Author: Natasha Cline

T2 Trainspotting 2

Who says you says you can’t go back home? The long awaited sequel to Trainspotting is out and it answers many questions that we had when the cult film ended 20 years ago. Danny Boyle has brought back his eclectic style that made his 1996 film such a cult sensation.         We begin the film with Mark Renten (Ewan McGregor) returning home to Edinburgh after living in Amsterdam for the past 20 years. He meets up with Spud(Ewen Bremmer) who is still struggling with his heroin addiction and trying to be a good role model for his son. ‘Sickboy’ (Johnny Lee Miller)is running a crappy pub he inherited and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is making an escape from his 25 year sentence. Renten certainly does not get a warm welcome back home especially when he faces Begbie. Yet the film does a clever job of making the story kind of parallel the previous film.       Although it’s 20 years later it seems as if it’s been a lot sooner because the way the actors jump right back into character is astonishing. Many times when a sequel is done so many years after the first the spark is kind of gone and it’s nowhere near the same. Not in this case. Danny Boyle did a brilliant job of capturing that essence that made the first film so dark and intriguing. Boyle...

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Before I Fall

One could call this a groundhog day for young adults but there’s no Bill Murray or a ton of humor. This is a newer take on re living the same day over and over but trying to appeal to the younger demographic. Based off the best-selling novel of the same name, we follow Sam played by new ‘it girl” Zoey Deutch who is on the popular side of the senior class. She dates the hot guys, ignores the freaks, pays no real attention to her family and one night after a party there’s an accident and she wakes up and it starts all over again. It definitely goes through the arc that you think it will delve into. She tries to do different things, avoids certain people but what makes this different is that we are dealing with a young woman who is truly figuring out what it not only means to be a good person but what will make her be remembered.   Deutch gives a nice go of taking her first leading role, most times we have seen her play the pretty girl alongside zac Efron and James Franco but now is good to see her carry a film. She has an adorable grace (thanks to mom Lea thompson) and it will be interesting to see what she is up to next.Which apparently is playing Una O’Neil...

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Get Out

Finally, a scary movie comes out with not only some decent humor but a social message that is completely relevant in our society. Jordan Peele (Key and Peele) makes his directorial debut with this new horror flick that is really unlike anything that has been seen in this genre for awhile.Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) and Allison Williams (HBO’s Girls) are an interracial couple who got to visit her stepford like family for the weekend. Things get weird from the very beginning. While her parents seem to be on the liberal side while also having two African-Americans in the home as...

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Captain Fantastic

Imagine growing up in the pacific northwest with no internet, no cell phones and no television. The film Captain Fantastic takes you on a journey with Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings trilogy) who is raising his six children off the grid. While most schools teach children about math and science, he is teaching them about how to hunt and gather your own food. The story begins where his wife has tragically passed away and he along with family travel across the country to attend the funeral where they are not very welcome. Mortesen’s parenting style in this film can only be described as nontraditional. Nothing is off limits with him as he discusses all things with hid children including politics, communism and sex. he also reiterates them to stick it to the man which seems to be a theme throughout the film.  It makes for some great laughs as he explains the birds and the bees to his son who is no younger than six. Mortensen performance is very honest and compassionate it’s really no wonder why the academy recognized him. This film will be looked back upon as his career continues. What also makes the film memorable are the children, their chemistry and interactions with one another looks as if we are just a camera crew filming their everyday lives. While most of these young actors are...

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