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The first trailer for John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary" has arrived, reuniting the director with his "The Guard" star Brendan Gleeson. The film, a dark comedy about a priest having some congregation problems, is set to premiere at Sundance. Watch below. Here's the official synopsis from the Sundance programming notes:Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz.The entire lineup of Sundance premieres is here. »
- Beth Hanna
It’s one thing to get a fun, dark, comedic drama produced and released, but it’s quite another to throw a second party and get everyone to show up. Calvary is writer/director Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to The Guard, and not only brings back Brendan Gleeson to star, but is something of a Who’s Who of Irish actors.
The trailer gives us the general setup, and it looks like a goldmine, especially with Gleeson right in the thick of it. A priest is threatened during confession, and told that he’s going to be killed in a week. Now he has to figure out what’s going on, and he has a bit of a mind to “put his affairs in order,” just in case some resident of the sleepy, Irish landscape is actually the sort that could make good on the threat.
With Chris O’Dowd, »
- Marc Eastman
Trailer Simon Brew 11 Dec 2013 - 06:41
Remember the quite wonderful The Guard? If you've not seen it, do consider checking it out. It's from writer-director John Michael McDonagh, and sees Brendan Gleeson playing a particularly disinclined Irish law enforcement officer, forced to work with Don Cheadle's hyper-efficient FBI man.
McDonagh's new film, Calvary, has now been confirmed to play the Sundance Film Festival at the start of 2014, and it reunites him with Brendan Gleeson again. Furthermore, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Marie-Josee Croze are in the cast.
It's a black comedy, and the first trailer for the film has just been released. We don't have a UK release date yet, but we'll let you know when we get one...
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Several years ago, Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh scored a Sundance hit with the low-key dark comedy "The Guard." Sundance 2014 finds them reuniting for more bleak laughs and some religious introspection in "Calvary," with "Bridesmaids" star Chris O'Dowd in tow. The film's first trailer (above) gives you an idea of what to expect from the Bergman-esque tale of an idealistic priest (Gleeson) who finds himself seeing the world in a new light after receiving a death threat during a confession. It also stars Irish comedian Dylan Moran, Kelly Reilly ("Flight"), Isaach de Bankolé ("The Limits of Control") and Aidan Gillen, so memorable on »
- Dave Lewis
Calvary was recently confirmed to make its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Guard director John Michael McDonagh reunites with his brilliant lead Brendan Gleeson in this darkly comic story of a priest who finds himself threatened during a private confession and is unsure what to do or even take it serious.
I’m a huge fan of the Irish actor from everything from big blockbusters like Braveheart and Gangs Of New York to indie gems The General and I Went Down. Of course, most will remember him for the Harry Potter franchise and the awesome In Bruges.
The superb supporting cast is filled with hilarious familiar faces with the likes of Chris O’Dowd and Dylan Moran lending their perfect dry Irish humour to the film also starring Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Marie-Josée Croz.
The post A Terrifically Dark & Amusing Trailer For ‘Calvary’ Starring »
- Craig Hunter
Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh's Calvary to play in the "Premieres" category. 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. Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson's previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way. The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th. Here's the synopsis for Calvary: Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life »
- Matt Goldberg
The line-up of films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been released, and there are a lot of good movies, one of which includes The Raid 2, which I am incredibly excited to see! It's easily my most anticipated film at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16th to the 26th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. From the press release:
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. »
- Joey Paur
Former UK "Skins" star Jack O'Connell is quickly becoming the next "must have" young actor. O'Connell stars in three films next year - "300: Rise of an Empire," Angelina Jolie's currently filming "Unbroken", and the prison drama "Starred Up" which already premiered on the festival circuit to much acclaim.
He's also been rumored for several major blockbusters set to go into production next year. He's one of the top candidates to play Reed Richards in the "Fantastic Four" reboot, and was a finalist to star in Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service".
