The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
The people have spoken. Thanks to a grass-roots campaign led by ordinary citizens from across the country, stubborn Paramount execs have bowed to public pressure and granted the low-budget supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity the wide release it so richly deserves. In a rare victory for the principals of democracy, the studio suits made good on their promise to open the movie nationwide if they received at least one million requests to do so. That'll teach those pompous Hollywood fatcats to deny the will of the people!
But it wasn't just average people who came to Paranormal Activity's aid. Celebrities chipped in as well, utilizing their favorite communications medium — Twitter — to help spread the word. Below are actual Twitter posts from just a few of the big names who heroically donated their time for the sake of this brave little movie:
David Spade (Grandma's Boy, Racing Stripes, The Emperor's New Groove)
davidspade too scared to see paranormal activity. not normal when i poop pants
Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)
moonfrye Just saw #Paranormal Activity Very freaky! Creepy! Good cuddle flick. I held my husbands arm for most of the movie.
James Kyson Lee (Heroes)
jameskysonlee Had rollercoaster mind orgy with Paranormal Activity last nite... medulla sacks still sore
Kurt Loder (MTV)
MTV 'Paranormal Activity': Fright Nights, By Kurt Loder http://su.pr/23VabI
CobraSnake (Famous Party Promoter)
thecobrasnake If u wanna get scared and piss ur pants see paranormal activity http://bit.ly/2KPSf1
Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block)
dannywood Movie tip. And you have to google were it is playing. "Paranormal Activity" scariest movie I have ever seen. Spine chillingly awesome.
Michael Yo (Chelsea Lately, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Yo on E!)
yomichael Check it out So SCARY!@Yomichael Hi Yo! Help me get 1 million demands so PARANORMAL ACTIVITY can open nationwide! http://tinyurl.com/lyvsuw
Kat Dennings (The House Bunny, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Shorts)
OfficialKat Horrendous nightmare after watching the Paranormal Activity trailer...I think I'll go put my face in a bunny rabbit for the rest of my life
Jordin Sparks (American Idol)
TheRealJordin Just saw Paranormal Activity..it was really good but IT WAS SO SCARY! Omg. I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. Omg. Omg.
Spencer Pratt (The Hills)
spencerpratt RT @ParamountPics: Paranormal Activity coming to 20 more cities! Is it coming to yours?! http://bit.ly/j7L5q I heard this is SCARY! DEMONS!
Wow! Such honest, unsolicited endorsements from so many esteemed representatives of the entertainment community are more valuable than gold!
So take the advice of funnyman David Spade and famous party promoter CobraSnake: If you're looking for a foolproof way to soil yourself this weekend — and who among us isn't? — then go see Paranormal Activity!!!
UPDATE: The tie is broken! Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is number one with $42.4 million, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is number two with $41.6 million.
Continue reading Sunday's recap ...
This was the first in the Ice Age franchise to open on a Wednesday, earning a whopping $67.5 million in the five days since and $42.5 million for the weekend. Despite the fact that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the lowest debut for the Ice Age brand, it was still enough to grab a potential first place in an incredibly competitive marketplace beset with transforming robots, machine-gun wielding sociopaths, Sandra Bullock, seriously hung-over guys and an old man and a kid in a flying house.
Tied for first with $42.5 million is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which in the wake of a massive $109 million first weekend and a 61 percent drop, still managed to give all the other films a run for their money and potentially grab first place for the second consecutive week. After just 12 days of release, the film is already the highest-grossing film of 2009 with $293.5 million in domestic box-office dollars.
In third is Universal’s period crime drama, Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard, directed by Michael Mann. The film earned $26.1 million for the weekend and $41 million in loot since its Wednesday debut. The adult-themed drama performed well for a film with appeal to older, more sophisticated audiences and wound up in the box-office sweet spot where it needed to be.
In fourth is the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom-com The Proposal, which added another $12.8 million to the dowry, closing in on $100 million in domestic bliss revenue. With a modest budget and audiences continuing to feel the love, the film dropped a modest 31 percent in its third weekend of release.
In its attempt to never, ever leave the top five, Warner Bros.' The Hangover remains the audience favorite with $10.4 million against a tiny fifth weekend drop of 39 percent and a domestic total that has now crossed the $200 million mark.
