...was too short - but just how meaningful was it? In the new book "One Summer: America 1927" by Bill Bryson (c.2013, Doubleday, $28.95, 528 pages), you'll read about five warm, highly influential months in history. In the spring of 1927...
Now Playing Synopsis: Stephen King's classic novel about a tortured, telekinetic teen gets new life in this adaptation from Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce. A misfit from the moment she first stepped out into the world, high-school senior Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been taunted and teased by her peers as far back as she can remember. Her mother Margaret (Julianne Moore) is a Christian zealot prone to locking her in a small broom closet and making her pray for hours on end. All Carrie wants is to fit in, but after the shock of experiencing her first period in the gym shower results in a devastating bout of bullying initiated by cruel Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) and her circle of friends, the young outcast realizes that she has the ability to move objects with the power of her mind alone. Meanwhile, as gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) bans Chris from the prom following a defiant outburst by the entitled teen, Chris' best friend Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) begins having second thoughts about the way that Carrie has been treated. In an attempt to atone for her past misdeeds, Sue convinces her lacrosse-star boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) to ask Carrie to the prom -- an invitation that she eventually accepts. But Chris isn't finished with Carrie just yet, and later, when a cruel prank at the prom goes horribly awry, Carrie puts her newfound telekinetic powers to terrifying use. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort Movie Details Play Trailer Movie Review
Now Playing Synopsis: An influential music producer awakens in a Los Angeles jail and realizes that he will have to fight if he hopes to regain his freedom in this prison drama about gender identity behind bars. Raymond Saxx Jr. (Goran Visnjic) was working with some of the biggest names in show business when he went on a reckless drug binge that would change his life forever. Coming to in K-11, the prominent producer realizes that he's been incarcerated with some of the city's most dangerous criminals after crossing paths with Mousey (Kate del Castillo), a volatile transsexual who rules the cell block with an iron fist. Meanwhile, the sadistic Lt. Johnson (D.B. Sweeney) imposes his malevolent will on a diverse collection of inmates that includes a formidable child molester (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.) and a transgender youth named Butterfly (Portia Doubleday) who's in a particularly vulnerable position. In order to make it out of this hellhole alive and pick up the pieces of his broken life, Raymond attempts to assess the power structure of this strange new social hierarchy and somehow get an SOS to the outside world. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Goran Visnjic, Kate del Castillo, D.B. Sweeney, Portia Doubleday, Jason Mewes, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. Movie Details Play Trailer Movie Review
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