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Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, »
- Scott J. Davis
Although no human can remember their entrance into the world, one can only imagine the rush of senses that would accompany such an introduction if one’s brain could comprehend it. Every touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound would be amplified beyond belief, resulting in an overwhelming, perhaps temporarily debilitating, experience. Room, a distressing drama based on Emma Donoghue‘s novel, itself loosely inspired by a real-life account, is an emotionally vibrant, but not entirely successful translation of such an event.
The harrowing story beings with a kidnapped mother (Brie Larson) — known as Joy Newsome to the outside world, but simply Ma during her captivity — and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) as they occupy the 10-by-10 interior of an isolated garden shed. The only access to the outside world is a small patch of skylight gleaned through an windowed opening in the ceiling. Mostly told from Jacob’s point of view, »
- Jordan Raup
The Family follows the return of a politician’s (Joan Allen) young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
Per our sister site Deadline, Show will recur as Charlie Lang, the Democratic incumbent Governor of Maine who is poised to face off against Allen’s character, »
Exclusive: Devious Maids star Grant Show has been cast in a recurring role opposite Joan Allen in ABC’s new midseason drama series The Family. Written by Jenna Bans, The Family follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Show will play Charlie Lang, the ego-driven, blue blood Democratic… »
With the Oscar season very much underway, it’s time for some educated guesses on where the red carpet will lead this year. This page will be your hub for all 21 of the Academy’s feature film categories as we move through the twists and turns of the circuit. Click through on each to see a hearty list of contenders per category with ranked assessments of the various races.
Just remember: An Oscar season is fluid. Things do change, but we’ll be here to track the shifting and sliding as it happens.
With the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals behind us, a number of puzzle pieces are on the table. Intriguingly, the hottest players out of the gate come from indie distributors: Open Road’s “Spotlight” and A24’s “Room.” Both films were popular in Telluride (the former bowing in Venice) before they went into Toronto with a head of steam. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Robert Redford is Dan Rather. Cate Blanchett is "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes, who lost her job when the authenticity about a story concerning George W. Bush's alleged draft-dodging came into question. The movie is "Truth." It's got gritty "All the President's Men"-type journo intrigue all over it, so raise a glass of scotch to the ghost of Jason Robards and enjoy the new trailer. And hey, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace are here too! Rather, who lost the job he had with CBS News since 1962 thanks to the fallout, gave his full endorsement of "Truth" after seeing it premiere in Toronto. But here's today's essay question: Is this Cate Blanchett's best American accent? I was, frankly, awed by the voice coming out of her mouth. This seems like a pretty obvious Joan Allen role, no? It doesn't even sound like Cate to me. Then again most »
- Louis Virtel
Of One’s Own: Abrahamson Delivers Emotionally Potent Adaptation
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson continues his trajectory of unpredictable cinematic platforms with his latest film, Room, an adaptation of the bestselling 2010 novel from Emma Donoghue (here adapting her own source text for the screen). Though once again exploring dark psychological undercurrents with characters forced to undergo drastically juxtaposing realities, his latest is a tonally cohesive character study of a ripped-from-the-headlines scenario. Though eventually this cinematic treatment of survivor guilt and parental treatment isn’t quite as audacious as it sets out to be, as more or less related from a child’s perspective, it’s an emotionally resonant piece of work undoubtedly poised for awards glory at the end of the season thanks to its gratifying performances.
- Nicholas Bell
During the afternoon yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its prestigious Audience Award, often considered a harbinger for the Academy Awards. The winner at Tiff this year? Well, in a bit of an upset, it was none other than Room, the Lenny Abrahamson directed film that stars Brie Larson in a role that’s generated some major Oscar buzz. The inside word had big time award player Spotlight as the odds on favorite for the prize, but Room is what wound up taking it. As such, this is now a contender worth paying even more attention to than we were already. It’s a player, no doubt about it… For those who aren’t aware of this one, Room is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Emma Donoghue, who also penned the screenplay. It centers on a mother named Ma (played by Larson) and her young son »
- Joey Magidson
Room has been awarded the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer for Room below: »
Room has won the much-desired and sometimes Oscar predictive Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the 40th Annual Toronto International Film Festival. The film — directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy and 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay in a remarkable performance — won high praise in its World Premiere at Telluride and received a raucous reception at Tiff as well. A24 will release the film on October 16th. Larson, Allen and Tremblay are… »
This was not the 40th edition of the “Festival of Festivals” that Toronto was hoping for. The 2015 Toronto International Festival began with legal issues forcing the Aretha Franklin concert documentary “Amazing Grace” to cancel its opening night slot and has pretty much ended with the withdraw of the Amber Heard drama “London Fields” after director Matthew Cullen took the film’s producers to court claiming (among other things) that they re-edited the film without his input. Considering how weak the world premieres were overall this year it was par the course for a festival’s whose opening weekend was colder and rainier than in recent memory. Granted, There were certainly a lot of good movies that screened at the fest this year, but almost every single one of them debuted somewhere else. That’s not good for an event that considers itself one of the premier film festivals in the world. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Telluride Film Festival’s “annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado.”
