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Interview: Director Kevin Macdonald Gets Under His ‘Black Sea’

15 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The old fashioned paranoid thriller lives, with the release of ‘Black Sea,’ a submarine movie that combines elements of the silent running of those underwater tin cans with the motivation of finding treasure – in this case Nazi gold – that has been buried where it sunk 70 years ago. The director of this film, Kevin Macdonald, creates a nail biting tension in the will-they-or-won’t-they survival mode of the British and Russian members of the submarine’s crew, led by Captain Robinson (Jude Law).

The Scotland-born Macdonald began his career as a notable documentary maker, winning an Oscar for his documentary “One Day in September” (1999), about the raid by Palestinian terrorists of the 1972 Munich Olympics. But he has also spun some Oscar gold in the narrative category, as Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for the Macdonald directed “The Last King of Scotland.” He continued to produce both features (“State of Play, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Sundance Gambler Flick 'Mississippi Grind' Goes to A24 and Directv

15 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The character study starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as two gamblers will debut later this year exclusively for 30 days for Directv's 20 million customers, followed by A24's theatrical rollout.  Here's the official synopsis:  Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but struggling poker player about to be swallowed up by his unshakeable gambling habit. But his luck begins to change after he meets the young, charismatic Curtis (Reynolds).  Gerry convinces his new lucky charm to hit the road with him, towards a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans.  The highs and lows unveil the duo’s true characters and motivations, and an undeniable bond forms between them. A24 and Directv also partnered on two other Sundance premieres: rookie Robert Eggers’ period thriller "The Witch," and "Slow West," starring Michael Fassbender. Films released through these partners include "Enemy," "Life after Beth," »

- Anne Thompson

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Mississippi Grind Movie Review

17 hours ago | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Mississippi Grind Directors: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert Gambling can be a serious addiction, and as a result it is used as the subject of a number of films. The rush of the bet and the endless cycle of owing money to loan sharks and other creditors is rarely a positive or optimistic situation, but the characters involved are often fascinating people. Mississippi Grind, the new film from Half Nelson directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden centers on two gamblers, Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), each with different vices that make them a  [ Read More ]

The post Mississippi Grind Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Sundance Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn Anchor Uneven 'Mississippi Grind'

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In "Mississippi Grind," Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a gambling addict who doesn't know when to cash his chips in and call it a day; Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) is a flighty traveler who likes to gamble for fun and doesn't care about winning or losing. United by the appreciation of a rainbow, they develop a great friendship. But Gerry's dangerous lifestyle begins to catch up with him when his loan shark gets impatient with his lack of payments. Believing that Curtis brings good luck, Gerry asks him to come along on a trip on a gambling tour in Mississippi to pay off his debts. Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ("Half Nelson") return to Sundance with a road trip that explores the back roads of America and ventures into the dark rooms where high stakes gambling takes place.  It soon becomes clear that Gerry is burning out, as he continues to »

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Sundance: A24 Picks Up ‘Mississippi Grind’ With Ryan Reynolds

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 has secured distribution rights to gambling drama “Mississippi Grind,” Variety has confirmed.

The film is the latest collaboration from “Half Nelson” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and offers another look at people struggling on the edges of society. Ryan Reynolds stars as a charismatic drifter who forms an unlikely bond with a down-on-his-luck gambler played by Ben Mendelsohn. Sienna Miller co-stars as Reynolds’ sometime girlfriend.

The picture debuted to a warm response at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In a review in Variety, critic Justin Chang said the film’s commercial prospects are limited, though he liked the picture.

“The moody, measured intelligence and exceptional skill with actors long evinced by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (‘Half Nelson,’ ‘Sugar’) once again serves them well in ‘Mississippi Grind,’ a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie that plays like a conscious throwback to the lost souls and open highways of 1970s American cinema, »

- Brent Lang

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2015: the year Netflix got serious

29 January 2015 3:03 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Between Marvel, sitcoms, and returning favourites, Netflix is producing more and more original content, here's what we can expect in 2015...

Not happy with being the undisputable king of subscription streaming TV and films, Netflix has spent the last few years finding its footing in creating original content. It's enjoyed some big hits with the likes of House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, but has also produced some less well-received properties such as Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development’s resurrection.

Marco Polo, the service's big budget drama following Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, was a sizeable risk for the network and one that didn't exactly lit the critical world alight (though a second season may well help with the teething problems).

