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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
U.S. cable channel Pop has picked up the rights to the six-part "Wolf Creek" psychological thriller miniseries and have set an October 14th premiere date. Greg McLean, who helmed the two films, is back as producer and helmed the final episode.
John Jarratt reprises his movie role as the murdering psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback. Lucy Fry plays nineteen-year-old American college student who survives the massacre of her parents and little brother and sets out to hunt down the killer and avenge her family. [Source: The Live Feed]
Following a strong turn on "House of Cards" as a potential Presidential nominee, actress Elizabeth Marvel is set to play the U.S. President-Elect Elizabeth Keane in the upcoming Washington, D.C.-set sixth season of Showtime's "Homeland". In the series, Keane is a former junior senator who's yet to be inaugurated when the action picks up during the sixth season. »
- Garth Franklin
In a dystopian, male-run regime, it’s good to have a friend on your side. So Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has cast Orange Is the New Black alum Samira Wiley as the Bff to Elisabeth Moss’ character, Offred.
Wiley’s character is Offred’s college pal and a fellow handmaid trainee, per The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the casting.
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Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the forthcoming series from Hulu and MGM TV follows Offred, one of the few remaining fertile »
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
There are a fair number of odd stories coming to theaters in the next few months, but it’s going to be hard for any of them to compare to The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which hits September 2nd.
The film is based on the book by Liz Jensen, and is interestingly directed by Alexandre Aja, who managed some fine, if underappeciated, work on Horns. Neither film is likely to stand out to anyone as a powerhouse effort of direction, but Horns delivered a powerful subtlety in its conversations that bodes well here.
The film’s trailer has already been around (see below), but there’s something odd about its avoidance of the story’s titular oddity, and while posters (let’s face it) are really neither here nor there when it comes to ramping up excitement for a film, this teaser is a nice effort at laying the foundation of layering. »
- Marc Eastman
Max Minghella and The Leftovers' Ann Dowd have been cast opposite Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s straight-to-series drama The Handmaid's Tale, from MGM Television. Adapted from Margaret Atwood's bestselling novel, The Handmaid's Tale is set in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of… »
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Mindy Project alum Minghella (aka Danny’s kid brother, Richie) will play Nick Blaine, described by the streaming service as “a Guardian in Gilead, the totalitarian theocracy that has taken over America” and forced fertile women like heroine Offred (Elisabeth Moss) into sexual servitude in hopes of repopulating the planet. In his role as Commander Waterford’s driver, Nick will make “a connection with Offred, »
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan and “Breaking Bad” alum Aaron Paul feature prominently in the new trailer for the thriller for “The 9th Life of Louis Drax,” released Monday. Alexandre Aja directs the movie, from a script by actor-producer Max Minghella and based on Liz Jensen’s novel of the same name. The movie follows the Drax household, which seems to be the picture perfect carefree all-American family until young Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) falls off a steep cliff during a picnic on his 9th birthday. Also Read: Aaron Paul Joins Jamie Dornan in Miramax's 'The 9th Life of Louis Drax »
- Rasha Ali
After Alexandre Aja directed Max Minghella in Horns a few years back, they two are collaborating again. The director is helming Minghella’s first feature screenplay with The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which is based on Liz Jensen‘s book. Led by Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, and Aiden Longworth, the first trailer has now landed.
A mix of psychological thriller and fantasy, there’s some interesting imagery in the film, even if it looks like Aja is working with a lower budget this time around. Shot back in 2014, the film will finally arrive this fall and hopefully the delay didn’t have to do with its quality, but we’ll find out shortly. Check out the trailer below.
After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate »
- Leonard Pearce
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
Page, who served as a producer for the film, told Variety at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere that she was captivated by Jean Hegland’s book of the same name because it begged her to question people’s relationships with the world.
“The book encompassed a lot of the things I was thinking about at the time, of one’s relationship to the environment. It was a beautiful, compelling, scary story,” Page said.
The film centers on two sisters (Page and Wood) who face a devastating — in all sense of the word — power outage, and fight to survive in the film. Wood says that she doesn’t just view this film as one with strong female leads.
“People keep saying to me, ‘Wow it’s so amazing to see a film with strong women. »
- Maria Cavassuto
Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth in the title role star in the tale of a doctor drawn into a web of deceit following the near-fatal fall of a young boy.
Stuart Ford of the film’s financier and international sales agent »
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“Louis Drax” marks the screenwriting debut of Max Minghella, whose acting credits include “The Social Network” and “The Internship.” Adapted from the Liz Jensen bestseller and directed by Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”), the film stars Jamie Dornan (“50 Shades of Grey”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Sarah Gadon (“Dracula Untold”), Oliver Platt (“X-Men: First Class”), Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth (“A Christmas Story 2”) in the titular role.
“Louis Drax” tells the story of a brilliant doctor drawn into a mysterious web of reality and deception after the near fatal fall of 9-year-old Louis Drax.
- Leo Barraclough
A poster and trailer have arrived online for director Patricia Rozema’s upcoming drama Into the Forest, whcih is based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hegland and stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood; take a look below…
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 »
- Amie Cranswick
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
"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
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