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Thomas Mann: From ‘Project X’ to ‘The Dying Girl’

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Weaned on ludicrous white-male teen fantasies like Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the whole John Hughes oeuvre, really), even as an adult I have to admit to a partiality toward movies in which the teen heroes live in a world gloriously beyond the attention of parents who bear more than a passing resemblance to police and other authority figures.   

Shark Week 2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Discovery Channel’s 28th annual Shark Week begins Sunday, promising eight days of deep-sea programming (plus more sharktastic stuff to watch later in August). Here’s what to watch:
  

Terminator Genisys

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
After the last lackluster outing (Terminator Salvation) in this groundbreaking science-fiction adventure series (with its first two installments helmed by James Cameron, which explains the early success), the producing powers that be tapped Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) to return the franchise to some semblance of its past glory.  

A Little Chaos

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
There’s always a heightened bit of intrigue when a noted actor steps behind the camera to leave an imprint of his or her own.
  

Manglehorn

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Part of an Al Pacino double-feature at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Manglehorn, from director David Gordon Green was the more nuanced showcase for Pacino, an actor for whom “nuance” can sometimes be a curious word for a foreign language with no direct translation. 
  

Max

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls (with a brief harder flirtation thanks to 2012’s Safe starring Jason Statham).  

Ted 2

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Thunder Buddies — John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice work by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) — are back and seeking to establish personhood for Ted so that he and his new bride Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby together (a grown woman wants to have a baby with a teddy bear — don’t ask).  

Magic Mike XXL

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in Step Up (and starred more recently in Foxcatcher and the ongoing 21 Jump Street franchise).   

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Films centering on teens dealing with terminal illnesses have come a long way in a relatively short time.  

Perspective — Not Paradise — is Lost in ‘Escobar’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Earlier this year, in McFarland, USA (from director Niki Caro) —featuring Kevin Costner as Jim White, the reluctant yet devoted coach of a cross-country team in a small migrant community in California — we experienced life through the eyes and situation of White and his resilient all-American family.  

Promising British Sci-Fi Lands Stateside

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence is created to help out those who created it — aka us, people.   

Life is Like a Box of Explosives

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I have to admit that sometimes, as a working critic, I love to read the buzz on films to get a sense of the general consensus.  

The Second Coming of ‘True Detective’

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
After a wildly successful debut season, the second iteration of crime-drama anthology True Detective (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is under a microscope.  

Dope

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) has been rather quiet since Brown Sugar back in 2002, with only one other feature as a writer-director (2010’s Our Family Wedding) and a screenplay credit for Talk to Me in 2007.   

Inside Out

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I’m not sure I was ever all that convinced I needed to get a bird’s eye view inside the minds of teenage girls, but directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen provide a deft and loving glimpse into the life of a young girl named Riley.