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The Way Way Back
2 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What better time of year could one choose to set a sentimental coming-of-age movie other than summer? Summertime has always been that youthful energetic part of the year every kid looks forward to, but The Way Way Back paints a darker picture than your usual colorful coastal palate. A 14 year old Duncan is stuck between a rock and a hard place: his mom is dating a sinister and selfish man (played by the great Steve Carell) who takes his new family to his beach house where Duncan meets a new group of characters... and his own dad doesn't wnt him. What makes this film work so well is the cast. Steve Carell in one of his more unique roles as the bad guy does an amazing job, and Sam Rockwell gives the same effort as the friendly everyday jackass. I really liked learning it was directed by two members of the cast: it adds a touch of sentiment and originality to an already indie feel. I only wish the relationship between Duncan and his new neighbor had been explored a little bit more. Otherwise, this is a highly watchable and memorable film thanks to the location, soundtrack, and mainly the awesome cast. There may be better coming-of-age stories, but The Way Way Back is undoubtedly one of the better ones.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
2 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

An oddball thriller that turns up the heat pretty quickly with a game changing plot twist an hour in. Matt Damon plays a perfectly creepy young man, Tom Ripley, who wants nothing more than to have a life full of friends. He quickly forms an obsession over Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) whom he was sent to Italy to bring back to the U.S., but things go awry when Tom takes things too far. The tone of the film changes from fun and playful to grim and violent very quickly. It's a mildly interesting crime driven character study taking place in a beautiful location: Italy. See it for the performances and visuals.

The Lost City of Z
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Lost City of Z is a welcome change of pace in a season where production value sells over story. It's a slow-burning yet epic adventure about an explorer named Percival Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam) who sets out to find a city allegedly made of gold, deep in the South American wilderness . He was great in Sons of Anarchy, and he holds an even greater screen-presence now that he's made it to the big leagues. It's the sincerity and passion he brings to the character that makes you want to find the lost city as much as he does. Robert Pattinson is also great and nearly unrecognizable as a researcher accompanying Percival on the adventure. At 140 minutes, I was surprised to find that it didn't feel dragged out and that every scene felt like an integral part of the overall story arc. It's kind of like if Indiana Jones were to be a real person, without the Hollywood cliches attached to it. This is a beautifully shot, epic tale that will likely be just as good 10 or 20 years from now.

Team Foxcatcher
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The story of Foxcatcher Farms and John du Pont, the man that runs the massive wrestling operation that takes place there, is a fascinating one. This Netflix documentary is a must-see companion piece to the 2014 dramatization of the events (Foxcatcher), titled simply "Team Foxcatcher". Team Foxcatcher takes a different approach, completely dropping the relationship du Pont had with Mark Schultz to focus more on the events leading up to the murder of Mark's brother, David. We're given a closer look at du Pont's motives, which were brought on by a severe case of paranoid schizophrenia and a more intricate look at the events following the murder. What makes this such a compelling story is the idea that nothing, not even money or power, can save some from destroying themselves.

Foxcatcher
Foxcatcher (2014)
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The two words that encapsulate the whole of Foxcatcher: bleak and bizarre. Based on the true story about a man who is taken under the wing of an eccentric wrestling enthusiast wielding the power of his heritage and the old money that comes with it. The first thing you'll notice is how bleak it all is: from the color palette to the people the actors bring into this utterly depressing Pennsylvania farm. Steve Carell shatters expectations, nailing the mannerisms and look (virtually unrecognizable) of John du Pont. The most impressive part of this performance is how uncomfortable Carell makes you feel while watching him. Overshadowed in character and in performance by Mark Ruffalo (who I think was overrated in this film) is Channing Tatum. Like Carell, it's the best performance of his career, hands down. My biggest qualm with Foxcatcher is the creative decision to focus on everything but du Pont's psychology and the downward spiral that's caused by it. The reason this story is famous is because of what du Pont did, and the reasons behind his motive were only explored on a basic and surface level. This makes the twist at the end feel more random than shocking. I'd recommend watching the Netflix documentary "Team Foxcatcher" as a companion piece to get a more accurate interpretation of the illness that drove du Pont to end his career and destroy his reputation. Otherwise, Foxcatcher is a movie filled with high-caliber performances from actors who will take you by surprise, and is a beautifully photographed American tragedy.