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Director David M. Rosenthal (Falling Up, See This Movie) assembles an all-star cast including Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2, Moon), Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy (Best Supporting Actor, Fargo, 1996), Ted Levine (TV’s “The Bridge”), Kelly Reilly (Flight, TV’s “The Black Box”), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise), Joe Anderson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) and Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), for the tense thriller A Single Shot, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD January 14th from Well Go USA Entertainment. The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon (Rockwell) and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. A Single Shot comes loaded with more than »
- Pietro Filipponi
David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot joins the ranks of some superior 2013 thrillers, the uniting factor being their complete grasp of a sense of place and time and their ability to unconditionally exploit their setting for the benefit of the story and characters. Mud, The Frozen Ground, Scenic Route and now this poetic backwoods chiller all place a compelling central character in a potentially life threatening ordeal, surrounds them with superior supporting players and executes their motives and actions with fluidity and respect. This year has so far seen a resurgence in this type of yarn – a stripped down, character based story that extracts its involving tenseness through simple actions, not bombast and explosions.
- Simon Brookfield
A Single Shot (2013) Film Review, a movie directed by David M. Rosenthal and starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, Joe Anderson, Jeffrey Wright, Ophelia Lovibond, Melissa Leo, Amy Sloan, W. Earl Brown, Heather Lind, Christie Burke, Jenica Bergere, and Lana Giacose. The very [...]
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- Sam Joseph
Frequent moviegoers have gotten used to seeing Sam Rockwell play smart and funny characters in a wide variety of movies, but more recently, he's had more success with comedic roles like the one in the recent Sundance hit The Way, Way Back . As much as it's always fun to see Rockwell's trademark wit on screen, he's an actor first and foremost so it's just as great seeing him do more dramatic roles like the one he plays in David M. Rosenthal's A Single Shot . Based on the novel by Matthew Jones, who adapted it into a screenplay, Rockwell plays John Moon, a solitary hunter who accidentally shoots a young woman who has in her possession a box full of money. It doesn't take long before the criminals that the money belongs to--including Jason Isaacs, almost unrecognizable with a »
The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot” has been about the longer-than-usual casting merry-go-round -- since 2009, a roster of talent as long as your arm has signed up then signed out of the film. However the fear that, as the accepted wisdom goes, there must be something fundamentally wrong with a project that takes this long to put together was somewhat mitigated by the kind of names who kept on stepping up: as worrying as it might be to lose the likes of (pre-breakout) Michael Fassbender, Alessandro Nivola, Forest Whitaker or Juliette Lewis, it doesn’t sting so hard when you get Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs to show up instead -- all actors we admire. Except in this case, accepted wisdom should again be accepted: “A Single Shot” does not add up to anywhere near the sum of its parts, »
- Jessica Kiang
Written by Matthew F. Jones
Directed by David M. Rosenthal
Sam Rockwell’s secret weapon is not his gift of gab, but his ability to use that chatty nature to disarm everyone around him. Rockwell, so rakish and charming in this summer’s indie hit The Way, Way Back, isn’t the kind of actor who can’t play taciturn, but deliberately robbing him of his quirky, squirrelly speech patterns is always a bit of a letdown. As such, so too is A Single Shot, a grim, drab crime drama with Rockwell playing strong and silent at the center, leaning too heavily on the latter quality.
Rockwell is John Moon (a nice, if unintentional, nod to one of his best films, the 2009 sci-fi drama Moon), an estranged husband and father living in the hills of West Virginia in a nondescript little shack. One morning, while on the hunt for some deer, »
- Josh Spiegel
More than anything else, David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot is an effective exercise in sustained mood. The film’s aura—wilderness gloom, small-town criminality, animal carcasses, rivers flowing with blood, Atli Örvarsson’s grief-stricken score, Sam Rockwell’s beard—tells us how to feel. A sense of mounting dread seeps into the frames, removing traces of color until all that’s left is grey, brown and sometimes black. The production notes identify the setting as “the backwoods of West Virginia,” but the movie itself makes no attempt to clarify this; we just recognize the primal elements: mountains, water, snow, tress, rocks, clouds. »
It's been a kudo-worthy season for Sam Rockwell, who emerged as the motor-mouthed, big-hearted highlight of July's shore-town dramedy "The Way, Way Back," and now ends the summer with a bang in David M. Rosenthal's "A Single Shot," a tight backwoods thriller that sees Rockwell deftly slip back into dark territory. Such is the way it's been through much of the 44-year-old character actor's career: he's regularly wowed in roles both comedic and dramatic, often alternately, and as he continues to foster relationships with budding directors like Rosenthal, he's stepping up to become a bona fide leading man (in "A Single Shot," he takes the lead as John, a West Virginia hunter who accidentally shoots a woman in the wild, then wrestles with the aftermath while dealing with a crumbling family and a mysterious bag of money to boot). In other words, it seems there's little Rockwell can't do these days. »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
Chicago – Sam Rockwell does no wrong. He takes parts in movies major (“Iron Man 2”) and minor (“A Single Shot,” now available On Demand and opening theatrically in limited release this Friday, September 20, 2013) and makes decisions that other actors wouldn’t even consider. He is so completely, believably in the moment.
