REVIEW: Moonlight (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     5/5      If you asked me this question just a few months ago, I probably would have responded with, “What’s Moonlight?” This movie seemed to come out of nowhere. But there’s always at least one movie a year that sneaks up on me like this.  Last year it was Brooklyn, and if you know…

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REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016) by Jason Michael

Anticipation:  3/5  In the HBO produced Talking Funny, Chris Rock explains that audiences “want the same thing, but different” when it comes to their entertainment. Since its inception, Marvel Studios has definitely come to exploit that. I haven’t hidden that superhero fatigue has started to settle in my bitter, jaded self. But, I like Benedict…

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REVIEW: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     3.5/5     As I thought about seeing Hacksaw Ridge, there were a few things that made me feel good about it, and a few things that didn’t. First, the good. Andrew Garfield in a starring role. I remember seeing him in The Social Network and thinking that he would be a big…

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REVIEW: The Accountant (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:    3/5    I saw The Accountant more because of a snafu rather than outright desire to see. The original plan was to see Keeping Up with the Joneses, but the theater’s download was corrupted. It’s Ben Affleck doing what he’s great at. Couldn’t be too bad, right? Final Verdict:   4.5/5   Based on…

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PODCAST: AtlanticSC Ep.11 Jack Reacher Never Go Back

This week, Jason and Lee give Jack Reacher naysayers the two-fingered salute as they underline both the negatives and the positives of Tom Cruise’s latest action/comedy. The film is directed by Edward Zwick and stars Tom Cruise running,  Tom Cruise sweating, Tom Cruise fighting, Tom Cruise bleeding, Tom Cruise threatening, and Tom Cruise killing. Ep11…

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REVIEW: Candyman (1992) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     3/5     A few friends and I thought a horror film night was on the cards given that Halloween is just around the corner, so we pooled together a few films and started picking our favourites. I hadn’t heard of Clive Barker’s Candyman before. It came recommended from a friend, and quickly inspired interest from…

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REVIEW: American Honey (2016) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     2.5/5   Apart from a brief rundown from a knowledgeable cinema usher, I had heard and read very little about American Honey. The last ‘coming-of-age’ film I saw must’ve been The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) about a year after it was released onto DVD. Coupling curiosity with the fact that American Honey…

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Film Grains: De Palma (2015) by David Hart

Anticipation:   2.5/5  So, my Brian De Palma viewing is lacking, I will admit.  If I had seen more of his movies (Dressed to Kill, Sisters, Carrie, Carlito’s Way, Scarface, Body Double, The Untouchables), I would have been much more excited. But I will say this, he is one of the more interesting filmmakers out there….

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ASC Podcast Episode 9: Ghostbusters (2016)

This week on #AtlanticSC, Jason and Lee tackle one of the most divisive movies of 2016, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. The movie stars Sony products such as Vaio, Blu-ray, and also others secretly owned by Sony such as Coca-Cola, H&M (who collaborate with Coca-Cola), Hi-C, and Pringles. We also discuss upcoming projects for the ASC…

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Film Grains: Masterminds (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   5/5  Masterminds has some of my favorite comedians from SNL: Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Jason Sudeikis. The trailer looked really funny. It didn’t look too smart by any means, but I enjoy other work from these people, so surely this could be a winner too. Right? Final Verdict:   1/5…

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ASC Podcast Episode 8: Seven Samurai

You voted for it on the #AtlanticSC Twitter poll (claiming 53%), so this week Jason and Lee discuss Akira Kurosawa’s classic epic, Seven Samurai. The film was released in 1954 and stars Toshiro Mifune and Takeshi Shimura. We also discuss Paul Schrader’s upcoming Dog Eat Dog, Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush and…

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ASC Podcast Episode 7: Terminator 2 Judgment Day

Jason and Lee revisit a childhood classic on episode 7 of the #AtlanticSC podcast: Terminator 2 Judgment Day (1991). The film was directed by James Cameron and stars Earl Boen, Jenette Goldstein and Don and Dan Stanton. Other topics of discussion include the trailer for Passengers, Clouzot’s 1955 film Diabolique, the Infiltrator, and Captain Fantastic….

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Film Grains: X-Men Apocalypse (2016)

Anticipation:  2.5/5   I didn’t like the trailers. Everything seemed to be pointing to shoddy effects, bad storytelling involving Roland Emmerich-type schlock; the antithesis to Days of Future Past (2014). Final Verdict:  3.5/5   I have to say X-Men Apocalypse one of the most entertaining X-Men movies to come out; perhaps even my favorite in the franchise after…

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Film Grains: The Magnificent Seven (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     2/5    When we did our podcast episode on The Equalizer, my guest and I discussed our fears of Antoine Fuqua taking on a huge cast and a treasured film property like The Magnificent Seven. I even watched the “original” (itself a remake of Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) in preparation for the new film. So,…

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ASC Podcast Episode 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

On Episode 6 of the ASC Podcast, Jason and Lee discuss 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Lee explains how Willy Wonka is characterized as only half an adult, while Jason has a bone to pick with literary critics. The film was directed by Mel Stuart and stars the Wonka Bar and the late,…

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Film Grains: The Running Man (1987) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5   The Running Man is a film I’m familiar with in name only. I’ve missed many seminal sci-fi classics over the years, so I was slightly intrigued because The Running Man is one of them and it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had become a household name at that point. I was also compelled…

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ASC Podcast Episode 5: Captain America Civil War

Although Jason and Lee both really enjoyed Captain America Civil War (2016), on Episode 5 of the Atlantic Screen Connection podcast, they get very nit picky about the film. Captain America Civil War (2016) is directed by the Russo Brothers and stars Don Cheadle, Marisa Tomei, Emily VanCamp, and Hope Davis. Ep02 Breakdown Introduction Pt.1   Trailer Talk  2:18 Pt.2…

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Film Grains: Sully (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:    3/5     So, I’m not the biggest Clint Eastwood fan.  Frankly, I think he is a tiny bit overrated as a director.  He’s just very hit or miss, and after watching the trailer for Sully (2016), I was leaning towards miss.  However, he did wrangle the performance of a lifetime out of Bradley…

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Film Grains: The Light Between Oceans (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:    5/5   Look, I could not have been more excited for this movie.  It features three actors whose work I really enjoy. Michael Fassbender is a household name at this point, but anyone who can give a performance like he did in Shame (2011) is worth watching. Alicia Vikander was fantastic in two roles last…

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