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Movie Review – Joe (2013)

13 April 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joe, 2013.

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins and Adriene Mishler.


An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

The back woods of Austin, Texas. A place devastated by poverty, homelessness, and filled with an anger which can no longer be restrained. This is the setting for David Gordon Green’s naturalistic and excellent Joe, a film sadly tucked away on VOD but one which deserves a wide audience.

Gary (Ty Sheridan), a 15 year old boy, lives in an abandoned and condemned house with his mother, mute sister, and Wade, his abusive, drunk father. Gary is quickly becoming a man, leaving the innocence of youth far behind him as he looks for any work he can find to support his family and make something of himself. »

- Gary Collinson

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12 April 2014 7:08 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: David Gordon Green

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter

Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: April 11, 2014

Plot: An ex-con-turned-day-laborer-boss (Cage) takes a homeless boy (Sheridan) under his wing.

Who’S It For? Those ready for something completely different (and great) from Cage, and director David Gordon Green.


As the movie’s spirit animal, Nicolas Cage keeps the primal film charged and unpredictable. This is a performance narrowed in on his potential, unhinged and huge all at once, but marking the return of taking his drama seriously. Unmistakably, he continues to be proud of the maniac he has always been, but plays this character with a grand sense of authority.

Cage appears opposite a group of supporting men who are vivid in their raw qualities. The young Tye Sheridan, after having expressed age in films from Terrence Malick and Jeff Nichols, »

- Nick Allen

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Film Review: Captivating Tale of Primal Manhood in David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’

12 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – This week in movies about men we have “Joe”, a wild drama about Texas males at their most primal. It is the newest film from director David Gordon Green, and features Nicolas Cage in some of his finest work.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The film’s leading man is the title character played by Cage, a boss to a group of day laborers, and man with his own troubled past of fighting (against local lunatic Willie-Russell, played by Ronnie Gene Blevins). When working on the job with his men, Joe encounters a young man named Gary (Tye Sheridan), who lives in a condemned house with his alcoholic father Wade (Gary Poulter) and his mother and sister. Under Joe’s wisdom, Gary tries to understand the notion of honest living, while Wade abandons the family in search of food and alcohol. The two men take their own paths, leading to a climax that »

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'Joe' (2013) Movie Review

11 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

David Gordon Green's Joe mines backwoods, hick territory, finding a slight narrative kinship with Jeff Nichols' Mud combined with the tonal darkness of Winter's Bone. The strongest thread holding the three films together is obviously the focus on down-on-their-luck families with bad dental hygiene, drinking problems and poor living conditions, all of which are traits I typically loathe. Narrative's of this sort typically prey on the built in sadness that comes with seeing hard luck families scraping to survive rather than developing actual characters, but every so often a few rise above the rest. In this case Joe works and it doesn't. The tragic narrative has its hiccups along the way, but improves as it builds its story around two strong performances from Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, elevating it slightly above similar exploitative white trash weepers. The exact location is unknown, but the film takes place in »

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Cannes’ Critics Week Teams With Fondation Gan To Bow Fund For French Distributors (Exclusive)

11 April 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris–  Cannes’ Critics Week, the sidebar dedicated to first and second films, is joining forces with Fondation Gan to launch a new fund for French distributors.

The fund of 20,000 Euros ($27,700) will be awarded to the Gallic distributor of one of the seven films playing in competition at Critics’ Week.

“In today’s complicated arthouse distribution landscape, the type of auteur cinema which we showcase at Critics’ Week needs extra help to exist outside of the festival circuit, find its way into theaters and connect with audiences,” said Critics’ Week programme manager Remi Bonhomme, who works alongside artistic topper Charles Tesson.

“The film will be chosen independently by the Fondation Gan — as a result it may or may not be the same film that wins the Grand Jury, Revelation or Sacd prizes,” pointed out Bonhomme.

“Critics’ Week was created to discover new talents and our goal with this fund is to expand this endeavor, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Nicolas Cage: Can ‘Joe’ Take Him From Meme Back to Movie Star?

10 April 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a string of mid-sized thriller box office disappointments, Nicolas Cage is sorely in need of his own McConaissance, the career resurgence coined for Matthew McConaughey, whose path to Oscar glory began in 2012 with low-budget hits “Mud” and “Magic Mike.”

For Cage, who earned his Oscar nearly two decades ago for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Roadside Attractions’ “Joe” — a Southern-set tale of redemption, which launches Friday — could be that necessary launchpad for renewed respect as an actor.

