LISA FRANKENSTEIN – Review by T.J. Callahan

Very loosely based on the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein and a parody of the graphic design company “Lisa Frank”, Lisa Frankenstein is described as a coming of RAGE love story between a teenage social outcast and the corpse she has a crush on. After a crazy graveyard lightning storm brings The Creature back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find happiness and a few missing body parts.

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LISA FRANKENSTEIN – Review by Beth Accomando

The whole thing feels like a wannabee Tim Burton film with Kathryn Newton doing her best to channel Helena Bonham Carter as a teenager. The film tries exceedingly hard to be gothy, macabre, hip and rebellious but only succeeds on the most superficial levels. When Lisa transforms from nearly mute, socially awkward introvert to school hottie, it’s like Hot Topic did her makeover. Lisa Frankenstein is like its reanimated creature, with parts cobbled from various sources and none of them stitching together very neatly. There’s the Frankenstein story created by Mary Shelley, there’s a Mean Girls thread, an angsty teen suicide angle, a family drama, a slasher comedy – and those are just the major limbs.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Zelda Williams’ LISA FRANKENSTEIN opens for Valentine’s Day – Brandy McDonnell reports

Focus Features plans to release the eagerly awaited horror-comedy Lisa Frankenstein, the feature film directorial debut for Zelda Williams, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Set in 1989, the highly anticipated film is billed as a “coming-of-rage love story” about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances brings him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness – and a few missing body parts along the way.

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GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Gunpower Milkshake is proof that you can have five talented, compelling actors acting the hell out of themselves and it still won’t make up for a one-dimensional derivative script. I’d still crawl through teargas to see Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino in an assassin sisterhood, but it’s a real disappointment they didn’t have a script that could leverage their combined star power and thespian skill.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 25-31: SAN ANDREAS

Opening May 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Tomorrowland, this summer’s big-budget disaster extravaganza from director Brad Peyton, starring Dwayne Johnson as a helicopter pilot struggling to reach his daughter after a massive earthquake devastates California. Read on…

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