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Going In Style

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.” Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Scott’s Take

I’m not going to lie, I had a miserable time while watching Going In Style. It was harmless but it was just not funny at all. I don’t think I laughed once and I can attest that this is a movie that Steve fell asleep in. FACT. Stay away.

Steve’s Take

I will not deny falling asleep in this one. I will also not deny having an extra whiskey or two. That being said, I will give this one another chance this week. I feel like I owe it to Freeman and the boys.

The Circle

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Scott’s Take

You would think with the talent attached to The Circle, it would be moderately entertaining at worst. Nope, this one is straight garbage. We get it, people are watching us. Clear your browser history and stay away from The Circle.

Steve’s Take

What horrible reviews for one that I was very interested in seeing. I won’t let those reviews stop me from checking it out, but I am disappointed already.

Colossal

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

Scott’s Take

Colossal is such a weird movie, but if you can get past it’s bizarreness, you are in for one hell of a treat. One of my favorite movies this year.

Steve’s Take

This one intrigues me and will be watched this week.

Wakefield

In Robin Swicord’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.

Scott’s Take

This is one I am interested in grabbing this week. The trailer has me intrigues and Cranston is always money!

Steve’s Take

See Scott’s take. Well, except for Cranston is always money. I love him, but he made me sit through Why Him?

Next Week

Our pick this week is Colossal. Next week we have King Arthur and Snatched. Have a great week everyone.