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Movie Reviews: The Huntsman, Elvis & Nixon, A Hologram for the King

Miles Ahead, Everybody Wants Some!!

Posted By on April 22, 2016, 7:49 AM

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Another week, another jazz musician biopic in local theaters, along with a speculative dramedy about a historical meeting and a curious sort of blockbuster sequel/prequel hybrid.
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Following hard on the heels of last week's Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue is writer/director/star Don Cheadle's profile of Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, which avoids trite genre cliches but can't pull it's uniquely weird structure into anything insightful about its subject. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey (pictured) play the title subjects in Elvis & Nixon, which depends on Shannon's performance and the weirdness of the premise to carry it when it doesn't actually seem to have a point. Tom Hanks' distinctive soulfulness gives weight to a sadsack salesman's mid-life crisis in A Hologram for the King.

MaryAnn Johanson laments The Huntsman: Winter's War ignoring the back-story for Charlize Theron's evil queen, leaving a strange Kristen Stewart-less follow-up that doesn't make much sense.

In this week's feature review, Richard Linklater takes a charming, balanced period-piece look at bros in the wild in Everybody Wants Some!!

Also opening this week, but not screened for press: Compadres, a mismatched buddy comedy about a Mexican ex-cop trying to find the man who framed him with the help of a teenage American hacker.

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