I caught 'Short Term 12' at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival almost accidentally. It just happened to be playing and I just happened to be available. And I just happened to see the best film at the festival and one of the best films of the year. As Matt Singer wrote in his review, it's a "brilliant and amazing movie" with a revelatory performance by actress Brie Larson.
The actress, who you probably know from her supporting roles in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' or '21 Jump Street,' is poised to take a major leap into stardom this year. Along with her star-making turn in 'Short Term 12,' Larson has equally impressive work in 'Don Jon' and 'The Spectacular Now' also in theaters this fall. It's hard to look at Larson at this point in her career and not draw comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence - another actress who received critical acclaim for an indie film ('Winter's Bone') and went on to super-stardom.
We spoke to the young actress about the depressing work on 'Short Term 12,' if she's prepared for the next level of fame and starring in 'X-Men' and 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
Sutter Keely is the kind of laid-back, party-hard guy you'd love to hang out with in high school. But when the party ends, where does his life begin? 'The Spectacular Now' answers this question with heart-breaking poignancy, where even the moments of levity are motivated by a particularly sweet kind of teenage sadness.
Getting a little bored of all the big action movies this summer? Well, we've got some good news for you. One of the best films this summer - 'The Spectacular Now' - is coming to theaters this August and is refreshingly different from anything else you've seen. No robots, no superheroes, no major cities being destroyed...just a really good movie. And, we've got screenings all over the U.S. for you to see the film for free.
From the minds of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who both brought us 'The Hangover,' the flick follows two buddies who surprise their high school bestie, Jeff Chang, with a crazy night out on the town for his 21st birthday, even though he's got the job interview of his life early the next morning. Expectedly, once Jeff gets too drunk to handle (and everything seems to fall into chaos), the night quickly becomes one of mayhem as the duo try to get him home and sobered up before morning.
We had the opportunity to briefly chat with Teller about, among other things, the making of '21 & Over,' the one scene with Skylar Astin he'll probably never forget, his Sundance hit 'The Spectacular Now,' and taking a break from acting.
With the Sundance Film Festival in full swing, we'll be hearing plenty of acquisition news from now until at least the end of the month. One of the more popular titles shown, 'The Spectacular Now', James Ponsoldt's coming-of-age drama, has just made a big distribution splash, hooking up with A24 for a North American release this summer.
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