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5 Movies to See Before Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in The Irishman

One of the most anticipated if not THE most anticipated film of the year is Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. 

Scorsese is returning to the gangster genre that has for better or worse defined his legendary career. Joining Scorsese, are three actors who are quite familiar with the Cosa Nostra. Robert De Niro, reuniting with Scorsese for the first time since 1995 (excluding the 2015 short film The Audition), Joe Pesci, returning to the screen for the first time since 2010, and Al Pacino, appearing in a Scorsese picture for the very first time.

The film is based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, and it chronicles mobster Frank Sheeran’s (De Niro) last years as he looks back on his relationship and dealings with mafia head Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and their involvement with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). It has premiered in limited theaters to rave reviews. Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, it is at a 96% approval rating with over 200 reviews. The majority of critics are praising the film’s profound elegiac tone that is always hanging over the characters as they navigate through their choices in life.

Ultimately, this is not your typical gangster film but rather a film that is contemplative and might actually be the final chapter of the genre itself. On November 27, the film will finally premiere nationwide on Netflix! But before you and your family decide to spend your Thanksgiving weekend watching it, instead of those amusement park films ;)

Here are five films from Scorsese and the actors that you should revisit before watching The Irishman

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Joy Movie Review & Film Summary

Throughout cinema’s history, there have been numerous director/actor collaborations, and when these collaborative efforts are truly symbiotic, we get some of the most memorable films and performances. Whether it is Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, or Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, these types of director/actor pairs have made some of the most iconic films of the last century. Now, it appears that we have another director/actor collaboration in the making. While it is way too early to even mention this new pair in the same sentence as the examples above, it feels like this new cinematic relationship can develop into something exciting and unforgettable.

Jennifer Lawrence in JOY

Jennifer Lawrence in JOY

This new pair is of course writer and director David O. Russell and America’s favorite star Jennifer Lawrence. They have made two films already, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, and their third effort is opening up on Christmas day. Joy is based on the life of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence)- the woman that invented the miracle mop. The film takes us on a wild journey inside Joy’s personal life as we watch Joy grow from a young, imaginative child into a strong woman who becomes the matriarch of her own business.

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The Intern Movie Review

The Intern follows 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), who after retirement and the passing of his wife, is looking for something to do with his time. He is looking for a purpose. Oddly enough, he stumbles upon an internship for senior citizens at a fashion website company, run by a woman named Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Once he starts, he discovers he is the personal intern to Jules, a woman people consider “impossible to work with.”

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

The film, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, falls on the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro. Luckily, their chemistry hits almost instantaneously. They click as soon as their paths cross, their characters just don’t know it yet. The majority of the film is about new school and old school, the veteran and the rookie. A story that is nothing new to moviegoers, but it’s more about spending time with Jules and Ben. That’s what makes it enjoyable. De Niro almost feels like a life-long friend. A character you can trust and just like to be around. Jules is difficult at first, but we all know she is a big softie deep down. At least that’s what the trailer told us.

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THE INTERN Official Trailer #1 (2015) Review

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