Stuck in the dark

Ugh… so as much as it kills me to admit it, Vulture was pretty spot on with their review for Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places.

After just about dying of anticipation, then realizing that I could have watched the movie all along on iTunes… I was already feeling a bit iffy about the quality. (Why did it go right to VOD? Why, when it said it had a release date of August 7, were only two theaters “near” me showing it… and why were they over two hours away?!)

So this past weekend I finally checked it out. And first of all, as expected, Charlize Theron is a badass Libby Day. She’s gritty, fearsome, and does a great job of portraying the darkness simmering below the surface for the character. Continue reading

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Not another teen movie

This weekend saw the opening of a highly-anticipated Blockbuster action thriller in Jurassic World, but an indie gem also made its debut, and the star-studded dramedy is certainly not one to be missed.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the tale of self-deprecating loner Greg (Thomas Mann) as his senior year is thrown upside down when he befriends the quietly confident Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

His newfound friendship with the “dying girl” will force him to confront his noncommittal relationship with everyone else in his life, including Earl (RJ Cyler), a “co-worker,” with whom he creates parodies of classic films. Continue reading