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Review: The Lucky One (2012)

DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks.

CAST: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, Adam LeFevre.

SYNOPSIS: While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault (Efron) survives an attack after stooping down to admire a photo. Crediting it for saving his life, Logan heads out to find the girl, Beth (Schilling), in the picture that became his good luck charm throughout the conflict.

It’s hard to believe Scott Hicks was nominated for practically every Award under the sun for 1996’s Shine, when The Lucky One is such a messy jumble of screenplay, direction and, unfortunately, source material. With underwhelming surprises scattered throughout, The Lucky One sticks to a very basic and predictable formula for the most part, with the only real moment of threat and suspense tossed away with barely a second’s afterthought. With more checked shirts than your average Superdry, this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel is pretty to look at and charming enough, but unfortunately lacks much underneath. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – May 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Moonrise Kingdom (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2012) *****

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Dir: Kirk Jones, 2012) ***

Men In Black III (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012) **

Men In Black II (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2002) **

Rushmore (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1998) *****

An Education (Dir: Lone Scherfig, 2009) ****

A Dangerous Method (Dir: David Cronenberg, 2011) ***

The Dictator (Dir: Larry Charles, 2012) **

The Raid (Dir: Gareth Evans, 2011) *****

Citizen Kane (Dir: Orson Welles, 1941) *****

Dark Shadows (Dir: Tim Burton, 2012) ***

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Dir: Sean Durkin, 2011) ****

Safe (Dir: Boaz Yakin, 2012) ***

The Lucky One (Dir: Scott Hicks, 2012) **