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Canadian writer-director-actress Sarah Polley's brilliant documentary on her enigmatic family history, "Stories We Tell," leads the pack of a slew of top-reviewed limited releases this weekend. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," the follow-up to frightfest "Kill List," also hits theaters and VOD, along with Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's coming-of-age drama and fest favorite "What Richard Did," and Maiken Bird's fest-circuit sports biodoc "Venus and Serena." In the tentpole arena, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, is floundering critically, impressing reviewers with its audacious visuals but failing to fill out an otherwise empty vessel of spectacle. But it just might open to $40 million or more, which means Luhrmann's spectacle is luring audiences--the question is whether they'll spread good or bad word after they sample it. Stories We Tell Dir. Sarah Polley, Canada | Roadside Attractions | 93% Fresh | Village Voice: »
- Beth Hanna
The director Ingmar Bergman shot his masterpieces Persona and Through a Glass Darkly and several other films in and around his house on Fårö, an island off the coast of Sweden. In Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's moody What Richard Did, a family beach house on the coast of Dublin strongly evokes Bergman's beloved home, one of many elements that makes the film feel like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque." Based on Kevin Power's novel Bad Day in Blackrock, the film follows Dublin teenager Richard (Jack Reynor, giving a performance worth savoring before he stars in Transformers 4) as his soul unravels after he does something very bad in a moment of pas »
The transition for many teens from acting out in their adolescent ways to maturing into a responsible adult is the emotional motivation and conflict in the new drama, What Richard Did. Based on the award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock by Kevin Powers, the Lenny Abrahamson-helmed film adaptation is a devastating study of how teenagers confront who they think they were and who they ultimately prove to be. Shot entirely on location in Ireland, the coming-of-age film, led by Transformers 4 star Jack Reynor in the title role, is a detailed portrait of the consequences teenagers must learn to take responsibility for.
What Richard Did follows the privileged title teen character, Richard Karsen, as he lives in a world where everything seems possible. The rich Dublin rugby star’s pre-college summer, which is filled with access to his family’s beach house and cars, changes when he sets his »
- Karen Benardello
"I tend to stay away from media as much as I possibly can," Jack Reynor says, sunk into a chair in a hotel in New York's Fashion District. "I like my work to speak for itself." Good luck, kid. The 21-year old Irish actor is in New York for the Tribeca Film Festival, promoting What Richard Did, the acclaimed drama in which he stars under the direction of fellow Irishman Lenny Abrahamson. The movie, in which he features as an upper middle class golden boy who commits a heinous crime in the heat of a fight outside
- Jordan Zakarin
By being cast in the upcoming Transformers 4, Irish actor Jack Reynor has entered the spotlight before pretty much anyone has ever heard of him. It's a tough situation for an actor-- can you be over-hyped before you're even famous?-- but an ideal one for a movie like What Richard Did at a festival like Tribeca. It's the film that Michael Bay saw and inspired him to cast Reynor, and as a calling card for an actor with great things ahead of him, it's pretty impeccable. The film itself-- crisply shot and directed with a lot of intuition for emotion by Lenny Abrahamson-- is a little too much of a slow burn, as we spend a long time following golden boy Richard (Reynor) while that ominous title looms and promises destruction. The story indeed hinges on what Richard did, and Reynor and Abrahamson do a fine job of »
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Written by Malcolm Cambell
The way that What Richard Did delivers its poignant morality tale carries as much thematic importance as the story elements themselves. The camerawork, the acting, even the script can all be described in one simple word: restraint. Restraint is also the crucial character trait on which Richard’s entire fate turns.
Everyone idolizes, and even idealizes, Richard (Jack Reynor). His teammates, his teachers, his parents, even the parents of his friends seem to recognize something special in the blue-eyed young man. And for much of the movie, it really appears as if he can do no wrong. He’s not one to exploit his popularity for selfish ends. He puts it to good use by inspiring underclassmen and improving the moods of everyone around him. Someone like Richard doesn’t have much cause for jealousy. He’s got loyal friends, »
Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, is now underway and we have a wide variety of films to look forward to. Below lists some of the selections we are most looking forward to and will be covering throughout the festival. For a full list of our coverage, please check it out here. Cheers to a great year at Tribeca!
