The Darkest Minds: We’ve Seen This Before

The Darkest Minds recycles the gist of what we’ve seen in prior YA dystopian adaptations while ripping off Marvel and others in the process. The film’s prologue, which complete wastes The West Wing alumnus Bradley Whitford’s President Gray, sets up the film.  Children across the country are getting ill.  This mysterious illness is referred to as IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration).  Despite claims to the contrary, not even the CDC can find a cure.  Those…

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Beach Rats: Not Quite a Coming-Out Story

Beach Rats won’t be a film that appeals to the masses but Eliza Hittman delivers a quality film nevertheless. Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, the film stars Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, and Kate Hodge. Set in Brooklyn, Frankie (Dickinson) is struggling with who he is as his father is dying of cancer.  He searches the internet to hookup with older men but he never really comes out as gay in the film.  He chats…

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