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Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh
Director John Michael McDonagh wastes no time in establishing the stakes of Calvary. In a darkened confessional, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is told that he is going to die in a week. The man planning to kill the priest explains it is exactly because Father Lavelle has done nothing wrong that he is going to die. Of the two McDonagh brothers, John Michael is known for his irreverent comedy The Guard, but with this latest release he joins the ranks of the most fatalistic of Irish artists.
With the seven days allotted to the father, he seeks to sort out his affairs while attending to his parish. The locals in question are made up of Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, M. Emmet Walsh and Isaach De Bankolé all existing at varying levels of disillusionment with the church »
- Colin Biggs
Scion Pictures has released a new trailer for the thriller adaptation of the Jane Mendelsohn novel Innocence. Hilary Brougher directed a script she wrote with Tristine Skyler, and the author produced with Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler. Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis, Graham Phillips and Linus Roche star. Curtis plays a 16-year-old haunted by the death of her mom in a surfing accident in Montauk. She and her father move to Manhattan to start over. Enrolled in an exclusive prep school, she gets off to a good start by falling in love, but soon she’s haunted in a different way by intensifying psychosis and hallucinations centering around the dubious suicides of current and past students. Is she going crazy, or is this prep school a coven of beautiful and seductive women who stay young by drinking the blood of virgins?
- The Deadline Team
Following its release in just four theaters on August 1, Fox Searchlight Pictures is continually bringing its hit indie drama Calvary into more theaters across the country, with another theatrical expansion set for August 22. We have an exclusive featurette from director John Michael McDonagh's drama, which explores the unique relationship between Father James (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter Fiona (Kelly Reilly).
Before Father James became a priest, he was married with a daughter. His wife's death caused him to go into the priesthood. Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly reveal new details about their characters' unique relationship in our exclusive four-minute featurette you can't see anywhere else.
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his »
A new release date for the young adult adventure fantasy horror mystery romance thriller (talk about covering all your bases!) Innocence was announced, and we have the skinny for you right here on this IMAX-bound supernatural smackdown.
Based on the well-reviewed novel by Jane Mendelsohn (author of bestseller I Was Amelia Earhart) and directed by Hilary Brougher, the film stars young up-and-comers Sophie Curtis (Arbitrage, The English Teacher) and Graham Phillips (“The Good Wife,” Evan Almighty) with Kelly Reilly (“Black Box,” Calvary).
The screenplay is by Brougher and Tristine Skyler; producers are Mendelsohn, Christine Vachon, and Pam Koffler; and executive producers are Ron Curtis, Kevin Turen, Nicholas Jarecki, Michael Heller, Mo Al Turki, and Brian Young.
Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, »
- Debi Moore
The cinematic treatment of the Catholic church, particularly the priesthood, has, more or less, reflected the changing attitudes of the general public along with many revelations that have dominated the news headlines in recent years. In the 1930′s and 40′s priests were a gentle, pleasant, understanding band of brothers frequently portrayed by actors like Pat O’Brien (who was quoted as saying he would take any film or TV role as a man of the cloth) and Bing Crosby (who won a Best Actor Oscar for Going My Way, and then starred in its sequel The Bells Of St. Mary’S). With the turbulent 60′s we were treated to films more critical of church politics like The Shoes Of The Fisherman. And in the next decade priest became heroes again in the wake of the box office smash The Exorcist and its many supernatural follow-ups and rip-offs. But soon movies »
- Jim Batts
From acclaimed writer and director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard), darkly comic Irish drama Calvary (2014) stars Brendan Gleeson as a threatened priest in a small rural community, alongside an ensemble cast that includes his son Domhnall Gleeson, Dylan Moran, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Calvary this coming Monday (11 August), we have Three DVD copies of McDonagh's well-received sophomore feature to give away to our loyal readers, courtesy of the publicity team at distributors Entertainment One. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
From writer/director John Michael McDonagh, Calvary tells the story of Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. While helping members of his church with their problems, he also tries to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and face the sinister force that’s quickly closing in on him. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson talked about the trust he has in his collaboration with filmmaker John Michael McDonagh, teaming up with him a third time for The Lame Shall Enter First, in which he’ll play a paraplegic, how liberating it was to play a decent guy, and why Father James is more inspirational than an anti-hero. He also talked about his experience working with Ron Howard on Heart of the Sea, and why he wanted to get involved with Suffragette. »
- Christina Radish
Chicago – The title of the film, “Calvary,” should have resonance to any guilty Catholic out there, and yet the loaded word can’t deliver the truth that the film seeks. Brendan Gleeson gives an astonishing performance as a conflicted priest, but the material he has to work with is not up to his portrayal.
