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Review: 'If I Stay' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos and Stacy Keach

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 21, 2014 2:05 PM
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If I Stay, Chloe Moretz
Based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling teen novel, “If I Stay” should certainly appeal to its target demo. It alternately seems engineered for tears, giggles and swoons, and it shouldn’t have an issue with making adolescent girls, go through all of those in turn. Chloë Grace Moretz’s Mia Hall is an identifiable, admirable heroine, who isn’t quite the outsider she was in “Carrie,” but she still carries that teenage worry of being set apart from her peers. Meanwhile, her love interest Adam (Jamie Blackley, “Snow White and the Huntsmen”) is the perfect amount of sweet and smoldering for the audience. If BOP magazine were still around, Blackley would be its cover boy, adorning the lockers of high schoolers everywhere.

Review: 'Higher Ground' Revels In Its Callow, Low Blows To Catholicism

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • August 22, 2011 9:59 AM
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Everyone's got something to say about religion. Each book that serves as the foundation for a theology forges our behavior in some shape or form, and while structuring your life on what each book preaches can lead to catharsis, kindness, and healing, it can also be the birth of intolerance and destruction. That's not to say people aren't ultimately to blame; though certain things are good or bad no matter how you spin them, we do tend to interpret things how we see fit. This odd mixed bag of morals often leads to serious backlash, manifested in outright intense debates or scathing art pieces. "Up In The Air" actress Vera Farmiga sets her target using the latter weapon, questioning her own faith in directorial debut "Higher Ground." Sadly, the film feels more like the voice of a junior high student going through a phase of atheism rather than the thoughts of a mature, rational adult.

Joshua Leonard Joins 'Motel Life' With Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 6:35 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: The rooms at "The Motel Life" are getting a little more full as reps for indie actor Joshua Leonard ("Humpday," "Bitter Feast") have confirmed to the The Playlist that he has joined the film.

First Look: Vera Farmiga's Adaptation Of Carolyn Brigg's Religious Memoir 'Higher Ground'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 2:46 AM
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Following her Oscar-nominated turn in Jason Reitman's "Up In The Air" alongside George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga took up a supporting role in Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller "Source Code" before deciding to try her hand at directing with an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs' religious memoir "This Dark World: A Memoir Of Salvation Lost And Found."

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