Money Monster (R)
Directed by: Jodie Foster
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito
The pitch: A disgruntled investor takes the host of a TV finance show hostage and demands to see the head of the company that just made him lose all of his savings. It’s a rush to find answers before the hostage taker can detonate a bomb vest.
The formula: Ring up a bit of “The Big Short. Factor in an investment of “Dog Day Afternoon.” Take stock in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Go see it: If you like the way Jodie Foster can find small moments in big stories.
Don’t go see it: If you are only going for Julia Roberts. She’s had better roles.
Seven degrees of local connection: Caitriona Balfe stars in “Outlander” that was created by Ronald D. Moore who is from Chowchilla.