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Megan Leavey movie review: a soldier and her dog

23 June 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for stories about dogs

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I might have had something in my eye there by the end of this deeply satisfying military drama, which demonstrates that a simple story — even a familiar one — can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.

This one isn’t entirely familiar, however. The honking big freshness to Megan Leavey is right there in the title: here it’s a young woman with no direction in life and few skills for coping with adult relationships who gains confidence and finds purpose when she joins the Marines, almost on a whim. This is a path that surely many women have taken, just as many men do, but one we rarely see onscreen. Leavey’s is even a true story, and as long as we insist upon maintaining such an expansive military, it’s absolutely vital that our popular storytelling reflects that it represents such an opportunity for women as well as for men. (I have not done a quantitative study, but I feel like there are far fewer movies that bear the names of their female protagonists than there are movies with men’s names as titles. So that’s something else to love here too.)

“Dog, dog, he’s a workin’ dog, he’s a hard-workin’ dog…”

Kate Mara (Morgan, The Martian) is terrific navigating Leavey’s restive despair as it slowly morphs into patience and power and confidence as she connects with and trains Rex, a bomb-sniffing dog with a bit of an attitude problem himself. Gabriela Cowperthwaite — the documentarian who gave us the astonishing Blackfish — makes her narrative debut here, and handles with surety the film’s dynamic central combat sequence, which is as viscerally thrilling as anything we saw in, say, The Hurt Locker. (The film notes slyly that even though women were supposedly not allowed to take combat roles at the time when Leavey was deployed in Iraq, in the mid 2000s, de facto combat roles were unavoidable for anyone there.) And Cowperthwaite avoids anything approaching the cornball in the intimate interactions between Leavey and her parents (Edie Falco [Random Hearts, Judy Berlin] and Bradley Whitford [Get Out, Saving Mr. Banks]), the fellow Marine (Ramon Rodriguez: Need for Speed, Battle: Los Angeles) she falls into a romantic relationship with, and of course with Rex. (Leavey bears no resemblance whatsoever to 2015’s appalling propagandistic military-dog movie Max. Thank goodness.) The script — by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo (Joy, Bridesmaids), and Tim Lovestedt — is uncomplicated, but in an era of overplotted blockbusters, its straightforwardness is actually sort of bracing.

There may be little that’s unexpected in Megan Leavey, but in this case, that’s just fine. This is an instant comfort movie for lovers of dogs and for anyone who longs — as I do — to see more stories about women living their ordinary lives, facing ordinary challenges, and succeeding on their own terms. We don’t get anywhere near enough movies like this one. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Kate Mara deserves awards consideration for “Megan Leavey”

9 June 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Surprises when you’re in this line of work are rare. Despite being an animal lover and a dog owner, Megan Leavey was not a movie that was on my radar whatsoever. So, it was an utter delight to come across this earlier on this week and discover that it’s really terrific. Opening today, it’s a true life drama that tugs at your heartstrings in a very real way. Seamlessly blending the “boy and his dog” story, with a gender reversal, with a modern military tale, it works in a big way. This is much more than the tale of a girl and her dog. It’s a tale of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice. It’s one of the year’s best films so far. This true story centers on title character Megan Leavey (Kate Mara), a troubled and aimless woman who found mean in the armed forces, »

- Joey Magidson

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Film Review: Discerning the Heroes is Tough in ‘Megan Leavey’

9 June 2017 5:44 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The poster is what gives away “Megan Leavey” the most. The titular soldier, and her bomb-sniffing dog, below a billowing American flag. So which war is it? Why, it’s the Iraq invasion, where the U.S. military and the politicians at home “freed” the Iraqi citizens from a peaceful life. Making a dog story out of that boondoggle doesn’t make it any more palatable, except to “support the troops.”

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Eventually the film feels like propaganda, because it takes aways all the nastiness of war – and its heinous injuries – and reduces it to platitudes about a girl and her dog. This is based-on-truth, as they say, and adding in uncomfortable working class scenarios about the soldier’s family can’t save the observation that the film is exploitative regarding the real Megan’s life. Surprisingly, there was a similar film about a bomb-sniffing dog in Iraq called »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Megan Leavey' Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears

8 June 2017 9:06 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Confession: I'm a dog lover. So take this praise with a grain of salt if you must – but Megan Leavey had me at first bark. Based on a true story (no, really!), this war drama deftly sidesteps the paths that suck you down in sentimental quicksand. Oh, you'll cry all right. But the movie earns your tears.

Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who ends up in combat in Iraq with Rex, a bomb-sniffing German shepherd in the Military Police K9 unit. Nobody likes Rex. »

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Meridian acquires 'Megan Leavey' for China

6 June 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film opens this week in Us through Bleecker Street.

Meridian Entertainment has acquired Chinese theatrical rights from Sierra/Affinity to the drama Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

Ld Entertainment produced and financed the film, which opens in the Us this week via Bleecker Street and is based on the true life story of a young Marine officer and her military combat dog.

