Starring Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani and directed by Justin Baldoni; Five Feet Apart is the story of two teenagers with life threatening illnesses who meet in a hospital and fall in love.
I wouldn’t mind learning a thing or two about cystic fibrosi (CF) in a dramatic film. My biggest burning question isn’t really about CF though. It’s… ‘How different is this movie really, compared to the huge success that was The Fault In Our Stars (2014)?’
Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Emily Baldoni also star.
I was looking forward to Support The Girlsas a fan of Regina Hall and an enthusiast of movies that show beautiful, healthy sisterly bonds. Having made it to the end of writer / directer Andrew Bujalski’s movie, I’m still a fan of Hall who performed well. Nevertheless, I found this movie quite awkward.
Hall plays the general manager of a highway-side sports bar. Through the course of one day, her incurable optimism and faith in herself, her customers and her team – which features some peculiar characters is tested.
Soon after hitting play, the pace of Support The Girls started to dull my initial excitement. The film seemed to move slowly and part of the problem is that I found myself very often wondering what exactly was going on.
In the end I could appreciate and identify with Hall’s character’s need to take care of her team. Particularly as, situations where women are taking care of each other, especially when confronted by toxic masculinity always warm my heart. Unfortunately, this movie’s rhythm just never quite synchronised with mine.
As for the ‘comedy’ categorisation, I don”t recall laughing, though I may have smiled a few times.
Even though I didn’t love it, there are definitely people who really had a good time watching Support The Girls, so maybe you’ll be one of them. Watch it if you’re curious enough.
Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria also star.
In the Andrew Bujalski written / directed comedy, Support The Girls, Regina Hall is Lisa, the general manager of a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves.’
The story is set over the course of a long strange day that tests Lisa’s incurable optimism and faith in her girls, her customers, and herself. Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria co-star…
I’m in for the love and sisterhood between the ladies. I’m also quite happy to see Hall in a promising leading role. I’ve been a fan ever since her ‘Candy’ character in The Best Man (1999).
Starring Woody Harrelson, Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner and Kyra Sedgwick, director Kelly Fremon Craig’s movie, The Edge Of Seventeen features good performances from the entire cast.
Steinfeld whose great work in True Grit (2010) will probably always be my favourite of her roles did a good job of playing a high school student. One whose life becomes even more challenging than it already was now that her brother and best friend have started dating.
What’s useful to note is that this tale of a high school student finally growing up is more a drama than it is comedy. As such, definitely don’t expect to laugh too much. What you probably can expect is for a thought similar to the following to enter your mind: ’Parenting is hard, adolescence is hard, relationships, friendships and siblinghood are hard; especially when you get a massive wrench in the works that is your life and your main support is absent.’
I enjoyed Harrelson and Sedgwick’s performances the most. Harrelson for the humour and Sedgwick for her portrayal of a struggling mother of two teenage children.
By the end, even though my teenage years weren’t the worst, I was left feeling rather grateful that my those years are well and truly behind me. In truth, of course, every decade of life is challenging; except that with time, we hopefully should be getting better and wiser so we hurt people less.
Split, the new horror/ thriller starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy is from writer / director M. Night Shyamalan, better known for the impressive The Sixth Sense (1999).
Usually I’d be certain to stay away from scary movies but in this one, McAvoy will be portraying at least 23 characters / personalities…
Word is out that Anya Taylor Joy is quite the talent. So it may be time for me to experience one of her movies instead of only getting as far as the trailer because it looks too scary. Someone recommended that I start with The Witch (2015), they don’t know me well enough. Morgan (2016), is as scary as I’m willing to go at this point.
Split Release Dates: January 20th, 2017 (US & UK); January 26th, 2017 (GER); March 1st, 2017 (FR)…