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Ben Mendelsohn Brings a ‘Light’ to His Troubled Gambler in ‘Mississippi Grind’ (Video)

2 October 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In “Mississippi Grind,” Ben Mendelsohn plays a gambler addict, and in this exclusive featurette provided by distributor A24, the Australian actor’s co-stars discuss his approach to the character. Directed by “Half Nelson” filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film follows Gerry (Mendelsohn) and Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), who embark on a “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn” type of adventure down the Mississippi, gambling their whole way to Louisiana. Gerry must reach a big-time poker game in New Orleans to dig himself out of major debt. Mendelsohn, who often plays menacing characters, brings a lightness to Gerry that makes the character endearing, »

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Mississippi Grind – The Review

2 October 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Cate Marquis

Mississippi Grind is a low-budget, indie-style road trip movie about two down-on-their-luck fellows, a gambler and his smooth-talking financier, as they make their way down the Mississippi River to a big poker game in New Orleans. With beautifully shot scenes in St. Louis, as well as other river town locations, this rambling, gambling road trip features a fine performance by Ben Mendelsohn and possibly the best-ever performance by Ryan Reynolds, who play a pair of losers looking for redemption and a final jackpot.

Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is a middle-aged addictive gambler who has some skill at poker but no little judgment on when to walk away. Gerry is eking out a living in a dead-end job in a small upper Midwestern town when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger man looking for a “talent” to back. The set-up has echoes of Paul Newman’s “The Hustler »

- Movie Geeks

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Download 2015 Awards Season Screenplays Including ‘The End of the Tour,’ ‘While We’re Young,’ and More

1 October 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the few benefits of the frenzied awards race is Hollywood’s outpouring of materials associated with the contenders. Perhaps the biggest perk is the release of full scripts one is able to download legally, directly from the studios. By the end of the year we’ll have dozens available, but today we have the first ones out of the gate.

A24 is the first distributor to have their awards site live and while not all of their films have scripts available yet, The End of the Tour, Mississippi Grind, Slow West, and While We’re Young are up. While it’s a small selection, we imagine the enticing scripts for Carol, Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, Sicario, Spotlight, Anomalisa, and many more will be available shortly.

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Exclusive Featurette: 'Mississippi Grind'

30 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

With hopes of turning his bad luck around, Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a down on his luck gambling addict who owes money to just about everybody in town, teams up with Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a young, charismatic poker player with a seemingly endless supply of good luck, on a road trip throught the South to win back all that he has lost. In this Fandango exclusive featurette, Ryan Reynolds: The Drifter, co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, along with the films cast including, Reynolds,...

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Watch Ben Mendelsohn Entice Ryan Reynolds in This Mississippi Grind Clip

29 September 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In most gambling movies, you can count on the "stake me" scene — that is, the moment that our struggling anti-hero must depend on the kindness of one skeptical benefactor to get him back into the game for one last score. The new film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Mississippi Grind, has that exact scene (and we've got an exclusive clip from it below), but why would you need to reinvent the wheel when you've got two actors who can spin it as skillfully as Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds? In particular, watch below as Emmy-nominated Bloodline scene-stealer Mendelsohn works his magic on Reynolds: His character is almost manically excited about a new gambling notion that would take both men to New Orleans, but all it takes is some gentle prodding from Reynolds before Mendelsohn droops and exposes the full depths of his despair.  »

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Mississippi Grind Is a Gambling Movie That Comes Out Ahead

28 September 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The gambling drama — a genre that ranges from Robert Altman’s California Split to David Mamet’s House of Games to John Dahl’s Rounders — often walks a fine line between focusing on the minutiae of the game and observing the humans playing it. There’s drama in the game, to be sure — and one sign of a world-class filmmaker is the ability to convey said drama without requiring that viewers be familiar with the game itself. But the real story always lies in the people playing out in the “real world,” where messiness rules and winning and losing mean very different things. Mississippi Grind, from the writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), luxuriates in that real-world messiness. It’s as much a movie about the gamble of friendship as it is about friends gambling.The film opens on an image »

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Movie Review – Mississippi Grind (2015)

26 September 2015 4:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mississippi Grind, 2015.

Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller.


Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

Down on his luck and suspended only mere inches above rock-bottom, Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) confesses to Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), his road buddy and lucky charm for success, that he isn’t a good person, and while it is heartbreaking to watch someone come to that self-realization, it stings more because it isn’t necessarily true.

