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The Edge Of Seventeen review

1 December 2016 9:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Edge Of Seventeen might just be the modern benchmark for the teen movie...

Just about every teen movie with a sparky female lead since 2004 has drawn comparisons, favourable or otherwise, back to the endlessly quotable Mean Girls. This didn't used to happen back in the heyday of American teen movies, but nowadays, it feels comparatively rare to see anything new in this sub-genre. But if writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut film, The Edge Of Seventeen, is half as appreciated as it deserves to be, then it might just be a more modern benchmark.

For starters, 17-year-old Nadine Franklin is not only a uniquely and ferociously anti-social character, especially when compared to her fellow protagonists in this type of film, but she's also (at long last) a lead role worthy of Hailee Steinfeld, whose Oscar nominated turn in the Coen brothers' 2010 remake of True Grit spoke to her massive potential as a movie star. »

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Movie Review – The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

1 December 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Edge of Seventeen, 2016.

Written and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden Szeto, and Kyra Sedgwick.

Synopsis:

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Since the halcyon days of John Hughes thirty years back, the teen comedy has long been at its death knell, occasionally showing a flash of life, as if an inmate mid-hanging gasping for breath as their body spasms. Mean Girls was a gasp, as was Easy A. Yet a gasp is never enough. For every success, there are umpteen further failures, usually found in the bargain bin of your local express supermarket, artwork steeped in misogyny, tagline probably a joke about genitals. Yet The Edge of Seventeen is more than simply a gasp, it’s the rope breaking; it’s a plea deal. It breathes »

- Amie Cranswick

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Oscars 2017: Will Hailee Steinfeld Make History in the Best Actress Category?

30 November 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (Courtesy: Stx Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Just when you thought the best actress category seemed like a lock, Hailee Steinfeld has just entered the Oscar race with Edge of Seventeen. The young starlet has already broken barriers in the best supporting actress category but now it seems like she may have successfully made the jump to leading lady. Will Steinfeld make history in the best actress category this go ‘round?

Steinfeld received her first (and so far only) Oscar nomination for the role of Mattie Ross in 2010’s True Grit — in which she starred alongside Jeff Bridges. While the Ethan Coen– and Joel Coen-directed film didn’t result in a win (it went to Melissa Leo from The Fighter), Steinfeld earned a spot in the history books as the ninth youngest nominee in Oscar history — thus far, at least — having been 14 years and 45 days old. »

- Carson Blackwelder

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From ‘La La Land’ to ‘Jackie,’ Celluloid Thrives in Cinematography Oscar Race

28 November 2016 10:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first note of interest when looking at this year’s contenders for the cinematography Oscar is that the victor in this category three years running, Emmanuel Lubezki, looks to be sitting the race out for a change. The second is that there are, notably, a number of celluloid productions in the hunt. Last year’s race saw 70mm (“The Hateful Eight”), 35mm (“Bridge of Spies”) and even some 16mm (“Carol”). This year has some of that variety, too.

At the top, Dp Linus Sandgren’s lensing of “La La Land” is special not just because it was a film production, but because it was captured in the 2.55:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio. The effect isn’t as eye-poppingly wide as Robert Richardson’s “Hateful Eight” work, of course, but it provides a vast canvas for Damien Chazelle’s musical to play out with gorgeous lighting and blocking throughout.

Martin Scorsese, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘The Edge Of Seventeen’ review: “Hailee Steinfeld truly shines”

28 November 2016 6:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Edge Of Seventeen review: Hailee Steinfeld turns in a fine, charismatic performance in this coming of age tale.

The Edge Of Seventeen review, by Paul Heath.

Image: eOne

Hailee Steinfeld shines in this coming of age, teenage angst tale that manages to engross you from the off with its magnetic ensemble performances, witty screenplay and wonderful direction.

Steinfeld plays 17-year-old Nadine, a troubled teenager whose life takes an unfortunate turn when her life-long best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts to date her older brother, Darian (Blake Jenner). She also has an equally troubled mother, a superb off-the-grid Kyra Sedgwick, to contend with, and the unwanted attractions from classmate Erwin (Hayden Szeto). Then there’s Woody Harrelson‘s sympathetic, though brutally honest Mr. Bruner who seems to get the brunt of Nadine’s pain on a daily basis.

Image: eOne

We are very much used to seeing tales of »

- Paul Heath

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Golden Globes Open Awards Season Doors to Overlooked Genres

23 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Among the unique attributes of the Golden Globes — guests seated at round tables, eating and drinking throughout the show — its category for comedy/musical best picture stands out and offers recognition for films that often don’t make the cut when Oscar nominations are released.

Last year, “Spy” and “Trainwreck” received Globe nominations in the category, but were not nominated for best picture at the Oscars. This year, “Deadpool,” “Bad Moms,” “Love & Friendship,” “Edge of Seventeen,” “Sing Street,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Queen of Katwe,” and “The Meddler” are among the films with a shot at Golden Globes attention in the comedy/musical category.

Kate Beckinsale, star of Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship,” says in these tumultuous times, there’s more need than ever for a good comedy.

