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Film Review: ‘When the Bough Breaks’ is in Need of Repairs

13 September 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Popular nursery rhymes are told to children as a way to calm them, but also as some kind of cautionary tale. Most of us could hear the melody and be able to sing the words along with it. This predictability is both its greatest strength and weakness, but the predictability that is the nursery cautionary tale in “When the Bough Breaks” is anything but a strength.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

One of the worst things a film can be is “okay”. At least if a film is at either extreme of good or bad, it tends to be memorable. I can remember every Adam Sandler film as well as I can remember every Steven Spielberg. The biggest problem with “When the Bough Breaks” is how easily it clears your mind as soon as it’s over. The only thought you might leave the film with is, “Wow, they’re going to need a good lawyer. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sully Conquers the Weekend Box Office with $35.5 Million

11 September 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Labor Day holiday weekend typically marks the end of the summer movie season, and the grosses typically reflect the end of summer as well. Last weekend, the hit thriller Don't Breathe took the top spot with $15.7 million over the first three-days, and a total of $19.5 over the extended four-day holiday, but it faced four newcomers this weekend, the true story biopic Sully, the sexually-charged thriller When the Bough Breaks, the animated adventure The Wild Life and Relativity's thriller The Disappointments Room. As predicted, Sully easily took the top spot with $35.5 million this weekend.

We had wondered if the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks would cause people to skip Sully, starring Tom Hanks as the pilot who saved lives during an incredible emergency landing known as the Miracle on the Hudson. That wasn't the case, though, with the movie pulling in an impressive $10,072 per-screen average from 3,525 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. »

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When The Bough Breaks Review

10 September 2016 10:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

September – along with January, to be fair – is known largely as a cinematic wasteland wherein studios unleash particularly unambitious projects upon the world, the kind of mid-budget films that tend to play it safe narratively and, if they’re lucky, could eke out enough money at the box office to turn the dearth of actual must-sees into a modest profit. When the Bough Breaks is a perfect example of this. With a reported budget of only $10 million, the film hews closely to the formula of its forebears and leverages the presence of two solid actors in the hopes of capitalizing on the post-summer, pre-awards season window.

The film stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall as John and Laura Taylor, a married couple who have been dying to conceive their first child. After years of trying and enduring multiple miscarriages, they have decided to go the surrogate route, and when they »

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Film Review: ‘When the Bough Breaks’

9 September 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As it trudges along a predictable path through a formulaic scenario, “When the Bough Breaks” comes across as a Lifetime cable movie that got lucky and won a lottery offering theatrical release as first prize. The presence of a predominantly African-American cast arguably is the only distinguishing characteristic of this by-the-numbers thriller about a childless couple’s unwitting employment of an unstable surrogate mother. Of course, some folks might contend that even a thoroughly ordinary film that provides gainful employment for attractive and talented pros like Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall is worth, at the very least, 106 minutes of anyone’s time. But it’s a safe bet that such charitable souls would prefer to spend that time in the comfort of their living rooms, rather than inside their friendly neighborhood multiplexes.

Chestnut and Hall are well cast as John and Laura Taylor, a New Orleans power couple — he’s a successful attorney, »

- Joe Leydon

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Box Office: ‘Sully’ Soaring to $32 Million Opening Weekend

9 September 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Hanks’ “Sully” is dominating the box office as the thriller-biopic heads for a $32 million weekend at 3,525 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

That’s well above recent forecasts, which had placed the Warner Bros. film in the $25 million range. Warner Bros. maintained that estimate for “Sully” on Friday — even though it was heading for a $12 million opening day, including $1.4 million from Thursday night previews.

Sony-Screen Gems drama “When the Bough Breaks” also appears to be outperforming the studio’s estimates, which had been in the $10 to $12 million range. Early estimates from rivals indicated that the Morris Chestnut-Regina Hall starrer would come in with a $6 million Friday and between $18 and $20 million at 2,246 sites for the weekend.

Lionsgate’s launch of animated comedy “The Wild Life” was generating only modest interest with an opening day in the $900,000 range at 2,493 locations for a weekend of around $3.5 million. Relativity’s horror »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Sully’ Lands With $1.4 Million Opening on Thursday Night

9 September 2016 7:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Hanks’ “Sully” has opened with a solid $1.4 million in Thursday night preview showings at about 2,700 North American locations.

