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Tribeca 2017: I Am Heath Ledger Review

28 April 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: James Kleinmann

The feature length made for TV doc receiving its world premiere at Tribeca, I Am Heath Ledger, will be a moving experience for fans of the late star and posthumous Oscar-winner.

It maps his journey from being a Perth schoolboy to a Hollywood leading man, as well as his artistic growth, evident with each new role, using home video, childhood photographs, on set behind the scenes footage, film clips and interviews. It’s a portrait of an energetic artist in control of his own career, always looking for the next creative challenge.

Photo by Newspix/Rex/Shutterstock (726388v). Casting photo of Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger retrospective.

What makes I Am Heath Ledger worth seeking out is the intimate video footage, much of which was shot by Ledger himself, who we learn was rarely without a camera in hand. With no formal training, Ledger honed his screen acting »

- James Kleinmann

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Review: My Life as a Courgette

27 April 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is a Pure Movies review for My Life as a Courgette, starring Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Will Forte and Amy Sedaris, directed by Claude Barras Though colourful and visually popping, children’s animation can be remarkably adept at tugging the heartstrings. It’s guilty of caving to easy manipulation and doe-eyed schmaltziness every now and then, sure, but when it’s smart, it can be devastating. Maybe it’s the bait-and-switch juxtaposition of storybook images and incisive emotional truths that makes it so effective. Maybe it’s the heart-rendering simplicity of their allegories – or maybe, even, it’s that such emotions are simply universal. Whatever the secret is, from My Neighbour Totoro to Toy Story 3, they are almost unparalleled in their ability to give voice to often-inexpressible sentiments. »

- Joshua Glenn

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‘Flower’ Review: Zoey Deutch Stars in a Toxic ‘Juno’ Knock-Off

20 April 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Max Winkler’s crass and disgustingly amoral “Flower” is a mess of a movie that plays as if it were pitched as “Juno” meets “To Catch a Predator.” Zoey Deutch, who plays the film’s anti-heroine Erica, looks and behaves so much like a lightweight mini-me version of Ellen Page that the connection to “Juno” would be there even if Erica hadn’t been written as a foul-mouthed variant on Page’s wised-up teenaged character. “Flower” opens with the sound of heavy breathing, and we eventually see that 17-year-old Erica is fellating a cop to sexual climax. He asks her where she learned her. »

- Dan Callahan

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Why 2007 was a great year for film

17 April 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Allison Apr 18, 2017

10 years ago was was a high watermark in Hollywood - and British - filmmaking. We've been looking at why...

Ten years on, and 2007 must surely be remembered as one of the finest years in English-language film-making, quite possibly the best of this century so far. Like 1939, 1976, or 1994, it was one of those years in which a succession of veritable classics came into being. So many, in fact, that some of the best examples were cruelly overlooked by the hype machine of the day. A decade later, it’s high time to look back at 2007 for both its celebrated landmarks and forgotten masterpieces.

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The 2007 Oscar race saw two equally worthy films competing for poll position; the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. »

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

14 April 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on »

- Graham Winfrey

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Canada’s Ellen Page Reflects On ‘Juno’ 10 Years Later

8 April 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

2007 was a career-defining year for Canadian actress Ellen Page thanks to her widely beloved role in “Juno”. “Juno”, the independent film about a Minnesota high schooler’s unwanted pregnancy, celebrates its 10th birthday this December and La Weekly sat down with Page to reflect on the movie’s cultural impact. Page, 30, will reprise her role as […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Horror Highlights: Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls, The Recall, Deep Shock, Tribeca Games Festival

30 March 2017 7:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.

Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!

Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!

Add them to your collection this spring!

Coming in May!”

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The Recall Premiere Date Announced at CinemaCon 2017: Press Release: "Announced today by star Wesley Snipes at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Minds Eye Entertainment’s sci-fi »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Netflix, My Ass’: Sony’s Tom Rothman Throws Down the Gauntlet With ‘Blade Runner’-Sized Blockbusters

28 March 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Netflix, my ass,” Sony Motion Picture chairman Tom Rothman said to the CinemaCon audience after screening a clip from “Blade Runner 2049” Monday night. As mighty oaths go, that disparagement of the streaming giant may not make the history books. However, it could serve as a battle cry for the struggling studio, which came in a distant fifth in studio market share last year.

