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Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh
Director John Michael McDonagh wastes no time in establishing the stakes of Calvary. In a darkened confessional, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is told that he is going to die in a week. The man planning to kill the priest explains it is exactly because Father Lavelle has done nothing wrong that he is going to die. Of the two McDonagh brothers, John Michael is known for his irreverent comedy The Guard, but with this latest release he joins the ranks of the most fatalistic of Irish artists.
With the seven days allotted to the father, he seeks to sort out his affairs while attending to his parish. The locals in question are made up of Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M. Emmet Walsh and Isaach De Bankolé all existing at varying levels of disillusionment with the church »
- Colin Biggs
Following its release in just four theaters on August 1, Fox Searchlight Pictures is continually bringing its hit indie drama Calvary into more theaters across the country, with another theatrical expansion set for August 22. We have an exclusive featurette from director John Michael McDonagh's drama, which explores the unique relationship between Father James (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter Fiona (Kelly Reilly).
Before Father James became a priest, he was married with a daughter. His wife's death caused him to go into the priesthood. Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly reveal new details about their characters' unique relationship in our exclusive four-minute featurette you can't see anywhere else.
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his »
The cinematic treatment of the Catholic church, particularly the priesthood, has, more or less, reflected the changing attitudes of the general public along with many revelations that have dominated the news headlines in recent years. In the 1930′s and 40′s priests were a gentle, pleasant, understanding band of brothers frequently portrayed by actors like Pat O’Brien (who was quoted as saying he would take any film or TV role as a man of the cloth) and Bing Crosby (who won a Best Actor Oscar for Going My Way, and then starred in its sequel The Bells Of St. Mary’S). With the turbulent 60′s we were treated to films more critical of church politics like The Shoes Of The Fisherman. And in the next decade priest became heroes again in the wake of the box office smash The Exorcist and its many supernatural follow-ups and rip-offs. But soon movies »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – The title of the film, “Calvary,” should have resonance to any guilty Catholic out there, and yet the loaded word can’t deliver the truth that the film seeks. Brendan Gleeson gives an astonishing performance as a conflicted priest, but the material he has to work with is not up to his portrayal.
Essentially the territory mined is nothing new, as the sins of humanity are on display while the priest makes his journey. Even the intriguing twists – like the priest having a daughter from his former life – don’t really pay off. The writer/director John Michael McDonagh gets points for conceiving the thesis of the narrative, but the points are subtracted one by one as the story fleshed out from this thesis is revealed. While it might be more substantial to people who have wondered about the strange and Irish meanderings of the Catholic Church, to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh.
After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Brendan Gleeson’s big, weary face is the first thing we see. The rest of the frame is shrouded in darkness, forebodingly so, as we hear a man off screen tell Gleeson how he was sexually abused for five years by a priest. He recalls his “first taste of semen” was at age seven and now, many years later he wants revenge by killing a good priest, a man who has done nothing wrong just to make a statement, the point of which is never really clear if one even exists.
The problem for Gleeson’s character is this is happening in a confession, »
- Gary Collinson
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Running Time: 101 minutes
As far as sibling pissing contests go, the McDonagh brothers are inseparable at this point. Each has given us two feature length films as director and each film has been a beautifully scripted triumph of great dark comedy and stirring emotions. Calvary continues this run and employs many of the tropes we’ve come to associate with the McDonaghs without ever feeling tiresome or weary. There’s a very Irish feel to the whole film, black humour of the darkest variety, shocking moments of violence, and characters to actually care about.
The dramatic set-up is prevalent in the opening scene. During confessional an innocent priest is told he is going to be killed by a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the midst of his confession, a man promises to kill Father James (Brendan Gleeson) in one week's time. Not because he's a bad priest, but because he's an innocent priest. His reasoning comes as the result of being raped for several years by a priest when he was a young boy and while the man responsible for such deplorable acts has now died, this confessor believes to kill the criminal would have been worthless anyway, but to kill an innocent priestc Well, that would turn some heads. These are the opening moments of John Michael McDonagh's sophomore effort Calvary, a movie that left me emotionally rattled in a way I can't say I've experienced in some time. Set in a small Irish village, McDonagh makes good use of a small number of locals, touching on a wealth of societal touchstones including religion, drug abuse, banking scandals, adultery, domestic »
- Brad Brevet
Brendan Gleeson is an actor beloved by directors; he’s collaborated with the likes of Anthony Minghella and Martin Scorsese. But perhaps no filmmaker has served him better than John Michael McDonagh, who cast Gleeson as the lead in the dark comedy “The Guard,” which went on to become the most profitable film in Irish history. Now, Gleeson is earning some of the best reviews of a very heralded career for his new collaboration with McDonagh, “Calvary.”
In the film, Gleeson plays Father James, a priest who is taking confession from a mysterious parishioner. The confessor reveals that as a boy, he was repeatedly molested by a priest. To make the church pay, he is going to kill Father James in one week—because murdering a good priest will hurt the church more than if he killed a bad one. After debuting in limited release on Aug. 1 with an impressive per-screen average, »
- Jenelle Riley
Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Wamg invites you to enter to win passes to the advance screening of Calvary on Tuesday, August 12th in the St. Louis area. We will contact the winners by email.
If you are a winner, you will need to head over to FoxSearchLightScreenings.com and register to receive your two passes.