Outside each pic’s leading man, both of whom hit a rut at the B.O. previously, the comparisons between “Joe” and “Mud,” though mostly coincidental, provide interesting food for thought:

Both films were released by Roadside in April. “Mud” kickstarted its domestic run on April 26 and went on to become one of the highest-grossing indie releases that year, with more than $20 million Stateside. However, before their U.S. openings, each pic bowed at »

- Andrew Stewart

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Exclusive: Tye Sheridan Talks Joe, Terrence Malick Impressions and Tony Romo

10 April 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Seventeen-year-old Tye Sheridan made his acting debut in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” playing one of Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s sons in 1950s Texas. The next year, he co-starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud.” Now, in David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” adapted from a novel by Larry Brown, Sheridan adds another acting heavyweight to his roster of co-stars, starring opposite Nicolas Cage’s title character as Gary Jones, an eager-to-work kid looking for roots not provided by his itinerant family and alcoholic father (Gary Poulter). For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Texas native Sheridan one-on-one, about his movie, the key  [ Read More ]

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Where My Girls At? Brie Larson, Viola Davis, Kiki Dunst & More...

10 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

And now our semi-weekly check in with actresses we love. Where / What / Who are they up to?


Brie Larson has accepted an offer to star in the psychological horror drama as "Ma", about a woman who's trapped in her father's basement for years with her son. It's based on the novel by Emma Donoghue who also did the screenplay but the novel is narrated by the 5 year old child who's only ever known this one room so that one's going to be tricky to make breathe as a film. This seems a better fit for her dramatic gifts than that dumb Terminator reboot she lost out on. The actress is in demand now post Short Term 12 as well she should be. She's also got The Gambler remake and the comedy Trainwreck coming out. Room is not the only novel adaptation she's attached to. She'll probably co-star in The »


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At 17, Tye Sheridan Has Already Worked With Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols and David Gordon Green. And He's Just Getting Started.

10 April 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tye Sheridan must be the envy of every teen actor in America. The Texan got his start in the business by working under the legendary Terrence Malick on "The Tree of Life," only to follow that up with films as acclaimed as his breakthrough, directed by filmmakers at top of their game: Jeff Nichols' "Mud," and David Gordon Green's intense "Joe" (out this Friday in theaters and On Demand). Remarkably enough, these three films mark the 17-year-old's only credits to date (though he's got a lot in the works). In "Joe," Sheridan takes on his most demanding role to date as an abused teen trying to get by in rural Texas who finds a fierce protector in his new employer, Joe (Nicolas Cage). Read More: Exclusive Video: David Gordon Green Explains Why He Populated 'Joe' With Non Actors Indiewire caught up with Sheridan to talk about working opposite Nicolas Cage, »

- Nigel M Smith

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Interview: David Gordon Green & Nicolas Cage Talk Flawed Father Figures Of ‘Joe,’ Evading Southern Clichés & More

9 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The genre-defying film “Joe” presents an unexpected yet engaging blend in its two central collaborators, director David Gordon Green and actor Nicolas Cage. Achieving a stunning handle on tone and naturalism from Green, it also breaks from what Cage calls “Western Kabuki” acting towards a more rugged, internal performance. The approach uniquely fits its premise: based on the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows Joe Ransom, a Deep South ex-con who attempts to help a drifter boy Gary (Tye Sheridan) escape the abuse of his alcoholic father (a fantastic Gary Poulter). In our Venice review we called it “a muscular and textured piece of work,” and that depth likely has to do with Green’s level of familiarity with the material. While studying at North Carolina School of the Arts, the “Prince Avalanche” director worked on a 2002 documentary about the Southern author Brown. Alongside “Mud” helmer Jeff Nichols, the crew included Dp Tim Orr, »

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Vmi Worldwide picks up Hellion

2 April 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

La-based Vmi Worldwide has acquired international rights to Kat Candler’s Hellion starring Aaron Paul and will introduce to buyers in Cannes next month.

Juliette Lewis and newcomer Josh Wiggins also star in Hellion, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Selects holds North American rights.

Hellion is a beautifully lyrical and emotional powerful film that tackles universal themes of family, friendship and loss,” said Andre Relis, president of Vmi Worldwide. “Aaron Paul is a remarkable talent and has proven himself to be both a movie star and a serious actor that is a force to be reckoned with.”

Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams produced the coming-of-age film and Jeff Nichols, Sarah Green, Janis Beard and Suzanne Weinert served as executive producers.

Relis and director of acquisitions and development Stanley Monahan negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.  »

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Aaron Paul’s ‘Hellion’ Heading for Cannes

2 April 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vmi Worldwide has acquired Aaron Paul’s drama “Hellion” for all international territories and will introduce the movie during the Cannes Film Market.

Directed by Kat Candler, “Hellion” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at South by Southwest in the Festival Favorites section.

Besides Paul, the film stars Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins (pictured above).

Candler directed from her own screenplay, which follows 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Wiggins in his feature film debut) who is obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents. Paul plays his father who’s still reeling from the loss of his wife.

Hellion” was executive produced by Jeff Nichols, Sarah Green, Janice Beard, Tanner Beard, Suzanne Weinert, and co-executive produced by Aaron Paul. The film features a soundtrack with songs from Metallica, Slayer and the Sword.



