Category: Film review

James Franco & Kate Hudson Star In ‘Good People,’ On DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28

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In “Good People,” a young American couple (James Franco and Kate Hudson) living in London falls into terrible debt for all the right reasons.

One morning they discover the tenant in their downstairs apartment has died and left behind $400,000 in cash. All they have to do is take the money, and all of their problems will be solved.

Of course they take the money, but that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.

Tom Wilkinson and Omar Sy also star.

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Film review: Palo Alto

In Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age film Boyhood, being a teenager looks like a lot of fun. The sense of possibility is palpable, and the world seems like an endless stream of opportunities for the taking. In Palo Alto, being a teenager looks bewildering and the world seems utterly incomprehensible.
Adapted from a series of short stories by modern Renaissance man James Franco, the sleepy Californian suburb of Palo Alto epitomises a typical American town. Gia Coppola, Sofia’s niece and Francis Ford’s grand-daughter, has streamlined the narrative for this, her debut feature film, weaving several stories of adolescence into one quiet, but affecting film.
Emma Roberts gives an unusually vulnerable performance as class virgin April who falls for Mr B (Franco), an unnerving PE teacher who preys on members of the girls’ soccer team. Practically every adult in the film is a mess, from self-involved vaping mothers to depressed, suppressed homosexual fathers. With examples like these, it’s a wonder anyone comes out alive, let alone emotionally intact.
Coppola’s voyeurism is more sympathetic than her aunt’s, and she poignantly captures a moment in our lives when we’re uniquely beautiful and inquisitive, but without the tools to deal with either gift.

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