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Have you ever been tempted to look at someone else's phone? Who do they text? What pictures do they save? What are they hiding? This modern quandary plays at the center of the teaser for Jason Reitman's upcoming drama Men, Women & Children. As its tag taunts, "Discover How Little You Know About The People You Know. " Reitman hit theaters earlier this year with Labor Day, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel. But despite goodwill earned with Juno and Up In The Air, and a cast that boasted Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, this drama opened with a whimper, unimpressive box office and critical scorn. Could Men, Women & Children prove Jason Reitman's redemption? Men, Women & Children reportedly will open in limited release on Oct. 3, going wider on Oct. 17. Like Up In The Air and Labor Day, Reitman's latest is based on a novel. In this case, it's Chad Klutgen's Men, »
If you’ve already binge-watched every critically acclaimed show out there and are wondering what to do next, TV critic Melissa Maerz has a few suggestions. Her column, “What I’m Watching Now,” is devoted to the best underhyped series on television (or Amazon, or Netflix, or whatever iDevice you’re using), whether they’re just premiering or have been lingering on your friends’ season pass queues for years.
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- Melissa Maerz
★★☆☆☆Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, Labor Day (2013) sees Canadian director Jason Reitman undertake a marked departure from the forthright yet blithe approach that made his indie-spirited offerings such as Juno (2007) and Young Adult (2011) such mainstream hits. Here, Reitman cavorts with heightened melodrama and nervous tension in a tale of vague suburban Stockholm syndrome within eighties picket fence America. Told through the impressionable vantage point of its young protagonist Henry (Dylan Minette) and narrated via his future self (Toby Maguire), Labor Day initially looks like a coming-of-age tale about an adolescent boy's education in masculinity.
- CineVue UK
Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet star as two lovers from vastly different worlds in the new drama Labor Day, currently available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 29. Jason Reitman directs this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel, which follows a single mother Kate Winslet who falls for a fugitive from justice (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. To celebrate this upcoming release, we have a giveaway where fans can win a copy of the Blu-ray, a Peach Pie Kit, and a copy of the novel signed by Joyce Maynard herself. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
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Director Jason Reitman explores the complex character Henry, portrayed both by Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire, in our exclusive featurette for Labor Day, currently available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 29. This adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel follows a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her young son (Gattlin Griffith) whose lives are changed when they help a mysterious stranger (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. The filmmaker explains how Tobey Maguire's voice was perfect to narrate the film as the older version of Henry, along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tobey Maguire and Josh Brolin on the set of this drama.
From writer/director Jason Reitman, the Academy Award-nominated director of Up in the Air and Juno, comes "a beautiful and endearing love story" (Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv) based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Joyce Maynard. "Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are exquisite" (Karen Durbin, »
If you’re a fan of literary adaptations then no doubt you’ll currently have your head stuck in a copy of Joyce Maynard’s emotional coming-of-age novel Labor Day, Nick Hornby’s heart-warming suicide drama A Long Way Down, or maybe even Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian Divergent. What we’re looking forward to most, however, is Richard Ayoade’s upcoming adaptation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s dark comedy novella, The Double. With an adapted screenplay written by Ayoade himself alongside fellow scribe Avi Korine, this is his first film since the hugely successful Submarine.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska as the two leads, the story follows a man driven insane after finding out his life and identity is being assumed by a doppelgänger. The original novella was released in 1846, subtitled “A Petersburg Poem” it showed the surreal and grotesque influences of fellow Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol, »
- Charlie Derry
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Labor Day is a bit of romance and plenty of drama.
Kate Winslet (Carnage) stars as single mother Adele, who with her son Henry (Gatlin Griffith, The New Daughter) offers a ride to a wounded man, Frank (Josh Brolin, Gangster Squad), only to find out that he’s an escaped conflict. As police search the town, Adele and Henry learn more about Frank, as their options become increasingly limited.
Winslet was nominated for a best actress Golden Globe for her performance in the PG-13 movie, which also stars Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby), James Van Der Beek (The Rules of Attraction) and J.K. Simmons (Jobs). Jason Reitman (Young Adult) wrote and directed Labor Day based on the novel by Joyce Maynard.
Despite getting a wide release in theaters, the film grossed only $13 million, probably on the poor reviews from critics, »
Adapting the novel of the same name from Joyce Maynard, Labor Day sees writer/director Jason Reitman delivers a movie far removed from the comedy dramas, such as Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air, that made his name. This is pretty much a slow burn, a beautifully shot, and heart breaking, coming of age story about 13 year old Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith), juggling the perils of puberty with caring for his recently divorced mother Adele (Kate Winslet), who has fallen into a deep depression. One fateful Labor Day weekend in 1987, escaped convict Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) comes into their lives, and turns them upside down. From a narrative point of view, Labor Day emulates the feel of a lazy holiday weekend, slow with nothing much happening, save for some brief flashes of activity. It is an exquisitely shot movie, Reitman capturing the beauty of the New Hampshire setting with every frame, »
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Review Simon Brew 21 Mar 2014 - 07:21
To the best of our knowledge, director Jason Reitman hasn't ever spent a long bank holiday weekend in the Midlands. Having done so many times ourselves, it's eerie just how he manages to capture the monotony of doing so in his latest film, Labor Day (an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's book, to which he's written the screenplay too). Coming on the heels of the woefully underappreciated Young Adult (both Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt could, with some justification, lodge appeals with Oscar voters), it's another dark drama, albeit a bit more of a contained one.
Despite getting a critical hammering in the States, it turns out that romantic drama Labor Day isn't all that bad. As the respective hostage taker and his captive homemaker, Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet may seem like a bad match on paper, but they each take a sincere approach - inspired by characters who have little to lose - and this creates a bond that helps tie the film together.
