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The Karlovy Vary fest will honor veteran French action thesp Jean Reno with its President’s Award in the Czech Republic on July 4, the org has announced.
Fest will also host the European preem of Michael Shannon starrer “Complete Unknown,” directed by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) and produced by Jay Van Hoy. The trio will all be in attendance at the fest while Van Hoy will serve on the Karlovy Vary main jury.
Pic also toplines Rachel Weisz, Kathy Baker and Danny Glover and was scripted by Marston with Julian Sheppard. Story sees Tom (Shannon) startled to recognize a woman from his past (Weisz) appear at a dinner party he is hosting with his wife. She initially denies knowing him but soon proves to »
- Will Tizard
In his final screen role Robin Williams plays a closeted bank worker coyly in love with a young street hustler
In the latter stretch of his career, the late Robin Williams developed a line in variously dark, disturbed or agonised roles, a sort of extended penance for playing universal Care Bear in glutinous gunk like Patch Adams. Written by Douglas Soesbe and directed by Dito Montiel – briefly a biggish Us indie name with A Guide to Recognising Your Saints – Boulevard casts him as Nolan, a closeted bank worker who falls platonically but helplessly for a young street hustler (Roberto Aguire). It’s a lugubrious, creaky affair, as Williams squishes up his face and droops his shoulders with a coyness that can be downright embarrassing. Boulevard comes alive, however, when the formidable Kathy Baker – one of Hollywood’s most perpetually underrated – gets her scenes as Nolan’s wife Joy. This was Williams’s last onscreen role, »
- Jonathan Romney
Williams gives a curiously opaque performance in this story of a married 60-year-old confronting his long-closeted homosexuality
This was the last feature film role for the late Robin Williams, so his performance tends to draw our focus. Williams plays Nolan, a married 60-year-old forced to confront his long-closeted homosexuality when he strikes up a naive platonic friendship with a young hustler called Leo (Roberto Aguire). But it’s a curiously opaque performance – all we learn about Nolan is revealed in a chunk of convenient exposition at the end of the second act. There’s no emotional eloquence. This is highlighted in the scenes Williams shares with Kathy Baker, who plays Joy, his wife. Every prickle of doubt, every subtle dig of jealousy plays out in her eyes. It’s fair to say she comprehensively out-acts her co-star in every scene. The film takes a familiar premise – both Eastern Boys and »
- Wendy Ide
Although Boulevard has found itself a staggered release since it’s debut at Tribeca in 2014, Robin Williams final on-screen performance is here in what’s described as an ‘honest and bittersweet drama that sets out to tell us that it’s never too late to be truthful to yourself, whatever the consequences.’
The loss of Williams is still saddening but his life legacy lives on and shines so very brightly. The films he took on in his final few years appeared to highlight a change in the roles he wanted to take on but also continued to show us all that he was always versatile and one to watch. Award-winning director Dito Montiel takes the reigns in this drama that also stars Bob Odenkirk, Roberto Aguire and Kathy Baker.
Watch the trailer below and see the official synopsis, it’s in UK cinemas from April 8th:
Boulevard opens in the UK on 8th April. »
- Dan Bullock
With just two weeks to go before its release, a new UK poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming drama Boulevard, which stars the late Robin Williams in his final leading role alongside Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Baker. Check them out below…
Nolan (Robin Williams) is a middle-aged, married banker, whose life is the very definition of average and unfulfilled. One night driving home, he does something impulsive, and picks up a young male hustler Leo (Roberto Aguire); a relationship develops, not based on sex, but Nolan’s loneliness – Leo is ‘just someone to talk to’ he admits. As Nolan becomes more attached to Leo, he puts his married life, and his career, in jeopardy.
Oscar winner Robin Williams, in his final leading role, gives a sensitive, heartbreaking performance as a meek man finally trying to be true to himself after a lifetime of living a lie. A deeply moving and engaging film, »
- Amie Cranswick
Emmy winner Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) has signed on for a recurring role on Netflix sibling comedy series The Ranch, starring Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson. Written by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, The Ranch is set on a Colorado ranch, with Kutcher's character returning home after a brief semi-pro football career to run the family business with his brother, played by Masterson. Baker will play a local waitress who befriends Beau (Sam Elliott). Baker also recently… »
Colony's enigmatic sci-fi noir blends with the conventions of the police procedural in episode 2, Brave New World...
This review contains spoilers.
1.2 Brave New World
Brave New World begins much like the pilot did: by focusing on a family trying to carry on its normal life in the middle of the Occupation. We watch as Will’s friend Carlos tries to buy chicken with his wife and son at the So Cal Grocery store, which is now under military operation. The red hats refuse to ration any poultry meat to the family for reasons they do not explain. After they make it back home to their trailer, a Terminator-esque drone swoops by and suddenly their yard is full of red hats too. As Carlos’ wife and son hide away from their oppressors in a secret compartment, they watch in horror as the soldiers drag their loved one away at gunpoint. »
Rule No. 1 of getting by in a new world order: Never assume anything. Katie takes for granted that her son Charlie is alone on the other side of that wall. But for all she knows, he's been brainwashed to believe his parents abandoned him for a futile Resistance.Only a couple days on the job as Proxy Snyder's inside man, and Will's already wised up to the Occupation's duplicitous ways. Rather than run a counter-Resistance team, he's been relegated to a post as head driver for sanitation and introduced to his real boss, Phyllis (Kathy Baker, she of the orgasmic Edward Scissorhands haircut), who he deduces was once a CIA big shot. Phyllis, in turn, fails to make good on her promise that Will's neighbor Carlos (Jacob Vargas) would be released from lockup and put in his charge as an informant. The only thing more dangerous in occupied L.A. »
- Kenny Herzog
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean an alien drone isn’t about to hunt you down and send you to “The Factory,” a great big prison camp (quite literally) in the sky.
That’s the unsettling reality that pervades every character motivation in Colony, USA Network’s tense new drama from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) — premiering tonight at 10/9c — that benefits from an excellent ensemble cast led by Lost‘s Josh Holloway and The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne Callies.
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The pilot episode unfolds »
Given the critical and creative success of “Mr. Robot,” one would be forgiven for hoping USA’s next high-profile offering, the sci-fi drama “Colony,” would be similarly bracing and mold-breaking. “Colony” does have a few things going for it, most notably “Lost” veteran Josh Holloway as the patriarch of a family in post-invasion Los Angeles. But in general, this series is frustratingly patchy and generic — unwilling to grapple in any consistent way with the moral and political implications of its premise — and key elements of the story remain disappointingly underdeveloped. Pride of place is given to characters and relationships that don’t have much depth, despite the efforts of a capable cast and occasionally arresting action scenes. Like an alien shape-shifter, “Colony” keeps trying to morph into a fairly standard cop show with some espionage elements. In a stumbling effort to create enigmatic mysteries, it just ends up being vague. »
- Maureen Ryan
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