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‘Fool for Love’ Broadway Review: Sam Shepard Separates the Men From the Guys

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sam Shepard‘s “Fool for Love,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, poses a question that most of us never ask: What’s the difference between a man and a guy? Under Daniel Aukin’s very lopsided direction, the answer to that question doesn’t matter because you won’t be looking at the man Eddie (Sam Rockwell) or the guy Martin (Tom Pelphrey) or even the Old Man (Gordon Joseph Weiss) in the new Broadway revival of “Fool for Love,” which opened Thursday at Mtc’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. You’ll be looking at Nina Arianda, who »

- Robert Hofler

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Review: "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale" (2009); A Film By Richard Shepard

3 October 2015 8:26 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

It's rare that a feature included as a bonus in a Blu-ray release of a classic movie would rate having us provide a separate review. However, director Richard Shepard's acclaimed documentary "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazle" merits exceptional treatment. The 2009 movie gained considerable praise when first released but suffered the fate of most documentaries in that it was not widely seen outside of the art house circuit and a DVD release the following year. Fortunately, Warner Home Video had the good instincts to include it in their 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of "Dog Day Afternoon" (click here for review) , a film in which Cazale stole the show despite sharing the screen with some of the most talented actors on the planet.  The documentary packs a great deal into it's all-too-brief 40 minute running time and sheds much light on the career of Cazale, perhaps »

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The Way Way Back Blu-ray Review

2 October 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The coming-of-age genre has taken a few steps back since the 80’s. Studios aren’t putting the same amount of money into the genre as they used to. So, the genre has slowly drifted into indie territory. This is viewed as a bad thing, but my natural dissenting attitude disagrees. In fact, this is better for the genre. As an indie, there’s total creative control, there won’t be a suit saying to make it more generic or broad, as it’s easier to sell overseas. It’s just the filmmaker, their cast, and crew all collaborating on making the best possible product. Afterward, they can enter the film into Sundance, receive some positive buzz, then sell the movie to a distributor like Fox Searchlight. Just like what happened with The Way Way Back.

Our story follows awkward teen Duncan (Liam James) who is spending the summer with his »

- Alex Kuhn

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New VOD and Digital Releases, Plus: Get 'Dope' Delivered to Your Home

29 September 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Avengers: Age of Ultron (superhero sequel; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson; premieres 10/2 on cable Mod and Blu-ray/DVD; rated PG-13) Entourage (comedy spin-off of TV show; Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly; rated R) Poltergeist (horror remake; Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams; rated...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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The Martian, loneliness and space movies

29 September 2015 2:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...

"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.

The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.

I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »

- simonbrew

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Review: Mr. Right (Tiff 2015)

22 September 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A cheerful hit-man (Sam Rockwell) falls for an unlucky-in-love young woman (Anna Kendrick) but their relationship is threatened by his murderous former mentor (Tim Roth) and an army of contract killers looking to take him out. Review: The word is that Mr. Right was the screenplay that got Max Landis (Chronicle) noticed in Hollywood, with him having gone on to pen American Ultra, and Victor Frankenstein.... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Everything you missed on Days 10 and 11 of the Toronto International Film Festival

21 September 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It’s hard to believe that the Toronto International Film Festival is already over. The 11 day cinephile paradise is the highlight of many people’s year, and the 40th edition was no exception. On Days 10 and 11 of the festival, many had the opportunity to play catch up with the popular films viewers may have missed earlier in the week, but there was one last premiere to be seen, the closing night film, Mr. Right.

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell arrived for a double screening of their latest film, Paco CabezasMr. Right, playing at Roy Thompson Hall and the Elgin Theatre, and closing off the festival. Another new film to play this weekend was the Midnight Madness hit, The Final Girls, closing off the horror section of the festival with a fun and meta story about a young woman sucked into the screen of a 1980’s slasher film. Stars Nina Dobrev, »

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Mr. Right Review [Tiff 2015]

18 September 2015 4:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.

Though it gleefully identifies the obvious metaphor for its existence when presented, the self-aware Mr. Right is more analogous to a proposed super-treat mentioned in passing: fried whipped cream. This movie is pure confectionery. Sam Rockwell, playing an assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold, starts dancing within ten seconds of appearing on screen, and practically never stops. Anna Kendrick, as the disastrously rebounding gal swept up in his wake, is committedly deranged. And at its best, Max Landis’s genre-savvy dialogue crackles like Pop Rocks. These are all great things in moderation, but a dessert that’s all sweet, sweet froth, no base, doesn’t make for much of a dish at all.

