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Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas_Buyers_Club_Poster“Dallas Buyers Club” is loaded with quality work, but it’s Matthew McConaughey’s performance that elevates those elements to solidify the film as an exceptional experience.

Inspired by true events, “Dallas Buyers Club” features Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a freewheeling Texan working as an electrician and rodeo cowboy until he’s diagnosed as H.I.V. positive and informed that he’s got just 30 days to live. Stubborn and determined, Ron defies his doctors’ assessments and looks into treatment options of his own. After discovering there are effective alternatives and that the only thing keeping them from the ailing is US medication regulations, Ron takes it upon himself to bring them into the country and then distribute them through a “buyers club.”

“Dallas Buyers Club” has two powerhouse components that unite to deliver explosive results – the subject matter and Matthew McConaughey. Even though the tragic effects of HIV and AIDS are very familiar, Ron offers a rousing and disturbing  fresh perspective. Not only is the process of awarding a drug government approval disconcerting, but so are certain motivations involved, as they make better options inaccessible. Whether HIV/AIDS has hit close to home or not, it’s a widely relatable, nightmarish scenario. But what really lets “Dallas Buyers Club” dig especially deep is the fact that this issue is then honed down and humanized by a wildly successful main character.

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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

There’s a reason I’ve continued to cover the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” film franchise since the first installment hit back in 2010; they’re particularly well made family films and, sure enough, the third film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” falls right in line.

Summer has arrived! Trouble is, Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his father, Frank (Steve Zahn), have two very different ideas of what summer vacation should entail. While Greg looks forward to spending endless hours playing video games, Frank insists summertime should be spent outdoors playing catch in the yard, at the community pool or camping with the Wilderness Explorers group.

When Greg’s lack of non-videogame ambition becomes too much, Frank suggests that Greg start coming to the office with him as a summer intern. In order to avoid a summer in a cubicle, Greg blurts out the first thing he can think of; he can’t intern with his father because he got a job at Rowley’s (Robert Capron) country club. Unless ordering smoothies at Rowley’s parents’ expense and trying to make a move on his crush, Holly Hills (Peyton List), constitutes work, Greg’s new gig is one big fat lie. Lucky for Greg, Rodrick’s (Devon Bostick) crush, Holly’s sister, Heather (Melissa Roxburgh), also belongs to the same country club so as long as Greg keeps sneaking Rodrick in, his secret is safe.

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Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

When Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit theaters last March, who’d have thought we’d have a sequel just a year later? Well, good thing producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson were on top of their stuff because Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is here and it packs just as much fun and charm as the original.

Summer’s over and it’s time for Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) to head back to school. Sure things are better with his upgraded seventh grader status and he isn’t getting picked on as much, but now Greg’s got other things to worry about. First off, there’s the new girl, Holly Hills (Peyton List). It takes just one look for her to steal Greg’s heart. The problem is, just about everything is working against him when it comes to impressing her from Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar) who doesn’t appreciate Greg getting the whole class to pretend Chirag’s invisible to a little candy bar incident that left an unpleasant stain on Greg’s pants.

But the thing that’s weighing on Greg the most isn’t his hope to impress Holly or even to be a “class favorite,” rather the trouble he’s having getting along with his family, specifically his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick). His mother’s (Rachael Harris) as imposing as ever thanks to her new advice column in the local paper in which Greg typically winds up being the hot topic, his father (Steve Zahn) is still obsessed with his figurines and his little brother, Manny (Connor and Owen Fielding), can get away with anything, but it’s Rodrick’s mission to make Greg’s life miserable that’s giving him the hardest time. When their parents decide to head out of town to force the boys to settle their issues themselves, sure they wind up growing closer, but their newfound brotherly love comes with some pretty crazy consequences.

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Interview: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’ Robert Capron

Kid actors normally tend to fall on one of the extreme ends of the spectrum; they’re either frustratingly youthful or abnormally mature for their age. Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Robert Capron, on the other hand, is a well-spoken young adult, but very much a kid, too.

Capron first hit the Hollywood scene last year in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie playing Greg Heffley’s (Zachary Gordon) goofy, but well-meaning buddy Rowley Jefferson. Well, Wimpy Kid is back and so is Capron. In the sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the focus is on Greg and his big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), but there’s no way Greg would be able to survive the sibling rivalry without his best pal. This time around Rowley might not break any bones, but he does roll around in the back of Rodrick’s van, do the conga at a high school party and a little Lady Gaga lip-synching, too.

Is it as fun as it sounds? You bet. Capron is clearly well versed in standard filmmaking techniques, even giving his own version of ADR (automated dialogue replacement) 101, but at heart, Capron is just your average 12-year-old who enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing Xbox. But, of course, when he’s not just being a kid, Capron has his eye on the future and he certainly has a bright one ahead of him.

Hear all about Capron’s experience on the set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, how it’s been working with Tim Burton on his new Frankenweenie film and much more in the video interview below.

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