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The Fifth Estate

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‘The Fifth Estate’, based on two books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and David Leigh, is the story of Julian Assange’s rise and of his somewhat peculiar working relationship with Berg, former spokesperson for WikiLeaks. Of course, included within, is a look into the global impact of WikiLeaks itself and all that governmental disapproval it’s since managed to amass.

Given the attention that’s surrounded Assange the last few years, a high profile film on the WikiLeak’s founder was always inevitable. For it, Bill Condon, famed for the likes of ‘Kinsey’ and dare I say, two of the Twilight movies, was given the reigns. His long time editor, Virginia Katz, keeps the cuts edgy and hurried straight from the opening scene. If only its plot structure and story could live up to all those impressively symbiotic technical aspects. Continue reading

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Prisoners : A Hidden Truth , A Desperate Search

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Taut is not a word usually associated with movies that exceed the two-hour mark, but at 153 minutes ‘Prisoners’ manages to avoid being one of the sprawling bloated concoctions Hollywood has come to churn out of late. Denis Villeneuve, the film’s Canadian director, has made his English language debut with a tense engaging thriller that achieves that rare feat of being both difficult and highly enjoyable.

Two young girls in Pennsylvania, Joy Birch and Anna Dover, go missing at Thanksgiving. Local introvert, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), a man described as having “the mind of a ten year old,” is suspected, but with insufficient evidence the police are forced to release him. The father of one of the girls, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) decides to take matters into his own hands and pursue Jones himself, with the reluctant assistance of the second girl’s father, Franklin Birch (Terrence Howard). Continue reading