Never quite as fun as it should be, Mr. Right is hard of vision, probably because one eye is fixed on the camera in a perpetual state of winking. »

- Sam Woolf

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Focus World Acquires Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick Action Rom-Com 'Mr. Right'

18 September 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Tiff Review: 'Mr. Right' Starring Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth & The RZA Focus World has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the action romantic-comedy "Mr. Right," from director Paco Cabezas and "American Ultra" screenwriter Max Landis. The movie features a star-studded ensemble headed up by Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star. Kendrick stars as a single woman who has vowed to stop searching for love. Enter Rockwell's Mr. Right, who is charming, handsome and also happens to be a hitman. The action rom-com that follows answers the question of whether the two are crazy in love or just plain crazy. The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, Svp of Focus World, with Beth Lemberger, Focus Features’ Evp of Business Affairs, and Gene Kang, Focus Features’ VP of Business Affairs, on behalf of the studio, and »

- Zack Sharf

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Focus World Bringing Tiff Closer ‘Mr. Right’ To U.S. – Toronto

18 September 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Paco Cabezas's action comedy Mr. Right has found a suitor. Focus World hooked up U.S. rights to the Toronto closing-night pic, which stars Anna Kendrick as an unlucky-in-love young woman who finds her soulmate, who just happens to be an on-the-lam international hitman (Sam Rockwell) — meaning their road to true love is paved with shell casings. Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA co-star in the pic written by Max Landis. Focus World will open the… »

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Focus World Buys Sam Rockwell-Anna Kendrick Comedy ‘Mr. Right’

18 September 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to the Sam Rockwell-Anna Kendrick comedy “Mr. Right,” the closing night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Focus World did not indicate when it would release “Mr. Right,” in which Kendrick’s character falls in love with a perfect guy who turns out to be an international hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

The film is directed by Paco Cabezas from a script written by Max Landis. Supporting cast includes Tim Roth, James Ransone, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund and RZA as Shotgun Steve.

Production companies are Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion Production in association with 3311 Productions. OProducesr are Bradley Gallo, Michael Helfant, Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs. Executive producers include William Gallo, Allen Church, Mark Roberts, Jennifer Dana, Ross Jacobson, Sheldon Rabinowitz, Stephen Emery, Max Landis and Avram Butch Kaplan.

The deal was negotiated by Anjay Nagpal, »

- Dave McNary

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Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell Comedy ‘Mr. Right’ Sells to Focus World

18 September 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Focus World has acquired U.S. rights to Paco Cabezas’ romantic action comedy “Mr. Right,” which stars Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. The movie will make its world premiere as the Closing Night Gala Presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Focus World will release the film theatrically and on demand on a date to be determined. Written and executive produced by Max Landis, the film stars Rockwell and Kendrick as two people who are crazy about each other — and maybe just plain crazy. The challenge of dating is taken to new extremes in “Mr. Right,” in which the road. »

- Jeff Sneider

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The Guardian film show live! at the Toronto film festival: Anomalisa, Mr Right and Couple in a Hole - audio reviews

18 September 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film team stagger towards the end of the 40th Toronto film festival. Today we're reviewing Charlie Kaufman's adored stop motion animation Anomalisa, Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell hitman comedy Mr Right and Couple in a Hole, a drama about loss and isolation

The 40th Toronto film festival is coming to a close and we're staggering to the finish line with it. In our penultimate podcast we're reviewing Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, which premiered in Telluride and was a massive hit with the critics there; Mr Right, a hitman comedy starring Sam Rockwell as a breakdancing contract killer; and Couple in a Hole, a drama about a depressed couple who leave it all behind to live in a hole in France

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- Presented by Henry Barnes, with Catherine Shoard, Benjamin Lee and Nigel M Smith

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'Sunset Song', 'Mr. Right', 'Neon Bull' sell in Tiff

18 September 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A trio of festival titles have found Us homes including the closing night film.

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights from Fortissimo Films to Terence DaviesSunset Song.

The pre-wwi Scotland-set drama received its world premiere as a Special Presentation and will screen in San Sebastian. Magnolia plans a spring 2016 launch.

Metrodome holds UK rights and Festival Films will release in Spain. Fortissimo will continue sales at the Afm. Former Screen Interntional La Star Of Tomorrow Agyness Deyn stars.

Multi-platform distributor Focus World has acquired Us rights from CAA to upcoming festival closing night selection Mr. Right and plans a day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch.