You don’t see the wheels turning like you do in so many other actor’s performances. He feels natural even in incredibly unnatural situations. He’s the best thing about “A Single Shot,” a film with echoes of “A Simple Plan” & “Winter’s Bone,” elevating it above its flaws as he has done for other films so many times before.
Finding the deep emotional territory that he hasn’t really mined since his underrated work in “Snow Angels,” Rockwell plays the deeply haunted John Moon, an average guy in a rural community who seems on the edge »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Even before John Moon, the lonely woodsman played by Sam Rockwell at the center of David M. Rosenthal's "A Single Shot," accidentally shoots a young woman while hunting the desolate area near his trailer, his world has fallen apart. Rosenthal's adaptation of Matthew F. Jones' 1996 novel features a familiar arrangement of criminal events and showdowns, but the movie compensates for much of its familiar shortcomings with an effectively ominous atmosphere. The opening minutes, in which the grave-faced, bearded John roams the countryside in search of prey, establish a sense of isolation that dominates the movie and nearly rescues it from the formula that eventually takes shape. Following that inadvertent death, John scrambles to hide the body before discovering a pile of money in the late woman's tent. In a desperate bid to win back his estranged wife (Kelly Reilly) and their young child, John stashes the money, only »
- Eric Kohn
If the movies have taught us anything, it's this: Don't expect an easy time of hanging on to satchels of cash you find in the woods. David M. Rosenthal's sturdy, nasty rural noir, based on Matthew F. Jones's novel, is so sharp and rusted through that, after taking it in, you'll likely need a tetanus shot. After he accidentally shoots and kills a woman while hunting in the forest near his trailer home, abandoned family man John Moon (Sam Rockwell) happens upon a gun, a note, and a retirement fund's worth of stacked C-notes. Complications ensue, of course, especially after John sends some cash to the wife who wants nothing to do with him anymore. (She's played by Kelly Reilly, who is given little to work with.) He gets phone threats; his friends, mostly bearded roughnecks, behave like ma »
A dark, tightly wound backwoods thriller with a twist, "A Single Shot" premiered earlier this year at the Berlinale, and hits theaters September 20. Well-designed and executed by director David M. Rosenthal ("Janie Jones") from Matthew F. Jones’s script and novel of the same name, the film features uniformly fine performances by a cast including Sam Rockwell as an unlucky ex-farmer and hunter, Kelly Reilly as his estranged wife, an unrecognizable Jeffrey Wright as his alcoholic friend, William H. Macy as a gimpy small-town lawyer, and Joe Anderson and Jason Isaacs as seriously creepy denizens of the deep, wet forestlands. Atli Örvarsson’s eery score and Edward Grau’s claustrophobic cinematography further the finger-clenching suspense. A review roundup is below: Guardian:As befits the blood-and-mud spattered backdrop, there's much gruesome razor-slicing and corpse-lugging on display: a forceful reminder, you would suppose, of the elemental natural forces at work. Only »
- Tom Christie
In his latest role, Sam Rockwell is playing a down on his luck man who, after a horrible mistake, quickly finds his life spiraling out of control. The movie, "A Single Shot," is directed by David M. Rosenthal and based on a novel by Matthew F. Jones (who also wrote the screenplay). When asked, Rockwell told us, "It is terrifying, what happens to John." Rockwell was speaking of his character, John Moon and the set of issues Moon encounters after a hunting accident and taking some money that doesn't belong to him. "It's a horrible thing that happens and then he »
- Josh Lasser
R, 1 Hr., 47 Mins.
