Burn After Reading: A Comedic Political Thriller

The Coen brothers find a way to mix both political thriller and dark comedy in Burn After Reading to give us a beautiful piece of cinema. Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) quits his job as a CIA analyst and uses this newfound time to write his memoir.  His wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton), sees this and continues having an affair with U.S. Marshal Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney).  It feels like everybody is having an affair as we…

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The Descendants: George Clooney’s Career-Best

George Clooney manages to turn in a career-best performance as a father of two daughters in the Hawaiian-set The Descendants. Alexander Payne adapts Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel for the screen in true cinematic fashion.  Because of the whole cheating aspect, this probably isn’t a film that could have been released during the Production Code era.  Regardless, it’s one of my favorite films from 2011.  In a perfect world, George Clooney would have won an Oscar…

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Up in the Air: One of 2009’s Best Films

Over a decade following its theatrical release, Up in the Air remains one of the best films to have been released in 2009. With the exception of 2014’s Men, Women, and Children, Jason Reitman can do no wrong. Heading into Up in the Air, Reitman was hitting home run after home run.  This was his third feature following both Thank You for Smoking and Juno.  Basing the film on Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel of the…

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Michael Clayton Still Holds Up

Michael Clayton is a legal suspense thriller that manages to get our attention from the very moment that the picture appears on the screen. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) has a lot of issues here that seem to take him in every which direction.  For one, one of his co-workers, Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) has suffered a breakdown.  The other thing going on here is that an agricultural conglomerate client–U-North–is on the opposite end of a…

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Tomorrowland: An Underappreciated Disney Film

The futuristic Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, is certainly an underappreciated Disney release. Frank Walker (George Clooney) takes us back to his childhood during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.  Young Frank unsuccessful in selling his prototype jetpack to David Nix (Hugh Laurie).  Athena (Raffey Cassidy) hands Frank a Tomorrowland pin and gives him instructions to follow her to Walt Disney’s It’s A Small World attraction.  Next thing we know, he’s transported…

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Batman and Robin Puts Batman Out Of Misery

Batman and Robin is the fourth film in the series but it’s also the film that finally kills the franchise by putting Batman out of his misery. “This is why Superman works alone,” Batman (George Clooney) tells Robin (Chris O’Donnell). With dialogue like this, you know we’re going to be in for a bumpy ride.  It’s so much of a bumpy ride that I’m not even going to really dive into the plot like in…

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Money Monster: High-Stakes Thriller Told in Real Time

Money Monster isn’t a great film but it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Jodie Foster directs from a screenplay by Jamie Linden and Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf, the latter two of which wrote the story. George Clooney and Julia Roberts headline a cast that also includes Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Chris Bauer, Dennis Boutsikaris, Emily Meade, Condola Rashad, and Aaron Yoo. Told…

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