“To cook meat well, don’t touch it too much.” According to Peter Sarsgaard, that’s the approach writer-director Kelly Reichardt takes to her movies and you can absolutely see that in her latest, Night Moves. Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning lead as Josh and Dena, a couple and pair of environmental activists determined to blow up a dam in Oregon. In order to get the job done, they team up with Sarsgaard’s Harmon, a former Marine who has a little more knowhow. Even though the trio actually manages to pull it off, their success doesn’t have the intended effect and instead leaves them suffering the consequences themselves.
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The 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat made headway (no pun intended) as the first film of its kind to feature a plot, earned $100 million – or $600 million, depending on whom you believe – and ultimately became an unforgettable piece of pop culture. But what you see in the film, its reception and figures in no way represent what was going on behind the camera, and director Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace is here to shed some light on just that.
Amanda Seyfried leads as Linda Lovelace. While she may have become a household name for her sexual freedom and talents, growing up, Linda was an innocent young girl who always obeyed her parents’ strict curfew. That is until Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) walked into her life. Chuck took Linda under his wing, made her his adoring wife, and, ultimately, turned her into a star. But despite the fact that Linda essentially capitulated the couple to fame, money, and success, Chuck always wanted more, even if more came at Linda’s expense.
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You know those ride simulators in arcades or even the ones like the Spider-Man ride in universal? They’re a blast, right? Then again, remove the vehicle that bumps along with the ride and watch that video in another location and it’s probably not particularly enjoyable anymore. Well, consider Green Lantern that displaced amusement park simulator video, tacky visuals, unconvincing and only capable of holding your attention for minutes at a time.
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is your average guy. Actually, not really; he’s a test pilot who enjoys taking big risks, flying high and showing off his ego 24/7. Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), Hal’s crush, co-worker and the daughter of Carl Ferris (Jay O. Sanders), the big bossman at Ferris Air, is always on Hal’s case, but tolerates his bad attitude. However, when Hal takes it upon himself to show off at work, wrecking his plane and defaming Ferris Air’s latest stealth models in the process, Hal gets the boot.
Meanwhile, out in space, the caged monster Parallax consumes enough fear to break out of his prison and go after the individual who put him there, Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) of the Green Lantern Corps. After suffering a fatal wound, Abin Sur crash lands on Earth with just enough time to let his Green Lantern ring pick its new owner, Hal. Before he knows it, the power of the ring whisks Hal away to the home of the Green Lantern Corps, the planet Oa. There he gets some Corps 101 and physical training, but as the group’s first human member, the youngest race in the galaxy, Hal becomes wary of the ring’s selection process. Hal’s forced to decide whether or not he’s worthy of being a Green Lantern fast because Parallax is on the way.
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