Looking ahead, it seems that we’ll be seeing a new face of Netflix before the year is out. Netflix has more upcoming projects than ever before and »

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Soda Pictures Grabs Sundance Pic ‘Slow West'; Aussie ‘Suspects’ Coming To UK: Global Showbiz Briefs

28 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The UK's Soda Pictures has picked up Canadian rights to Slow West, the Sundance pic that premiered over the weekend. The debut feature from John Maclean stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius. This is the third British film acquired for Soda's 2015 slate in Canada, a new division of the company that is now part of the wider Thunderbird Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay… »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Sundance: 'Mississippi Grind' Sells to A24

28 January 2015 9:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A24 has acquired U.S. rights to the Ryan Reynolds-led drama Mississippi Grind, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The acquisition was made in partnership with DirecTV. A source pegged the deal at $2 million. See more The Scene at Sundance Film Festival 2015 Co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's (It's Kind of a Funny Story) film centers on a slick poker player and his friend who embark on a road trip to a high-stakes card tournament in New Orleans. See more Stars at Sundance: Exclusive Photos of Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, Ethan Hawke and More Ben Mendelsohn,

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Slow West Movie Review

28 January 2015 3:45 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Slow West Director: John Maclean Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann The Western is an interesting genre, one that historically did not belong entirely to the United States. Stories were usually set there in the American West but often made by non-American filmmakers such as Sergio Leone. This year’s Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition brings a film coproduced by the United Kingdom and New Zealand that sets itself in the West after the Civil War, following a young Scottish boy in search of his true love, who has come to America. This Western is in many ways traditional, full of slow developments and less  [ Read More ]

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Mississippi Grind

28 January 2015 3:04 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I am at my second Sundance Film Festival.

These are my reviews.

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews

Mississippi Grind

Directors/Screenwriters: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

Principal Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert

U.S.A., 2014, 108 min., color

Plot (courtesy of Sundance): Gerry is a talented poker player whose habit is getting the best of him. He convinces younger player Curtis to join him on a road trip, and they begin gambling their way toward a highstakes game in New Orleans. During their journey, true motivations are revealed, and the two bond.

Review: Four aces is an almost unbeatable poker hand. This film is about gambling (one ace). Mendelsohn is an amazing greasy actor (emotionally and with most of his characters, visually) and there is almost no one I’d rather watch in a poker movie besides Matt Damon and Ed Norton (another ace »

- Jeff Bayer

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Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western

28 January 2015 12:57 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Slow West

Written and Directed by John Maclean

United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2015

After the film finished, writer and director John Maclean acknowledged how surreal it felt to be premiering a western at Sundance of all places. After all, John Ford filmed many of his classics in the state of Utah, making it a sort of mecca of westerns. This however is very different from the traditional western as it is seen through a foreign lens and with a postmodern knowledge. It calls to mind other revisionist westerns from this century such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Proposition and Red Hill. The plot takes place in 1870 and follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who has traveled from Scotland to the American west to find his love, Rose (Caren Pistorius). Accompanying him is a mysterious and formidable drifter, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender).

Kodi Smit-McPhee already »

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Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’

28 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mississippi Grind

Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

USA, 2015

The first shot of the film is a rainbow: The rainbow becomes a sort of plot device for Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a down and out gambler who strikes up a friendship with drifter Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) and the two head out on a road trip through the South to win back Gerry’s losses in writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s character driven road trip. For them the rainbow is a symbol of their friendship, a sign of good luck for bets, and ultimately what both are searching for – the beauty after the rainy storm both of them are experiencing.

Mississippi Grind is a fine film, but would be pretty forgettable without Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn has built a small empire on playing varied scumbags in his career, but here he plays something entirely different – he plays someone tragically sympathetic. »

- Dylan Griffin

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'Black Sea' (2015) Movie Review

28 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald found some early success and notoriety with his first narrative feature The Last King of Scotland, which ended up earning Forest Whittaker an Oscar. Since then films such as State of Play and The Eagle haven't played so well, though his 2013 feature, How I Live Now, managed to turn some heads, even if it wasn't released on a very wide basis. Known at the beginning of his career as a documentary filmmaker, he's continued on that track here and there, most recently with Marley, but now he comes to the table with his latest fictional feature, a submarine thriller titled Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain in search of lost Nazi gold. While Black Sea has something of an Indiana Jones-sounding plotline, it's far more serious than that. To go along with the search for sunken gold off the coast of Georgia, there's »

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'Black Sea' (2014) Movie Review

28 January 2015 8:03 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald found some early success and notoriety with his first narrative feature The Last King of Scotland, which ended up earning Forest Whittaker an Oscar. Since then films such as State of Play and The Eagle haven't played so well, though his 2013 feature, How I Live Now, managed to turn some heads, even if it wasn't released on a very wide basis. Known at the beginning of his career as a documentary filmmaker, he's continued on that track here and there, most recently with Marley, but now he comes to the table with his latest fictional feature, a submarine thriller titled Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain in search of lost Nazi gold. While Black Sea has something of an Indiana Jones-sounding plotline, it's far more serious than that. To go along with the search for sunken gold off the coast of Georgia, there's »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance 2015: Moody Mississippi Grind Doesn’t Put All Its Cards on the Table

