Friday, April 24, 2015



Two new wide releases have opened today in theaters: the romantic drama with a fantasy twist "The Age of Adaline" and the World War II inspirational drama "Little Boy". Neither film fared well with critics, but the latter received some exceptionally harsh reviews. In the limited release realm we have Russell Crowe's directorial debut "The Water Diviner" and the indie dramedy "Adult Beginners" starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. More about each movie after the jump.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


The Age of Adaline

Official Synopsis

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew

  • Director: Lee Toland Krieger

  • Genre: Drama, Romance

  • Running Time: 110 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for a suggestive comment

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 52% (44 fresh, 39 rotten, score: 5.5/10).
  • Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (7 positive, 21 mixed, 2 negative).


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Official Synopsis

LITTLE BOY is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Rappaport, Ben Chaplin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ali Landry, Ted Levine

  • Director: Alejandro Monteverde

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, War

  • Running Time: 100 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for some mature thematic material and violence

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 11% (4 fresh, 31 rotten, score: 4.2/10).
  • Metacritic: 30 out of 100 (3 positive, 7 mixed, 13 negative).


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Official Synopsis

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) makes his directorial debut on “The Water Diviner,” an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yilmaz, Yilmaz Erdogan, Dylan Georgiades, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Jacqueline McKenzie

  • Director: Russell Crowe

  • Genre: Drama, War

  • Running Time: 111 min.

  • Rating: R for war violence including some disturbing images

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 61% (64 fresh, 41 rotten, score: 5.9/10).
  • Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (14 positive, 17 mixed, 3 negative).


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Official Synopsis

A young, hipster entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and three year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up - but not without some bad behavior first.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Caleb and Matthew Paddock, Caitlin FitzGerald, Josh Charles, Paula Garcés, Bobby Moynihan, Mike Birbiglia, Jane Krakowski

  • Director: Ross Katz

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Running Time: 90 min.

  • Rating: R for language and some drug use

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 43% (19 fresh, 25 rotten, score: 5.7/10).
  • Metacritic: 56 out of 100 (10 positive, 14 mixed, 0 negative).

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