In limited release action, Sony Pictures Classics’ Woody Allen comedy Whatever Works added another 320 theaters and jumped into the top 15, a rare feat for an Allen comedy. The film starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, has earned just over $2 million in three weeks and looks to have a strong run as word-of-mouth continues to propel the film. Summit’s The Hurt Locker also continues to impress with $126,000 in its second weekend, a mere 13 percent drop and an impressive $14,000 per-theater.
A squeaker of a weekend in many respects as the top two films battle it out for the number one spot, and we barely beat last year’s box-office overall totals for the patriotic holiday. Keep in mind that tomorrow could bring changes when the final numbers are tallied ...
1. (TIE!) NEW! Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) - $42.5M; 4099 theaters; $10,368 PTA; $67.5 cume (five-day total)
1. (TIE!) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $42.5M; 4234 theaters; $10,038 PTA; -61%; $293.4M cume
3. NEW! Public Enemies (Universal) - $26.1M; 3333 theaters; $7,850 PTA; $41M cume (five-day total)
4. The Proposal (Disney) - $12.7M; 3099 theaters; $4,124 PTA; -31%; $94.2M cume
5. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $10.4M; 3070 theaters; $3,393 PTA; -39%; $204.1M cume
6. Up (Disney) - $6.5M; 2656 theaters; $2,477 PTA; -50%; $264.8M cume
7. My Sister's Keeper (Warner Bros.) - $5.2M; 2606 theaters; $2,017 PTA; -58%; $25.9M cume
8. The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) - $2.5M; 1908 theaters; $1,310 PTA; -54%; $58.4M cume
9. Year One (Sony/Columbia) - $2.1M; 2240 theaters; $938 PTA; -65%; $38M cume
10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) - $2.1M; 1419 theaters; $1,480 PTA; -42%; $167.7M cume
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LAST WEEK'S B.O.: Transformers 2 Morphed Five Days Into $200 Million
Sandra Bullock offers a Proposal to audiences, and they gladly accept; she earned her biggest opening weekend by a mile with $34.1 million, again, proving the power of the female audience at the box office. Disney capitalized very well on what they knew was a date comedy hit, co-starring Ryan Reynolds, by sneaking the film last weekend. Obviously, the strategy paid off with a much bigger than expected opening for the film.
In second place is the audience favorite The Hangover from Warner Bros., which continues to “drink up” to the tune of $5 million per day in mid-week grosses and an unthinkably small 18 percent third weekend drop! With another $26.9 million added to the bar bill, the film has now crossed the $150 million mark.
Disney’s Up also continues to be a word-of-mouth juggernaut as the Pixar-animated behemoth grabs another $21.3 million in its fourth weekend of release, nearing the $225 million mark in family-friendly funds. This film simply refuses to leave the top five!
At number four is the debut of Sony’s Jack Black/Michael Cera Darwinian-based comedy Year One. Directed by Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Meatballs and many other comedy classics), the film performed solidly with $20.2 million, considering the massive amount of competition in the comedy arena.
Rounding out this week’s top five is Sony’s The Taking of Pelham 123, which took $11.3 million in loot for the weekend against a 52 percent drop and a total of $43.3 million. The adult thriller stars Denzel Washington and John Travolta and is directed in high style by Tony Scott.
In the international marketplace, Sony’s Angels & Demons continues to bedevil audiences to the tune of $329.2 in revenue and a running worldwide total of $457.5 million, well on its way to half a billion dollars globally!
Finally, if comedy has been very, very good for the wide release films, it is also great for Woody Allen and his latest directorial effort Whatever Works. The Sony Pictures Classics' film grabbed a massive $31,191 per-theater average in just nine laugh-filled and audience-filled theaters this weekend. With a total weekend take of $280,720, look for the film to be one of Allen’s best performers when it expands into 300+ theaters on July 3. Larry David is a perfect muse for Woody and Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson round out the cast.
