15 items from 2014
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
It’s not uncommon to see a filmmaker essentially break out with a hit film (in baseball lingo this wasn’t a home run, but an ernest double) at Sundance, and then, for a multitude of reasons both known or unknown, not strike while the iron is hot. Her Frenchie-Americano rom com featuring quintessential indie starlet Parker Posey was with all its warts and quirks played excellently for a certain demographic and midway this year, she queued up a sophomore film that is a little more grown-up. Featuring Alexia Landeau in the lead with a cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Melanie Griffith, Bellamy Young, Vincent Kartheiser, Ione Skye, Alessandro Nivola and Brooke Smith, Day out of Days received some coin in late 2013, and could follow the path to Sundance as her short Men Make Women Crazy Theory (2000) and Broken English before it. Look for a pragmatic and potentially »
- Eric Lavallee
While still an active member of what I would call a French-u.S galpal filmmaker clique, the name of Zoe Cassavetes has painfully been absent from the indie scene since her feature film debut Broken English (2007) landed in Park City. Working with the ageism theme, more specifically, the drawbacks of working as an actress in/against/for the Hollywood system that were recently touched upon in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Cassavetes muse and co-writer Alexia Landeau (also featured in sister Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned) has according to the Deadline folks toplined Cassavetes’ sophomore film. Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Cheyenne Jackson, Vincent Kartheiser, Alessandro Nivola, Brooke Smith and Bellamy Young also star in the pic that went went into production last month. Produced by Gina Kwon (The Future) and Kate Roughan, look for Day Out Of Days to have a Sundance berth. »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: After her debut feature Broken English snagged distribution out of Sundance and a pair of Independent Spirit Award nominations, filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes linked up with actress pal Alexia Landeau to write her sophomore feature. Landeau, who appeared in Cassavetes’ first film, the 2000 short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, now leads the Day Out Of Days cast as a 40-year-old actress struggling to make it in the cutthroat business of Hollywood while contending with ever-youthful competition.
Joining Landeau in Day Out Of Days are Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Cheyenne Jackson, Vincent Kartheiser, Alessandro Nivola, Brooke Smith and Bellamy Young. Cassavetes just wrapped a 17-day shoot on location in La, a production made possible by a successful $60,000 FundAnything crowdfunding campaign that Cassavetes and her fellow producers Gina Kwon (Camp X-Ray, The Future, The Motel, Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Kate Roughan (Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives) launched last year. »
- Jen Yamato
Ja from Mnpp here - last night I learned that one way to know a specific horror movie has left a deep mark on your brain is if you can identify it down to a scene just by hearing the screams of the actor(s) in said horror movie. It's like Name That Tune, but the nightmare version. I was minding my own business last night watching TV when what should erupt from the other room but horrible, blood-curdling shrieks. Thankfully I immediately knew the shrieks and felt no need to call 911 - my boyfriend was watching The Silence of the Lambs and those were the cries of Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) as she first gets a good look at the walls of the hole she's been tossed in by her captor Buffalo Bill.
A terrifying moment, to be sure, in a movie filled to the brink with them. And »
Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet star as two lovers from vastly different worlds in the new drama Labor Day, currently available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 29. Jason Reitman directs this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel, which follows a single mother Kate Winslet who falls for a fugitive from justice (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. To celebrate this upcoming release, we have a giveaway where fans can win a copy of the Blu-ray, a Peach Pie Kit, and a copy of the novel signed by Joyce Maynard herself. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
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Director Jason Reitman explores the complex character Henry, portrayed both by Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire, in our exclusive featurette for Labor Day, currently available on Digital HD before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 29. This adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel follows a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her young son (Gattlin Griffith) whose lives are changed when they help a mysterious stranger (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. The filmmaker explains how Tobey Maguire's voice was perfect to narrate the film as the older version of Henry, along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tobey Maguire and Josh Brolin on the set of this drama.
