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Indie films like Tumbledown deserve all the breaks they can get. This one rewards the viewer with a typically fine performance by Rebecca Hall and a revelatory one by Jason Sudeikis, whom we usually associate with comedy. He hasn’t abandoned his sense of humor here—in fact, it lightens the movie just when it needs it—but he shows colors we haven’t seen before and points to a rich film career ahead. (He is also playing Jesse Owens’ coach Larry Snyder in Race, which opens on Friday.) Tumbledown is a debut feature for director Sean Mewshaw, whose wife Desiree van Til wrote the screenplay. It is all...
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- Leonard Maltin
A portrait of grief that borrows the conventions of romantic comedies. There may not be a lot of passion here, but there is plenty of pleasant zing. I’m “biast” (pro): love Rebecca Hall
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Rebecca Hall is Hannah, widow of rock star Hunter Miles, who made “a single, nearly perfect album” of soulful acoustic folk before he died suddenly several years back. Jason Sudeikis is Andrew, a university professor who deems Hunter’s work “timeless” and wants to include the singer in the book he’s writing about tragic great American musicians. Hannah is reluctant to help Andrew with his research for lots of reasons: the most important one is the one she is unable to admit to herself, that she does not want to move on with her life. Does her finally agreeing »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s hard to watch Tumbledown without shivering. The movie, set atop the titular mountain and bathed in some truly remarkable scenery, is the quintessential cold winter’s night flick: characters are bundled up to their ears, fireplaces are eternally lit, and the woodland setting practically emits its own smell-o-scope of pine leaves and crisp Maine air. It’s a beautiful, lush movie that houses two somewhat outstanding leads, but by the time the credits roll what it amounts to is as comparatively toothless as a hallmark card.
Up on Tumbledown, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is eking out a life alone in a little wood cabin that her and her late husband Hunter bought when he was searching for a quiet space to write his next album. Now that he’s dead, she’s left alone in the Maine woods with two dogs, a friend-with-benefits in neighbor Curtis (Joe Manganiello), and »
- Mitchel Broussard
Last spring, I had this to say about the recent turns of actor Jason Sudeikis while on the festival circuit: “I really love seeing an actor prove that they have another side to themselves, especially when it’s a comedic performer showing off their dramatic chops.” I went on to say that at the most recent Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2015, Sudeikis had two different projects that had him stretching in exciting new ways. One was Sleeping with Other People, who was at his all time best there, but the other is Tumbledown, which I’m going to discuss a bit today. It’s finally hitting theaters this weekend and Sudeikis is really quite excellent. He’s worthy of some acclaim here, take it from me. The film is a mellow romantic comedy with, at the very least, dramedy undertones. Frankly, it’s pretty melancholic, as we follow a »
- Joey Magidson
4 items from 2016
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