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The Founder Review

Excellent

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's. And the most remarkable thing about this film is that it's not a feature-length advertisement for the fast-food outlet. Instead, it's a strikingly balanced, warts-and-all exploration of one man who pioneered a whole new way of making a fortune, even if it meant crushing some innocent people along the way. Which of course makes the film both entertaining and involving.

Michael Keaton delivers a storming performance as Ray, who we meet as a travelling salesman in the American Midwest in 1954. Unable to get anyone to understand his theory about simplified menus and faster service, he follows a lead out west to Southern California, where brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) have done just that. He buys into their concept and begins opening franchises back in the Midwest, and his network rapidly expands. But a business partner (BJ Novak) shows him that he'll need to push the brothers aside if he wants to make some proper money.

Director John Lee Hancock keeps the film's tone light and the pace brisk, never bogging down in the darker edges of the story. But he never shies away from them either, which adds a blackly comical tone to Keaton's full-on performance as a man who will do whatever it takes to make a profit. As a result, the audience is able to sympathise with Ray even though he's increasingly unlikeable, a charming monster who shamelessly borrows ideas from everyone he meets. This makes his relationships with his fragile first wife (Laura Dern) and his more aggressive second wife (Linda Cardellini) fascinating, even if neither woman is very well defined.

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Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of orders one day and decides to track down the business buying them. It's a burger restaurant in California owned by two brothers named Richard and Maurice McDonald who have revolutionised dining with their lightning fast service and quality control. Ray starts to see potential in the company and tries to encourage them to branch out, and while the McDonald brothers are initially hesitant, they soon slowly allow Kroc to take over their business without realising that they are in danger of losing their hold on it. Kroc wants McDonald's and he's not going to let anyone stand in his way.

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Daddy's Home Review

Good

An odd mix of sentimental family warmth and gross-out antics, this comedy doesn't have the courage of its own convictions, which means that it's not quite funny enough to keep the audience fully entertained. That said, there are just about enough laughs that hit the target, and the big-hearted humour is surprisingly endearing, with larger themes that resonate even when the filmmakers get bogged down in the strained rude jokes.

Will Ferrell plays Brad, a guy who can't have kids but has always wanted to be a dad. So when he marries Sarah (Linda Cardellini), he enthusiastically dives into the stepdad role with her children (Owen Vaccaro and Scarlett Estevez). Then just as they're finally warming to him, their biological father Dusty (Mark Walhberg) turns up, clearly determined to win his family back. What follows is a battle between a too-nice dork and a super-cool biker, competing for the affections of both Sarah and the kids. Brad gets some terrible advice from his boss (Thomas Haden Church), while Dusty recruits a handyman (Hannibal Buress) to back his side.

There's plenty of potential in this premise, but the filmmakers refuse to make the decision about who the film is aimed at. It's too vulgar to be family entertainment, but it's not edgy enough to properly appeal to adults. So it sits there genially, occasionally sparking a burst of laughter or a knowing smile. But the plot never makes any sense, mainly because to make it work the filmmakers portray Brad as a complete and utter loser until the moment the movie needs him to be the good guy. All of which is painfully predictable, complete with shamelessly sappy moralising. Thankfully, the cast can play these kinds of characters effortlessly, and both Ferrell and Walhberg add details that keep the audience engaged.

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Alessandra Ambrosio, Will Ferrell, Hannibal Buress, Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg, Owen Vaccaro , Scarlett Estevev - New York premiere of 'Daddy's Home' at AMC Lincoln Square - Arrivals at AMC Lincoln Sqaure Theater - New York, United States - Sunday 13th December 2015

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Linda Cardellini - New York premiere of 'DADDY'S HOME' held at AMC Lincoln Square - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 13th December 2015

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'Daddy's Home' Star Will Ferrell Wants More Recognition For Comedy Films


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Actor Will Ferrell has said he believes comedy films deserve more recognition from award shows. Speaking at the UK premiere of his new film Daddy’s Home, Ferrell praised The Golden Globes for leading the way, but said that there’s still more to be done.

Will FerrellWill Ferrell at the UK premiere of Daddy’s Home.

"I think comedians are used to not being recognised for the most part, but I appreciate the Golden Globes has a comedy category, It feels like award shows should expand their critiquing and realise that doing comedy is difficult.”

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Linda Cardellini - Shots of a host of stars as they attended the premiere of Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 14th April 2015

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Linda Cardellini - 2015 TV LAND Awards at The Saban Theatre - Arrivals at The Saban Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th April 2015

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Katie Finneran and Linda Cardellini - Shots of a host of stars as they took to the red carpet for the Premiere of the new Netflix original series 'Bloodline' The premiere was held at the SVA Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd March 2015

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Linda Cardellini - HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Linda Cardellini - 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd September 2013

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Linda Cardellini - Entertainment Weekly's Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 20th September 2013

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Linda Cardellini - 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Sunday 15th September 2013

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Video - Zachary Quinto, Hilary Rhoda And Linda Cardellini Spotted At 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards - Part 3


'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor Zachary Quinto made a star appearance at the 2013 Cfda Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City alongside Sports Illustrated model Hilary Rhoda and 'Mad Men' star Linda Cardellini.

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Linda Cardellini - 2013 CFDA Awards - arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 3rd June 2013

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Super Review


Very Good
Writer-director Gunn gleefully subverts genre expectations with this superhero movie that goes way against the grain. And what makes it worth seeing is the fact that every scene is grounded in reality.

Frank (Wilson) only has two moments in his life when he felt happy: first was his wedding to Sarah (Tyler) and second was when he helped a cop foil a crime.

