There is something special about ‘The Spectacular Now’

Miles Teller and Shailane Woodley in 'The Spectacular Now'
Miles Teller and Shailane Woodley in ‘The Spectacular Now’

Living in the moment is great, when you’ve gotten somewhere in life.  When you’re a senior in high school who hasn’t accomplished much of anything, let alone get into a college, living in the “now” is a problem.  This problem is the subject of The Spectacular Now, a pretty good adaptation of a novel that’s received a number of accolades.

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‘Smashed’ isn’t a smash hit, but it’s darn close

Mary Elizabeth Winstead drinks too much in 'Smashed'
Mary Elizabeth Winstead drinks too much in ‘Smashed’

Films about someone suffering from alcoholism aren’t new.  Days of Wine and Roses, 28 Days and When a Man Loves a Woman are among those in the genre where at least one drunk finds reason to get sober.  Smashed takes the concept one step further, and while it hews closely to Days of Wine and Roses, it isn’t exactly the same story.

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