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Money Monster

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If you put George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell together, directed by Jodie Foster, you’d be right to be expecting a pretty decent film. And indeed, Money Monster is just that: a pretty decent film. George Clooney is Lee Gates, loudmouth host of ‘Money Monster’, a TV show where he dances and prances around making wild predictions about the markets and advocating his latest stock picks with great arrogance and fanfare. During a live show, viewer Kyle Budwell manages to slip onto the set, quickly turning it into a gun-waving, bomb-vest packing hostage situation.

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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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Tomorrowland (aka Project T) (5/10)

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A girl Casey (an ever-hopeful Britt Robertson) finds a pin, which upon touching it seems to take her instantaniously to a magical place – a place designed by the brightest and the best scientists and engineers on the planet, a place where the future seems as bright as can be. Indeed: that place is Tomorrowland.

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