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Nowhere Boy (Review)

Director Sam Taylor-Wood is going somewhere with her portrait of the young John Lennon

0 Comments · Thursday, October 14, 2010
Everyone knows John Lennon, the smart Beatle, the tough realist opposite the sunnier Paul McCartney in the famous songwriting partnership. But imagine his life before the fame and fortune, before he hooked up with his mates and took the world by storm. Conceptual artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood takes audiences back to the early nowhere days of Lennon (Aaron Johnson) as he chafes under the seemingly loveless rule of his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas). Grade: A-.  

Kick-Ass (Review)

Excellent pulp adaptation turns teenage Everyman into superhero

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
When Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) asks why no one has ever tried to be a real-life superhero, the question initially sounds like the fantasies of a comic-book geek a few years away from accepting the realities of life as we all know it. Director Matthew Vaughn and his actors seamlessly stitch together the disparate fabrics of pulp and an almost John Hughes-like weave of teenage drama. The real standout is Nicolas Cage. Grade: A.   

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