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It's finally here! The Labour Day weekend isn't really the end of summer, but it certainly feels that way. Maybe it's the residual instinct ingrained in us after years of elementary and high school, when summertime meant freedom from school for a full two months and September meant the end of all that and the return to teachers, books, and (ugh) homework.
No matter how you feel about the holiday, there's still lots of ways to squeeze the most fun possible out of your extra day off! And what better way to while away an afternoon than with a movie at a Cineplex theatre. Without further ado, here's our recommendations for what to see in theatres this long weekend!
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- Jenny Bullough
Written, directed and largely composed by Geremy Jasper, a New Jersey music video director making his first feature, Patti Cake$ is an exceptionally well made film, displaying the sort of rawness and authenticity only possible in street-level filmmaking. It’s a fresh take on some very familiar underdog story traits.
23-year-old Patricia (Danielle Macdonald), Aka Patti, lives a meagre existence of microwave meals, tinned lager and daytime TV. She lives with her mother, Barbara (Bridgett Everett) – a “friend” to many a local gentleman – and her sarcastic, chain-smoking Nana (Cathy Moriarty). Patti dreams of taking the star-studded crown from her hero, O-z (Sahr Ngaujah), and becoming “Killa P”, the sickest rapper on the East Coast. But her reality is merely sick: her family’s declining health is costing them dearly in insurance bills. »
- Rupert Harvey
Caroline Preece Sep 1, 2017
The director of the excellent Patti Cake$ takes us through making and casting the movie...
Around this time every year there’s a low-budget indie release you’ve probably been hearing about for months. Sometimes it’s got a couple of faces you know in it, but often it’s a complete enigma on a cinema slate filled with summer remakes and blockbusters.
Patti Cake$ - the tale of an aspiring rapper living in dead-end New Jersey - is this year’s Sundance hit, and we’ve been speaking to director Geremy Jasper about making the film, casting an unknown as his lead, and why he doesn’t want to direct a Star Wars movie.
Danielle Macdonald is a real find - what was the audition process like for Patti and how did the role ultimately land with her?
There wasn’t actually an audition. I got »
Despite appearances this is an old-fashioned Cinderella story – with touches of Baz Luhrmann – about an alienated aspiring rapper in New Jersey
Beneath the badass veneer, this movie from former music video director Geremy Jasper is a pretty traditional, soft-centred Cinderella story, with touches of Baz Luhrmann, about a young woman following her showbusiness dream in the Us, while staying true to her mom and nana.
Yet it is watchable and likable, due to Australian star Danielle Macdonald, who brings some fierce charisma to the role of alienated Patricia Dombrowski, otherwise Killa P or Patti Cake$, a person of size in dreary New Jersey yearning to break into the macho world of rap. She’s living with her mother Barb (Bridget Everett), and grandma (Cathy Moriarty, who was Vicki Lamotta in Raging Bull), taking terrible jobs in bars and restaurants while pursuing her rap career with supporting artistes Hareesh (Siddarth Dhananjay »
- Peter Bradshaw
It used to be “can a white boy sing the blues,” but now it is “can a white girl rap,” in the Sundance hit Patti Cake$. Of course, Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, isn’t a girl any more, she’s a 23-year-old overweight white woman who feels her teenage dream of being a hip-hop star fading away as she remains stuck in lower working-class suburban New Jersey.
Patti Cake$ is surprising, endearing, and inspiring film about outsiders, misfits and outcasts but with a women-centric twist. Much of the film’s appeal rests more on the cast performances than its familiar struggling-musician story. As Patti, Australian actress Danielle Macdonald seems like an unremarkable dreamer at first, but Macdonald suddenly transforms when she starts to rap, radiating charisma, intelligence and defiance in equal measures. Even those who are not rap fans while find her energy hard to resist.
The underdog story »
- Cate Marquis
Chicago – How does a filmmaker create a movie about a white girl in New Jersey dreaming of being a hip-hop star? He takes the beats from his own life admiration of the music genre and fleshes out a working class story about pushing back against the odds. Geremy Jasper wrote and directed the electrically poignant “Patti Cake$.”
The film features Danielle Macdonald as the title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film marks the debut of Geremy Jasper as a feature director, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Patti Cake$, 2017.
Directed by Geremy Jasper.
She’s Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$. She’s an aspiring rapper -and she’s desperate to escape her life in shabby New Jersey.