28 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Gambling addict Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is down on his luck. He’s got nothing left to lose. He has all his cards on the table. He’s gotten a bad hand. He’s rolling the dice. All those cliches? They apply to Gerry, because they’re true (that is, after all, how something becomes a cliche — it’s true first and then true a lot). But although Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden‘s Mississippi Grind tackles a well-worn cinematic storyline (remember The Gambler? that came out mere weeks ago!), the atmospheric and and beautifully crafted feature mostly overcomes its genre brethren to pump fresh blood into the material, with stellar turns from both Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds bolstering the material still further. Gerry is a loser of the highest degree — a loser who might actually enjoy losing — and he’s gambled his life away until he’s got next to nothing to show for it. His »

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #39: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Explore Friendship and Magic in 'Mississippi Grind'

28 January 2015 6:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Mississippi Grind" marks Fleck and Boden's fourth feature together -- and it's not their first to premiere at Sundance (their previous collaborations, "Half Nelson," "Sugar," and "It's Kind of a Funny Story" all visited Sundance as well). The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn as gamblers, and Alfre Woodard as an errant bookie. Now, really -- is that something you want to miss? What's your film about, in 140 characters or less?After a chance encounter in a Iowa casino, a down on his luck gambler (Ben Mendelsohn) teams up with a younger drifter (Ryan Reynolds) and they hit the road with dreams of winning big in a high stakes poker game in New Orleans.Now, what's it Really about?Friendship, Loyalty, Magic.Tell us briefly about yourself.We met 15 years ago in NYC and have been making films together for almost as long.  What was the biggest challenge in completing this film? »

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Soda to distribute Slow West in Canada

27 January 2015 8:54 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.

The deal marks the third British film Soda has picked up for release in 2015 via its new Canadian platform that forms part of the wider film and television group Thunderbird Films.

First-time feature director John Maclean’s Western stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and rising Australian talent Caren Pistorius.

Slow West takes place at the end of the 19th Century as a 16-year-old boy journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves, accompanied by a mysterious traveller and pursued by an outlaw.

Conor McCaughan of Dmc Film produced alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films.

Slow West is the first project to be produced through Michael Fassbender and McCaughan’s Dmc Film.

Soda managing »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘Black Sea’ With Jude Law

27 January 2015 5:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new thriller “Black Sea” starring Jude Law from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”)!

Black Sea,” which opens in Chicago on Jan. 30, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Jodie Whittaker, Tobias Menzies, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Michael Smiley, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabenskiy and Daniel Ryan from director Kevin Macdonald and writer Dennis Kelly. Note: You must be 17+ to enter and win this “R”-rated Hookup.

To win your free “Black Sea” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your »

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Sundance Festival: Ryan Reynolds on playing poker and Mississippi Grind

27 January 2015 9:17 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn ventured deep into the heart of America to film the gambling dramaMississippi Grind, a gritty, 70s-style road trip movie about two near-strangers travelling from Dubuque, Iowa to New Orleans.

The production spanned the heartland as they drove all over Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana and Alabama, going to little towns and little casinos and off the beaten path racing tracks, often filming the "road trip" scenes while they were also actually travelling elsewhere.

"I got to go to place that I'd never see otherwise," said Reynolds on Sunday. "I love the South. I go all over the South all the time. My wife (Blake Lively) and I are addicted to New Orleans. But we've never been to those steamboat casinos or anything like that."

To prepare for their roles as expert gamblers, the two went out on the town with a "poker czar" a few times before »

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Review: Ben Mendelsohn bets on Ryan Reynolds in shaggy 'Mississippi Grind'

27 January 2015 2:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City - It feel like Altman is in the air these days. There was, after all, a giant coffee table book about him that ended up under the trees of many a film nerd this Christmas, and little by little, his films are making their way onto Blu-ray, and Netflix just recently added a documentary that is a look back at his remarkable career. This fall also saw the release of "Inherent Vice," and while that is an adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel and very much a Paul Thomas Anderson film, there are more than a few echoes of Altman's "The Long Goodbye" in there. Now we've got the latest film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have had an uneven career as filmmakers so far. They co-wrote "Half Nelson" together, and then started co-directing as well. I sort of like "Sugar," their first film as co-directors, »

- Drew McWeeny

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