“Standing Up” is a touching coming-of-age film based on teen novel

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D. J. Caruso’s coming-of-age film “Standing Up” opens this weekend. It’s the tasteful film version of Brock Cole’s 1990 young adult (= young adolescent) novel “The Goats” and it has a B.K. rating – bring Kleenex. It’s a movie that ought to be required viewing for parents, teachers, and camp counselors.11 year-old Howie (Chandler Canterbury) is with a group of boys at camp and enthusiastically agrees to collect wood for the fire on the island in the lake they have made off to after lights out. … [Read more...]

“To the Wonder” yearning to feel life

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 When writer/director Terrence Malick’s latest cinematic painting unfolds Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kuryenko), playfully cross the causeway to Mont St. Michel at low tide. They visit the old monastery. Neil says nothing but Marina reflects on love and wonders what will come next.They go from France to Oklahoma, with Marina’s daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Chiline). The house is new, empty, and though almost sterile, filled with light. Marina and Tatiana begin to adapt, but Mar … [Read more...]


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