Thank the comedy Gods for the first “up” weekend after three “down” frames as we head toward the June 24 opening of Paramount’s expected mega-blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
1. NEW! The Proposal (Disney) - $34.1M; 3056 theaters; $11,163 PTA
2. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $26.8M; 3545 theaters; $7,575 PTA; -18%; $152.9M cume
3. Up (Disney) - $21.3M; 3832 theaters; $5,568 PTA; -31%; $224.1M cume
4. NEW! Year One (Sony/Columbia) - $20.2M; 3022 theaters; $6,684 PTA
5. The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) - $11.3M; 3077 theaters; $3,672 PTA; -52%; $43.3M cume
6. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) - $7.3M; 2962 theaters; $2,465 PTA; -24%; $155.9M cume
7. Star Trek (Paramount) - $4.7M; 2307 theaters; $2,037 PTA; -14%; $239.4M cume
8. Land of the Lost (Universal) - $3.9M; 2945 theaters; $1,350 PTA; -56%; $43.6M cume
9. Imagine That (Paramount) - $3.1M; 3011 theaters; $1,030 PTA; -44%; $11.3M cume
10. Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros.) - $3M; 1920 theaters; $1,599 PTA; -36%; $119.5M cume
MORE BOX OFFICE:
LAST WEEK'S B.O.: It's a Happy Hangover Again
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Writer/director Woody Allen chose to remain behind the camera for Whatever Works employing Larry David as his muse. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star plays a cranky pessimist who becomes the initially unwilling husband to a much MUCH younger Southern girl with a father fixation. But when her conservative mother arrives all hell breaks loose as Mom tries to drive her daughter away from the old guy and toward a much younger model. But New York City has a strange effect on everyone and soon everyone in this very disparate group learns the best things in life are really “whatever works.”
WHO’S IN IT?
Forgoing the umpteenth opportunity to play the May/December romance bit again Allen turns over the starring role to David in an inspired bit of casting about which it’s simply impossible to curb your enthusiasm. David given hilarious monologues that riff on life and border on a constant stream of doomsday analysis is perfect casting in Allen’s peculiar New York world. What’s most surprising is he actually creates a three-dimensional character we grow to care about even though the flow of one-liners rarely stops. As the super-conservative Southern yokel mother-in-law Patricia Clarkson is equally at home in Allen’s universe and takes the stereotypical role into unexpected places. As the innocent ex-beauty queen who bounces into David’s life Evan Rachel Wood practically channels a backwoods Tammy persona but somehow it works well enough for us to believe she could actually fall for such a cranky old man. Also of note is Ed Begley Jr.’s terrific turn as her pious father and estranged hubby of Clarkson who shows up near the end and defies all convention.
After a sojourn abroad first to England for his expert thriller Match Point and the less successful Scoop then to Spain for last year’s delightful Vicky Cristina Barcelona Allen returns triumphantly to his New York roots for the first time since 2004’s Melinda and Melinda. Despite the absence he hasn’t lost a beat when it comes to his very singular view of the Big Apple and its inhabitants. Casting David was the masterstroke that makes this one stand out as one of the prolific Allen’s (he turns out a film a year) most consistently amusing works in some time.
Whatever Works is very slight and feels more like one of the comedian’s New Yorker short stories than a fully fleshed-out motion picture. But when you’ve got this kind of sharp dialogue and these performers it’s hard to quibble about substance.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
Whatever works for you but if you’re a Woody Allen or Larry David fan it’s a must wherever you see it.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
The peace-loving population of the serenely beautiful planet of Terra is targeted for destruction by the last survivors of the invading human race who are floating in an ancient spaceship and need a new home. War seems inevitable — even for the pacifists on this unusual planet — but a unique and unexpected friendship forged by a crafty young girl and the human pilot she captures could be the key to saving the day not only for planet Terra but for both warring races.
WHO’S IN IT?
Although Battle for Terra was independently made the producers of this stunning film managed to pull together a first-rate all-star cast led by Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) as Mala the heroic young girl who initially is the only member of her planet to fight back. Luke Wilson has an appealing turn as Jim Stanton the American pilot Mala captures and is nicely balanced by Brian Cox’s (The Bourne Identity) evil General Hemmer who is out to annihilate Terra’s citizens and replace them with his own. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) plays Jim’s loyal warrior brother Stewart with strong results; Danny Glover is effective as the human President; James Garner movingly voices the wise leader of the Terrians; and Dennis Quaid lends credibility to the role of Mala’s dad. There’s also an amusing turn from David Cross as Jim’s sidekick bot Giddy. Amanda Peet Justin Long and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) round out the impressive voice cast.
Battle for Terra’s 3-D animation is superb especially considering the budget restraints of an indie production. It stands with the very best of its genre creating an astounding visual experience that ought to have audiences of all ages riveted to the screen. More importantly the film’s strong environmental and anti-war messages are expertly weaved into its compelling storyline. This is a movie that has more on its mind than just entertainment (which it provides in spades).
