INDIEWATCH: ‘Short Term 12’ Leaves Lasting Impression

In “Short Term 12,” Grace (Brie Larson) supervises the wards and staff at a home for troubled teens alongside her boyfriend, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). She tells a staff newbie that the kids will try to test him at first to see what they can get away with, as she walks into a teen’s room…
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REVIEW: The Pros And Cons Of ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’

Ben Stiller is so charismatic and comedic, it was a wonder to see him play flat and boring as the title character in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Walter is a daydreamer to his own detriment, imagining over-the-top retorts to his new “boss” (Adam Scott) and romantic entanglements with his  co-worker (Kristen Wiig). Before…
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INDIEWATCH: ‘Drinking Buddies’ A Sober Story About Romantic Relationships — And Beer

It’s hard for me to picture Olivia Wilde as anyone other than “Thirteen” from the TV show “House.” Even watching her in “TRON: Legacy,” I thought “Thirteen can really rock a short haircut,” but she breaks the mold in “Drinking Buddies.” Wilde plays Kate, who’s extremely chummy with her brewery co-worker Luke, (Jake Johnson). They…
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INDIEWATCH: Michael Cera Steps Outta The Mold In ‘Crystal Fairy’

Two things drew me to “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus”: the title and Michael Cera. As with many indie movies, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was certain of two things: Cera (of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Superbad”) would have me laughing and admiring him, as usual. But that’s where…
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INDIEWATCH: ‘Frances Ha’ A Refreshing Twist On A Classic Breakup Story

Greta Gerwig stars in writer/director Noah Baumbach’s latest film, “Frances Ha,” about a 27-year-old dancer whose No. 1 talent is being a best friend. The film opens with a montage of Frances (Gerwig) and Sophie (Mickey Sumner) scampering through New York City, tap dancing in Central Park, holding hands and snuggling in bed. When Sophie…
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