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Regardless of the medium, courtroom stories are inherently tethered to their verdict. While some of these dramas foreground character nuance or an indictment of the justice system, the wait for a “Guilty” or “Not guilty” is the elemental fuel for the dramatic fire. “The Whole Truth,” the latest from “Frozen River” director Courtney Hunt, preserves that innocence binary for the people who populate its story. The overbearing father, the brash attorney, the misunderstood son, the junior litigator: all exist on clearly defined ends of the spectrum. The result is a film that often avoids any middle ground, making for a cut-and-dried courtroom tale that desperately wants to be anything but.
The earliest hope that “The Whole Truth” might find a path to transcending the familiar “Law & Order” rhythms is Keanu Reeves’ turn as Richard Ramsay, who manages to exude the familiar alpha male lawyer persona in a controlled (and, at times, »
- Steve Greene
Plot: A lawyer (Keanu Reeves) is tasked with defending the child of a family friend (Renee Zellweger) who’s been accused of murdering his violent father. Review: The world of VOD has become an interesting side-effect of both the explosion of indie film production and the gradual death of theatrical exhibition. Some studios, like Magnolia, IFC and others, buy movies specifically for this format, with... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Despite a film career that spans more than 30 years and countless genres, Keanu Reeves is by far best known as the star of action films like Speed, The Matrix and John Wick. Something about his calm, collected demeanor and physical precision just suits Reeves in these kinds of roles. So, it stands to reason that they would become his trademark. Yet, whenever the actor takes on anything other than the action/sci-fi thrillers people associate with him, he manages to surprise with his ability to carry stories that don’t involve a whole lot of ass-kicking. So, as the internet eagerly awaits John Wick: Chapter 2, Reeves headlines a decidedly less violent effort in courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
The Whole Truth and nothing but usually has a lie or two hidden inside. In the new courtroom thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger, you'll find a few characters that are being far from truthful. It's exciting to see Mr. Reeves taking on a different kind of role. This time, he plays an attorney defending a young man who is on trial for killing his father. And as for Ms. Zellweger, you can find... Read More »
It’s been a curious few weeks for adult fare at the multiplex. With girls on trains, autistic accountants and ex-military vigilantes, there’s no shortage of movies that your mom would love. Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth fits nicely into that roster, but without the bestselling book, high concept or star power to warrant being a fall tentpole. It instead resembles a film whose script has been sitting on a shelf since 1996, cast included.
Situated as standard courtroom drama fodder, the film opens on Keanu Reeves’ cynical defense attorney Richard Ramsey having a bad time. Through the confines of some unwelcome narration, we learn that he is tasked with representing Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), a teenager on trial for the murder of his wealthy father and neighborhood shitheel, Boone (Jim Belushi). Ramsay is on the wrong end of what appears to be an open-and-shut murder case. He is more or less defenseless, »
- The Film Stage
Murder and the courtroom dramas that surround it are as American, in movies, as pie, and it is now the turn of that old-school cool hero of action films, Keanu Reeves, to take a turn at the tried and true genre. In the upcoming whodunit The Whole Truth, which has Agatha Christie aspirations it does not achieve, he plays the sufficiently cynical defense counsel Richard Ramsay tasked with defending teenager Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), on trial for the murder of his father Boone (played by a growling Jim Belushi).
