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Movies, as scholars of Hitchcock and De Palma like to say, are a voyeuristic medium. But as soon as you say the word “voyeuristic,” it sounds like you’re talking about something sensational and titillating — i.e., sex. An indie drama like “Lazy Eye,” by contrast, is voyeuristic, but in a far more refined and emotionally sophisticated way. The movie does have moments of raw sex. Mostly, though, we’re at a weekend-getaway cabin in the middle of the Mojave Desert, watching and listening to Dean (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe), a pensively handsome Los Angeles graphic designer, play host to Alex (Aaron Costa Ganis), whom he had a serious fling with 15 years before, back when they were young bucks who picked each other up at an East Village dive bar and whiled away a carefree no-budget romantic summer together in New York City.
The two haven’t spoken since (for reasons the »
- Owen Gleiberman
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 15. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Paul Feig
- Steve Greene
Slowly but surely, Kristen Stewart has been becoming one of our most interesting young actresses. At the same time, filmmaker Drake Doremus has been crafting some under the radar yet memorable work, namely with Like Crazy and Breathe In. Now, they’ve come together for Equals, a science fiction romance opening this weekend that’s really quite interesting. I saw the movie back at the Tribeca Film Festival and found it very compelling, especially for Stewart’s turn, as well as in regards to Doremus as an evolving director. Stewart also has Woody Allen’s new film Cafe Society hitting this week, and I’ll continue my praise of that one in a few days, but today I’m focused on Doremus’ project with her. The flick is in some ways a sci-fi/dystopian take on Romeo and Juliet. It follows Silas (Nicholas Hoult) as he navigates a supposed “utopia »
- Joey Magidson
“Equals” is set in a dystopian society where human emotions and illnesses have been eradicated. But when illustrator Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and his co-worker Nia (Kristen Stewart) gets infected with a mysterious disease that regains their ability to feel compassion and love. The two start to feel a growing attraction for the other and begin a secret forbidden relationship which becomes a passionate romance. But when their superiors start to become suspicious, Silas and Nia have to decide whether to return to the comfort of their familiar or risk it all and escape into a new world together.
Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from “Equals” featuring Stewart, Hoult, and director Drake Doremus discuss the film’s production, how it’s the final installment of Doremus’ “love trilogy,” and more.
Doremus has previously directed the films “Like Crazy, »
- Vikram Murthi
Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016
We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?
My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.
She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »
With the manky corpse of Jake making an unannounced appearance last episode recalling Carrie amongst other things, Scream goes for another thematic chestnut this week. Take everyone new, everyone old, lock them in one building and see what happens. As it turns out there is a touch more tension, no bloodletting beyond the occasional crossed word and a minor girl on girl tussle. Beyond the multiple accusations, powder keg atmosphere and usual teenage finger pointing, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is another exercise in character development.
This is feeling more and more to me like Neighbours. That Australian soap opera which may still be running on Channel Five which gave us Jason Donovan, Alan Dale, Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. For film fans Alan Dale is the one you want to Google because everybody knows Pearce and his character acting chops. »
- Amie Cranswick
Michael Grandage's Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, written by John Logan, based on Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A Scott Berg, has Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway, Guy Pearce as F Scott Fitzgerald and Vanessa Kirby as Zelda Fitzgerald to round out their literary world.
Scott Berg also wrote Kate Remembered, about Katharine Hepburn, who died on this date, June 29 in 2003. Cate Blanchett in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (written by Logan), a Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway connection and Fitzgerald's Garden of Allah were revisited in our conversation.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Let’s travel back to the year 2002. A weird and magical time where Guy Pearce was the original Colin Farrell (a talented, handsome up-and-comer getting plugged into leading-man blockbuster roles that squander his gifts) and Jeremy Irons could be convinced to dress up like a White Walker. That’s right, we’re talking about the forgettable remake […]
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- Ryan Oliver
ABC’s gay rights miniseries “When We Rise” has filled out its cast with a slew of A-list guest stars, Variety has learned exclusively.
Rob Reiner, T.R. Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Richard Schiff, Mary McCormack, Arliss Howard, Henry Czerny, William Sadler and “NCIS” favorite Pauley Perrette will appear in the highly anticipated project in undisclosed roles.
The casting news comes as “When We Rise” wraps shooting today in Vancouver.
The group of guests join “When We Rise” regulars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael K. Williams and and Ivory Aquino, plus previously announced guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce.
