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You’d think two prolific actors like John Lithgow and Alfred Molina would have worked together before. The guys are good friends, but, it turns out, Love Is Strange is their very first movie together. They play Ben and George, respectively. They’ve been together for 39 years, but are only first making it official now. But, as soon as they get married, the Catholic school where George works fires him leaving them no choice, but to sell their apartment and find a less expensive one. However, until they find that new place, they need somewhere to stay and no one they know can accommodate them both, so Ben heads off to live with his nephew (Charlie Tahan) and his family in Brooklyn while George settles in with their former neighbors. With Love Is Strange due for a limited release this weekend, we got the opportunity to sit down with Lithgow »
- Perri Nemiroff
The New York City skyline is one of the tired titans of American imagery. To put it more charitably, it’s awfully difficult to fill a movie with classic images of Gotham and finish with something original and interesting. In Ira Sachs‘s newest feature, Love Is Strange, one of his characters goes to the trouble of actually painting the view of Manhattan from a Brooklyn roof. This particular canvas becomes one of the most emotionally charged symbols of the film. In the hands of a less assured director, it would be entirely ponderous. Yet Sachs knows his way around the city, so to speak. His last feature, Keep the Lights On, charted the heartbreaking decline of a relationship against the backdrop of a hazy metropolis. Love Is Strange, on the other hand, finds a much clearer and brighter source of light. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are an aging couple finally, legally »
- Daniel Walber
Actor Alfred Molina has played a wide range of truly memorable characters on screen over his long entertainment career. Whether you associate him with "Spider-Man 2"'s Doctor Oc, Diego Rivera of "Frida," or Rahad in "Boogie Nights," the versatile performer tends has proven to be quite the scene-stealer.
One of Molina's latest projects is the drama "Love Is Strange," which hits theaters August 22 and costars John Lithgow. But his new movie isn't the only one you should be checking out -- just take it from the seasoned actor himself.
Here are five recently-released films that Alfred Molina thinks are worth watching: »
- Alana Altmann
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Love Is Strange opens today in limited release.] “Write what you know,” is a common piece of writing advice. I don’t know how much of Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is autobiographical, but it feels true to life. Boring, boring life. Because the film feels true to life, it also feels like one of the most self-indulgent films I’ve ever seen. Sachs is completely oblivious to what its audience would find remotely interesting or even emotionally relatable. The director takes his central relationship, one featuring great chemistry between Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, and completely undermines it with a hypocritical narrative. Not content to ruin his picture’s strongest asset, Sachs also drags his movie down with worthless side-plots and then tries to give his picture the illusion of depth and emotion with cheap tricks and unearned sentiment. Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) have been together for 39 years, and they’ve finally tied the knot now »
- Matt Goldberg
When two long time partners decide to take advantage of the recent changes to the New York state marriage laws and tie the knot, they don't suspect that same decision to become the catalyst for their ensuing homelessness. This is essentially the premise of Ira Sachs' latest movie, Love is Strange, which is opening theatrically this Friday, August 22nd. And like so many people these days, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are living in an economically precarious world. All it takes is for George to lose his music teaching job at a Catholic school, for the two to be forced to sell an apartment they can no longer afford. And since Ben has no income other than social security, the two are forced to separate and temporarily move in with friends and family until they can figure out their next steps. »
There is a wonderful scene in Ira Sachs’ new film, Love Is Strange, in which Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) share a drink at a venerable gay bar in New York City. Ben relates a powerful story to the bartender, in which he and several gay friends marched into that very same bar nearly 4 decades earlier, newspaper reporters in tow, and demanded to be served. It began a revolution of sorts, instituting a level of acceptance never before seen in the gay community. Clearly in awe, the bartender thanks Ben for his bravery and gives them a free round of drinks. Ben and George, a romantic couple who have been together for 40 years, look at one another and share a mischievous laugh. George chides the obviously-lying Ben, “You’ll do anything for a free drink!”
This scene masterfully draws upon the shared experiences—the pain, the joy, the »
- J.R. Kinnard
There was a time when two veteran straight actors such as John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, taking on the roles of a gay couple and their subsequent travails at married life would have been the tabloid equivalent of shock and awe. It still might raise some eyebrows, but Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange is a testimony to societal progress in terms of storytelling. Now it will face the box office as the Specialty title platforms this weekend via Sony Classics. A real-life gay marriage takes the spotlight this weekend courtesy of Starz Digital doc To Be Takei about the multi-faceted actor/activist and social media talent who is best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in TV’s original Star Trek. It will be joined by Millennium Entertainment’s Are You Here with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler which will open day and date by Mad Men writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Brian Brooks
It takes a special kind of sequel to be able to withstand a nine-year gap between releases, and unfortunately for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, the Ya adaptation If I Stay looks poised to take first place this weekend.
Here’s how things might play out.
1. If I Stay — $20 million
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Mia, a 17-year-old cellist who is coma-bound after a car crash that kills her family, in this emotional adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller. MGM and New-Line co-financed the $11 million project, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Directed by: Ira Sachs Written by: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias Main Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Tatyana Zbirovskaya, and more… Past Oscar relations: John Lithgow is a two time Best Supporting Actor nominee (Terms of Endearment and The World According to Garp, while Marisa Tomei won Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny and also has two other Supporting Actress nominations (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and The Wrestler) to her credit Today is another brand new article in this ongoing series of mine concerning the 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of notable Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here folks is the Sundance romantic drama Love Is Strange, which hopes to be the latest love story to transition from Park City to the Academy’s heart. Can it do it? Let’s discuss below… This »
- Joey Magidson
The project stars Avan Jogia (Twisted) as King Tutankhamun, the youngest Pharaoh ever to lord over Ancient Egypt. Gadiot will portray his close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood, Ka, who harbors a secret love for Tut’s wife.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? »
Before watching the latest movie by writer/director Ira Sachs, I realized that I'd never seen any of his previous work. After watching Love Is Strange, however, I resolved to see everything he's ever made. My initial impression was that Love Is Strange was aping a classic. Indeed, the premise is remarkably similar to Make Way for Tomorrow, Leo McCarey's 1937 drama, which follows the travails of a longtime married couple who fall on hard times and must separate in order to live with their children. It's intended to be a temporary arrangement, but, as anyone who has ever dealt with aging parents can testify, it quickly becomes a hardship for the children. Much the same fate befalls Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina), a...
