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Box Office Democracy: Money Monster

18 May 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

If your internet life is anything like mine you probably saw one too many articles this week on Money Monster and what it meant for the election, or what it meant that George Clooney made this movie and is a Hillary supporter, or why this movie exists when The Big Short already came out. I found it completely exhausting and it wasn’t representative of what this movie actually is. Money Monster isn’t a real piece of analysis about any kind of systemic flaws in our financial system; it’s John Q but with algorithmic trading instead of health care bureaucracy and George Clooney instead of Denzel Washington. It’s a fantasy and an understandable one, but one that feel light on substance and, ultimately, a little garbled.

The big problem Money Monster has is with its casting. George Clooney is a proven commodity as the slick huckster with a heart of gold, »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Money Monster – Review

13 May 2016 4:53 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Money Monster has all the ingredients of a timely thriller: an explosive hostage situation, a critique of our current economic system, and major movie stars in the form of George Clooney and Julia Roberts. However, what unfolds onscreen is a simplistic and obvious expose about the manipulative power of both Wall Street and the media that by now is so familiar that its cynical perspective is unlikely to upset or provoke anyone. Perhaps a decade or two ago Money Monster would have been a compelling film experience but in this day and age it’s just picking obvious targets.

Money Monster stars Julia Roberts as Patty Fenn, a TV producer who spends the entire film in a control room full of consoles, monitors and engineers. Down on the studio floor Clooney plays Lee Gates, the hyperactive host of a show called Money Monster (based not-so-loosely on Jim Cramer’s CNN »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Money Monster’ Shortchanges Suspense

13 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

The world is so crazy that it’s tough for social satirists to devise anything more absurd than what we see in our daily news reports. That’s just one of the problems with Money Monster, a Network wannabe that lacks the razor’s edge of Paddy Chayefsky’s writing and isn’t nearly as potent (or prescient) as that 1976 gem. Instead of Peter Finch’s news anchor Howard Beale we have a Jim Cramer-like TV investment guru (George Clooney) who has more bluster than wisdom. His show is held together by his unflappable director (Julia Roberts), who also functions as his ad hoc producer and protector. When a disgruntled investor (Jack O’Connell) turns up in his studio with a gun and an explosive jacket...

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- Leonard Maltin

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The People Review: George Clooney Rings Up a Great Performance in Money Monster

12 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In this satiric comedy-drama directed by Jodie Foster - it's her fifth feature film - George Clooney plays Lee Gates, a Wall Street prophet of profit who hosts a Jim Cramer-like cable show. Lee talks a manic streak of highs and lows, winners and losers, buy-nows and sell-sooners, all syncopated to the nano-beat of computerized financial algorithms. Fast-talking comedy isn't always Clooney's strong point - in his movies for the Coen Brothers, he has a rattling briskness that can seem forced - but here he's deadpan smooth even as Lee plays around his set with props, video screens and backup dancers. »

- Tom Gliatto

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The People Review: George Clooney Rings Up a Great Performance in Money Monster

12 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In this satiric comedy-drama directed by Jodie Foster - it's her fifth feature film - George Clooney plays Lee Gates, a Wall Street prophet of profit who hosts a Jim Cramer-like cable show. Lee talks a manic streak of highs and lows, winners and losers, buy-nows and sell-sooners, all syncopated to the nano-beat of computerized financial algorithms. Fast-talking comedy isn't always Clooney's strong point - in his movies for the Coen Brothers, he has a rattling briskness that can seem forced - but here he's deadpan smooth even as Lee plays around his set with props, video screens and backup dancers. »

- Tom Gliatto

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Money Monster Review

12 May 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Money Monster positions itself as an angst-filled rallying cry, but for something that so desperately wants to insight impoverished rage, its voice couldn’t be more monotone. Maybe that’s because The Big Short better addresses financial outrage, or because three writers (Jamie LindenAlan DifioreJim Kouf) jam-pack their personal attack on Jim Cramer with an embarrassing amount of corruption clichés. A hackneyed suicide plot and an unfocused agenda that reeks of 90s paranoia? Even George Clooney’s dashingly obnoxious buffoonery can’t save Jodie Foster’s return to the director’s chair, as Money Monsters steadily – and aggressively – dips lower and lower into the red with each passing second.