There’s a lingering sense of déjà vu hanging over cinemas. Last week’s Logan Lucky bore more than a passing resemblance to director Steven Soderbergh’s most successful franchise, Ocean’s Eleven. Now comes Geremy Jasper’s Sundance crowd-pleaser, Patti Cake$, the story of an aspiring white teenage rapper. Eminem’s 8 Mile, anybody?
That was made in 2002. Fifteen years later, we have a similar story but with a girl at the centre – and one who doesn’t fit the conventional image of a potential star, musical or otherwise. Patricia Drombowski (Danielle Macdonald) revels in akas like Killa P and Patti Cake$ – and she’s a curvy girl. »
- Freda Cooper
The drama outside of the ring has been like something from a movie, with each fighter bragging and boasting about what's going to happen when Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26. You've seen the press events, you've heard from the pundits, now there's nothing to do except countdown to the big day and binge watch these boxing movies. Yes, we've put together a list of 10 boxing movies to make you hyped for Mayweather Vs. McGregor, a real life contest the size of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In one corner, we've got the eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion, with 49 wins and zero losses, Floyd Mayweather! In the other corner, it's Ufc champion, mega-star, and pro boxing underdog, Conor McGregor. It's been called "The Money Fight" and with good reason. First of all, it will be a huge payday for both fighters. But furthermore, while »
There are some movies that even weeks and months later stay in your mind and heart. You see the trailer again, or a movie still, watch a song video, even see a meme and the magic, the music, all the feels and the brilliance of the film comes back to you. Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$ is one of those movies. Starring newcomer Danielle MacDonald, in one of the best movie debuts I have ever seen, the incredible cast also includes Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Bridget Everett, and Cathy Moriarty. Opening in select theaters today, the film expands to even more theaters in additional cities the following week and on Labor Day weekend.
Set in New Jersey, Patti Cake$ follows the tale of aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$. A girl lost and floundering under the details and pressures of her everyday life, she has a »
- Stacey Yount
Patti Cake$ is the feature film debut from writer/director Geremy Jasper. It is an emotionally complex drama about an overweight white girl who aspires to be a rapper. The story is somewhat formulaic. We've seen various incarnations of this theme before. Eminem's 8 Mile comes to mind as the most popular. That said, Patti Cakes is not a rote redo. This film has a whole lot of heart. It addresses multiple societal issues with a realistic approach. The characters pursue their dreams in an unforgiving world of judgment and ignorance.
Australian actress Danielle Macdonald stars as Patricia Dombrowski. She lives in near poverty New Jersey with her alcoholic mother (Bridgett Everett) and wheelchair-bound, pill-popping grandmother (Cathy Moriarty). Patti suffers from crushing low self-esteem. She's severely obese, disheveled, and works a dead end job; bartending at the scummy local bar. Most nights she finds her mother passed out or puking in the disgusting bathroom. »
Get ready for Danielle Macdonald to rock your world.
The Australian newcomer, 26, has critics raving about her star-making performance in Patti Cake$, now in theaters. The crowd-pleasing Sundance hit features Macdonald as Patricia Dombrowski, a young woman in New Jersey with plenty of the state’s signature attitude, along with a dream of becoming a rapper. Meanwhile, she’s working odd jobs to get by while living with her washed-up singer mom (Bridget Everett) and ailing grandma (Cathy Moriarty) and relying on the help of her friends to keep her hopes alive.
Read on to know more about the summer movie season’s breakout star. »
- Ale Russian
As the star of Patti Cake$, Australian newcomer Danielle Macdonald was the find at this year Sundance Film Festival. Now everyone gets to see what all the fuss is about. She plays Patricia Dombrowski, a 23-year-old plus-sized New Jersey bartender dissed as "Dumbo" by local (dim)wits. No matter. In her fantasies, Patti, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, is a white gangsta rapper whose talent fills stadiums. In reality, she lives in a dump with boozy mom Barb, superbly played by cabaret revolutionary Bridget Everett, and her grandmother Nana (Cathy Moriarty »
Chicago – How does a native Australian actress become a New Jersey hip hop artist? Practice, practice, practice… in formulating the character of “Patti Cake$.” Danielle Macdonald, who had never rapped before in her life, portrayed the title Jersey Girl with a stellar determination, poignancy and heart.
“Patti Cake$” features Danielle as that title character, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record those beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her beloved grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker.