Sully” is expected to win the weekend, the first of the fall season. Warner Bros.’ “Sully” has been forecast to reach at least $25 million at 3,525 locations ahead of Sony’s thriller “When the Bough Breaks” with  around $15 million at 2,246 sites.

Sully” is opening seven years after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a damaged Us Airways jet in the Hudson River after it hit a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. Clint Eastwood directed from a script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography “Highest Duty” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

Sully” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Sept. 2 and has received largely laudatory reviews with a current 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara are in supporting roles. »

- Dave McNary

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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

7 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters, »

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Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Sully’ Set to Land With Moderate $25 Million

6 September 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Hanks’ “Sully” is set to easily win the weekend’s domestic box office with about $25 million at around 3,400 locations.

Warner Bros. is opening “Sully” seven and a half years after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a damaged Us Airways jet in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. Clint Eastwood directed from a script by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography “Highest Duty” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

Sully” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on Friday and has received largely laudatory reviews with a current 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Warner Bros. will hold Thursday night preview showings at about 2,700 sites.

Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara are in supporting roles. This marks the first time that Hanks and Eastwood have collaborated.

Box office trackers are expecting “Sully” to launch in the same range as two »

- Dave McNary

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Will Clint Eastwood's Sully Fly High at the Box Office?

6 September 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The low-budget hit thriller Don't Breathe managed to stay atop the box office during the Labor Day holiday weekend, taking in $15.7 million over the first three-days, and a total of $19.5 over the extended four-day holiday. Now that the fall movie season is kicking into high gear, some of this year's awards season favorites will start hitting the big screen, with the highly-anticipated biopic Sully poised to be one of the first Oscar candidates to arrive this year. We're predicting that Sully should have no trouble taking the top spot this weekend with $22.5 million, fending off fellow new releases The Disappointments Room, The Wild Life and When the Bough Breaks.

What will be interesting to see is how the 9/11 anniversary affects box office sales. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack, and while Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as the title character, does not have anything to do with terrorism, »

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Morris Chestnut on Jaz Sinclair’s Breakout Role in ‘When the Bough Breaks’: ‘Her Character Carries This Movie’

29 August 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jaz Sinclair reigned supreme as the breakout star of Screen Gems’ latest psychological thriller, “When the Bough Breaks,” with costar Morris Chestnut singing her praises during the premiere at Regal L.A. Live on Sunday.

“Jaz is kind of scary,” said Chestnut, who doubles as executive producer. “She was about the same age I was when I did ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and there was no way I could have taken a role like she took on in this movie.”

“Her character carries this movie,” he continued. “Without her character and an actress who has the chops to play the role the way she did, the movie doesn’t work.”

The psychological thriller follows John (Chestnut) and Laura Taylor (Regina Hall), an affluent couple whose world is shattered when they discover their surrogate is not who they expected.

Sinclair, who was 20 during filming, said she didn’t focus on her character’s young age. »

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When The Bough Breaks trailer drops

15 August 2016 12:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The trailer for When The Bough Breaks, a new thriller from Jon Cassar (24), which is set to drop Stateside this September, has just landed online.

The film stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall as John and Laura Taylor, a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby.  After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

The film is yet to secure a UK release date, but North American audiences can expect this on September 9th. Here’s the trailer.

The post When The Bough Breaks trailer drops appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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When The Bough Breaks: the new trailer

14 August 2016 10:38 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2016

From the director of lots of episodes of 24 comes When The Bough Breaks, starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall. Here's the trailer.

Jon Cassar is a director best known for his work on the 24 TV series. But he’s now bringing his thriller edge to the big screen, in the upcoming When The Bough Breaks.

This one’s a psychological thriller that stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and Jaz Sinclair, with Jack Olsen penning the script. The movie is due out in the Us next month, although we don’t have a UK release date as of yet. Still, we do have a trailer for the film, and you can see it right here…

Here’s the synopsis too…

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna »

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When the Bough Breaks Trailer #2 Unleashes a Psycho Surrogate

14 August 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in April, Sony Pictures offered a first look at their thriller When the Bough Breaks at CinemaCon with the first trailer. We haven't heard anything about the movie since then, but with the September 16 release date getting closer and closer, the studio has rolled out a second trailer with even more new footage. This could be one of the most chilling thrillers of the year, and it may have couples seeking surrogates reconsidering adoption or other methods of bringing a baby into their lives.