Leavey was assigned to the Army’s K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing and formed a strong bond with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex. Together, they saved many lives on deployment in Iraq. Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common round out the key cast.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite of Blackfish fame directed from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt.

Meridian Entertainment will release the film through its distribution arm United Entertainment Partners in the fourth quarter of the year.

Nicholas Sherry negotiated the deal on behalf of Sierra /Affinity.

“We »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Megan Leavey’ Review: Kate Mara Heroically Saves An Uneven Military Biopic That Can’t Stop Chasing Its Tail

6 June 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A true story so pure that it almost grants its teller the permission to be sloppy, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey” is a bit of a mess from the moment it starts, but it’s hard to completely dismiss any movie with a soul this strong, just as it would be hard to dismiss a disobedient puppy so long as its tail keeps wagging. An unlikely mutt that crossbreeds the cuteness of “Must Love Dogs” with the suspense of “The Hurt Locker,” “Megan Leavey” is the kind of movie that writes itself, and often feels as though it has.

Based on the very real, very believable bond between a young marine corporal and the volatile German Shepherd with whom she partners during her tours of duty in Iraq, this broadly engaging drama is gripping when it deals with the details of being a woman on the front lines, and it »

- David Ehrlich

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Can Wonder Woman Stop The Mummy from Terrorizing the Box Office?

6 June 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman headed into its box office opening weekend with a myriad of contrasting projections, with some predicting a debut between $65 million and $85 million, while others projected as high as a $105 million debut. As it turns out, the latter projection was more accurate, with the actual numbers coming in even higher than the estimates, with Wonder Woman earning $103.2 million in its debut. This weekend, the superhero adventure goes up against three wildly different films, Universal's The Mummy reboot, A24's thriller It Comes At Night and Bleecker Street's true story adaptation Megan Leavey. While it may be a closer race than some may expect, Wonder Woman should repeat atop the box office for its second straight weekend with $56.7 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Mummy reboot is slated to open in 4,000 theaters, and while both It Comes at Night and Megan Leavey are expected to debut in wide release, »

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Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Sold to China’s Meridian

6 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Meridian Entertainment has acquired theatrical distribution rights for China to Kate Mara-starring drama “Megan Leavey.” Meridian expects to release the film through United Entertainment Partners in the fourth quarter.

The film was produced and financed by Ld Entertainment. International rights were handled by Sierra/Affinity.

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt, the fact-based film tells the story of a Marine Corporal who sees military service together with a particularly difficult dog. The picture also stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

“With our unparalleled capability and expertise in securing quotas, distributing nationwide, and employing effective marketing strategies and campaigns for all of the titles we acquire, Meridian and Uep strive to be the major supplier for the best foreign films the global market has to offer in China,” said Meridian chairwoman Jennifer Dong.

Meridian has a multi-year, »

- Patrick Frater

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Megan Leavey Review: Could have you in tears of joy

26 May 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Megan Leavey Bleecker Street Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Written by: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, Opens: June 9, 2017 When I was a kid I thought that Norman Ferguson and Tee He’s “Pinocchio” was […]

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- Harvey Karten

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Free Screenings of Megan Leavey for Military Personnel at Regal Theaters on May 30th

25 May 2017 6:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Bleecker Street & Ld Entertainment have joined forces with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com to bring the true life story, Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to service members ahead of the June 9, 2017 nationwide release of the film.

At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com will generously sponsor over 190 screenings of the film on May 30th as part of National Military Appreciation Month at participating Regal Cinemas. Active and retired service members will be invited to attend a free screening of the film in advance through At&T Thanks and Regal Cinemas. MovieTickets.com will facilitate ticket fulfillment.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 22, 2017 at www.att.com/thanksmilitary. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.regmovies.com/promotions/megan-leavey-screening.

Tyler Dinapoli, President of Marketing, Media and Research for Bleecker Street, said, “We’re proud to work with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets. »

- Tom Stockman

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Montclair Review: ‘Megan Leavey’ is an Ambitious, Restrained War Drama

10 May 2017 5:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Side-stepping the more explicit aspects of war, the biopic Megan Leavey focuses on the story of a woman who finds a higher calling, though not of a religious variety. A wild child from a broken Rockland County home, she ultimately finds the kind of camaraderie she’d been missing in her upbringing through a canine. Played masterfully by Kate Mara, Leavey is an aimless young woman who leaves a dead-end daycare job, deadbeat mom Jackie (Edie Falco), and life behind to join the Marines. Despite the discipline instilled, she still finds ways of returning to her old self, including one drunken night in which public urination lands her a reassignment to the K9 unit under the command of Gunny Martin (Common), the kind of tough love commander who tells it like it is while providing mentorship to those that ask.

After some time in the kennel, Leavey aspires to work »

- John Fink

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Laura Dern, Jayme Lemons Launch Production Company Jaywalker Pictures (Exclusive)

5 May 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Laura Dern and producing partner Jayme Lemons have launched a new company, Jaywalker Pictures. The two hang out their shingle with a robust television and feature-film slate in the works, including multiple projects at HBO.

