The Broken Tower If you've been curious about James Franco's career as a grad student, you now have the chance to see his 2011 New York University master's… The Broken Tower If you've been curious about James Franco's career as a grad student, you now have the chance to see his 2011 New York University master's… 2012-04-27 PT109M Drama James Franco Michael Shannon Focus
Movie Review

The Broken Tower (2012)

BEAT GENERATION James Franco in his master's thesis film The Broken Tower
BEAT GENERATION James Franco in his master's thesis film The Broken Tower
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Apr 27, 2012; Length: 109 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: James Franco and Michael Shannon; Distributor: Focus

If you've been curious about James Franco's career as a grad student, you now have the chance to see his 2011 New York University master's thesis. (What's next, the release of his English term papers?) The Broken Tower is an art biopic about the turbulent 1920s American poet Hart Crane, starring Franco. And — surprise — it's a pensive and heartfelt movie, assuming that you let yourself get caught up in its moody-minimalist, more-visual-than-verbal style. Crane, a Beat poet before his time, emerges as the missing link between T.S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg. (Also on VOD) B-

Originally posted Apr 25, 2012 Published in issue #1205 May 04, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Nov 23 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $123.0 1 $123.0 B-
2.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$20.1 3 $135.7 B+
3.
Interstellar
Paramount
$15.1 3 $120.7 B-
4.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$13.8 2 $57.5 C-
5.
Gone Girl
Fox
$2.8 8 $156.8 A
6.
Beyond the Lights
Relativity
$2.6 2 $10.1 B+
7.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$2.4 7 $36.6 B
8.
Fury
Sony
$1.9 6 $79.1 C+
9.
Birdman
Fox Searchlight
$1.9 6 $14.4 A-
10.
Nightcrawler
Open Road
$1.2 4 $27.2 B+
* in millions

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