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Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007) and Golden Globe nominee Evan Rachel Wood star as sisters fighting for survival in Into the Forest, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on October 4 from Lionsgate. The heartfelt adaptation of Jean Hegland’s best-selling novel had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was theatrically released by A24. Also starring Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie, Into the Forest will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively. Official Synopsis
Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters whose peaceful lives are disrupted one day by a world-wide power outage. The sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world, fighting intruders, disease, loneliness, and starvation.
- Tom Stockman
It's not hard to believe that the world can come to an end; just view the current general election. Into the Forest, which director Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing) adapted from Jean Hegland's apocalyptic 1996 novel, brings the darkness to the near future in a house in the rural woods. That's where two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood), must deal with a blackout that erases technology and every other modern convenience from their lives. Can the siblings survive on their ingenuity and what they find in the forest? »
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »
- Steve Greene
Early in Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” an intimate sci-fi portrait of sisterhood which has been adapted from Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel of the same name, one of the film’s few male characters casually declares that it’s the end of the world. He may not be wrong: It’s been 10 days since an unexplained power outage has sent the entire country back to the Stone Age, and there doesn’t seem to be any hope that the lights will come back on again anytime soon.
In northern California, where Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) and her younger sister Nell (Ellen Page) live in a secluded glass house with their dad (Callum Keith Rennie), our precariously fragile civilization has already started to crumble. And yet — after the man of the house dies in a freak accident and the two girls are left to care for themselves — hints begin to »
- David Ehrlich
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are learning how to work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world in their upcoming sci-fi film, ‘Into the Forest.’ The drama, in which the actresses play sisters who once led serene lives, is set to be released theatrically this Friday by A24. In addition to Page and Wood, the sci-fi drama also stars Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson. ‘Into the Forest,’ which is based on the Jean Hegland’s 1996 novel of the same name, was written and directed by Patricia Rozema. In addition to acting in the movie, Page also served as a producer [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Born to Be Blue. 2015.
Directed by Robert Budreau
A period biopic – which openly takes liberties with the truth – on jazz musician Chet Baker’s addictions, love affairs and struggles with creativity.
There’s a moment in Born to Be Blue when Ethan Hawke, as Chet Baker, tenderly picks up his trumpet in a New York club and softly plays ‘My Funny Valentine’. It’s soulful and captivating, revealing a deeply vulnerable side to the famous musician.
Often called the ‘James Dean of jazz’, Baker’s looks and talent made him a celebrated trumpeter in the 1950s and 1960s. But his substance abuse rivalled his passion for music, resulting in a fierce heroin habit which contributed to his death at the age of 58. Baker’s addictions landed him in jail in Italy and even saw him deported from West Germany. »
- Sara Hemrajani
Born to Be Blue, 2015.
Directed by Robert Budreau.
A liberal interpretation of a key period in Chet Baker’s life after he’s beaten within an inch of his life, forcing him to re-learn his embouchure while struggling to control his addiction to heroin.
There’s a moment in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, where jazz drummer X has to tell his fleeting girlfriend that he can’t share his dreams with her. It’s a cold, brutal moment that shifts your perspective on the character; do we even like him after that break-up? Born to Be Blue is this conflict played out in full. Starring Ethan Hawke, it’s based upon legendary trumpeter Chet Baker and his struggle with drugs in his desire to become the very best. Born to Be Blue isn’t a by-the-numbers biopic, and instead focuses on the craft, »
- Simon Columb
Born to Be Blue, 2015.
Directed by Robert Budreau.
The career of jazz musician Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) looks to be over. He’s addicted to cocaine and a savage beating makes playing the trumpet almost impossible. But he’s determined to get back to the top.
A second jazz movie in just three months. First it was Don Cheadle’s personal project, Miles Ahead. Now the spotlight switches to his contemporary, Chet Baker, in Born to Be Blue, and it’s easy enough to draw a few parallels.
Both films are named after famous tracks from the musicians and Davis (Kedar Brown) puts in a handful of appearances in the Baker movie. More significantly, both titles trace their proverbial wilderness years, when they separately dropped off the music radar, and there’s some similarities in the approaches taken by their respective directors, »
- Freda Cooper
There have been many apocalyptic movies over the past few years, but it’s unlikely you’ll find one as intimate as Into The Forest. Set in the near future, the movie stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as sisters who live with their dad (played by Callum Keith Rennie) in an isolated house out in the Pacific Northwest.