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In a summer of movie romances, Love Is Strange is the one that cuts deepest. Without the usual bull and spackled-on sentiment, it hits you like a shot in the heart. Director Ira Sachs, who wrote the subtly nuanced script with Mauricio Zacharias, intuitively knows where attention must be paid.
George (Alfred Molina), a music teacher, and Ben (John Lithgow), an artist, have lived together in Manhattan for nearly 40 years. When state law finally allows them to marry, they do so happily among family and friends. But being legal gets »
This weekend, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez throw another punch in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the hard-boiled sequel starring Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and many more; HBO's "True Blood" wraps up its final season Sunday night after a seven-year run; the 31st MTV Video Music Awards airs live Sunday, with performances by Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, and others; and Seth Meyers hosts the 66th annual Emmy Awards Monday night on NBC.
Also in theaters this weekend: "If I Stay" stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a talented young musician whose life changes in an instant after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide how to proceed with her drastically different life. "When the Game Stands Tall" tells the story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took De La Salle High School from obscurity to a record-shattering 151-game winning streak. »
- Jonny Black
Sony clearly has big plans for its Spider-Man franchise, but how will it pan out? Seb looks at what we know, what might happen, and more...
Now that the dust has begun to settle on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s about time to look forwards once more to what Sony’s Spider-franchise might have in store for us. With ambition far beyond simply producing solo Spider-Man films one after the other, the studio is apparently determined to build an entire franchise out of one set of character rights – it’s a bold stance, but one that will clearly require some creative lateral thinking when it comes to who they manage to make a hero out of.
Let’s take a look, then, at what we know about the future Spidey tie-ins, and for good measure what we can speculate about endlessly...
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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina prove to be quite the couple in Ira Sachs’ latest movie, Love Is Strange. The two actors play Ben and George, respectively, who, after having been together for 39 years, finally get to tie the knot once New York’s new marriage laws take effect, culminating in a wonderful ceremony which they share with family and friends.
However, when the Catholic school where George teaches discovers what he has done, they quickly fire him as they do not approve of the union. This forces him and Ben to sell their apartment as they can no longer afford it, and they find themselves living separately and staying with friends as they search endlessly for a cheaper place to live. It doesn’t take long, however, for this temporary living situation to start weighing heavily not just on Ben and George, but on everyone else involved.
- Ben Kenber
Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Jon Bernthal have joined HBO's upcoming miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” a network representative told TheWrap. From “The Wire” co-creator David Simon, the miniseries is based on the Lisa Belkin nonfiction book of the same name. It tells the story of a mayor, Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac), who's charged with building low-income housing in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y. The project brings to the surface class prejudices, almost shuts down the local government and ruins the mayor's political career. Also read: ‘Show Me a Hero’ on HBO Casts James Belushi, Terry Kinney, Michael Stahl-David Ryder (“Reality Bites, »
- Jethro Nededog
Set in Yonkers, New York in 1985, the story follows a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units into the more affluent, mostly white neighborhoods of his town.
His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzing the entire municipal government and destroying his political future.
Ryder will portray Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who lost her seat due to her vote, but staged a comeback four years later and won as City Council president.
Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.
Molina plays councilman Henry J. 'Hank' Spallone, a former Bronx »
- Garth Franklin
HBO's David Simon miniseries Show Me a Hero continues to add to its impressive cast. Winona Ryder, Walking Dead favorite Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina have joined the ranks of the six-hour entry, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on Nick Wasicsko (Star Wars: Episode VII's Oscar Isaac), the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number
- Lesley Goldberg
There’s a beauty of convenience in modern cable TV. Sure, the average cable package contains roughly 659,000 channels, but that’s also more or less a guarantee that if you want to watch something, there’s a channel somewhere that carries it (and besides, you’ve got to pay for all 659,000 to get the one Orangutan Reality Network you’re actually interested in, so you might is well enjoy the excess). El Rey is one such niche network. Launched by Robert Rodriguez in December of last year, El Rey is basically a collection of shows and films given Rodriguez’ person “yes, this is cool” seal of approval. Or, at least it was last year. Now, a half a year or so into its youth, El Rey has begun the molting process, and is starting to look like a bona fide cable channel, picking up original series and adding new voices alongside Rodriguez to dole out the approvals »
- Adam Bellotto
As Sony prepares to bring its Spider-Man bad guys together for 2016′s supervillain ensemble The Sinister Six, Collider caught up with Spider-Man 2 star Alfred Molina, who portrayed Dr. Otto Octavius in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spidey sequel, with the British actor expressing his interest in returning to the role of Doc Ock in the rebooted universe.
“That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind, you know, those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know, and that stuff. But it was the first movie of that kind that I’ve ever been involved in. I had a wonderful time. I loved it. I mean, I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat… Maybe they’ll come after me for Doc Ock… how about Doc Ock’s evil twin? »
- Gary Collinson
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