Essentially the territory mined is nothing new, as the sins of humanity are on display while the priest makes his journey. Even the intriguing twists – like the priest having a daughter from his former life – don’t really pay off. The writer/director John Michael McDonagh gets points for conceiving the thesis of the narrative, but the points are subtracted one by one as the story fleshed out from this thesis is revealed. While it might be more substantial to people who have wondered about the strange and Irish meanderings of the Catholic Church, to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: John Michael McDonagh
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: A priest of a small town (Gleeson) has a week to live after being threatened by a random man during confession.
Who’S It For? Those who like dialogue-based films where the energy is in the ideas, and even its editing.
In Christopher Guest’s 1989 satire The Big Picture, Kevin Bacon plays Nick Chapman, nubile filmmaker who dreams of splashing into the world of directing by creating a rapturous black and white tome on life and death a la Ingmar Bergman for his first feature. Cherry-picked right from film school after making a hot short film, he attempts to create this supposed opus before the rest of The Big Picture’s narrative takes hold, in which Bacon loses creative control of his »
- Nick Allen
Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh.
After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Brendan Gleeson’s big, weary face is the first thing we see. The rest of the frame is shrouded in darkness, forebodingly so, as we hear a man off screen tell Gleeson how he was sexually abused for five years by a priest. He recalls his “first taste of semen” was at age seven and now, many years later he wants revenge by killing a good priest, a man who has done nothing wrong just to make a statement, the point of which is never really clear if one even exists.
The problem for Gleeson’s character is this is happening in a confession, »
- Gary Collinson
After a brief hiatus due to our live coverage of Comic-Con, we’re back with a double-sized edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Come Back to Me and I Spill Your Guts 2, release details on Schism, Silent Retreat, and the Class of Nuke ‘Em High soundtrack, and much more:
Come Back to Me Trailer: “Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart, »
- Tamika Jones
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Running Time: 101 minutes
As far as sibling pissing contests go, the McDonagh brothers are inseparable at this point. Each has given us two feature length films as director and each film has been a beautifully scripted triumph of great dark comedy and stirring emotions. Calvary continues this run and employs many of the tropes we’ve come to associate with the McDonaghs without ever feeling tiresome or weary. There’s a very Irish feel to the whole film, black humour of the darkest variety, shocking moments of violence, and characters to actually care about.
The dramatic set-up is prevalent in the opening scene. During confessional an innocent priest is told he is going to be killed by a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
ABC is pulling the rug out from under their Jekyll and Hyde-inspired medical series Black Box following a limited 13-episode run. The series has been cancelled following its July 24 finale.
Black Box starred Kelly Reilly as Dr. Catherine Black, a prominent neurologist suffering from bipolar disorder. She keeps her disorder and other oddities about her life a secret from her family and fiancee, and for good reason as the show reveals.
ABC originally designed Black Box as a limited run summer series so it's not all that surprising that it won't be coming back. There always was the chance, and it might still find a home on Netflix or a cable channel as the darker subject matter didn't really mesh with ABC's more family-friendly programming schedule.
For now, Black Box is being shoved into a box and the lid is being taped shut.
