The reminiscence upon past events, eras and moments which we paint with the strokes of simplicity and unadulterated joy is one we all deign to indulge in once in a while. And with so many vehicles to quench that thirst so close at hand, we recommend dropping all pretense and just letting the nostalgia wave crash over you in the darkness of the theaters. Stories are here to spark memories of your first love, your transition to adulthood, your successes and failures as a young adult, your first hostage crisis in the White House. Well, maybe not that last one, but hey -- everyone's childhood is different. So what will your (inner) youthful soul choose to see? Let us know in the comments below! Then go bask in the warmth of your lost innocence and squandered naivete.
"Admission." Directed byPaul Weitz. Starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben, and Lily Tomlin. Our review: "It's as if Weitz knows he's got a corpse of a film on his hands -- never trust a movie when it feels as though you can see the director clasping the defibrillator." Metacritic: 48 Rotten Tomatoes: 44% The Playlist: D+
"Olympus Has Fallen." Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune, Dylan McDermott, and Robert Forster. Our review: "While the action sequences are competent, much of the second half of the movie takes place in the wrecked White House, in diffuse lighting conditions, which makes for hazy visuals that further obscure the action sequences' sense of spatial geography. Worse yet, is that the movie is so apolitical; there could have been a nice slant to the movie, about how both sides of the aisle could get together to kick out these Korean terrorists. Instead, it remains totally void." MC: 42 RT: 50% PL: C-
"Love and Honor." Directed by Danny Mooney. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Austin Stowell, and Aimee Teegarden. A Vietnam-era period piece with high production values that undermine its potential for engaging social-historical depiction and exploration. Transparent story lines, no-stakes drama, and (mostly) wooden acting don't help either. On the other hand, there's plenty of pretty people taking their clothes off. MC: 27 RT: 10%
"Starbuck." Directed by Ken Scott. Starring Patrick Huard, Antoine Bertrand, and Julie Le Breton. A comedic exploration of modern fatherhood, which sees a sperm donor unknowingly sire hundreds of children, is admittedly contrived and farcical. However, it is also moving, well acted, and witty (at times). MC: 48 RT: 60%
"The Happy Poet." Directed by and starring Paul Gordon. Also starring Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek, and Liz Fisher. While comedic capacity may reside in the story's bones (a dude encounters road blocks when he opens a health food stand in Austin), the stark realism of its actors and dialogue, compounded by an unpolished filmmaking style, detract from that potential outcome. MC: no score yet RT: no score yet