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Film, "Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

"Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

There are reasons to resist Palo Alto. Foremost, yes, it's another James Franco product, adapted from his short-story collection and built around an uncomfortably snug-fitting role for him as a high school girls' soccer coach with predatory tendencies. Beyond that,…
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Film, "The Art of Getting By": Teen Movies Don't Get More Boring Than This

"The Art of Getting By": Teen Movies Don't Get More Boring Than This

Gavin Wiesen's first film, as passive and vanilla as its title, continues the numbing trendlet begun in 2008 with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: dramatizing the stupefying dullness of privileged white teenagers in New York City. Protagonist George (Freddie Highmore)…
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Film, The Mystery of the Tween Demo

The Mystery of the Tween Demo

So lame it's ... cool? Nancy Drew, writer-director Andrew Fleming's attempt to jump-start a new Warner Bros. franchise, is a movie flaunting a most obvious demographic strategy — a teen flick with a sensibility, or at least sense of humor,…
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