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Chicago – Zach Gilford is a familiar face to fans of the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” where he portrayed Matt Saracen. The actor grew up around Chicago in Evanston, Ill., and has risen through the ranks of acting in his new home of Los Angeles. He currently is featured in the sequel film, “The Purge: Anarchy.”
“The Purge: Anarchy” takes up the premise of the first film, which presupposes a near future America in which laws are suspended for one night a year, allowing all aggressions, crimes and firearms to be practiced with abandon. Zach Gilford portrays Shane, who is part of a couple – his real-life wife Kiele Sanchez is Liz, his other half – that are accidentally thrust into the Purge night with no protection, and hooks up with a armed vigilante named Leo (Frank Grillo). The sequel ups the ante of the first film, with more social commentary and fire power. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
New York — While doing eight performances a week on Broadway in the stirring revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the indefatigable James Franco has been juggling a rehearsal schedule for his stage directing debut with the Off-Broadway premiere of prolific novelist and playwright Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift. Why? That question is never answered during the anesthetizing 95 minutes of this emotionally bogus wannabe Sam Shepard effort, which basically teaches us that all men have the capacity for violence while all women are prone to lapses of hysterical finger-pointing and manipulation. Franco has recruited actor Scott
- David Rooney
Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici, Lanny Flaherty, Kristin Griffith, Dorothea Swiac, Joe Lanza, Rachel Zeiger-Haag | Written by Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale | Directed by Jim Mickle
Texan thriller Cold In July, has been hailed as the new No Country for Old Men. The latest film from director Jim Mickle is based on a pulp thriller novel by Joe R Lansdale, who arguably isn’t in the same league as Cormac McCarthy. But can his film adapattion live up to the hype? Having been a big fan of the brilliant albeit trashy series, Dexter, I was keen to see how Michael C. Hall adapted to the big screen.
The film sets off at a rapid pace, with foundations quickly set for an intriguing puzzle. Our protagonist Richard Dane (along with his dodgy Texan accent), is woken up by a curious noise in his downstairs kitchen. »
- Joe Cronin
Confused suspense drama starts out gripping and descends into a moral muddle that a very good performance by Michael C. Hall cannot quite overcome. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Richard Dane once shot a man in his living room, just for having B&E’d into his home where his wife and their young child were sleeping in the middle of the night. But Richard (Michael C. Hall: Gamer, Paycheck) is a decent man, and though the police assure him that he was well within his rights to protect himself and his family, and he is certainly not going to be charged with any crime, he is shaken to the core.
This isn’t a thing that The Movies usually deal with, not on the scale »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Dexter's Michael C Hall) puts a bullet into a low-life burglar. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when the man's ex-con father (Sam Shepard) rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. A finely woven thriller with compelling performances, this is another gripping trip into the dark heart of America from the director of Stake Land. »
• Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on screen for the actress’ directorial debut Ithaca. Hanks would have a cameo role in the World War II coming-of-age drama based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy and already serves as an executive producer. Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) adapted the script that will also feature Ryan onscreen, as well as the previously announced Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and Jack Quaid, Ryan’s son with actor Dennis Quaid. This would be the fourth time the pair has appeared on screen together after Joe Versus the Volcano, »
- Jake Perlman
This 1989-set film noir is stronger on character and atmosphere than it is on plotting. Early on, the director Jim Mickle does an excellent job in portraying the confusion, guilt and terror that family man Richard Dane (Michael C Hall) feels after shooting dead an intruder in his home. It doesn't help that the man's father (a very sour and sullen Sam Shepard) wants revenge or that the local cops are behaving in a suspicious manner. »
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hanks is in negotiations to make a small cameo in "Ithaca," Ryan's directorial debut in which she's also starring. Hanks had previously signed on in a behind-the-scenes role to executive produce the film through his Playtone company.
If things pan out, this would mark the fourth time -- and first time in 16 years -- that the pair have starred together on the big screen, following "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."
"Ithaca" is an adaption of William Saroyan's 1943 novel "The Human Comedy," and focuses on a 14-year-old bike messenger delivering telegrams during World War II, and the war's effect on his hometown and his family. Hanks would play the boy's father. »
- Katie Roberts
Specifically it centers on a 14-year-old telegraph bicycle messenger named Homer Macauley who is left to take care of his widowed mother, older sister and four-year-old brother Ulysses after his older brother is sent off to fight.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
After appearing together in Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan look set to reunite in the big screen adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. It marks the directorial debut of Ryan and she will start shooting in Virginia next month.
Hanks is closely involved in the project as an executive producer, so the fact that he’s willing to make a cameo in the World War II set coming of age drama perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
The novel was adapted by Band of Brothers scribe Erik Jendresen, and he obviously worked with Hanks on that critically acclaimed HBO series. Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid have so far also been confirmed as starring in the movie. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing.
Set in a small town »
- Josh Wilding
Director Jim Mickle is beginning to form a reputation for himself, in constantly producing unique, creative productions, that can’t be confined to any one genre. Following on from We Are What Are, his latest, Cold in July, also epitomises this fact – though sadly such ingenuity can make his films somewhat difficult to sell to financiers.
