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Shoplifters of the World (2021)*

Title: Shoplifters of the World
Rating: NR
Directed by: Stephen Kijak
Written by: Lorianne Hall and Stephen Kijak
Starring: Joe Manganiello, Ellar Coltrane, Helena Howard, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, and James Bloor
Release Date: 3/26/2021
Running Time: 90 minutes

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What did you think of this film?

Denver, summer 1987. A group of quirky and confused teenagers are about to have their lives changed forever over the course of one night when the news hits them that their heroes, iconic British band The Smiths, are splitting.

Young and feisty Cleo doesn’t know what to do with her life and dreams of running away to Paris. Dean, who works in the local record store, has a huge crush on her but doesn’t know how to tell her.

As Cleo and her friends start a night of hard partying to mourn their musical loss, Dean is driven to a more daring and dangerous form of tribute: he decides to hold up the local radio station at gunpoint and make the DJ play nothing but Smiths tracks for the entire night. And with the radio at full blast, the group of friends will go on a journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever.

Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Summer Night (2019)

Title: Summer Night
Rating: NR
Directed by: Joseph Cross
Written by: Jordan Jolliff
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ian Nelson, Analeigh Tipton, Callan McAuliffe, Ella Hunt, Hayden Szeto, Bill Milner, Lana Condor, Elena Kampouris, Khris Davis, Melina Vidler, Victoria Justice, and Justin Chatwin
Release Date: 7/12/2019
Running Time: 94 minutes

Official Site

What did you think of this film?
It’s the last days of summer. Best friends Seth and Jameson are getting ready to perform—and party—at local rock venue The Alamo. But before the night begins, both young men come face- to-face with serious reality checks: Seth receives life-changing news from his girlfriend Mel, and Jameson has to choose between his on-again-off-again girlfriend Corin and a new girl he’s just met, the outspoken Harmony. At the show, Seth and Jameson’s friends are too caught up in their own lives to be much help: young rocker Taylor romances his new crush Dana, and awkward Jack “Rabbit” avoids his childhood friend Lexi after learning what she did at her sister’s wedding. These intertwining friend-dramas, fueled by a lot of drinking, unfold against a backdrop of live music performed by the best bands in town. By the end of the night, these young men and women are confronted with a series of fast- approaching life decisions that will either leave them stuck in the comfort of adolescence, or catapult them into adulthood.

Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Blood Money (2017)*

Title: Blood Money
Rating: R
Directed by: Lucky McKee
Written by: Jared Butler, and Lars Norberg
Starring: John Cusack, Ellar Coltrane, and Willa Fitzgerald
Release Date: 10/13/2017
Running Time: 85 minutes


What did you think of this film?
Three friends on a wilderness excursion find a fortune stashed in the woods. Now they must outrun the white collar criminal (John Cusack) who is hell bent on retrieving his money.

Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission

Circle, The (2017)

Title: The Circle
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Written by: James Ponsoldt, and Dave Eggers
Based on the novel by: Dave Eggers
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt,
Glenne Headly, and Bill Paxton

Release Date: 4/28/2017
Running Time: 110 minutes

Official Site

What did you think of this film?
When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s largest and most
powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime. As she
rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s charismatic founder, Eamon Bailey
(Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy,
ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and her every
decision begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Dedication: For Bill

Special thanks to Aus for this submission

Boyhood (2014)


TITLE: Boyhood

RELEASE DATE: 7/18/2014


The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.

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Boyhood Review – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

There is a scene in Boyhood where the mom reads the first Harry Potter book to her two young kids. There are plenty of moments like that in this movie and as a whole it doesn’t last for more than 20 seconds and yet this is one of the moments that impacts me the most in a film of moving and beautifully portrayed scenes. I remember when I was just 6 or 7 and my mom read the Potter books to us. The movie perfectly captures that feeling of comfort and poignancy as it happened.

As many of you may know, acclaimed director Richard Linklater shot Boyhood for 12 years in trying to show the passing of time.  This is an epic like no other that I believe has ever been created.  The film isn’t built from intense music or over the top and melodramatic scenes like most epic movies (Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, The Wolf of Wall Street).  Boyhood is built from perfectly placed glimpses into the growth of a human being in this time period.

We follow Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and his experiences with his family including his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and his divorced parents Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke). over the course of 12 years.  Along the way, Mason learns, deals with and adapts to heartbreak, anger, imperfection and a slew of other things.


