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We're only a summer movie season away from "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" August 16 release date, and we've just been given our first taste of the Texas-set drama starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Director David Lowery's brother, Benjamin Lowery, painted the attached image of Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, and while there's still no news for the trailer, the image will certainly suffice for the time being. "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" tells the 1970s-set story of an escaped prisoner (Affleck) looking to reunite with his wife (Mara) and meet his daughter for the first time. After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Lowery's genre-bending indie also played over the weekend at Cannes. It's garnered strong reviews thus far and appears poised for a solid run at the end of summer indie box office. Read an interview with the film's stars here. »
- Ben Travers
Debuting at Sundance this year, and coming away with two awards to its name, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been on our must-watch list for some time now.
Led by Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster, the film earned very promising early praise coming out of Utah in January, and is receiving a special critics’ screening at Cannes this month. And with its August release date not far off on the horizon, the first clip has debuted over on EW, giving us a look at an interaction between Affleck and Mara’s characters.
Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, »
- Kenji Lloyd
★★☆☆☆ "There's just no telling" says Bob (Casey Affleck) close to the end of David Lowery's Texas-based criminal romance Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), screening in the Critics Week sidebar of Cannes. It seems a strange statement, coming after so much talk. Bob and Ruth (Rooney Mara) are childhood sweethearts. She's a poor girl, expecting his child, and he's a petty criminal. When they're surrounded by police, Ruth shoots an officer and Bob decides to take the fall for her. The years go by as Bob serves his sentence and his daughter grows as he writes Ruth a letter a day - providing substantial voiceover material in the off.
Meanwhile, Ruth develops a growing affection for Officer Wheeler (American indie stalwart Ben Foster) - partly because she's guilty for shooting him. Skerritt (Keith Carradine, brother of David), a town elder and local tough guy, keeps an eye on his adopted family »
- CineVue UK
Watch an fresh clip and see an image from David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. In theaters August 16th, 2013, the film was developed at the Sundance Institute's Writing and Producing Labs. The cast of the film which marks director and writer Lowery's second feature, also includes Keith Carradine, Nate Parker, Rami Malek, Kennadie Smith, Jacklynn Smith, Robert Longstreet, Charles Baker, Augustine Frizzell, Kentucker Audley and David Zellner. Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law - outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck), his wife Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), and a local sheriff named Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), who gets caught in their crosshairs. »
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There’s something very familiar about David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The writer-director himself might twitch few ears in recognition, after his most recent work, the largely unheralded duo of Lullaby and St. Nick, but in the bones of his latest, which played as part of Critic’s Week here, is the genetics of familiar art. There is almost certainly a major nod here to Badlands, as well as Thieves Like Us, and more generally speaking, Lowery seems intent on re-exploring the essence of that particular period of outlaw movies.
Saints begins with a shoot-out, involving Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara,) who are subsequently hauled away. Muldoon is arrested, but the pregnant Guthrie is let go, to live in a comfortable house in a small Texan town called Meridian looked after by the excellent Keith Carradine. We’re not »
- Simon Gallagher
A few months after world premiering at Sundance to great acclaim, David Lowery's "Badlands"-style love story "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" had its European unveiling at Cannes over the weekend, following in the footsteps of last year's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on a similar journey before going on to become an Academy Award-nominated indie sensation. Whether the drama has "Beasts"' legs remains to be seen. All we can tell you is that the buzz is warranted. Lowery's drama is the real deal. The morning following its Cannes bow in the Director's Fortnight sidebar, Indiewire sat down with the film's two stars, Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, to talk about the Cannes reception, revisiting their own work and whether the Lowery-Terrence Malick comparisons many critics have made are valid. Has the film changed since Sundance? Rooney Mara: A little bit, but I'm not sure you'd notice. »
- Nigel M Smith
Slashfilm showcased the poster of the Rooney Mara/Casey Affleck film which will be released in theaters August 16th before heading to VOD on August 19th. Set against the backdrop of 1970′s Texas Hill Country, »
- Sasha Stone
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
After debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, IFC Films picked up Ain't Them Bodies Saints, the western thriller from writer director David Lowery, and it arrives later this summer. The film won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award, and this writer called the film "a contemporary western with all the right beats, this film is full of authentic drama, and a respect for westerns of the past and present." Now a cool teaser poster has surfaced that looks more like an illustrated cover of a book featuring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. Hopefully there's a trailer coming sometime soon as well. Here's the teaser poster for David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints from SlashFilm: Set against the backdrop of 1970′s Texas Hill Country, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law – outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve rounded up a collection of new clips from four of this summers anticipated efforts.
First we have a five clips from director Louis Leterrier’s conjuring crime caper Now You See Me. Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson are The Four Horsemen, a team of magicians who have the FBI (led by Mark Ruffalo) scratching their heads at how they’re pulling off robberies live on stage, while seemingly not ever being there.
