Escape The Shutdown At The Movies

And the shutdown-sympathetic discounts offered by local theaters don’t hurt: Furloughed feds can take advantage of free popcorn at AMC Theatres and AFI Silver Theatre, plus half-price popcorn and soda at West End Cinema. More importantly, the current slate of releases offers excellent ways to pass the time. Here’sa list of movies that scored well with critics, organized by genre in case you have a particular (and understandable) need to laugh or cry. Comedy ” Thanks for Sharing “: Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this movie about a sex addict and the woman he falls for. ” The World’s End “: The British comedy trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” is responsible for this rollicking ride about a pub crawl that gets interrupted by the apocalypse. ” In a World… ” Lake Bell stars in her writing and directorial debut about a voiceover artist following in her father’s very large footsteps. Drama ” Wadjda “: The coming-of-age film about a young girl who wants to buck the established order is the first feature-length movie made in Saudi Arabia. ” Short Term 12 “: Brie Larson plays a supervisor in a halfway house for troubled teens in Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature. ” The Patience Stone “: An Afghani woman finds relief when she reveals her deepest secrets to her husband, who happens to be comatose. ” The Spectacular Now “: Another coming-of-age film, this dramedy deals with a bookish teen who starts a relationship with a hard-partying classmate. Documentary ” Generation Iron “: The engaging documentary follows seven men in the 2012 Mr.

Movies: ‘Runner Runner’ could be year’s most boring film

Sometimes, films just turn out wrong. Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), working from a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen), presumably set out to make a compelling crime drama set against an unusual backdrop. But what they wound up with is yet another slick and generic tale about a young man who dabbles in a life of crime, discovers its not for him and turns on his mentor. Nothing in the movie rings true, not the FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) willing to break the rules in order to get his man, nor the ambiguous romantic interest (Gemma Arterton) who may be running her own scam, nor the crooked Costa Rican cops and politicians who seem to do nothing other than get drunk with hookers, smoke cigars and wait for their latest bribe money to be delivered. Movies about poker usually like to bluff and surprise the audience. But Runner Runner, which teaches you absolutely nothing about the phenomenon of Internet gambling, doesnt have a single twist in store. The film is so rote and transparent that you keep waiting for a big reveal or curve something, anything, that would explain Timberlake and Afflecks presence here, other than the opportunity to spend several weeks in beautiful Puerto Rico (where the movie was filmed). Nothing about Runner Runner makes sense: Not its R rating, which easily could have been avoided with the removal of a couple of f-bombs; not the intermittent voiceover narration by Timberlake, which is used to plaster over plot holes; not even the participation of Leonardo DiCaprio as one of the films producers. Was this an early project he once considered starring in that just never got made? By the time characters start spouting lines such as What are you saying? This whole thing is a Ponzi scheme? desperation has set in. Runner Runner, which never even bothers to explain its title (its a poker term), may not be the years worst movie.

Top Brain Science Movies Revealed

The top movies for relevance were: “Das Experiment” (2001), “Memento” (2000) and “Moon” (2009). Ben Motz, senior lecturer and director of pedagogy at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, started the index with his colleagues when he was a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. Although the index began as “a silly graduate student project,” Motz said he later realized the list had value as a learning tool, as well as a reference for cognitive scientists and students to help with outreach in the field. In a class he now teaches, Motz assigns students to watch a movie from the list and write a paper on the scientific accuracy of the movie. For example, a student might analyze how well “50 First Dates” portrays anterograde amnesia. “[It’s] chance for them to learn something,” Motz told LiveScience. Anyone can rank movies, although Motz said he suspects that many of the voters so far have been academics. (Anyone can also suggest a movie for inclusion in the index.) Many movies appear on two or three of the top 10 lists. “Indeed, films with high marks for accuracy and relevance are, without exception, also given high marks for quality,” Motz said. For example, the 2009 flick “Moon” starring Kevin Spacey appears at No. 5 on the quality list, No. 9 on the accuracy list and No. 3 on the relevance list. However, Motz noticed that low accuracy does not always take away from quality.