Towelhead (review)

That extreme rarity of American film: a movie that is about a teenage girl’s fumblings through the confusions of early adolescence…

trailer break: ‘Towelhead’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… A girl’s coming-of-age plus hot-button ethnic issues plus that cast (Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Toni Collette), and it’s all from Alan Ball? Excellent! I missed every damn screening of this, but I hope to catch it once it opens. Towelhead opens in limited release September 12.

American Beauty (review)

The Lester that American Beauty offers us at first is anything but inspirational — in fact, he may be one of the most unlikable protagonists to hit the screen in a while. A ‘horny geek boy,’ as his teenage daughter calls him, a ‘gigantic loser’ as he calls himself, Lester tells us right as the film opens that he’ll be dead in less than a year. And we don’t care.