Gerry has a compulsion for gambling which tempts him to put his family through some seemingly unforgivable situations (his addiction got so bad that he removed himself from his daughter’s life, »

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A Sure Bet: ‘Mississippi Grind’

25 September 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Inspired by films of the 1970s like California Split, The Gambler and Scarecrow, Mississippi Grind is a character study in the form of a road trip, expertly guided by writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who brought us such notable indie films as Half-Nelson and Sugar. Like the films that inspired it, their new effort is more about the journey than the destination, and sparked by two exceptional performances. Ben Mendelsohn plays a compulsive gambler who has let his addiction destroy every aspect of his life—including a marriage and even a relationship with a not-unsympathetic loan shark in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. Like most men in his situation he has become a...

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‘Mississippi Grind’ Review: Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn Deal a Winner

24 September 2015 6:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The best-buddies road trip movie is an easy genre in conception but one of the most difficult in execution, particularly if you’re aiming to blend comedy and pathos, as directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”) attempt to do in “Mississippi Grind.” (The duo also tried to nail that balance in 2010’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” which ended up neither funny nor much of a story.) “Mississippi Grind” — about two gamblers who decide to attend a big poker tournament in New Orleans — might read hackneyed, too, if not for the leads. Ryan Reynolds, shaking off his. »

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Mississippi Grind | Review

23 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Let the River Run: Boden & Fleck’s Melancholy, Character Driven Road-Trip

Filmmaking duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck return with their best collaboration since the 2006 break out title Half Nelson (a film which Boden only shared co-writing credit). Considering their last effort was the 2010 dramedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story, it’s with definite pleasure to see them return to their talents for concocting acute characterizations and capturing impressive performances with Mississippi Grind, a rambling, gambling tumbleweed of a film. Gilded with a palpable sadness in its exploration of hollow lives desperately chasing impossible dreams, the film pays homage to Robert Altman’s 1974 classic California Split, which starred Elliott Gould and George Segal. Boden and Fleck transport us to the modern day Mid-West, utilizing the eponymous river as journey through the threadbare humanity on the road.

Down on his luck Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) seems determined to live on the precipice of complete ruination, »

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Watch: Meet the 'Raw Version' of Ryan Reynolds in Exclusive 'Mississippi Grind' Featurette

22 September 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Toronto: Even 'Mississippi Grind' Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Were Blown Away By Ben Mendelsohn Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") have teamed up again for "Mississippi Grind," a dramatic journey of two new friends who decide to gamble their way across the country. The film features a superb cast that includes Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton. The official film synopsis reads: "Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry (Mendelsohn) teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis (Reynolds), in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost." The film premiered at Sundance and is currently available on DirecTV. It will open in New York City on September 25 and Los Angeles on October 2, with an On Demand release to »

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21 September 2015 11:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new drama “Mississippi Grind” starring Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds!

Mississippi Grind,” which opens in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Sienna Miller, Yvonne Landry, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, Alfre Woodard, Anthony Howard, Jayson Warner Smith, P.J. Marshall and Stephanie Honoré from writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

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Review: Underwhelming 'Mississippi Grind' Starring Ryan Reynolds And Ben Mendelsohn

21 September 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Some men are just born to lose, and some men deserve second chances, but the beautiful losers of “Mississippi Grind” abuse the limits of luck landing in their favor beyond reparation in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's uneven fourth feature. These American indie filmmakers got their start at Sundance with their arresting debut drama “Half Nelson” with Ryan Gosling, however, Subsequent efforts have been only semi-successful. The baseball drama “Sugar” is more politely admired than actively loved, and the comedy “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story” was their first real misfire. The talented storytellers meld all of their gifts for this humanist gambling drama and two-hander, but as a rambling, should-be plucky riff on ‘70s-style shaggy losers on the road (see “Fat City,” “California Split”), “Mississippi Grind” can never quite deal itself a winning hand. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind” begins with one drunken fateful evening. »

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Ben Mendelsohn Isn't the Only Reason to See 'Mississippi Grind'

21 September 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

People have been talking about Ben Mendelsohn’s performance in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Mississippi Grind” since its Sundance premiere, and with good reason: he’s brilliant in it. But as good as he is, you can't separate his performance from that of his costar Ryan Reynolds, whose charming, affable Curtis offers Mendelsohn’s schlubby, sad-sack Gerry a lifeline, as he does the film. Without Curtis, we would bail on Gerry about as fast as you can say, “weak link,” despite his sweet nature. Both are gamblers, Gerry of the unstoppable variety. He’ll do almost anything to get money to use on a poker game or at the casino, including steal from his ex-wife, always with the hope that he’ll hit it big and can pay back everyone he owes, which is just about everyone he knows. And then one night big, good-looking Curtis walks into »

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Toronto 2015: 'Mississippi Grind' review

21 September 2015 1:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ The saying goes that when in a hole you should stop digging. Meandering road movie Mississippi Grind (2015), co-directed by the Half Nelson (2006) and Sugar (2008) duo of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, features two hopeless gamblers on whom the sentiment of this old adage appears to have been entirely lost. The pairing behind the camera elicits a free-wheeling chemistry and fine performances from leading men Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds, but just as predictably as its central pair are drawn like moths to the flame of a blackjack table, the film is a rote, run-of-the-mill construction, including Reynolds' Curtis saying on numerous occasions that "the journey is the destination".


