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Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, "Molly's Game", based on "Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker" by author Molly Bloom, starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner, opening November 22, 2017:
"...'Molly Bloom' (Chastain), is an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents.
"Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and unknown to her a Russian mob.
"Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer 'Charlie Jaffey' (Elba)...
"...who learned there was more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe..."
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- Michael Stevens
Whether or not you consider his dialogue to be overwrought, Aaron Sorkin’s emphasis on speech in a fundamentally visual medium is inarguably deserving of admiration. Striking the balance decisively more frequent than not, his narratives finesse the marriage of exposition and discourse effectively and memorably. While Molly’s Game doesn’t deviate from what Sorkin’s established as the baseline with Academy Award-caliber screenplays like The Social Network and Moneyball, his latest effort finds the scribe operating short of peak power.
Like most wordsmiths, Aaron’s worship of the written word includes a healthy consumption of literature. His fifth consecutive adaptation, Molly’s Game assuredly demonstrates the screenwriter’s unmistakable style and signifies that even the most accomplished ink-slinger continuously has a need to sharpen his craft.
- Joseph Falcone
Molly’s Game is slick, flashy, highly entertaining, and hugely forgettable. Considering that it’s the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, that may come as a surprise. Sorkin is, of course, the much-imitated writer of The West Wing and The Newsroom. But perhaps his scripts for Moneyball and Steve Jobs are more relevant here. Both are based on true stories… just like Molly’s Game. Both are centered around tough, forceful protagonist… just like Molly’s Game. But when looking at this trio, Molly’s Game is far and away the lightweight.
That’s not entirely a bad thing. The story of underground poker titan Molly Bloom should be told with a light touch. Bloom’s tale is almost too full of highs and lows to be believed. Yet it’s all true. Bloom really was one of the nation’s finest young skiers, before a devastating injury ruined her »
- Christopher Schobert
Molly’s Game review
Following outstanding screenplays such as A Few Good Men, Moneyball and The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, another true story based around the exploits of Olympic skier turned Hollywood poker princess, Molly Bloom.
Adapting from Bloom’s memoir ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker’, Sorkin has crafted a two hour-plus opus that engages from the opening frame.
Jessica Chastain leads the cast as Bloom, a charismatic, focussed former professional athlete who was once ranked as the number three mogul competitor in north America. Injury forced her to switch careers, »
- Paul Heath
Every movie that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century has been about a real person. On the other hand, it might be more accurate to say that none of the movies that Aaron Sorkin has written since the turn of the 21st century have been about a real person. Sure, “The Social Network” effectively “Rashomon”-ed the myth of Mark Zuckerberg, “Moneyball” immortalized Billy Beane, “Charlie Wilson’s War” reintroduced Americans to a semi-forgotten Congressman, and “Steve Jobs” made sure everyone knows that the guy who invented our phones was a pretty shitty dad, but those films weren’t interested in capturing their respective subjects so much as they were in selling them for spare parts.
Sorkin doesn’t want the life story; he wants the life rights. He wants to take the facts, sharpen them until they can cut through all the noise, and »
- David Ehrlich
Aaron Sorkin talks a good game, so it should come as no surprise that his directorial debut — surprisingly cinematic for someone so voluble, in which Jessica Chastain plays self-made gambling madam Molly Bloom, who built a multi-million-dollar poker empire that managed to attract a lot of unwanted attention (much of it on account of her memoir, “Molly’s Game”) — amounts to a series of mile-a-minute monologues, stacked back-to-back for the better part of 140 minutes. Still, for a writer accused of misogyny in the past, “Molly’s Game” delivers one of the screen’s great female parts — a dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain’s stratospheric talent.
Whereas most Hollywood directors aspire to the show-don’t-tell school of screenwriting, Sorkin clearly subscribes to a different philosophy: tell more, tell it faster, and then re-tell it in different words for added effect. And guess what? That »
- Peter Debruge
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Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg first met in 2006 when they were working at CBS Digital, where together they produced one of the first web series, Clark and Michael, starring Michael Cera and Clark Duke. They followed that up in 2010 with MTV's first scripted comedy, The Hard Times of Rj Berger, and made their partnership formal with the launch of KatzSmith Productions in 2011.