 I can name just one minor, miniscule storyline in a movie of endless storylines that felt forced and out of place.  Besides that single detail, this movie in the best way possible comes off as a journey through the first part of a man’s life the way of a photo album.  These images we are given over the course of the movie never really have a real beginning, middle or end but instead show us the times, the person and the experiences.  Sometimes these images hold on to larger moments like the surrounding tension of Mason’s mom having a drunken 2nd husband and some of the time these images capture the finer and more simplistic moments in our lives.  Mason listening to his mom read Harry Potter isn’t something that pushes the story forward but the great writing, direction and acting makes it something that clearly gives us this a look at whose these people are and how we are like them.  These are moments that all of us have felt no matter how young or old and the movie shows us human evolution not through set points but instead through a dreamlike collage of the soul.  

The movie doesn’t feel the need to do something overly dramatic because that is the talent of Richard Linklater’s astonishing writing.  He gives us incredible characters through simple moments like a drive in the car or a walk in the forest.  He doesn’t have to spoon feed everything to the audience because of how rich and compelling his work is.  The characters in this movie are raw and compassionate no matter the impact to the narrative and it is that that allows them to create such an ambitious tale with a daring structure.  The dialogue he builds is firstly real but is also fascinating.  They contemplate deep thoughts; they experience big feelings and remain very down to earth above it all.  You can try something like what Richard Linklater did only if you have the talent to pull his off and he far and away proves that this is something he has the ability to do.

Equally impressive is all of the acting from the entire cast.  I am impressed at how well Ellar Coltrane built this character over 12 years of filmmaking.  We subtly take a young child and show him grow up and it never drifts and it never begins to feel artificial.   It isn’t that he has a real breathtaking moment but I think in his subtly he shows the growth of this person to its most grounded in reality.  We see him as he learns about all of these things and later on we observe him trying to figure the world as an ambitious teenager.  Ellar’s role in the film doesn’t work because of scenes of him yelling or camping it up but rather out of the ease that comes in the trip of the character.  I usually prefer intense performances but every once in a while it’s nice to see how well this style of acting can work. 

The film does an excellent job of showing the troubles that come with divorced parents and as someone with parents who are now separated I can say that the film really hit home because of how perfectly created the characters of the mom and dad are as I could find large details of my own mom and dad in what this film created with those two people.

Patricia Arquette takes the cake for best performance in the film with what will most likely be the best supporting actress performance this entire year.  As Mason’s single mom, we see the moving and touching struggle this person has to go through and she has to carry the most dramatic moments of the movie.  You see her react to these hard things that happen to her and they portray it with the utmost attention to the human condition.  She has the moments that give her the most room to act with energy but she doesn’t use it to get her Oscar moment like August: Osage County but instead she uses it to build this brilliant image of someone who has to be strong for her kids but is confused and slips up sometimes in life.


Ethan Hawke is just as subtle as Ellar Coltrane in portraying Mason’s father but he presents us with someone flawed but also caring and at times hilarious.  What the people in this film deal with in that aspect is far more intense than anything that I ever had to go through but I feel like Linklater presented us with these two very complex people who I think we can all find things from our own parents within. Everyone in the movie seems to be real and heartfelt as to what they are getting across and because of that it helps to create Linklater’s vision.

Director Richard Linklater is at his best when he is capturing the simple moments of our existence as with The Before Trilogy, Slacker and Dazed and Confused.  While I think Dazed and Confused is my personal choice of his filmography, I understand that this is most likely his most definitive movie of his career.  Nothing he will ever make after this will be able to sum up his themes as well as the scale of Boyhood is able to do.  He takes everything he has been doing and he transforms it into this bold and gigantic epic of the growth of people.

If you see one movie from this movie from what has come out so far, check out Boyhood.  This movie perfectly traces the joy of life in the smaller moments and in the details rather than in a clear and placed narrative.  Over time, this may very well show to be Linklater’s masterpiece but for now the movie will have to settle for being one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while, new or classic.  Boyhood features many moments and touches that we can all relate to in some way and because of that we can’t help but feel as though we have gone on this journey with Mason by the time we get the final shot on Mason sitting on a rock in a desert. 


Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 7/18/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith and Lorelei Linklater

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Written by: Richard Linklater

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