“When We Rise” — hailing from “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black — chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of Lgbt men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 2008's Milk, was nearing the end of production on a new TV series when he heard the news. Forty-nine people had been killed, and dozens more wounded, during a shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. The series, called When We Rise (it will air on ABC in 2017), which Black has created, executive produced, and co-directed, is a chronicle of the gay rights movement in America.The event in Orlando, of course, not only struck the Lgbt community but the Latino community as well. In response to the tragedy »
- Dustin Lance Black, @DLanceBlack
Sometimes words are just words. Other times a strong voice can bring written words to life. That is the goal of a writer after all. In Genius, Max Perkins (played by Colin Firth) is a man who helps bring these words to life, albeit, sometimes in a more condensed or cohesive form. He’s an editor for Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York in 1929. Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) is a boisterous struggling writer when Perkins barges into Perkins’ office with the hope to be the next classic writer published by the company, following in the footsteps of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, respectively. The ups and downs of this creative partnership push both of these men to their limits, as well as that of their wives (Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney).
When reading great works of literature, it’s easy to forget the blood, sweat, and tears that go into such an undertaking. »
- Michael Haffner
If you’re after a warm-blooded and witty crime series to counter all those stark Scandi noirs, who you gonna call? Guy Pearce’s lawyer in a cardigan is your man
If you need to track someone down in Melbourne, you call Jack Irish. A clean-cut lawyer who had his life upended by personal tragedy, Irish – in the scrawny form of former Neighbours star Guy Pearce – is now a world-weary jack of all trades. Based in the rapidly gentrifying suburb of Fitzroy, he dabbles in debt-collecting, facilitates a dodgy horse-racing syndicate and, if the money is right, will take on the sort of missing person case the cops won’t touch. While he would never call himself a private detective, Irish cultivates the stickybeak habits of a classic gumshoe. He likes drinking whisky, listening to jazz and, like all the best sleuths, has a distinctive car: a classic curvy Studebaker as battered and careworn as its owner.
After three TV movies based on Peter Temple’s crime novels, Jack Irish recently morphed into a more traditional six-part series, apparently to better meet the demands of the international broadcasting marketplace. The first season, entitled Blind Faith, wrapped up last month on Fox in the UK. While each of the standalone movies was an enjoyably woolly wander through the Melbourne underworld, the expanded running time of the series is matched by a more international sweep that takes us far beyond Fitzroy.
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- Graeme Virtue
“Before you catch the sequel that everyone hopes is a little more ‘Toy Story 2’ than ‘Cars 2,’ revisit the movie that had to spoil its own ending in its title,” begins the latest Honest Trailer created by Screen Junkies for “Finding Nemo.”
As usual, the video gives you a detailed, more straight-forward, blunt recap of the Disney and Pixar movie that made everyone fall in love with clownfish and Dory. And yes, the video does touch on the subject of the popularity of clownfish as pets and then the “death of countless fish that kids tried to free down the toilet.”
Read More: Review: ‘Finding Dory’ Is A Compelling Argument In Defense Of Sequels
The heartwarming story will make you reevaluate your life but it will also take you on an adventure that “combines the wonder of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the excitement of the ‘Great Escape’ and the musical talents of Ellen DeGeneres.”
With “Finding Dory” being released in a few days, the Honest Trailer also hopes that Pixar didn’t go full “Minions” on us (being that the “Despicable Me” spin-off received mixed reviews) and compares the forgetful fish to Guy Pearce’s character in Christopher Nolan’s thriller “Memento.”
Read More: ‘Piper’ Exclusive Clip: Catch a First Look At The New Pixar Short Preceding ‘Finding Dory’
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- Liz Calvario
“The Holdouts,” a new web series raising money on Kickstarter, is an ode to what some have called vanishing New York. It’s the story of “a blue collar guy who just wants to get day-wasted for three dollars,” but every gin joint he used to haunt has turned into a Starbucks or a Duane Reade or a Bank of America. Created by Dan Menke and Stephen Girasuolo, Menke wrote the script specifically with stars Kevin Corrigan (“Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) and Jayce Bartok (“The Cake Eaters”) in mind.
“Kevin and I for a while had been sending each other the Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York thing, bitching at four in the morning about something closing,” Menke said, speaking from his rent-controlled Williamsburg studio. “Being a native New Yorker as he is, the underlying theme of people being priced out and the struggle to try to stay here was definitely something Kevin connected with.” For years after meeting Corrigan, Menke wrote possible projects. “I would periodically get up the nerve to send them to him,” the writer said, “and he liked this one.”