The overwrought premise of the first third of the film is that the trial has begun even though Mike, the client, has not spoken a word since the day of the murder, not even to Ramsay, his attorney. After each witness testifies forcefully for the prosecution, Ramsay intentionally fumbles the cross-examination in order to comically remind Mike that “this is what »
- J Don Birnam
The Whole Truth is a moderately clever, reasonably entertaining courtroom drama, which is only a problem given the talent involved with bringing something this middle-of-the-road to the screen. This is director Courtney Hunt’s first film since 2008’s Oscar-nominated Frozen River, a Sundance sensation that showed she had a strong feel for nuanced characters and unconventional locations, as well as an understanding of law-and-order stories born partly of her own past as a law student. Stars Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger have bounced between A-list and journeyman status throughout their careers, but supporting players Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sean Bridgers are brilliant actors who deserve to build on their recent triumphs in Beyond The Lights and Rectify with something better than their seat-filler roles here. Usually, with a movie as mundane as The Whole Truth, it’s tempting to say that a better cast and crew would’ve made something »
- Noel Murray
Though the Keanu Reeves movie on everyone’s mind right now is probably John Wick: Chapter 2, and understandably so, as it premiered an epic first trailer back at New York Comic Con, the actor has one more film coming up before that: courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
Directed by Courtney Hunt, the movie sees Reeves play Ramsay, a defense attorney who tries to build a convincing case for a teenager named Mike (Gabriel Basso), who’s accused of killing his wealthy and abusive father (Jim Belushi). All signs point to the kid, who pretty much confesses to the murder, but is it because he’s protecting his mother Loretta (Renée Zellweger)? There are many layers to the intriguing mystery, and Ramsay must to get to bottom of it if he hopes to win the case.
At the recent La press day for the film, we sat down with Reeves »
- Kit Bowen
Renée Zellweger as a superhero? While the Oscar winner says she can't remember if she's ever been approached about playing a superhero, she's certainly not opposed to the idea. "Let's do it," Zellweger told me yesterday while promoting her new courtroom drama The Whole Truth. "I'd love to!" Does she have any in mind? "M!" Zellweger suggested. Ok, the James Bond character isn't exactly a superhero, but perhaps she's onto something. That said, she's not jumping on the female 007 bandwagon. "I don't know," she said. "I kind of like the [tradition]." So why on earth was I talking to Zellweger »
On Monday, Rose McGowan wrote a powerful open letter to Hollywood and to the “woman and men in the entertainment,” urging them to not work with offenders and to “take a stand” against sexual assault.
“I say be brave. Do not work with those you know to be offenders or you are no better than they. Take a stand,” she wrote. “You are culpable for your actions. Stop rewarding sociopaths. Every time you sanction abhorrent behavior, you are aiding and abetting a crime, that makes you no better than the criminal.”
Adding, “How many stories do you have to hear before you do the right thing and stop rewarding men that are predators?”
Read More: Rose McGowan Reveals She Was Raped By A Hollywood Executive
The note comes after McGowan participated in the trending hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport last week and tweeted that she was raped by a top Hollywood executive.
- Liz Calvario
Nobody, it seems, is getting the whole truth in The Whole Truth, a new legal drama starring Keanu Reeves as Richard Ramsay, the lead defense attorney in a case involving his widowed friend (Renee Zellweger) who is hoping Richard can keep her son out of jail for murdering his father. As the trial begins, Richard brings on the daughter of one of his colleagues, a newbie lawyer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who ends up finding out the whole truth may be nothing like it first seems. As Ramsay is trying to get...
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What do Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and Reese Witherspoon all have in common? Believe it or not, these stars were once considered up and coming actors trying to get that big break in Hollywood. While they may be able to live in multi-million dollar homes or carry Oscar trophies around today, many A-list talent shining upon us now didn't become household names until the '90s. Before fans knew her as Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger appeared in a special movie titled Dazed and Confused. And before Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow were synonymous with each other, the actor had an unforgettable role in Cry Baby. Is it all coming back to you now? In celebration of »
In the exclusive clip above, Richard catches up with Loretta at a house party she is hosting. Watching her husband berate a waiter from afar, Loretta explains how his verbally abusive behavior is threatening their marriage.
Confiding in Richard that her husband »
There are so many mysteries swirling around the otherwise open-shut courtroom drama “The Whole Truth” that the relatively banal question of who murdered Boone Lassiter is undoubtedly the least interesting. The cops already have their man, and the judge wants a swift trial. Meanwhile, audiences might well ask, what was it that turn-of-the-millennium stars Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger saw in this material, which plays like a rejected episode of “Law & Order: Svu”? Or, equally intriguing, why did promising “Frozen River” helmer Courtney Hunt (who spent some of the eight-year span since her impressive indie debut directing episodes of “Law & Order: Svu”) choose to go back to the big screen with such a weak legal procedural?
