1 1/2 Stars
Based on the 1957 book of the same name, Atlas Shrugged is the tale of a railroad tycoon’s attempt at saving her failing company during an economic squeeze in the near future. The year is 2016, and the economy of the US is in collapse. Most of the infrastructure in the country is lacking serious upkeep. Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) must repair her railroad lines if she’s to keep her company afloat, and she’s just found some amazing new metal, Rearden metal, that is stronger than steel and will last for centuries. Now as she tries to get the new track laid, a stranger lurking in the shadows works against her by luring away the best and the brightest industrialists. As the CEO’s around her disappear and abandon their companies to greedy political interests, she finds it more difficult than ever to ensure not only her future, but the future of the country. Helped by Henry Rearden (Grant Bowler), the owner of Rearden Metal, they set off to uncover the force working against them, and to find the inventor of a revolutionary new engine.
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A Little Help is the story of a recent widow who gets entangled in a series of lies to help herself and her twelve year old son. Laura (Jenna Fischer) has a burned out marriage and to make matters worse she’s pretty sure her husband, Bob (Chris O’Donnell), is cheating on her. Their son, Dennis (Daniel Yelsky), is distant and pushes Laura away. She moves on with her life, pretending everything’s ok. But one afternoon during a family get together she lets loose on Bob and accuses him of adultery. While chasing after her something happens with his heart, but he is given a clean bill of health by their doctor. Later that night Laura makes up with Bob, but his heart issue pops up again, this time for the last time. Now everything Laura has been sweeping under the rug is being forced out into the open. Her family pressures her into a malpractice lawsuit where Bob’s infidelity plays a major role. Her son tells a lie at his new school about his father dying as a fireman in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. She goes along with it, maybe in the hopes of winning him over, but mostly because she’s a pushover and has been throughout her life. Once the lies start coming undone can Laura and her son withstand the results?
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