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Toronto: Even 'Mississippi Grind' Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Were Blown Away By Ben Mendelsohn

18 September 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds Wage a Risky Gamble in 'Mississippi Grind' Trailer Filmmaking partners Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have always displayed a knack for casting, from the star power of their first feature "Half Nelson" (which earned leading man Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination) to their discovery of young Keir Gilchrist for "It's Kind of a Funny Story." In their latest film, Fleck and Boden employ their most recognizable cast yet, including Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Alfre Woodard, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton, a big ensemble that are joined together in service to a deceptively simple story about two strangers -- both con men, in their own ways -- who attempt to cash in on one last big score. The film centers on Mendelsohn's permanently down-on-his-luck Gerry, a gambling obsessive who can't seem to catch any kind of break, who finds an unexpected »

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Mississippi Grind Review [Tiff 2015]

16 September 2015 4:38 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Gambling, and likely any other form of addiction, depends on either a heavy dose of delusion, the reckless hopefulness that despite the odds you’ll still come out on top, or a masochistic drive toward self-sabotage. Or else it’s a large helping of both. Mississippi Grind focuses on two individuals who share these characteristics in spades.

There’s Gerry, as portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn, who we meet listening to an audiobook detailing all the various tells that poker players may exhibit. Presumably this is something he spent money on, and presumably it was not worth the money he paid for it, but Gerry is stuck in the addict’s cycle of being in enormous gambling debt, and trying to win back enough to pay his debts via more gambling.

He then meets Curtis, played by Ryan Reynolds, who keeps his cards closer to the vest, so to speak, projecting »

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Toronto Festival Checklist: Special Events and Highlights

8 September 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There will be cake

With a tweaked logo, new programs and extra extracurriculars, the festival’s 40th is a clear focal point for celebration. Free screenings light up public parks. Tiff Cinematheque unspools restorations of modern classics, including “The Mask (Eyes of Hell),” the first Canadian horror feature (in 3D!). An archival photo exhibition at the Lightbox includes festival red-carpet and party pics from 1976 to 1999.

Opening-night mojo

Opening-night ignites with “Demolition” (Fox Searchlight), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and helmed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee (“Wild”), whose diverse ouevre has delighted fest auds since his Best Canadian Feature-winning “C.R.A.Z.Y.” (2005).

Jury duty

Excitement is building around new competish Platform, fashioned a la Palme d’Or, and with an eye to rising international auteurs. Named after the 2000 film by Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke (serving on the inaugural jury, alongside Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland), Platform sees 12 pics vie for a Can$25,000 prize. »

- Jennie Punter

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Mississippi Grind: the first trailer, starring Ryan Reynolds

6 September 2015 10:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in Mississippi Grind, the new film from the makers of Half Nelson. Here's the trailer...

Before he reprises the role of Deadpool on the big screen in next February's movie, Ryan Reynolds has another project arriving in cinemas.

Mississippi Grind sees him co-starring with Ben Mendelsohn, in the story of a struggling poker player who meets Reynolds' Curtis. He's thus convinced to hit the road, on the way to a high stakes poker game in New Orleans, and a bond of sorts no doubt forms between the pair.

What makes Mississippi Grind particularly of interest though is who's behind it. Writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck previously brought the world the excellent Half Nelson, and It's Kind Of A Funny Story. As such, what they get up to next instantly holds our interest.

Here, then, is the first trailer for Mississippi Grind, which »

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Poker Faces at the Ready – Here’s the New Trailer for Mississippi Grind

2 September 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There’s a neat looking trailer for Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s new film, Mississippi Grind, out today and it’s a great look at the high-stakes, low-esteem character lead drama from the Half Nelson and It’s Kind of a Funny Story writer/directors. Ben Mendelsohn is of those actors whose presence in a film signals instant interest.

The post Poker Faces at the Ready – Here’s the New Trailer for Mississippi Grind appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

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