The CallThe Call (2013)

Jordan Turner, a 9-1-1 operator, finds herself responsible for the murder of a young girl after making a hasty decision while on the phone with her during a break-in.  Some time later, 16-year-old Casey is kidnapped from a mall parking garage by the same man.  Using a friend’s untraceable Tracfone, she dials 9-1-1 and reaches Jordan on the other line.  The two must work together over the phone to locate her and help her escape before getting killed. // Trailer

Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund

Director: Brad Anderson

Genre: Thriller

Why ‘The Call’ Doesn’t Quite Cut It (REVIEW)


Cherry CoverCherry (2010) *

Aaron comes from a long line of engineers.  Even though his pushy mother has paved his way to receiving an engineering degree at an ivy league school, 17-year-old Aaron is really interested in art, specifically drawing.  After having a rough time adjusting to his freshman year of college, Aaron meets Linda, a 30-something classmate.  He soon falls in love with her despite the fact that she’s much older and has a boyfriend.  However, Linda’s 14-year-old rebellious daughter, Beth, is very interested in Aaron.  This coming-of-age follows the main character as he falls in love, struggles to lose his virginity, learns how to stand up for himself, and eventually  learns how to walk on water. // Trailer

Starring: Kyle Gallner, Laura Allen, Britt Robertson, Matt Walsh, Zosia Mamet, D.C. Pierson

Director: Jeffrey Fine

Genre: Coming-of-Age, Comedy, Drama, Indie

‘Cherry’: A Powerful Coming-of-Age Story (REVIEW)

cougars-inc-movie-poster-2011-1020690322Cougars Inc. (2011)

Sam is a high school senior who’s been kicked out of pretty much every boarding school he’s been sent to for various reasons.  When he’s sent to his new boarding school, his cool, understanding headmaster takes a liking to Sam and makes it his mission to keep the boy in school.  After making friends and taking a liking to the place, however, Sam learns that his mother can’t cover the tuition.  With the help of his friends, Sam starts an escort service for middle-aged women in order to raise the money to stay in school.  Things start going wrong when Sam’s relationship with a girl and his headmaster’s personal life get involved in the mix. // Trailer

Starring: Kyle Gallner, James Belushi, Sarah Hyland, Kathryn Morris, Denise Richards

Director: K. Asher Levin

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Indie

‘Cougars Inc.’ a Somewhat Unfulfilling, but Sweet Story (REVIEW)

drinking buddies (2013)Drinking Buddies Poster

Two coworkers working at a brewery experience sexual tension despite the fact that both are in serious relationships with other people and like to think of themselves as just good friends.  After they and their partners spend a weekend at a cabin together, things change and are put into perspective.  They have to decide if it’s worth trying to be with each other and if it’s the right thing to do. // Trailer

Starring: Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis

Director: Joe Swanberg

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Indie

‘Drinking Buddies’ and its Almost Absent Plot (REVIEW)



Lifeguardthe lifeguard (2013)

29-year-old Leigh is unhappy with her life and her career as a journalist.  She’s not where she wants to be in her life.  So she decides to take a break by heading back home to live with her parents.  To make money, she takes up a job as a lifeguard over the summer, something she used to do as a teen.  She reunites with high school buddies Mel and Todd.  They spend their nights smoking weed, reminiscing on good times, and reevaluating what they’re doing with their life.  Along the way, Leigh starts a relationship with the troubled teenage son of the pool’s owner.  A look at the transition from adolescence to adulthood and how current generations are dealing with it. // Trailer

Starring: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, David Lambert

Director: Liz Garcia

Genre: Drama, Indie

Nostalgia and Loss of Direction Explored in ‘The Lifeguard’ (REVIEW)


People Like Us (2012) *

After his father’s death, a young corporate barterer, Sam, must travel home to L.A.  There he discovers that his father left a large sum of money to a half-sister and nephew Sam didn’t even know he had.  All three must come to terms with the situation while making important life decisions.  Struggling with problems at work, issues with his mom and girlfriend, and dealing with his dad’s death, Sam, along with his sister, Frankie, and nephew, Josh, must reassess what’s important in their life in addition to what family really means to them. // Trailer

Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Hall D’Addario, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Favraeu

Director: Alex Kurtzman

Genre: Drama

‘People Like Us’: A Story About Family (REVIEW)

Shattered Glass (2004)Glass Poster

Stephen Glass is a respected reporter for a respected national magazine.  His friends and colleagues love him dearly and look up to him.  However, after spending several years at the magazine, it becomes apparent that Stephen might have completely fabricated a story.  Upon closer inspection, it appears that Stephen might have actually completely or partially fabricated many stories during his journalism career.  A story about ethics and the consequences that come with lying.  Based on a true story. // Trailer

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria, Steve Zahn

Director: Bill Ray

Genre: Drama, History

Ethics in Journalism Tested in ‘Shattered Glass’ (REVIEW)

the spectacular now (2013) *the-spectacular-now-(2013)-large-cover

18-year-old Sutter Keely doesn’t worry too much about the future, but instead decides to live in the now.  However, when his girlfriend breaks up with him, Sutter is forced to take a hard look at his life.  He meets shy and timid Aimee Finnicky and the two don’t hit it off right away, but they slowly fall for each other.  Aimee grows dependent on Sutter while he reassesses his relationship with her and his philosophy on living in the now, in addition to his dependence on alcohol and wishful thinking about his father’s role in his parents’ failed marriage.  Not your typical teen romance. // Trailer

Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson

Director: James Ponsoldt

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Coming-of-Age, Indie

Is ‘The Spectacular Now’ Really this Generation’s ‘Say Anything?’ (REVIEW)

StuckInLove_DVDWRStuck in Love (2013)

A family of writers experience first loves and second chances.  Bill struggles to get over his divorce with his wife, Erica, three years after it happened.  Meanwhile, his cynical college-aged daughter, Samantha, isn’t on speaking terms with Erica and no longer believes in love.  That is, until Louis, a fellow fiction writer and classmate, pushes his way into her heart.  Bill and Erica’s teenage son, Rusty, is an optimistic high schooler who loves Stephen King and has a crush on his classmate, Kate.  As he experiences first love with her, he helps her deal with her drug addiction.  A story about love, writing, and family. // Trailer

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lilly Collins, Nat Wolf, Logan Lerman, Liana Liberato, Kristen Bell

Director: Josh Boone

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Indie

‘Stuck in Love’: Writers and Romance (REVIEW)

veronica-mars-movie-poster-610x903Veronica Mars (2014)

Former teen private investigator Veronica Mars has returned in the form of a movie thanks to diehard  fans and a Kickstarter campaign.  The film follows Veronica, now a lawyer in her late twenties, as she heads back to her hometown of Neptune, California to not only attend her high school reunion, but also to investigate the murder of her ex’s new girlfriend .  A continuation of the series of the same name. // Trailer

Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Krysten Ritter, Amanda Noret

Director: Rob Thomas

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