Joseph Gallagher takes a look at the latest releases to hit the silver screen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Stars: Logan Lerman, treat Emma Watson, online Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd.

Plot: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Why watch it? If you’re a fan of the original novel there will be much comfort in the fact that the author is helming the movie.

Why not watch it? You are repulsed by any flattering depictions of pubescent angst.



Director: Scott Derrickson

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson

Plot: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Why watch it? It combines found footage creepiness and haunted house scares – sounds rather interesting.

Why not watch it? You’re fed up with the fact that people from the team behind the Paranormal Activity releasing a new film around Halloween is becoming a recurring overtly saturated trick or treat basket.


The Campaign

Director: Jay Roach

Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott.

Plot: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.

Why watch it? It provides a comical escape from reality during the height of the presidential election.

Why not watch it? You’re a supporter of the republican party and you fathom at the fact Zach Galifianakis, a bearded, weed-smoking, fat man is the person Hollywood thought best to play one running for office in this movie.


Liberal Arts

Director: Josh Radnor

Stars: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser.

Plot: When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.

Why watch it? Multi-talented Josh Radnor, best known from How I Met Your Mother, writes, directs, produces, and stars in a tale that shines a romantic light on the dilemmas that occur between those students in buildings reminiscent of that of the Newman Building.

Why not watch it? You’re a young female college student and you worry that the plot may influence you to take extra-credit in the not-so-hunky arms of much of the faculty in the Newman Building.