New Movies On Demand This Week (THE IDES OF MARCH, BUCKY LARSON)January 17, 2012
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Movies On Demand Premiering This Week (January 16, 2012)
- THE IDES OF MARCH
- BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
THE IDES OF MARCH – Premieres January 17
Might I interest you in a film written, directed and starring George Clooney? Okay, so Clooney isn't the lead (he is in that other movie getting Oscar buzz not on demand yet), but just look at the rest of the cast: Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood. The once up-and-comer Ryan Gosling, is now a leading man. He's in interesting films, if not box office bofo (DRIVE, BLUE VALENTINE) and who doesn't love a political thriller. Hoffman and Giamatti are perfectly cast as rival campaign managers. I'd watch a series based on their two characters and the sleeze they would bring to office every four years. Hello HBO, Showtime, AMC? Kudos to whoever brought them on board. Unfortunately they're never on the screen at the same time. But they use the other characters to carry out their needs on the campaign trail.
I'm not crazy about the actual plot IDES revolves around. It missed the opportunity to be an iconic political film with this stellar cast. Clooney includes some impressionable dialogue as potentially pragmatic politician, but his actions belie a more scandalous, manipulative persona. It leaves you less enamored with an idealogue you would want to believe in. A notion we're all too familair with in real life. An idea that refutes any hope for change.
The unfortunate storyline aside, IDES is well acted and worth a rental to just watch these superb actors.
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Same day as DVD.
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR – Premieres January 17
Adam Sandler continues to astound with the movies he produces. GROWN UPS. JUST GO WITH IT. ZOOKEEPER. JACK AND JILL. And now BUCKY LARSON. Your movie demanding privileges should be revoked if you rent this.
Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci
Same day as DVD
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