TIFF 2018: Teen Spirit

Led by a standout performance from Elle Fanning as a musical sensation, Teen Spirit is a crowd-pleasing directorial debut for Max Minghella. To say that Elle Fanning is a standout in this film is nothing short of an understatement.  With both her singing and the choreography, she takes her talent to the next level.  Fanning is phenomenal to say the least as a shy singer, Violet Valenski, growing up in the British Isle of Wight with…

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Tribeca 2018: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley doesn’t focus on Frankenstein until the final half hour but the headliner is preceded by a lifeless under-card that’s not even worthy of pay-per-view. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) was the woman who would go on to pen the famous Frankenstein novel.  Before getting there, the future author had a relationship with romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth).  Their relationship was not one in which their family endorsed, which explains why the…

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Leap! Will Dance Into Your Hearts

Leap! is a cute film about a ballet dancer who is full of heart. Eric Summer and Eric Warin co-direct the animated film.  The screenplay is written by Carol Noble & Laurent Zeitoun & Eric Summer.  The film stars Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, with Mel Brooks, featuring Carly Rae Jespen and Kate McKinnon.  McKinnon proves to be a triple threat in multiple roles of Régine, Mother Superior, and Félicie’s Mother. All Félicie (Fanning)…

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The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama

The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.  Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…

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