Screen Time: March 2016

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Welcome to the March edition of Screen Time for 2016, which covers and documents the films and television shows I have seen on all types of screens over the preceding month split down into the following areas:

  • Highlights:  What has stood out for me this month.
  • Lowlights:  What has stood out for all the wrong reasons.
  • Cinema Screenings:  First time watches I have seen in the cinema.
  • Couch Screenings:  First time watches at home.
  • Rewatches:  Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.
  • TV Shows:  Any TV Shows I’m currently bingeing on.
  • Score Sheet:  The tallies for the year, so far.

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Mississippi Grind (2015)

  • Director – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Starring – Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Yvonne Landry
  • Writer – Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
  • Year – 2015
  • Running Time – 108 minutes

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Hollywood folklore would seem to suggest that play the man, not the cards, is key to success at the poker table (Casino Royale anyone), however Mississippi Grind asks what happens when the man is not across the table, but instead is looking back at you in the mirror. That man is Gerry, (Ben Mendelsohn), who along with his perceived lucky charm, Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) head down the Mississippi in search of that elusive river card and a seat at a big money game. (more…)