A studio in transition is never a pretty picture, and Rothman knows his job is on the line. Although he’s attended this convention many times as co-chairman of Fox, Rothman is now tasked with moving this slow-moving studio ocean liner back into profitable waters.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner’ 2049: Sony Comes Out Swinging with New Footage

This has proved tricky, as disappointments such as “Passengers” didn’t deliver the audiences the studio banked on. Nonetheless, Rothman announced that dark sci-fi romance had just passed $300 million »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Netflix, My Ass’: Sony’s Tom Rothman Throws Down the Gauntlet With ‘Blade Runner’-Sized Blockbusters

28 March 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Netflix, my ass,” Sony Motion Picture chairman Tom Rothman said to the CinemaCon audience after screening a clip from “Blade Runner 2049” Monday night. As mighty oaths go, that disparagement of the streaming giant may not make the history books. However, it could serve as a battle cry for the struggling studio, which came in a distant fifth in studio market share last year.

A studio in transition is never a pretty picture, and Rothman knows his job is on the line. Although he’s attended this convention many times as co-chairman of Fox, Rothman is now tasked with moving this slow-moving studio ocean liner back into profitable waters.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner’ 2049: Sony Comes Out Swinging with New Footage

This has proved tricky, as disappointments such as “Passengers” didn’t deliver the audiences the studio banked on. Nonetheless, Rothman announced that dark sci-fi romance had just passed $300 million »

- Anne Thompson

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CinemaCon: 'Netflix my ass' - Sony chief teases 'Blade Runner 2049'

27 March 2017 4:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ryan Gosling, Dwayne Johnson, Edgar Wright, Jon Hamm on stage in Las Vegas.

‘Netflix my ass,’ Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman declared after showing early footage from Blade Runner 2049 to convention attendees on Monday.

It was a typically bold statement in a session on Monday evening that wasted no opportunity to extol the virtue of the theatrical experience and stress Sony’s commitment to globally appealing, diverse content.

Minutes earlier Rothman had introduced the sci-fi sequel’s star Ryan Gosling on stage at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace and revealed part of the film takes place in Las Vegas.

The Canadian leading man told attendees how shooting the sequel with Denis Villeneuve, Harrison Ford and the cast in Budapest had been a “surreal” experience.

Footage was predictably atmospheric and featured plenty of shots of a familiar dystopian skyline. In one chilling sequence Jared Leto’s sinister character intones, “We make angels »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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All Female “Juno” Live-Read Announced to Benefit Planned Parenthood

20 March 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Juno

If there was ever a time we needed a feel-good comedy about a young woman owning her sexuality and reproductive autonomy, it’s now. So, we’re pleased to tell you that a tenth anniversary live-read of “Juno” will be held April 8 to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. Entertainment Weekly reports that “Juno” director Jason Reitman is re-staging the film with stars Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner, and an all female cast at Los Angeles’ Ace Theatre.

The Planned Parenthood live-read will see Page and Garner reprising their roles from the film. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced, but actresses will take on all roles, including the ones Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, and J.K. Simmons originated. Reitman, who will direct, has previously staged all female live-reads of the male-centric “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Stand by Me.”

Juno” follows a pregnant high school student (Page) who decides to carry her pregnancy to term and give the baby to adoptive parents Vanessa and Mark Loring (Garner and Bateman) — after initially considering and deciding against an abortion. The film was one of the rare depictions of reproductive choice that pleased both sides of the abortion debate: Juno decided to go through with the pregnancy but had access to an abortion. Even though she decided it wasn’t what she wanted, Juno never condemned the notion of abortion or wanted the right to be taken away.

“If there was any confusion about whether ‘Juno’ was pro-choice or pro-life, this [live-read] should settle that,” Reitman told EW. “Juno had a choice, and that was the most important part.”

Reitman discontinued his live-read series last April after five seasons of staging productions like “The Princess Bride” and “Boogie Nights.” After the 2016 election he was inspired to bring it back. “I wanted to find a way to contribute to the causes that have never felt more important,” Reitman said. “It occurred to me that I have this show that could be used as a tool to not only raise money for causes that need the help, but could serve as an opportunity for a group like Planned Parenthood to connect with an audience who can be presented with new ideas, or even an action item.”

“Considering how much this election has done against women and what Planned Parenthood has done for women I thought it would be cool to hear this script with an all-female voice,” Reitman added, referencing the organization’s many services like cancer screenings, Std testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, contraception, and, yes, access to safe, legal abortion.

