5. Bridesmaids (2011)
Annie’s (Kristin Wiig in a break-out role) best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. Though she is out of work and unlucky in love, she ceaselessly attempts to put her best foot forward and play along with the other bridesmaids and their eccentric escapades. Bridesmaids has a game cast, snappy dialogue, and gets the balance between heartfelt drama and comedy just right.
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4 out of 5
Jay (Neil Maskell) and Shel (MyAnna Buring) have a very strained marriage. Jay has not worked since a job in Kiev that went awry 8 months ago and Shel has grown increasingly frustrated with him. When his long-time colleague Gal (Michael Smiley) asks Jay to join him on his next mission, he seems quite apprehensive but reluctantly gives in. Jay seems to have endured a traumatic experience back in Kiev and does not want it to happen again. His fears and doubts are understandable because he and Gal do not have a run-of-the-mill job; they are contract killers.
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4 out of 5
A young and naive man by the name of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) living with a foster family and leading the quiet life goes to a flashy Liberace (Michael Douglas) show. Unbeknownst to him at the time, meeting the performer backstage would change his life. Liberace, who has a taste for young men in need of care and guidance, takes an immediate liking to Scott and a tumultuous affair between them begins.
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