The Monuments Men

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In Brief: Despite the general run of critical opinion, The Monuments Men (2014) isn’t a bad movie. Had it been signed by, say, Brett Ratner or McG, it would be judged as pretty good. But it’s from George Clooney, and we expect more than “pretty good” out of Clooney (whether or not we should). We also expect more from this cast. When we get “pretty good,” it’s easy to overreact. Is The Monuments Men a disappointment? Yes, it is, but it isn’t a crashing disappointment. For fans of Clooney and the actors — or World War II history buffs — it’s certainly worth seeing. That it should have been — or could have been — something wonderful … well, that’s another matter. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally posted on Feb. 11, 2014.
Genre: Fact-based War Drama with Comedic Touches
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman
Rated: PG-13

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Monuments Men on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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