Main Street during the 42nd Telluride Film Festival Panel discussion at Elks Park. From the left- Michael Keaton, director Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), Meryl Streep, moderator Annette Insdorf, director Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), actress Rachel McAdams, and the “Son of Saul” team- actor Géza Röhrig & director László Nemes.
Director Andrew Haigh discusses his new film “45 Years”
The post Telluride Film Festival 2015 Photoset appeared first on PopOptiq. »
- Lane Scarberry
The new film Room, based on the best selling novel by Emma Donoghue and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, premiered to packed houses and standing ovations at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month and will next screen at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation before being released in New York and Los Angeles on October 16th and nationwide on November 6th.
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all – the bond with his loving and devoted Ma. »
- Mike Tyrkus
Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack »
- Gary Collinson
Heading both to Tiff and to the BFI London Film Festival, Leonard Abrahamson's dark drama Room has just released its latest trailer. Brie Larson, William H. Macy and Joan Allen head the cast, and the film's based on the novel by Emma Donoghue.Nothing to do with the world-conquering Apple game or the infamous Tommy Wiseau debacle, this Room is based on the 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, which is itself based loosely on the real life case of Elisabeth Fritzl. Fritzl was imprisoned in a secret basement space by her appalling father Josef for 24 years, bearing him several children which he explained as foundlings. She was discovered in 2008, and her father was jailed for life in 2009.In Donoghue's Booker-shortlisted version, this becomes the story of Ma, seven years a prisoner with a five-year-old son called Jack, who is also the novel's narrator. Their captor remains offstage, given little attention, »
Are you ready for one of the most thrilling and heartbreaking experiences of the fall? Room just premiered to packed houses, receiving standing ovations at the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend. It will next screen at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation on Tuesday, September 15. If you are attending Tiff and don't have this one marked down on your todo list, you better check out the latest harrowing trailer. This is one movie you're not going to want to miss.
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child.  After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.  As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he »
Based on the Best Selling Novel by Emma Donoghue, Room is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all–his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.
Critics who have seen Room are impressed:
Pete Hammond at Deadline calls Room:
“A Triumph. One of the most emotional experiences I have had in a theatre in a very long time.”
- Tom Stockman
"Did you ever think you would be free?" After premiering at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals to quite a bit of buzz, A24 has debuted the new full-length trailer for Room, from the filmmaker who gave us Frank. Brie Larson stars as "Ma", with Jacob Tremblay as her son, in a story of escape captivity that explores the boundless love between mother and child. The cast includes Joan Allen and William H. Macy. I saw the film myself at the Telluride Film Festival, and why I liked the first half, it overstayed its welcome by about 40 minutes. This trailer may seem like it's spoiling the film, but that's just the story in the film. Take a look. Here's the full official trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Room, direct from A24's YouTube: Plot description from the Tiff 2015 guide: Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, »
- Alex Billington
Growing up, one of the early lessons that your parents would often teach is that at times the world can be a scary place. But for Lenny Abrahamson’s much-touted adaptation Room, Brie Larson’s caring mother takes that to a whole new level by convincing her young son Jack that their decrepit 10-foot by 10-foot abode they call home is quite literally their entire world.
Imprisoned in the claustrophobic room for reasons that are not quite clear yet, the pair lead a life that is decidedly insular; this is their home, and anything that exists beyond the four walls that encapsulate them is essentially alien. For all five years of his miserable life, Jack (played with aplomb by up-and-comer Jacob Tremblay) has been locked away from the outside world in a premise that borders on agoraphobia. But no longer is Jack a baby for Larson’s character to shelter, »
- Michael Briers
Brie Larson with another Oscar worthy performance?
Following her spell-bounding work in Short Term 12, it seems like Larson could be giving yet another award-worthy performance in the new trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, which just played at Telluride. The film also stars Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy.
Coming from a book of the same name, Room is about a mother (Larson) and her son (Tremblay) who are confined to a 10×10 room, which she says is the entire world. She does her best to give her son a worldly experience in this small space until they hatch an escape, putting her son in the real world for the very first time.
Larson looks to be on the top of her game again with the young Tremblay getting a lot of buzz out of the festivals for his performance. Abrahamson crafted one of the more underrated »
- Zach Dennis
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