AMERICAN TEEN

Burstein undoubtedly got remarkable footage of a year in the life of Warsaw [ Indiana] High School, but alas, she lost her way sometime in the editing room. Did marketing play too a big role here — the obsessive need to create archetypes in order to hook audiences by recreating THE BREAKFAST CLUB poster??? Click…

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

We agree that UNIVERSE is an operatic, ebulliently effective look at 60s icons; we disagree about heft. Rich thinks it perfectly captures its moment, whereas Jan also finds compelling anti-Bush, anti-Iraq War agenda. Excellent performances from mostly-novice cast. Soundtrack proves genius of Beatles simpliciter as well as this specific incarnation. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.

27 DRESSES

Much like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, Aline Brosh McKenna”s wonderful new screenplay uses comedic “top notes” to create a bittersweet after-taste. The real story here is about a woman (Heigl) who lost her mother when she was very young, & has spent the years since trying to be perfect so people will love her. Bravo!…