This is most likely welcome news for “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for the script. She has said, “I like talking about women’s issues in film, and feminism.” Cody, who will attend the live-read, continued, “A part of my career is that I am a woman and I’ve committed myself to writing roles for women. I cannot separate myself from that.”

Cody has penned women-centric fare like “Jennifer’s Body,” “Ricki and the Flash,” and “Paradise,” the latter of which she also directed. She is the creator of “One Mississippi,” a dramedy semi-based on star Tig Notaro’s experiences, and her adaptation of the UK series “Raised by Wolves” was recently given a pilot order.

Cody and Reitman reunited in 2011 for “Young Adult,” starring Charlize Theron as a woman who returns home to win back her married high school sweetheart. The duo are collaborating with Theron again for the upcoming “Tully.” The Oscar-winning actress portrays a “mother of three who forms a bond with the title character, a night nanny played by Mackenzie Davis (Sophia Takal’s ‘Always Shine’),” EW details.

Reitman will announce the full cast for the “Juno” live-read via Twitter a few days before the show. Tickets are available for purchase here. All money raised from ticket and merchandise sales will go to Planned Parenthood.

All Female “Juno” Live-Read Announced to Benefit Planned Parenthood was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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‘Juno’ Cast to Reunite, Respond to What ‘Election Has Done Against Women’

20 March 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ten years after the cult-classic teen pregnancy film “Juno” was released, the cast is coming together again to stand up for the nonprofit reproductive health services organization Planned Parenthood. On April 8, Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner will participate in a live reading of the script. In a twist on the original, the male parts played by Michael Cera, J.K. Simmons and Jason Bateman will be read by actresses, making this an all-female cast. Director Jason Reitman was inspired to reprise his Live Read series as a response to the election of President Donald Trump. “Considering how much this and what Planned Parenthood. »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Juno’ Reunion: Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner Will Lead All-Female Live Read of the Script

18 March 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Juno” is approaching its 10th anniversary, and two of the leads will be paying tribute to the acclaimed indie with a live read of Diablo Cody’s script. Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner will reprise their characters, and in a great twist, the rest of the roles will be filled by women. The proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will go to Planned Parenthood.

Read More: Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively

Director Jason Reitman was inspired to spearhead this event after Trump became president, he told Entertainment Weekly.

“Considering how much this election has done against women and what Planned Parenthood has done for women, I thought it would be cool to hear this script with an all-female voice,” he said.

Reitman also believes the organization perfectly reflects the values of the film.

“If there was any confusion about whether Juno was pro-choice or pro-life, »

- William Earl

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My Life As A Zucchini – Review

17 March 2017 5:05 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A shot in the animated children’s feature My Life As A Zucchini. Courtesy of Gkids.

One of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, the French/Swiss My Life As A Zucchini (Ma Vie en Courgette) is a complete charmer. The stop-motion children’s film focuses on a lonely boy nicknamed Zucchini (Courgette, in French) who is sent to a group home after his mother’s accidental death. Life had not been good with his hard-drinking mom after his father left them, but the boy clings to his only mementos of them and his childhood: a kite that depicts his little-remembered dad as a superhero, one of his mom’s empty beer cans, and the strange nickname his mother gave him.

Zucchini expects the worst when the kindly policeman who has befriended him, Raymond, takes him to the rural orphanage. At first it seems as if he »

- Cate Marquis

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Trailer Watch: Kate Mara Fights for Her Combat Dog in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey”

15 March 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Megan Leavey

“I just don’t know why you want to do this” is not the reaction you’re hoping to hear when you tell your mom a major life decision, but it’s the one Megan (Kate Mara, “House of Cards”) gets after announcing that she’s joining the Marines in a newly released trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey.” “You don’t really connect with people very well,” her mom (Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”) observes. And that may be true — but Megan seems to have no problem connecting to another kind of ally when she’s assigned to the K9 unit.

Based on a true story, “Megan Leavey” follows “a young marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq,” the film’s official synopsis details. “When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.”

The intense trailer emphasizes Megan and Rex’s special bond and the marine’s mission to adopt him. When asked what she’d like to tell Rex, Megan says, “I’d thank him for teaching me what love is.”

Megan Leavey” marks Cowperthwaite’s narrative debut. She most recently helmed 2013’s “Blackfish,” a critically acclaimed documentary about how captivity affects killer whales.

Mara’s credits include “The Martian,” “Fantastic Four,” and “American Horror Story.” “Mercy,” currently in post-production, sees her starring alongside Ellen Page. The upcoming romantic drama is directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer (“Princess”).

