Saturday, February 8, 2014

August: Osage County - Movie Review

August: Osage County (R) 121 minutes C+
Everyone leaves

Starring Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Sam Shepard

This film is entertaining and chock-full of top notch talent.  But, it's also a hot mess.  Film critic Dana Stevens nailed it when she wrote, "August: Osage County is a mess, an overcooked movie-star stew that never quite coheres into a movie." Meryl Streep is arguably the greatest actress of all-time, but even she can't overcome a script that feels like it's trying too hard to be an epic dysfunctional family drama. 
Bonus Home Release Review
Thanks For Sharing (R) 112 minutes B
I didn't mean to turn you on

Home release date: January 2014
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Alecia Moore (aka "Pink"), Josh Gad, Patrick Fugit, Joely Richardson and Emily Meade.

Thanks for Sharing is a film about four sex addicts in various stages of recovery.  I really liked this film, but I couldn't get past its "made for television" feel.  I felt like I was watching an HBO series rather than a feature film.  Nevertheless, Thanks for Sharing is comprised of a good cast and interesting material... it's worth a look. 

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