Home Again (**1/2) is a fantasy for grown women

It's a Lifetime film with more accomplished actors, but #HomeAgain is still okay.

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Death Note (***) is Pandora’s Box by another name

Director Adam Wingard Screenplay by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater Starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles, Willem Dafoe Before we go too far in any direction, this film is not great. It's not a giant disappointment, though. It is just a little one. Anyone who has time to accuse the filmmakers of whitewashing the original material … Continue reading Death Note (***) is Pandora’s Box by another name

Paper Towns (***) – The train in the distance

Paper Towns - 2015 Director Jake Schreier Starring Nat Wolff, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Delevingne Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber based on the book by John Green A gentle teenage road trip movie with plenty of hugging and learning, Paper Towns cloaks irresponsible and reckless behavior as mysterious and awe-inspiring. What it really … Continue reading Paper Towns (***) – The train in the distance

The Fault In Our Stars Extended Edition (****): So much depends…

The Fault In Our Stars - 2014 Director Josh Boone Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe Screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber based on the book by John Green There is one point early on in The Fault in Our Stars which rings partially true.  Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster (Elgort and Woodley) have met cute in … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars Extended Edition (****): So much depends…

Admission is smartly compassionate

Admission - 2013 Directed by Paul Weitz Starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben, Tavaris Spears Screenplay Karen Croner based on Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz The gift that Tina Fey brings to her movies is not limited to laughs.  It's straight up compassion.  Her characters are often self-depreciating, but intelligent.  Maybe what she … Continue reading Admission is smartly compassionate