6 items from 2016
With SXSW 2016 beginning this weekend, film fans will descend upon Austin, Texas to see some of the latest, and hopefully greatest, films that studios and distributors have come down the pipeline. However, not every film that plays this prestigious festival, even those that become buzzed about hits, end up getting a speedy release. Take Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate for example.
Becoming something of a small hit at last year’s festival, Lerner’s new film is finally arriving in theaters on March 11 thanks to Film Movement, and will hopefully find an eager audience going forward.
His follow-up to 2010’s oddly magnetic Girlfriend, a film that’s an engaging piece of craft more than it is a genuinely great narrative feature, Automatic Hate is a beast of a different color. Davis Green (played by Joseph Cross) is an unassuming chef in the throes of what may or may not »
- Joshua Brunsting
Not all families are good or well-adjusted; there are often rifts (reasonable or not) between parents and children, siblings, cousins. Some of us might find out about skeletons in a closet, and sometimes those skeletons are best left undisturbed. In Justin Lerner's second feature film The Automatic Hate, those skeletons are rattled with disastrous consequences. And while some parts of the narrative become a bit cliched, overall, this is a strong drama with a serious and unexpected twist, revealed with very intense performances. Late one evening, Davis Green (Joseph Cross) is confronted by a woman, Alexis (Adelaide Clemens), who claims to be his cousin. Thinking his father Ronald (Richard Schiff) was an only child, he asks his grandfather, who almost has a heart attack when...
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Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued. As a "Romeo and Juliet" incest tale of two cousins who face their mutual attraction, this one has headline-making potential. Writer/director Lerner and co-writer Katharine O'Brien set up a bait-and-switch mystery that then pulls us into the world of an unstable and broken family as their buried grudges of the past come into shattering present-day focus. "Automatic Hate" begins as an alluring young blonde (Adelaide Clemens) drops on the doorstep of Davis (Joseph Cross) and tells him she's his cousin. He does not know the girl, who says her name is Alexis. His curiosity titillated, Davis follows her out of his boring city life and into the Upstate New York. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
When Davis Green’s (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.
- Amie Cranswick
Here’s one of the more intriguing indie trailers to come across the transom: The Automatic Hate, from Emmy- and Gotham Award-winning director Justin Lerner (Girlfriend), starring Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Joseph Cross (Born To Race) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood). Lerner and co-screenwriter Katharine O’Brien dig into forbidden-love territory as country mouse Alexis (Clemens) shows up at the Boston restaurant where David (Cross) is chef, revealing that they’re… »
Family secrets and a taboo attraction clash in director Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate." And after spending last year on the festival circuit stopping at SXSW, Seattle, and Woodstock (and picking up a Silver Audience Award at Mill Valley), the film is headed to theaters and today we have the exclusive trailer. Read More: SXSW Adds Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition' Plus New Films By Ty West, Mike Birbiglia, And More Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay, star in the drama that follows Davis Green who discovers he has a family didn't know about, when a cousin he never knew one day lands on his doorstep. But soon something brews between them beyond a shared past. Here's the official synopsis: When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side »
- Edward Davis
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