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Title: Among Ravens Directors: Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg Starring: Amy Smart, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Victoria Smurfit, Johnny Sequoyah, Christian Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Russell Friedenberg, Calum Grant, Castille Landon “I’m lost in all this bullshit – I don’t even know who I am anymore!” screams a character late in “Among Ravens,” and at no point in the 103-minute running time of this dysfunctional-family drama does an audience member feel more of a surge of empathetic identification and crystal-clear truth. Co-directed by Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, this indie film is an achingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through. “Among Ravens” unfolds during an annual July 4 party hosted by Wendy (Amy Smart) and [ Read More ]
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The latest trailer for If I Stay is now online, which gives fans of Gayle Forman's Ya novel a glimpse into the feature film. Director R.J. Cutler's adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young musician who balances her aspirations of attending the Juilliard School with the budding romance of her devoted boyfriend Adam, played by Jamie Blackley. A tragic event puts those Earthly concerns behind her as Mia must decide whether to fight for her life with Adam by her side, or give in to her new condition. The new trailer offers quite a bit more bed-side footage than the previously released prologue trailer, but also appears to give away some of the story's beats. Viewer beware. Also starring Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach, If I Stay opens in theaters August 22nd. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. »
- Dave Trumbore
Chloe Moretz has a tough decision to make in the latest trailer for the upcoming Warner Bros. drama If I Stay. After a tragic accident leaves her caught between the world of the living and the dead, she must decide where she needs to go. Will show follow her family into the afterlife, or will she return to live with the love of her life Adam. Watch as one young girl struggles with the biggest problem she's ever had to face in her young life. Which path will she choose, in theaters summer.
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. »
Secrets are unearthed, marriages are endangered and avian metaphors are tortured to death in “Among Ravens,” the rare dysfunctional-family melodrama that might just make you long for a second viewing of “August: Osage County.” Idaho’s gorgeous natural scenery serves as the backdrop for this terminally trite ensembler about various so-called adults coming together for a fateful Fourth of July holiday, their every harsh word and bad decision captured from the perspective of a preternaturally wise young child who’s as much of a walking cliche as they are. The film opens theatrically and on demand July 18 through Gravitas Ventures, after which it will probably be heard from nevermore.
The story is narrated by a young girl, Joey (Johnny Sequoyah), who notes at the outset, “Ravens really like to be together, like family. Let me introduce you to my ravens.” You’ll wish she hadn’t. First there’s Joey’s mom, »
- Justin Chang
Among Ravens isn’t nearly as deep as it thinks it is. Centering on a group of friends who reunite at a lakehouse for their annual Fourth of July get-together, it shoots for the wit and profundity of The Big Chill, but as the film progresses, it soon becomes clear that directors Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad are grappling around in the dark for a greater meaning that they lack the ability to articulate. So, instead of providing coherent ideas about the nature of aging, marriage, happiness and family, Among Ravens plays in disappointingly shallow waters, presenting viewers with one-note characters and a borderline nauseating amount of clunky bird metaphors. Unfortunately, just because it sounds profound, that doesn’t mean it actually is.
On hand to provide some of the film’s most aggravatingly artificial lines is Joey (Johnny Sequoyah), a 10-year-old girl whose development literally begins and ends at precocious. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sometimes it's through the eyes of a child that the true motivations and feelings of the adults around them are revealed. And that seems to be the case in "Among Ravens," an ensemble dramedy set over the course of a July 4th weekend. Written by Russell Friedenberg, who also-co directs with Randy Redroad, the film stars Amy Smart, Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Natalie Imbruglia and more, with the story following former college radical Wendy and trust fund baby Ellis, whose marriage is not what it appears to be on the outside. And Ellis' daughter Joey witnesses how it unfolds over the holiday weekend, as the couple invites a handful of guests to their home including nature photographer Chad, who bonds with Joey, and has secrets of his own. And below you can see how Joey isn't so easily placated by the metaphors offered by those around her. "Among Ravens" premiered »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today, We Got This Covered is happy to bring you an exclusive look at Gravitas’ upcoming comedic drama Among Ravens, which will be releasing on-demand and in theaters on July 18th. In the clip, characters Wendy (Amy Smart) and Emma (Victoria Smurfit) examine an elusive art gallery piece and discuss Emma’s reaction to her husband Saul (Russell Friedenberg) suddenly wanting to have children. The scene seems a good indicator of Among Ravens as a whole, spicing a very serious and sad topic with some much-appreciated humor.
Though Among Ravens has flown under the radar, it looks like quite an interesting and enjoyable watch, especially when you consider the film’s impressive cast. In addition to Smart, Smurfit and Friedenberg, young Believe actress Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Christian Campbell and Natalie Imbruglia have roles. The official synopsis reads as follows:
An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by »
- Isaac Feldberg
This atmospherically frightening sci-fi short 9 Minutes centers on a man who lives in the remote desert. There, he starts to go through some very strange phenomena. The title of the film refers to nine minutes of video that was recorded on the main character's phone that he doesn't remember.
The short was directed by P.J. Wolff and stars Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project). I will say that it starts off a little slow, but it turns out to be a really awesome, trippy thriller. If you start watching, please make sure to watch to the end because the ending is solid.