Megan Leavey” opens June 9. The film is written by Annie Mumulo (“Joy,” “Bridesmaids”), Pamela Gray (“Borderline Talent”), and newcomer Tim Lovestedt.

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Trailer Watch: Kate Mara Fights for Her Combat Dog in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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6 Very Different Choices For Who Should Play Lisbeth Salander

14 March 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ben Robins with six very different choices for who should play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web…

Hollywood has spoken and whether we like it or not, the Millennium series is getting a facelift. The original Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo famously kickstarted the career of Prometheus’ Noomi Rapace, whilst David Fincher’s American remake gave Rooney Mara the driving seat as goth hacker Lisbeth Salander. And now it seems, the role is open once more.

With Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez pushing forward with his own spin on the series, with indirect sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web heading for a 2018 release, it seems that the powers that be are going for an entire cast overhaul. And as good as Mara was in the role, it might be exciting to a see a new feminine force don Salander’s trademark leather jacket. »

- Ben Robins

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UK outfit Embankment Films appoints head of sales

14 March 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Breathe and Submergence seller appoints former Celsius and Independent executive.

UK sales outfit Embankment Films has appointed former Celsius and Independent executive Calum Gray as head of sales with immediate effect.

At Embankment Gray will work on a slate including Andrew Garfield drama Breathe, James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander love story Submergence, Glenn Close drama The Wife and biopic Churchill starring Brian Cox.

Former head of sales Sharon Lee is to temporarily relocate to Amsterdam from where she will continue to oversee sales in a number of key territories, including all Asian markets.

Recently headed into production for Embankment are Melanie Laurent’s Galveston, written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning, and Ian Bonhôte’s Alexander McQueen feature doc McQueen.

Embankment co-chief Tim Haslam said: “Hugo and I value Calum highly - and our dynamic team thoroughly embrace his highly positive energy and multi-talented personality. And we’re thrilled »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Damien Chazelle Sells Black List Script ‘The Claim’ for Release in 2018

13 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Clayton’s Oceanside Media has optioned movie rights to the mystery thriller “The Claim,” written by “La La Land” writer-director Damien Chazelle.

Clayton will produce the movie alongside Route One Entertainment’s Russell Levine and Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital. Clarance’s Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the film, slated to begin production this year. Producers said they are in discussions with an unidentified U.S. distributor to release the film in 2018.

The thriller, which made the Black List in 2010, centers on a single father with a criminal background who must uncover the whereabouts of his kidnapped daughter while fighting the mysterious claims of another couple who insist that the child is theirs.

“I am excited to be partnering with Route One and Motion Picture Capital to produce this amazing project from Damien Chazelle,” Clayton said. “He has written a mesmerizing and bone-chilling thriller confirming his talent as a truly versatile screenwriter. »

- Dave McNary

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Damien Chazelle script 'The Claim' to begin production this year

13 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Australia’s Oceanside Media partners on thriller with Route One, Motion Picture Capital.

Scott Clayton’s Oceanside Media has optioned the rights to the mystery thriller and will produce alongside Route One Entertainment’s Russell Levine and Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital.

Clarance’s Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the feature written by La La Land writer and Oscar-winning director Chazelle. A director is expected to be hired shortly in advance of a production start later in the year.

According to a press release a major Us distributor is in talks to release The Claim in 2018.

The Claim centres on a single father with a criminal background who must uncover the whereabouts of his kidnapped daughter while fighting the mysterious claims of another couple who insist the child is theirs.

Jay Stern and Chip Diggins also serve as producers on the project, which Diggins first brought into Route One.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Film Review: Emotionally Animated ‘My Life as a Zucchini’

11 March 2017 6:43 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Leave it to the Europeans to inject some realistic drama into the art of animation. The recently Oscar nominated “My Life as a Zucchini” is opening in Chicago this weekend, and tells the story of parental abandonment, orphanages and finding family. Co-produced by France and Switzerland, it uses a familiar claymation stop-motion style for more emotional resonance.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The English dubbed version is cast with familiar names – Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Will Forte and Amy Sedaris – and that adds even more connection to the material. The film is an adaption of a novel by Gilles Paris, and pulls no punches in its presentation of a group of orphans, telling the back stories of their circumstances with substance abuse parents, drunken parents, abusive parents and deported parents. The kids are all misfits, and need to rally to each other to get through their challenges. The story suffers a bit through a tipped off ending, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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