One night the power goes out, and what seems like a temporary situation turns into a never ending one, as rumors spread about the power crisis without any concrete answers being given. The three try to go about their normal lives, but when tragedy strikes, the two sisters are forced to fend for themselves as circumstances turn increasingly bleak.
At the recent press day for the film in La, I got to speak with Page and Wood as well as their co-star, Max Minghella, who plays Page’s boyfriend in the movie. »
- Ben Kenber
DirecTV and A24 will release the near-future drama Into the Forest, starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson this summer. DirectTv will have an exclusive window starting June 23 while the theatrical run begins July 29. Into the Forest follows the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) who struggle to survive in a remote country house after a continent-wide power outage. —————- Into The Forest —————- Release: Available exclusively on DirecTV June 23, opens in theaters July 29 Director: Patricia Rozema Written by: Patricia Rozema (screenplay), Jean Hegland (novel) Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund, and Wendy Crewson Produced by: Niv Fichman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Ellen Page Runtime: 101 minutes Rating: R Synopsis: Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who live »
- ComicMix Staff
Writer-director Vladimir de Fontenay has begun production in Ontario on the official Canada-France co-production.
The drama based on his short film of the same name follows a young drifter and her dangerous boyfriend and young son who reappraises her role as a mother when she lands in a mobile home community.
“Mothers are tied »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
"This is all we have..." "We have each other." A24 has revealed the first official trailer for a post-apocalyptic survival thriller (we seem to be getting a lot of these recently) called Into the Forest, which premiered at the Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals late last year. Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood star as two women living in a remote ancient forest when the world goes crazy all around them. There's kind of a The Road vibe to this, but it's much more about hope and sticking together to survive. The full cast includes Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson. Check this out below. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest, direct from YouTube: In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. »
- Alex Billington
Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who live in the Pacific Northwest with their kindly father, Robert. Nell is focused on her studies and Eva is training to be a dancer, but their peaceful lives are disrupted one day by what turns out to be a continent-wide blackout.
Whereas at first the family bond together and try to make the most of their difficult circumstances, as time gone on, the challenges become more serious. In the wake of a shocking and violent confrontation that Robert has with a menacing passerby, the sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will go "Into the Forest" this summer in Patricia Rozema's thriller about two sisters struggling to survive a continent-wide power outage. The film's first trailer and poster hint at the dangers lurking from without — and potentially within as well. Read More: Why Ellen Page and Ian Daniel Traveled the World For 'Gaycation,' But Ended Things In America The new footage is intentionally vague in terms of specific plot details, making it clear that the siblings face an existential threat on their Pacific Northwest homestead but keeping us guessing as to exactly what that danger entails. Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson all co-star in Rozema's adaptation of Jean Hegland's 1996 novel of the same name. Read More: A24 Acquires Ellen Page Apocalypse Drama 'Into the Forest' Rozema previously directed such films as "Mansfield Park" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. »
- Michael Nordine
Earlier this week, You’re Next creators Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett premiered the first trailer for The Woods, a low-key psychological thriller poised to put a new twist on a hackneyed formula with frenetic camerawork and a chilling soundtrack. And if that wasn’t proof (hope?) that there’s still life in the backwoods horror genre, then A24 has unveiled our first look at Patricia Rozema’s gut-wrenching survival tale, Into the Forest.
Upholding tradition by rooting its story in the back end of beyond, Rozema’s film looks set to be a much more focused, heartfelt affair, orbiting around the harrowing journey of two sisters – passionately brought to life by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood – who discover that the end of days is upon them. Struggling to find food, water and any semblance of safety, Into The Forest is as much about what happens when the pillars »
- Michael Briers
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Patricia Rozema‘s Into the Forest follows Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as two sisters who struggle to survive in a remote country house after a continent-wide power outage. Picked up by A24 following the premiere, the adaptation of the Jean Hegland novel will now arrive this summer and the first trailer has landed today.
We said in our review from Tiff, “Half inspiring narrative of mankind’s perseverance, watching these girls teach themselves about nature and how to stay alive while severed from civilization is just that. The experience is tense, since we know this can’t be everything the story holds for us. They cannot live free from the violence and aggression we know simmers outside their forest surroundings with order thrown out the window. It’s not like no one knows where they are or that their »
- Jordan Raup
Callum Keith Rennie (Into the Forest) has booked a series regular role on the second season of Amazon's original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Based on Philip K. Dick's alt-history novel, the series depicts a divided and drab 1962 America in which the Nazis rule the East and Midwest and Imperial Japan reigns over the Western states, with a neutral zone between them. Rennie will play Gary Connell, leader of the West Coast Resistance movement. A former convict… »
This weekend New Yorkers will have a change to dive into a selection of the best recent Canadian cinema thanks to a showcase created by Tiff and Telefilm Canada appropriately called "See the North." On April 1, 2 and 3 2016, audiences at the IFC Center in New York City will be treated to this curated program of Canada’s finest creative talent, with directors in attendance for intros and Q+A’s.
