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The Counselor (matinee + dinner)

Since All is Lost has been postponed, I've decided to pick The Counselor to replace it this weekend. It's a bit out of the indie realm with an all-star cast and big director but the script is McCarthy and has some good actors.

Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.

The film will be dedicated to the memory of the director's brother Tony Scott.

Ticket price: $5.50 (Carmike accepts cash, credit and debit).

Running time: 1 hr 51 mins

The film starts at 4:00 PM. Let's gather in the lobby 15 minutes before show time. Afterwards, we can go nearby to Saladelia Cafe at 4201 University Dr for dinner.



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  • Shawna

    I didn't really like this movie. It's kind of fun to write a bad review. The script was hard to follow. The characters were over the top. The dialogue was poor (but what else do criminals talk about). It did not showcase the actors' best talent (Fassbender, Cruz, Bardem). However, Pitt and Diaz were somewhat entertaining. On the gory side, Pitt's death scene was the highlight of the film ;). Dinner afterwards was nice. A few of us went and attempted to reassemble the plot. I probably wouldn't recommend this film to anyone.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Anne

    Hello,
    I would like to thank the organizers for choosing this movie.
    I agree that it was rather hard to watch, but this is the kind of a movie you want to talk about afterwards. I came with my youngest son, and he really liked it. He believes that this movie raises very important philosophical issues that are especially relevant for young people.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    'Counselor' is a slang word for lawyer, especially used in the underworld.

    I liked the movie because it was just as brutal as reality is in the illegal narcotics trade in Latin America where horrific brutality is used not only to eliminate opposition but to instill fear in future competition. Cameron Diaz i thought was good in her role as the huntress. (the Cheetahs were a good symbolic addition as well)

    Brad Pitt was there to add star power and probably made more money than any of the others even though his was a side role: come to think of it his part might have been added later to spruce up the movie after it was already shot to make sure it did not bomb.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wonder if the packet in his helmet was the money for the drugs (which he didn't steal but was going to give to the cartel).

    October 28, 2013

  • Liz G

    Sorry I couldn't stay for dinner but I'll vent about the movie here. I agree with all the points Shawna made, except Pitt's death scene was too gruesome for me to watch after the first few seconds. I do not know what the motorcycle-riding son did to piss off the cartel to the extent that they would brutally kill everybody remotely connected to him. He seemed to have a small packet of something he stole hidden in his helmet. The script was extremely obscure on plot points such as this, but had some of the characters go off into preachy, pretentious rants about choices having consequences. With all that talk time, they could have explained what was actually going on. I thought Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt's performances were hoots, but the lead actor was rather forgettable (And why was he called Counselor? He counseled no one.) Very stylish film, but terrible script, and I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Shawna's points. It was a very disappointing movie.

    October 28, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Shawna, change of plans. Will see all of you soon.

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for arranging this Shawna. I'm sorry to miss out my Sunday plans have changed, I am unable make it.

    October 26, 2013

  • Beverly S.

    Sorry I have to cancel.Something came up.

    October 26, 2013

  • Janet H.

    Sorry to have to miss this!

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a maybe right now, but it sounds interesting.

    October 25, 2013

  • Eunice

    Can't make it. Too bad. It looks good. I'm already set up to play pool then.

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Susan

    Too far for me unless someone wants to carpool from North Raleigh.

    October 22, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Sorry I have a previous engagement. Wish I could attend it sounds wonderful.

    October 21, 2013

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