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Bullying is a serious issue. Kids who bully others need to be taught that it is never okay to do so, and kids who are bullied need to know that they are not alone. In a world where kids pay more attention to the moving pictures and graphics on the various screens that fill their lives, it can be hard to get through to them. Kids are more likely to listen to such a lecture if it is disguised as entertainment, especially as a film.
Standing Up is an adaptation of Brock Cole’s young adult novel The Goats. The film is written and directed by D.J. Caruso, best known for the teen-skewing Disturbia and I Am Number Four. It is solidly mediocre in story and production values, yet the message it carries is worth spreading.
- Lee Jutton
Title: Standing Up Directed by: DJ Caruso Starring: Chandler Canterbury, Annalise Basso, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Val Kilmer Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes, Rated PG, also available on VOD Special Features: Behind the Scenes Featurette & Trailer Based on the acclaimed young adult novel “The Goats” by Brock Cole is the story of two 12 year old kids who run away from a traumatic experience. Grace and Howie remember going to camp in the summer of 1984, and where they were both targeted by the other campers to be stripped of their clothes and stranded on “Goat Island” across the lake. This is a long standing tradition at the [ Read More ]
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A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
The director of “Precious” and “The Paperboy” plays things relatively straight in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen that also positions itself as a panoramic snapshot of the African-American experience across nine decades. But if Daniels has tamped down the kinky sexuality and outre stylistic flourishes for his first PG-13 outing, his handprints can still be found in the film’s volatile mix of acting styles, gratuitous sentimentality cut with moments of real emotional power, and a tone that seesaws between serious social melodrama and outsized chitlin’-circuit theatrical. At its root the kind of starry, old-fashioned prestige pic the studios used to make, this stealthy late-summer release from the Weinstein Co. »
- Variety Staff
I took the wife and kids to two of the Free events last weekend and we had a blast!
Cinema St. Louis’ Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival presented by Pnc Arts Alive continues this weekend.
Here are the Sliff/Kids Venues for the last weekend of the fest:
• Ronnies 20 Cine: 5320 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Attendees should go to the box office when they arrive at the theater to obtain complimentary tickets. • St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library Auditorium (screenings) and Creative Experience (camps): 1301 Olive St. downtown. • Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium: Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive (two blocks west of Skinker Boulevard). Parking is available in the lots between Skinker Boulevard and Chaplin Drive; no permits are required. And here is the line-up for the films show at Sliff/Kids this weekend. Did we mention that everything is Free??!!
- Tom Stockman
Sliff/Kids opens tonight! I’m planning on attending tonight’s show and tomorrow night’s as well. This should be a great, Free, event and hopefully will turn into an annual fest.
Did we mention everything is free!!!
Cinema St. Louis introduces Sliff/Kids, the First Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, presented by Pnc Arts Alive. With a half-dozen presenting partners, Csl will offer film programs, camps, and a workshop as part of Sliff/Kids, which is held from July 26-Aug. 4, 2013. A total of 14 film programs will be screened on the fest’s two weekends (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4) at Webster University, the St. Louis Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, Washington University, Lindenwood University, and the Wildey Theatre. With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, filmmaking camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library’s »
- Tom Stockman
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone) Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.
The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews in March, marks the feature film debut of Jessie McCormack, who directed from her own script.
McCormack is also a producer alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. The film is executive produced by Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules, The Bourne Identity). The deal was negotiated by Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners represents Monaghan and Mitchell and is also »
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2013
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