Amy is naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off of the ground in a post-grad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a seemingly bland upstate New York town and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local, wood-paneled sex shop. Owned by a frisky elderly couple and staffed by diva transvestite Rubio and sweet local boy Alex, »
- Christopher Clemente
★★★★★ A huge box office earner in its native Ireland last year, Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did (2012) went on to sweep the board at January's Irish Film and Television Awards. What's more, both the financial success and critical accolades are entirely justifiable. It's seldom you see a coming-of-age film which capture the behaviour of teenagers and their world with such authenticity and unflinching honesty. Richard (Jack Reynor) has a confidence with betrays his young years, and possesses the kind of natural leadership qualities and likeable social skills which bode well for the university-bound future ahead of him.
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- CineVue UK
Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson ("Adam & Paul," "Garage") gives us a look into the wealthy suburbs of Dublin in "What Richard Did." The film follows a group of Irish teenage boys during their last summer together, leading up to an act of jealousy that affects main character Richard's life. Abrahamson told Indiewire that he hopes audiences walk away with "fewer certainties" after the film and gave a breakdown of helpful Irish slang. What it's about: It's a kind of dark coming-of-age story about the fall of a beautiful and gifted teenage boy. It's set in Dublin's wealthy suburbs. About the filmmaker: This is my third feature after 'Adam & Paul' and 'Garage'. I started out studying philosophy (first in Dublin, where I'm from and then at Stanford in the Us) but film has been in my head since I was a teenager. I'd made shorts on the side and eventually »
Consistent purveyors of world cinema excellence, next Monday (15 April) UK distributor Artificial Eye offer up three recent theatrical releases on DVD. The trio consists of Barnaby Southcombe's I, Anna, Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did and Eran Riklis' Zaytoun, all worthy features made to get your teeth into. To celebrate the home entertainment releases of I, Anna, What Richard Did and Zaytoun, we have Three DVD bundles (containing a copy of each film) to give away, courtesy of Artificial Eye. 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.
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- CineVue UK
The Irish director Lenny Abrahamson really is a remarkable film-maker. His debut feature, Adam & Paul, updated the existential black comedy of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, with two addicts scraping their way through the underbelly of Dublin to grimly comic effect. Garage built upon the acting promise of its predecessor as Abrahamson drew exceptional performances from an ensemble cast including Pat Shortt and Anne-Marie Duff. Both films are eclipsed, however, by What Richard Did (2012, Artificial Eye, 15), a tale of youth, privilege, denial and tragedy that confirms Abrahamson as both a major cinematic talent and a distinctive directorial voice.
Adapted by screenwriter Malcolm Campbell from Kevin Power's book Bad Day in Blackrock (which drew inspiration from real-life events still fresh in the minds of many), this deceptively low-key drama centres on Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor), a handsome, »
- Mark Kermode
Tribeca Film Festival organizers on Wednesday announced 46 of the 89 feature films screening at the New York-set festival starting next month, including selections in the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film sections, as well as out-of-competition Viewpoints screenings.
"Big Men," a documentary about American corporations pursuing oil reserves in Africa, will serve as the opening night film for the World Documentary portion; "Bluebird," a small-town drama featuring "Girls" star Adam Driver, will kick-off the World Narrative slate. "Flex Is Kings," a documentary about Brooklyn street performers, is the Viewpoints opener. All three films premiere on April 18. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17 through April 28, with "Mistaken For Strangers," a documentary about The National, serving as the fest's opening night film.
"Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frederic Boyer said in a release. “The cinematic proficiency that »
- Christopher Rosen
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the first half of its 2013 movie slate today, including its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, along with selections from the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, which highlights international and independent cinema. Festival organizers reviewed more than 6,000 submissions to select 89 feature-length films from 30 different countries for this year’s festival, which boasts 53 world premieres. “Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performances, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Posters for Mud, Fast and Furious 6, Dark Skies, Toy's House, Passion, 6 Souls, Breathe In, Night Train to Lisbon, The Company You Keep, If I Were You, The Frankenstein Theory, Jigsaw Puzzle, The Last Road, The Numbers Station.
"New release dates include: "Spring Breakers" and "The Kill Hole" on March 15th, "Antiviral" on April 12th, "Sightseers" on May 10th, "The East" on May 31st, and in 2014 we'll see "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" on February 14th…" (full details)
- Garth Franklin
Cinemark To Sell Theaters In Mexico Texas-based Cinemark Holdings will sell its Mexico theaters to Grupo Cinemex and Cadena Mexicana de Exhibicion, the company announced. The Mexico circuit encompasses 290 screens in 31 theaters. Cinemark CEO Tim Warner said the sale would allow Cinemark to concentrate on its remaining Latin American theaters in Central and South America. Cinemark said its Mexico operation’s unaudited revenues for the 12 months ending September 30, 2012 were $73.7 million from 12.9 million admissions with a net income of $7.9 million. Sale of the Mexico theaters is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval. Ireland Reauthorizes Film & TV Incentive With 4% Increase Ireland’s film and TV tax incentive has been signed into law and extended through to 2020. Value of the incentive commonly known as Section 481 will increase to 32% of qualifying expenditures from 28% from 2015. Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan acknolwedged the new law during a visit to the set of Frank, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Tribeca Film has snapped up North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "What Richard Did," which recently took home five Irish Film & Television Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor (newcomer Jack Reynor, who can be seen in the upcoming "Transformers 4.") The film is penned by Malcolm Campbell ("Skins," "Shameless"), and co-stars Irish singer-songwriter Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley ("The Other Side of Sleep") and Lars Mikkselsen ("The Killing"). The synopsis is below. Tribeca plans a spring 2013 theatrical release, with a simultaneous VOD platform roll-out. A striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen (Reynor), the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. »
- Beth Hanna
Tribeca Film has picked up North American rights to Irish helmer Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did, which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for best film, best director, best script, best actor and best editing. Newcomer Jack Reynor, who will appear in the upcoming Transformers sequel, and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits) and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in the film based on Kevin Powers’ book Bad Day in Blackrock. The story centers on Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens who does
- Tatiana Siegel
North American rights to Lenny Abrahamson's ("Adam and Paul") upcoming drama "What Richard Did" have been picked up by Tribeca Film in the wake of last weekend's Irish Film & Television Awards, during which it took home five awards, including Best Film and Best Director. The primarily young cast stars Jack Reynor as a privileged teenager who after losing his temper one finds both his future and relationships with his friend and family shattered. Sam Keeley ("Misfits") and Lars Mikkelsen ("The Killing") costar. The film is Abrahamson's fourth directorial feature, working with a script written by "Skins" and "Shameless" scribe Malcolm Campbell. "What Richard Did" was produced by Protagonist Pictures and saw a U.K. theatrical release earlier this year. "Lenny Abrahamson has established himself as a dynamic voice among the superb Irish filmmaking community to emerge over the last »
- Cameron Sinz
Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing. Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What Richard Did, 2012.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
An ambitious 6th-form student's life is changed when a night out ends in tragedy.
'What Richard Did' is a loaded title. It's in the past tense. It makes everything before the 'act' feel similarly long gone. Like a document, or an inquiry, or a tabloid headline. It presupposes a tragedy. So it's a testament to Lenny Abrahamson's direction how fun the opening half hour is.
Richard (Jack Reynor) and his friends talk like real sixteen-year-olds. Or at least, how you imagined you talked when you were their age. They have an effortless banter, one that's entirely naturalistic, as though improvised on set. Richard even manages a drunken "you know what, this ain't gay, but I'd speak to you guys about anything." There's a youthful optimism and hope to their camaraderie. »
- Chris Villeneuve
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