Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  141 min.
In theatres: October 12, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.80
based on 64 votes and 26 reviews
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Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth

Synopsis

Lake Tahoe, California, 1960s. Several guests arrive to seek shelter at the rundown El Royale hotel, whose main attraction is that it straddles the state line between California and Nevada. The guests include a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a wannabe Motown singer (Cynthia Erivo), a priest (Jeff Bridges) and a hippy woman (Dakota Johnson), who have all brought more than just their physical baggage to the hotel.

Each guest houses dark secrets about their past, which will all be revealed during one fateful night at the El Royale, a hotel filled with secret passages, cameras, and two-way mirrors, so every guest is under constant surveillance. The unexpected arrival of cult leader Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) proves the tipping point for this wild, unforgettable evening during which alliances will be formed, secrets will come to light, and no one is guaranteed to make it to their checkout time. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in British Columbia.

Director: Drew Goddard
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Drew Goddard, Jeremy Latcham
Screenplay: Drew Goddard
Official Site: ElRoyaleMovie.com

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  • 1 star "Boring no sense movie. Absolute yawner. Best part of film was leaving for restroom breaks."
  • 4 stars "Cast, music, directing were great!"
  • 5 stars "Great movie, only confusing and disconnected if you don't keep up. Cast and acting were great. Leaves some open ends for you to wonder about or construct your own answers. Some periodic violence. The whole audience was totally quiet during the movie, no one left."