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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Based on a novel by Jesse Andrews (who also wrote the screenplay), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a massive hit at Sundance, although by the time it hit theaters, the hype seemed to have worn off. The actual movie falls somewhere in-between: it's not a masterpiece, but it's funny and pretty entertaining. It is something of a disease-of-the-week movie, but like the better examples of that genre, it doesn't actually focus on the disease. High school senior Greg (Thomas Mann) is a self-described outcast whose only activities are avoiding other people at school, and making funny little parody films with his "co-worker" Earl (RJ Cyler). (Titles include A Sockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Butt, though they are particularly fond of Werner Herzog.) When his mother (Connie Britton) hears that a classmate, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) has cancer, she pushes Greg into paying her a visit. The visits become a regular thing, and soon, Greg allows her to see his films. That leads to the proposition that Greg and Earl make a film just for Rachel, but they have no idea what to make and time is running out. First-time director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon keeps the mood alive and quirky, allowing genuine sadness to seep in at the corners; Mann's narration helps nail down the mood. Jon Bernthal plays a helpful teacher who lets Greg and Earl eat lunch in his office and watch classic films, Molly Shannon is Rachel's mom, swilling a lot of white wine, and Nick Offerman is typically hilarious as Greg's father, who likes to eat strange foods. read more...
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

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  • With: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine C. Hughes, Matt Bennett, Masam Holden, Bobb'e J. Thompson
  • Written by: Jesse Andrews, based on his novel
  • Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/02/2015
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Waitress (2007)

The quirkily beautiful actress Adrienne Shelly, with her oversized eyes and lips, made a striking debut in Hal Hartley's early films The Unbelievable Truth (1990) and Trust (1991) and quickly established herself as someone too intelligent and singular to become yet another Hollywood bubblehead blonde. She turned writer/director with a series of shorts and features that were, to put it politely, distributor-challenged. With the new film Waitress, she at last found a way to stay true to her personality and wit while making a hugely entertaining film. read more...
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Waitress (2007)

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  • With: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple, Darby Stanchfield, Heidi Sulzman, Lauri Johnson, Sarah Hunley, Cindy Drummond, Nathan Dean, Caroline Fogarty
  • Written by: Adrienne Shelly
  • Directed by: Adrienne Shelly
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and thematic elements
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/20/2007
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The Way, Way Back (2013)

Coming-of-age stories in movies are a dime-a-dozen, and they frequently seem to be based on other coming-of-age movies, rather than actual humans that came of age. But The Way, Way Back (2013) — named for the place that kids used to ride in old Station Wagons — is both hilarious and touching, digging just a little deeper than usual. Teen Duncan (Liam James) is forced to go on a summer holiday to Cape Cod with his mother (Toni Collette), her condescending boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent's unpleasant daughter (Zoe Levin). Dismayed by the drinking and cheating of the adults around him, he goes exploring and discovers the Water Wizz theme park. There, he meets the cocky, irresponsible, but likable Owen (Sam Rockwell), who takes Duncan under his wing. Rockwell is hilarious, turning in one of those intoxicatingly carefree performances a la Bill Murray, but grounded in something real. Like the best coming-of-age movies, this one is rooted in pain and uncertainty, which makes the good stuff all the sweeter. It was co-written and co-directed by a pair of actors: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. read more...
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The Way, Way Back (2013)

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  • With: Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, River Alexander, Zoe Levin, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Adam Riegler
  • Written by: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Directed by: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/25/2013
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Mean Girls (2004)

Tina Fey wrote the clever screenplay for Mean Girls (2004), taking a realistic look at just how vicious high school girls could possibly be to each other (many saw it as an update of Heathers, from 1989). It succeeds in straddling a line between cynicism and genuine care, and it gets pretty dark even if Fey reportedly had to soften her original script to get the PG-13 rating. Lindsay Lohan stars, before being ground up into tabloid headline fodder, as Cady, who returns with her parents to the U.S. after being raised in Africa. She immediately tangles with three popular, and dangerous "mean girls" (Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried). One scene takes place at the winter talent show as the girls perform "Jingle Bell Rock" in sexy Santa outfits. read more...
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Mean Girls (2004)

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  • With: Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rajiv Surendra
  • Written by: Tina Fey, based on the book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Directed by: Mark S. Waters
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/18/2004
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

For decades, filmmakers have tried to emulate the energy and speed of the 1930s screwball comedy classics, and the Indian-born Bharat Nalluri, until now a director of B-movies and television, has finally done it. Nalluri takes a batch of mistaken identities, romantic tangles and characters scrambling from place to place, throws in a few quiet moments and murmurs about war, and whips them together in a brisk, airy confection, with no irony or complications. It may feel insubstantial, but it's far more accomplished than it appears. (Simon Beaufoy, of The Full Monty, co-wrote the screenplay from a 1938 novel by Winifred Watson.) read more...
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

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  • With: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Lee Pace, Tom Payne, Mark Strong, Clare Clifford, Christina Cole, Stephanie Cole, Beatie Edney, Sarah Kants
  • Written by: David Magee and Simon Beaufoy, based on a novel by Winifred Watson
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/06/2008
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