WHY HIM?
2016, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: John Hamburg

Parents Ned (Bryan Cranston) and Barb (Megan Mullally) take a trip to visit their daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) and her new boyfriend, Laird (James Franco), only to find themselves horrified when the tech billionaire, who does all the wrong things for all the right reasons, announces his plans to propose to her before the week is out. Thus begins an outrageous battle of wills between father and would-be fiancee.


THE INTERVIEW
2014, Columbia Pictures, 112 min, USA, Dir: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

In the year’s most notorious film, tabloid TV host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) score an unusual coup when North Korean ruler Kim Jung-Un (Randall Park) agrees to do an interview for their show. But the CIA sees this as a golden opportunity to assassinate the reclusive dictator, and Skylark and Rapoport are soon in way over their heads as hapless secret agents. Like they did in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, the Goldberg-Rogen-Franco axis of comedy delivers some outlandish action sequences along with the laughs.


CHILD OF GOD
2013, 104 min, USA, Dir: James Franco

James Franco’s faithful adaptation of the 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel follows Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) on a harrowing descent from Tennessee loner to serial killer in the 1960s. Aided by strong performances from Tim Blake Nelson and Franco himself, Haze’s without-a-net portrayal of the primitive sociopath will keep your eyes glued to the screen even as his character’s depravity tempts you to turn away.


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