So when Sarah leaves him for the charismatic criminal Jacques (Bacon), Frank turns to crimefighting, with a little inspiration from Libby (Page), who works in a comic book shop. Frank's super alter-ego is the Crimson Bolt, smacking criminals with a pipe-wrench. And when Libby figures it out, she becomes his sidekick Boltie, helping him launch an all-out offensive to free Sarah from Jacques' control.

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Brokeback Mountain Review


Essential
The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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American Gun (2005) Review


Good
Columbine was only seven years ago and already I'm sick to death of movies inspired by it. I don't mean to be insensitive, but seriously. How many movies can be made about American gun culture? When mixed with hormonal and impressionable kids, nothing good can happen, and tragedies occur. This we understand.

The good news is that Aric Avelino has at least one brilliant spin on the tale in the ensemble piece American Gun, which tracks a handful of characters in the wake of a Columbinian tragedy. The brilliance? Making one of the main characters the single mother of the (now deceased) shooter. Now trying to cope in the same community, and trying to raise another son with less violent tendencies, she doesn't have the cash to leave and, as expected, finds himself surrounded by hate. Played by Marcia Gay Harden, the addled mother is trying to figure out how her son could have done such a thing, while facing the exact same question from the people that surround her. It's the highlight of the film, a searing portrait of humanity and society at its worst.

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Grandma's Boy Review


OK
Grandma's Boy is incredibly stoopid. Yes, that kind, with two o's in place of a u. The kind of funny wholly dependent on the amount of chronic you've inhaled prior to screening, that kind of funny that 12-year-old boys wet their pants over, that kind of funny that really just isn't that funny outside of the movie theatre.

I can see where they were going with this movie. The whole advertising campaign, in fact the entire production, is an attempt to sell the film as a late '70s, early '80s teen sex comedy. The poster art is reminiscent of the cartoonish painted posters for films like Animal House, even the title credits are superimposed against clips of Space Invaders (or is that Galaga?).

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Brokeback Mountain Review


Essential
The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Review


Bad
Clearly, the Scooby-Doo franchise is geared toward kids; after all, it is a cartoon. Yet, as I sat through a Saturday morning screening of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the youngsters at my screening were astonishingly quiet. The abundance of laughter I anticipated was absent; this surprised me considering the same team behind the amusing first film was responsible for this one. A farting CGI Scooby-Doo does generate laughs in a few strategic spots, but mostly, the filmmaker's failure to hit the target audience cripples this film's ability to be lighthearted and fun.

The initial setup is a simple. Scooby and the Mystery Inc. gang find themselves fighting a series of monsters they have previously conquered that are miraculously brought back to life. The monsters were part of a new exhibit at Coolville's Coolsonian Museum until an anonymous masked villain releases them to wreak havoc on the city. Mystery Inc. to the rescue? Nope: Their investigation is hampered by a public relations nightmare created by an overzealous reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone) who criticizes the gang on local television. Instead of focusing on the task at hand, Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) spend most their time trying to protect their image.

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Strangeland Review


Bad
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider makes a movie -- a must-see, right?

Wrong-o! Story: Crazy piercing/tattoo/Internet fetishist (Snider, playing the Marilyn Manson role) kidnaps kids and pierces/tattoos/tortures them. Fetishist is caught and "rehabilitated". Fetishist is lynched. Repeat.

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Scooby-Doo Review


Good
Children of original fans have made Scooby-Doo the Must-See-TV of the Nickelodeon set, and it's this demographic that openly salivates for Warner Brothers' live-action version of the affable cartoon. Won't they be pleased to discover that Raja Gosnell's Scooby-Doo happens to be as clever, mysterious, and inventive as an episode of the popular cartoon series, a high compliment indeed.

This new Scooby gets off on the right paw by recruiting CGI effects specialists Rhythm & Hues Studio to create the lively title character. Employing a live dog would have been certain death. Scooby may look transparent from time to time, his complexion always appearing a bit lighter than the human actors surrounding him. But his existence is no more bizarre than the fact that these kids speak to a dog that talks back. Remember, this is based on a cartoon. Scooby takes animated Roger Rabbit interactions to the next level, and it never derails this train.

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Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

Daddy's Home 2 Trailer

Daddy's Home 2 Trailer

It’s part of modern life that divorce and separation is part of many families and...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

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The Founder Trailer

The Founder Trailer

Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of...

Daddy's Home Movie Review

Daddy's Home Movie Review

An odd mix of sentimental family warmth and gross-out antics, this comedy doesn't have the...

Daddy's Home Trailer

Daddy's Home Trailer

Brad is a good-natured and very correct radio executive who has also wanted to have...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will...

Welcome To Me Trailer

Welcome To Me Trailer

Oprah obsessed Alice Klieg suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder which causes her to be socially...

Return Movie Review

Return Movie Review

An edgy sense of realism makes this back-from-war drama surprisingly engaging, even though it's never...

Return Trailer

Return Trailer

Kelli is a soldier who spent fifteen months on a military tour in Afghanistan. She...

Super Movie Review

Super Movie Review

Writer-director Gunn gleefully subverts genre expectations with this superhero movie that goes way against the...

Brokeback Mountain Movie Review

Brokeback Mountain Movie Review

The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang...

American Gun (2005) Movie Review

American Gun (2005) Movie Review

Columbine was only seven years ago and already I'm sick to death of movies inspired...

Grandma's Boy Movie Review

Grandma's Boy Movie Review

Grandma's Boy is incredibly stoopid. Yes, that kind, with two o's in place of a...

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