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Justin Timberlake

When Justin Timberlake announced that he was putting his musical career on semi-hiatus to pursue a career as an actor many laughed. They had every right to; after all many singers had tried to take that path and failed miserable, some in spectacular very public performances as anyone who ever saw “Glitter” would attest to.

On reflection, the move shouldn’t have been such a shock. After all, Timberlake had made his entertainment debut as a young star on the television show “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Even when he was at his peak with pop group NYSNC, he was making appearances in television shows including “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Touched By An Angel.”

Even before his first solo album in 2002, Timberlake had appeared in the Disney television movie “Model Behavior,” had an uncredited role in feature film “On The Line” and also appeared in the crime comedy “Longshot.”

Timberlake’s first starring role in a film came in 2005’s crime thriller “Edison,” a film that was well received and also saw Timberlake share the screen with acting royalty like Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. From there he soon found himself also getting good write-ups from critics for his roles in “Alpha Dog” and “Black Snake Moan.” However, the same couldn’t be said for “Southland Tales” or “The Love Guru.” The latter may have starred Mike Myers and Jessica Alba, but it is universally regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

“The Love Guru” did have a negative effect on Timberlake’s career. It seemed even a voice acting role in the popular “Shrek The Third” couldn’t really over turn the negative press that came from “The Love Guru” and soon he found himself appearing in other poorly received films like “The Open Road” (alongside Ted Danson) and the straight-to-video action flick “Next Big Thing.”

The string of bad films had started some of the Timberlake-haters saying they had been right all along and that Justin Timberlake’s film career was dead in the water. That soon changed though when director David Fincher took a chance on Timberlake and cast him as Napster creator Sean Parker in the well-received biopic “The Social Network.” Many critics referenced the fact that Timberlake stole the show with his performance and it seemed that the good press was enough to kick start his career once again.

Soon he was voicing the crowd favorite Boo Boo in “Yogi Bear” and then making the adults laugh in the underrated comedies “Bad Teacher” (with Cameron Diaz) and “Friends With Benefits” (with Mila Kunis. “In Time” saw Timberlake add science fiction to the growing list of genres that he had tackled while his appearance alongside Clint Eastwood in the baseball flick “Trouble With The Curve” while his role in the Coen Brother’s flick “Inside Llewyn Davis” showed the arthouse crowd that Timberlake does indeed have some fine acting skills. Sadly, his appearance alongside Ben Affleck in the thriller “Runner Runner” was let down by a poor script, but any decent cinema goer now knows that Timberlake has enough acting points in the bank to get over one bad role.

There is no doubting that Justin Timberlake has now made it as an actor and seeing that his last solo album was poorly received by the critics, he should be feeling very happy that he chose a career on the big screen over one behind the microphone.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Stories We Tell’, ‘The Turning’, ‘One Direction: This Is Us’, ‘Lovelace’, ‘Runner Runner’, ‘I Am A Girl’ and ‘Grown Up 2’ . This episode also features interviews with Morgan Spurlock, Gemma Arterton, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James and Electric Shorts Film Festival director, Jim Stamatakos.  As part as their ongoing 50th episode celebrations the boys also look at their favorite diretorss to watch on the big screen and launch a new competition thanks to Transmission Films.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

Runner Runner

Summary: A businessman who owns an offshore gambling operation finds his relationship with his protege reaching a boiling point.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Brad Furman

Screenwriter: Brian Koppelman, David Levien

Cast: Ben Affleck (Ivan Block), Gemma Arterton (Rebecca Shafran), Jordan Beder (Paul Arnaud), Oliver Cooper (Andrew Cronin), Randall M. Corsi (Robe), David Costabile (Professor Horstein), Michael Esper (Billy ‘Pet’ Petricoff), Christina George (Wilson), Bob Gunton (Dean Alex Monroe), John Heard (Harry Furst), Jeannine Kaspar (Ashley), Vincent Laresca (Sergeant Barrancas), Louis Lombardi (Archie), Anthony Mackie (Agent Shavers), Christopher McLinden (Lico), James Molina (Esteban), Clifford Myatt (Towel), Dayo Okeniyi (Lionel), Sam Palladio (Shecky), Mekaila Ray (Jane), Ben Schwartz (Craig), Justin Timberlake (Richie Furst), Sam Upton (Agent Poole), Yul Vazquez (Delegate Herrera), Steven Weisz (Doorman John)

Runtime: 91 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘RUNNER RUNNER’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Runner Runner’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Runner Runner (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Runner Runner′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘Runner Runner’.

Trailer:

Runner Runner

Watch the official Runner Runner trailer, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. In cinemas September 27th 2013.

Richie (Justin Timberlake), a Princeton college student who pays for school with online gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the mastermind, Ivan (Ben Affleck), whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.