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Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be examining The Hunted from writer/director J.F. Lawton (Under Siege) and starring Christopher Lambert, Joan Chen, John Lone, and Yoshio Harada. The Story: While on a business »
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Earnest drama “White Frog” centers on a 15-year-old with Asperger syndrome coping with his outgoing older brother’s death. Less edgy than the movies director Quentin Lee has written himself, this somewhat heavy-handed yet rather endearing lesson in various kinds of tolerance should do Ok in home formats. It opened on two Los Angeles screens May 10.
Popular, athletic high schooler Chaz Young (Harry Shum Jr.) is the light of several people’s lives — none more than that of little bro Nick (Booboo Stewart), whose painful social awkwardness has shut him off from nearly everyone else. When Chaz is killed by a drunk driver, Nick is inconsolable, while his parents (Joan Chen, Bd Wong) flounder in their own ways. Seeking some postmortem connection, the boy is taken in by his sibling’s best friends, invited to their weekly “study group” (actually poker and drinking sessions) by kindly Doug (Tyler Posey). The »
- Dennis Harvey
Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. White Frog establishes a happy family before promptly destroying it. Promising and popular high school senior Chaz Young (Harry Shum Jr.) dies unexpectedly. His mother (Joan Chen) goes to pieces, ridding the home of all reminders of him. His father (Bd Wong) withdraws, seeking solace in his religious faith. His younger brother Nick (Booboo Stewart), 15, is hit the hardest. He doesn't act like other people -- the explanation is not revealed immediately -- and he has no friends, other than his kind and supportive brother, whose loss he cannot fully comprehend. From that bleak beginning, director Quentin Lee fashions a story of hope and faith, love and tenderness, empathy and tolerance. Screenwriters Ellie...
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Young Nick (BooBoo Stewart) rakes in a big pot at a card table in our exclusive clip from White Frog, in theaters May 10. While Nick's mental development might be stunted by a mild case of Asberger's syndrome, this high school freshman most certainly has what it takes to win at poker by using a strategic bluff. Take a look at this scene, which also features Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey.
White Frog - Exclusive "Bluffing"
High-school freshman, Nick (The Twilight Saga's BooBoo Stewart), is a neglected teen with mild Asperger's syndrome whose life is challenged and ultimately changed forever when tragedy hits his family. White Frog is a universal story of the power of family, friendship, and love positioned to appeal to a broad audience in the same way as Ordinary People and Stand By Me.
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ABC Family has picked up out writer Joni Lefkowitz’s pilot Terminales, which will now be called Chasing Life. The show is adapted from a Mexican television series and will launch in early 2014. Lefkowitz will act as writer and executive producer on the series, which received a 13-episode order from the cable network.
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Chicago – It doesn’t sound like a particularly bad idea. In exploring the globe-trotting adventures of author Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, why not use archival footage of the actual sights and sounds that they encountered, while nesting the actors into the frame, a la “Forrest Gump”? I didn’t think it was a bad idea at all until roughly three minutes into the movie.
Suddenly the picture fades into a grainy blue haze as Hemingway (Clive Owen) is witnessed on his fishing boat, pulling in his latest big catch with cavalier bravado. The moment is supposed to function as a stirring introduction to his character, but it’s completely undermined by the jarringly amateurish special effects juxtaposing the actors against a green screen projecting old footage of a jarring sea (even the splashes of water seem superimposed). Considering the often stellar production values of HBO films, it »
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6 items from 2013
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