Archive for November 22nd, 2019

22nd November
2019
written by Adam

A semi biographical window to Shia LaBeouf’s experiences growing up as a child and early adult actor in Hollywood, struggling to reconcile a strained relationship with his father while dealing with his own mental health issues, this is his story. Directed by Alma Har’el and Written by Shia LaBeouf this time shifting journey is a horrifying, torturous, and therapeutic work that despite its rough nature, comes across remarkably relatable and accessible to the viewer; an assist to empathy and an applaudable explanation to LaBeouf’s destructive behavior as a young adult. Dancing in a neighboring lane to the works of Harmony Korine (Gummo, Spring Breakers), this visual game of chicken may prove challenging for some, but, with an all star ensemble of heavyweights, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and LaBeouf himself, this metric ton of talent loads the deck with an unbeatable hand. Absolutely worth the watch, if anything as one of the year’s most accessible arthouse flicks. Honey Boy is rated R.

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22nd November
2019
written by Adam

Called to an ancient enchanted land Anna, Elsa, Kristof, Olaf, and Sven the reindeer (Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad) set out into the unknown in search of the origin of Elsa’s powers and perhaps a way to save the kingdom. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee with Screenplay by Lee this return to Arendelle digs deep to find the humor, joy, and musicality but ultimately comes out a little less catchy, a little less joyous, and a little more forgettable when placed toe to toe with its 2013 predecessor. Sure, crisp animation, art direction, and sound design all make notable impressions, but ultimately the film’s success (or lack there of) comes down to songwriting, and, in this case it’s the lack of hooky and memorable tunes that lowers the caliber of this attempt by several clicks. That’s not to say the film is a waste or a wash, but, following the cues of successful American Musical Theatre, audiences need two or three strong memorable tunes to really make inroads, in this case we’re given one and a half. That in mind, there’s still plenty to laugh at, and Gad’s quirky Olaf manages to steal every scene he’s in, just don’t expect the massive onslaught of Frozen II musical hits to permeate your holiday experience this year, then again, maybe that’s okay. Still a fun matinee for the family. Frozen II is rated PG.

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