Published Jun 10, 2011With all of the big-budget, action-packed summer blockbusters hitting theatres this season, it's easy to forget that a film doesn't necessarily have to be flashy to fill seats. So head over to our Recently Reviewed section to find out about the latest films, including these ones that will help to take things down a notch, if you so wish.
First up, we have the beautifully crafted Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt. Through wonderful cinematography, and a heartfelt score to match, this movie focuses on one character, who we meet both as an adult and as a child. We watch the young boy grow up and question the meaning of life and faith, all while trying to deal with the complicated relationship he has with his parents.
If it's more coming-of-age that you're looking for, look no further than Richard Ayoade's debut film, Submarine. This flick brings us to Wales, where we follow a young teenage boy through not only the journey of his first love, but also his dealing with what could be the end of his parents' marriage.
Let's bring it back a few more years now with the troupe of child filmmakers in J.J. Abrams's Super 8. While making a movie on, of course, a Super 8 camera, this group of kids witness a train crash, which results in a mess of unexplainable events taking place in their hometown.
Also out in theatres this weekend is the family-friendly Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, directed by John Schultz. The movie follows the misadventures of young girl, Judy, her friend, Frank, and her aunt, Opal (played by Heather Graham), as they try to have a better summer than their friends travelling around the world.
And last but not least, we bring you something a little quirkier. Loose Cannons is about a young man trying to come out to his conservative Italian family. But when he finally gets the courage to do it, his brother beats him to the punch and tells the familia that he, himself, is gay, in turn giving his father a heart attack.
Read the full write-ups on these films and more in the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section.