My Weekend Movie Rental Pick – ‘Margin Call’

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“Margin Call” (2011)

Similar in some ways to 2013’s blockbuster hit ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, this film depicts the business side of Lower Manhattan.  However, whereas ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is the Candy Land of board games, ‘Margin Call’ is more of the intellectual, Chess game variety.

You’ll find yourself sitting between Kevin Spacey and some rocket scientist in a Wall Street boardroom during the 2008 financial crisis. Superb acting and an Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay, ‘Margin Call’ will have you crunching numbers and disbelieving how much money and American power is in the hands of so few. Place this flick in your viewing portfolio soon so you can understand how the game is played and by whom.

A brilliant cast includes several Academy Award nominees and winners led by Frank Underwood Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), Stanley Tucci (“The Lovely Bones”) and Mary McDonnell (Sci-Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica”). Also included are Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek Into the Darkness”), Englishman Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code”) and Demi Moore (“Ghost”).

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“Margin Call” is available to rent at Amazon, Apple’s iTunes, Netflix and Redbox.  It’s rated R with a running time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.


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