Kaitlyn Booth

Review: Hacksaw Ridge Is An Important Story Kneecapped By Its Director

Review: Hacksaw Ridge Is An Important Story Kneecapped By Its Director

Title: Hacksaw Ridge Director: Mel Gibson Summary: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The expression is ‘actions speak louder than words’ and we all know what it […]

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Review: Deepwater Horizon Has Good Intentions But Stumbles

Review: Deepwater Horizon Has Good Intentions But Stumbles

Title: Deepwater Horizon Director: Peter Berg Summary: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. There are some subjects that just make sense for being made into movies. The tragic events on the Gulf of Mexico that took place […]

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Review: Snowden Tries To Make The NSA Hack Into A Bourne Movie

Review: Snowden Tries To Make The NSA Hack Into A Bourne Movie

Title: Snowden Director: Oliver Stone Screenwriter: Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay), Oliver Stone (screenplay), Anatoly Kucherena (book), and Luke Harding (book) Principal Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage Summary: The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency’s employees, Edward Snowden, in the […]

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Review: ‘Sully’ Is Oscar Bait That Fails To Deliver

Review: ‘Sully’ Is Oscar Bait That Fails To Deliver

Title: Sully Director: Clint Eastwood Principal Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Laura Linney, and Mike O’Malley Screenwriter: Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley Sullenberger (based on the book “Highest Duty” by) (as Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger), and Jeffrey Zaslow (based on the book “Highest Duty” by) Summary: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero […]

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Review: War Dogs Is Disjointed And Not Funny

Review: War Dogs Is Disjointed And Not Funny

Title: War Dogs Director: Todd Phillips Screenplay: Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay), Jason Smilovic (screenplay), and Guy Lawson (based on the Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes”) Principal Cast: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, and Ana de Armas Summary: Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim […]

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Review: The Finest Hours Misses The Human Element In A Disaster Movie

Review: The Finest Hours Misses The Human Element In A Disaster Movie

Title: The Finest Hours Director: Craig Gillespie Screenwriter: Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay), Eric Johnson (screenplay), Casey Sherman (book), and Michael J. Tougias (book) Principal Cast: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, and Eric Bana Summary: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod […]

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Review: The Revenant Features A Top Tier Lead Performance But Is A Little Long

Review: The Revenant Features A Top Tier Lead Performance But Is A Little Long

Title: The Revenant Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Screenwriter: Mark L. Smith (screenplay), Alejandro González Iñárritu (screenplay), and Michael Punke (based in part on the novel by) Principal Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, and Paul Anderson Summary: A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s […]

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Review: The Danish Girl Trivializes Trans People For Oscar Nominations

Review: The Danish Girl Trivializes Trans People For Oscar Nominations

Title: The Danish Girl Director: Tom Hooper Screenwriter: David Ebershoff (novel) and Lucinda Coxon (screenplay) Principal Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoemaerts, Amber Heard, and Ben Whishaw Summary: The term ‘Oscar bait’ has been thrown around a few times this year. They say the best way to catch an Oscar is to follow a […]

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Review: Concussion Doesn’t Feel Angry Enough But Has Great Performances

Review: Concussion Doesn’t Feel Angry Enough But Has Great Performances

Title: Concussion Director: Peterson Landesman Screenwriter: Peter Landesman (written by) and Jeanne Marie Laskas (GQ article “Gain Brain”) (in part) Principal Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, and Arliss Howard Summary: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated […]

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Review: Trumbo Isn’t Perfect But Has Great Performances And Attention To Detail

Review: Trumbo Isn’t Perfect But Has Great Performances And Attention To Detail

Title: Trumbo Director: Jay Roach Screenwriter: John McNamara (written by) and Bruce Cook (book ‘Dalton Trumbo’) Principal Cast: Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, and David James Elliott Summary: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. If the award […]

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Review: The 33 Fails To Seamlessly Combine Fact And Fiction

Review: The 33 Fails To Seamlessly Combine Fact And Fiction

Title The 33 Director: Patricia Riggen Screenwriter: Mikko Alanne (screenplay), Craig Borten (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay), Jose Rivera (screen story), and Hector Tobar (based on the book “Deep Down Dark” by) Principal Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips Summary: Based on the real-life event, when a gold and […]

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Review: Everest Is Watching People Walk Slowly To Their Deaths

Review: Everest Is Watching People Walk Slowly To Their Deaths

Title: Everest Director: Baltasar Kormákur Screenwriter: William Nicholson (screenplay) and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) Principal Cast: Jason Clarke, Thomas M. Wright, Marton Henderson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal Summary: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. The disaster in May of 1996 on Mount Everest was […]

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Review: Black Mass Features A Terrifying Johnny Depp

Review: Black Mass Features A Terrifying Johnny Depp

Title: Black Mass Director: Scott Cooper Screenwriter: Mark Mallouk (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), Dick Lehr (book), and Gerard O’Neill (screenplay) Principal Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse Plemons Summary: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in […]

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Review: Straight Outta Compton Is A Bit Long But Endlessly Fascinating To Watch

Review: Straight Outta Compton Is A Bit Long But Endlessly Fascinating To Watch

Title: Straight Outta Compton Director: F. Gary Gray Screenwriter: Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay), S. Leigh Savidge (story), Alan Wenkus (story), and Andrea Berloff (story) Principal Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., and Paul Giamatti Summary: The group NWA emerges from the streets of […]