Yay for nerds! And here is a whole middle school full of them, with a few bullies thrown in for teaching life lessons. Unfortunately, or fortunately, Oliver's science project bombs in front of he tech-hero. He is shown collaborating with a young colleague in China but then comes the kidnapping. . . . and dogs to the rescue, a la Lady and the Tramp or 101 Dalmatians! … [Read more...] about Movie Review: Think Like a Dog
• Barbie Latza Nadeau: Will Amanda Knox’s Parents Go to Jail?The Knox family, for their part, is portrayed as even-tempered and wholly genuine in support of their daughter. Marcia Gay Harden expertly captures the essence of Knox's mother Edda Mellas, down to her freeflowing tears and her endearing optimism that every story has a happy ending. There is even a scene in which the Knox family meets with their media manager David Marriott to plan the public-relations offensive, complete with someone sporting a "Free Amanda" T-shirt. Hayden Pantierre does an admirable job playing the quirky Seattle native, even though she passed up an opportunity to meet Knox in prison last year. The film questions Knox's awareness of what was happening around her and hints at a genuine love story between her and Sollecito. Suggestions that Knox could be guilty are rampant, but there are just as many implying she could have simply been in the wrong place doing the wrong things at the wrong time. … [Read more...] about Lifetime’s Amanda Knox Movie: Review by Latza Nadeau Barbie
But most of “Chromatica” is problematic: First single “Stupid Love” is forgettable; “Enigma” is predictable; and the inclusion of the chart-topping Ariana Grande on the bouncy but super-mediocre “Rain on Me” screams, “I JUST WANT A NO. 1 HIT RIGHT NOW.” … [Read more...] about Review: Pop star Gaga is back, but where’s the art or spark?
Despite its deeply melancholic mood at times, Gary Marshall's dramedy is insightful about life in so many ways. At the center of the story are two childhood friends — rich socialite Hillary Whitney Essex (Barbara Hershey) and Broadway star C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) — who first meet in 1958 under the boardwalk on the beach in Atlantic City. Over the years, their friendship will be tested as they fall for the same man. With a well-thought-out screenplay, the film opens and ends on the beach. (Keep that Kleenex handy.) … [Read more...] about 11 Movies To Get You In The Mood For Summer
On Thursday, Devin Faraci broke his silence with a Medium post titled “Where I Am.” In the brief entry, he wrote that, “In October of last year a woman (it’s not my place to name her) came forward to accuse me of groping her in 2003. I don’t remember the incident, but I know that I have been a blackout drinker. Faced with this serious accusation I had only one choice: believe the woman making the claim and accept personal responsibility. I felt that the morally correct action was to remove myself from my position and my world and to be quiet.” Faraci continued, “I have spent the last eleven months lying low and focusing on my recovery and spirituality. A few months into my recovery I was given the chance to do low-level copywriting as a way to keep my rent paid as I continued the journey. Now circumstances have arisen that leave me unemployed and back in the news… These are hard days for everyone. I am sorry to have made them harder for … [Read more...] about How a Sexual-Assault Accusation Against a ‘Feminist’ Film Blogger Shook Up the Indie Film World