Live by Night is a dense and disorganized movie adaptation in which Ben Affleck covers too much ground for any one story or character to succeed.
Ben Kendrick is Screen Rant's Managing Editor, head film critic, as well as host of the Screen Rant Underground and Total Geekall podcast. He is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society as well as the Online Film Critics Society - with work referenced, cited, or syndicated on CNN, Wikipedia, Huffington Post, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Yahoo, and Business Insider, among others. A graduate of the New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Ben has been passionate about movies ever since standing in line for a midnight showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when he was eight years-old. Thanks to a background in fiction writing, Ben is drawn to films that make story and character a priority; however, that doesn't stop him from enjoying a range of Hollywood offerings - from blockbuster action flicks to campy so-bad-they're-good B-movies. Visit Ben Kendrick's website for info on his fiction work, follow him on Twitter @benkendrick, subscribe to his (humorous) five guys watch The Bachelor podcast, or contact him directly: ben(at)screenrant(dot)com.
Articles by Ben Kendrick
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Want to talk about Rogue One spoilers without worrying about ruining the movie for others? Join our Star Wars spoiler-filled discussion.
A well-crafted and thoughtful story drives Rogue One - in a sandbox that provides a perfect blend of modern action and classic Star Wars style.
Following divisive reviews of Suicide Squad, the Extended Cut has arrived. Does this 'Ultimate Edition' improve upon the theatrical release?
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In Total Geekall #45, we discuss the Westworld season 1 finale as well as the most compelling theories for season 2 of HBO's hit series.
The first trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight brings Optimus Prime back to face-off against a new enemy... and a friend.
On the set of Transformers: The Last Knight, director Michael Bay explains the Transformers writer room and story inspired him to return.
Transformers: The Last Knight producer Lorenzeo di Bonaventura promises Grimlock is back - and will have more 'personality' this time.
We visited the set of Transformers: The Last Knight! Here are the biggest reveals and new story details from Michael Bay, the cast, and crew!
In Total Geekall #44, we discuss the winter 2016 Arrowverse crossover event 'Invasion!' - and catch-up on the state of DC TV on the CW.
In Total Geekall #43, we review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - plus discuss the spinoff's connections to the Harry Potter movie story.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid Harry Potter series movie but often prioritizes setup over memorable drama or spellbinding action.
Watch Dogs 2 is a solid refinement of open-world hacking and shooting gameplay but with a tonal shift that could be off-putting to established fans.
In Total Geekall #40, we review Doctor Strange, speculate about Doctor Strange 2, and discuss the film's connections to the MCU.
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