From writer/director Jason Reitman, the Academy Award-nominated director of Up in the Air and Juno, comes "a beautiful and endearing love story" (Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv) based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Joyce Maynard. "Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are exquisite" (Karen Durbin, »
Title: Labor Day Director: Jason Reitman Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexie Gilmore Four times Academy Award nominee, Jason Reitman, after having portrayed delightfully poignant and irreverent stories, such as ‘Thank You For Smoking,’ ‘Juno,’ ‘Up in the Air’ and Young Adult,’ delivers an intensely suave adaptation of the novel ‘Labor Day’ by Joyce Maynard. It is the very Labor Day weekend that is bound to mark the lives of Adele (Kate Winslet) – a divorced, single mother who rarely ventures further than her house – and her judicious thirteen year old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith/Tobey [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
After its award-qualifying run in limited release last month, Paramount Pictures is bringing Labor Day to theaters nationwide, starting today. The studio has released two clips from this adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel which centers on single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry (Dylan Minnette), who take in a troubled man in need of help named Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. Even though Frank eventually reveals he is an escaped convict wanted by the law, he helps bring this family together in ways they never thought possible. Take a look at these scenes from director Jason Reitman's drama, which shows how close Frank and Adele become over the course of one weekend.
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, »
Were it better, Labor Day might well strike a seductive chord for romantics: a dreamy escaped convict hovers over a mother and son he’s taken hostage over a holiday weekend. One so full of love, cooking, and romance, it will change their lives forever. But the film, based on the Joyce Maynard novel, is so trapped in a dreary Nicolas Sparks-style cliche-ridden universe that we know the entire plot from the start to the over-sentimental climax. Labor Day stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, two usually solid actors, but they’re wasted as Labor Day neither raises the pulse nor unintentionally entertains and while some may eat this mush up, most will see it as a tremendous disappointment from writer/director Jason Reitman (of Juno and Up In The Air fame).
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who cares for his mopey, reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) after his »
- Tom Stockman
Title: Labor Day Paramount Pictures Director: Jason Reitman Screenwriter: Jason Reitman, from Joyce Maynard’s novel Cast: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Brooke Smith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexie Gilmore, Tobey Maguire, Bri Screened at: Paramount, NYC, 11/12/13 Opens: December 27, 2013 in La, January 31, 2014 elsewhere As this film moves along at a steady pace, occasionally stopping for flashbacks, you may be thinking, “Hey, this doesn’t sound believable.” True enough: the romance between a convicted murderer and an innocent, divorced woman may not be something that has occurred to any of your neighbors, but stranger things have happened. Apropos, think of Stockholm [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Written and directed by Jason Reitman
It’s all too fitting that, at one point midway through Labor Day, two of the lead characters are sitting in front of a TV, watching a network broadcast of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This film’s writer-director, Jason Reitman, no doubt has been inspired throughout his career by Spielberg, as so many younger directors have been. But more importantly, the alien behavior that so inflames the imagination of the characters populating Close Encounters is analogous to the completely outlandish and illogical behavior exhibited throughout Labor Day, a mawkish and painfully sincere melodrama that’s mere inches away from being an outright parody of the Nicholas Sparks subgenre of recent years.
- Josh Spiegel
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new drama “Labor Day” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin!
“Labor Day,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Jan. 31, 2014, also stars Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Gattlin Griffith, Maika Monroe, Brooke Smith, Alexie Gilmore, Elena Kampouris, Brighid Fleming and Lucas Hedges from writer and director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno” and “Young Adult”) based on the novel by Joyce Maynard.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Brooke Smith, Elena Kampouris and Tobey Maguire Written By: Jason Reitman (based on the novel by Joyce Maynard) Directed By: Jason Reitman Labor Day is a small-scale, forgettable melodrama that packs no real punch and at […]
Read Review: Labor Day on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for Labor Day, which is currently playing in limited release before expanding nationwide on January 31. Josh Brolin stars as a criminal who has escaped from prison and is taken in by a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her young son (Dylan Minnette). Take a look at the latest footage from writer-director Jason Reitman's adaptation.
Labor Day was released December 27th, 2013 and stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Dylan Minnette, Brooke Smith, Maika Monroe. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. »
15 items from 2014
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