Now the 23-year-old is rumoured to be in the running for a key role in "Star Wars: Episode VII". Bleeding Cool says that:
"He's met with Abrams and the signs I'm getting are that this meeting went very well. I've been trying to ascertain if O'Connell's role is the same one Matt Smith was up for, or »
- Garth Franklin
Set to premiere at Sundance is John Michael McDonagh's (The Guard) new film, Calvary, which reteams him with Brendan Gleeson as a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. The film, again, is a dark comedy and along with Gleeson it co-stars Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josee Croze, Isaach De Bankole, Domhnall Gleeson and David Wilmot. Today the first trailer for the film has arrived courtesy of The Guardian as it will hit UK theaters on April 11, 2014, though it does not yet have a Us distributor. Sony Classics picked up The Guard so I wouldn't be surprised to see the same happen with this one following its Sundance premiere. Check out the trailer below. »
- Brad Brevet
If you're a cinephile, December and January is one of the best times of the year. Not only do the meaty awards season contenders start playing at a theater near you, but Sundance brings forth a whole new crop of movies to get excited about. And with organizers unveiling their most promising batch of titles yet yesterday, the first trailer for one of them has emerged. "The Guard" writer/director John Michael McDonagh re-teams with Brendan Gleeson and returns with "Calvary." Co-starring Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillan, Dylan Moran and Kelly Reilly, the film looks to be another blend of cutting comedy and some drama, this time with issues of religion, reputation and faith taking the fore. Here's the official synopsis: Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The final few pieces of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival are falling into place, and this latest announcement has everyone on the Dread Central staff wishing we could attend! Read on for the horror and horror-ish highlights from the out-of-competition Premieres section.
This year’s festival runs January 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah, and the surrounding areas. Once again, the true horror pickings are slim so included below are some dark comedies and sci-fi films as well.
Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz. »
- Debi Moore
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly: Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz. Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac. I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi. Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th. Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James »
- Matt Goldberg
The Sundance Film Festival made their final feature film line-ups with the Premieres category announcements. Sixteen films with huge name talent, returnee filmmakers and plenty of buyer interest/and future all night wheeling, and dealing.
After breaking out in Park City with The Guard, John Michael McDonagh returns (alongside actor Brendan Gleeson) the much anticipated Calvary. Mike Cahill (alongside actress Brit Marling) returns with more sci-fi terrain with, I Origins. Jake Paltrow who managed to sink instead of swim with The Good Night, was again surfaces with Young Ones. And this was unexpected, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it back to back years with Toy’s House (The Kings of Summer) re-teams with Nick Offerman for Nick Offerman: American Ham (which is more concert-comedy film than narrative feature).
- Eric Lavallee
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already announced its lineup for competition films and the At Midnight and Next categories, and today they’ve unveiled the multitude of world premieres that will take place in Park City next month. These films include the action sequel The Raid 2, director Lynne Shelton’s new film Laggies, director Anton Corbijn’s John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the David Wain comedy They Came Together, writer/director Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi pic Young Ones, the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and many more. Hit the jump to check out the full lineup. Here's the premieres lineup: Premieres A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father »
- Adam Chitwood
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Gareth Evans returns with The Raid 2, Anton Corbijn makes his first appearance at Sundance with the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, while Michael Winterbottom brings his comedy sequel The Trip To Italy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (pictured).
The line-up includes I Origins, Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Sundance 2011 prize winner Another Earth, as well as new work from Park City perennials Lynn Shelton with Laggies and Ira Sachs with Love Is Strange.
Documentary Premieres include the indefatigable Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, Happy Valley from Amir Bar-Lev, the Roger Ebert portrait Life Itself from Steve James, the George Takei film To Be Takei and Joe Berlinger’s hot-off-the-press Whitey: United States Of America v. James »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Premieres of 16 of the most anticipated features of the upcoming year. Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz.Frank / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan) — Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy.Hits / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David. »
Exclusive: John Krokidas, who made his feature directing debut with the Beat Generation poets mystery Kill Your Darlings at Sundance, has signed a pair of deals that will put him to work on the Fox lot. Krokidas has been set to helm Standard Loneliness Package, which Keith Bunin is scripting based the title short story from the Charles Yu collection Sorry Please Thank You. Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce. Pic is set in the near future, where a recent college graduate gets an entry-level job at a tech company where he’s paid to experience painful events in other people’s lives. He falls desperately in love with his boss, and tries to build a genuine relationship in a society that’s becoming entirely virtual and where he essentially serves as a human pain cushion. Krokidas has separately made a deal with Fox 2000 to »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven Is For Real brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
In theaters Easter 2014, watch the brand new trailer.
The film stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.
Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
- Michelle McCue
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