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Margaret Qualley, actor, “Novitiate”
Over the past few years, Margaret Qualley has amassed a notable screen career, between “The Leftovers” and last year’s hypnotic Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo short.
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Tate Donovan, C.J Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Josh Hamilton, Anna Baryshnikov, and Matthew Broderick.
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Few writers/directors understand the minutiae of human interaction quite like Kenneth Lonergan. His films tackle grief and loss with a quietly dignified, murmured confidence. Conversations have the feel of intrusion, the audience as a peeping Tom. It’s emotional voyeurism. With Manchester by the Sea, only Lonergan’s third film in 17 years, he’s carved a masterpiece out of broken bodies and tired souls.
Where thematically his films nod towards the melancholy and the tragic, they manifest as subtext buried beneath far broader ideas. The trailer for Manchester, somewhat smartly, totally avoids this subtext in place of the louder,
“Lucas was the first person I thought of when I read the [“Manchester”] script,” Aibel says. “There was a risk that his character could be an annoying smart aleck, but Lucas brought this emotional truth and emotional vulnerability that broke the role open.”
Hayward, who plays one of his girlfriends in “Manchester,” came more coincidentally to the new film, though four years ago she hadn’t even acted. “She didn’t want to be an actress; she just showed up for the open call and a few months later was shooting this leading role,
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Tate Donovan, C.J Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward, Josh Hamilton, Anna Baryshnikov, and Matthew Broderick
An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
“I can’t beat it” – Those four small but powerful words might be the most emotional piece of dialogue heard all year.
The quote in reference comes from Casey Affleck, playing an absolute broken and tormented soul. It would be a travesty and disservice to readers spoiling why (shame on any critic that actually does in their review), so let’s just say he has suffered Shakespearean levels of extreme tragedy. The worst part is that a great deal of immaturity brought on the scenario, and everything was 100% avoidable. The resulting pain is seemingly eternal, and Lee (Casey Affleck) can’t beat the suffering,
The first trailer for the movie offers a two-minute-30-second look at Paterson’s humdrum daily routine, with a few bursts of excitement when he takes down a gunman at his local bar and evacuates a bus before it explodes.
Paterson is filled with self-doubt about his secret passion — poetry — despite encouragement from his doting wife Rosie (Golshifteh Farahani), an aspiring country singer who wants to move to Nashville.
“As a movie, ‘Paterson’ makes the quiet, contained life of its hero wistfully appealing,” Variety‘s Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review of the movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
William Jackson Harper, Chasten Harmon,
“Our Southampton opening night and centerpiece films bring an array of talented filmmakers, actors, and diverse storylines to Hiff this year,” said David Nugent, festival artistic director. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to screen these bodies of work.”
“Strange Weather” stars Holly Hunter as a mother who travels the back roads of the Deep South to settle a score in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son. The film also stars Carrie Coon, Kim Coates, and Glenne Headly.
Starring Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” centers around a janitor who, after the death of his older brother, is
The premise is simple – a man is faced with the task of caring for his teenage nephew after the death of his older brother – but being a Kenneth Lonergan film, we get much more than that. Using this sparse thread, the filmmaker weaves a rich tale that contemplates life, death, and everything in between, in a movie that
Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees, such as Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Shannon, and Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 4 issue of Variety, in conjunction with coverage of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 10. This marks the fifth year Variety has collaborated with the festival to present Actors to Watch.
“The Hamptons International Film Festival has had the privilege of honoring rising talent for over 15 years. We are thrilled to once again partner with Variety to recognize this group of 10 diverse, talented actors for the incredible work they have done in their careers,” says Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. “As we have seen our previous honorees blossom over the years,
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.
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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Ice Age: Collision Course
Director: Galen T. Chu, Mike Thermeier
Cast: Adam DeVine, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Rauch
Synopsis: Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet.
So what does he do? He decides to find a new family, specifically the family of an attractive classmate Natalia (Morgan Turner) who lets Clark temporarily move in as a houseguest. When conflict inevitably arises, it’s up to Clark to face up to the reality of his situation. The film also stars Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Kieran Culkin (“Margaret”), Saffron Burrows (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Scott Lawrence (“Jag”). Watch an exclusive trailer for “Quitters” above.
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“Quitters” is the debut feature from director Noah Pritzker who also co-wrote the script with Ben Tarnoff. Pritzker recently told IndieWire, “‘Quitters’ initially came out of a short I was writing while at film school. The short focused on Clark’s family, and I was eager to keep writing and see where Clark would go and show more of the San Francisco world he would travel through. At the time, Ben Tarnoff – who I wrote the movie with – was writing a book about 19th century San Francisco. We both grew up there, went to the same high school, and were both drawn to the idea of writing about the city.”
“My short film ‘Little Dad’ got into SXSW while we were finishing a draft of ‘Quitters,’ which helped us get the movie made,” he added. “One of the first people to come on board was our casting director Doug Aibel. He and his team looked far and wide for the main character, played by Ben Konigsberg, whose performance as Clark defines the film.”
The film premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Festival. Star Ben Konigsberg is best known for his role as Yusef on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” as well as Hal in Tim Blake Nelson’s latest film “Anesthesia.”
“Quitters” opens in select theaters and VOD on July 22. Check out a poster from the film below.
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Appearing in nearly every scene of the drama is Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, living out his lonely life in Boston working as a handyman for a group of four apartment buildings. A phone call from his hometown informs him that his brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) long-diagnosed congestive heart failure finally caught up with him. Passing away before Lee makes it home, he must now deal with the aftermath of his brother’s death and the ocean of grief that it brings,
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom,
By Raymond Benson
Wes Anderson’s marvelous 2012 comedy, Moonrise Kingdom, was previously released on Blu-ray and DVD, but The Criterion Collection has seen fit to issue an edition that blows the old one away. With an abundance of fun, entertaining supplements and packaged ephemera—Criterion’s disc is in keeping with the other fine releases the company has done for the filmmaker.
Moonrise Kingdom is the first Wes Anderson movie I truly fell in love with. While I liked and appreciated his earlier pictures, Moonrise is a flawless masterpiece of style and wit—as is Anderson’s following film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. For my money, these are two slam-bang pieces of comic brilliance.
The setting is a small fictional New England island, during one summer in the Sixties. A Boy Scout troop camps out there. Some families live on the island, others visit for the season.
Love & Mercy
Written by Oren Moverman & Michael A. Lerner
Directed by Bill Pohlad
Based on the life of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy depicts the singer’s descent into mental illness at the peak of the band’s popularity in the 1960s, while in the 1980s a chance meeting with a car saleswoman promises to save him from the brink of destruction. Paul Dano, as the young Wilson, is endearingly awkward yet creatively brilliant, capable of creating harmonies that most wouldn’t dream of. While years later his forward-thinking vision would earn the 1966 album “Pet Sounds” a place in the pop music canon, at the time it caused major tension within the band. Twenty years later, Wilson, now played by John Cusack, is a neurotic, washed-up and over-medicated version of his former self thanks to a dangerous codependency on his
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
The Ccff Closing Night films are the 2015 Sundance hits “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “The Overnight,” screening on Thursday, May 7th,
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