Katzenberg, son of former DreamWorks mogul and current WndrCo chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, has become an in-demand TV director (The Goldbergs, Ballers), while Grahame-Smith, who grew up in Connecticut and moved to Los Angeles after graduating »
- Gregg Kilday
Motherboy is back in action. Recently, Arrested Development star Tony Hale posted a photo from the set of the Netflix series' fifth season.After years in limbo, the new season will see the Bluth family return nearly four years after season four debuted in 2013. The cast includes Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, David Cross, and Alia Shawkat.Read More… »
- Jada Yuan
Brian Tyree Henry, an Emmy nominee this year for NBC’s “This Is Us,” has joined the cast of this spring’s Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.” Henry, who’s best known for his work opposite Donald Glover in the FX comedy “Atlanta,” joins Michael Cera and Chris Evans in the starry production, the first at Second Stage Theater’s new Broadway venue Hayes Theater. Trip Cullman will direct the show, which begins previews on March 1, 2018 in advance of an official opening on March 26. Also Read: Chris Evans to Make Broadway Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero' First performed in 2001, “Lobby. »
- Thom Geier
Toys ‘R’ Us has revealed its annual Bricktober celebration exclusive set which contains four brand new Batman minifigures as part of The Lego Batman Movie theme; take a look at the official promotional images here…
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
- Amie Cranswick
Brett Gelman and Janicza Bravo on Making ‘Lemon’ by Uinterview Janicza Bravo‘s first full-length feature film, Lemon, was packed with faces familiar to the director. For starters, her partner of nine years, Brett Gelman, was the film’s star. Michael Cera, Judy Greer, and John Daly, all of whom appear in the film, were all actors who Bravo had previously known […]
- Jacob Kaye
In continuing our fall preview, and after highlighting the 25 best films we’ve already seen, today brings a look at the unknown. We’ve narrowed down 30 works with (mostly) confirmed release dates that are coming over the next four months and have us intrigued. While some won’t show up until late December, a good amount will first premiere over the next few weeks at various film festivals, so check back for our reviews.
See our list below, and return soon for our final preview: the festival premieres we’re most looking forward to.
While their most recent superhero feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming, had more personality than a standard outing for Marvel, it still couldn’t quite shake the cookie-cutter feeling that plagues the rest of the spandex-laden cinematic universe. Hopefully that notion won’t carry though in Taika Waitit’s Thor threequel. Any film starring »
- The Film Stage
Do you find Brett Gelman hilarious? It's not a rhetorical question: You either consider the comedian's act, located at the intersection of Adult Swim and aggressively annoying, as the epitome of edgy, avant–ha-ha humor or you probably don't consider it at all. When deployed correctly in small doses – see the staggeringly great Amazon Britcom Fleabag – Gelman's subway-frotteur vibe can add the perfect toxic aftertaste. And even if the weaponized uncomfortability of something like his Dinner in America short isn't your bag, you have to admire the sheer commitment of »
The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 70th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.
The term “independent film” is vaguer than ever, but film festivals are the best place to look for its evolving definition. While American independent film has developed a unique identity thanks to Sundance and other North American showcases, it takes on a very different profile when these films travel abroad.
The Locarno Film Festival has developed something of a reputation for enabling European festival-goers to discover the best of American independent film, its visitors relying on the festival’s programmers to delve through the material sold as independent to find the films that deserve the label. Here’s a look at four highlights from this year’s lineup that were well-received by the festival’s audiences.
Though it »
- Matt Turner
Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.The best things come to those who wait, and Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill) has long been dreaming of the moment that opens Part 15 of Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival. "I've been a selfish bitch to you all these years," says his one-eyed wife Nadine (Wendy Robie), who's walked a long way—a Dr. Jacoby/Dr. Amp gold, shit-digging shovel slung over her shoulder—to the cash-only Gas Farm that Ed has run for most of his life. She states the obvious: Ed is in love with Rr Diner propietor Norma Jennings (Peggy Lipton), and she, Nadine, has always stood in his way. Those days are finally over. Ed is reluctant to think of this as anything beyond another of his spouse's manic episodes. »
Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize earlier this year, Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s documentary Dina tells a love story of a unique stripe. The film follows Dina Buno, a 49-year-old living on disability, suffering from a neurological disorder, and her courtship with Scott Levin, a Walmart greeter with Asperger syndrome. Featuring a score by Michael Cera, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of an October release.
“A tender love story, Dina is a documentary that could easily be mistaken for a fiction film. Framed in long takes, often on a tripod, several choices other than its style call the film’s legitimacy into question, including a key moment which occurs in the film’s third act that leaves one wondering if directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini are playing fair. The film, up until that moment, is so engrossing that as manipulative as it may appear, »
- Jordan Raup
Superbad came out 10 years ago this weekend and has gone on to become a true modern comedy classic. The movie did really well at the box office, but it has really taken on a life of its own in the years since its release. The movie was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who have become quite the duo in Hollywood these days. In honor of the movie's 10th anniversary, Rogen took to Twitter to reveal some pretty surprising facts about Superbad. For one, it was the first movie to ever use a particular curse word.
Seth Rogen revealed several things about Superbad on Twitter recently, but no doubt, one of the most hilarious is that the movie actually has a strange claim to fame. According to him, the MPAA said that they were the first movie to ever use the term "fingerf&%k" in a movie. Here's what »
It’s hard to believe, but yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of Greg Mottola‘s Superbad, the high school comedy that launched the careers of up-and-coming actors like Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Emma Stone. To celebrate the occasion, Seth Rogen – who co-wrote the movie with Evan Goldberg and co-starred as Officer Michaels – […]
- Ben Pearson
The 35-year-old Canadian actor had some fun tweeting out facts about Superbad on Thursday to celebrate the beloved comedy's 10th anniversary, and there was one in particular that caught fans' attention.
The Neighbors 2 star provided many more tidbits, including where you can spot Danny McBride and who inspired some of the movie's raunchiest jokes:
Related: Seth Rogen Can't Believe His Mom Tweeted About Her Sex Life
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