Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Lincoln Lawyer (♦♦♦½)

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey, Amistad) is a defense attorney used to cut-and-dry cases usually involving recurring clients. Luck appears to smile at him when high profile client Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe, Breach) secures his services. Roulet is being accused of assault to a prostitute, and claims he is innocent. When clues begin to pop up suggesting quite the opposite, Mick has to rethink his strategy to deal with Roulet and the case.

This is the battle of the beautiful. McConaughey and Phillippe are, and so is Josh Lucas (Life as We Know It), as the prosecutor, and Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom), as Haller’s ex-wife and colleague. William H. Macy (Fargo), Michael Peña (Shooter) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age) also co-star.

This movie is intense almost from beginning to end. There are very few things more exciting than courtroom drama, and this film is deeply satisfying in that sense. I really liked the 360 degrees view of Haller in the courtroom. McConaughey plays one of his most solid performances and so does Phyllippe. William H. Macy owns his small role and Marisa Tomei is delightful as the ex-wife. The good chemistry was evident in the cast.

Fast paced thriller, not to be missed!