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Friday, January 30, 2015

Now Playing: A Most Violent Year, Project Almanac, Black Or White, The Loft

A Most Violent Year
Official Synopsis: 
Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. 

North's Thoughts:
This looks awesome and I love films set and/or shot in 1970s and 1980s New York City:
Mean Streets, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, and The Warriors come to mind as classics.
It features Oscar Isaac, who is a star on the rise:
He scored a Golden Globe nomination for Inside Llewyn Davis and is a lead in Star Wars VII.
Also, Jessica Chastain who is always superb and was nominated for a Golden Globe in this role. 

Project Almanac
Official Synopsis:
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. 

North's Thoughts:
Okay, the synopsis isn't exactly detailed, but bottom line: time travel movies are always watchable.*
Will Project Almanac become the next Back To The Future?
Probably/Definitely not, but I'll watch almost all time-bending flicks once.
Here's my Time Travel Top 10:
10. Flight Of The Navigator
9. Back To The Future III
8. Hot Tub Time Machine
7. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
6. Groundhog Day
5. Primer
4. The Terminator
3. Back To The Future II
2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1. Back To The Future

*Exception: The Butterfly Effect which is a horrible film and should be erased from history.

Black Or White
Official Synopsis: 
BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

North's Thoughts:
A family drama, with some heavy hitters in Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.
Quick Costner Top 5:
5. American Flyers
4. The Untouchables
1. JFK

The Loft
Official Synopsis:
Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the story of five guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned and marriages crumble as the group is consumed by fear, suspicion and murder in this relentless thriller.

North's Thoughts:
Why is James Marsden listed as the star of 2 Guns in the synopsis? 
He headlined several films and is best know as Cyclops, from the hugely successful X-Men series. 
Not the seventh lead in some long forgotten, Mark Wahlberg action flick.
Plus, don't forget about Disturbing Behavior.
Marsden, Nick Stahl, Ethan Embry and of course, Katie Holmes.
Katie took home an MTV Movie Award for her work and the rest in history.
Hopefully, The Loft will become Marsden's go to credit.

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