Otherwise, adapting the novel by Joyce Maynard feels like it may have been hard work for writer/director Jason Reitman. It's new ground for the man behind Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult and Thank You For Smoking - films where an edge of cynicism helps cut through the sentimentalism. In this case, Reitman appears to be angling for the sultry, »
Director: Jason Reitman.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) offer a wounded man a ride. As police search for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
It’s 1987, and Adele Wheeler is conducting the monthly shop with her son Henry at the local supermarket. Adele is a borderline agoraphobe, and since her husband (Clark Gregg) left her for another woman she has become increasingly awkward and anxious, preferring to keep outdoor excursions to an absolute minimum. Her fears prove somewhat justified when her son is approached by an escaped convict next to the comic book section – a murderer called Frank (Josh Brolin) who demands to be taken home so that he can lay low for a few days. »
- Steven Neish
The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?
Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.
If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »
- Xan Brooks
This Kate Winslet-starring, wholly unconvincing tale of a fugitive who turns out to be husband material is pure housewives' kitsch
All the signs pointed to Labor Day being a failure: the shamefaced January release, the place where Hollywood buries its dead; the trailers that laboriously gave away its entire story; a unanimous critical pile-on reminiscent of a biker stomping; and the presence at the helm and behind the typewriter of over-promoted adapter-director Jason Reitman, proof positive of the tyranny of good taste.
Based on a novel by Joyce Maynard (who also wrote To Die For), Labor Day gives us Adele, a depressed, agoraphobic single mother (Kate Winslet), seen from the perspective of her devoted 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) via a fatal overdose of portentous voiceover by Tobey Maguire as the adult Henry. At the supermarket they're accosted by an injured man who's just escaped from a prison hospital after an appendectomy. »
- John Patterson
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Additionally, Cinemark Holdings announces a special ticket offer exclusively at participating Cinemark locations across the U.S.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, Cinemark is offering a free admission to see Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush’s Labor Day with the purchase of a Labor Day ticket. This offer is valid only from Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17, 2014 with the presentation of a special online coupon.
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- Movie Geeks
Back in August, "Labor Day" was shaping up to be one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year-end awards season. Most of that had to do with the film's classy pedigree, consisting of stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman, and literary source Joyce Maynard, the "To Die For" novelist. Buzz was building, suggesting that the film might be both a big hit among discerning adult moviegoers and a potential Oscar winner in various categories.
Fast-forward six months, and "Labor Day" suddenly looks like an afterthought, dumped unceremoniously at the end of the dumping ground that is January. Having failed to secure any Oscar nominations or much appreciation among critics, it opened this weekend opposite the Super Bowl and another romance-minded film ("That Awkward Moment"). Pundits predicted a weak opening of around $7 or $8 million, but it earned only an estimated $5.3 million. Debuting in seventh place, »
- Gary Susman
Title: Labor Day Director: Jason Reitman Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexie Gilmore Four times Academy Award nominee, Jason Reitman, after having portrayed delightfully poignant and irreverent stories, such as ‘Thank You For Smoking,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Up in the Air’ and Young Adult,’ delivers an intensely suave adaptation of the novel ‘Labor Day’ by Joyce Maynard. It is the very Labor Day weekend that is bound to mark the lives of Adele (Kate Winslet) – a divorced, single mother who rarely ventures further than her house – and her judicious thirteen year old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith/Tobey [ Read More ]
The post Labor Day Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We are officially living in a golden Hart and Cube era: Universal’s comedy Ride Along continues to dominate the box office — after breaking the record for a January opening in its first two weekends — bringing in an additional estimated $4 million on Friday night. This brings the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube $25 million comedy up to a total of $84.7 million.
But That Awkward Moment is definitely in Ride Along’s rearview mirror: for its opening weekend in 2,809 locations, the bromantic comedy took in an estimated $3.9 million on Friday. Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Zac Efron are nice counter-programming for women on Super Bowl weekend, »
- Sara Vilkomerson
After its award-qualifying run in limited release last month, Paramount Pictures is bringing Labor Day to theaters nationwide, starting today. The studio has released two clips from this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel which centers on single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Dylan Minnette), who take in a troubled man in need of help named Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. Even though Frank eventually reveals he is an escaped convict wanted by the law, he helps bring this family together in ways they never thought possible. Take a look at these scenes from director Jason Reitman's drama, which shows how close Frank and Adele become over the course of one weekend.
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Adapted from Joyce Maynard's bestselling novel, Jason Reitman's latest work, the fifth feature film he's directed, is Labor Day. The film stars Josh Brolin as a drifter along with Kate Winslet plus Gattlin Griffith as her son. It first premiered at film festivals in late 2013, but is now in wide release from Paramount. Check your local listings to see this film in theaters. So how is it? After Juno, Up in the Air and Young Adult, is one of Reitman's better films? How are Winslet and Brolin together? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Jason Reitman's Labor Day. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment." Trailers below. Jason Reitman's Joyce Maynard adaptation "Labor Day" intercuts several plots and narrators in different time frames to reveal the back stories behind depressed Adele (Kate Winslet) living in New England solitude with her 12-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). On an outing to the store, the mother and son are commandeered by a threatening escaped prisoner (Josh Brolin). Reitman takes us on a ride that never flags and often surprises with real emotion, and Winslet gives a delicately sensual performance. Fair to say it's being creamed by mostly male critics. Clearly, this relationship drama plays better for women than men. A fascinating look at one genius inventor's obsession with »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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