THE 355 – Review by T. J. Callahan

The 355 is an estrogen filled secret agent thriller the title of which refers to the code name of a female spy who fought for the Patriots during the American Revolution. The 355 stars Jessica Chastain as a rogue CIA operative who is forced to assemble a bevy of beautiful bad mama jamas to help her retrieve a top secret weapon of mass destruction that fell into enemy hands.

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THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – Review by T. J. Callahan

Director Joel Coen goes solo as helmer for the first time with a stripped down version of Shakespeare in The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring his Oscar winning wife, Frances McDormand, and fellow Oscar winner, Denzel Washington as the Lady and Lord of the castle. The film was shot in just 36 days — in much the same way the Bard might have done it with all of the action filmed completely on a sound stage — but Coen was still able to fully convey the bleak tension and disquiet of the times.

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LICORICE PIZZA – Review by T. J. Callahan

Licorice Pizza, like all Paul Thomas Anderson films, is an acquired taste, but this film happens to be one of his easiest to digest. Set in 1973, this engaging coming of age dramedy is Dazed and Confused in Hollywood, as one young actor named Gary Valentine navigates his life and love during Fast Times in the San Fernando Valley.

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SWAN SONG – Review by T. J. Callahan

In his first starring role, Mahershala Ali hopes Swan Song trumpets his talents as a leading man for quite a while. In this near future thriller, Ali plays a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who secretly clones himself to save his family the grief of losing him…and giving the viewer lots of moral and ethical questions to ponder.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY – Reviewed by T. J. Callahan

Nightmare Alley is the remake of a 1947 noir thriller that starred that swashbuckling heartthrob, Tyrone Power. Bradley Cooper steps into the role trying his best to be wickedly suave as a carny with a murderous past who learns the tricks of the traveling sideshow trade to swindle the rich as a manipulating mind reader. He’s a high plains drifter grifter.

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