Movie Reviews

LA Film Fest 2014: Actress Lara Vosburgh On Fighting Drugs And Demons For 'Inner Demons'

June 18th, 2014 9:42am EDT
LA Film Fest 2014: Actress Lara Vosburgh On Fighting Drugs And D
We’re continuing our LA Film Fest 2014 coverage here at Starpulse.com with our ongoing look at standout performances that linger and this next gal delivers handsomely. In her new film "Inner Demons" actress Lara Vosburgh plays a young girl named Carson, a troubled teen who has three very different sides. She’s a typical high school kid trying to fit, who also happens to be a heroin addict, who also may be possessed by a demon. It’s quite a handful for an actress so young, but the talented Vosburgh is more then up to the challenge. In fact her role even got the attention of iconic posses...
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Encapsulated Reviews: 'Ivory Tower' / 'Miss Lovely' / 'The Human Race' / 'The Moment'

June 17th, 2014 1:45pm EDT
Encapsulated Reviews: 'Ivory Tower' / 'Miss Lovely' / 'The Human
With such a flurry of flicks hitting the screen as of late, it’s hard to keep up. So we decided to put together a gaggle of reviews below that provide a more succinct encapsulated look at recent movies hitting multiplexes. In this edition we take a gander at four flicks including at a doc on the high cost of college, a sci-fi horror outing where folks are forced to run or die, a high drama India import about two brothers involved the underground film industry and finally a mystery drama about a war journalist who may or may not be crazy – welcome to encapsulated reviews for "Ivory Tower,"...
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LA Film Fest 2014: Actress-To-Watch Haley Lu Richardson Talks Being Diverse In Two Fest Films

June 16th, 2014 11:10am EDT
LA Film Fest 2014
Nothing makes a movie more memorable than an actor or actress with diversity, so anyone seeing films at the LA Film Fest 2014 should remember the name Haley Lu Richardson. As a legitimate powerhouse acting double threat, Richardson has not one but two amazing and totally different performances in two separate films in the fest and they’re both equally captivating to watch. In the touching film "The Young Kieslowski," Richardson plays a sweet and charming college student who finds herself in love, pregnant and wanting to keep the baby despite heavy-duty obstacles. By contrast in the dark ...
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‘22 Jump Street’ Makes A Subversive Statement About Sequels

June 15th, 2014 9:44am EDT
‘22 Jump Street’ Makes A Subversive Statement About Sequels
Only Phil Lord and Christopher Miller could pull off a smart comedy like 22 Jump Street that cleverly uses itself to make a statement about sequels. That’s because in their work, the subversive filmmakers regularly mock movie archetypes through narrative, dialogue, and jokes designed to deliver a single point. And in 22 Jump Street that point is that sequels suck when they follow a formula. Great ones take risks and try new things, just like it does.

Initially, the film is very similar to its predecessor 21 Jump Street. Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) botch ...
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Nic Cage is in a ‘RAGE’

June 14th, 2014 4:00am EDT
Rage
Nicolas Cage is back to his famous tantrums and 'Cage-isms' in his new film, ‘RAGE’ (RLJ Entertainment) (originally known as ‘Tokarev’ but the name was changed); an action-suspense thriller about a reformed criminal (Paul McGuire); with a dark secret. He used to be a gangster who killed a man when he was 17 who he got into an altercation with years ago.

After Paul departs for a night out with his wife; (Rachel Nichols) and leaving the daughter in the house alone with two boys; Pete the detective (Danny Glover) tells Paul the bad news about his daughter missing. Paul recruits his old crew m...
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LA Film Fest 2014 - 'Day One Reviews'

June 13th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
LA Film Fest 2014 - 'Day One Reviews'
The great Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 (held in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live June 11-19) is underway and we’re hitting the flicks and events hard and fast for the fans. But up first in our comprehensive coverage of the 20th Anniversary of the fest is some encapsulated reviews to keep everyone up to date – Day One style! Check ‘em out below!

“The Well” – With one of the co-writers Jacob Forman being the genius behind the script for "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" it’s of little surprise that "The Well" sports a lushly layered and ass kicking female lead character. What is unexpec...
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LA Film Fest 2014 Review - Visually Stunning 'Snowpiercer' Lacks Acting Authenticity

June 12th, 2014 10:15am EDT
LA Film Fest 2014 Review - Visually Stunning 'Snowpiercer' Lacks
Defying genre boundaries and playing successfully with tone has become a staple of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho. In the film "Memories of Murder" the auteur took on the traditional detective mystery, went after the monster movie with "The Host" and explored paternal responsibility with "Mother." So it’s only fitting that his latest flick "Snowpiercer" also skillfully examines separate important issues like class system and the effect of a post-apocalyptic world and turns them on their ear. But unlike the previous films from the famed Southern Korean director this one sports a mostly English la...
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Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'

June 11th, 2014 11:22am EDT
Los Angeles Film Festival 2014 - 'What To See'
Hey LA film freaks – it’s that time of year again! Yup, our favorite Los Angeles Film Festival held in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live is upon us again taking place June 11-19 (head over to www.lafilmfest.com for more details!) and it’s going to be a real special year. Not only are there some amazing original films and cool events planned, but this is the official 20th Anniversary of the fest that has long prided itself on bringing movie geeks everywhere the best of cinema both big and small. So in celebration of their long standing achievements, Starpulse.com is kicking off our comprehe...
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'Edge of Tomorrow' is a Fast Ride with Fantastic Characters

June 7th, 2014 8:03pm EDT
Edge of Tomorrow
Say what you want about Tom Cruise in real life, but as an actor he never does anything halfway, which is why he’s easy to root for. Even when he plays abrasive characters like Major Cage in Doug Liman’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise puts in 100 percent. Because Cruise tries hard you can’t help liking Cage, although a big reason the film keeps you invested, is that Cage works to earn your sympathy.

Unlike other Tom Cruise characters who are brave, Cage is refreshing since he’s the polar opposite. After the armchair officer is ordered to fight in a global offensive against al...
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'The Fault In Our Stars' Review: A Beautiful Film About Dying & Living

June 7th, 2014 5:06am EDT
The Fault In Our Stars
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is a 16 years old who loves to read. She also has a killer sense of humor, which comes in handy since she has cancer and must carry around an oxygen tank at all times.

Her super loving parents, (Laura Dern) and (Sam Trammel), worry that Hazel doesn't have any friends. At their urging she joins a cancer support group, which changes her life in the most unexpected way.

Hazel meets a guy named Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), who also has a killer sense of humor - which also comes in handy since he has a prosthetic leg. His hopes of playing basketball...
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