A Week In Film #330: Guys’ nights

The Lion King title screen
The Lion King
The circle of life and all that. More for the boy than for me.

Maleficent title screen
Maleficent
Robert Stromberg and Linda Woolverton’s imaginative revisionist feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the eponymous ‘evil’ fairy. Angelina Jolie nails it.

Nothing But The Truth title screen
Nothing But The Truth
Plodding but engaging drama about a journalist (Kate Beckinsale) relentlessly pursued by a Federal prosecutor (Matt Dillon) for a story which exposed a CIA covert officer (Vera Farming). Rod Lurie wrings every drip he can out of the story, and there’s no Hollywood happy ending.

Sabotage (2014) title screen
Sabotage (2014)
Instantly unmemorable but slick blockbuster fare, with Arnold Schwarzeneggar and his corrupt DEA crew being whittled down one-by-one after a heist goes south. Typically high gloss emptiness from David Ayer. Mireille Enos is the cast highlight.

Lions For Lambs title screen
Lions For Lambs
Somewhat forgettable flick about patriotic soldiers being stitched up by two-faced politicians, or something, with Robert Redford directing, and a bunch of famous people (Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep) and less famous people (Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield) doing, um, stuff.

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