Movie Review – Affleck Stretches Himself Too Thin in ‘Live by Night’

It’s hard to deny that after years out in the desert of bad movies, Ben Affleck has returned like a phoenix, winning the hearts of movie-goers and critics alike. Even with the recent flop of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck still rose above with a stellar portrayal of Bruce Wayne. However, with every victorious comeback there’s the liability of ego and with Live by Night, Affleck stretches himself too thin, producing, directing, writing, and acting. While there’s plenty to like, the bland main character and quiet acting by Affleck ultimately can’t hold up the long and intricate story.

Live by Night follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck) after he returns fighting in World War I and has had enough of people telling him what to do. Putting together a group of gangsters, Coughlin holds up banks and underground casinos in Prohibition-era Boston. After a run in with the Irish mob, Coughlin heads down to Florida to set up shop and faces off against the local competition.

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Movie Review — ‘Hail Caesar!’ — The Coen Brothers at Their Silliest and Most Enigmatic

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Fans of the Coen brothers have come to expect two kinds of releases from the movies’ most irascible duo, as distinct as the musicals, westerns, and prestige pictures that dominated the old Hollywood studio system. There are the major Coens films, like Barton Fink, Fargo, and No Country for Old Men; boundary-pushing, serious-minded efforts that have made them one of the most respected forces in filmmaking. On the other side are minor efforts, like The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and Burn After Reading: typically silly comedies that refer back to the screwballs of the 1930’s by filmmakers like Leo McCarey, Howard Hawks, and Preston Sturges.

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Movie Review — ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ — An Edge of Your Seat Thrill Ride

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It’s not often audiences return to a franchise with such sincerity and force that it transcends being a reboot altogether and becomes something more as if we never truly left in the first place. Such is the case for Mad Max: Fury Road.

The world has dried up in the distant future, leaving the lands a desert and barren. Resources are hard to come by, and many are preyed on by scavengers and bandits. “Mad” Max Rockantansky (Tom Hardy) is running from many things: his past, the nightmares and more importantly these pale skinned scavengers called War Boys. Ruled by a cult leader King Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), Max is subdued and forced into being a live blood bag for sick members of the group.

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