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…

Friends with Benefits (♦♦♦½)

Jamie (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) is a successful headhunter. Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake, The Social Network) owns an influential blog and is in conversations to head a well known publication. The problem is that Dylan lives in L.A. and would have to move to N.Y. City. Jamie convinces Dylan to take the new job with the condition that he can’t leave it for a year. Since Jamie and Dylan are both single and they haven’t been successful in any prior relationships, they decide to throw caution to the wind and be friends with benefits…Friends who have sex that is. Of course, that works well until they realize they are mutually the people they care about the most apart from family.

Patricia Clarkson, Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins co-star.

A lot of nudity and sex, but this movie manages to be really funny without sounding offensive. There’s solid acting by all characters, and the topic of Alzheimer’s is treated with care. There is great chemistry between Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. I thought that this is a better story and the acting is better than the less successful No Strings Attached (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher), which broaches the same topic.