Reilly made an impression on Black Box »
Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: April 24, 2014 -- July 24, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This dramatic series revolves around uncovering the mysteries of the human brain --
Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-famous neurologist who is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game. However, few know that she's also bipolar. The medical director of The Cube, this complex woman draws patients from all over the world. Outside of work, she keeps multiple secrets from her family and loved ones.
Doctor Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey) is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a known womanizer. He's handsome and funny but his work comes first. »
As expected, ABC has cancelled their summer series Black Box after one season of 13 episodes, reports EW.
Black Box revolves around a beautiful and brilliant neuroscientist (Kelly Reilly) who's hiding the fact that she's bipolar. The rest of the cast includes Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, David Chisum, Laura Fraser, Siobhan Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave.
The series debuted in late April to a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million viewers. It was a mediocre start for the dramatic series and the numbers got progressively worse as new episodes were released. Towards the end of its 13 episode run, Black Box dropped to a 0.6 demo rating with 3.72 million.
The last two episodes aired on July 24th, leaving the main character's professional fate up in the air.
What do you think? Did »
ABC just announced the cancellation of Kelly Reilly’s Black Box. The psychedelic and emotional take of a neurologist who has bipolar will not be renewed. The network stood by their original plans for the very off color show and is keeping it as a limited series. It was ran as a mid-season show that was to fill in gaps and boost ratings could not stand against fall based shows. The show had a fan base, but it wasn’t strong enough to keep ABC feeling passionate for the series.
ABC has been dealing with the summer issues that many other networks deal with. While it used to be the season of reruns they mostly now run mid-season shows. However, most typically do not do as good as they hope. ABC has a great base for fall and knows their core audience well, but they lack the limited series it needs for high summer ratings. »
- Sarah Peel
Dr. Catherine Black’s emotional — and occasionally psychedelic — roller coaster ride has come to a complete stop.
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Originally planned as a limited series, the final episode of the Bryan Singer-produced drama aired July 24.
Are you disappointed by Black Box‘s cancellation? How do you feel about the way things concluded (or didn’t)? Drop a comment with your »
ABC is packing away Black Box.
We’re told the network has officially canceled the soap, which attempted to fill the high-profile Scandal slot on Thursday nights. The midseason series starred Kelly Reilly as a sex-crazed bipolar genius neurologist (no, really!). All 13 episodes of the first season aired, with the finale running July 24, and ABC confirmed Thursday it will not order a second round.
The series was created by Amy Holden Jones and produced by Ilene Chaiken, Bryan Singer, Oly Obst, and Anne Thomopoulos. The show’s in-season episodes averaged 7.1 million viewers yet only a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 when including DVR playback. »
- James Hibberd
In the midst of his confession, a man promises to kill Father James (Brendan Gleeson) in one week's time. Not because he's a bad priest, but because he's an innocent priest. His reasoning comes as the result of being raped for several years by a priest when he was a young boy and while the man responsible for such deplorable acts has now died, this confessor believes to kill the criminal would have been worthless anyway, but to kill an innocent priestc Well, that would turn some heads. These are the opening moments of John Michael McDonagh's sophomore effort Calvary, a movie that left me emotionally rattled in a way I can't say I've experienced in some time. Set in a small Irish village, McDonagh makes good use of a small number of locals, touching on a wealth of societal touchstones including religion, drug abuse, banking scandals, adultery, domestic »
- Brad Brevet
While most people are likely familiar with Martin McDonagh, the British director behind brilliant dark comedies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, his brother John Michael, is perhaps less well known. He made his directorial debut in 2011 with The Guard, an excellent comedy/thriller starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. Now, he’s gearing up to release his second effort, Calvary, which once again sees him teaming up with the Irish actor.
In the film, Gleeson plays Father James, a good-natured priest who is one day threatened during confession and finds his eyes opening to forces of darkness all around him. It’s an intriguing premise that proves to be ripe for McDonagh’s distinctive touch. With strong performances from the entire cast and a compelling story, Calvary is a nice break from the typical summer fare that’s been hitting theatres and it should definitely be on your watch list. »
- Justine Browning
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