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Promised Land

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Fracking, the controversial process to used to release natural gas for collection, drives the narrative of the new Gus Van Sant film, written by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, but the issue, which widens the already cavernous divide between Democrats and Republicans, never truly takes center stage.  

Inside Job (Review)

Incisive Wall Street meltdown doc is essential viewing

0 Comments · Friday, November 12, 2010
If you only see one movie this year, Charles Ferguson's financial meltdown documentary is the one to see. Matt Damon narrates this essential soup-to-nuts explanation of the Wall Street and government players whose illicit methods brought down the global economy. Grade: A.  

Money for Nothing

Charles Ferguson returns with the damning Wall Street documentary, 'Inside Job'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Charles Ferguson's latest blood-boiler, 'Inside Job,' tackles the most important topic of our time: the Wall Street meltdown of 2008. Ferguson and crew (including narrator Matt Damon) give us an accessible, long-lensed view of a complex topic and its 30-year trajectory — from Ronald Reagan's 1980s-era laissez-faire, trickle-down economics to the Clinton administration's repealing of the Glass Steagall Act to the further relaxing of financial regulations and enforcement in the George W. Bush era to the unfortunate post-crash, business-as-usual hiring of the Obama economic team.  

Green Zone (Review)

Greengrass and Damon team up for another breathless thriller

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone' follows Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) as he and his team search for weapons of mass destruction and end up exposing a massive and damaging cover-up that, while fictionalized here, feels like non-fiction with a heaping dose of action heroics thrown into the mix for good measure. Grade: A-.  

Invictus (Review)

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's newest film

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' could mistakenly be considered the story of Nelson Mandela's first days as president of South Africa. It's not that story at all. In typical Eastwood fashion, he has produced and directed something more basic and elemental than that because the film is nothing more than a bare recounting of a country and its first inspired steps toward unification. Grade: B plus.  

The Informant (Review)

Matt Damon shines in whisteblower comedy

0 Comments · Sunday, September 20, 2009
Conventional wisdom recognizes that 'The Informant' is a breezy take on the case of Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon), a whistleblower from the early '90s who ratted out his global agri-business firm to the FBI. Never one to fuss over his appearance, Damon simply settles into the look and feel of his version of Whitacre and never lets us forget that the man is an unhealthy blend of intelligence, foolishness and certifiable mental instability. It's a highly informed performance from an actor at the top of his game. Grade: A.  

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