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What profession did Brendan Gleeson leave in order to pursue a career in acting? »
- Movie Geeks
Opening in theaters today, John Michael McDonagh directs the mystery drama Calvary. Brendan Gleeson stars as good-natured priest Father James, who is suddenly faced with a sinister Presence from within his own perish. As he begins to deal with these mysterious forces beyond his control, he also attempts to connect with his troubled daughter, played by Kelly Reilly. In celebration of its release, we have 8 exclusive photos from Calvary that show Father James comforting his Fiona. We also get a look at co-star Chris O'Dowd as the local butcher, and the crisp Irish countryside where all of the drama was filmed on location. Take a look:
Father James is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and reach out to help members of his church with their various »
Calvary Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: John Michael McDonagh Screenplay: John Michael McDonagh Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaac De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, June 24, 2014 Opens: August 1, 2014 Ever since that disastrous choice in the Garden of Eden, the world has been going to hell. It’s no wonder that our young people have stopped reading books and newspapers and train their smart phones not to CNN or NYTimes or Huffington Post but instead communicate frantically with their friends. Not for them a great concern with the [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
John Michael McDonagh's Calvary stars Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Isaach De Bankolé, Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran with The Diving Bell And The Butterfly's Marie-Josée Croze, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M Emmet Walsh and David Wilmot. Fox Searchlight Pictures celebrated with a luncheon at the Explorers Club in New York with guests including Jimmy Breslin, Dana Delany, Jodi Applegate, Annette Insdorf, Eugene Hernandez, Joyce Carol Oates and Charles Gross.
I spoke with Kelly Reilly and what started out with Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert and Tippi Hedren's style in Hitchcock's The Birds, quickly turned to themes of forgiveness which brought us to develop a quick theory of a Holy Female Trinity holding Calvary together, before lunch was served.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot | Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh
In 2012 writer and director John Michael McDonagh broke out worldwide with the indie action-comedy The Guard. It’s story of an unapologetic Irish policemen teaming up with a fish out of water FBI Agent had all the initial makings of a classic 80’s buddy cop film. It took that cliché format and added some sharp orthodox absurdity to make something refreshing original.
In his latest film Calvary he is once again teaming up with veteran actor Brendan Gleeson to tell a story of a benevolent priest trying to come to terms with the ever-increasing cynical world around him. McDonagh blends his dark sense of humor with melancholic storytelling to craft an enduring tale about the hardships faith sustains »
- Dan Clark
Warner Bros. based Alcon Entertainment (Prisoners, The Blind Side, The Book of Eli) has an offer out to Harrison Ford to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in its Ridley Scott-directed sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
While the story is being kept under wraps, it takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."
One of the films any film fan ought to be looking forward to this year is John Michael McDonagh's reteaming with Brendan Gleeson for Calvary. The duo delivered the highly entertaining dark comedy The Guard a couple year ago and are now back together for yet another darkly comic feature. Here Gleeson stars as Father James, a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral--and often comic--problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) wrote and directs the feature which co-stars Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankole, »
- Brad Brevet
Fox Searchlight has released a new theatrical Calvary trailer for writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s (The Guard) drama. The film stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who is told during confession that he will be killed by a man who was abused by a priest as a child. As he considers his own mortality, the priest continues to reach out and help the members of his church. This trailer highlights a darkly comic tone that underlines the deeper themes of the film, and Gleeson looks to be on point as the protagonist. Matt called the pic a “dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith” in his review, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the full feature when it hits theaters. Hit the jump to watch the new Calvary trailer. The film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankole, »
- Adam Chitwood
Director: John Michael McDonagh.
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan Gillen, David Wilmot, Orla O’Rourke, Killian Scott, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Owen Sharpe, Domhnall Gleeson.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Synopsis: A normal day in the parish turns into a week of second-guessing and paranoia as a kind, genuine priest’s life is threatened by an unknown member of his congregation.
Sea, sand and serial killers. You’ve got to love the Irish coast. John Michael McDonagh returns after a three-year hiatus, once again penning and directing an Irish-set black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson. Considerably darker than previous effort, The Guard, McDonagh has written an allegoric, hard-hitting piece that isn’t afraid to point fingers at the place in which its lead character finds sanctuary – the Church.
Opening to the claustrophobic refuge of confession, we meet Father James Lavelle, the local priest. »
- Emma Thrower
Last week saw the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and a slew of new films vying for people's attention. While some films may never make it in front of mass audiences, movie studios are always there to make some purchases. I've gathered up a list of some of those purchase announcements so that you can see what will be coming your way in the future!
Let's get started (these are copied from the press releases I received to better reflect the information):
* Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) and Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) each announced today that the respective companies have acquired rights in all territories to Craig Johnson’s drama The Skeleton Twins. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have jointly acquired Us rights to the film, while Spwa is taking all worldwide rights outside of the Us. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are planning a theatrical release for the feature film »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard"). "Cavalry" stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, and Domhnall Gleeson. The film was produced by Reprisal Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon's James Flynn, and is an Irish Film Board and BFI presentation in association with Lypsync Productions. The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. Searchlight also picked up Mike Cahill's reincarnation "I, Origins." Here's the official synopsis: Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter »
- Anne Thompson
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as select international territories to the blackly comedic drama Cavalry . Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Cavalry 's ensemble cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe and David McSavage. The film was produced by Reprisal Films. Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon's James Flynn, and is an Irish Film Board and BFI presentation in association with Lypsync Productions. The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. »
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