Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: “Undefeated” “Project X” “Dr. Suess’ The Lorax”

This weekend is a perfect time to take the family to see a movie.  Especially considering the Oscars were last weekend, and everyone is still on their Cinema high..

Julie Fisk, our Queen of the Silver Screen and member of the DFW Film Critics Association, took a look at our first movie for this weekend.

“Undefeated” is about an inner-city high school football team that is trying to make it to the play-offs for the first time in its schools history. It just won the Oscar for Best Documentary. It’s hard for us in North Texas to imagine a high school football team that has NO funding from its school. Even harder for us to imagine team coaches who aren’t paid a dime, but that’s the reality in Manassas, Tennessee.

The team has never won a play-off game since the school was founding in 1899. The town itself has fallen into desperation since closing its last manufacturing plant. Enter volunteer Coach Bill Courtney who wants to build a winning football team and more importantly, give these young men something to aspire to. Comparisons to “The Blind Side” are inevitable once the Coach takes in one of the players to help keep his grades up.

I watched “Undefeated” knowing it had already won an Oscar and I spent the first half hour being a little underwhelmed. By the end of the movie though, I had a knot in my stomach & tears pouring down my face. “Undefeated” is a slow build but it ultimately pulls you in with its honesty and Coach Courtney’s awesome pregame speeches and that’s why I’m giving it an A-. Because it asks the question, what DOES happen to these guys if Sandra Bullock doesn’t show up to watch over them till they go pro. What happens if they’re side-lined by injury or even worse, by their own personal demons? NOTHING happens to them.

A whole lot of NOTHING and that’s the specter that hangs over the Manassas Tigers football field, along with those Friday night lights.

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“Project X” follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget… but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. “Project X” is a warning to parents and police everywhere.

Nima Nourizadeh makes his feature film debut directing a cast of newcomers who scored parts through a nationwide talent search. Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” films) produces the film, with Joel Silver, Scott Budnick, Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman and Marty P. Ewing executive producing. The screenplay was written by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”), based on a story by Bacall.

“Project X” stars Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp and Miles Teller (“Footloose”).

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From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope.

The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O’Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).


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