How does this even happen? Sometimes, films just turn out wrong. Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), working from a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen), presumably set out to make a compelling crime drama set against an unusual backdrop. But what they wound up with is yet another slick and generic tale about a young man who dabbles in a life of crime, discovers its not for him and turns on his mentor. Nothing in the movie rings true, not the FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) willing to break the rules in order to get his man, nor the ambiguous romantic interest (Gemma Arterton) who may be running her own scam, nor the crooked Costa Rican cops and politicians who seem to do nothing other than get drunk with hookers, smoke cigars and wait for their latest bribe money to be delivered. Movies about poker usually like to bluff and surprise the audience. But Runner Runner, which teaches you absolutely nothing about the phenomenon of Internet gambling, doesnt have a single twist in store. The film is so rote and transparent that you keep waiting for a big reveal or curve something, anything, that would explain Timberlake and Afflecks presence here, other than the opportunity to spend several weeks in beautiful Puerto Rico (where the movie was filmed). Nothing about Runner Runner makes sense: Not its R rating, which easily could have been avoided with the removal of a couple of f-bombs; not the intermittent voiceover narration by Timberlake, which is used to plaster over plot holes; not even the participation of Leonardo DiCaprio as one of the films producers. Was this an early project he once considered starring in that just never got made?
‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘About Time,’ And Three Other Movies From The New York Film Festival
And that’s a shame, because the movie is fantastic. As Chris Rosen points out, Oscar Isaac is great as the folk singing title character , Llewyn Davis, who’s trying to stay true to his craft in 1961 New York City. For some reason I had it in my head that Llweyn Davis (the movie and the character) would be more “folksy.” I wasn’t expecting the movie to feel so jaded, and I mean that as a compliment. As far as Coen brothers movies go, Inside Llewyn Davis is closer to Fargo in tone (with a lot less murders) than something like Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Alan Partridge A new ownership group is taking over the radio station where DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) works and, now, everyone is fearful for their jobs. After being laid off, Pat (Colm Meaney) returns to the station, armed with a rifle, and takes the staff hostage. Alan, who wasn’t there at the time of Pat’s attack, is sent in by a hostage negotiation team to be the middleman of the negotiations. Though, Alan starts to like his newfound relevancy, and just possibly lets Pat’s siege go on longer than it should. Before seeing this movie, I was unfamiliar with Steve Coogan’s famous-to-everyone-else-but-me British disc jokey character. So, you certainly don’t have to be a fan of this character — or, for that matter, even know who this character is — before seeing this film. And, yes, I laughed a lot during Alan Partridge. Captain Phillips I’ve already written about this movie at length . I only include it here again because I can’t stop thinking about it.
Well, the Prima Cinema takes the wait out, letting you get movies at home while theyre still in the theater. If youre hoping for some sort of cheap, Apple Apple TV-sized box to stream movies from the Internet, youre out of luck. Its more like the Kaleidescape movie server , in that its a hard drive with a lot of copy protection. How It Works On built-in, encrypted hard drives, up to 50 2D or 3D movies can be stored. The player itself is made in the US and is rack-mountable. The separate fingerprint scanner (you read that right), has a die-cast aluminum chassis. The player connects to your display via HDMI. Movies are automatically downloaded, but you only pay for the movies you watch. Prima claims better than Blu-ray quality and twice the sharpness of Blu-ray which is a bit of a stretch, seeing as the resolution is 1080p/24 (same as Blu-ray). The encoded bit rate is twice that of Blu-ray (less compression ) and there are more bits per color . So presuming your equipment can handle the latter, it should be a little better than BD.