“There’s a relief and lightness and connection and laughing at ourselves as a human race that particularly right now, »

- Rob Owen and Bob Verini

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Hailee Steinfeld Gives a Generation-Defining Performance in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ — Consider This

22 November 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thousands of women auditioned for the role of angsty teen Nadine Byrd in Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge of Seventeen,” but none of them fit the part. Fremon Craig’s directorial debut had a lot going for it: a lively screenplay in tune with the John Hughes movies that inspired it, and legendary comedy guru James L. Brooks as a producer. However, without a young woman able to convey Nadine’s frustrations with the world, its tricky comedy-drama balance would fall apart.

“The part is hard,” Brooks said. “We needed to have someone who could make it seem true and natural, and nobody could nail it.”

Fremon Craig was growing despondent. “We’re never going to make this,” she recalled thinking at the time.

Read More: ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Resurrects the Teen Comedy: How Filmmaker Kelly Fremon Craig Pulled It Off — Toronto

Then Hailee Steinfeld showed up, and everything changed. »

- Eric Kohn

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See The New Trailer For Kong: Skull Island

20 November 2016 2:56 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a pretty great new trailer for Kong: Skull Island.

The movie reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: "The Edge of Seventeen"

18 November 2016 1:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Chris Feil

You may have already been reading plentiful superlatives thrown at the new teen comedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld. Perhaps a lot of that love comes from its refreshing lack of condescension or cynicism - Seventeen definitely comes with its share of authenticity. The film is actually a (mostly) good time, thanks to Steinfeld delivering what feels like a second breakthrough after her Oscar-nominated debut in The Coen Brothers' True Grit.

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- Chris Feil

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Hailee Steinfeld Sets the Record Straight on That Uncanny Harry Styles Meme: "Literally, Why?!"

18 November 2016 11:15 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Roy Rochlin Warning: mild spoilers for Edge of Seventeen below! Seeing as Hailee Steinfeld is a teenager herself, playing awkward high school misfit Nadine in Edge of Seventeen must have felt pretty fresh. Then again, Steinfeld is anything but your average 19-year-old. In her short but illustrious career, the actress has earned an Oscar nomination (for her role in True Grit), starred in the second Pitch Perfect film, and even carved out her own space in the music industry. In this way, the irony of her Edge of Seventeen performance is that it's her first chance to live the life of an average, unsure teenage girl . . . and she f*cking nails it. To be fair, the film is more that just a coming-of-age story. It's also about grief: Nadine loses her father in the first five minutes of the film, thus propelling the events of the story in a subtle way. »

- Ryan Roschke

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'Edge of Seventeen' Review: The John Hughes Teen Movie This Generation Deserves

17 November 2016 11:30 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the beginning, a bespectacled Chicagoan named John Hughes looked upon the landscape of teen movies and decided that they were lacking in characters that resembled actual adolescents. And the Lord did then give us Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, and lo, it was good. You can find fault with these films (three words: Long Duk Dong), but Hughes singularly set the gold standard for the genre. Many have followed his template since then. They often fell short.

The Edge of Seventeen announces its claim-staking bid from its opening scene, »

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Film Review: Edge Ebbs & Flows in ‘The Edge of Seventeen’

17 November 2016 9:57 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Edge of Seventeen” does attempt to do some different things with the growing-up-too-soon teenager soap opera – it throws in a authentic parent, contemporary sex issues and truthful awkwardness. But it can’t help being too heroic, and too “everything’s all right.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) has grown into the title 16 year-old called Nadine, and interprets the material with a decent strength of character. It would be easy to dismiss her performance as “Juno-Lite” (as I did when asked for an instant reaction), but she has a depth of field that goes underneath that surface, even though the screenplay – by writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig – kept feeding her the Juno-type lines. The story also has a juicy bit of desperation, since Nadine’s family is still reeling from the accidental death of their father five years before. The film didn’t need the Woody Harrelson “cool teacher” role, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Hailee Steinfeld on movies, music, and that awful sense of teenage alienation

16 November 2016 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Hailee Steinfeld experienced the kind of sudden child actor fame very few have, outside of maybe Jodie Foster and Tatum O’Neal. In her very first feature film role as Mattie Ross in the Coen brothers’ True Grit, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 14. In the six years since then, she’s gone on to appear in more than a dozen films, including Pitch Perfect 2, Ender’s Game, and The Keeping Room. Not only that, she’s embarked on the kind of multi-pronged career most young artists are warned against—modeling, signing a recording deal last year, and releasing a debut Ep, including a single that’s gone platinum in multiple countries. When The A.V. Club spoke with her, she was out promoting her new coming-of-age film The Edge Of Seventeen (read The A.V. Club’s review »

- Alex McCown-Levy

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Movie Review – The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

16 November 2016 4:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Edge of Seventeen, 2016.

Written and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden Szeto, and Kyra Sedgwick.

