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A Hologram for the King
Alan Clay (Tom Hanks), a failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch. Though flawed narratively, Hanks delivers an understated, poignant performance as a Baby Bomber who realizes time is running out and that he must readjust his version of satisfaction and success in this new era of global economics. Though the action takes place on a grand stage, his struggle effectively hits home. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 98 minutes. ART
After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads. Director Jeremy Saulnier manages to wring a great deal of tension out of this flimsy premise as he creates a genuine sense of dread with this siege thriller. The evil on display here, personified by Patrick Stewart’s white supremacist Darcy, is more chilling than any supernatural monster, as this cold, calculating man smacks of a skewed reality that in the end is much more plausible and threatening. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 95 minutes. SAV.