Next we have the first clip from animated comedy sequel Despicable Me 2. Steve Carell returns to voice Gru, who is this time recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. played by Benjamin Bratt. It’s released in the UK 28th June and the Us from 3rd July. Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong and Steve Coogan co-star in Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud’s film.
Rooney Mara, »
- Craig Hunter
At the Cannes Film Festival this week, members of the press will get a special screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," the Sundance smash that stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a husband and wife with a criminal history (he's an escaped convict, she's his former partner-in-crime, together they have a child that was born while he was locked up). And to accompany this special screening, there's a brand new clip that's hit the web, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The scene (the opening of the movie) is brief but beautiful and involves a heated conversation between Mara and Affleck that, even if you've never been locked up for criminal activity, you can probably relate to. It's apparent, from just a minute of footage, why this film, with its sunlit naturalism, was receiving comparisons to the early works of Terrence Malick (particularly "Badlands"). "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which is just »
- Drew Taylor
One movie you may be hearing a lot about that might as well be a tongue twister is David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints. I have a Texas accent and trip through it. I just need to practice saying it over and over. The first clip from the film, which also happens to be the opening, Casey Affleck is chasing down Rooney Mara who is upset over something Affleck said about going out on his own. The exchange is amusing, and even though they are criminals you can totally relate. In the film, »
- Niki Stephens
In Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Casey Affleck stars as an escaped convict who sets out for home to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara) — who is also his former partner in crime — and meet their daughter, who was born while he was in prison. Promising writer/director David Lowery won accolades at the Sundance Film Festival, where his movie received winning comparisons to the early work of Terrence Malick.
Saints is getting a special critics screening this week at the Cannes Film Festival, and will open in U.S. theaters on Aug. 16.
In an exclusive video from the movie, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
Great new images from David Lowery‘s upcoming Ain’t Them Bodies Saints have arrived, and you already guess – this report is all about Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck (well, to be honest, there’s also a pic of Ben Foster as well-meaning sheriff.) Anyway, we must admit that the whole thing definitely looks like a modest but powerful modern western, take a look & let us know what you think! Written and directed by Lowery, the movie will tell us the story of two young outlaws – Bob, played by Affleck, and Ruth, played by Mara, who are brought down by the law in the hills...
- Jeanne Standal
- Sasha Stone
After seeing "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, we said in our review that it's "a wholly engrossing and impressive piece of work that the movie world will be talking about all year long." Indeed, the chatter around the well-received film is likely to continue as it heads to the south of France next week to screen for international audiences and critics. And today we have some exclusive images from the movie, which is one of our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer. Featuring a stellar cast including Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine and Nate Parker, the story follows an outlaw who escapes from prison to reunite with his wife and the daughter he's never met. And that's just part of the film, which we called "a searing, romantic crime drama and love story." As these images suggest, it's not only a great story, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Most film festivals feature short film programs, but by the time viewers get to the end of a lengthy collection, its earlier contents can feel like a distant dream. The Maryland Film Festival, which kicked off its 15th edition last night, has hit on a different formula: Each year, the festival invites a noteworthy individual from the film world to select and introduce a handful of shorts on opening night. Rather than lumping them together, the host introduces each work one by one, resulting in a smaller, more readily digestible lineup that allows each film to stand out. This year, the festival invited "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery to host the evening. Lowery's movie, an expressionistic tale of romance and crime starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, premiered to acclaim at Sundance this year; he stopped off in Maryland this weekend while en route to the Cannes Film Festival, »
- Eric Kohn
The BAMcinemaFEST film festival, run by BAMcinématek out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and now in its fifth year, has announced the complete lineup for 2013. Previous years included films from the likes of Lena Dunham, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lynn Shelton, and this year brings a fittingly eclectic collection of narrative and documentary movies as well, with 22 New York premieres and one world premiere in a schedule packed with upcoming indie talent and a few better-known faces. Proceedings will open with a not-to-be-missed screening of David Lowery’s highly acclaimed “Ain't them Bodies Saints,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, which will have the cast and director in attendance (we rated it A- at Sundance). Other highlights include the New York premieres of Sebastián Silva’s “Crystal Fairy” starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann (we thought it was hilarious,) and James Pondsoldt’s Sundance smash “The Spectacular Now” (which »
- Kieran McMahon
With a stellar career and two Oscars on his mantle -- best picture "Argo" and best original screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" -- Ben Affleck is gearing up for production later this year in his native Boston for his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era gangster novel "Live By Night." Affleck has turned to Lehane's crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in his feature directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" -- for my money, Affleck's best film -- which was also set in Boston. From a novel by Chuck Hogan, his 2010 "The Town" took place in the City on a Hill as well. Allegedly, Affleck will also take the lead in "Live By Night," about a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner. Every film adapted from Lehane has been a critical and commercial success, from Clint Eastwood's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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