Suburbicon

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Suburbicon follows a mild-mannered father (Matt Damon) who must face his demons after a home invasion shakes his quaint neighbourhood in 1959.

A disappointing film from director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March) and writers The Coen Brothers (Intolerable Cruelty, The Hudsucker Proxy). The cast is talented but it’s not enough to save the film. The main issue is the story. The plot is a narrative mess jammed with racial issues, murder mystery and satire. It’s a dud and not worth watching.

Rating: 1/5 Stars

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Ocean’s Eleven 


A remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film. Recently paroled from prison, con-man and thief Danny Ocean (George Clooney) recruits a crew of former colleagues and criminal specialists to steal $150 million from 3 Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Performances are excellent from an all-star cast. George Clooney brilliantly plays the charismatic leader of the Eleven. Brad Pitt is terrific as Danny’s right-hand man Rusty. Great performances from supporting cast Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts.

Director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic) and writer Ted Griffin delivers a stylish caper with a quick pace and sharp dialogue with wit. Perfectly shot and visually stunning cinematography by Soderbergh.

The movie poster tagline asks Are you in or out? After watching Ocean’s Eleven, I can say I’m in. It’s one of my favourite films. Everything about this film is perfect. One of the best remakes ever made. A great enjoyable and entertaining heist film to watch from start to finish with a well-acted ensemble cast.

Rating 5/5 Stars

Solaris 

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Solaris is the second film version of Stanislaw Lem’s philosophical sci-fi novel. Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) is a psychologist still mourning the loss of his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) is sent to investigate the crew of a space station orbiting an alien planet that has stopped communications. By the time Kelvin gets there, he interrogates crew Snow (Jeremy Davies) and Gordon (Viola Davis) and he learns that they’ve had unwanted “visitors,” delusions of loved ones who are apparently being generated by the interstellar energy source Solaris. At first, Kelvin is skeptical of their claims until one night he, too, is greeted by his late wife Rheya.

Phenomenal character-driven performances from George Clooney and Natascha McElhone. Clooney and McElhone work well together and share great chemistry. Solid performances from supporting cast Jeremy Davies and Viola Davis.

From writer and director Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic) has made a mix of science fiction and metaphysical love story. Solaris could’ve been better plot-wise. The film felt more of a love story than a sci-fi. The storyline and editing were choppy. It felt rushed as it was too short and needed to be longer.

Great production design by Philip Messina. The sets remind you of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Despite its story flaws, Solaris may not be a perfect sci-fi film but it’s pretty good. The film draws you in with George Clooney and Natascha McElhone’s characters emotional love story. Engaging, powerful and thought-provoking that leaves a lasting impression.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars