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An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn’t worth the hassle. Say what? I’m “biast” (pro): love Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning; we need to see this premise more
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Very boring girls, more like. I really wanted to like this tale of two best friends, Lilly (Dakota Fanning: Night Moves) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen: Godzilla), in New York City about to go off to different colleges and fretting about the fact that they’re both still virgins. I mean, that’s not really a big deal, even if they’ve convinced themselves that they’re the last sexless dorks on the planet, but okay: guy characters get these sorts of movies all the time. And this is as tedious as most of the guy versions. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Very Good Girls is either a smart movie about families or a dumb movie about teenagers. Or maybe it’s a little of both. It’s allegedly about two Brooklyn teens (played by Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) trying to lose their virginity one summer, but it’s really about the bonds of family and friendship. I know, I know — that sounds like a load of hooey, but Naomi Foner’s film really does wear its subtext on its sleeve. It’s well acted and psychologically acute, even if what’s actually happening onscreen often feels a lot less interesting than what’s clearly boiling beneath the film’s surface.Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) are inseparable best friends growing up in Ditmas Park, holding the rest of the world with a sort of playful but snotty disregard. They like to ride their bikes out to Brighton Beach and mock the people around them. »
- Bilge Ebiri
The Boyfriend Experience: Foner’s Directorial Debut a Derivative Shard
Screenwriter Naomi Foner makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, though her preceding reputation makes this sedimentary, uninspired film even more surprising. Mother of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Foner penned several of ex-husband Stephen Gyllenhaal’s more notable titles, such as Losing Isaiah (1995) and A Dangerous Woman (1993). Considering the authoritative, complicated, and resilient female characters portrayed famously by the likes of Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, and Debra Winger, this trifling and tedious story of a late adolescent friendship tested by mutual attraction to the same boy seems born from the pen of a novice writing about her only familiar focal point,
In New York City during their last summer before going away to college, best friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) vow to lose their virginity. Gerri has her eyes set on David (Boyd Holbrook), who »
- Nicholas Bell
Hot town, "scummer" in the city — Peter Travers is back once again to count down the worst movies of the month, and July was particularly rife with garbage. Our trusty critic says he could've tossed 25 movies into the Scum Bucket, but he's gracious enough to leave us with only 10.
The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Very Good Girls is a coming-of-age story starring two of the most talented young actresses out there today, so why is it so very hard to like? Almost nothing works in this limp excuse for a drama, from the contrived story to the clichéd characters to the awkward costume design. Even Elizabeth Olsen, horribly miscast, and Dakota Fanning, so vacant she appears translucent, can’t keep such a leaky vessel afloat.
Among Very Good Girls‘ many sins, perhaps the most glaring is that it feels like a movie written for teenagers by an adult who knows nothing about them. In the very first scene, high school seniors and lifelong friends Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) strip down at a public beach in broad daylight and run naked into the waves. I don’t know why. I don’t think writer-director Naomi Foner knows why. The film is filled with bizarre decisions like that, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Want to watch an Olsen sister sing but don't want to listen to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen perform that "Brother for Sale" song? Photos Tribeca: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Film Festival Then you're going to want to check out this clip from the upcoming film Very Good Girls, which features Elizabeth Olsen covering Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead." It's no musical coincidence: Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis scored the film, which is directed by Lewis' friend, Naomi Foner. Very Good Girls is in select theaters Friday. In addition to Olsen, the movie stars Dakota Fanning, Demi
- Erin Strecker, Billboard
We've already seen two trailers for Jake Paltrow's upcoming Pa drama Young Ones but with the movie's release quickly approaching, the studio has seen fit to cut a third, rather short but effective teaser for the movie.
Starring Michael Shannon, Kodi Smit-McPhee (now a regular when it comes to Pa fare), and Dakota Fanning all star as members of a family surviving in the desert of the future and their attempt to subvert Nicholas Hoult who has more in mind than simply rejuvenating the soil.
The new teaser features much of the same footage from the earlier trailers but it promises a movie that is a lot more action packed than we've previously seen and I expect this is a [Continued ...] »
It's a good month to be a Jenny Lewis fan. The actress turned singer has a new album out next week, Voyager, and the first video featured none other than Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson (watch it here). And already on VOD, and opening in theatres this weekend, is the indie "Very Good Girls," starring Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, and featuring an original score by Lewis. In addition, the musician taught Olsen how to play "Go Ahead" by her former band Rilo Kiley for the film, and this new clip shows how it turned out. "[Elizabeth Olsen] plays a young songwriter, so I chose a very old Rilo Kiley song for her to sing, because it felt conceivable that a young artist like her would write it," Lewis told Elle. "My friend Todd gave her guitar lessons, and she picked it up so fast! She’s a better finger-picker than I am now. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Some brief international teaser trailers just surfaced for the intriguing sci-fi flick Young Ones, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and now a short teaser trailer for the film's release in the United States has arrived, showcasing more of the cool desert landscape that director Jake Paltrow has created. The film has flares of Steven Spielberg with hints of Mad Max, and a sweeping, grand score, complete with a truly incredible cast that features Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Nicholas Hoult. This is what indie sci-fi strives to be, and it's very cool. Watch below! Here's the new Us trailer for Jake Paltrow's Young Ones from Vulture: Young Ones is written and directed by Jake Paltrow. Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, the land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, »
- Ethan Anderton
Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work. Lifelong friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) have just graduated from their Brooklyn high school. Lilly is headed to Yale, Gerri is a budding songwriter, and both are virgins. Gerri develops a crush on David (Boyd Holbrook), a photographer-waiter who seduces Lilly, leading to a summertime romance she's afraid to reveal.
Very Good Girls is the directorial debut of Naomi Foner, whose Oscar-nominated script for Running on Empty (1988), starring the late River Phoenix, is a thing of beauty. At age 68, Foner has stepped behind the camera, which is great, but she's written herself a script that's painfully trite.
Lilly's mother (Ellen Barkin) is a shrewish »
Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
abstew here. This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the my favorite movies growing up, Troop Beverly Hills. (I mistakenly thought the woman with curly red hair on the VHS cover was my beloved Bette Midler, but when I realized it wasn't, I loved the movie too much to care and made my parents rent it at least once a month.) But all those times I watched those Wilderness Girls singing about the virtues of Cookie Time, I never thought that the actress playing Shelley Long's daughter, Hannah Nefler, would grow up to be my absolute favorite singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. She writes the songs that make me remember that I have feelings. If you opened my chest it would be in the shape of Jenny Lewis.
After a brief stint as a child star (even appearing on »
Remember a few years back, when Dakota Fanning was the precocious child star stealing all our hearts? Well, while Dakota has grown up, staring us down as an evil vampire in The Twilight Saga and appearing in smaller films like Night Moves, it’s pretty clear to see that her younger sister Elle has dethroned her in the hearts and minds of the general public.
Since breaking out with Somewhere and Super 8, younger Fanning hasn’t slowed down one bit, appearing in feel-good crowd-pleaser We Bought a Zoo, indie drama Ginger & Rosa, dystopian romance Young Ones and, most impressively, fairy-tale blockbuster Maleficent. Now, Fanning’s ready to finally prove herself as a lead actress, with news that she’s landed the lead role in How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
- Isaac Feldberg
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has taken movie audiences on extravagant adventures of a lifetime during his lengthy course behind the camera when impacting the film industry with his captivating on-screen imagination. Spielberg has shown an amazing range of vision and scope when tackling various movie genres that tap in the collective consciousness of moviegoers. Science fiction, social issue dramas, action and adventure, period pieces, family-oriented fantasies, comedies, war movies–you name it and Spielberg has done it on the big screen in his illustrious film career in directing, producing, writing and promoting.
Although Spielberg has done his share of adult-oriented films that cater to the sophisticated masses he is primarily known for his whimsical kid-friendly fare or at least releases that feature children in some of his escapist gems that may not necessarily be considered kiddie-coated. In Kid’s Play: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films we will take a »
- Frank Ochieng
In the last couple of decades, Hollywood has come down with a bad case of sequilitis. Prior to the year 2000, there were only a handful of billion-dollar franchises on which the studios could rely. Now, there are over 30. Comic books, literary adaptations and established brands provide the built-in recognition and wide appeal that will draw audiences to the multiplex, regardless of whether or not this endless parade of follow-ups are actually any good.
Despite this increasing reliance on sequels to generate box office dollars, there are plenty of movies that seem to have set themselves up for a second, third or even final installment that never comes to fruition. The go-to option is to reboot an established franchise instead of taking a chance on a new one, which has a lot to do with the continued repetitiveness and mediocrity of most franchise fare.
With that in mind, this »
- Scott Campbell
In the new movie Very Good Girls, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play teenage best friends who spend one long, lazy summer seducing the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Olsen, however, doesn't realize that Fanning is fooling around with her new beau; Fanning is keeping it a secret from everyone, as you'll see in this exclusive clip, where she embarks on a scandalous shower hookup with Holbrook even as she carries on a conversation with her mother (Ellen Barkin), who's just outside the bathroom door. (If you feel bad for Olsen, since her screen Bf is secretly canoodling with her screen Bff, know that she won the battle in real life: Olsen and Holbrook got engaged this year after two years of dating.) Very Good Girls is currently available on VOD, and it'll be out in theaters July 25. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Dakota Fanning has spoken about how she coped with growing up in the public eye.
Speaking to Town & Country magazine, the actress insisted that it is possible to lead a private life in show business if you choose to.
"I'm just never going to parade my personal life," Fanning explained. "If you choose to not do it, it's not hard to not do it... Any part of an artistic business is made better by there being a little mystery. That's what movies are about."
However, the actress said it has not been an easy ride.
"Because people saw me grow up, there's this weird sort of ownership that they feel for me and that is... difficult," she continued.
"Because it's »
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- Brittney Stephens
Dakota Fanning is opening up about growing up in the spotlight."The Last of Robin Hood" star graces the cover of the August issue of Town & Country, where she talks about her life in the limelight and how she maintains her privacy.At just 20 years old, the veteran actress has aced stardom with a maturity and poise. She's managed to avoid the pitfalls of fame because she's made an effort to keep her private life, well, private."I’m just never going to parade my personal life," Fanning tells the mag. "If you choose to not do it, it’s not hard to not do it… Any part of an artistic business is made better by there being a little mystery. That’s what movies are about."It seems that the blonde beauty has always known what she wanted, including making her own decision to become a child star."It »
- tooFab Staff
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
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