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Captain Fantastic – Review

22 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Credit: Erik Simkins / Bleecker Street

Captain Fantastic may sound like the title of comic book movie but this warm, thoughtful film centers on a different kind of hero, a father who has devoted his life to his children. He is indeed a fantastic father, even if his ideas about how to raise his kids is far out of the mainstream, something which comes to the fore when his family faces a life-altering crisis. Captain Fantastic is an emotionally moving film that mixes drama and a bit of humor in a touching story of an unconventional family who have to work through their grief to find a new way to interact with conventional society.

Viggo Mortensen turns in a wonderful performance as that father, Ben Cash. Ben and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) chose to leave prosperous conventional lives behind to raise their six children in a counter-culture utopia off the grid – way off the grid. »

- Cate Marquis

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Interview: Director Matt Ross Promotes ‘Captain Fantastic’

18 July 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In this year of morally unique relationship films (“Swiss Army Man”), add the recently released “Captain Fantastic” to the mix. The film, written and directed by Matt Ross, is like a fable of unintended consequences, where a father raises his children to live off the ‘grid,’ away from typical 2016 civilization.

The father in the film is Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”), and the situation complicates itself when the mother of the six children dies, leaving the father no choice but to bring them back into “civilization” to attend the funeral. Writer/director Matt Ross – who as an actor also portrays Gavin Belson on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” – combines anarchist political philosophy with the extreme survival skills of the family to illustrate a point about our modern society, mostly in the sense that despite all our current abilities to technically communicate with one another, we still remain separated.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Passes to ‘Captain Fantastic’ With Viggo Mortensen

12 July 2016 9:04 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival hit drama “Captain Fantastic” starring Viggo Mortensen and Steve Zahn!

Captain Fantastic,” which is rated “R,” also stars Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Trin Miller, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton and Shree Crooks from writer and director Matt Ross. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Captain Fantastic” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Captain Fantastic Review

10 July 2016 8:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As family road movies of the off-beat, Sundance ilk go, Captain Fantastic is a standout, zigging whenever indie convention dictates it should zag, offering a fresh rendition of an old formula. Writer-director Matt Ross follows a clan of six children living deep in the lush forests of Oregon, led by their charismatic father, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), an outdoorsman/philosopher who’s built them a life of hunting, gathering and book-fueled enlightenment, disentangled from societal norms and unplugged from the digital world altogether.

Ross explores the friction between Cash’s off-the-grid credo and their extended family’s decidedly “real-world,” all-American way of life via scenarios that occasionally lack nuance but are nevertheless sharp and thought-provoking and dovetail nicely into and out of each other, making for an intellectually stimulating yet wholly approachable tale of family dysfunction and adventure.

The story opens with a sensually shot rite of passage: Ben’s eldest, »

- Bernard Boo

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Best Movies For A Friday Night

8 July 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.

Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.

Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!

Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”

The Burbs Hilarious cast made up suburbanites Tom Hanks, Rick Ducummon, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher, Joe Dante’s comedy about the unusual neighbors next door (Yes, »

- Movie Geeks

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

8 July 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud, »

- Steve Greene

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“Captain Fantastic” is one of the year’s most pleasant surprises

7 July 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

You often have to take praise that comes from the Sundance Film Festival with a grain of salt. That being said, when a title goes from Sundance to the Cannes Film Festival, that’s a sign that we have quality on our hands. This movie wound up blowing me away when I saw it last month, and this week it hits theaters. Not only did it surprise me with how tremendous it was, I was absolutely thrilled with how it even exceeded the reviews that had come previously. Filmmaker Matt Ross has something pretty special on his hands here, and I really hope that it gets properly appreciated by audiences. The film is an often funny drama about a pseudo survivalist named Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his very unusual family. Hidden away in a remote part of the pacific northwest, Ben and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) are raising six kids decidedly off the grid. »

- Joey Magidson

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Cannes 2016: Captain Fantastic review

17 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Captain Fantastic review: Matt Ross brings this Sundance favourite to the south of France. Viggo Mortensen leads an impressive cast.

Captain Fantastic review from the Cannes Film festival, 2016.

Captain Fantastic review

Captain Fantastic debuted at Sundance back in January, but this week receives its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and goes up for the prizes in the Un Certain Regard programme.

This slightly off-beat American drama, revolves around Ben (Viggo Mortensen), a devoted father of six who has raised his children rather unconventionally; in a self-created environment deep in the wilderness. Home-schooling the kids through an extremely rigorous physical and intellectual education, Ben is suddenly forced to bring them into civilisation following a tragic incident, and the children are introduced to a world they do not know and situations they may not be ready for.

Captain Fantastic review

Frequent actor turned filmmaker Matt Ross (his latest roles include Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley, »

- Paul Heath

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Watch Viggo Mortensen In First Captain Fantastic Trailer

28 April 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Bleecker St. Films has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming gem of a film, Captain Fantastic.

The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Ann Dowd, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, with Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn.

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

In his Sundance 2016 review, Brian Moylan says the film is, “Gorgeously shot and peppered with genuine emotion, this is a great sophomore effort for writer/director Matt Ross, »

- Michelle McCue

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First poster and trailer for Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen

28 April 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first poster and trailer have arrived online for writer-director Matt Ross’ upcoming drama Captain Fantastic which stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn and Steve Zahn; check them out below…

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

Captain Fantastic is set for release on July 8th in the States and on September 9th in the UK.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Viggo Mortensen Copes With A Family Tragedy In First Captain Fantastic Trailer

27 April 2016 12:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Captain America, Captain Nemo and, to a lesser extent, Captain Marvel have all been making the headlines of late, but of Captain Fantastic? Bound for Cannes Film Festival next month, Matt Ross’ impassioned dramedy has today debuted its maiden trailer, thrusting Viggo Mortensen into the throes of a family crisis.

