“Assassination Nation” and “Life Itself” hit area big screens


A daring independent film and a family drama are on area screens this weekend.  Here to tell us about Assassination Nation and Life Itself are film critics Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski.

Assassination Nation

After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descends and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves. Writer/director Sam Levinson takes no prisoners in this incendiary examination of the Internet generation that’s lost and in search of identity and validation in a sea of lies.  Violent and overtly sexual, this is not for all tastes, but what the film has to say about this lost generation and the style in which it is done cannot be ignored.  3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 110 minutes. SAV.

Life Itself

As a young New York couple (Oscar Isaac & Olivia Wilde) goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.  Cloying and obvious, this is a film that sets out to make you cry at every turn.  Writer/director Dan Fogleman has no shame, as he pulls out all stops to move the audience, all of it coming off as desperate and needy.  A good cast, including Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin and Jean Smart, are wasted. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 118 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.

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