Danielle Macdonald Brings it Home »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Meet Patricia Dumbrowski, a.k.a. Killa P. a.k.a. White Trish, a.k.a. Marilyn Mansion. Maybe you know the plus-size young woman from suburban New Jersey by the nickname the local knuckleheads have christened her with: Dumbo. Or maybe you know her by the wannabe white-girl rapper by her stage name, Patti Cake$. In between working works dead-end jobs and tending bar in a seedy dive, the aspiring Mc writing rhymes, spits battle raps in gas station parking lots and freestyles at her own determined reflection in the bathroom mirror. »
When “Patti Cake$” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it was heralded as an “8 Mile” for 2017, bolstered by stellar breakout performances from newcomer Daniel Macdonald and powerhouse singer Bridget Everett. After a delayed release, Geremy Jasper’s rousing debut will finally hit theaters this weekend. Fox Searchlight released a zippy music video to remind viewers why the New Jersey-set underdog tale is the freshest thing since Tony Soprano.
Read More:How the Star of ‘Patti Cake$’ Learned to Rap For Her Breakout Role
Titled “Patti Season,” the video stars Macdonald as Patti, and she is backed up by her music partners Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay), Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), and her Nana (Cathy Moriarty of “Raging Bull” fame). Written by Jasper, the rap reference Jersey favorites (“Young, gorgeous Gandolfini”) as well as cultural trends of 2017 (“It’s the summer of us Wonder Women”). Patti’s harsh criticism of President Trump are a definitely a highlight, »
- Jude Dry
Morris From America. We Are The Best!. Sing Street. All recent, beautiful coming-of-age stories about finding yourself through musical expression. What do they have to do with Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$? These three titles grow their ranks to four, one of them being this Jersey-born lyrical flamethrower. Talent so fierce trapped in a hopeless place, spit like venom into the faces of haters who’ve turned a pit stop into home-sweet-home. Jasper bottles small-town suffocation, big-city dreams and all-important individuality to create an easy-sippin’ cocktail that’ll have you trippin’ on empowered vibes. A killa’ on the mic and a hero to us all – albeit a bit expected, but hardly forgettable.
Danielle Macdonald strikes a thunderous performance as Patricia Dombrowski, an aspiring rapper who fronts as “Killa P.” Mother Barb (Bridget Everett) drinks away the sorrow of past decisions and Nana (Cathy Moriarty) suffers from Alzheimer’s, leaving Patti »
- Matt Donato
Chicago – Bridget Everett is a New York City entertainment maven, as a singer and “cabaret provocateur.” She is breaking out recently as a movie actor, with the just-released comedy “Fun Mom Dinner” and her latest role, as a mother to “Patti Cake$,” a white girl hip-hop artist from New Jersey with a determination of gold.
“Patti Cake$” features Danielle Macdonald in the title role, that of a bartender with a talent for hip hop rhymes, and her friends Jheri (Sid Dhananjay) and Bob (Mamoudou Athie), who want to help her record her beats. Patti’s home life is difficult, as her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is depressed and unstable, plus her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) is fighting a homebound illness. But Patti will not be stopped, despite her weight, the odds and her obsession with rapper O-z (Sahr Ngaujah). The film was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, making his debut as a feature filmmaker. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Set to release in U.S. theaters on August 18th, is the brilliant independent hip-hop drama Patti Cake$. A critical success and a huge hit at both the prestigious Sundance and Cannes film festivals, this magical, moving and oh so cool coming-of-age story set in gritty strip-mall suburbia in Jersey stars newcomers Danielle Macdonald and Siddharth Dhananjay. The acclaimed film directed by Geremy Jasper, also stars Mamoudou Athie, Bridget Everett and Cathy Moriarty.
The film chronicles the story of unlikely rapper, who finds her voice and follows her quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.
Since you have to see it to get a hint of the true flavor of this film check out the trailer:
Starring in his first feature film in Siddharth Dhananjay, an actor from India who certainly makes his mark in this film. Playing Jheri, best friend, motivator and killer singer, »
- Stacey Yount
A huge hit at both Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, the breathtaking, inspiring, full of fire and beats independant New Jersey hip hop drama Patti Cake$ is now set to release in U.S. theaters on August 18th and then will open in additional cities the following week and on Labor Day weekend.
Patti Cake$ is a brilliant coming-of-age story set in gritty strip-mall suburbia in Jersey. The film chronicles an unlikely rapper who finds her voice and follows her quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.
We will have a review coming up next week but all we can say is that ever since we saw this cool film, the tale of Patti Cake$ has stayed with us and we »
- Stacey Yount
Ahead of its Us release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Geremy Jasper’s upcoming comedy drama Patti Cake$. The film received its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and stars Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi,and Patrick Brana; check it out below…
In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.
Patti Cake$ is set for release on August 18th in the States and on September 1st in the UK. »
- Amie Cranswick
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