10 Best Hailee Steinfeld Movies You Must See

April 15, 2018
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Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress and singer. She made her debut with the 2010 Western ‘True Grit, which fetched her an Academy nomination. She has since appeared in mainstream and indie movies, some of which have critical and commercial praise. Collectively, Steinfeld has seen great success in her small career, bagging a nomination in each of the main category awards. Here is the list of top Hailee Steinfeld movies. Happy reading!


10. The Keeping Room (2014)

I certainly didn’t expect much from ‘The Keeping Room’ as I first sat down to watch it. An experimental cast, an unknown director, and a slightly alerting premise didn’t appeal much. But as the movie went on, things started to take shape and gauge my attention. By the end, the movie makes a positive and significant impression on the viewer, emerging a successful and immersive thriller film. Its smart and ironic use of racial and social segregations is interesting and certainly calls for a watch.


9. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ carries on from where its glorified predecessor left. The Bellas bathe in their newfound fame and eminence and rule the roster three years after they beat a male acapella group to clinch the national singing competition. However, calamity strikes when a wardrobe malfunction leads to them being disbarred from the ICCA. Looking to redeem their image, the group decides to participate in an international competition of champions, thereby taking a big risk. Devoid of layers and cinematic depths, ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is still enjoyable and a praise-worthy follow-up to its more successful and emotional predecessor.


8. Barely Lethal (2015)

Megan, a professional assassin, gets drawn to the lives of other teenagers her age and decides to give up her life and starts a new one. She fakes her own death and joins the ranks of the “normies”. Trouble comes seeking her and her group of friends as her employers discover her farce. With a convoluted plot and an incohesive narrative structure, ‘Barely Lethal’ runs on fumes and is in violation of common sense. It finds itself is clearly confused about its intended audience, starting with the icky title, a pun on the porn label that selects and photographs models to emphasize their youth. All said, the movie is fun-enough and will definitely act as a great stress buster.


7. Ender’s Game (2013)

‘Ender’s Game’ is pretty unique with its premise. Foregoing maiden foreign invasions on earth, it instead covers the preparation and eventual assault on the foreign species by the inhabitants of the earth. The film sticks close to Cadet Ender after he shows exceptional skills academically and in the field. He then trains to become a part of the army that will facilitate the impending attack. This is where the film falls off. Too much time is devoted to Ender’s character, without empathy, that becomes difficult to see him on screen. Other than that, as an individual ode to Ender, the film is perfect, but a bit shoddy otherwise.


6. Ten Thousand Saints (2015)

The multi-layered story takes place across the country, as the characters keep moving, giving the film a hurried feel. Jude is a rebellious sixteen-year-old who goes to visit her dad Les in NYC with his best friend Teddy. Les’ girlfriend’s daughter, Eliza, has sex with Teddy and gets impregnated. After Teddy’s death, she seeks his half-brother Johnny on Teddy’s insistence. They, along with Jude form an unusual bond and live as a family. ‘Ten Thousand Saints’ is deceptively lively with its script and brave with its structural style. It comes undone, though, trying to stretch and impede its thematic undertones, but still offers enough for the viewer to see it through.

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