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Miss Sloane

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Elizabeth Sloane is a high-powered Washington political lobbyist at the top of her game, but makes a surprise career move when presented with the chance to take on the gun lobby on a bill to enforce background checks for all on gun buyers. Does she really believe in the cause, or is she simply intrigued by the challenge of “winning big, bigger than I ever have before”, despite the formidable opposition of the well-funded gun lobby…

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Hail Caesar! (6/10)

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“Hail Caesar!” is a gentle comedy on the surface, but seems to me more a homage to the glory days of the Hollywood studio system in the 1930s-50s. At that time the “big five” studios (Warner, RKO, Fox, Loew and Paramount) controlled every aspect of film production, from script writing through to distribution. Actors were on contract to a studio, who managed every aspect of their career and their public image.

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Goon (6/10)

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I can’t say Seann William Scott is an actor who would attract me to watch a movie – his highlights are a set of silly roles in well-below-mediocre movies like Dude Where’s My Car, American Loser, and of course the American Pie franchise.

But I did watch Goon, with Scott in the titular role. He plays Doug Glatt, a nice-but-dim bouncer who hasn’t found his ‘thing’ yet, unlike his loudmouthed rude and crude best friend Pat, or his doctor brother.

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