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Looking for a movie that combines our current challenges with gaining marriage equality as well as family, love and romance? You’ll find all that and more in I Do, the new film by writer/producer David W. Ross (who also stars in the film) and director Glenn Gaylord (Leave It On The Floor).
The film, in select theaters now and also available to buy on iTunes, focuses on a unique side of the marriage equality debate – that of immigration for a non-us citizen (Ross) who, because of Doma, is forced to fake a relationship with a woman – who happens to be a lesbian, played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler – in order to stay in the country. The film also stars Mike C. Manning (The Real World), Alicia Witt, Patricia Belcher and Grant Bowler.
I chatted with Ross last week about the challenges of bringing all these issues together in the film, »
- Jim Halterman
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
The last time M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at a big-budget “Man vs. Wild” episode, with 2008’s “The Happening,” the unseen villainess was none other than Mother Nature herself. In the decided non-happening that is Shyamalan’s latest, “After Earth,” the threats lurking on a post-apocalyptic blue planet include baboons, predatory birds and a giant alien beastie that looks like a rejected prototype from H.R. Giger’s workshop. (At least there are no Tom Cruise clones.) But it’s Shyamalan’s career, and that of producer-director Will Smith, that seem to be struggling for survival in this listless sci-fi wilderness adventure — a grim hodgepodge of “Avatar,” “The Hunger Games” and “Life of Pi” that won’t come anywhere near equaling those juggernauts with the ticketbuying public. »
- Variety Staff
Chicago – Nothing bugs a critic more than obstacles strategically placed in the path of otherwise happy characters. Without the conspiratorial manipulations of the plot, these people would have no problem leading perfectly content lives. Instead of emerging organically from the characters themselves, the conflict swoops in like a speeding car fresh off the highway.
That’s more or less what happens in the opening moments of Glenn Gaylord’s “I Do,” as a suave, good-natured Brit, Peter (Grant Bowler), is hit by a car upon leaving a New York restaurant with his pregnant wife, Mya (Alicia Witt), and brother, Jack (David W. Ross). Since Jack’s primary character flaw is that he’s too nice, he spends the next seven years raising his adorable niece, Tara (Jessica Tyler Brown), with Mya, while putting his personal life entirely on hold. Jack may have come off as a maddeningly idealized saint »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The chronic artistic (and, ironically, political) failure of much mainstream American queer cinema is its earnest, facile treatment of the issues affecting the Lgbt community. Director Glenn Gaylord, working from a script by David W. Ross, falls into the usual traps in this film about marriage equality and immigration, and the ways double standards with the former penalize gay couples dealing with the latter. British expatriate Jack (Ross) sees his life crumble when his work visa is denied though he's been in the U.S. for over a decade—he works as an assistant fashion photographer and is helping raise the young daughter of his late brother. Complicating matters, he's just met the love of his life, whose own citizenship status is tricky. A green-card marriage to his prickly lesbia »
Opening May 31st, 2013, I Do views marriage equality in the U.S. through the prism of immigration rights. Stepping right into the middle of the marriage equality debate, I Do is the deeply affecting story about a man forced by discrimination to make an impossible choice. Yet while both sides of the issue passionately state their cases, what’s left in the balance are families and couples often split apart, especially those with bi-national makeups. Immigration, which most heterosexual couples take for granted as a given, complicates same-sex relationships, even in states where marriage is now legal. The cast of the film directed by Glenn Gaylord from the writing by David W. Ross, includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, David W. Ross, Grant Bowler, Patricia Belcher, Jessica Brown and Mickey Cottrell. »
Gauiri Shinde’s English Vinglish is one of the runners – up of the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival that concludes on Monday. The 24th edition of the festival screened 182 films from 68 countries.
The other runners-up are Gert Embrechts’ Allez, Eddy! (Belgium/ Luxembourg / The Netherlands), Travis Fine’s Any Day Now (USA), Peter Webber’s Emperor (Japan), Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Denmark), Glenn Gaylord’s I Do (USA), Inuk (Greenland), Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK) by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair (Denmark), Michael McGowan’s Still (Canada) and Darko Mitrevski’s The Third Half (Macedonia).
The Sapphires by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey by Ramona Diaz was awarded the Audience Award Best for Documentary Feature. The Fipresci Prize for »
6 items from 2013
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