Maybe, somewhere back in the early phases of Shannon Hale's writing, "Austenland" had the promise of tweaking all those readers crazy for the days of Jane Austen. They were lazy days without television but larded with gossip and morals, of pride and prejudice, sense and sensibility.
The good news about "Closed Circuit" is that neither its cloaks nor its daggers are cliches. The plot does not depend on justice prevailing but on reality reigning, so it is more cynical than triumphal. "Closed Circuit" is about terrorism and secrets, duplicity and circuity.
After a summer of good movies about boys, the autumn offers a fine film about girls and women. "Short Term 12" is a serious movie, blessedly unsentimental and not fodder for an "Afternoon Special" on television.
This film needs sub-titles because either the actors are speaking Texan or they are mumbling or they are whispering. After a while, it hardly seems worth straining to hear what they're saying. It doesn't matter much because, in terms of action, the plot is not demanding.
"The World's End" is not half-bad. The Britcom part, that is, the first half, is hilariously funny with lines a-poppin' all over the place. Then the zombies appear, and the lines fade to loud violence. If you like zombies, you'll like the second half of this film.
The main characters in "The Spectacular Now" say "Cheers!" a lot as they bump bottles, but they are not very cheerful. Sutter Keely is a teenage boy alcoholic, who lives in the now. Aimee is a teenage girl, who has been getting by on hard work, sci fi, and dreams of a college education.
Names matter. The names of the protagonists, Alvin and Lance, in "Prince Avalanche" reveal a lot: old-fashioned Alvin plays by the rules -- even his overalls are strait-laced. He can skin a squirrel and set up a tent, neither of which Lance can -- or wants to -- do.
"There are only so many traumas you can withstand before they find you on the street talking to yourself." Truer words were never spoken, and spoken they are, along with thousands of other words by the woman known as Jasmine. She was born Jeannette, but she changed her name, so her name is a lie.
Need a break from sequels about hangovers and fast cars? Need a movie that is so well written that you’ll want to see it twice to catch all the good lines? Then “The Kings of Summer” is the indy movie for you, a film that sneaks into the summer roster this year the way “Moonrise Kingdom” did last year.
If what you want in a summer movie is more crashing and less talking, there's “Fast and Furious VI.” If you want a film where the writing is sterling, the talking is dazzling and true, there's “Before Midnight.”
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