Menke met Bartok when the actor appeared on his monthly variety show hosted by New York’s filthiest marionette, The Arty Need Show. Originally, the show was about two down and out actors — with a running gag that Corrigan would always get recognized for his role in “Goodfellas,” while Bartok got mistaken as someone’s cousin’s ex. “With the added backdrop of gentrification, the project has deepened exponentially,” said Bartok. “It gives it that meaning, that edge, that wow, this is relevant.”
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Though he may be less recognizable than Corrigan, Bartok cut his teeth with bit parts in classics like “The Fisher King,” and “School Ties.” More recently, he has written and produced two features; “The Cake Eaters,” with Kristin Stewart and Bruce Dern, which won best feature at The Stony Brook Film Festival in 2008, and “Fall to Rise,” starring Daphne Rubin-Vega.
The gentrification subject is particularly relevant to Bartok, whose artist mother moved him to Soho when he was eleven. “We moved to Soho when it was bodegas and art galleries, that kind of ‘After Hours’ Martin Scorsese Soho, and over 20 years I watched it become this kind of Euro mall.” Bartok was a Soho holdout until five years ago, when he moved to the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn. “You couldn’t leave the house on weekends,” he said. “There was no neighborhood anymore.”
The series has a bit of an “Odd Couple” feel, with Bartok playing the naïve newbie and Corrigan schooling his character on the real New York. The team is hoping the five-minute episodes will gain momentum like the hit web series “High Maintenance,” and get picked up for television.
Why are such accomplished film and television actors turning to web content? According to Bartok, “these days, just business wise, when you have major movie stars doing pilot after pilot, and you’re competing with Tony winners for one episode of ‘Elementary,’ you’re like wow, this is it, it truly is an actor’s life.”
It almost sounds as tough as say, holding out on a New York apartment.
“The Holdouts” is produced by Savin Rock Entertainment. Help get it made by contributing on Kickstarter.
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- Judith Dry
Laura Linney on Mrs Maxwell Perkins: 'She was kept outside of Manhattan, sort of away from the cultural hotbed of the city' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze In Genius, Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), who wears a hat at all times, even indoors while working in shirtsleeves or during dinner with his wife and five daughters, knows good writing when he sees it. Mrs Perkins (Laura Linney), a playwright herself, shoots her husband knowing glances. She is treated by Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) as though she were as meaningless as a speck of dirt, while his mistress and patron, the married Mrs Aline Bernstein (Nicole Kidman), knows their relationship is doomed. Scribner’s Sons editor Perkins previously worked with Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) who were haunted by different demons than the compulsive Wolfe and only briefly make an appearance here as does Zelda (Vanessa Kirby).
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Genius Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Michael Grandage Written by: John Logan, based on the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/1/16 Opens: June 10, 2016 After you see this film, if you do not go right to Amazon and spend fourteen bucks for Look Homeward Angel (Thomas Wolfe’s autobiographical novel about a young man’s wanderlust and passion to leave his small town and tumultuous family life for a more intellectual experience), you either dozed off during part of “Genius” or have given over your reading [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
A-listers pack this weekend's bounty of new Specialty theatrical titles. Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate are jointly opening Genius with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce in over a dozen locations, while distribution newcomer Electric Entertainment is heading out with its first release Blackway, which it produced, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles. And narratives don’t have a monopoly on Hollywood notables. A24 is opening De Palma… »
The family that slays together stays together" — it's a phrase might as well be inscribed in Latin on the Cody clan's crest. Three generations of burglars and thieves come together under one roof on TNT's rough-hewn new drama Animal Kingdom (an Americanized adaptation of the 2010 Australian crime thriller) and precious little is off-limits: the kids blow lines of coke in front of their elders, the oldest son delivers an extended angry tirade to his relatives while hanging dong, and if someone gets bumped off during a messy jewel heist, you »
All the elements inherent in many successful movies are present in the upcoming Colin Firth and Jude Law biographical film, Genius. Gifted actors (the aforementioned are joined by Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, among others), a seasoned screenwriter (John Logan, who wrote Gladiator and The Aviator, among others), and the trappings—from costumes to sets—of period movies. But, when it comes to the end product, the total for Genius is not greater than the sum of its parts. The film is loud on the surface but mostly flat underneath.
Jude Law plays the misunderstood early 20th Century American novelist Thomas Wolfe. In the opening scenes, he walks into the office of famed New York editor Max Perkins, already a successful publisher of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perkins, played by a solid Colin Firth (one of the few outstanding lead performances in the film), becomes »
- J Don Birnam
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” Story details are not being revealed.
The film is set to bow on Oct. 6, 2017.
Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution and Sony will handle international distribution.
Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to “Blade Runner” in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. »
- Justin Kroll
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