Ryan Reynolds

Mississippi Grind

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A24 | R | Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
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You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.

6(Note: The following review was originally published at Consequence of Sound.)

At first, Mississippi Grind might trick you into thinking it’s a raw gambling feature. An indie with two dudes out on the open road, photographed with Altman-esque naturalism as they struggle with their demons and push each other into mischief? The directors, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, are known for this kind of stuff and have a navel gazer’s penchant for society’s side characters, the under-appreciated and misunderstood. Gamblers? They’re outliers, and just plain liars. (more…)

Woman in Gold

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The Weinstein Company | PG-13 | Simon Curtis

Pictured: SHE’S BEHIND THE TEXT. THE WOMAN IN GOLD. SHE’S RIGHT THERE.

(Note: The following review was originally published at Consequence of Sound.)

5

It’s not easy to take notes in the dark, but when reviewing a movie, you try to keep the facts straight or retain the kernel of a thought. During Woman of Gold, howevermy notes wandered to tallying flashbacks. Woman of Gold has a whole lot of them. Inside its 109-minute frame, there are approximately 20 flashbacks; memories intruding upon modern reality, actual backstories, insert shots of the past — why, there’s even a flashy nightmare. It’s a problem when you start noticing structural techniques like that, because it feels like you’re looking at something one piece at a time. Woman in Gold, like its lead, struggles to feel whole. (more…)