Paco Cabezas directed and Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick star in the action comedy rom-com. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights from Memento Films to Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice Horizons Special Jury Prize winner Neon Bull.

The film screened »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Mr. Right’

17 September 2015 8:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For most, “reformed hit man” suggests someone who used to kill people but doesn’t anymore. In the case of “Mr. Right,” however, the label has an altogether different meaning: Instead of bumping off the targets he’s hired to eliminate, Sam Rockwell’s born-again executioner kills the folks who contracted him instead. Not an especially sustainable work model, professionally speaking (it’s murder on word-of-mouth, for starters), but then, this fixer is ready to make some changes in his own life, maybe even find romance with an on-the-rebound Anna Kendrick — which is where Max Landis’ ultra-cutesy script picks up, asking whether a character like that can find and sustain love … or else die trying. For about a decade after “Pulp Fiction,” such quirky hit-man comedies were all the rage, though in the post-“Gigli” era, (the eerily similar) “Mr. Right” just feels wrong.

That’s not to say audiences »

- Peter Debruge

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Tiff Review: 'Mr. Right' Starring Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth & The RZA

17 September 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Thanks to deplorable direction by Paco Cabezas, and a childishly broad screenplay by Max Landis, "Mr. Right" ends up all wrong. Its one saving grace comes in the form of an efficient cast, headlined by Anna Kendrick and the always-fun-to-watch Sam Rockwell. Among the array of supporting players, Tim Roth does an okay job as the half-dimensional "seriously mean guy" (yes, a direct quote from the film) and Wu-Tang clan honcho the RZA makes a late appearance as hired gun Steven, nailing the film's funniest moment. The rest of the cast is, unfortunately, disposable thanks to a screenplay that sounds like it was written one late night in a hotboxed frat room. It's such a cool story bro, you can practically see the Doritos stains. Cabezas' last movie was the Nicholas Cage-starring "Rage," which, if you've deleted from memory is more than understandable. The picture featured tasteless D-movie action »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Dylan O’Brien on Leading ‘Maze Runner’: ‘I Never Want to Disappoint’

16 September 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox premiered “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the second installment of the successful “Maze Runner” young adult franchise, Tuesday night at the Times Square Regal Cinemas in New York amid fan pandemonium. Outside the theater, countless tweens waited in line to get up close and snap selfies with the film’s young cast.

Fans will be thrilled to find out that director Wes Ball is returning to the director’s chair to helm “The Death Cure,” the third and final story of the science fiction series written by James Dashner. Shooting is slated to begin in December.

The “Maze Runner” films marks Dylan O’Brien‘s first big screen role as a leading man. Although he’s been the lead on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” for the past five seasons, the 24-year-old actor admits being the first on the call sheet in a big budget Hollywood movie and »

- Paul Chi

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Toronto 2015: Read our Tiff 40 preview

10 September 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

This week sees the red carpet rolling into the centre of the Ontario capital for the fortieth edition of the Toronto Film Festival. Giving a headache to keen festival-goers everywhere the anniversary line-up boasts a staggering 289 feature titles including a whopping 132 world premières. Bookending the festival will be Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, which kicks things off on Thursday 10 September, and Paco Cabezas' Mr. Right, which draws proceedings to a close ten days later. The latter is a murderous rom-com starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, the former stars Jack Gyllenhaal, grief-stricken and prone to random acts of destruction. But with such an enormous roster of films to choose from, it doesn't all hinge on the star-studded awards vehicles that may or not make their bow.

While the likes of Ridley Scott's The Martian, Stephen Frears' The Program and recent Venice bows such as The Danish Girl and »

- CineVue UK

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19 Oscar-worthy sci-fi movie performances

9 September 2015 6:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...

Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.

The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?

It’s still the case that science »

- ryanlambie

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Movie Review – Digging for Fire (2015)

4 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Digging for Fire, 2015.

Directed by Joe Swanberg.

Starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Sam Elliott, Chris Messina, Ron Livingston, and Jude Swanberg.


The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

Digging for Fire is somewhat of a bait and switch; the brief synopsis from the studio above market the film as husband and father Tim (Jake Johnson) unintentionally stumbling across both a buried gun and potential human bone while doing some gardening at the house of the friend he, his wife Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt), and toddler child (actually played by director Joe Swanberg’s son, Jude Swanberg) are vacationing at during their absence, and this discovery triggering an already expanding rift in their marriage. You can’t say they lied, but the summary sure is misleading.

After being »

- Robert Kojder

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