Rory Culkin

Electrick Children

While music can certainly have an effect on people and their lives, in Rebecca Thomas’ Electrick Children, a cassette tape is blamed for something a little more outside the box than just the usual “oh, man, I love this song” – it’s seen as the culprit behind young Julia Garner‘s unexpected pregnancy. Oops? In Thomas’ feature, Garner’s Rachel is a product of a strict fundamentalist Mormon community, and when the fifteen-year-old becomes unexpectedly (and quite inappropriately) pregnant, she believes it to be due to some kind of immaculate conception at the hands (sounds? dulcet tones? wheels?) of a cassette tape. Not content to “fix” the mistake by marrying a fellow Mormon boy, she sets out on a journey that takes her to Las Vegas, where is apparently mistaken for a hipster chick by a long-haired Rory Culkin. This stuff happens all the time. The film was a hit at last year’s SXSW Film Festival (our own Gwen Reyes called it out as one of the best films of the fest, writing that it “has a huge heart and so much whimsy it’s nearly impossible to walk out not smiling”) and is now open in limited release. Electrick Children absolutely sounds like an indie gem worth seeking out, at least based on its hearty praise and this new trailer. Check out the trailer for Electrick Children after the break but, beware, it might get you pregnant.

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Hick Movie 2012 Blake Lively Chloe Moretz

Hick is an ugly piece work. The worst kind of bad. It’s a movie that believes it has something to say, but has nothing – a nothingess that comes after 90 minutes of misery. It’s a vapid mess about a girl who, despite encountering nothing but terrible acts, earns zero sympathy. That girl, Luli (Chloë Moretz), a 13-year-old kid from Nebraska, sets out to Vegas after being abandoned by her loony mother and drunk of a father. Her road trip goes the typical route: violence, rape, drug use, and robbery, everything you’d expect from a 13-year-old’s trip with a wasted Blake Lively. She comes from a world where a gun is a nice birthday gift for a kid, where 13-year-olds awkwardly quote Sunset Boulevard, and where Eddie Redmayne is forced to play a poor man’s take on Kit  from Badlands, all these phony details are used to establish we’re in a dark and heightened world. Or is this intended as our reality? Director Derick Martini can’t answer that, never coming up with the right tone.

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Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is a pretty shitty cop. The killers always get away, people are always dying around him, he breaks as many rules as he enforces, and he’s not nearly as smart as he thinks he is… but he’s also fun, playful, and pretty damn entertaining. Dewey is the Scream franchise. (Well, all but Scream 3, which was like Dewey after a car accident had smashed his brains into ignorant and unfunny jelly that was then devoured by Ehren Kruger and shat out upon a blank page.) It’s been eleven years since we saw Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and friends triumph over her half-brother’s murder spree in Hollywood (decade old spoiler!), and she’s a new woman. Sid has blossomed from eternal victim into best-selling author and is on a book tour celebrating her memoir about making lemonade out of blood spattered lemons. Her last stop brings her home to Woodsboro where it all began, and if the two recently gutted teens are any indication, where it’s about to begin again. Sid’s not exactly the most popular woman in town anymore since being with her is “like being on Top Chef with Jeffrey Dahmer.” That combined with the past films’ body counts has left her with only two friends (and returning characters). Dewey and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) are happily married now, but while he patrols the streets she struggles to find inspiration to write again. Hurray for murder!

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