10 items from 2014
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A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.
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- Variety Staff
After 30 years of producing movies and television shows, Stanley M. Brooks finally makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters. Based on a true story, it stars Georgie Henley and Abigail Breslin as Beth and Sandra, two sisters who are as close as siblings can be. We soon learn that their bond is so strong because their mother, Linda (Mira Sorvino), is an alcoholic who keeps falling off the wagon and constantly gets involved with the wrong men, which forces both of the girls to grow up a lot sooner than any child should.
When Linda gets involved with an incredibly abusive man, Beth and Sandra start thinking that maybe she would be better off dead. While the idea starts off as a harmless fantasy of killing their mother, it soon turns into a real life nightmare that shocks an entire community.
At the recent La press day for Perfect Sisters, »
- Ben Kenber
Ineffectual and cartoonish, “Perfect Sisters” dramatizes a case that shocked Canada a decade ago, when two teenage girls killed their alcoholic mother in order to be free of the chaos wrought by her perpetual irresponsibility — a well-planned crime that several of their classmates knew about before it happened. TV producer Stan Brooks’ first directorial feature provides scant psychological depth, drawing its characters and staging their incidents in crude fashion, despite superficial production gloss. A limited U.S. theatrical launch April 11 is unlikely to significantly heighten visibility for a pic already available on demand and destined primarily for smallscreen sales.
Based on Toronto Star reporter Bob Mitchell’s true-crime tome (which is purportedly far less sympathetic toward the protags), Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till’s script introduces us to high schoolers Sandra (Abigail Breslin) and Beth (Georgie Henley of “The Chronicles of Narnia” films) as they, along with a little brother, »
- Dennis Harvey
Sister, My Sister: Brooks’ Uneven Debut Fumbles
Producer Stanley M. Brooks makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters, one of those tawdry sounding stories about familial dysfunction concerning a pair of teenage sisters that decided to kill their mother in 2006. There’s something perversely shocking about matricide, even by today’s glib standards, and the cinema is rife with similar examples, particularly in exploitation efforts and/or other morose endeavors. Brooks’ film will most likely recall Peter Jackson’s exceptional debut, 1994’s Heavenly Creatures, itself taken from the true life account of a woman that would grow up into author Ann Perry. However, Brooks’ isn’t quite as adept as Jackson with this tonally awkward exercise that is particularly grating until its second half, when the film actually manages to balance a murder with chilling detail, speckled with dark humor an a surprising alacrity considering the groan worthy extravaganza that came before. »
- Nicholas Bell
The "perfect murder"—one that you can commit without leaving a trace of evidence or suspicion—is one that has tripped up many would-be killers. There is always an element of unpredictability, or a chance for something to go awry that gums up the game. But in the forthcoming "Perfect Sisters," two young women will again try and get away with murder, plotting the kill out in the open. Starring Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, and Mira Sorvino, and based on a true story, the Stan Brooks directed film follows sisters Sandra and Beth, who decide to kill their mother after she plans to move in with her abusive boyfriend. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, the girls for a Murder Club at school where they plan and research the murder, something that seems like morose fun at first, but quickly turns deadly serious—just how serious the other »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Perfect Sisters," which is based on the notorious Toronto "Bathtub Girls" case and stars Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Mira Sorvino. Check it out below. Plot: Sisters Sandra and Beth learned early in life that they had no one to depend on but each other, but when their addict mother Linda makes plans to move the girls in with her abusive lover, the girls' situation becomes unbearable. Seeing no other way out, Sandra and Beth recruit their classmates to help them plan their mother's murder. When the girls' guilt spins out of control and they compulsively confess their involvement to friends, rumors that they are cold-blooded killers reach the ears of the authorities. The new movie is directed by Stan Brooks and is set to get a limited release on April 11th. Trailer: »
Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley star alongside one another as the Perfect Sisters. Based on the true story of Beth and Sandra Andersen, the films sees two teenage girls raised by an alcoholic mother. With their mother returning to the bottle and taking a new abusive lover, life becomes even harder so the girls plot with their friends how to execute the perfect murder. The girls were later sentenced to 10 years in prison and were released in 2008 under new names.
The film looks to be a very tricky piece, and that’s no bad thing. Obviously people will empathise with the girls’ situation, but the fact it seems to show the teenagers enjoying the idea also brings about many questions. The trailer seems to show a great mix of drama and horror, which often go hand-in-hand. Stanley M. Brooks makes this his directorial debut after many years producing. The casting also seems very daring, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Abigail Breslin (Ender's Game) and Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) take on characters like you've never seen them portray before in the first trailer for Perfect Sisters. Based on the true crime story of the "Bathtub Girls," which made headlines around the world in 1998, this thriller centers on two sisters (Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley) who are fed up with their alcoholic mother (Mira Sorvino) and her abusive boyfriends. They hatch a plan to kill their mom, making it look like an accident, although the guilt begins to overwhelm the siblings. Take a look at the first footage from director Stanley M. Brooks' thriller, debuting in New York and Los Angeles theaters April 11.
Perfect Sisters comes to theaters April 11th, 2014 and stars Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino, Jeffrey Ballard, Zoë Belkin, Jonathan Malen, James Russo, Rusty Schwimmer. The film is directed by Stanley M. Brooks. »
Gravitas Ventures has debuted, via Yahoo! Movies , the trailer for director Stan Brooks' Perfect Sisters , starring Abigail Breslin ( Zombieland ) and Georgie Henley ( The Chronicles of Narnia ). Check it out in the player below! In Perfect Sisters , a riveting true-crime thriller based on the notorious Toronto .Bathtub Girls. case, a pair of abused and neglected teenage girls almost get away with murder. Sisters Sandra and Beth learned early in life that they had no one to depend on but each other, but when their addict mother Linda makes plans to move the girls in with her lecherous and abusive lover, the girls. situation becomes unbearable. Seeing no other way out, Sandra and Beth recruit their classmates to help them plan their mother.s murder. When the girls. guilt spins »
Gravitas Ventures announced today that their Perfect Sisters will be released in select cities including New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on Friday, April 11, 2014. Marking the directorial debut of Stan Brooks, the film stars Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin ( The Call , Little Miss Sunshine ), Georgie Henley ( The Chronicles of Narnia Series) and Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino ( Mighty Aphrodite , Romy and Michele.s High School Reunion ). In Perfect Sisters , a riveting true-crime thriller based on the notorious Toronto .Bathtub Girls. case, a pair of abused and neglected teenage girls almost get away with murder. Sisters Sandra and Beth learned early in life that they had no one to depend on but each other, but when their addict mother Linda makes plans to move »
10 items from 2014
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