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The North American premiere of the film >A Single Shot was shown at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which stars Sam Rockwell as hunter John Moon. The 116 minute film was shot in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and was directed by David Rosenthal. Written by Matthew F. Jones (who also wrote the book), the film follows the hunter as he accidentally kills a young woman and finds a large amount of money on her. As he tries to escape the wrath of the criminals looking to find him and the money, he finds himself putting his survival skills to the test for his ultimate existence.
The film also stars William H. Macy as Daggard Pitt who is a shady lawyer, Jeffrey Wright as Simon who is a drunk that is expected to move the plot along with his character but is rather impossible to understand within the film, »
- Catherina Gioino
“I was seven years old when I first tasted semen” is the shocking opening line to John Michael McDonagh’s riveting feature Calvary. A nervous laughter then echoes around the room, as suddenly the Irish comedy caper we’d be expecting, takes something of a dark turn, dispelling our presumptions in an instance. Although anticipating a feature not too far removed from the director’s preceding endeavour The Guard, or perhaps his brother Martin’s renowned gem In Bruges, instead this opening scene paves the way for what is a more profound and poignant affair.
The McDonagh family favourite Brendan Gleeson plays Father James – on the receiving end of the very confession that begins this picture. The elusive presence on the other side of the booth remains unidentified, but as he discusses being molested as a child by a priest, he then declares that in an act of vengeance he wants to murder an innocent, »
- Stefan Pape
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Writer: John Michael McDonagh
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
John Michael McDonagh follows up The Guard with the top tier critical and Park City crowd-pleasing Calvary which once again showcases his skillset as a filmmaker and his genius association with Brendan Gleeson.
Gist: 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 church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
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- Eric Lavallee
★★★☆☆Whilst his brother Martin crossed the Atlantic for sophomore feature Seven Psychopaths, director John Michael McDonagh follows up 2011's The Guard with Calvary (2014), another Irish-set tale of moral musings and gallows humour. Teaming up with the ursine Brendan Gleeson once again, with support this time round from Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly, McDonagh does fall just short of bettering his debut offering. In attempting to take one admirably grand step forward, Calvary is actually something of a minor regression, with McDonagh's dramedy struggling to find its sense of balance.
- CineVue UK
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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One of the many films to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival was writer-director John Michael McDonagh's Calvary. The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession. As Matt wrote in his review, "Calvary is a dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith, the limits of forgiveness, the necessity of compassion, the possibility of absolution, and inevitable reckonings." It's also got a great script and fantastic performances, which explains why Fox Searchlight bought the film. Calvary also stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz. Shortly after he premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with McDonagh. He talked about his writing process, where the idea for Calvary came from, putting the project together, the heavy themes of the movie, how no movie »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last week saw the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and a slew of new films vying for people's attention. While some films may never make it in front of mass audiences, movie studios are always there to make some purchases. I've gathered up a list of some of those purchase announcements so that you can see what will be coming your way in the future!
Let's get started (these are copied from the press releases I received to better reflect the information):
* Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) and Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) each announced today that the respective companies have acquired rights in all territories to Craig Johnson’s drama The Skeleton Twins. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have jointly acquired Us rights to the film, while Spwa is taking all worldwide rights outside of the Us. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are planning a theatrical release for the feature film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Title: Calvary Director: John Michael McDonagh Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croze A director’s previous work doesn’t necessarily dictate what his next project will be like, but it can often be informative. John Michael McDonagh made his feature film debut with The Guard in 2011, casting Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle as an Irish cop and FBI agent, respectively, working together to take down some very intellectual criminals. It bore a strong resemblance to McDonagh’s brother Martin’s first feature film, In Bruges, telling a story involving violence and death in a darkly comic setting. John’s second feature film does have some comedic undertones, [ Read More ]
The post Calvary Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Many critically acclaimed films and surprise hits over the years have received their start at the Sundance Film Festival, elevating the prominence of the 10-day event. This has led to the acquisition of films at the festival a prestige on its own, as many studios and filmmakers use the positive word of mouth garnered to get the films to distributors and in theatres. Here are the features that were bought at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sam Rockwell is one of the greatest actors working today. If you’re not already in agreement with me, look over his diverse body of work. Rockwell has killed roles, both lead and supporting, in movies as weird as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, as shattering as Conviction, and as breathtakingly original as Moon. Along the way, he’s played integral parts in classics like The Green Mile and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He’s one of my favorite actors because, no matter how many great roles I see him in, he just sells it every time.
