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Café Society
Café Society (2016)
7 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Lighthearted and fun, Café Society is a witty satire from Woody Allen. The story follows a young man who moves out to Hollywood hoping to work for his uncle in the movie business and he soon falls in love. Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively, the film has an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And Allen's dialog is especially well-written, with a lot of clever commentary on Hollywood. Additionally, the sets and costumes look and feel authentic to the 1930s. However, the plot kind of meanders a bit and doesn't do a lot of character development. Yet while it has its problems, Café Society is an entertaining and charming film that delivers some good laughs.

The Meddler
The Meddler (2016)
7 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne star in the quirky, off-beat comedy The Meddler. After the death of her husband Marnie Minervini moves to Los Angeles to be near her daughter and begins inserting herself into her life, and in the process Marnie ends up making a new live for herself. Sarandon gives a strong performance, but Byrne is underwhelming and gets pushed into the background. The writing is also an issue, as it doesn't have a lot of focus and leaves a lot of loose tangents. Yet, what comedy there is works and there's an earnestness to the mother/daughter relationship. Mildly entertaining, The Meddler is kind of fun, though it's also a bit of mess.

Miracles from Heaven
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Miracles are everywhere." Jennifer Garner stars in the faith based film Miracles from Heaven. Based on a true story, when her daughter developed a life threatening digestive disorder Christy Beam struggles with her faith and goes to extremes to get her daughter medical care. Garner gives a very strong performance, as does child actress Kylie Rogers, and they have great chemistry as mother and daughter. Also, the script is especially well-written and never feels preacher or hockey (like a lot of faith based films do). And while there's a bit of melodrama, it's fairly restrained. A touching and powerful film, Miracles from Heaven is a compelling story about love and community.

The Infiltrator
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Infiltrator is a thrilling docudrama about the 1980s drug war. The story follows Customs agent Robert Mazur as he puts together a major undercover operation to bust a Columbian drug cartel that's smuggling cocaine into the US. Starring Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, and Benjamin Bratt, the film has a solid cast. And, the writers do a good job at breaking down Mazur's money laundering scheme and at setting up who the various drug bosses are. Additionally, the set and costume designers create an authentic 1980s look and feel, which helps in setting a gritty, dramatic tone. While it's kind of a familiar story, The Infiltrator is a compelling look at the challenges and dangers of living a double life.

Dog Eat Dog
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An ultraviolent and vulgar dark comedy, Dog Eat Dog is an ugly mess. The story follows a group of smalltime Cleveland gangsters who try for a big score with a kidnapping, but things all fall apart. Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe lead the cast, but their performances aren't very good (Dafoe is particularly horrendous). And the directing is terrible, as none of the stylistic choices work, and the sets look cheap. Additionally, the sex and violence are incredibly gratuitous and makes the film feel dirty. Complete garbage, Dog Eat Dog is a pointless waste of time.