Rising Star: Haley Lu Richardson

After appearing in films such as The Edge of Seventeen and Split, Haley Lu Richardson is quickly making a name for herself within Hollywood. Today, Columbus has been released to the public and it stars Richardson as well as John Cho, who is mainly known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek film series that was rebooted a couple years back.

As of right now, the film starring Richardson and Cho is sporting an astounding rating of 97% via Rotten Tomatoes. This only bodes well for Richardson and this could potentially open the door to future roles that offer her chances to lead or carry a film on her own.

While I don’t want to compare Haley Lu Richardon’s rise to Brie Larson, there are some similarities. For many years, Brie Larson was cast in supporting roles as seen in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street. It wasn’t until 2013 where Brie Larson was an actress to keep an eye on with her spectacular performance in the gripping drama film, Short Term 12. If you haven’t seen that one, close this post of mine immediately and find a way to watch it because it’s that darn good. Up until Columbus, Richardson has had numerous supporting roles and hasn’t really taken stage as a leading lady like Brie Larson has been. Maybe this will change for Richardson with her most recent film but we will have to wait and see.

While I’m not trying to say Haley Lu Richardson has the kind of potential to flip a switch and become an Oscar winner right now, she does have that one thing going for her: potential. Richardson is a young actress at only 22 years of age and she will get her opportunities in the future to shine. With how well Columbus¬†has been doing critically, I’m very hopeful and eager to see where Richardson goes from here.

The Edge of Seventeen brings us back to familiar territory: coming-of-age.

If the Oscars started today, Hailee Steinfeld did almost everything in her power to at least secure a spot for an Oscar nomination for Best Actress with her latest film in Edge of Seventeen. While Edge of Seventeen doesn’t break any new ground and isn’t something we haven’t seen before, the film stands on its head as one of the best movies of 2016. The film boasts a cast that has great chemistry, almost all of the characters are relatable in some way, and the movie had a great soundtrack that fit every moment in the film itself.

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Five films in one week is a little crazy. My rankings on these five films.

5) War Dogs

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While War Dogs was the “worst” movie I’ve seen lately, it doesn’t mean I necessarily think it’s a bad film. War Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles as two 20-something-year old gun runners who work in a grey area in selling guns as a part of the war effort in Iraq. The movie was just “okay” to me simply because Todd Howard, the director of The Hangover trilogy, never commits to whether he wants to portray this film as a serious film or if he wants to play this type of behavior off as a comedy. I would recommend War Dogs if you’re a fan of the people involved but don’t expect anything great or new.

4) Kubo and the Two Strings

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Kubo and the Two Strings is a great movie that would usually top my list for movies I have seen lately but man, the last month of August was filled with great stuff. Kubo was funny, it had heart, and the storyline was pretty great. Usually I don’t like 3D films but I feel like Kubo is a movie that should be seen in 3D but it’s not necessary if you don’t like 3D. Kubo stars Art Parkinson as Kubo, Matthew McConaughey as Beetle, and Charlize Theron as Monkey. The movie is the fourth movie produced by Laika who is also responsible for movies such as ParaNorman, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls. The animation in this movie is stop-motion which was great and the movie as a whole really has no flaws in my honest opinion. It’s something that both kids and adults alike and I recommend it to anybody who loves animated movies like I do.

3) Don’t Think Twice

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I never would have thought that a movie starring Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) and Gillian Jacobs (Community and Netflix’s LOVE) would be as great and move me as much as it did. Don’t Think Twice puts the focus on an improv group called The Commune and the daily struggles of being a comedian in general. For much of the movie, the focus is on the struggles of comedians trying to hit it big and to do something bigger. I thought the acting in this movie was top notch and I feel like this was a big surprise for me personally. I did not expect this movie to be as great as it was but I loved every minute of it and for me, it never felt like the movie dragged at all. I would recommend this movie for people who like to go behind the curtain of how comedians go about their business day-by-day.

2) Hell or High Water

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Hell or High Water might be one of the best movies I have seen in recent memory. The acting was great, the story was great, I cared about every character, and the cinematography in this movie was excellent and beautiful. Hell or High Water stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges; Pine and Foster play brothers who rob banks and as you might assume, Jeff Bridges plays the Texas Ranger who tries to bring them to justice. I feel like Ben Foster is honestly the actor who stole the show in this movie. Foster plays Chris Pine’s troublemaker brother and he plays the role very well because he’s insane in a way but he’s very smart at the same time. What I mean by “insane” is that Foster clearly has a hold of what is going on throughout the film, he isn’t totally off the hinges like a Norman Bates-type character. I feel like both Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges did a great job as well. I feel like when there was action, it was intense. When there was humor, it was actually funny. Another interesting character was Jeff Bridges’ Ranger partner; they have an interesting relationship and an interesting dynamic that I loved. Hell or High Water was great and I had a lot of fun with it; I recommend this movie to everyone.

1)¬† Don’t Breathe

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Anything I say about this movie, many of you would have already read about it with Bob’s post on said movie. Let me just say that I loved this movie. I thought this was a great “horror” film and I’m a little biased when it comes to horror films but I loved this movie and I am considering seeing it two times in the theaters. As far as horror movies go, there was nothing wrong with this movie and I liked the twists that were unraveled in this movie as it went on. I thought Jane Levy was great as the lead, Dylan Minnette played a great role as the co-star, and Stephen Lang played a great villain who I was generally rooting against for the second half of the movie. I feel like if you love horror movies, Don’t Breathe is something you should check out. The Babadook, The Witch, and It Follows were all polarizing horror films; however, not all of these films were generally agreed upon as something of quality. I feel like Don’t Breathe is something that many people can agree on simply because it’s a simple plotline but it executes it to near perfection. Don’t Breathe is something that leaves you breathless until the very end.