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JOHN GOODMAN as John Chambers, ALAN ARKIN as Lester Siegel and BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez in “ARGO,” a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Affleck holds our attention hostage with ‘Argo’

As they say on The Colbert Report, “a tip of the hat” to Ben Affleck on both directing and staring in Argo, a riveting political thriller based on the true story of joint efforts between the U.S. and Canada to rescue six hostages from Iran. You have to commend any director who can take a historic event like the Iran hostage crisis and still have us at the edge of our seats, breathlessly waiting for the outcome. History tells us that the hostages survive, but Affleck is able to take that drama and suspense to a level where the audience is as anxious as the hostages themselves. Continue reading

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign

Galifianakis and Ferrell win votes with ‘The Campaign’

Politics of 2012 are already ridiculous, from Newt Gingrich’s moon base to Mitt Romney’s animal abuse to Rick Santorum’s general awfulness. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, give us hilarious takes on campaign speeches and Super PACs for real politicians. In The Campaign, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring us two fictional politicians we can get behind. Continue reading

Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley in The Dictator

All hail Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘The Dictator’

Sacha Baron Cohen can wholly become a character like few other actors working today. As we saw in Borat and Brüno, he seemingly transforms beyond recognition into whatever heavily accented, exaggeratedly foreign, brazenly funny character he is embodying. While The Dictator is more of a traditional, narrative film that his two previous mockumentaries, Cohen still manages to fully become his character and give us some crude, sharp and satirical jokes. Continue reading

Dominic Cooper stars as Latif Yahia (left) and Uday Hussein (right) in THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Dominic Cooper dazzles in ‘The Devil’s Double’

Dominic Cooper stars as Latif Yahia (left) and Uday Hussein (right) in THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Imagine being best friends with a rich, famous guy who throws the best parties and gets all the hot girls. Sounds like an episode of Entourage, except that this famous guy isn’t Vinny Chase, he’s Uday Hussein and he’s also a psychotic, arrogant maniac. Continue reading

Casino Jack

Casino Jack struggles with pacing

The world of D.C. lobbyists is filled with slick, fast-talking, callous, sleaze bags getting into high-stakes sexy action while exchanging money and extravagant gifts for political favors… well, according to Hollywood anyway. Most of the time, it seems like they’d fit in better with Ari Gold on Entourage than they do on Capitol Hill. It’s no surprise, then, that Casino Jack shows infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff as a wannabe movie producer whose skills in the art of bullshit let him pull strings all the way up to the White House. Continue reading

Robert Rodriguez's Machete

Machete, a superhero for the immigration age

The release of Machete could not have been more perfectly timed. With the immigration debate reigning as media’s hot button de jour, a film that makes a bold political statement with stellar filmmaking and performances is sure to stir up some controversy. Continue reading

Michael Moore’s at it again with Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story, a new documentary by Michael Moore, opens Oct 2There’s no such thing as an objective documentary. Every documentary, right down to the ones about wild animals roaming the tundra, has been injected with some opinion because every documentary is composed of shots and scenes edited together to create a sort of story. Michael Moore is a master of piecing these elements together to create meaning and a message. Continue reading