Among the TV projects Dern and Lemons have in development are an untitled half-hour drama at HBO about a death-row psychiatrist, with Dern set to star; a drama, also for HBO, from writer Annie Mumolo about the development of the home-party marketing system of products, such as Tupperware; and a half-hour comedy for HBO from writers Arabella Anderson and Wendy West, based on Anderson’s life growing up homeless.

On the feature side, Dern and Lemons are developing “Candy & Mel,” from Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, starring Dern as a woman charged with murdering her husband; “The Dog of the South,” written by Graham Gordy and Jay Jennings and based on the novel by Charles Portis; and “The Good Time Girls,” directed »

- Daniel Holloway

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored by Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Exclusive)

11 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented on the opening night of the festival — now in its third year — on April 20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival said. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”

McCarthy’s credits include “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Ghostbusters,” and “St. Vincent.” She received an Academy Award nomination in the best supporting actress category for “Bridesmaids.”

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” said film festival founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

McCarthy will »

- Dave McNary

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Check Out Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford and Common In New Photos From Megan Leavey

7 April 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Edie Falco and Kate Mara star as Jackie and Megan Leavey in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Megan Leavey, a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Michael Tacket / Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has released new photos from the upcoming film Megan Leavey. See this movie – it’s a great film.

From director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), the upcoming drama based on the powerful true story of a marine’s best friend opens in theaters everywhere June 9.

Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, »

- Michelle McCue

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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey' starring Kate Mara

5 April 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bleecker Street to release Iraq War hero drama wide on June 9.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded international sales on the true-life drama Megan Leavey, which Ld Entertainment fully financed and stars Kate Mara.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the story of the young Marine officer and her combat dog who saved many lives in more than 100 missions in Iraq.

Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common also star.

Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt wrote the screenplay. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe produced Megan Leavey through Ld Entertainment.

“Sierra/Affinity is proud to partner with the talented team at Ld Entertainment on this incredibly powerful movie,” Sierra/Affinity president of international sales and distribution Jonathan Kier said.

Kate Mara brilliantly captures the courage and heroic journey of Megan Leavey making the foundation of a great film to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.”

Mara will star in the upcoming release of Chappaquiddick, which Sierra »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sierra/Affinity to sell 'Megan Leavey'

5 April 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bleecker Street to release Iraq War hero drama wide on June 9.

Sierra/Affinity has boarded international sales on the true-life drama Megan Leavey, which Ld Entertainment fully financed and stars Kate Mara.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the story of the young Marine officer and her combat dog who saved many lives in more than 100 missions in Iraq.

Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common also star.

Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt wrote the screenplay. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe produced Megan Leavey through Ld Entertainment.

“Sierra/Affinity is proud to partner with the talented team at Ld Entertainment on this incredibly powerful movie,” Sierra/Affinity president of international sales and distribution Jonathan Kier said.

Kate Mara brilliantly captures the courage and heroic journey of Megan Leavey making the foundation of a great film to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.”

Mara will star in the upcoming release of Chappaquiddick, which Sierra »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sierra/Affinity Boards ‘Megan Leavey’ Sales; BBC Earth, Alucia Team On Our Blue Planet Project – Global Briefs

5 April 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sierra/Affinity has come aboard international sales on Megan Leavey, starring Kate Mara and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt. The film is based on the true story of a young marine corporal (Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog Rex saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford and Common also star. Bleecker Street is releasing… »

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TV Pilot Season Casting News for Sharif Atkins, Derek Gaines, L. Scott Caldwell, Latarsha Rose, More

24 March 2017 11:21 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

TV Pilot season casting continues… Catch up on all current pilot season casting news items here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. This week’s roundup follows. — Sharif Atkins is set as a series regular opposite Michael Urie and Annie Mumolo in the Fox… Continue Reading → »

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TVLine Items: Shut Eye Renewed, Killing Vet Joins 9/11 Drama and More

20 March 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Shut Eye will remain open at Hulu, although the drama is setting its sights on a new boss.

The streamer has renewed the Jeffrey Donovan-KaDee Strickland drama for a second 10-episode season amid word that showrunner David Hudgins has exited the series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Shiban (Hell on Wheels) has been brought in to replace him.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

Peter Sarsgaard is set to star alongside Jeff Daniels in Hulu’s upcoming 9/11 drama The Looming Tower. The Killing alum will play Martin Schmidt, a CIA analyst who believes he »

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Sharif Atkins Joins ‘Amy’s Brother’ Fox Comedy Pilot; NBC’s ‘Relatively Happy’ Adds Derek Gaines

20 March 2017 12:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Former White Collar star Sharif Atkins is set as a series regular opposite Michael Urie and Annie Mumolo in Amy's Brother, Fox's single-camera comedy executive produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone via Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa and directed/exec produced by Beth McCarthy Miller, Amy's Brother is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man, Matthew… »

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