Robbery, allegory, war round out picks

By Leonard Heldreth

Two films about bank robberies, a surrealistic allegory, and an epic war film are the recommendations for this month.

Logan Lucky

Stephen Soderbergh has returned to feature films after a 4-year hiatus during which he directed the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, and completed all the episodes of the TV series, The Knick. Before that, he made art films and main-stream hits such as the Oceans 11 series. Unhappy with the way movies were financed and marketed, he “retired” from feature films, but now he’s back, and Logan Lucky demonstrates he hasn’t lost his touch, especially with the “heist” genre.

Television newsmen in the film refer to the robbery as a “hillbilly heist” and as “Oceans 7-11,” beating the critics to the punch, because the film IS a downscale “Ocean’s 11″ type of film in which an elaborate robbery is planned, a gang is assembled, the caper is carried out, and the consequences are dealt with. The leader of the gang even has a check sheet on how to rob a bank with the last item being “Know when to walk away.”…

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