Reeves plays Richard Ramsay, family lawyer and longtime personal friend to the late Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi), a rich Southern blowhard found stabbed to death in his bedroom. When the cops arrived at the scene, »
- Peter Debruge
Her six-year hiatus complete, Renee Zellweger has now graced the silver screen twice in the last month: first with “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and now “The Whole Truth,” a courtroom drama in which everything is subtly out of order. Neither the movie itself nor Zellweger’s performance announce themselves loudly, but both acquit themselves well enough once the slow accumulation of facts comes to form a clear picture. Marked by the legalese and narrative pivots demanded by the genre, but lacking enough verve to offset its familiarity, Courtney Hunt‘s film returns a verdict of Not Bad. Keanu Reeves takes first chair as. »
- Michael Nordine
Everybody lies. For Richard Ramsay, a lawyer defending an uncooperative murder suspect in The Whole Truth, this is the only truth. It drives the legal strategy he walks us through, in impassive voiceover narration, in what might have been a tantalizing whodunit about the less-than-gleaming gears of justice but is instead a curiously uninvolving exercise in procedure. Rather than tightening the screws and getting the blood pumping, director Courtney Hunt allows the viewer ample time to contemplate why Renee Zellweger’s unrecognizability has become politicized, why Keanu Reeves doesn’t do more comedy, and why a drama toplined by two
- Sheri Linden
Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Garner, and Renée Zellweger showed their philanthropic sides when they stepped out together at the 14th annual La County Walk to Defeat Als on Sunday. Courteney brought along a sign that read "Team Nanci Love," while all the ladies posed for photos wearing their "Team Nanci" t-shirts in honor of Nanci Ryder, the veteran Hollywood publicist who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Reese also shared a cute group photo from the charity event on her Instagram, writing, "Walking today to support #Als research, with our friend Nanci Ryder who has done so much for all of us. We ❤️you Nanci! For all of you out there as well who would like to help support, a link to donate is in my bio. Every little bit counts to help #FindACure! »
- Monica Sisavat
Sunday’s Walk to Defeat Als in Los Angeles was a star-studded event thanks to A-list supporters of Nanci Ryder.
Witherspoon even posed with Ryder, Cox and others in their matching ensembles.
“Walking today to support #Als research, with our friend Nanci Ryder who has done so much for all of us,” she captioned the snap. “We ❤️you Nanci!”
“I’m just here because I love Nanci Ryder, »
- Stephanie Petit
Actress, director and activist Rose McGowan joined in on the conversation about why women don’t report sexual assault on Friday afternoon with a series of tweets that reveal she was raped by a top Hollywood executive.
“A (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head,” McGowan tweeted, using the trending hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport. “It’s been an open secret in Hollywood/media and they shamed me while adulating my rapist,” she continued, adding that her ex sold their movie to her rapist for distribution. “It is time for some goddamned honesty in this world.”
a (female) criminal attorney said because I'd done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head. #WhyWomenDontReport
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
because it's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist. »
- Liz Calvario
Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is set to make a movie biopic about the trailblazing Victorian mathematician and computer-science visionary Ada Lovelace. Google and The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, are backing the project.
Owen’s credits include Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Suffragette,” as well as the upcoming “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company. Hayward produced the Golden Globe-winning “Les Misérables,” and recently produced “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” starring Renee Zellweger. Hayward was formerly at Working Title Films, where she served as executive producer on such films as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Atonement,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride & Prejudice.”
Shawn Slovo, who won a BAFTA for Chris Menges’ “A World Apart” and a Writers Guild of America award for Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” will pen the screenplay of the Lovelace biopic. Slovo »
- Leo Barraclough
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