Tag Archives: Inspired by a True Story

I, Tonya (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Craig Gillespie

Starring:
Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser

Other notable appearances:
Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caitlin Carver

Running time:
120 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short

 

For all of her life, all Tonya Harding (Robbie) has wanted is to be loved and to be a champion figure skater. But life, and your ex-husband, don’t always share your plans.

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The Founder (2016)

Review by CJ

Director:
John Lee Hancock

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch

Other notable appearances:
Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, Kate Kneeland

Running time:
115 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Wolf of Wall Street, American Made, The Fifth Estate, The Big Short

 

Salesman Ray Kroc (Keaton) has tried selling every fad invention from the Multimixer to the paper cups, but he knows as soon as he sees his first McDonald’s that this is something very different. Ray uses every sales technique in his book to hustle Dick (Offerman) and Mac (Lynch) McDonald into business with him. Soon the McDonalds brothers are left wondering if they did a deal with a man or the devil himself.

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Texas Killing Fields (2011)

Review by CJ

Director:
Ami Canaan Mann

Starring:
Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jason Clarke

Running time:
105 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Zodiac, a low budget and low quality Se7en

 

A local detective (Worthington) and his New York native partner (Morgan) work against the clock to find a serial killer in their small Texan town.

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Black Mass (2015)

Review by CJ

black-mass

Director:
Scott Cooper

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch

Other notable appearances:
Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Adam Scott, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll

Running time:
123 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Bridge of Spies, Public Enemies

 

Inspired by the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger — informant to the FBI, Irish mobster and leader of the Winter Hill Gang in South Boston, and brother of a state senator.

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Sully (2016)

Review by CJ

sully

Director:
Clint Eastwood

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Other notable appearances:
Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn, Katie Couric, Chris Bauer, Ann Cusack

Running time:
96 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Captain Phillips, The Perfect Storm, American Sniper, 127 Hours

 

Sully is based on the true story of pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger whose heroic actions and quick thinking saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew.

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Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Review by CJ

Eddie the Eagle

Director:
Dexter Fletcher

Starring:
Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman

Other notable appearances:
Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Christopher Walken

Running time:
106 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Cool Runnings, Real Steel, Rudy

 

Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Egerton) has wanted to be an Olympian for most of his life. When he is rejected for the downhill skiing team, he decides to learn how to ski jump. With the help of disgraced ski jumper Bronson Peary (Jackman), he fights the odds to compete in the Olympics.

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Murder in the First (1995)

Review by CJ

Murder in the First

Director:
Marc Rocco

Starring:
Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, William H. Macy

Other notable appearances:
Brad Dourif, Stephen Tobolowsky

Running time:
122 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
A Few Good Men, Philadelphia

 

“This film is inspired by a true story.”

Henri Young (Bacon) was sent to prison for stealing five dollars from a post office. He was sent to Alcatraz prison. He tried to escape.

As punishment for the failed escape attempt, Henri is sent to solitary confinement. The hole. The dungeon. Henri is beaten and only allowed one thirty-minute period outside over the entire three-year   period he spends in solitary confinement. During this time he is crippled – physically and emotionally.

Once Henri is released back into the general population as a broken man, he snaps and stabs another inmate to death with a spoon. That the other inmate was involved in the escape attempt but informed thus escaping solitary confinement is of no concern to the system that immediately tries Henri for murder in the first degree. A crime punishable by death.

Young lawyer James Stamphill (Slater) is given the case. His boss feels it is a no-win case and that it should be easy for the rookie. However, James sees something in Henri. A petty-thief who became a cold-blooded killer doesn’t sit well with James. Once he investigates the circumstances of Henri’s incarceration, James realises Henri was just the weapon. Alcatraz was the murderer.

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