In an age dominated by Wall Street and big business, television personalities have become a trusted resource for investment advice – and there’s none better than Money Monster’s Lee Gates (George Clooney). Episode by episode, Gates works his »

- Matt Donato

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See George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster Stun at the Cannes Photo Call for Money Monster

12 May 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ooh, la la! George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster enchanted the Cannes Film Festival crowd Thursday when they posed for photos prior to a press conference to promote their latest thriller, Money Monster, which is screening out of competition at the prestigious event. Clooney, 55, opted for an all-black ensemble as he stood alongside Foster, 53, who was all smiles in a white dress and strappy heels. Roberts, meanwhile, exuded European chic in a pinstripe jumpsuit and black heels. The trio were joined by costar Jack O'Connell, who plays an unhinged investor who hijacks the financial show hosted by Clooney's character. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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See George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster Stun at the Cannes Photo Call for Money Monster

12 May 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ooh, la la! George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster enchanted the Cannes Film Festival crowd Thursday when they posed for photos prior to a press conference to promote their latest thriller, Money Monster, which is screening out of competition at the prestigious event. Clooney, 55, opted for an all-black ensemble as he stood alongside Foster, 53, who was all smiles in a white dress and strappy heels. Roberts, meanwhile, exuded European chic in a pinstripe jumpsuit and black heels. The trio were joined by costar Jack O'Connell, who plays an unhinged investor who hijacks the financial show hosted by Clooney's character. »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Money Monster review - George Clooney goes Leslie Nielsen in popcorn hostage thriller

12 May 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Jodie Foster-directed satire about the financial meltdown isn’t especially original, but it’s arguably more honest than Oscar favourite The Big Short

A miasma of pure silliness settles on this movie directed by Jodie Foster, showing here in Cannes out of competition; it deserves a genre of its own: screwball action. Julia Roberts plays a harassed TV producer who has to keep in line her waning star: Lee Gates, played by George Clooney, the ego-crazed, silver-fox presenter of a TV show called Money Monster, giving stock picks and spurious shock-jock-type commentary on the market, celebrating unfettered capitalism by breaking into embarrassingly geriatric hip-hop moves with backing dancers. (He reportedly bears a certain resemblance to a real-life pundit: Jim Cramer, presenter of a programme called Mad Money, on CNBC.)

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Money Monster’

12 May 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you break apart the essential elements of “Money Monster,” Jodie Foster’s taut yet sporadically odd hostage drama, few of them seem to completely work. As an indictment of Wall Street chicanery, it’s largely toothless; as a pure thriller, it only quickens the pulse once or twice; as a conspiracy saga, its central mystery falls flat.

Yet somehow the film hangs together surprisingly well, thanks to on-point performances from George Clooney and Julia Roberts, a sprinkle of obtuse humor and Foster’s streamlined direction, which takes style notes from the likes of “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Inside Man” in the service of a far more lightweight confection. It may not linger long in the memory after credits roll, and what multiplex audiences make of the film is anyone’s guess, but in a landscape short on no-frills grown-up entertainment, it’s worth the modest time investment.

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- Andrew Barker

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Film Review: Money Monster

12 May 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A man (Jack O’Connell) who lost his life savings on a single stock after blithely following the tip of a TV stock guru (George Clooney) decides to exact revenge against the easy populist target du jour—Wall Street—by holding Clooney hostage at gunpoint on live television.  With the help of his trusted director (Julia Roberts), Clooney (what else?) saves the day by figuring out who is really to blame for the plight of the gunman—the invitingly named Kyle Budwell.

If the basic of plot of Jodie Foster’s fourth directorial turns sounds both incredible and intriguing, then you have the right idea about her new film which opens in theaters this weekend.  At its core, Money Monster exists on two different planes—both an unabashed thriller and a cynical, satirical movie about modern American life and problems.  But not all planes are created equal.  While Foster’s »

- J Don Birnam

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This Rotten Week: Predicting Money Monster and The Darkness Reviews

8 May 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After the high of Cappy returning to the screen, we take a bit of a break this time around with two smaller affairs on the docket. Get ready for The Darkness and Money Monster. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.    Rotten Watch Prediction 67% Who hasn’t watched Mad Money with Jim Cramer and wanted to commit some kind of act of violence? I’m not advocating it of course, but dude’s style just isn’t conducive to remaining calm with a little light, afternoon stock market talk. It’s loud, brash and generally worthless advice. So in this film they flip that up a bit by taking dude hostage and exposing the onion-like layers of the big »

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'Money Monster': Cannes Review

8 May 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Big money Wall Street gets bashed by big money Hollywood in Money Monster, a timely, moderately engaging real-time thriller about a live-tv hostage drama that unfortunately lacks any suspense whatsoever. George Clooney romps gleefully as a Jim Cramer-like broadcast financial commentator until a disaffected young intruder straps an explosive vest on him, forcing Julia Roberts, as the show's producer, to try to save the day while the whole country watches. Opening Friday in the wake of its non-competing Cannes Film Festival premiere, the Sony release looks to do moderate business with older audiences amid a field

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- Todd McCarthy

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15 Films to See in May

2 May 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The summer has arrived — at least if you’re going by Hollywood’s calendar. Our comprehensive preview for all four months will give you a hint as to what we most anticipate — but, for a more in-depth look, today we have our first monthly feature of the season. It should be noted that theatrical re-releases of the Jean-Luc Godard classic Band of Outsiders and Eiichi Yamamoto‘s animation, Belladonna of Sadness, both arriving on May 6th, as well as Fritz Lang‘s Destiny (on May 20th), are essential.

