Max (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Aug11

Max (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Boaz Yakin, US, 2015, 111 mins Cast:  Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Robbie Amell This family film targeted primarily at teenagers has an original premise but a somewhat run of the mill plot, which is though elevated by a terrific canine performance in the title role and a couple of the human actors too. The Max of the title is a military dog, trained to sniff out weapons and explosives, who is...

Read More
Interview: Bella Thorne on The Duff
Apr10

Interview: Bella Thorne on The Duff

Feature by Dan Woburn   The Duff Film Review Roundtable interview with Bella Thorne, who plays the bitchy ‘mean girl’ archetype in the latest entry to the US teen film canon, The Duff. Bella also took some time to reflect on her career origins with the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up and her role in the upcoming Scream TV series adap. The Duff is about an American high school senior who instigates a social pecking order revolution after...

Read More
The Duff (12A) Close-Up Film Review
Apr06

The Duff (12A) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Ari Sandel, US, 2015, 101 mins Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney, Romany Malco The Duff is the latest entry to the teen film canon, although unfortunately not the one to upend it and rewrite the rules, or even at the very least give it a spruce-up a la 10 Things or American Pie (apparently the last films to do so). This isn’t to disparage the efforts of all involved, as clearly the cast and...

Read More