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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DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, RICKI AND THE FLASH, KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROFIT and other August 7 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the must-see, especially if you’re interested in challenging, stimulating feminist cinema. Ricki and

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JUNO – review by Susan Granger

Could Juno could be this years Little Miss Sunshine”? It’s a cynical, yet irresistible serio-comedy about a pregnant teenager with unquenchable optimistic. Much to her horror, precociously hip 16 year-old Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) discovers that her one sexual encounter with nerdy, perpetually bewildered Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) has resulted in an accidental pregnancy.

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