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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.
- Arthur Tebbel
Money Monster, 2016
Directed by Jodie Foster
The presenter and producer of a flamboyant financial news TV show finds themselves in a hostage situation when a young, working class investor decides to take revenge for the tumbling share price of a major corporation.
Wall Street’s crooked ways and the shallowness of the 24-hour news cycle are the targets of Jodie Foster’s taut, engaging – and somewhat ridiculous – dramatic thriller.
In Money Monster, George Clooney takes on the role of a loudmouth TV personality named Lee Gates, who presents a CNBC/The Daily Show-style financial news programme complete with hip hop dancing, props and punchy graphics. His harassed but steely producer, Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), just about manages to keep him on script, while the gallery and floor crews barely blink at Lee’s now familiar antics. »
- Sara Hemrajani
It’s one thing to achieve success; it’s more difficult to sustain it. But the trickiest feat is to use it smartly. On any of those standards, Denzel Washington is off-the-charts successful.
The winner of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award has been a star for more than 30 years. He could have played it safe, picking roles that tap into his likability and charisma, and he still would have had a good career. But he has continued to surprise his fans by taking on more complex characters. He has also stretched himself by returning to the stage, and adding on the jobs of producer and director.
But the most impressive thing is that he’s used his clout to help others, both by giving major breaks to some talented (but struggling) artists and by quietly giving time, money and attention to philanthropies.
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. »
- Tim Gray
3 items from 2016
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