A little more humor might have been injected but this is serious business. Battle For Terra stands apart from other recent 3-D animated experiences as a rip-roaringly fine piece of science fiction that looks impressive next to its live-action cousins.
For sheer pulse-pounding excitement and thrills the big climactic battle is simply breathtaking to watch.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
The movie is stunning to look at and the 3-D glasses just add to its impact. Definitely see this on the big screen.
It is hard to think of a movie with a more impeccable pedigree than Body of Lies (Warner Bros), set for wide release this Friday. Three-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott re-teams with Oscar winner Russell Crowe for the fourth time in the film adaptation of the David Ignatius bestselling novel adapted for the screen by William Monahan, the Oscar winning screenwriter of The Departed. Add to the mix Leonardo DiCaprio, with 3 Oscar nominations of his own, and you have a project with exceedingly bright commercial and artistic prospects.
My regular sources tell me that industry tracking is softer-than-expected for this one, and reviews, as of Wednesday night, are a bit mixed (63 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but I will still put my money on Body of Lies to win the weekend. Four of Scott’s last seven films have topped $100M domestic--Gladiator ($187.7M cume), Hannibal ($165M cume), Black Hawk Down ($108.6M cume) and last year’s American Gangster starring Crowe ($130.1M cume). When Sir Ridley has missed of late, it has been with modern day character pieces like A Good Year starring Russell Crowe ($7.5M cume) and Matchstick Men ($36.9M cume) and his stab second stab at a “sword and sandals” epic Kingdom of Heaven ($47.3M cume). The fact is that Scott is the best when it comes to smart, adult action films.
The undertow working against Body of Lies is that audiences seem deterred by any movie related to the war on terror. Critical disasters on the subject like Lions For Lambs ($15M cume) and Rendition ($9.7M cume) have failed, and even very good films like In the Valley of Elah ($6.7M cume) and The Kingdom ($47.4M cume) deserved better box office results. DiCaprio is 10 years Russell Crowe’s junior, and with recent quality hits like The Departed ($132.3M cume) and The Aviator ($102.6M cume) on his resume along with his Oscar nominated turn in Blood Diamond ($57.3M cume), he brings some much needed youth appeal. I am projecting a possible $16M-$19M for this one, and if you pin me down, I will say $17.5M.
Last week’s winner, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Disney) will essentially have the family audience to itself again this week. The live action, talking dog comedy with Latino flavor is hitting “the sweet spot” with audiences attracting Under 25’s, Moms and pre-teens, and its weekend dip will be limited to something in the 45 percent range. That would give Chihuahua a very strong $16.6M second weekend.
The Express (Universal), the story of Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, is tracking decently enough. Harlem-born, Brooklyn-raised former Amherst College football player-turned-actor Rob Brown plays the former Syracuse Orangemen star and sports movie veteran Dennis Quaid plays his coach Ben Schwartzwaider. Early reviews are coming in very strong with a score of 83 percent Fresh as of Wednesday night.
Football movies generally open in the mid-teens in the late summer and fall. 2006’s Mark Wahlberg vehicle Invincible scored $17M in its first three days, while Dwayne Johnson’s Gridiron Gang managed a $14.4M opening a few weeks later. It does not appear that The Express has enough traction to match the $20M+ openings for 2000’s Remember the Titans or 2004’s Friday Night Lights. I am pegging this biopic for a possible $14.1M.
There is generally room for an R-rated horror flick at this time of year, and Sony’s Quarantine fits the bill. A rare strain of rabies in a confined apartment building with lots of shaky camera work and plenty of screaming courtesy of Exorcism of Emily Rose star Jennifer Carpenter, and you probably have a decent, little low budget hit. This one could scare up $11.5M or so and a possible fourth-place finish.
The strong-holding Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye (Dreamworks/Paramount) is likely to spend another week in the top five. The DJ Caruso-directed blockbuster may bank as much as $10M more, staying on target for something north of $90M domestic. That would mean just a 45 percent drop from its strong 2nd weekend.
The lushly-appointed Saul Bibb period costume drama The Duchess (Paramount Vantage) starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes is poised for a nice expansion to about 1,100 playdates. With strong reviews and a heap of female appeal, this look at 18th-century fame may grab close to $6M.
