Feature Flicks at the LFF:Part 2

BATD ON Oct 13, 2009 AT 6:00 pm

Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

Before Beatlemania hit, John Lennon played a role many would consider more challenging than that of a singer: he was a teenager. In the new biopic from director Sam Taylor-Wood, audiences get a peek into the tumultuous life of a young Lennon. Aaron Johnson stars alongside Anne-Marie Duff as his mother and Kristin Scott Thomas as Mimi Smith, Lennon’s maternal aunt and primary caregiver from the age of five.

Growing up in the torn city of Liverpool, Lennon had to cope with a wayward, spirited mother who had more or less handed him off. As a teen, he found an escape in music and art, enjoying the ever-changing sounds flooding from the American music scene. Soon he met Paul McCartney (Thomas Sangster) and finally saw his own passions mirrored in another youth. Even as his life seemed to take off, though, the past haunts him in a way that will always last. Nowhere Boy puts a spotlight on this very famous—yet intimate—experience of childhood.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats

George Clooney is certainly making his rounds at the London Film Festival this year. In addition to Fantastic Mr. Fox, he is also starring in director Grant Heslov’s new comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats. Based on the Jon Ronson book of the same title, Goats explores a rather strange sector of the United States military forces: their attempts at employing psychics.

Reporter Bob Wilton—played by the gorgeous Ewan McGregor—dives into the Iraq conflict, trying to lose himself in his work as he recovers from his recent divorce. He is in over his head, though, when stumbles upon the story of a lifetime.

A chance encounter leads him to a special forces operator: here Clooney shines as Lyn Cassady, the operative who takes Wilton on an exciting new mission. In the midst of the adventure, Cassady eventually reveals his bizarre past with a secret military unit, the First Earth Battalion. Through their peculiar activities—staring at goats included—the unit attempts to carry out its goals, until another soldier distorts the goals to serve his own purposes.

Watch for Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Robert Patrick, and—naturally—the goat in this bizarre journey.

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