Two strong independent movies are playing on area screens this weekend. Here to review “Giant Little Ones” and “The Mustang” are film critics Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski.
Giant Little Ones (Starts Friday) Two popular teen boys (Peter Outerbridge & Josh Wiggins) best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party. While it gets off to a slow start, this smart, honest look at the struggles of modern teens quickly rights itself to deliver a thoughtful examination of the unique issues today’s young people face. Poignant and sincere, the movie is marred only by a convenient ending. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 93 minutes. ART.
The Mustang. The story of Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs. While the story is predictable, the sincerity in which the story is told and the powerful performance from Schoenaerts makes this worthwhile. The final scene proves haunting and unexpectedly moving. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 96 minutes. AMC-C, SAV.