‘Liberal Arts’ is a strong sophomore effort from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star

Elizabeth Olsen does well opposite 'Liberal Arts''s star/writer/director, Josh Radnor
Elizabeth Olsen does well opposite ‘Liberal Arts”s star/writer/director, Josh Radnor

Liberal Arts – “those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person, in other words, a citizen, to know in order to take an active part in civic life and public debate.”

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‘The Lucky One’ was lucky to have Zac Efron

Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling in ‘The Lucky One’
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling co-star in 'The Lucky One'
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling co-star in ‘The Lucky One’

There have been seven adaptations of novels by author Nicholas Sparks thus far, with more on the drawing board.  I’ve seen four of the six previous offerings and the formula was the same in all.  Man and woman meet through unusual or extraordinary circumstance.  There is chemistry between them very quickly.  There is tragedy involved at some point.  There is loss involved at some point.

The question becomes, do the people who are taking the vision of Sparks and bringing it to the big screen manage to get the maximum mileage from this formulaic story he recycles?

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