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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Front Runner

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Hugh Jackman plays the guy who DEFINITELY would have become president in 1988 if he had just been able to keep his fly shut, Democratic nominee Gary Hart. This new Jason Reitman film, after a brief look at Hart’s unsuccessful bid against Walter Mondale for the Democratic nomination in 84, switches to his titular front-running campaign in 88. Vera Farmiga plays his wife and the film also features strong and funny performances by JK Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, and a ton of familiar faces. However, there’s something just off a bit about what the film is trying to say and our critics (Chris, Marco, and Elliott) have very different ideas about what that problem is. It all leads into a fun and heightened discussion on the topic that you don’t want to miss.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.