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‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ Review: A Couple’s Never-Ending Reality Re-spawns Beautiful Breakthroughs

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‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ Review: A Couple’s Never-Ending Reality Re-spawns Beautiful Breakthroughs
Before we’re even out of the opening credits of “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” director Ian Samuels and screenwriter Lev Grossman waste no time clueing us into its premise revolving around a time loop that will teach its teen protagonists to accept life’s little gifts and major detours. This John Green-lite fantasy for the young-adult crowd holds many sequences that sparkle and shine, but a few that stumble and sag as well. Yet the feature’s genteel, sweet spirit and radiant lead performances rescue it from forgettable mediocrity and genre familiarity.

Seventeen-year-old budding artist Mark (Kyle Allen) begins all his mundane mornings the same way — not by choice, but because he’s trapped in a time loop. Every day he wakes up at the same exact time, sees his workaholic mom drive away, greets his dad Daniel (Josh Hamilton) and irascible younger sister Emma (Cleo Fraser) at the breakfast table,
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‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ Film Review: Stuck-in-Time Teen Romance Is Déjà Vu All Over Again

‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ Film Review: Stuck-in-Time Teen Romance Is Déjà Vu All Over Again
There’s a grammar-school-friendly version of the Sondheim musical called “Into the Woods, Jr.,” which erases all of Act Two (except “Children Will Listen”) so you can have the storybook charm without the sex or death. Amazon’s “A Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is essentially “Groundhog Day Jr.,” turning the idea of being stuck on the same day into a YA romance.

Groundhog Day” was by no means the first story to use the idea of people in a temporal anomaly as a metaphor for being in a rut, but it launched its own sub-genre that includes Sundance hit “Palm Springs,” the Netflix series “Russian Doll,” the horror franchise “Happy Death Day,” and even the made-for-tv holiday film “12 Dates of Christmas.” All that’s left for “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” to mine is a narrative that places teens in the center of the universe and allows
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Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Review – Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Jake Ryan.

Synopsis:

With one week of eighth grade left, an introverted 13-year-old girl tries to make it to the end.

1986’s Stand By Me sees four young boys on a cross-country hike to find a dead body. The story is quite grim, but its heart is pure, and that’s down to one thing; the portrayal of the kids. Unlike some movies about children, Stand By Me presented them unfiltered in their profane, silly but natural glory. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is similarly real, painting a vivid landscape of today’s flossing, snapchatting, and crucially, struggling teens.

Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is a normal 13-year-old girl. At school she’s written off as the shy one (especially when she wins the class superlative award for Most Quiet), at home her only desire is to be
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The Best Directorial Debuts of 2018

While we aim to discuss a wide breadth of films each year, few things give us more pleasure than the arrival of bold, new voices. It’s why we venture to festivals and pore over a variety of different features that might bring to light some emerging talent. This year was an especially notable time for new directors making their stamp, and we’re highlighting the handful of 2018 debuts that most impressed us.

Below, one can check out a list spanning a variety of different genres and distributions, from those that barely received a theatrical release to wide bows. In years to come, take note as these helmers (hopefully) ascend.

Blockers (Kay Cannon)

Blockers doesn’t pull off the impossible so much as it turns the tables on a common formula, finding something fresh, empowering, and hilarious in that time-old story of a group of friends making a pact to
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“Eighth Grade” is an impressive filmmaking debut for Bo Burnham

It seems safe to assume that no one was expecting this out of comedian and actor turned filmmaker Bo Burnham. That’s nothing against him. It merely means that his first effort with crafting cinema is just that good. This week, Burnham makes his directing and writing debut with Eighth Grade, a coming of age story that should hit very close to home. This film works in a tremendously strong way. Depicting this seminal time in a teenager’s life is something many would struggle with. Not him, though. Burnham is more than up to the challenge, with the results speaking for themselves. This is something special. The movie, unsurprisingly, is about an eighth grader. Soon to be High Schooler Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is just trying to survive the end of her Middle School experience, one that has been a disaster almost from the start. Her dad Mark (Josh Hamilton
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