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18 Good Movies to Watch on Netflix in April 2014

2 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ever find yourself itching with the desire to plant your ass on the couch all day, but facing the dilemma that you can’t find anything in the endlessly scrolling Netflix menu worth watching? We’ve all been there. They don’t make it easy on us, do they? There’s no need to worry though, because there are actually always plenty of movies on Netflix well worth watching, and here we have a list of 18 of them that have either been added or re-added to the service (these things do tend to come and go, don’t they?) in recent months. Click on the titles to be taken to the films’ Netflix pages, where they can be easily added to your queue. You’ll thank yourself next time the concept of leaving your house and interacting with other humans seems unthinkable. Pick of the Month: Mud (2013) By the time Mud was released last year, its »

- Nathan Adams

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (March 24-28, 2014)

28 March 2014 6:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »



Having made movies about obsessive characters looking for God — or something like Him — in the numerology of the Kabbalah (“Pi”), at the end of a heroin needle (“Requiem for a Dream”), and in the outer reaches of the galaxy (“The Fountain”), surely it was only a matter of time before Darren Aronofsky got to making one about a man with a direct line to the Creator. And so we have “Noah,” in which the world’s most famous shipwright becomes neither the Marvel-sized savior suggested by the posters nor the “environmentalist wacko” prophesied by some test-screening Cassandras, but rather a humble servant driven to the edge of madness in his effort to do the Lord’s bidding. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but by no means sacrilegious, Aronofsky’s uneven but undeniably bold, personal, visually extravagant take on the Old Testament tale will surely polarize critics and audiences while riding a »

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RiverRun unveils honourees, jurors

27 March 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chicago-based Kartemquin Films will receive the North Carolina festival’s Master Of Cinema award.

Kartemquin’s credits include Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters (pictured) and PBS miniseries The New Americans.

Founder and artistic director Gordon Quinn will attend the festival to accept the award alongside executive director Justine Nagan and frequent collaborators Steve James and Peter Gilbert.

Previous Master Of Cinema honourees include Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Film, Peter Bogdanovich, Bill Pullman, Pam Grier, Ned Beatty and Cliff Robertson.

Emerging Master Awards will go to Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik and actress Melanie Lynskey. Previous honourees include Jeff Nichols, Paul Schneider, Michael Shannon, Ramin Bahrani and David Gordon Green.

Spark Awards will go to actors Sophie Desmarais, Tye Sheridan and Tyler James Williams. Previous recipients include Anna Margaret Hollyman, Madeleine Martin, Terence Nance, David Oyelowo, Brady Corbet and Amy Seimetz.

Narrative Features jurors are UK director Andrea Arnold, critic [link=nm »

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Christopher Nolan chats 3-D, 'Interstellar,' and his newfound love for Matthew McConaughey at CinemaCon

26 March 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Christopher Nolan has never been one to reveal much in interviews, especially ones conducted while he’s in the middle of post-production on a film. So it’s lucky Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy got as much out of the secretive director, who is currently finishing up his first cut of his new film Interstellar, as he did during the CinemaCon lunch Wednesday.

What we did learn: Nolan is holding steadfast in his commitment to shooting on film, despite the industry’s overwhelming conversion to digital projection. (In fact, Paramount Pictures — the distributor of Nolan’s film — is making »

- Nicole Sperling

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 17th 2014

17 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.

Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »

- Chris Holt

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

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For David Gordon Green, Lone Star State a Fit Setting for His ‘Landscape’ Pieces

10 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Life brought David Gordon Green back to Texas, where the director shot his last three features — “Prince Avalanche,” “Joe” and the upcoming “Manglehorn,” which stars Al Pacino as an ex-con trying to go straight in the Lone Star State — while living in laid-back Austin, among such indie helmers as Jeff Nichols, Andrew Bujalski and the Zellner brothers.

Last week, on the eve of SXSW, Green was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Austin Film Society, co-founded by one of Green’s inspirations, Richard Linklater. While Linklater hails from Houston, Green grew up in Dallas, where he had his first brush with filmmaking on the set of Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July.”

“I’m an extra in the movie,” says Green, who can be seen cheering a home run at a baseball game during the opening credits. “I look into the camera and wiggle my eyebrows. »

- Peter Debruge

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Joe | SXSW Review - SXSW Film 2014

9 March 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

With Joe, his taut adaptation of novelist Larry Brown's dark Southern character-study, director David Gordon Green completes a welcome return journey to his roots, the film having the feel of a meaner, grittier Jeff Nichols production. But even more strikingly, Joe marks a a triumphant return for Nicolas Cage, his restrained, simmering, dangerous-feeling performance miles away from a long run of hammy overacting in poorly chosen roles that was coming perilously close to defining his career. But the film turns just as much on the impressive performance of Tye Sheridan, who only three films into what is quickly shaping up to be one hell of a career has already worked with directors Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols and David Gordon Green. Let that sink in for a moment. Joe (Cage) is the foreman of a team of tree poisoners, hired to use their "juice hatchets" to poison acres of weaker, useless »

- Linc Leifeste

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