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Foxcatcher Wrestles with Emotions

At one point in Bennett Miller’s poignant and powerful Foxcatcher, John du Pont declares the importance of a coach, “A coach is a father, a coach is a mentor, a coach has great power on an athlete’s life”. While these words definitely sum up what your typical coach/athlete relationship is like, this film does more than enough to separate itself from the traditional sports drama. In this moment, this quote really sums up du Pont’s greatest delusion. Foxcatcher is a chilling tale of people hopingĀ for greatness. They desire to be heroes, winners, and champions, but in the end no matter how much they give they feel like it will never be their best. This constant feeling of failure looms large for du Pont and his athlete, Mark Schultz, and it is ultimately the start of their own self-hatred. Led by terrific performances by the three leads Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, Bennett Miller has created one of the best films of the year that shows you the pain of two disturbed and lost individuals.

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, which is based on true events, follows the unlikely relationship between Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), and the multi-millionaire heir to the du Pont estate, John du Pont (Steve Carell). When John du Pont invites Mark to his estate in order to offer him the chance to prepare and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Mark eagerly accepts the offer. The two develop a special relationship that is driven by the need to win. Mark hopes to step out of his brother’s (Mark Ruffalo) shadow, and du Pont is motivated by wanting to be respected by all, especially his disapproving mother. However, their relationship soon turns toxic and not even winning Gold can prevent a tragic outcome.

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Hercules (2014)

Just in case you missed out on the first Hercules film of 2014 – you know the one starring Kellan Lutz that was a disastrous flop- you do have another opportunity in seeing the Greek demigod on screen. This time around comes an even bigger and bolder retelling of the Hercules mythology. Based on Radical Comics’ “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” by the late great Steve Moore, the film follows Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) after preserving through his iconic twelve labors. Now, the Greek demigod lives his life by the sword. Becoming a mercenary, he finally meets his first true challenge when the King Cotys of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter desperately need his help in trying to defeat a dangerous warlord. Can Hercules be victorious once again, or will the warlord become a legend killer?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Hercules

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Hercules

“Hercules” finds its director, Brett Ratner, at his most self-indulgent. The film oozes with testosterone and features many elements that will classify this film as a fun, dumb film. It is definitely fast-paced, and has enough plot and personality to keep the movie powering forward. However, the movie mostly only offers simplistic action sequences that is sometimes great fun and other times a little mind-numbing.

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