Here is the full lineup:
"Closet Monster" – Ontario/Newfoundland
A film by Stephen Dunn
U.S. Distributor: Strand Releasing
Screening: 4/1 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A from director Stephen Dunn
Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
An East Coast teenager and aspiring special-effects makeup artist (Connor Jessup, Blackbird, 2012 Tiff Rising Star) struggles with both his sexuality and his fear of his macho father, in this imaginative twist on the coming-of-age tale from first-time feature director Stephen Dunn.
"The Demons" (Les démons) – Quebec
A film by Philippe Lesage
Sales Agent: FunFilm Distribution
Screening: 4/2 at 9:30pm with intro and Q + A with director Philippe Lesage
While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, 10-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the increasingly disturbing world around him.
"Into the Fores" – British Columbia/Ontario
A film by Patricia Rozema
U.S. Distributor: A24 Films
Screening: 4/1 at 7:00pm with intro and Q + A from director Patricia Rozema
Two sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic drama by one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers.
"My Internship in Canda" (Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre) – Quebec
A film by Philippe Falardeau
Sales Agent: Film Distribution
Screening: 4/2 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Philippe Falardeau
Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament representing a vast county in Northern Quebec who unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of determining whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and Souverain (Sovereign) Pascal, an idealistic intern from Haiti, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents and face his own conscience. This film is a sharp political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head while tearing democracy to shreds.
"Our Loved Ones" (Les Êtres Chers) – Quebec
A film by Anne Émond
Sales Agent: Wide Management
Screening: 4/3 at 7:00pm with intro and Q+A from director Anne Émond
The story begins in 1978 in a small town on the Lower St.-Lawrence where the Leblanc family is rocked by the tragic death of Guy, found dead in the basement of the family home. For many years, the real cause of his death is hidden from certain members of the family, his son David among them. David starts his own family with his wife Marie and lovingly raises his children, Laurence and Frédéric, but deep down he still carries with him a kind of unhappiness. Our Loved Ones is a film of filial love, family secrets, redemption and inherited fate. Featuring 2015 Tiff Rising Star Karelle Tremblay.
"Sleeping Giant" (Le géant endormi) – Ontario
A film by Andrew Cividino
U.S. Distributor: FilmBuff
Screening: 4/3 at 9:30pm with intro and Q+A from director Andrew Cividino
City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
Spending his summer vacation on rugged Lake Superior, teenager Adam befriends Riley and Nate, smart-aleck cousins who pass their ample free time with pranks, vandalism and reckless cliff jumping. The revelation of a hurtful secret sets in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever. »
- Carlos Aguilar
If you’re anything like me, you’re a pretty big fan of Ethan Hawke. Over the years, Hawke has been among the most consistent and interesting actors in Hollywood. He floats in and out of the studio system at ease, keeping a presence both in blockbusters occasionally as well as often in independent fare. It’s hard not to really admire the career of Hawke so far, and this Friday we have another outing of his to enjoy him in. This one is the musical biopic Born to Be Blue, which at one juncture was thought to be his ticket to another Academy Award nomination. This may or may not ultimately appeal to Oscar, but it’s one more reminder of just how great Hawke is, so now’s a great moment to appreciate him some more! The film is a biopic of sorts, focusing on the comeback that »
- Joey Magidson
Title: Born To Be Blue Director: Robert Budreau Starring: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Stephen McHattie, Janet-Laine Green, Tony Nappo, Kevin Hanchard, Dan Lett, Katie Boland, Nat Leone. The charm of Robert Budreau’s ‘Born to be Blue’ is that it is not a traditional biopic. The Canadian filmmaker gets inspired by Chet Baker’s life and creatively reimagines it, intertwining events that truly occurred to the jazz trumpeter, that don’t necessarily follow the true sequence they occurred in. The cinematic narrative is sprinkled with artistic license, that allows to fully captivate audiences in falling in love with a flawed hero. Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as Chet Baker, [ Read More ]
The post Born To Be Blue Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
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