Wonder Director: Stephen Chbosky Screenwriter: Stephen Chbosky Cast: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell Distributor: Lionsgate Rated PG | 113 Release Date: November 17, 2017
Based on the children’s novel of the same name, Wonder inspires with its virtuous themes that tell its audience to do the right thing. On the surface, Stephen Chbosky‘s film looks like one of those schmaltzy films so formulaic that you probably already know that it is going to hit all the right emotional notes at all the right times.
But sometimes predictability is not so bad, and underneath that surface, there is something honest and heartfelt about it. There is a refreshing message that reminds us when given the choice to be right or be kind, we should be kind. Check out my full review of Wonder below.
Suburbicon Director: George Clooney Screenwriter: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov Cast: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Leith M. Burke, Karimah Westbrook Distributor: Paramount Studios Rated R | 105 Release Date: October 27, 2017
On the surface, Suburbicon is supposed to be this social satire set in the heart of late 1950s suburbia, where the little quiet idyllic neighborhood is the epitome of the American Dream. Even in the film’s opening, we see a sales pitch that tries to convince the audience that Surburicon is the place to live with its family-friendliness, perfect homes, and genuinely idyllic atmosphere. At this point, the film turns itself into a satiric commentary on race relations. From there it morphs into a murder-mystery comedy. And neither of these plots has anything to do with each other. So rather than working together cohesively, the two plots are at war with each other, making the film feel like it was shot separately and then stitched back up together for whatever this monstrosity is.
Check out the full review for Suburbicon here below.
Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Suburbicon. Directed by George Clooney, using a script written by Clooney, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, and Grant Heslov, the film stars Matt Damon as Gardner Lodge, a mild-mannered father living in a blissful suburbia. But when he uncovers some of the town’s dark secrets, his once friends, neighbors, and co-workers start to go after him and his family. Unable to put up with it, Gardner does what it takes to protect his family. Check out the full trailer here below.