Movie Review: War Machine (2017) *Netflix Underwhelms at the Movies*

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In a few days the final season of House of Cards will debut on Netflix.  That show’s debut in 2013 transformed Netflix from primarily a disc-based rental service, to a streaming based provider of original content on par with premium cable channels like HBO.  Netflix is moving even more toward original content, having gone hundreds of millions of dollars into the red, betting that by bagging big names, they can succeed in developing original films to rival the award-winning television series they consistently produce.  War Machine, adapted from the best-selling non-fiction book The Operators, starring Brad Pitt, is the first “blockbuster” film of this new initiative.  While House of Cards became something of a national phenomenon, War Machine will be forgotten in a few weeks.  It’s an inauspicious beginning that primarily fails because the film is stunningly dull. Continue reading Movie Review: War Machine (2017) *Netflix Underwhelms at the Movies*

In Theaters This Week (5/26/2017): Pirates 5, Baywatch, War Machine

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t exactly bring huge game to the theaters as we have a leaky franchise, a campy remake, and Netflix’s first terrifying shot across the bow of movie theaters. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/26/2017): Pirates 5, Baywatch, War Machine