In recent years, Shia LaBeouf has become well-known for wild publicity stunts, tabloid-worthy behavior, perplexing performance art, and more. But with his autobiographical film Honey Boy that he scripted himself, the actor not only illustrates the struggles he dealt with as a child star thanks to his abusive, alcohol and drug addicted father, but also proves that he’s still an incredible actor. Read More »
Clueless is one of those generation-defining comedies that has stood the test of time. It’s one of the best representations of the ’90s, albeit with a focus on a very niche demographic of upscale Los Angelenos living a mostly superficial, carefree life. Much of the film’s greatness comes from Alicia Silverstone‘s pitch perfect performance as the teenage Cher, a bubbly, confident and charming spoiled girl who manages to somehow be both down to Earth and up in the clouds at the same time. But what if the role was played by someone completely different?
W Magazine rounded up Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Alden Ehrenreich and Lucas Hedges to deliver one of Cher’s famous debate speeches from Clueless responding to whether or not all oppressed people should be allowed refuge in America (how timely!), and half of the participants make it worth watching. We’ll let you watch and see which ones really put the effort into it. Read More »
Even though it’s 2018, there are still religious zealots out there who believe it is their duty to help so-called sinful homosexuals pray their gay away. In fact, according to a new trailer for the harrowing drama Boy Erased, there are currently 77,000 people being held in conversion therapy centers by religious figures forcing people to question their identity and bury who they really are. And as you can see from this new trailer, these places are not welcoming or helpful in the least. Read More »
This awards season will see two different stories of drug addiction hitting theaters. There’s Beautiful Boy showing the turmoil that addiction creates between a father and son played by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and then there’s Ben Is Back, the new film from director Peter Hedges showing how addiction impacts an entire family, with Julia Roberts doing everything she can to keep her addict son Lucas Hedges from heading down a dangerous path when he returns home. And the latter just released a harrowing new trailer to pull at your heartstrings.
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Writer/director Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased starts off resembling a prison drama. Lucas Hedges’ Jared Eamons shows up to Love in Action, a conversion therapy program designed to “cure” gay people, and must surrender his possessions. An orderly tells him they will call random numbers in his cell phone during the day. In addition, the original stories in his notebook might be subject to confiscation if they reflect any of the desires that the center attempts to purge.
Even as imposing as Love in Action is, the real prison in Boy Erased is Jared’s own thoughts. In a remarkably subdued performance, Hedges shows that his character’s mind, racked with guilt and shame his community has told him to feel, will be the site of the most important reckoning in the film. Jared is uncertain in how to navigate the cruelness of conversion therapy, either by giving in or resisting full stop. The hesitancy in responding externally plunges him deeper into his own mind and memory.
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Jonah Hill has struck gold in his first feature film as director. mid90s is a heartfelt coming-of-age story made with real wisdom and insight into what makes young men tick. Though highly specific to Hill’s own milieu growing up in Clinton-era Los Angeles skateboarding culture, his incisive portrayal of how adolescents forge social bonds carries a wide-ranging resonance that transcends the particulars of the situation.
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Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat since comparisons are inevitable, both at the Toronto International Film Festival and upon general release: Ben Is Back and Beautiful Boy (read our review here) are different films with different approaches to the topic of addiction. While both follow a young addict as he struggles to stay clean, Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back opens his film outwards to reflect on the topic in a larger conversation. He acknowledges that while the film is about one substance abuser and one family, their story does not exist inside a vacuum.
Find out more in our full Ben Is Back review below. Read More »
Quick, someone call Timothée Chalamet and tell him that Lucas Hedges has yet another prestige pic coming out. The Oscar nominee just gained some ground in the pair’s ongoing “It Boy” war with a new drama directed by Hedges’ own father, Peter Hedges.
Hedges stars as a recovering drug addict teenager who attempts to reconcile with his mom, played by Julia Roberts, in the Ben is Back trailer. See the official teaser trailer below.
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Jonah Hill has had a remarkable career arc. When he started out as a mainstay in crude comedies and broke out with the wildly raunchy Superbad, no one really expected him to go on to become an Oscar nominee — let alone a two-time Oscar nominee. Now Hill is stepping behind the camera with his directorial debut, Mid90s. Based on a script penned by Hill, Mid90s is a coming-of-age film set in — you guessed it — the ’90s. See the first trailer below.
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After trying his hand at the psychological horror genre with his directorial debut The Gift, Joel Edgerton pivots to dramatically different fare for his next film, Boy Erased. Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, Boy Erased follows a gay teen (Lucas Hedges) who is outed and forced to attend gay conversion therapy — or else be shunned by his entire community.
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