#1 Kill Your Darlings
The story of Allen Ginsberg during some of his more interesting years.
|“Kill Your Darlings” is the story of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he arrives at college and is ushered into a new generation of writers. Ginsberg is young, naïve and innocent. He was raised by his father – a writer (in the very traditional sense), and his mentally unstable mother. Columbia University presents a whole new world, a bright future for this talented man.||2013 |
Directed by: John Krokidas
Screenplay by: Austin Bunn and John Krokidas
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan
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#2 Best Man Down
Drama, comedy, a marriage, a death and brilliance all around.
|“Best Man Down” is an independent film about a couple who gets married in Arizona but flies back to Minnesota for a funeral. It’s a comedy! No, scratch that. The funeral is for the best man who died at the wedding. It’s a dark comedy? Perhaps, or a drama. It’s also about the newlywed couple navigating their current relationship. It’s a relationship drama. And it’s also a light mystery as the real life of the best man is uncovered.||2012 |
Directed by: Ted Koland
Screenplay by: Ted Koland
Starring: Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine and Addison Timlin
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#3 It's a Disaster
The hilarious end of the world of 8 ill-prepared people.
|I think the question on everyone’s mind is since when are end of the world movies actually good? In the past two years from “Melancholia” to “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” to “This is the End” we’ve had a number of solid to downright brilliant end of the world movies and now “It’s a Disaster” fits neatly in the middle.||2012 |
Directed by: Todd Berger
Screenplay by: Todd Berger
Starring: David Cross and Julia Stiles
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#4 Prince Avalanche
Just a simple conversation between hilarious characters by great actors.
|“Prince Avalanche” is the story of two men and is the classic comedy of differences. Alvin (Paul Rudd) is in his late thirties and has such trouble connecting with other people that he doesn’t even realize his marriage is in trouble as he prefers to spend time alone. Lance (Emile Hirsch) is in his early twenties and he is desperate for the presence of females, as he is way too into himself to understand true companionship.||2013 |
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Screenplay by: David Gordon Green
Starring: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
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#5 Short Term 12
Realism allows comedy and drama to come together in a fully likable manner.
|The realism of a foster care center for teenagers is up-close and personal but provides so much humour that the drama is never over-whelming. It’s also quite touching that the adults in charge are just as messed up as the kids but try even harder in covering it up. “Short Term 12” stars Brie Larson as Grace a twenty-something counselor who is in charge of fellow staff and a few emotionally-damaged kids.||2013 |
Directed by: Destin Cretton
Screenplay by: Destin Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
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The rapture is coming, be prepared to laugh.
|“Rapture-Palooza” is based on a true story. Or, so it says at the very beginning of the movie, and then you know exactly what type of humour you’re getting yourself into. It’s funny, extremely funny. The type of funny that you’re laughing out loud so often that you need to rewind to catch all the jokes you missed; it’s also the offensive kind of funny. It’s offensive, extremely offensive.||2013 |
Directed by: Paul Middleditch
Screenplay by: Chris Matheson
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson
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#7 The First Time
Proves that teen romances can be sweet and charming.
|“The First Time” is not just about having sex for the first time, but falling in love for the first time, and also just being yourself in front of the object of your affection for the first time. Aubrey (Britt Robertson) has a boyfriend (we’ll get to him later) and Dave (Dylan O’Brien) is infatuated with a girl who will probably never like him for who he really is – she’s just too into herself for that to ever happen.||2012 |
Directed by: Jon Kasdan
Screenplay by: Jon Kasdan
Starring: Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, and James Frecheville
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#8 Family Weekend
Dark comedy turns a kidnapping into a sweet coming-of-age story.
|“Family Weekend” is a dark comedy about a 16-year-old girl, Emily (Olesya Rulin), who takes her family into her own hands to turn them into a normal family. But it’s not going to be easy; Samantha Smith-Dungy (Kristin Chenoweth) is a workaholic mom, Duncan Dungy (Matthew Modine) is hippie artist dad, and her brother and sister are maladjusted kids who think they are perfectly well-adjusted.||2013 |
Directed by: Benjamin Epps
Screenplay by: Matt K. Turner
Starring: Olesya Rulin, Matthew Modine and Kristin Chenoweth
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#9 Stuck in Love
A romantic drama that survives on the empathy for the main characters.
|Younger brother, Rusty (Nat Wolff), is an aspiring writer; older sister, Samantha (Lily Collins), is an up-and-coming writer; and father, Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear), is an accomplished writer. And, as you can guess from the title, they are all “Stuck in Love”. Rusty’s in love with a girl from his class who doesn’t know him, Sam refuses to fall in love, and dad Bill is still waiting for his ex-wife to come back to him.||2013 |
Directed by: Josh Boone
Screenplay by: Josh Boone
Starring: Nat Wolff, Lily Collins and Greg Kinnear
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#10 The Happy House
A horror-comedy short on thrills and laughs but has interesting character interactions.
|The Happy House is a remote Bed & Breakfast specializing in odd rules to make your stay as uncomfortable as possible. It somehow got good reviews (even though the movie itself has gotten bad reviews) and our New York Couple are off for a weekend to repair their relationship. Wendy doesn’t want to go; Joe thinks it will be for the best. And as an audience, we have no clue what it’s going to be like.||2013 |
Directed by: D.W. Young
Screenplay by: D.W. Young
Starring: Khan Baykal and Aya Cash
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#11 Girl Most Likely
A girl has lost her way and comes back home with quirky comedy.
|“Girl Most Likely” is Imogene (Kristen Wiig); a girl once likely to become the next big playwright in New York City, now she’s desperately hanging on to the upper-class lifestyle convinced that it’s all about who you know, where you live, and who you are with. A failed attempt of a fake suicide attempt sends Imogene back where she came from. All the way to New Jersey.||2012 |
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Screenplay by: Michelle Morgan
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss
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#12 The Lifeguard
Quarter-life crisis character study with dramatic depression and comedic maturation.
|“The Lifeguard” is Leigh (Kristen Bell), a 30-year-old girl quits her job in New York and comes back to Connecticut to find herself. It’s a quarter-life crisis character study. What sets this movie slightly above similar films is that it’s a rather mature look at an immature woman. Leigh is convinced that her life didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to and so she has gone back to her high school life.||2013 |
Directed by: Liz W. Garcia
Screenplay by: Liz W. Garcia
Starring: Kristen Bell, David Lambert
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