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Hail, Caesar! (trailer above)
When the biggest star at Capital Pictures, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is kidnapped, studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) has to pull out all of the stops from keeping the story from leaking to the press. A loving tribute to Hollywood’s studio system and the high-gloss product it generated, this is a blistering funny take on the dichotomy between reality and illusion in all facets of life. The cast, which includes Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill & Tilda Swinton being a sense of farce to the proceedings while relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich steals every scene he’s in as an earnest singing cowboy. Not only is the film great fun, but it’s uncommonly smart as well. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies. While the modern feminist slant on the story contains some pleasant surprises, the disjointed storytelling and confusing action sequences prevent this from being an effective, pointed commentary on society. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.