- Joey Paur
The new official trailer for the upcoming film, ‘Among Ravens,’ which offers a glimpse into the conflicts between a conflicted couple, has been released. The trailer was distributed in anticipation of the comedy-drama’s release On Demand and in theaters on July 18 by Gravitas Ventures. ‘Among Ravens’ was directed by Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, who also wrote the script for the comedy-drama. The film stars Amy Smart, Johnny Sequoyah, Joshua Leonard, Victoria Smurfit, Natalie Imbruglia, Christian Campbell, Will McCormack, Russell Friedenberg and Castille Landon. Gravitas Ventures has released the following synopsis for ‘Among Ravens’: An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by troubled couple Wendy (Smart) and Ellis (Leonard) [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Writer-director Hannah Fidell's psychological drama “A Teacher” put her on Hollywood's radar following its Sundance premiere in 2013 and now the Austin, Texas-based filmmaker has wrapped her second feature, which was executive produced by Mark Duplass and his Duplass Brothers Productions. Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) star as a young couple who have been together since high school. As they near the end of college, they face a series of volatile events that threaten to tear them apart forever. The untitled film, which Fidell directed from her own screenplay, co-stars Lindsay Burdge (“A Teacher”), Joshua Leonard »
- Jeff Sneider
Technically her sophomore point fifth of a feature (65-minuter We’re Glad You’re Here precedes A Teacher) which has amusingly gone by a vast array of titles (follow the social media folks for a visual clapboard round-up), Hannah Fidell (featured Ioncinephile of the month) has been cooking up her latest since the spring and now we’ve got official word on the make-up of the cast in the currently untitled project — a drama which will surely hit Sundance next year. Deadline reports that Taissa Farmiga (of Higher Ground fame) and Ben Rosenfield share the lead, while Joshua Leonard, Peter Vack, Jennifer Lafleur and three times a charm Lindsay Burdge are part of the supporting cast in what sounds like a psychological roller-coaster ride for a couple that are nearing the end of college — sort of the anthesis of the grown up portion in Linklater’s Boyhood. Kelly Williams and »
- Eric Lavallee
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Warner Bros has unveiled a new trailer for If I Stay.
Titled "Prologue", the clip shows a spectral Mia struggling with the decision of whether to fight back and awake from a coma or to let go of life and leave her family and boyfriend behind.
According to the La Times, Cutler previously said of the film: "This is unlike anything I think you've ever seen [Moretz] do.
"She will capture your heart and break it in the same moment."
If I Stay hits Us screens on August 22. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
The great beyond--or, maybe, the almost-great beyond--is getting some real screen time these days. There was "Heaven Is For Real" earlier this year, about a young boy who visits heaven during an emergency surgery. And now there's "If I Stay," the Chloë Grace Moretz starrer about an aspiring musician sent into a coma by a terrible car accident who undergoes a day-long out-of-body experience and must decide whether or not to return to the living. The film's been in the works for a few years since an adaptation of the best-selling source novel was announced in 2010. Dakota Fanning and Emily Browning were both considered for the lead role before it went to Moretz, and two directors (Catherine Hardwicke and then Heitor Dhalia) were attached before R.J. Cutler (the documentarian behind "The September Issue" and "The World According to Dick Cheney") was handed the baton to head for the finish line. »
- Jacob Combs
Geez Hollywood, give our tear ducts a break won't you? This weekend finds Shailene Woodley in love and battling cancer with "The Fault In Our Stars," and later this summer, teenagers, love and death will collide again in "If I Stay." Now might be a good time to hit Costco and stock up on Kleenex. R.J. Cutler ("The September Issue") directs this one, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, and Stacy Keach in the adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. The story? Well, after being caught in a tragic car accident and hanging somewhere between life and death, Mia must decide if she'll go to the white light or keep on living. Where's Beetlejuice when you need him? Here's the official synopsis: Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ya adaptations are all the rage at the moment, especially with the buzzworthy The Fault in Our Stars opening this weekend, and Warner Bros. is getting in on the fun by releasing an If I Stay prologue trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of the Gayle Forman novel. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl facing a tough decision between pursuing her musical dreams at Julliard or staying close to home with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley). Circumstances are further complicated when a life-changing accident throws her life off completely off balance. This “prologue” is essentially a new trailer with M83 adding a fair amount of emotional oomph to the proceedings. Moretz is a talented actress and the premise gives her a lot to work with, so I’m interested to see how this one shapes up. Hit the jump to watch the new If I Stay prologue trailer. »
- Adam Chitwood
The prologue written by Gayle Forman in her hit novel If I Stay is brought to life through actress Chloe Moretz's narration in a new trailer for this upcoming adaptation. The story centers on Mia Hall (Chloe Moretz), a young up and coming musician who is caught between life and death for one day, where she is forced to choose between joining her family in the afterlife following a tragic car crash, or staying with the love of her life (Jamie Blackley). Take a look at the latest footage as Mia ponders this impossible choice in director R.J. Cutler's adaptation, arriving in theaters August 22.
If I Stay comes to theaters August 22nd, 2014 and stars Chloe Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Jamie Blackley, Aliyah O'Brien, Chelah Horsdal, Joshua Leonard. The film is directed by R.J. Cutler. »
It's amazing how I can write about a movie less than two months ago and completely forget it even exists a short time later. That's what happened with If I Stay, an upcoming drama starring Chloe Moretz from director R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You're Expecting). The film hits theaters on August 22 and centers around a car accident that leaves 17-year-old Mia (Moretz) in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Along with Moretz, the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Jamie Blackley, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard and Aisha Hinds. Now I'm still trying to get some more statistics to put something together, but it shouldn't come as any surprise when we forget about a movie or don't even know it exists in the first place. Did you know that in 1995 only 370 movies were released in theaters »
- Brad Brevet
Among Ravens will open theatrically and on VOD day-and-date on July 18 following its world premiere at the Nantucket Film Festival and as opening night at Galway.
Inspired by real events, the film follows events at a combustible July Fourth family get-together as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have debuted a "prologue" trailer for If I Stay, the upcoming drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach. You can check out the video in the player below and also check out film's new poster in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page. »
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