Austin Public Library: Saturday Movie Matinee:
Lemme tell ya, kids these days with their smartphones and video cameras and newfangled temporal relocation devices... The latest high-concept whatsit to come down the pike, Project Almanac
succeeds, basically, in doing for time-travel what Chronicle
did for teen superheroes. High school whiz kid David (Weston) has just been accepted to MIT; now, he needs to impress countless scholarship committees. Digging through the basement-stowed belongings of his late father (Weeks), David and younger sis Christina (Gardner) uncover government-contracted blueprints for the aforementioned temporal relocation device. Joined by two smartass buddies (Lerner and Evangelista) and David’s crush (Black-D'Elia), the crew manages to turn back the clock, indulging in all sorts of wish fulfillment and improbably catching their space-time shenanigans on camera. Although much of the film's freewheeling potential deflates before its inevitable conclusion, first-time helmer Dean Israelite's Almanac
stands as a decent, albeit formulaic, cautionary tale about the timeless nature of regret. Read a full review of Project Almanac.