‘Never Goin’ Back’ Review: Summer Tale Shines With Maia Mitchell And Camila Morrone Pairing

Landing at a trim 85 minutes, Never Goin’ Back is nonetheless a meaty narrative about two girls who whether their storms with aplomb, bringing a healthy share of mayhem in the process. Directed and penned by Augustine Frizzell, the flick is powered by standout work from leads Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone. The balls out final act also took me by surprise, which is a great thing.

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CinemAddicts Ep. 85: ‘The Wife,’ ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ And ‘The Little Stranger’

Can’t believe it’s August already, and Anderson and I have a ton of movies and other things to cover. For extra information about episode 85, please read below!

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Maika Monroe, Elijah Bynum, & Alex Roe Talk Visual Language of ‘Hot Summer Nights’

Director/writer Elijah Bynum’s debut feature Hot Summer Nights excels as a seductive visual feast (imagine if Goodfellas was set in 1991 Cape Cod and centered on a group of troubled youths). The good news is the story is also on point, and in the video below Bynum and actors Maika Monroe and Alex Roe talk about the movie’s immersive visual language.

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Movie Love: Maia Mitchell Discusses “Raw” Beauty Of ‘Once’

Directed with visual and storytelling brio from Elijah Bynum, Hot Summer Nights is a 1991 Cape Cod set drama that co-stars Maia Mitchell. During my chat with Mitchell, the actress talked about her love for the 2007 feature Once

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‘Hot Summer Nights’ Review: Timothée Chalamet Headlines Visually Arresting Coming Of Age Flick

There will be a ton of style versus substance arguments with Hot Summer Nights, director/writer Elijah Bynum’s visually hypnotic and balls out homage to such features as Goodfellas and Boogie Nights. Is this movie more than a series of beautifully composed shots and a wonderfully curated soundtrack (kudos for the use of The Outfield’s “Your Love”)? I believe it does, but maybe you need to look a little closer at this 1991 Cape Cod set odyssey.

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‘The Fosters’ Celebrate Holiday Spirit With “Christmas Past” Episode

 

Tonight is the first holiday themed episode of The Fosters, and if you’ve been a fan of the show, you probably realize things don’t go as planned in the Foster household (its unpredictability, coupled with the ability to successfully pull on our heartstrings, is one of the show’s strongest facets).

So don’t expect a ho-hum season’s greetings on tonight’s episode, which is titled “Christmas Past.” The installment, which marks Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Callie’s (Maia Mitchell) first ever Christmas with the Fosters,  also features a spirited guest appearance from Annie Potts as Grandma Sharon.

Although Stef (Teri Polo) has her own issues with her mom (Potts) over a plot detail I’m not going to give away, she isn’t the only Foster who’s having the Christmas blues. Lena’s (Sherri Saum) own past troubles with her sibling have an indirect effect on Jude (Hayden Byerly).

MAIA MITCHELL, CIERRA RAMIREZ, ANNIE POTTS (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)
MAIA MITCHELL, CIERRA RAMIREZ, ANNIE POTTS (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

“Lena actually has a half brother that she doesn’t talk about because they had a falling out years ago but this Christmas episode is an opportunity for Lena to perhaps start mending some fences with that,” said Saum. “It’s what Christmas is good for – (it’s) kind of bringing families together.”

Teri Polo, Jake T. Austin in "The Fosters" (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)
Teri Polo, Jake T. Austin in “The Fosters” (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

Will the Fosters have a loving holiday dinner, and will Stef mend fences with her free spirited mom?  And even though the episode centers on a “Christmas past,” part of the installment also focuses on what happened right after Callie (Mitchell) and Brandon (David Lambert) kissed.

The Fosters Christmas episode airs tonight on ABC Family at 8 pm et/pt.

DAVID LAMBERT, MAIA MITCHELL (ABC FAMILY/Rony Rivetti)
DAVID LAMBERT, MAIA MITCHELL (ABC FAMILY/Rony Rivetti)

***Even though Maia Mitchell and Bailee Madison (aka Callie’s trouble making sister Sophia) really do look like sisters, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale threw her DNA hat into the ring. Check out the photo below:

I’m convinced Maia and I are sisters.

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