Sully (2016)

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A lot can happen in 208 seconds. And this is how long it took Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), to successfully land his US Airways flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, after losing both engines to multiple bird strikes just after take-off, and saving all 155 passengers and crew on board.

Interestingly, Sully is being marketed as the feel-good movie of the year and while the through line is rightly one of celebration, Clint Eastwood, directing in his usual minimalist style, chooses to focus the majority of the film on events after the landing, where it is clear that Sully is feeling pretty far from good.
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War Dogs (2016)

  • Director – Todd Phillips
  • Starring – Jonah Hill, Miles Tellar & Ana de Armas
  • Writer – Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic (screenplay).  Guy Lawson – Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes’
  • Year – 2016
  • Running Time – 114 mins

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In 2004’s Old School, director Todd Phillips brought us the outrageous Frank the Tank streaking his way through the night.  This time round it’s a very different kind of tank in Phillips’ latest offering, War Dogs, a black comedy about bullets, bros and bazookas.

Following in the footsteps of the far superior The Big Short, War Dogs is another film to take comedic aim at greed, those who profit from instability and, in this case, actually reap the spoils of war.  While not entirely successful, it is an interesting departure from the recent Hangover trilogy and does succeed in being Phillips’ most accomplished movie to date. (more…)