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Spring Breakers Review


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Arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely) comes dangerously close to making a mainstream movie with this blackly comical thriller. While the film is often very funny, and constantly challenges our preconceptions by veering in directions we don't expect, it's also an intriguing exploration of America's hedonistic subculture.

Gomez and Hudgens also crush their Disney princess images as Faith and Candy, who decide they want to go to Florida for spring break with their pals Brit and Cotty (Benson and Korine). But they've spent all their cash on drugs, so they rob a restaurant and head to the beach. After indulging in a series of raucous parties, they end up in jail and are bailed out by a sleazy rapper-gangster who calls himself Alien (Franco). He takes them under his wing, getting them involved in his war with a dangerous cross-town rival (Mane).

The film is shot in lurid colours, with the girls wearing little more than fluorescent bikinis, sometimes accompanied with pink balaclavas. And the score by Skrillex and Cliff Martinez is visceral and hugely atmospheric, adding unexpected texture to the way Korine explores physicality, drugs and violence. It's also quite deliberate that, apart from the religiously minded Faith, these young women kind of blur together anonymously, like all the other bikini babes at the various beer-chugging, arms-in-the-air parties.

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What Maisie Knew Trailer


Maisie is a 6-year-old girl whose parents are the veteran rock star Susanna and the art dealer Beale. As high profile as they are, Maisie is hardly living the high life as her selfish and ignorant folks never seem to have time to think about being parents and when their rocky relationship ends in a fiery divorce, she is used merely as a weapon in court as the bitter custody battle gets underway. Being passed from mother to father and vice versa hardly has the effect of making each parent want to spend more time with her to make up for their time apart as Susanna is often busy on tour and Beale takes many long work trips away. As a result, their respective new spouses Lincoln and Margo (also her ex-Nanny) are forced to take on the responsibility of caring for Maisie together and the young girl finds herself becoming happier by the day.

This is a heart-warming movie challenges the idea of child custody and is viewed through the eyes of an innocent girl who tries to construct a new family after her own is bitterly torn apart. Based on the novel of the same name by Henry James, this adaptation of 'What Maisie Knew' has been directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel ('Suture', 'Uncertainty', 'Bee Season') and written by Carroll Cartwright ('Dungeons & Dragons', 'Where the Money Is') and Nancy Doyne in her feature film debut. 

 

Spring Breakers Trailer


Four beautiful college girls; Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty; live together in a college dorm and lead distinctly boring, repetitive lives. Spring break is coming up, however, and the girls are determined to have the best vacation ever hoping to jet out towards sun, sand and freedom. Saving money hasn't been easy, so the group decide to don balaclavas and guns to rob a restaurant in town in order to obtain enough money for their spring break adventures. It isn't long after they get to their destination, though, before the cops catch up with them and they are taken straight to court still in their beachwear. Luckily for them, platinum-toothed drug dealer Alien sees potential in the girls and bails them out of a lengthy jail stay in exchange for a little job he needs doing in his own crime circle. Just how determined are these girls to have the best spring break vacation of their lives?

'Spring Breakers' is a new crime comedy directed and written by Harmony Korine ('Gummo', 'Kids', 'Mister Lonely'). It was in line for the 69th Venice International Film Festival's highest honor the Golden Lion award and will hit US movie theaters on March 22nd 2013.

Starring: James Franco, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Heather Morris, Cait Taylor, Lauren Vera, Emma Holzer, Gucci Mane, Ash Lendzion, Debbie Whited, Vivian Fleming-Alvarez, Josh Randall, Tony Robinette,

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