AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 9 – May 15: MONEY MONSTER

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money monster posterOpening May 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Money Monster, the new thriller from director Jodie Foster starring George Clooney as a financial TV host whose studio is taken hostage by an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) looking for answers. Read on…

It’s been five years since Foster directed The Beaver in 2011, although she has helmed episodes of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and for her follow-up feature she has chosen a taught, resonant tale of a young man (the superb O’Connell, previously seen in 71 and Unbreakable) who takes over a live broadcast by popular financial host Lee Gates (Clooney) and demands answers as to why he lost all his money. Julia Roberts plays Gates’ producer Patty Fenn, who must manage the situation and finds her own loyalties put under pressure.

A cracking cast, together with a tense screenplay and strong direction from Foster make for an early summer must-see with brains as well as brawn.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: George Clooney is perfectly cast as the smug, smarmy financial TV host who faces life-threatening consequences for a bad stock pick when a disgruntled viewer (Jack O’Connell) crashes his show in Jodie Foster’s tense, efficient, exhilarating thriller Money Monster.

Film Details:
Title: Money Monster
Director: Jodie Foster
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes
Language: English
Principal Cast: Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Jack O’Connell
Screenwriters: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf
Production Companies: TriStar Pictures, LStar Capital, Smokehouse Pictures, Allegiance Theatre, Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Thelma Adams, Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 9 – May 15, 2016

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.