Synopsis:

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

At some point high school is probably miserable for all teenagers (and far worse for some others), so it’s probably a good thing that within minutes of The Edge of Seventeen beginning, Hailee Steinfeld is able to convince audiences that super socially awkward Nadine is both likable and worth caring about. Credit also goes to debut director Kelly Fremon Craig for drawing up a series of life events and situations (the majority of the first 10 minutes are flashbacks to Nadine’s early childhood and adolescence, showcasing that good things rarely happen in her life) that make the following 90 minutes or so of craziness (and »

- Robert Kojder

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The Lrm Interview with The Edge of Seventeen’s Kelly Fremon Craig

15 November 2016 8:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

If you aren’t a teenage girl, you might not think that Kelly Fremon Craig’s debut, the coming of age movie The Edge of Seventeen, is for you, but in fact, the characters and situations are surprisingly relatable regardless of your age or gender.

Her movie stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Nadine, a teen outcast who only has one friend at high school, Haley Lu Richardson’s Krista.  Nadine neither gets along with her widowed mother (Kyra Sedgwick) nor her perfect older brother Darien (Blake Jenner), so when Krista starts dating Darien, it only causes more anxiety for Nadine, so she turns to her history teacher (Woody Harrelson) for advice, although he wants nothing to do with it.

It seems like a simple enough plot, but Nadine’s dialogue and how it’s delivered by Steinfeld is spot-on, and her interaction with the cast around her (particularly Harrelson »

- Edward Douglas

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Governors Awards: Inside Hollywood’s Attempt to Clear Post-Election Fog and Kickstart Oscar Race

14 November 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In its own way, the Governors Awards is the most important film event of the year. On the surface, it’s the Academy Awards rendered in miniature as the Academy Board of Governors presents honorary Oscars to veteran film artists. But in reality, this is the Oscar starting gun wrapped in tuxedos and Louboutins: There’s never greater proximity to Academy voters.

Launched in 2009 to present career awards while not extending the already-long Oscarcast, the Governors Awards are meant to evoke the more-intimate feel of early Academy Award ceremonies. However, Oscar consultants quickly saw the event as an odyssey in its own right, since it provides an opportunity for intimate, grade-a campaigning just at the start of Phase 1 — the period that defines the Oscar season up until nominations are announced.

It’s a moment that won’t be matched for the rest of the season, but it also makes for »

- Anne Thompson

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Governors Awards: Inside Hollywood’s Attempt to Clear Post-Election Fog and Kickstart Oscar Race

14 November 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In its own way, the Governors Awards is the most important film event of the year. On the surface, it’s the Academy Awards rendered in miniature as the Academy Board of Governors presents honorary Oscars to veteran film artists. But in reality, this is the Oscar starting gun wrapped in tuxedos and Louboutins: There’s never greater proximity to Academy voters.

Launched in 2009 to present career awards while not extending the already-long Oscarcast, the Governors Awards are meant to evoke the more-intimate feel of early Academy Award ceremonies. However, Oscar consultants quickly saw the event as an odyssey in its own right, since it provides an opportunity for intimate, grade-a campaigning just at the start of Phase 1 — the period that defines the Oscar season up until nominations are announced.

It’s a moment that won’t be matched for the rest of the season, but it also makes for »

- Anne Thompson

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ to Remain Quiet Until December

8 November 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount is currently set to unspool Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for guilds and critics’ groups in December. It’s unusual for an Oscar player to be unveiled that late, as it risks missing the deadline for early looks from organizations like the National Board of Review, the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., whose nominations and superlatives often set the tone for the awards season. Thanksgiving week is usually when stragglers aim to screen in order to meet those groups’ deadlines.

But for Academy viewers, it can sometimes be good to go later, keeping a contender fresh in the minds of voters as Oscar ballots arrive. “True Grit,” “War Horse,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” screened as late as the last week of November on their way to nominations for best picture. Other late screeners, like “Joy” and “Unbroken, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Middle Review: True Grit

2 November 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Sue Heck proved once again to be an inspiration to us all on The Middle this week. She’s sick of being a doormat to the people in her life, and she’s standing up for herself much like her mom Frankie does when she accidentally buys some racy underwear. Long story short, the Heck women ruled the show. Coming off the best summer of her life in Dollywood, it’s natural for Sue to feel excited for the school year. She’s much less excited to be seeing Jeremy so often again though. What she used to find cute about him now irritates

The Middle Review: True Grit »

- Jen Winkler

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‘La La Land’ Had First La Screening And All You Need To Know Is That Streisand Was There

2 November 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

West Hollywood – Damien Chazelle is apologizing to me for fumbling his words. Justin Hurwitz is practically giddy. Why, you might ask? Oh, “La La Land” had its first AMPAS and guild screening in Los Angeles tonight and none other than Barbra Streisand showed up.

Let’s be very clear. Streisand does not attend public screenings of this sort on a regular basis. But she made sure to stop by the post-screening reception at The London Hotel and to ask the film’s director (Chazelle) and composer (Hurwitz) about which songs were sung live as well as chat about the influences of Michel Legrand who wrote the score and music for Streisand’s own movie musical, “Yentl.” The legend was accompanied by her longtime partner James Brolin and spent most of her night chatting with producer Marc Platt who has had quite a fall with the hit thriller “The Girl On The Train »

- Gregory Ellwood

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