A Single Shot, a relentlessly bleak and atmospheric noir drama, is no exception. As hunter John Moon, who accidentally shoots and kills a young woman, only to uncover a huge amount of money she was guarding, Rockwell is absolutely terrific. It’s a very physical part for the actor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Catholic Church can give absolution to sinners who feel true repentance. The Church is a vessel for God’s forgiveness. But their cover-up of sex abuse was, by the morals of any civilized human being, unforgivable. John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is a dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith, the limits of forgiveness, the necessity of compassion, the possibility of absolution, and inevitable reckonings. Anchored by yet another incredible performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary is the rare film that shows the intricacies of religion without becoming pedantic in the process. Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is taking confession on a Sunday when a confessor says that he was sexually abused by a priest for years. The priest is now dead, and the confessor explains that killing an evil priest wouldn’t get anyone’s attention anyway, but killing a good priest will make people sit up and take notice. »
- Matt Goldberg
Exhaustion is settling in but the movies have been consistently good to great. Four movies in a row that variably thrilled or entertained me but definitely left with strong impressions of unforgettable characters. And one of them may be a masterpiece.
We’ll start at the top. John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin (“In Bruges”), who wrote and directed “The Guard,” has done something truly special with “Calvary”, a fascinating dissection of religion and its impact on an Irish community, or rather lack thereof. Brendan Gleeson gives us another amazing performance and McDonagh’s script challenges in unexpected ways. It’s a film that’s dense with dialogue and philosophical conversation that truly takes its time to come together. Like when you’re going home. As I watched “Calvary,” I had some difficult digging through its themes to the point that I wasn’t sure it worked at all until the very end, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Plot: A kindly Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) is told by a parishioner that in one week, he will be murdered in retaliation for crimes committed by the Catholic Church. Not knowing if the threat is real, the priest tries to put right the many ills of his small Irish community, and reconnect with his daughter (Kelly Reilly) before potentially being murdered. Review: Calvary is an especially ambitious effort from writer-director John Michael McDonagh. Having previously directed the »
- Chris Bumbray
After making a big splash during last year’s Sundance with the acquisition of The Way, Way Back, the indie arm of Twentieth Century Fox is back with two significant buys out of this year’s festival. In the past two days Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to the existential drama I Origins from writer/director Mike Cahill and U.S. rights to John Michael McDonaugh’s black comedic drama Calvary.
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- Nicole Sperling
In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard"). "Cavalry" stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, and Domhnall Gleeson. The film was produced by Reprisal Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon's James Flynn, and is an Irish Film Board and BFI presentation in association with Lypsync Productions. The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. Searchlight also picked up Mike Cahill's reincarnation "I, Origins." Here's the official synopsis: Calvary’s 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 »
- Anne Thompson
Update, 12:50 Pm: Fox Searchlight has confirmed a deal for rights in the U.S. and select overseas territories for the black comedy/drama and plans a 2014 release. Check out the release after the main break. Previous Breaking, 10:29 Am: I’m hearing from the airport here that Calvary has sold to Fox Searchlight for $2.5 million. The Irish-uk pic starring Brendan Gleeson and directed by John Michael McDonagh co-stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, and Aidan Gillen. It screened Sunday in Park City in the fest’s Premieres section. The pic centers on a priest (Gleeson) who one day is told by an unseen man that he’s going to kill him precisely because he’s done nothing wrong. Given a week to make his peace with God, the priest ministers to sundry lost souls — visits that double as a guided tour of suspects. His preparation for death is further »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Days following its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has acquired U.S. and select international rights to John Michael McDonagh's well-received follow-up to "The Guard," "Calvary." The drama stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly. Here's the synopsis per Searchlight: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 church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.The company plans to open the film theatrically this year. »
- Nigel M Smith
Fox Searchlight has acquired U.S. rights and select international territories to writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s comedic drama “Calvary,” the distributor announced Tuesday along with an unspecified 2014 release date. Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James, a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances when a mysterious member of his parish threatens to kill him. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the. »
- Jeff Sneider
The deal, which was made for a reported $2.5 million, marks the second acquisition for Fox Searchlight in as many days. The distrib also bought worldwide rights to Mike Cahill’s sci-fi mystery “I Origins.”
“Calvary” stars Brendan Gleeson as a good-natured priest whose world is put into disarray after being threatened during a confession. Pic co-stars Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) and Kelly Reilly (“Flight”).
With “I Origins,” which Searchlight announced it also plans to launch this year, the company now has eight potential releases in 2014, including “Calvary,” the second feature for McDonagh, whose debut “The Guard” was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance in 2011.
“We made a great film. In Fox Searchlight, we now have a great company behind us to send that film out into the world. »
- Andrew Stewart
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as select international territories to the blackly comedic drama Cavalry . Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Cavalry 's ensemble cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe and David McSavage. The film was produced by Reprisal Films. Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon's James Flynn, and is an Irish Film Board and BFI presentation in association with Lypsync Productions. The film is scheduled to be released in 2014. »
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