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Friday, January 17, 2014

Jack Ryans! Martin Scorseses! Ice Cubes! It's This Week's Mercury Film Section!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Damn this Boston traffic! Im going to be late to the Patriots game!
  • JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT "Damn this Boston traffic! I'm going to be late to the Patriots game!"

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Star Trek's Chris Pine picks up the Jack Ryan mantle from Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). How does he stack up? Well, he's mostly dumb. But handsome! And he has beautiful eyes, according to Mercury critic Elinor Jones: Shadow Recruit.

THE BEST OFFER Alison Hallett declares The Best Offer to be an art film that thinks its far artier than it actually is. Also, it's about art! Also, it stars Geoffrey Rush! Because of course it does.

THE LAST WALTZ Ned Lannamann waxes poetic about Martin Scorsese's use of music in his films—particularly in tonight's one-night-only screening of The Last Waltz and in his latest, The Wolf of Wall Street, which certainly has angered a bunch of people who totally fucking missed the point of the movie.

RIDE ALONG I sent News Editor Denis C. Theriault to review the new Ice Cube/Kevin Hart comedy; he reported back with a chilling missive about the state of police accountability. THANKS FOR THE BUZZKILL, DENIS.

There are many more reviews, as ever, in Film Shorts, and here are your Movie Times. Stay frosty, shadow recruits.

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