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Movie Review – 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

28 January 2016 1:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, 2016.

Directed by Michael Bay.

Starring James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Alexia Barlier, Peyman Moaadi and David Costabile.


An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

It’s safe to say that anyone heading into a film directed by cinema’s “favourite” action maestro Michael Bay knows exactly what they are getting when they settle into their seat, popcorn and beverages in hand: mountains of style, the most minimal of substance but the promise of getting your monies worth in an age where tickets rarely come cheap. With 13 Hours, you won’t come away empty-handed in terms of spectacle, but everything else is still at a premium.

That last statement is more of a shame this time »

- Scott J. Davis

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 4: #25-1

26 January 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.

Click here for Part 1! (#100-76)

Click here for Part 2! (#75-51)

Click here for Part 3! (#50-26)

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »

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DVD Review: Camp X-Ray

19 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Camp X-Ray is one of many names by which Guantanamo Bay is known and aptly contextualises writer-director Peter Sattler's debut feature, which is at its best when focussed on the bare bones of its storyline. A quasi-buddy film, it follows the growth of a muted kinship between rookie guard, Cole (Kristen Stewart), and detainee, Ali (Payman Maadi), across boundaries of religion, intellect and experience. Modestly budgeted and quietly sincere, it efficiently portrays the brutality and humiliation endured by men interned at the USA's infamous all-inclusive Cuban resort while pointing towards the futility of its existence. A woeful commercial return upon a very limited theatrical release in New York should not deter viewers from affronting a dirty little secret which the Home of the Free seems unable to face.


- CineVue UK

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Camp X-Ray movie review: all of us behind bars

18 January 2016 9:16 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Superbly unsettling. Pointedly highlights how incarceration dehumanizes inmate and guard alike. Kristen Stewart’s steeliness is perfectly suited to its ironies. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Kristen Stewart

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Fun fact: Kristen Stewart — star of Camp X-Ray — wasn’t quite 12 years old when Guantanamo Bay opened in early 2002. During his presidential campaign in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to shut it down. He’s finishing up his second term, and Stewart will be 26 in a couple of months, and the damn place is still open. As of last week, it still houses 93 inmates. Almost no one the prison holds now or has ever held has ever been charged with any crime. Prisoners who have been cleared for release — a tacit acknowledgement that they never should have been arrested in the first place — remain incarcerated.

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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Everest; Camp X-Ray; Aaaaaaaah!; Bad Bromance and more – review

16 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wrap up warm for Baltasar Kormákur’s visceral real-life disaster epic, then brace yourself for a spell in Guantánamo with Kristen Stewart

We’re deep into the post-holiday abyss, temperatures have plummeted and winter yawns on for a good couple of months yet. So if you want to feel better about your January lot, now’s as good a time as any to watch Everest (Universal, 12), in which the digit-severing blizzard that killed eight mountaineers on the mountain’s slopes in 1996 whips away at the screen with near-tangible fury. Shot with steely grace and bone-jangling sound design, Baltasar Kormákur’s real-life disaster epic is a triumph of sensation, giving even those of us who pant after a few flights of stairs a sense of masochistic, exhilarated peak-lust. As personal drama it’s less rewarding. Despite an all-star ensemble, led with tight-jawed authority by Jason Clarke, Kormákur gives us little sense »

- Guy Lodge

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Movie Review – 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

15 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, 2016

Directed by Michael Bay

Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Furnusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier, David Costabile, Peyman Moaadi, and Matt Letscher


An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Whenever I give myself to a Michael Bay film, I prepare for the absolute worst. That’s not to say I am biased against the man; he just simply makes movies full of incoherent action, juvenile humor only prepubescent teenagers would laugh at, embarrassing levels of sexism that literally use any and every female character as a sexpot to just stand around looking hot throughout all of the aforementioned incoherent action, and the worst offense of all, zero substance.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi avoids nearly »

- Robert Kojder

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Film Review: ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

13 January 2016 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I feel like I’m in a f—ing horror movie,” a soldier murmurs as gunfire erupts around him, and his words turn out to be a pretty accurate assessment of Michael Bay’s noisy, nerve-frying account of the widely contested 2012 terrorist attacks that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, Libya. Taking a break from the cultural atrocities of the “Transformers” franchise with this half-successful bid for seriousness, Bay approaches his tinderbox of a subject pretty much the way you’d expect from Hollywood’s most aggressively pro-military director: Largely avoiding the political firestorm in favor of a harrowing minute-by-minute procedural, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is an experiential tour de force but a contextual blur, a shrewdly dumb movie that captures, and perhaps too readily embraces, the extreme confusion of the events as they unfolded on the ground. Most of all, it’s a tribute to the brave U. »

- Justin Chang

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Win Camp X-Ray On DVD

13 January 2016 7:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Released only months after the last remaining UK detainee was released from Guantanamo Bay in October 2015,Camp X-ray sees Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Adventureland) take on the role of a young woman who joins the Us military.

Hoping to escape her small town roots and make a difference in the world, her career soon sees her assigned to a guard position within the infamous camp. Soon discovering that her mission is far from the black and white ideal she was expecting expecting, she finds herself surrounded by hostility on both sides of the fence. Upon striking an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (Payman Maadi, A Separation, Last Knights) she finds herself forming an unlikely bond in a place where nothing is as simple as good vs. evil.

Kristen Stewart gives a standout performance in this critically acclaimed psychological drama from debut Writer/Director Peter Sattler.

Koch Media Presents Camp X-Ray »

- Dan Powell

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