Written and directed by Moss, Captain Fantastic opens with Mortensen’s father emerging from a prolonged stint in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Revelling in isolation, the wayward patriarch is handed a crude awakening when his beloved wife suddenly passes away, leaving him to raise six wide-eyed and curious children all on his lonesome.

Putting some distance between his grieving family and his far-flung haven, Captain Fantastic then sees Mortensen journey into the city, opening up a whole new perspective on parentage and life in general. Powerful stuff, in the right hands, and we’re excited to see how »

- Michael Briers

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Viggo Mortensen Is 'Captain Fantastic' In Trailer For Cannes-Bound Dramedy

27 April 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While the Cannes Film Festival prides itself on their numerous world premieres, each year they reserve a couple of slots for Sundance Film Festival entries of note. And given how stacked the Cannes lineup is this year, it makes it all the more impressive that "Captain Fantastic" was part of the selection. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Captain Fantastic' Starring Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, And Kathryn Hahn Written and directed by Matt Ross, and starring Viggo Mortensen, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, and Frank Langella, the story follows a man whose idyllic family life in the wilderness is brought to halt when his wife passes away, and he has to bring the kids into the big city for the first time. Here's the official synopsis:  Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Viggo Mortensen Raises a Family in First Trailer for ‘Captain Fantastic’

27 April 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each year, only a few — if any — films get the distinction of premiering at Sundance Film Festival, then getting accepted into the Cannes line-up. The only one this year Matt Ross‘ 28 Hotel Rooms follow-up Captain Fantastic, which will screen in the Un Certain Regard line-up before hitting theaters in July. Following Viggo Mortensen as his character raises a family of six in unconventional ways, it’s certainly the best superhero movie we’re bound to see this year, and today we have the first trailer.

We said in our review, “A common trope at Sundance is the star-led indie, painted top-to-toe with eccentricities that are meant to represent/replace both story and character development. Relatively straightforward narratives that stand out thanks to shock-and-awe details that usually fade not too long after the well-regarded premiere. Captain Fantastic, written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), threatens to reinforce the expectation, before »

- Leonard Pearce

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

21 March 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

21 March 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who »

- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee

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Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' is over; executive producer Shawn Ryan tweets why

29 February 2016 10:49 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you loved Amazon's Mad Dogs, then I've got some bad news for you ... maybe: those 10 episodes are all you're going to get. The show, which premiered last month, has been cancelled. But that's probably for the best. Executive producer Shawn Ryan made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, and followed it up with an explanation as to why. His take on it is that, though the show was one of Amazon's best-reviewed dramas and "some Amazon employees" told him it had "better streaming stats" than "many other" Amazon shows, he and creator Cris Cole couldn't come to an agreement with Amazon about the direction of the second season.  And that's okay with Ryan and Cole, Ryan says, because they didn't want a second season anyway (and some critics *ahem* Hitfix's own Alan Sepinwall *ahem* didn't see how it could work as a multiple-season show in the first place). So perhaps »

- Sara Morrison

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Mad Dogs

28 February 2016 2:14 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Amazon

Episodes: 10 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: January 21, 2016 — January 21, 2016

Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Ben Chaplin, and Billy Zane.

TV show description:

This dark comedy features the reunion of old friends who are now in their 40s. A mix of married, single, and divorced men, these underachievers are all in a period of flux, in their lives.

Meeting up in Belize to celebrate Milo's (Billy Zane) early retirement, the good times quickly go south. When secrets are revealed, long brewing bad blood bubbles to the surface.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Mad Dogs: Cancelled; No Season Two for Amazon Series

28 February 2016 2:01 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Mad Dogs TV series has been cancelled after one season on Amazon Prime. Series creator Shawn Ryan announced the Mad Dogs cancellation via Twitter, today. From his series of tweets (embedded below), it sounds like the decision to end the series was made by the creative team.

A dark comedy, Mad Dogs features the reunion of friends, now in their 40s. The cast of Mad Dogs includes: Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Ben Chaplin, and Billy Zane.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Amazon's Mad Dogs: No Season 2

28 February 2016 9:42 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The barking has been silenced at Amazon.

Mad Dogs‘ executive producer Shawn Ryan, who adapted the series from its original British format, tweeted on Sunday that the thriller will not return for a second season.

RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

In a series of tweets — 19 in total, all of which can be read below — Ryan lauded fans for their commitment, thanked the cast and crew for their tireless efforts, and cleared up a few questions surrounding the series’ (seemingly) early end:

1) Wanted to report that a decision was »

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Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’ To End After One Season, Says Ep Shawn Ryan

28 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Ryan announced on Twitter Sunday that his Amazon series “Mad Dogs” has been canceled.

In a long series of 19 tweets, the executive producer said that “a decision was made not to make any more episodes of Mad Dogs.”

1) Wanted to report that a decision was made not to make any more episodes of Mad Dogs.

Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) February 28, 2016

He added, “We were lucky to be one the best reviewed dramas on Amazon, if not the best. A lot of critics got what we were going for, so thanks.”

Ryan said the decision not to move ahead came down to a disagreement with Amazon Studios head Roy Price and the creative team about the direction for a second season.

He said he and co-creator Cris Cole laid out their plans in a meeting last week for a storyline they believed in. “Ultimately, Amazon didn’t want to make »

- Debra Birnbaum

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