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The Power of the Dog Review 'Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the great actors working today'

Movie Review: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is pure WTF. Review by Matt Cummings For Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , one might look at the title and automatically pick up the 'WTF' reference. But for most of this slow-moving, almost painful to watch dramedy, one might use the same phrase to describe their experience as they try to figure out how they got cajoled into spending good money on a film that doesn't know what it is. Serving as a producer for powder-puff stories at a NY television station, journalist Kim Baker (Tina Fey) needs a change and soon. A single forty-something with no children, she volunteers to cover the 2004 war in Afghanistan in a desperate effort to get noticed by a studio. Bidding a farewell to her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend (Josh Charles), Baker comes face to face with the war and struggles to steer clear of it. Her desire for the next big story sees Kim and other journalists like Tanya (Margot Robbie) and Iain (Martin Freeman) taking unwise risks that equate to

Movie Review: Focus

The caper drama Focus has a lot going for it, but gets its pockets picked in a few key areas. Review by Matt Cummings It doesn't happen too often that an actor can get completely knocked down by one role, but for Will Smith that was After Earth . It was not only one of the worst films of 2013, but an embarrassing trainwreck that saw Smith lose nearly all of his credibility and charm. It's taken awhile to get that back, an Focus helps a lot, even though it suffers in a couple of key areas. When a one-night stand between Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) and Jess (Margo Robbie) leads to trouble with Jess' husband, it looks like Nicky will have to pay big time to make the problem go away. What Jess doesn't know is that Nicky is a smooth operator and con himself, swindling money left and right including her rings, wallet, and sunglasses from her before she even realizes it. The two decide to join forces during a football championship game in New Orleans, pick-pocketin