9 items from 2015
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 9. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide Pan Director: Joe Wright Cast: Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Levi Miller, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell Synopsis: "The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan." Limited Big Stone Gap Director: Adriana Trigiani Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jasmine Guy, Chris Sarandon, Anthony Lapaglia, John Benjamin Hickey, Judith Ivey, James Hampton, Mary Pat Gleason, Bridget Gabbe, Joe Inscoe, Angelina Fiordellisi, Mary Testa Synopsis: "Ave Maria Mulligan has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque »
- Steve Greene
“Big Stone Gap” was shot entirely on location in the coal-mining Virginia town of the same name, which is also Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown.
“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie,” Goldberg said. “It looks lush.”
- Dave McNary
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Stars: Donald Faison, Amy Acker, Ava Carpinello, James Carpinello, Dagmara Dominczyk, Marika Dominczyk, Veronika Dominczyk, Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg, Patrick Wilson, Nicolette Sheridan | Written and Directed by Scott Foley
Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems—like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Scott Foley’s directorial début, also starring Foley, Patrick Wilson, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan, is a blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.
Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife makes me feel weird inside. It is surprisingly sweet and heartfelt for a film about murdering someone and disposing of the remains. The combination of such a dark topic and »
- Richard Axtell
Let’S Kill Ward’S Wife is an odd dark comedy about a group of attractive young L.A. suburbanites getting away with murder – to be more specific: killing Ward’s wife. Ward’s wife has a name – it’s Stacy (she’s played by Dagmara Dominczyk), and she (according to this movie) deserves to die because she is one horribly domineering battle-ax. She won’t let her husband (Donald Faison) play golf with his three best buddies; personal trainer Ronnie (James Carpinello), writer Tom (Scott Foley), or struggling actor David (Patrick Wilson), who keeps getting cast in shows only to see his character promptly killed off. Stacy also won’t let Ward touch her, make a sound, or even breathe too loudly. Everyone hates her. Ward’s trio of pals joke about killing Amy so their friend can have his life back, but David also goes as far as »
- Tom Stockman
The IMDb synopsis for Jack Strong describes the film as a “gripping spy thriller” that “tells the true story of a man who dares to challenge the Soviet empire.” While it’s true that the story involves spies, soviets and men, there’s not a great that’s daring, gripping or thrilling in this meandering yet overwrought snoozefest.
The Cold War is a rich seam for stories that has quite possibly been excavated of all its jewels at this point (mainly by John le Carré and Stanley Kubrick), so a plot involving state secrets being passed from Russia-controlled Poland to the slickly-suited USA has me stifling a yawn from the opening credits on. “Jack Strong” is the codename given to the Polish colonel disenfranchised by his Communist overlords and embarks upon »
- Mark Allen
Let’s not linger on “Let’s Kill Ward's Wife,” a wannabe-dark comedy about a gaggle of good-looking young suburbanites getting away with some monstrously ugly deeds. The woman who winds up dead is a miserably overbearing shrew named Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk, deserving better), but according to the topsy-turvy moral logic of Scott Foley’s rancid writing-directing debut, the real victim here is her henpecked husband, Ward (Donald Faison), who solemnly memorializes his wife’s death by urinating in the bathtub containing her hacked-up remains. That’s what passes for a comic highlight in this torturously unfunny exercise, which doesn’t even rise to the level of competent misogyny, and looks set to die a quicker death than Stacy herself in limited theatrical and VOD release.
In what might generously be interpreted as a sort of authorial mea culpa, Foley (“Scandal”) casts himself as the guilty party, Tom. Provoked »
- Justin Chang
From first-time feature writer/director Scott Foley (who also stars in the film), the black comedy Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is a subversive look at what happens when one of your friends is married to the totally wrong person. Everyone hates Ward’s (Donald Faison) wife, Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk), and wants her dead, including Ward. But when murderous fantasies turn into accidental reality, they have to figure out how to dispose of the body without getting caught. The film also stars Patrick Wilson, Marika Dominczyk, Amy Acker, James Carpinello and Greg Grunberg. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor/filmmaker Scott Foley talked about how this story evolved, making a film that’s Throw Momma From the Train meets Very Bad Things, getting this very tricky tone right, that a film really comes together during the post-production process, how his friends and family reacted to the final cut, »
- Christina Radish
From first-time feature writer/director Scott Foley (who also stars in the film), the black comedy Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is a subversive look at what happens when one of your friends is married to the totally wrong person. Everyone hates Ward’s (Donald Faison) wife, Stacy (Dagmara Dominczyk), and wants her dead, including Ward. But when murderous fantasies turn into accidental reality, they have to figure out how to dispose of the body without getting caught. The film also stars Patrick Wilson, Marika Dominczyk, Amy Acker, James Carpinello and Greg Grunberg. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor/producer Patrick Wilson talked about his reaction when he first read the script, why he wanted to get involved as a producer, how it was to be directed by his brother-in-law, the goals for his production company with James Carpinello, called Lost Rhino Films, wanting to make the leap to directing, »
- Christina Radish
9 items from 2015
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