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A Detroit-area man whose decades in prison for drug dealing and work as an FBI informant inspired the movie “White Boy Rick” was released from custody Monday in Florida, his first steps of freedom since he was a teenager.
With “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie invites the audience to belly up to his bar for a full pint of his signature brew: a wordy, bloody, Cockney-accented blend of colorful criminals. As you might expect, despite the title, these gentlemen aren’t gentlemanly in the least.
Matthew McConaughey recorded one of the worst debuts of his career, Oscar nominees saw only modest bumps and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” easily remained No. 1 on a quiet weekend in movie theaters.
Matthew McConaughey is making sure some college students at his alma mater get home all right, all right, all right.
What’s been missing from all the movies about AIDS and the history of the AIDS crisis is that Matthew McConaughey swagger. And we never would have realized that if he hadn’t made “Dallas Buyers Club.” Here’s a film about the early years of the crisis packed with a healthy dose of evolving attitudes about AIDS and homosexuality and good-ol’-boy get-’er-done optimism. And if McConaughey and his co-star Jared Leto don’t earn Oscar nominations for “Buyers Club,” I’ll eat my 10-gallon hat.
Last week, I wrote about actors who were wasting their talents in bad movies – call it the Eddie Murphy Syndrome. Now let’s discuss actors who actually are reliable, who generally deliver good performances in smart, interesting movies. One of them is Matt Damon, whose newest film, “Elysium,” opens today. Damon rose to prominence starring in and co-writing 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” and since then he’s devoted his career to mostly worthwhile projects. I particularly like his collaborations with Steven Soderbergh (“The Informant,” “Contagion” and the recent HBO feature “Behind the Candelabra”), but even his forays into big-budget territory – namely the “Bourne” films – have been better than average.