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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Sundance 2020: Kajillionaire

Kajillionaire is a heist movie that follows a family of con artists living in Los Angeles and struggling to keep a roof over their head. Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Theresa Dyne (Debra Winger) are con artists.  They’ve raised their daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to follow them into the family business.  It may not be the best life but it’s the life they have for themselves.  The family owes money while also living in…

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Sundance 2020: The Last Shift

One man is preparing to call it quits in The Last Shift while training his replacement in a film that starts a conversation on social issues. Stanley (Richard Jenkins) is closing in on his final graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish.  For this final weekend after 38 years, Stanley trains Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie) to take over the shift.  Throughout the weekend, we learn more about the characters.  For instance, Jevon is also a…

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Chicago Film Festival: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is perhaps the finest film ever to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and actress Sally Hawkins delivers a top-notch performance in the Cold War-set film. With a screenplay co-written by  del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, the film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. Set in 1962, a classified asset is brought into a government laboratory in Baltimore where Strickland (Shannon) is hellbent…

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