“The fact it wasn’t a horror film made it tough,” he explained. “You can bend the rules a little more easily in horror and fans are more accepting, and financiers are a little more accepting. This is a little tougher because it had a foot in the horror genre, but also had a foot in so many other spots that people didn’t want to wholesale finance the thing because of that. There were so many years being so frustrated about this.”
- Stefan Pape
We already knew that Tom Hanks was set to work as a producer on Meg Ryan’s debut directorial effort Ithaca, but it looks like he’ll be briefly starring in the film too according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The place is Ithaca, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley’s—a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants…In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.
According to the report, Hanks will play the father of the family »
- Luke Owen
From Sleepless In Seattle, to You’Ve Got Mail and Joe Versus The Volcano, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made a perfect movie duo for many years but it has, of course, been a while since they’ve hit the big screen together.
This one is a little different though as Ithaca will be Meg Ryan’s directorial debut with Hanks production company Playtone backing her. That’s not to say there won’t be a cameo for Hanks though and although this isn’t something he always does, it seems that some form of reunion is definitely on and for the fourth time.
The film is based on the 1943 novel by William Saroyan called The Human Comedy. It’s a World War II saga that’s sold as a ‘coming of age’ drama about life on the front line, something that Hanks definitely has connects to and would slot into comfortably. »
- Dan Bullock
The actor had already signed up to serve as producer on the film, which is Ryan's directorial debut.
As well as his work behind the camera, Hanks is now in talks to make a cameo appearance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in a small Californian town in 1942, the film follows a 14-year-old called Homer Macauley, who is deemed the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger in history.
When his older brother goes to war, he is left to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, and to bring hope to their community.
The pair have appeared on screen together in three films throughout their careers, »
The project is adapted from William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy, which centers on a 14-year-old telegraph bicycle messenger named Homer Macauley. Homer is left to take care of his widowed mother, his older sister and four-year-old brother Ulysses after his older brother is sent off to fight in World War II. The plot shows how the war affects this family in California's San Joaquin Valley through the messages Homer delivers, including one that will change his life forever.
Meg Ryan is directing from an adapted screenplay by Erik Jendresen, who worked with Tom Hanks on the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Before he signed on to cameo, Tom Hanks was already attached as an executive producer, »
d War II coming-of-age saga about life on the home front. He’s already closely involved in the project, serving as executive producer alongside his partner at Playtone, Gary Goetzman. Brian O’Shea‘s The Exchange acquired worldwide rights to the project earlier this year and has been shopping it to foreign buyers.
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Ithaca will mark the fourth time that Hanks and Ryan have appeared together on the big screen after Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve got Mail, their last film, released in 1998.
Ryan will direct Ithaca from an adapted script by Erik Jendresen, who worked with Hanks on the acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing. Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid also will star. »
- Dave McNary
★★★☆☆Based on the 1989 novel by Joe R. Lansdale, Jim Mickle's Cold in July (2014) is an entertaining Southern noir with a distinctly eighties feel. An intruder breaking and entering into a family home, wakes passive family man and framer Richard Dane, played by a mullet sporting, post- Dexter Michael C. Hall. Richard protective of his family and spooked by the intruder fires and kills the man. The local police officer Ray (Mickle's regular collaborator and co-writer Nick Damici) reassure him he did the right thing, but the dead young man’s father turns out to be a murderous ex-con Russell (Sam Shepard) who now is hell bent on revenging himself against Richard and his young family.
- CineVue UK
With last year's We Are What We Are, director Jim Mickle produced a near-miracle – a remake of a recent classic that was not only acclaimed, but did something genuinely innovative with its source material. Finally arriving on screens after several years in the making, his fourth feature Cold in July is a gripping and stylish western noir that blends the small-town malevolence of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence with a sinewy B-movie efficiency that recalls other recent potboiler adaptations like The Lincoln Lawyer.
Michael C Hall is Richard Dane, a meek everyman whose life begins to come apart after he accidentally shoots dead an intruder in his home. "My finger slipped," he says blankly, too shell-shocked to accept any of the hero credit his »
Where Hollywood appears to have largely abandoned the thriller genre in favour of ever bigger action adventures and sequels, indie filmmakers have stepped in to fill the breach. Earlier this year saw the release of Jeremy Saulnier's quirky low-budget genre piece Blue Ruin - a satisfyingly grisly thriller with a great everyman performance from Macon Blair.
This Friday sees the UK release of Cold In July, the latest film from director Jim Mickle. It stars Dexter's Michael C Hall as Richard, an ordinary family man thrown into a wild and unpredictable criminal underworld after shooting a mysterious intruder in his living room one night.
Adapted from Joe Landsdale's novel of the same name, Cold In July initially slips into the southern neo-noir subgenre, »
There’s a deliciously slippery quality to Cold In July, a neo-noir thriller from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Set in late-80s east Texas, Mickle’s movie contains distinct shades of such films as Blood Simple, Red Rock West and Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear remake, but at the same time, flatly refuses to cleave to genre expectations.
Dexter’s Michael C Hall stars as Richard, a quiet, mild-mannered family man who shoots an intruder in his living room one sultry summer night. Shaken to the core by the experience, Richard’s once humdrum life is disrupted further by the appearance of the intruder’s father, Russel (Sam Shepard), who manages to lace even the most softly-spoken utterance with a thread of barely-concealed menace. »
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