13 Going On 30

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1987, and 13 year-old Jenna Rink is desperate to fit in with the cool kids at school. She even goes as far as alienating her geeky best friend Matt at her birthday party in order to impress ‘in-crowd’ ringleader Lucy. When she’s sprinkled with some birthday wishing dust and announces…

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Tadpole

BB.5 (out of 5) This shallow little story made in the early stages of digital guerilla filmmaking is about a fifteen year-old Manhattanite (Aaron Stanford) returning from boarding school for Thanksgiving weekend with the intention of finally telling his beautiful stepmother (Sigourney Weaver) that he is in love with her. Weaver herself is completely unaware…

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe left off. Wilbur is the runt of a litter of pigs who is saved from being executed by a farmer when little…

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Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

BB.5 (out of 5) Rebecca Miller adapts two of her short stories into three character studies shot on digital video.  Kyra Sedgwick stars as a poor mother who leaves her abusive husband and goes to live with an old high school friend while trying to decide what to do with her life. Parker Posey plays a Manhattan…

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Pieces Of April

BB.5 (out of 5) Katie Holmes plays a young woman whose difficult relationship with her family is put to the test on the day she is expecting them for Thanksgiving dinner and can’t cook her turkey due to a faulty stove. She wanders around her New York City apartment building hoping that a neighbour might take…

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