Getting to the new features, perhaps our most-anticipated studio release of the entire summer arrives, along with some of our festival favorites from the last year. To those lamenting the lack of superhero films: we figured it was best not to waste the space, as they are certainly already on your radar if you’re planning to buy a ticket. Check out »

- Jordan Raup

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[Tribeca Review] Betting on Zero

18 April 2016 12:08 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A documentary reminiscent of The Big Short on a smaller and less-successful scale, director Ted Braun’s Betting on Zero has a narrow focus and an unlikely hero: New York-based hedge fund manager Bill Ackman of Persing Square Capital. Moving beyond the CNBC hype and witty banter of Slate’s Money (a favorite podcast and my first intro to Ackman), the film evangelizes Ackman’s position and, in a certain context, can be seen as another prong in his attack on global nutritional multi-level marketing firm Herbalife. This, of course, is only a danger if you ignore the evidence presented by the film and your own gut instinct. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is — even if it’s listed on the NYSE.

It also doesn’t help that Herbalife is presented in roughly the same light as Scientology and the mysterious cult at the center »

- John Fink

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' Headline Sony CinemaCon 2016 Presentation

13 April 2016 8:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony kicked off its CinemaCon presentation with a 'silent sizzle reel' as technical 'difficulties' stole a bit of their thunder in the early moments of this epic event. Chairman Tom Rothman took the stage quickly after and quipped comfortably to reclaim his control of the audience, setting the pace for Sony's preview night. Among his one-liners was that he wished the 'voice of God' had told him not to make Speed 2: Cruise Control! Indeed! After this rather 'bumpy' start, Sony execs unveiled what could probably be described as the most diverse slate of any of the major studios, spanning remakes and re-toolings as well as new and unique fare in both live action and animation.

Rothman started with Ang Lee's new film, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which he compared (to a degree) with Life of Pi, Lee's last movie (and Academy favorite). Rothman described the movie as "powerful »

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‘Star Wars,’ Theme Parks Power Disney to Record Q1 Earnings

9 February 2016 1:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On a dreary day for its competitors in the entertainment sector, Disney reported on Tuesday record quarterly earnings of $2.9 billion for the quarter ended Jan. 2, with earnings of $1.73 per share exceeding both analysts’ estimates and year-prior performance.

Led by revenues of $15.24 billion, Disney posted double-digit increases over a year prior for revenue, operating income, net income and free cash flow.

Among the driving forces behind the performance, Disney cited the more than $2 billion worldwide box office for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which it said drove the record income in both its studio entertainment and consumer products/interactive units. The studio’s income was up 86%, while consumer products/interactive grew by 23%.

Led by its domestic destinations, Disney also reported big growth in its parks and resorts operation, where operating income grew 22%.

A consensus among analysts before the report had predicted earnings of $1.45 per share on revenue of $14.75 billion.

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- James Rainey

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Watch: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Go After The Real Criminals In New International Trailer For 'Money Monster'

20 January 2016 10:11 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is everyone ready for some #realtalk about the economy? I dunno —I thought we just had that conversation with "The Big Short," Adam McKay's entertainingly bonkers, Oscar nominated picture. But if you want high wattage stars like George Clooney and Julie Roberts to expose the nefariousness of Wall Street, your wish will be fulfilled with this spring's transparently titled "Money Monster."  Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 The Jodie Foster directed movie stars a New York Accent (played by Jack O'Connell), who takes a cable network financial guru in the vein of Jim Cramer played by Clooney hostage and then demands answers to thorny economic policy questions during a broadcast of the guru's show. So, you know, pretty realistic! Here's the official synopsis:  In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First trailer for Money Monster shows George Clooney being held hostage

13 January 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jodie Foster’s latest directorial effort, Money Monster, has just received its first trailer. The brand new footage from the film shows George Clooney (Tomorrowland) portraying a Jim Cramer-esque investment guru/TV personality named Lee Gates who is taken hostage during a live taping of his show by a man with a grudge against him. See the trailer, in which Bruce Springsteen’s song “Devils & Dust” is played, down below…

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster whose program (the titular “Money Monster”) and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. Taught and tense, Money Monster unfolds in near real time.

Money Monster is set for release on May 13th and features »

- Justin Cook

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‘Money Monster’ Trailer: George Clooney Has ‘Network’-ing Skills

12 January 2016 5:37 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Here’s the first trailer for Money Monster, a monster in its own right when TriStar Pictures won rights to the real-time thriller in 2014. It’s Jodie Foster directing and George Clooney starring as a Jim Cramer-like TV stock wiz Lee Gates, who with his ace producer (Julia Roberts) is held hostage on air by a man (Jack O’Connell) who followed Gates’ advice, lost his money and put his young family in precarious straits. Jamie LindenAlan Difiore & Jim Kouf wrote the… »

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