Darrell J. Roodt’s bland biopic of the South African antiapartheid activist feels like the Hallmark Hall of Fame version of history. Jennifer Hudson brings some fire to the controversial crusader and Terrence Howard is very good as her husband, Nelson Mandela. But this well-intentioned film is an oversimplified mess. C —Chris Nashawaty
99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative FIlm
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 37 Mins.
The Occupy Wall Street movement deserves enormous credit for locking the “meme” of the 99 percent into the American psyche. But that doesn’t make this day-to-day documentary about »
- Deven Persaud
Basking in the glow of the vibrant U.S. indie biz, the 39th Deauville American Film Festival appears to be the key pre-fall launchpad for European distribs with American titles. Kicking off with Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” this edition has a definite youthful vibe, showing Cannes-screening features from the new generation of U.S. helmers: Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin,” David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland” and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost.”
Deauville over the past 10 years has shifted its primary focus from big studio films to mainstream indie titles, which seem to be hitting a golden age.
“Ambitious U.S. independent projects have been »
- Elsa Keslassy
Today we have another new poster for the upcoming David M. Rosenthal‘s crime thriller A single Shot starring Sam Rockwell. An adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel is the story of a dark and deadly game of cat and mouse, prompted by the tragic death of a young girl. Rockwell plays hunter John Moon who makes a fatal mistake that leaves him with a suitcase full of blood money and hardened killers on his trail. As the hunter becomes the hunted, Moon is forced to defend his family and fight for his life. Rockwell is joined by Jeffrey Wright, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, Ted...
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- Allan Ford
We here at Thn are extremely looking forward to the release of rising director David M. Rosenthal’s atmospheric thriller A Single Shot. The film has superb cast led by the brilliant Sam Rockwell as John Moon, a man struggling with the imminent loss of his family farm, who, while losing himself in the wilderness of his hobby as hunter, trespasses on the wrong land and accidentally fires a fateful shot that changes his quiet life forever. As a young women lies dead, John sees the temptation in covering up the crime when discovering a box stuffed with cash nearby the scene. However, it’s not long before the ruthless real owners come looking for their stash… and revenge!
Take a look at this latest clip and poster. You can find the gripping first trailer and previous character posters by clicking on their respective links.
A Single Shot is now »
- Craig Hunter
Yep, in David M. Rosenthal‘s crime thriller A Single Shot, Sam Rockwell plays a hunter who accidentally kills a young woman. But that’s not the only mistake he makes. The real nightmare starts when he discovers a box of money near her body and decides… well, to take the damn money, what else? Head inside to find the latest featurette for the movie which is set to hit theaters next month, it sure looks promising… Based on Matthew F. Jones‘ novel of the same name, the movie revolves around the tragic death of a beautiful young girl that starts a tense and atmospheric game of...
- Jeanne Standal
A Single Shot looks like an incredibly intense thriller, and Sam Rockwell is sure to give an incredible performance. Three character posters have been released for the film featuring Rockwell, William H. Macy, and Jason Isaacs. Here's what the movie is about, and I've also included the trailer at the bottom.
David M. Rosenthal’s white-knuckle thriller starts with a bang: a single shot, aimed at a lone deer, that hits and kills a young woman. The hunter, John Moon (Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths), watches her die before discovering a box of money near her body. In a desperate panic, he takes the cash — hiring a low-rent lawyer (William H. Macy, Fargo) to fight his wife’s (Kelly Reilly, Flight) divorce suit — and attempts to cover up the killing. But when he discovers that the money belonged to a group of hardened criminals, the hunter becomes the hunted in this »
- Joey Paur
The first intense trailer for director David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot had the same distinct atmospheric tone as Sam Raimis under-appreciated thriller A Simple Plan. Two titles even sound like they belong together. The film is an adaptation of the same-titled novel by Matthew F. Jones (who also wrote the screenplay) with an impressive cast led by the ever-excellent Sam Rockwell. He’s a desperate John Moon. A man struggling with the loss of his family farm and losing himself in the wilderness of his hobby as hunter and poacher. That is until he trespasses on the wrong land and mistakenly fires a fateful shot that changes his world forever.
The film is set to be made available in the Us on VOD from 20th August, followed by a limited Us theatre run from 20th September. No details yet on a UK release. It also features William H Macy, »
- Craig Hunter
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