The other wide release is the Walden Media and Playtone co-production of City of Ember being distributed by Fox. The Playtone name means that Tom Hanks is the producer, but this one will not necessarily appear near the top of his resume. There is a lot of talent in the cast including Oscar nominees Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies) and Oscar winners Tim Robbins and Martin Landau (Ed Wood), but the movie has been barely screened for critics (if at all). This fantastical family film is unlikely to crack $5M and probably has a ceiling of $3.5M.
FINAL PREDICTIONS FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 10
1. NEW – Body of Lies (Warner Bros) - $17.5M
2. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Disney) - $16.6M
3. NEW – The Express (Universal) - $14.1M
4. NEW – Quarantine (Sony) - $11.5M
5. Eagle Eye (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $10M
6. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Sony) - $6.1M
7. The Duchess (Paramount Vantage) - $5.9M
8. Nights in Rodanthe (Warner Bros) - $3.9M
9. NEW – City of Ember (Fox) - $3.5M
10. Appaloosa (Warner Bros) - $3M
*Religulous (Lionsgate) - $2.1M
*Fireproof (IDP Films/Samuel Goldwyn) - $2M
*American Carol (Vivendi) - $1.75M
*Flash of Genius (Universal) - $1.3M
Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion Howard K. Stern is suing a journalist for "exploiting" the memory of the late glamour model.
Stern filed a $60 million lawsuit against Rita Cosby on Tuesday over "false allegations" in her new tome Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death.
The book claims Stern and Larry Birkhead--the father of Smith's daughter Dannielynn--were lovers who plotted to get control of the late star's estate. Cosby, a former MSNBC correspondent, claims there is a sex tape to prove the pair were lovers.
But Stern's attorney, L. Lin Wood, has furiously denied the accusations.
Wood says, "Blonde Ambition purports to be a 'tell-all' book, but it can only be accurately described as a 'tell-all-lies' book.
"And I am sure Howard and the estate and everyone else involved is going to sue her, too. This is just nonsense... None of it is true."
Birkhead has denied a sex tape exists and has also threatened to sue.
Smith passed away earlier this year.
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Magdalena (Emily Rios) is turning 15 and in Mexican-American tradition the event requires a big coming out party called a “quinceanera.” She is the daughter of a local preacher at a well-respected Los Angeles neighborhood church but as the family and friends prepare for the big event more family drama occurs when it becomes known that Magdalena’s cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia) who is already the black sheep of the family is gay. Carlos is taken in by their great-grand-uncle Tomas (Chalo Gonzalez) who has lived much of his life in a back house just recently bought by a white gay couple (David W. Ross and Jason L. Wood). Carlos is soon learning more about his sexuality by visiting them regularly. Meanwhile Magdalena has somehow become pregnant but insists that she has never gone all the way with her boyfriend. She too gets thrown out of the house by her parents and joins her cousin in the household of misfits where Tomas keeps a seemingly magical garden of memorabilia that reflects his life. When the gay couple evicts them it seems like their lives will be forever changed. For players with very little acting experience it's incredible to see the lively realistic heart-felt performances of the entire cast. From the tongue-clicking grandmas in the background who pinch the bottoms of cute guys to the three main leads everyone is so perfectly cast. As Magdalena first-timer Rios is breathtaking while Garcia having had some TV experience is a fresh find. His seething sensuality and understated anger shows that he has the acting chops to go all the way. Wood is actually the film's casting director who was reluctantly convinced to play the part when they couldn't find anyone else who read the part as well as he did. Magdalena’s boyfriend Herman played by J.R. Cruz is a handsome Latino stud with quiet sensitivity. But the best of the bunch is Gonzalez as the elderly Tomas. The actor was in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch as a youth but really gets to sink his teeth in with Quinceanera. It's no wonder Quinceanera won both the jury award and the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Co-writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland a couple in real life have made a true crowd pleaser for people of every persuasion race culture class gender and age group. At it's core Quinceanera is a coming of age story not only of a young girl but of a young man exploring his sexuality. There’s also the traditional family having their values challenged and an old man looking toward the end of his life. Lastly there’s a neighborhood and city dealing with gentrification. The directors made Los Angeles as much of a character as anything else shot in a gritty style with a kitchen sink motif made famous by British cinema in the 1960s. With the superb foot-tapping music in the background this is easily a new Muriel's Wedding or an even better My Big Fat Greek Wedding with a lot more heart and soul. Glatzer and Westmoreland are already known for their artistry in indie filmmaking but this should catapult them into the category of hot new directors to watch.