Screenpicks reviews 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, and Carrie

Screenpicks reviews some of this season’s biggest movies. They discuss Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award winner 12 Years a Slave, calling it uncompromising and difficult to watch but ultimately inspiring in its depiction of its characters’ spirit. Critic Kit Bowen compares it to Schindler‘s List. The hosts also discuss its chances for an Oscar.

Next they review The Fifth Estate, a thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Critic Samantha Wilson was disappointed in the film, calling it boring. Andrew Payne agrees, calling it generic and the characters unlikeable, although well-acted.

Discussing Carrie, the remake of the 1976 Stephen King adaptation, Bowen deems it unnecessary, saying that, while well-made and acted, there are very few differences between it and the original.

Also discussed are As I Lay Dying, Escape Plan, Kill Your Darlings, and Paradise.

Listen to the full episode here.

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