This new trailer, which debuted on Sony Screen Gems' Youtube channel, focuses on John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall), a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate - but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic »

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#ItAllWentWrong in New Trailer for Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall Thriller, ‘When the Bough Breaks’

14 August 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has released a new trailer (below) for the psychological thriller, “When the Bough Breaks,” directed by Jon Cassar, from a screenplay penned by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek. Official synopsis reads: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut… Continue Reading → »

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DVD Review – Forsaken (2016)

18 July 2016 10:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Forsaken, 2016

Directed by Jon Cassar.

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore, Michael Wincott, Greg Ellis and Brian Cox.

Synopsis:

In the Old West, former Civil War-veteran John Henry returns to his frontier hometown where he must repair a fractious relationship with his Reverend father, and face the demons of his past when a gang of outlaws threaten the community…

Not just a throwback to the Western of old, Forsaken is a film born of historical connections. Directed by Jon Cassar, who worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the series that made him iconic, 24, and starring Kiefer alongside his legendary father Donald Sutherland, something they’ve only briefly done before – sharing screen time in the little known Max Dugan Returns in the early 80’s and appearing not together in Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill in 1996. For them, the appeal was appearing not just together but as father and son on screen, »

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DVD Review – Forsaken (2015)

11 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Forsaken, 2015.

Directed by Jon Cassar.

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Demi Moore and Brian Cox.

Synopsis:

Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

The Western, the once mainstream genre, has dwindled down to a handful of productions a year now. As times have changed, very little has developed within the Western genre, and it’s really down to the added gore or female-focused narratives that have shown a matured representation. But, despite trying to engage contemporary audiences, new additions such as Jane Got a Gun, The Homesman, and Cowboys & Aliens have all failed at the box office. Modernistic directors such as Tarantino with Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight have successfully reinvigorated it, but only due to an extremely fresh take or die-hard fanbase enabling it to do so. »

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#ItAllWentWrong in Poster for Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall Thriller, ‘When the Bough Breaks’

23 June 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has released a new poster (above) for the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks,” directed by Jon Cassar, from a screenplay penned by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek. Official synopsis reads: John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut… Continue Reading → »

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Edinburgh 2016: Forsaken review

19 June 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Just as John Henry Clayton thought he was out, they pull him back in. Directed by Jon Cassar, Forsaken is a humdrum Western which never demonstrates even the suggestion of a trick up its sleeve. Kiefer Sutherland tops the bill as a reformed gunslinger, a prodigal son returning home from the Civil War to a town under the leather boot of no good rootin' tootin' bad guys. With a desire to put a life of killing behind him, live off the land, rekindle an old flame and reconcile with his preacher father – played by Sutherland Sr., Donald – John Henry is running away from a chequered past.

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Scottish films revealed for Edinburgh International Film Festival

17 May 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two Brian Cox-starrers and a documentary focus on female directors are amongst this year’s programme of films.Scroll down for list in full

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled the Scottish selection for its 70th edition (June 15-26).

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour, starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with the world premiere of Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.

Veteran actor Brian Cox has two features in the selection, János Edelényi’s comedy The Carer [pictured] and Jon Cassar’s western Forsaken, in which he stars alongside both Kiefer and Donald Sutherland.

Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama Sticky Notes, from director Amanda Sharp.

Angus Macfadyen, known for playing Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, makes his directorial debut with Macbeth Unhinged, a black-and-white »

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Eiff unveils Scottish selection

17 May 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two Brian Cox-starrers and a documentary focus on female directors are amongst this year’s programme of films.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled the Scottish selection for it 69th edition (June 15-26).

As previously announced, the festival will open with Tommy’s Honour (world premiere), starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard (world premiere).

Veteran actor Brian Cox has two features in the selection, János Edelényi’s comedy The Carer [pictured] and Jon Cassar’s western Forsaken, in which he stars alongside both Kiefer and Donald Sutherland.

Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama Sticky Notes, from director Amanda Sharp.

Angus Macfadyen, known for playing Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, makes his directorial debut with Macbeth Unhinged, a black-and-white retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy.

This year’s Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap series »

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